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28.01.2014 / Finalists at THE SAFARI AWARDS

We are delighted to announce that Ultimate Safaris is a finalist in 5 categories for the 2014 SAFARI AWARDS. The categories are as follows: 1. Best Value Safari 2. Best Ecologically Responsible Safari Operator 3. Best Guiding Team 4. Best Mobile Safari 5. Best Walking Safari The winners will be announced in due course...stay tuned. read more

Ebola

06.11.2014 / Namibia & the Ebola scenario

Given the current Ebola crisis threatening Conservation Travel to Africa, especially southern and East Africa, we thought it appropriate to provide our partners with some information on NAMIBIA AND THE EBOLA SCENARIO. We are hoping that this document can assist you with enlightening potential travelers to Namibia on the real facts regarding travel to Namibia. This document is in addition to our already revised cancellation policy communicated to you earlier. read more

22.10.2014 / Revised cancellation policy during the Ebola uncertainty

In the wake of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and the media frenzy which has accompanied that, a number of our trade partners have appealed to us for assistance to boost confidence and encourage guests to continue with their travel plans and to book early in order to reserve the accommodation they require by providing some form of protection or booking deposit refund in the unlikely event of an Ebola outbreak in Namibia. In response to these requests, Ultimate Safaris has partnered with all our main suppliers in order to offer our trade partners a revised cancellation policy for travel booked with Ultimate Safaris in Namibia. This policy will apply to both new and existing bookings and it guarantees that all cancellation penalties relating to travel with Ultimate Safaris in Namibia in the event of guests being unable to travel as a result of official travel advisory notices will be waived up to the day prior to arrival during the current Ebola impasse. This policy will apply under the following conditions: 1.There should be a confirmed outbreak of Ebola in Namibia, as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO); and 2.The WHO and at least one of the G5 countries (France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America) must issue a Level 3 Travel Advisory (advising against all but essential travel) for travel to Namibia on the grounds of Ebola. Guests electing not to travel without the above conditions being in place will be subject to our standard terms and conditions. It is important to note that the Namibian government has been extremely proactive and vigilant at ensuring passengers entering Namibia are appropriately screened and questioned before being allowed entry. In fact, Namibia was one of the first countries world-wide to implement control measures. Please also note that the very dry and arid conditions in Namibia are not conducive to the spread of Ebola which is much less virulent in an environment where liquids dry extremely quickly. This is obviously very different from the conditions in equatorial west Africa. Our hope is that with this proactive approach and clear confidence that Namibia will not be subjected to the Ebola outbreak, consumer confidence is regained and bookings continue as normal. Should you have any questions relating to this please do not hesitate to contact to us at tristan@ultimatesafaris.na. read more

Partnerships

11.09.2014 / Ultimate Safaris partners with SWAROVSKI OPTIK

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Press

19.01.2015 / A great feature in an online publication called Epicure and Culture about our Ultimate Namibia, sure to get your mouth watering and your heart racing.

A fitness and meat-lover’s dream, as each day, you’ll work up an appetite as you climb some of the world’s highest free-standing sand dunes, hike through Sesriem Canyon, sea kayak with seals and walk with cheetahs at the Big Cat Research Centre. If that’s not extreme enough, you can choose to go quad biking and sand boarding on the rollercoaster shaped dunes of the Namib Desert. Game drive experiences include tracking for desert-adapted elephants, exploring Etosha National Park, the fourth largest National Park in the world, and sleeping in tree tops near one of the most productive waterholes on the Onguma Private Game Reserve. Each night, you’ll feast on gourmet meals featuring local specialties like, kudu, zebra, ostrich, and springbok — all expertly paired with South African wines. Springbok & Sandboarding (Namibia) read more

19.01.2015 / Africa's Desert Safari - article in the 2014 Adventure Issue of the Men's Journal

Great exposure for one of our partners in the US, with the logistical support of Ultimate Safaris, about rhino tracking, adventure tours on the dunes, the wild unexplored Skeleton Coast and what makes Namibia so special. read more

09.01.2015 / Best Tours in Africa 2012

From Traveler Magazine's 2012 Tours of a Lifetime, one of our US partners presented Namibia: Dynamic Dunes Towering ochre dunescapes have long been this southern African country's calling card this epic adventure brings you there's a trekking safari takes you through NamibRand Nature Reserve, where you'll sleep on dune cots. In addition, track leopards and cheetahs with Africat Foundation esearchers at Okonjima scout rhinos in Etosha National Park's newly opened western reaches hike amid the prehistoric rock art of Twyfelfontein, a World Heritage site visit a remote Himba village and kayak among seals and dolphins in Walvisbay. Wilderness Travel: Namibia Expedition, Namibia Geographic Best Tours in Africa 2012 read more

16.09.2014 / Canadian Traveller

Great Namibia feature by our friend Mark Sissons. read more

30.06.2015 / Five essentials for a safari in Namibia - Traveleater.net by Johanna Read

What you need to bring with you on a Namibian safari will depend a great deal on the way you travel. I was lucky enough to be driven around in a Land Cruiser (by the greatest guide ever – Perez, from Ultimate Safaris), so my advice is based on that. Adapt to your circumstances. by Johanna Read Read more about shoes, more shoes, moisturizer and lots of other practical advice read more

15.01.2015 / Go Wild! A great article in the Grand Luxury Travel Magazine about Okonjima and their AfriCat Foundation.

Ultimate Safaris recommends tracking cheetah on the Okonjima Nature Reserve as one of the 11 Life Enriching Experiences when travelling in Namibia. Article by friend Mark Sissons read more

30.06.2015 / How to have the best African Safari - Luxury and Boutique Hotels by Johanna Read

A travel agent specialising in safaris will help focus your planning, and ensure that you best use your time. Trailfinders Canada is my go-to travel agent, even though they’re based in Ottawa and I’m not. They set up a three week trip to South Africa and Namibia that was nothing short of perfect. By Johanna Read Read More read more

15.06.2015 / In the footsteps of gods – the mystery of the fairy circles

Another deeply fascinating article in the quest to solve the legend of Namibia’s fairy circles, facilitated by Ultimate Safaris. Article by Rachel Nuwer, in the New Scientist, June 2015 read more

16.09.2014 / National Geographic Traveler

Some great coverage of some of our favourite camps by our friend Mark Sissons. read more

16.01.2015 / Northwestern Namibia's Splendid Isolation by Mark Sissons

Northwestern Namibia's Splendid Isolation Read all about Mark’s adventure to Southern Africa's Empty Quarter, uncovering stark desert scenery, fascinating cultures and captivating stories of Namibia’s Skeleton Coast, all the while being hosted in one of the most remote luxury lodges in Southern Africa. read more

24.11.2014 / On Safari with Michael Haindongo and Meeting Namibia’s Most Laid-Back Black Rhino

Great article on Conservation Travel with Ultimate Safaris naturalist guide and the Save The Rhino trust at Desert Rhino Camp. http://puddingstonepost.com/travel/on-safari-meeting-namibias-most-laid-back-black-rhino/ read more

15.01.2015 / Safaris With a Purpose – by Stephanie Pearson

Outside Magazine - Safaris with a purpose A 12 day safari to Namibia, Botswana, South Africa offering a crash course in conservation by US operator African Safari Company. read more

15.01.2015 / Southern Africa’s Desert Rose – The Vancouver Sun January 2013 article on Namibia

Elephants, conservation, exquisite luxury lodges, and the largest private reserve in Southern Africa - it's all here. Article by friend Mark Sissons read more

30.06.2015 / Travellettes - How to stay safe and comfortable in Namibia By Johanna Read

An annoyed herd of desert elephants charging a Land Rover was not a risk I had imagined taking before I left for my trip to Namibia. Luckily there are only a few dangers to worry about there, but here are a couple of tips to ensure your visit is a safe and enjoyable one. By Johanna Read Read More about lions, elephants, dunes and Ovahimba family values read more

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