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|Newsletter 68 | May 2020 | www.found.travel|
Wilderness Safaris Namibia
Founded in Botswana in 1983, Wilderness Safaris is widely recognised as Africa’s foremost ecotourism operator. Guests are given life-changing journeys in some of the most remote and pristine areas in Africa and in so doing help conserve Africa’s spectacular biodiversity and share ecotourism’s benefits with rural people.
Wilderness Safaris purpose today is stronger than ever in their dedication to conserving and restoring Africa’s wilderness and wildlife. Operating in seven countries with over 40 camps, they exist to protect wilderness areas and the fauna and flora they support. Wilderness believes that in protecting these areas and including local communities in this process, they will make a difference to Africa and ultimately the world.
Wilderness Safaris recently rebuilt its Serra Cafema camp, which is now exclusively solar-powered. Each of the safari company’s lodges can be dismantled to leave no trace on the landscape should the lease run out. There are initiatives to help the local communities, whether it’s by collecting school children from boarding schools 25 kilometres away to spare them a trip by donkey cart, employing villagers to do things like laundry or providing water and food waste for livestock. At Serra Cafema, Himba women produce the Mbiri bath products, which are made with the resin that they have been harvesting for centuries from the ombumbiri-tree.
The landscape is incredible – Namibia has been called the land God made in anger and that emotion certainly makes sense here, where empty expanses of red deserts, huge yellow dunes and the occasional tuft of shrub form the Mars-like terrain. From the sky by light aircraft, (through Wilderness Air), you’ll be able to spot mysterious fairy circles: these sparse round patches are numerable in Kaokoland, yet their origin is unknown. Theories range from the straightforward boma or livestock-enclosure, marks left by the nomadic Himba people; a by-product of volcanic heat; termites to the fantastical literal fairy circles, created by local imps or aliens.
There are of course also Wilderness camps on the Skeleton Coast and right down south near some of the most famous sand dunes in the world at Sossusvlei.
A 90-minute hop by Wilderness Air south will get you to the famous Damaraland, where the namesake camp occupies its own pristine wilderness and activities include mountain hikes and safari drives in search of flocks of ostrich, desert-adapted elephant and daintily hopping oryx. Or track black rhinos in the wild and see the work the Save the Rhino Trust is doing to protect these endangered animals and restore the population levels with a visit to Desert Rhino Camp, also in the north-west.
Within Namibia Wilderness offers 7 beautifully positioned camps which include; Serra Cafema Camp, Damaraland Camp, Doro Nawas Camp, Desert Rhino Camp, Kulala Desert Lodge, Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, and Little Kulala.
For further information on Namibia and bookings visit our Namibia Route Planner
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