Namibia·April 1 - 14 2023

RE:WILD – NAMIBIA

Join a crew on an expedition to the Namibian Deep South, where wonder and community meet in an almost unearthly environment.

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Overview

Join a crew on an expedition to the Namibian Deep South, where wonder and community meet in an almost unearthly environment. On this unique expedition, you will be part of a movement to rewild an expansive reserve holding space for endangered wildlife and support for local communities who call the region home. On this fourteen-day expedition you will wind alongside the banks of the Orange River boarding South Africa and Namibia, camp under the illuminated Milky Way, dive into local customs and culture with several visits to the nearby Warmbad community, track endangered Back Rhinos and search for the elusive spotted Leopard. In the midst of your adventure packed itinerary, you will have plenty of time to mingle with your like-minded co-travelers, share ideas and take a deeper dive inward. This expedition will undoubtedly be as memorable as it is unique as you venture into the completely unchartered, unspoiled, and diverse wilderness to carry out a perfect blend of adventure, conservation, and community during the day while returning to your home away from home – Base Camp for a desert disco, BBQ, an open-air wild cinema screening, yoga & meditation sessions, slacklining, or traditional bread & cooking classes – you get the idea! Experience the sunrise in a sea of sand and participate in conservation and RE:WILDING some of the most remote areas on earth. One thing we can assure is that you will 100% fall in love with this incredible and wild country!

Highlights

REWILDING & CONSERVATION

REWILDING & CONSERVATION

A rewilding expedition is not for the faint-hearted. On this action-packed expedition, you will be part of the conservation efforts to RE:WILD an expansive reserve into a space where some of Namibia's most endangered species can thrive. You will be an active driver in the reserve's conservation efforts and will gain unique knowledge about the natural world throughout the expedition.

LIKEMINDED COMMUNITY

LIKEMINDED COMMUNITY

On this adventure, you'll venture deep into the unexplored landscapes of Namibia with a community of like-minded travelers. You'll bond over shared experiences and build unforgettable memories while immersing in the local environment and Nama culture!

AN OTHERWORLDLY ENVIRONMENT

AN OTHERWORLDLY ENVIRONMENT

The magical setting of your desert oasis will remove you from the distractions of day-to-day life, allowing you to dive into the present moment. The act of removing yourself from your comfort zone will give you the space for reflection, to connect with other travelers and the natural environment and to return home with renewed perspectives.

Itinerary

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Day 1– Venture to Namibia's Deep South

Fly into South Africa’s Upington Airport and begin your transfer to your desert oasis in Namibia, where adventure awaits. You will cross the South African/Namibian border with the rest of your crew! The transfer will take approximately 5 hours, but you'll have some time to stretch your legs at the border crossing. Keep your eyes peeled as you have the chance to spot some of the region’s elusive wildlife during this transfer. Once you arrive at Base Camp you will have some time to settle in before joining the rest of your crew for a welcome dinner in the evening.  

Included

Dinner

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Day 2 – Welcome Day

Awake to the desert sun as you begin to get your bearings and explore your new home away from home! You will participate in a safety briefing and introduction to Namibia, the rewilding reserve, and your schedule for the next two weeks. In the afternoon you'll dive into life on the reserve as you participate in your first conservation and ecological restoration activities. 

Included

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Day 3 – Rewilding

Today you will have your first full day of re-wilding activities on the reserve. Activities will be divided under the umbrellas of conservation and ecological restoration. Conservation activities today include bird mist-netting, where you will capture (and release) specific bird species with wildlife biologists to further research activities taking place. You will also set and check camera traps used to monitor wildlife. In the evening you will have a community meal with all those staying at the camp and have several options of evening activities to get to know your expedition crewmates better! Please note, the timeline of activities may vary a bit during the duration of your stay.

Included

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Day 4 – Rewilding

Start the day with the ongoing ecological restoration project of developing a water point – an important initiative for the reserve and the wildlife migrating through. In the afternoon you will go on your first game drive in search of some of the elusive, but many species that call the region home. You'll also have the chance to check out the vulture restaurant!

Included

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Day 5 – Rewilding

Rise and shine with the morning sun and grab a quick breakfast before departing for a morning game count via safari jeep! There are no tourists in this neck of the woods so fasten your seatbelt and channel your inner explorer – you won't see a single (human) soul (aside from your expedition mates) for hours! In the evening you'll discover the region's nocturnal creatures during a night safari. 

Included

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Day 6 – Rewilding

Join a Naturalist today for a species patrol – where you will track the desert inhabitants and contribute to global species diversity studies. In the afternoon you'll continue with the ecological restoration project of water-point development before a sesh of late afternoon mountain biking – or should we say sand biking!? In the evening you'll have a traditional South African braai, followed by a game night of exciting activities at basecamp.

Included

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Day 7 – Rewilding

Join a Naturalist today for a species patrol – where you will track the desert inhabitants and contribute to global species diversity studies. In the afternoon you'll continue with the ecological restoration project of water-point development before a sesh of late afternoon mountain biking – or should we say sand biking!? In the evening you'll have a traditional South African braai, followed by a game night of exciting activities at basecamp.

Included

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Day 8 – Transfer to Sandfontein

Ready for a change of scenery? Today you will transfer to Sandfontein after breakfast. Sandfontein is a nature reserve spanning more than 80,000 hectares, with direct access to the Orange River and is home to more than 4,000 animals including the leopard, cheetah, kudu, eland, zebra, giraffe, red hartebeest, springbok, ostrich, jackal, aardvark, caracal, and baboon. Spend the hot day along the bank of the Orange River, fishing, swimming, and enjoying the views.  

Included

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Day 9 – Safari & Black Rhino Tracking

Namibia holds almost a third of Africa's black rhino population, and today's the day you'll get to see them in their natural habitat, so get ready! It is estimated that there are fewer than 5,600 black rhinos left in the wild, and with poaching sweeping across the continent, the critically endangered black rhinos' last stand may be in Namibia. Spend the full day on safari as you track black rhino and other species that live on the Sandfontein reserve.

Included

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Day 10 – Black Rhino Tracking & Transfer to Basecamp

Participate in an ecological restoration project (and release any built-up anger) during a miner house demolition. There are many abandoned houses from a past mining boom that are on the list of rewilding projects to restore the reserve to a natural state. In the afternoon, you'll have another safari to track the region's black rhino before returning to your basecamp.

Included

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Day 11 – Wild Camping on the Orange River

Pack your bags for a hike towards the Orange River. On the way, you will make your way through the breathtaking Gaia Canyon with staggering cliffs and a waterfall of 42m. Explore the oasis in the desert before setting up camp on the banks of the river. You'll have some free time amongst a mix of activities like swimming, fishing and exploring the islands and pools nearby. Camp under the Milkey Way and share stories around the camp fire with your fellow travel mates right next to the Kumkum Rapids that will be music to your ears as you drift asleep.  

Included

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Day 12 – Hike through the Granitor Canyon back to Base Camp

After waking to the desert sun, you'll pack up camp and hike back towards base camp, winding through the Granitor Canyon. Here you can see the giant 150m high granite face and the biggest waterfall, referred to as 'The Wall' (49m). Upon returning to base camp you'll have some time for camp activities like football, baseball or volleyball before a traditional Namibian bead and breadmaking class. 

Included

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Day 13 – Rewilding

Today will be your last day of re-wilding and ecological restoration activities. You will collect the camera traps that you set up to survey local inhabitants, analysing movement patterns of Brown Hyena, Aardwolf, Caracal, Bat-eared & Cape Fox, Honey Badger, African Wildcat & Striped Polecat. In the evening you'll have your final debriefing from the staff at basecamp and a community-style goodbye dinner, followed by a wild cinema under the stars with a projector. 

Included

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Day 14 – Departure

Bid farewell to your desert basecamp as you begin your transfer back to the airport. Choose to board a flight to return home or continue traveling onward to your next destination – all with the fond memories of your expedition experience, the knowledge you've gained and the new friendships you've made.

Included

Breakfast

Not Included

Lunch & Dinner

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Good to know

Sometimes things change - but let's be honest, it's all part of the adventure! The described itinerary is subject to minor changes and alterations which could be the result of weather conditions or other external factors. While the schedule may vary a bit, all activities outlined will happen during the duration of your journey.

What's Included

What's Included

Game drives (day and night)

Foot expeditions (day and night)

African bead workshop

Open air cinema

Mountain biking

Stargazing & navigation

Wild game Braii

Traditional cooking class

Yoga & meditation practices

Rewilding activities

Conservation activities and insight

Community facilitation

KILROY goodie bag before departure

Airfare to or from your destination

Travel insurance

Other personal expenses

Any required vaccinations

Tickets

RE:WILD – Standard

RE:WILD – Standard

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FROM$2,475.04/pp

Base Camp

A desert oasis

Nestled away in the breath-taking, panoramic vistas of Namibia, Base Camp is an oasis of tranquility. With all the creature comforts you’d need, such as hot running showers, flushing toilets and solar powered electricity.

Our stunning area is a rare meeting place of three different biomes, all covered by majestic views of our Milky Way once the sun descends. The environment encompasses breath-taking rocky canyons and mountains created 200 million years ago, pristine sandy beaches, deserts and beautiful lush banks around the Orange River. Nowhere else in the world can you explore new territories on mountain bike trails in the morning, handle small reptiles and mammals in the afternoon and track leopard at night. Adventure while you help to preserve and enhance this geologically rich and diverse landscape and your individual interests will help guide your journey!

Base Camp

FAQs

On RE:DISCOVER journeys, we like to keep groups small. This helps you better assimilate into the local communities you'll be visiting, and gives space for you to truly connect and get to know your fellow travel mates. Group size will vary between 6 and 12 people.

You will be sharing with one of your co-travelers. Maybe your next BFF or TBFL (travel buddy for life)? Because we try to gather people with similar interests who are in the same place in life, we're convinced that you will find people to bond with on your trip, and one of the best ways is to share a room with them.

We recommend that you do! Either arrive early and get a feel of a your destination or stay after your journey is complete. We've set this trip to two weeks so that you won't have to take off too much time from work, but if this is not a concern of yours, well, then it's almost an obligation to stay a bit longer.  

Did we not answer all of your questions? Not to worry – you can always ask! There are no stupid questions. Well, not a lot anyway. We're always happy to help – even if some questions might be silly to us, if we haven't answered them clearly by now, it's on us. 

Plus, we love it when you get in touch!

RE:WILD – NAMIBIA

Namibia· April 1 - 14 2023· 13 nights

FROM$2475/pp