Gary Franklin is a third time repeat client of BHS, and Gary Lisney is a second time repeat client, so it’s fair to say we thoroughly enjoy working with these two to create the safaris they love enough to keep coming back for! The Garys and their wives, Tania Franklin and Susan Lisney, recently went on a 10-day Namibian adventure to celebrate their wedding anniversaries and we believe they had the most spectacular time. Here, we are sharing their safari itinerary and the images and videos they took while enjoying the trip!
Diverse Namibia is an active, exciting adventure, exploring the iconic areas of this vast country – its dunes, desert, plains and superb wildlife – enhanced by exclusive accommodation in private reserves and concessions. On this adventure you will take in the soaring red dunes of Sossusvlei, the life-filled blue Atlantic Ocean, the desert and denizens of Damaraland, and the dense plains game and predators of Etosha National Park. Throughout the Exploration are interspersed activities such as scenic walks and visiting the spectacular ancient rock engravings at Twyfelfontein – altogether, a true Namibian adventure with a range of activities impossible to beat!
The Lisneys and the Franklins started their journey at River Crossings Lodge in Windhoek where they settled in to the holiday swing and enjoyed a good night’s rest before embarking on this 9-night tour of the “Land of Contrasts”. As an added bonus to the below itinerary, these lucky guests got the vehicle and guide all to themselves and so were able to detour to see the captivating Skeleton Coast as well!
First stop was Kulala Adventurer Camp, Sossusvlei to explore the iconic red dunes and be awed by the desert-adapted wildlife surviving in one of the world’s oldest and most arid deserts.
Then, to the Hansa Hotel, Swakopmund, via the snaking roads of the Kuiseb Canyon and out onto the expansive gravel plains, Walvis Bay, and finally into the quaint town of Swakopmund to stay in the iconic hotel that forms part of city’s architectural culture. The Dolphin and Seal Cruise is a highlight of this part of the journey if the weather allows for it!
Next, it was on to Damaraland Adventurer Camp, Damaraland, west of the Brandberg Mountain, stopping for lunch at Ugab Save the Rhino Trust Camp. This area boasts the largest concentration of black rhino anywhere on the planet outside a national park, and a varied assortment of desert-adapted wildlife and incredible geological formations.
After that, it was on to Ongava Game Reserve, which borders Etosha National Park, which remains the highest density wildlife area within Namibia. Some of the most spectacular game viewing opportunities and a look at the mind-blowing salt pan.
Finally, it was time to return to Windhoek and bid farewell to their guide, Papa G, and depart the incredible Namibia! We are so pleased that these two couples got to make the most of a fascinating country with its stark landscapes, unusual wildlife, curious coastlines, and renowned game viewing. Thank you for sharing your holiday snaps – see you next time!