Day 1: Waterberg Plateau
Our Serviced Camping Safari starts this morning when we meet our guide at 8am in the Foyer of the Windhoek Country Club. We travel off the beaten track towards the Waterberg Plateau. The Plateau itself extends over 48km (29.8 miles) from the southwest to the northeast.
Surrounded by a wall of steep, reddish-yellow cliffs which seem to glow at sunrise and sunset, the massif rises at it highest peak in the south-west, whereas the north-east slope is very gradual. Our exclusive campsite is in one of the gorges, which forms a natural horseshoe, and looks down a valley towards the Northern Kalahari.
After lunch we enjoy an afternoon walk along the top of the plateau, which affords some magnificent views, and where we might be lucky enough to encounter black or white rhino and buffalo. This evening we enjoy dinner under the canopy of leadwood and acacia trees, which surround our campsite.
Day 2: Etosha
After breakfast this morning, we leave the Waterberg, and continue our journey to our exclusive campsite, on the private Fischer's Pan Game Reserve on the eastern edge of Etosha National Park. En route we will have the opportunity to visit the San (Bushman) community at Ombili.
This was started as a self-help scheme, and visitors are invited to visit the local school, and craft centre. This afternoon we enjoy our first exploratory game drive in Etosha National Park. Etosha is one of the world's great conservation areas, and is some 22 270 square kilometers. There is something enigmatic in the vast silent grey-white Pan that covers 4 590 square kilometers of the Park.
Day 3: Etosha
We have an early start today on the Serviced Camping Safari, with a game drive into Etosha, to further explore the eastern side of the park. Numerous waterholes and subterranean springs attract large herds of animals including Springbok, Zebra, Gnu, Giraffe, Kudu and Elephant. Great game viewing can occur when prides of Lion dominate the precious water resources. Our day is dictated by wildlife movements and sightings: we expect to spend the entire day in the Park, enjoying a picnic lunch at one of the Rest Camps.