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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

26.05.2017 / We Are Africa Experience Award

The Ultimate Tribe is proud to announce that we have been honored with the We Are Africa “Experience Award” for our Giraffe Conservation Safari. This prestigious accolade was presented at the WAA trade show in Cape Town on the 2nd of May 2017, and Tristan Cowley received the award on our behalf. The list of short-listed nominees was of the highest caliber and, after being a finalist for three consecutive years, we were ecstatic to receive this recognition. read more

Fam trip feedback

04.09.2017 / CHEETAH VIEW LODGE - Colleen, July 2017

·What we loved: spacious & clean rooms, friendly staff & the sundowner Serengeti drive. At the CCF day center itself they have a fantastic state of the art genetics lab, delicious locally produced goats cheese products at the local creamery, well-priced café with a variety of meal options & variety of activities and loads of interesting info regarding cheetah conservation! ·Keep in mind: it’s a fair detour if only including a day visit and feel guests who are particularly interested in CCF and their conservation efforts will get more out of the entire experience if they overnight and enjoy a full ay there. ·Mmmmh: Although the cheetah feeding may not be to everyone’s taste it is one of the better performed ‘feeding’ tours. The Cheetah drive does allow great photographic opportunities for those who want to get close up shots of the cheetah (without collars). I personally prefer seeing animals in their natural habitat but can appreciate organizations such as CCF and the magnificent work they do towards the preservation of this remarkable animal – guests expectations need to be set. ·Insider tips: Fill out the online indemnity form prior to your arrival for a day visitor, as this will save you time. I believe that at an additional cost you can have Lauri Marker join you for dinner, provide she is available. This is highly recommended if you overnighting as you can then learn first-hand the ins & outs of CCF. read more

04.09.2017 / CHOBE WATER VILLAS - Birgit, November 2016

·What we loved – The beautifully designed, spacious villas, each with private deck and views, invite you to stay longer and are among the best accommodation in the Chobe area for the rate they charge (I didn’t see most of the lodges, and only visited Chobe Safari Lodge, Chobe Bush Lodge, Cresta Mowana and Muchenje Safari Lodge.). Because the lodge is located on the Namibian side, the area on the river where they operate their boat trips is not subject to the restricted park hours of Chobe National Park, which means there is no rush to get back to land by sunset. ·Keep in mind – you still travel and enter via Kasane. There is an access route for 4x4’s from the Namibia, but generally guests would be picked up by boat transfer from Kasane. ·Mmmmh – The lodge is quite big, and has a large entertainment area, so FIT guests may feel a bit lost. It looks like a 100 roomed lodge, but is actually much more intimate with only 16 villages. Because of the transfer back to Kasane and then hop onto a vehicle, they arrive a bit later in Chobe. They intent to leave later for Chobe National Park so it has the advantages of missing the traffic of other safari vehicles, but also means it can mean enduring a game drive when it’s hotter during the day. ·Insider tips – Do the boat cruise, which is more of a leisure trip rather than the boisterous booze cruise that many operators generally offer on the Chobe River. read more

04.09.2017 / DIVAVA OKAVANGO RESORT AND SPA - Birgit, December 2016

·What we loved – While it is a larger lodge that we generally book, I really enjoyed my stay because the staff was very friendly and accommodating. They arranged a private, romantic dinner for one (me) with stunning views overlooking the Okavango River and the 5 course dinner was spectacular. For such a large lodge, I found it surprisingly silent - even the pool pump was quiet. The rooms were gorgeous/ ·Keep in mind – I didn’t do any tours, though they do offer boat cruise on the river. ·Mmmmh – ironically enough, for a silent running lodge, my air conditioner was quite noisy. ·Insider tips – Just beyond my room I found a quiet reading spot near a building which looks like they sometimes do spa treatments. This is a good overnight option for 1 night, easy access and great comfort. read more

04.09.2017 / HAKUSEMBE ISLAND LODGE - Birgit, November 2016

What we loved – the Gondwana collection consistently gets it right that the entire staff is part of the hosting team, everybody is friendly and welcoming and empowered to host, so you never feel the need to seek the manager, though he did do his rounds at dinner. The home baked cookies and fresh coffee awaiting me on my balcony. Accommodation is quirky. Sundowner snacks among the best I had, not your usual biltong and chips only but with additional homemade little snacks. Birding on the boat cruise was very prolific and our guide had a keen eye, spotting even a small water monitor. Keep in mind - that the price is very reasonable, mid to budget minded, so your amenities might be limited to soaps and shampoos but no fancy body creams. Rooms are not very private and close to each other. Mmmmh – A buffet dinner may not be everybody’s preferred taste. It was good and sufficient however and freshly prepared. Insider tips - Rundu only really requires a functional overnight stop en route to the wilder side of Zambezi. This is a perfectly adequate option – stop in for a night and then leave after breakfast. Do join the boatcruise, it is a nice introduction to rural Zambezi region, puttering along the Okavango River as you see people fishing, a variety of Kingfishers. read more

04.09.2017 / NAMBWA ISLAND LODGE - Birgit November 2016

·What we loved: Gorgeous rooms, which take the classic tented camp style to a luxurious design with tweaks such as curtains, private spacious deck, indulgent bath. I had an aromatic, hot bath awaiting me at bedtime each night. Food was excellent. Freshly made popcorn at the spot for sundowners added a quirky touch to the usual sundowners snacks. The soup at sundowner at Horseshoe Bend was soul-nourishing. The unbelievable colourful sunsets at Horseshoe bend. I loved the overall chilled athmosphere and the calls of the Fish Eagle. ·Keep in mind: Horseshoe Bend inside the Bwabwata National Park is not exclusive to Nambwa and access is possible for campers, self-drivers and Namushasha guests, though we rarely, if ever, encountered them. Game viewing is as anywhere on safari, never guaranteed. This is an elephant haven, but I didn’t see a single one during my entire three days there; the only evidence of large herds residing here was liberally scattered dung, and many industrious dung beetles. ·Mmmmh: Power is switched off each night after the last guest retired to bed, but back up lights/torches in the room were at the time not available. ·Insider tips: Do insist on a guided walk, it’s well worth it. You will always have your share of game drives on your Namibian safari, but being able to traverse the flat landscape by foot is always fascinating. Ask to walk to the hide and spend some time birdwatching over the little lagoon. It is subject to availability of armed guide. read more

04.09.2017 / NKASA LUPALA LODGE - Birgit, November 2016

·What we loved – The simple dinner was excellent and wholesome. I enjoyed my sundowner in the Nkasa Rupara National Park, overlooking a pool with very comfortable hippo checking us out. Again, popcorn for sundowners seems to be a favorite in the Zambezi. We saw hippos, buffalo, elephant, and lots of Impala and Kudu. The camp is sincerely concerned about sustainability and its real environmental footprint. Power is switched off after dinner and you enjoy the most magnificent night skies. ·Keep in mind – You embark on game drives into the Nkasa Rupara National Park, which means these are subject to park rules and you have to exit by sunset, so when we finally spotted the elephant herd, there was no time to linger. ·Mmmmh – Lunch of toasted sandwiches may have been a limited lunch option, even if tasty and adequate. Couldn’t find the 2x4 parking spot and ended up a short distance on the 4x4 trail following lodge signs, so need better instructions where you park your car, but they have since then created the necessary signage. ·Insider tips – TheNkasa Rupara National Park is beautiful. Stunning sunsets and scenery, birding is diverse and excellent, got a few rarities checked off. (the Marabou Stork and Egrets especially were exciting and we spotted lots of Fish Eagles) read more

04.09.2017 / OTJIMBONDONA KALAHARI - Colleen, June 2017

·What we loved: Gorgeous main area (tastefully decorated), large well-appointed beautiful rooms with outside private plunge pool and ‘sala’ (where they can offer massage treatments), yummy meal (although we only had lunch), well equipped gym and sauna. Beautiful landscape and unique hide. Wide variety of general game. Warm hospitality & they will go out of their way to make you feel welcome and comfortable. ·Keep in mind: bathroom (shower & bath) is open plan onto the bedroom (toilet is separate with a door) so this is something to consider if you have sharing guests who are not a fan of an ‘open bathroom’. ·Mmmmh: wasn’t a fan of the converted combi for the game drive but I believe their normal cruiser vehicle was in for a service?! The game drive however was excellent, we saw quite a lot, both mammals and bird species. ·Insider tips: Great option for guests who have the budget and want luxury accommodation at the start or end of their trip to unwind. If they on a fly-in basis (private charter) rather offer the option of a pickup/drop off at their Otjibondona airstrip instead of driving all the way back to HKIA. It’s also an option to consider when you have guests who want to see meerkats in their natural environment as they have a bench situated near the Meerkat den (which is within walking distance from the lodge) but keep in mind that this can never be guaranteed and depends if the den is active. read more



In line with our commitment to help preserve wild places through impact investments that have a positive impact on the environment and its custodians as already demonstrated at //Huab Under Canvas, we are delighted to introduce our newest venture, SOSSUS UNDER CANVAS in the Greater Sossusvlei-Namib Landscape. Located on the private 24,000 hectare Neuhof Nature Reserve which is nestled between the Nubib and Zaris Mountains, this camp is a mere thirty minutes’ drive from the Sossusvlei gate, the gateway to the Great Namib Sand Sea which has recently been declared a World Heritage Site. read more

18.04.2017 / Enriched transfers

Ultimate Safaris is pleased to introduce the executive arm of our operation with the addition of an Audi Q5 to the current fleet of transfer vehicles (mainly VW Transporters). Ultimate Safaris is always looking at ways to develop and enhance our VIP business, and the introduction of ‘Enriched Transfers’ is part of a bigger strategy to cater to the ‘high end’ traveler visiting Namibia. read more

18.04.2017 / Introducing Journeys Under Canvas

Ultimate Safaris has from the onset been synonymous with pioneering safaris in Namibia. Driven by an explorertype determination and enthusiasm, we started by operating relatively lightweight mobile camps in impossibly remote corners of the country, but we have now moved on in committing to help preserve some of these wild places that have captured our hearts and our imagination. read more

19.04.2017 / Introducing Safarihoek

Staying true to our reputation of being at the forefront of exploring new safari possibilities in Namibia, we are excited to introduce what we believe to be a wonderful addition to the safariscape in Namibia, Etosha Heights’ Safarihoek Lodge. read more

18.04.2017 / Introducing Ultimate Safaris' STELLAR ESCAPE

Last year saw the introduction of our first exclusive seasonal camp, //Huab Under Canvas. It has been a phenomenal first season with fantastic guest feedback. From being pampered in camp, to having days filled with thrilling encounters (our first season saw 100% success in our engaging rhino tracking activity) and enjoying nights entranced with exclusivity beyond most people’s expectations, our guests are looked after by a tribe of magicians who aim to leave lasting impressions. //Huab Under Canvas is redefining luxury, going back to a foregone safari era and foregoing some of the creature comforts of permanent camps or lodges of the modern safari era. We have identified a strong desire in many travellers to go back to the roots of safari, to touch, smell, feel and experience the wild, with their feet firmly in the dust that covers Africa. 2017 will see a number of new experiences offered at //Huab Under Canvas, and one of these is our new STELLAR ESCAPE. read more

01.12.2017 / Introducing Ultimate Safaris’ GUIDE IN TRAINING program

Ultimate Safaris believes in providing great opportunities for families to come on safari. Our positive approach means that we allocate a specialist guide to family safaris who is trained and caring, and who can help to inspire children to learn and love the wilderness. Those families who choose to book a ‘Family Safari’ have their own private vehicle and their own guide who will look after them from the start to the end of their Namibian safari, and automatically qualify for our GUIDE IN TRAINING program. read more

18.04.2017 / Launch of Agent LogIn

As the tribe at Ultimate Safaris works exclusively with the trade, we want to provide you with comprehensive, around the clock access to relevant, up to date, and accurate information on Namibia and Ultimate Safaris via this site. read more

18.04.2017 / Meet the Ultimate Tribe

Our guests are taken care of by some extraordinary people whose only desire is to ensure that each moment spent with us is as perfect as possible. From responding to initial enquiries, to providing days filled with thrilling encounters, and to arranging nights entranced with exclusivity beyond most people’s wildest dreams, our tribe offers a seamless service and it goes without saying that they know exactly what is expected of them to create perfect the Namibian safari. read more


11.09.2014 / Ultimate Safaris partners with SWAROVSKI OPTIK

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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 - 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. 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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