15 - 22 October 2007 - Carlos
Hi Nice New African Frontiers Team!
I would like to thank you very much for your very efficient services
which made my stay in Namibia quite unforgettable! It was my first
visit, but for sure not the last. I’m quite enthusiastic about Africa
and about wildlife and nature, and have enjoyed the privilege of
visiting many other African countries. In my opinion Namibia is …
different! And great…!
The three areas and lodges were superb (Kulala – Naukluft Park,
Okahirongo Elephant – Purros and Mushara – Etosha) and all the New
African Frontiers organization was perfect.
Thanks again to everybody! Thanks again, Pieter!
8 DAY - NAMIBIAN FLY-IN
Monday, 15 October 2007
On arrival at Hosea Kutako International Airport you will be met by a
company representative and transferred to your hotel in Windhoek.
Windhoek is often described as a city with a “continental” atmosphere
due to its architecture (historical buildings dating back to the German
colonial rule), cuisine, culture, dress and educational institutions.
Windhoek portrays the colour, sounds and tempo of a modern African city
with its displays of African drums and woodcarvings on the pavements,
which contrast with the elegant shops offering sophisticated Swakara
garments and Namibian gemstones. Sidewalk cafes offering Namibian style
breakfasts (Frühschoppen) which can be enjoyed with a glass of sparkling
wine or locally brewed draught beer. In addition to steak houses and
coffee bars serving snacks, the city has a wide range of a la carte
restaurants offering German, French, Taiwanese, Portuguese, Italian,
African and Chinese cuisine. Dinner this evening can either be at
the hotels luxurious Leo’s Restaurant or at a local restaurant.
Accommodation: Heinitzburg Hotel (Bed & Breakfast)
When Count von Schwerin commissioned the castle Heinitzburg for his
fiancé, Margarethe von Heintz in 1914, love was his inspiration,
elegance was his achievement. Today his inspiration has been preserved
and complimented to combine luxury and charm. All of the rooms feature
the most magnificent views of Windhoek and surrounding Khomas Hochland
Mountains. A full continental breakfast is served in a choice of
settings. Outdoors in the garden café overlooking the city and Khomas
Hochland or indoors in the richly finished Aschernborn Room located in
the old castle. Centrally located, the Hotel Heinitzburg is a short
2-minute drive from the city centre. All the rooms are en-suite with air
conditioning, television, telephone and a mini bar. A swimming pool is
also on the premises.
Day 2 & Day 3
Tuesday & Wednesday, 16 & 17 October 2007
Namib-Naukluft Park – Kulala Wilderness Reserve
After a leisurely breakfast you will be met by a company representative
and transferred to Eros Airport from where you depart by light aircraft
to what is considered the highlight of southern Namibia, Sossusvlei.
Arrival at the lodge is during the late morning with some time to spend
at leisure before lunch.
Situated south of the Sesriem gate to Sossusvlei lies the private 21 000
hectare Kulala Wilderness Reserve, the closest reserve to Sossusvlei
itself. Little Kulala is in a prime location on the western side of the
reserve. It offers magnificent dune scenery to the west and rugged Namib
mountainous escarpment to the north and east with grassy plains and
'fairy circles' filling the spaces between.
Accommodation: Little Kulala (Fully Inclusive)
Little Kulala has some of the design features of the established Kulala
Desert Lodge, but is smaller and is situated on the dry Auab River bed.
Little Kulala offers accommodation in eight thatched and canvas chalets
or "Kulalas" (Kulala in the Namibian language "Oshiwambo" means "to
sleep"). Each unit is set on wooden platforms to provide maximum
airflow, and has its own private en-suite bathroom and wrap-around
veranda with a small plunge pool. An internal staircase leads to the
flat roof top above the bathroom which provides an ideal setting to
spend the evening stargazing in your own private confines. An
accommodation option for outdoor enthusiasts, we have bedrolls for the
roof top to sleep under the stars from a private star gazing platform.
The main area has a relaxed lounge, dining room, bar, curio shop and
swimming pool all under thatch. Activities include early morning guided
game drives to the spectacular dunes through a private gate on the
Tsauchab River. Game drives and walks are also offered on the private
reserve with incredible views, desert game and smaller desert fauna and
flora. Another option is early morning ballooning, beginning at first
light; the 60 minute balloon safari offers a truly unique experience to
soar silently above the magnificent sand dunes and desert with a
champagne breakfast being served at your landing site.
Day 4 & 5
Thursday & Friday, 18 & 19 October 2007
Kaokoland - Purros
After breakfast you will be transferred back to the airstrip from where
your journey continues by light aircraft to the remote Kaokoland.
This area of Namibia is one of the least accessible, and remains
refreshingly untouched. The region lies North West of Etosha and is a
vast and mountainous wilderness with a sparse population and few roads.
Kaokoland is home to the ancient Himba tribe who are known for the ochre
paste that they paint over their bodies. This area is best reached with
an organised tour, or in the company of other vehicles due to the remote
and changeable terrain. The land to the north of the Huab and Ugab
Rivers is one of the only areas where endangered animals are still found
outside the countries' protected parks and reserves. Here rhino can
still be found, along with lion, giraffe, several antelope species,
ostrich, mountain zebra and desert elephant. It has been suggested that
the desert elephant with their elongated legs and remarkable tolerance
for this dry area may be a separate, and very rare, sub-species.
Accommodation: Okahirongo Elephant Lodge (Fully Inclusive)
Okahirongo Elephant Loge is located in the Kunene Region, 55km from the
coast and +/- 200km south of the Kunene River. This is the only place in
the world where elephants, black rhinos, giraffes and lions live in a
The lodge consists of 7 luxurious en suite chalets as well as a suite
with two rooms and combined living area, all overlooking spectacular
Take the time to be lost in the stunning wrap views, laze around the
pool, read a book from the comfortable library, or merely relax in one
of the two open-air lounges.
Our cuisine is a delicious fusion of Italian and African cooking. At
night dinner is served by candlelight in one of the two dining rooms or
under starry Namibian skies in our traditional Boma around a fire. Most
of the fresh produce comes from our organic garden.
For the intrepid traveller and adventurer, activities include morning
and afternoon drives in the setting of gorgeous sunsets. You may also
choose to walk and hike the Uarosib River and surrounding mountains.
Highlights are tracking the rare desert-adapted elephants or visiting a
nearby Himba village to be immersed in the local culture. Night drives
will open a whole new world of amazing nocturnal activities for you.
Come and explore this amazing desert paradise, it’s what Mother Nature
Day 6 & Day 7
Saturday & Sunday, 20 & 21 October 2007
Etosha National Park – Eastern Border
After a leisurely breakfast you will be transferred to the airstrip from
where your onward charter flight in light aircraft departs to the
eastern border of the world-famous Etosha National Park.
Arriving at Villa Mushara in time for lunch the remainder of the day can
be spent at leisure or participating in a scheduled game drive during
Accommodation: Villa Mushara (Fully Inclusive)
Villa Mushara is on the same property as the Mushara Lodge and is
situated conveniently close to the Etosha National Park in Namibia. The
very spacious villas are secluded in private atmosphere consisting of a
lounge, bedroom with king size bed and en-suite bathroom. The outside
area provides a terrace, private plunge pool, outside shower and
furthermore a thatched area for sundowners or daytime relaxing within
the bush atmosphere. Villa Mushara provides guests with the luxury of
140 square meter living space - with all luxury comforts, fully selected
mini bar, tea & coffee facilities, fire place, CD player, air
conditioning, ceiling fan, hairdryer, mosquito net, international plugs,
internet access point, telephone, wall safe and room service.
The interior has not been an afterthought, but a priority from the very
beginning. The stylish decor is rooted in Africa with a classical,
understated melange of styles and wonderful mix of textures. A wow
factor is the fluffy towel paradise airy bathrooms. The interior
decorating is done by Heidrun Diekmann, Heidrun's work has been featured
in South African, as well as the Condé Nast Traveller magazine. Villa
Mushara offers the ideal overnight stop for those self-driving in Etosha
National Park as there is the choice to either use your own vehicle or
join one of the lodges guided game drives through Etosha.
Monday, 22 October 2007
Early this morning you depart by light aircraft in time to meet your
scheduled flight departing from Hosea Kutako International Airport.