Luxe Cultural Safari: Meet the Bushmen and the Himba
A fascinating cultural adventure of Botswana and Namibia's remote desert coast
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Save an acre of rainforest each time you travel
Every detail taken care of
- Skeleton Coast fly in excursion
- Himba Cultural experience
- Private tour options in Windhoek
- Luxury accommodation throughout
- Meet and greet airport service
- Full support from your Travel Concierge before, during and after your trip
At a glance
Experience the world of tribal Africa on this specialised and immersive adventure. Three nights in the remote wilderness of Botswana’s Kalahari offers spectacles such as safari with the legendary black-maned lion, luxury lodging and sleep outs under a glittering night sky. Meet the resident Bushmen as you dip into their traditional way of life on interpretive walks, before heading to Namibia’s desolate but dazzling Skeleton Coast.
Flying tours over the formidable coastline and sand dunes, plus game drives to discover the desert adapted elephant await you here, while the last portion of your trip takes you to the remote Serra Cafema for an authentic and hands-on Himba tribe encounter.
Book-ended with flights in and out of Johannesburg, this trip promises complete travelling ease, with private transfers and expert guides taking care of you every step of the way.
Example Trip Itinerary
Central Kalahari Game Reserve
On arrival at Johannesburg airport you will be met airside by a Jacada representative as you enter the terminal building. You will be fast-tracked through immigration, assisted with baggage collection and assisted to your onward arrangements.
Flight from Johannesburg to Maun
Light aircraft flight from Maun to the Kalahari Plains airstrip
Accommodation in Central Kalahari Game Reserve
- Ten canvas units with en-suite and sleep out areas
- Lounge, dining area and bar
- Swimming pool
- Open campfire area
Overlooking the wilderness of the northern Kalahari plains, this desert based camp promises unique rooftop sleep-out areas alongside Botswana’s finest summer game viewing. Morning and afternoon game drives or day trips to Deception Valley give you the chance to spot the wildlife highlights of Kalahari lions, cheetah and gemsbok among other plains game and predators. Early morning guided nature walks are a good way to spot the smaller creatures and birdlife at a slower, more peaceful pace, plus walks with the local San bushmen lets you into the nomadic and traditional way of life unique this Kalahari tribe. Between breath-taking safari activities you will have the comfort of your canvas guestroom to enjoy. Providing plenty of space, each unit has its own amazing sleep-out deck on the roof, an unmissable highlight which offers the perfect spot to take in the African night sky. While two rooms cater for families, all have en-suite facilities including a shower and a veranda to soak up the scenic views. Besides comfortable accommodation, Kalahari Plains Camp also boasts impressive eco credentials being run completely on solar panels. What’s more, the deck and swimming pool offer other spaces to relax, while a lounge, dining area and bar are also provided.
Spend your days here in the remote wilderness of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve on amazing safari activities and sleep outs under the dazzling stars. Look out for unusual animals such as honey badgers, take a visit to Deception Valley and learn the traditions of the resident Bushmen.
Experience the astonishing wildlife of the Kalahari semi-arid sandy savannah with a game drive in an open 4x4 vehicle lead by an expert guide. You'll be on the look out for the area's star attraction, the legendary Kalahari black-maned lion and will have the chance to see black rhinos, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, giraffes and warthogs as well as other smaller mammals and migratory birds.
Start the day early for an exceptional experience: an interpretive Bushman walk. This unique excursion is lead by camp staff members who hail from an ancient Bushman clan and will give you an insight into their daily life with a fascinating walk in the immediate camp area, their tribal home. You'll come away with an understanding of traditional Bushman dress, hunting techniques using bows and poisoned arrows and explanations of the various uses of the plants and animals found in the area, revealing their long standing culture and connection with the wild bush.
Light aircraft flight from Kalahari Plains airstrip to Maun
Flight from Maun to Windhoek
Arrive in Windhoek
Private transfer from Windhoek airport to Windhoek hotel
Accommodation in Windhoek
- Seven suites
- Bar and lounge
- Swimming pool
Your home before you venture off into the barren and beautiful Namibian Desert, this stylish boutique hotel is hidden away in the Eastern corner of Namibia’s capital and only proclaimed city, Windhoek. The city itself is the seat of the country’s cultural and administrative powers but despite this, it remains one of the smallest capitals in the world with just 250,000 residents. The Olive reflects Windhoek’s small size, providing a cosy but luxurious bolt-hole with great access to the surrounding wilderness. Reminders of the prevalent Namibian culture are spread throughout the hotel as the modern is combined with the traditional. Rough-hewn wooden benches sit on plush carpets around sculpted granite coffee tables, animal-skin rugs lay beneath large beds covered in crisp white cotton and wide glass doors lead out onto your personal terrace for a view across the small city.
Private transfer from hotel to Windhoek airport
Light aircraft flight from Windhoek International to Skeleton Coast
The Skeleton Coast
Accommodation in The Skeleton Coast
- Seven twin-bedded suites and one family unit
- Shaded, private outdoor decks
- Laundry services
Placed at the confluence of two tributaries in a broad valley of the Kaokoveld Desert, the camp offers an unforgettable gateway from which to experience both the thrillingly desolate Skeleton Coast and the private Palmwag Concession, alive with desert-adapted wildlife. You’ll get a feel for the exclusivity and wonderful remoteness of your accommodation as you fly in by light aircraft – the only way to access the camp. The imitate, luxury tented camp consists of just seven twin-bedded suites and one family unit, each complete with shaded outdoors decks from which to contemplate the valley’s starkly stunning, moon-like landscape. Scenic flights over desert shores reveal lonely shipwrecks, massive dunefields, floodplains and the Auses Spring. Explore the Hoanib Riverbed for sightings of elephant, lion, giraffe, gemsbok and springbok, shaggy brown hyaena and opportunistic black-backed jackal, or head to the rocky shoreline to get an earful of the noisy Cape fur seal colony. Unravel the mysterious history of the original ancient Strandloper people and the enigmatic stone circles they left behind and encounter the Welwitschia on a nature walk – one of the oldest and strangest plants on the planet.
Placed at the confluence of two tributaries in a broad valley of the Kaokoveld Desert, the camp offers an unforgettable gateway from which to experience both the thrillingly desolate Skeleton Coast and the private Palmwag Concession, alive with desert-adapted wildlife.
You'll get a feel for the exclusivity and wonderful remoteness of your accommodation as you fly in by light aircraft - the only way to access the camp. The imitate, luxury tented camp consists of just seven twin-bedded suites and one family unit, each complete with shaded outdoors decks from which to contemplate the valley's starkly stunning, moon-like landscape.
Scenic flights over desert shores reveal massive dunefields, floodplains and the Auses Spring.
Explore the Hoanib Riverbed for sightings of elephant, lion, giraffe, gemsbok and springbok, shaggy brown hyaena and opportunistic black-backed jackal, or head to the rocky shoreline to get an earful of the noisy Cape fur seal colony. You can also see the rusted remains of the Suiderkus shipwreck.
This fascinating 4x4 trip to the coast takes you via the wilderness and wildlife of the Hoanib River and floodplain, the dune fields and Klein Oasis, while the Skeleton Coast itself reveals a rocky coastline with its huge Cape fur seal colony and a few shipwreck remains. Weather dependent, a scenic flight back to camp offers a magnificent perspective of your journey from the air.?
Today you will enjoy game drives throughout Namibia's desolate skeleton coast to find the rare desert adapted elephant.
Light aircraft flight from the Skeleton Coast to Serra Cafema
Accommodation in Kunene River
- 7 Luxury Canvas Tents
- 1 Luxury Canvas Family Unit
- Ceiling Fans in each tent
Serra Cafema is located in the extreme north-west of Namibia on the banks of the Kunene River in the Hartmann Valley. Undoubtedly amongst the most remote camps in Southern Africa, Serra Cafema is only reachable by light aircraft which adds to the exclusivity of this beautiful property. Serra Cafema is an intimate, peaceful camp with a unique mix of rustic and luxury elements nestled amongst the shady Albida trees on the banks of the Kunene. Rapids just below camp provide a calming ambiance with guests often lulled into dreamland by the gurgling waters after a day exploring one of the driest, starkly beautiful regions in the world. Accommodation at Serra Cafema consists of eight riverside Meru-style canvas and thatched villas on spacious, elevated decks blended smoothly into the picturesque surroundings. Each fully furnished tent has an en-suite bathroom, ceiling fan and mosquito nets. A late afternoon spent lounging on the front deck soaking up the breathtaking vistas of this contrasting wilderness is an absolute must.
Enjoy days in the stunning Serra Cafema region, in the oasis of this mostly desolate and arid region, one of the remotest places on Earth, with nature drives, guided walks, quad bike rides and even visits to the local villages of this extraordinary nomadic Himba people.
Today you will enjoy a fascinating Himba cultural experience. Meet the ancient indigenous tribe with their red-hued skin and learn about their traditional lifestyle during this unique, hands-on interaction.
Light aircraft flight from Serra Cafema to Windhoek airport
Flight from Windhoek to Johannesburg
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