Experience the wonders of Africa – featuring the Minnesota Zoo’s award-winning program to save the desert black rhino of Namibia.

The first stop on our journey will be South Africa.  “The Rainbow Nation” truly offers something for every traveler: incredible wildlife, world-class accommodation, friendly people, buzzing cities and delectable food and wine.  Experiencing South Africa first-hand is the only way to truly appreciate this great nation.  South Africa set the bar for the luxury safari experience.  Here, the luxury safari accommodations lack no creature comfort (like air conditioning, private plunge pools, spas, etc.), and offer personalized service that is difficult to match.  The Greater Kruger National Park, Madikwe and Phinda regions of South Africa also offer the best chance to see the elusive Big Five, making South Africa an ideal safari destination for both first-time safari goers and returning guests alike.

From South Africa, we travel to Namibia for a Minnesota Zoo exclusive look at the program to save the desert black rhino of Namibia’s Kunene region. This program is led by our very own Dr. Jeff Muntifering. Jeff founded the Zoo’s program in Namibia and has lived and worked in-country since 2003. Jeff will guide us through the rich dreamscape that is the Namibian terrain.

Namibia is a truly unique destination within the safari circuit in that the focus here isn’t on large quantities of big game. Rather, Namibia’s charm is its desert adapted game, hauntingly beautiful landscape, culture, geology and natural history.

Since 2009, the Minnesota Zoo has partnered with Namibian conservation organization, Save the Rhino Trust, Namibia’s Ministry of Environment and Tourism, and local communities to help protect and expand this unique wild rhino population.  The Minnesota Zoo is proud to be part of one of the world’s most successful efforts to save this incredible endangered species.

Rhinos are shy and dangerous animals.  Releasing them into new areas and showing them to tourists is not easy.   Since 2012, the Minnesota Zoo and partners have provided training, equipment and bonus payments to 36 local ‘rhino rangers’ in 14 communities.  Now, 100% of rhino that live on community lands in the Kunene Region of Namibia are being protected by the community that lives alongside them. Many local people have become especially proud to have rhinos living on their lands.

At first glance, Namibia might seem like one of Earth’s most desolate places.  With ancient deserts, parched salt pans and windblown shoreline littered with weathered hulls of foundered ships, there would seem little potential for life and color–and little to interest the average traveler.  But there is stark beauty in its vistas–from the multihued sand dunes of the Kalahari and Namib deserts to the foggy shores of the Skeleton Coast.

With inspired destinations and unique access to Black Rhino conservation efforts, this safari will be unlike any other.

Space(s) Available: There is room for six more travelers.

Date: September 16th, 2020, to September 27th, 2020
Age: Adults 21+
Cost: $12,200* per person, plus round-trip airfare and commercial flights

This price includes:

  • Every land service on the itinerary including light aircraft flights but excluding commercial flights.
  • Meet & Assist service on arrival.
  • Accommodation on a shared basis.
  • Meals as specified.
  • Excursions and transfers as shown above.
  • Services of the lodge guides and staff.
  • Relevant park fees.
  • Tips & gratuities.
  • The current South Africa and Namibia tourism levies and all relevant value added tax or government sales tax.

Does not include:

  • Visas and passports. Please see information above.
  • Commercial and transatlantic flights and related ticket or airport taxes.
  • Medical evacuation insurance—required
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Drinks, entrance fees, porterage, tours/excursions and transfers not specified above.
  • Any new government taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases which are beyond our control.
  • Meals not specified in itinerary

Solo Travelers: You will be paired with another traveler for hotel rooms. If you would prefer to have your own sleeping room for an additional $3,550 fee per person, please let Katie at Travel Beyond know at the time of registration.  Tell her you are requesting your own room and the additional fee will be added to your order.

Deposit: A 30% deposit will be due at the time of registration. Final payments are due 90 days prior to departure.

Registration Deadline: January 31, 2020

*Cost will vary based on final number of participants and exchange rate on day of payment.

How to Register: Email Jennifer Baker at [email protected]

Flights: Travel Beyond offers assistance with all aspects of travel, including international and internal commercial flights. Please note that these fares are not included in the costs of your proposal. Our in-house air specialist has over 15 years of experience in seamlessly integrating airfare with tour arrangements and can help find just the right balance of schedule and cost for your trip.

Itinerary
Following is a list of just some of what we’ll do over the course of our adventure! Please email [email protected] if you have any questions about the itinerary or accommodations. The accommodations are tentative.

Day 1: Upon arrival in Johannesburg, you will be met by a Travel Beyond representative who will assist you with airport formalities and escort you to the InterContinental Hotel at Johannesburg Airport.

Lodging in Johannesburg
INTERCONTINENTAL JOHANNESBURG O.R. TAMBO AIRPORT HOTEL

Day 2 (B/D): This morning after breakfast and checkout, you will be met by a Travel Beyond representative who will assist you back to the Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport.  Upon arrival at the airport, you will check-in for your commercial flight to Skukuza. Upon arrival in Skukuza, you will be met by a camp representative and transferred to MalaMala Sable Camp. Accommodations will be reserved for three nights, including all meals, local drinks (excluding premium import brands), private safari activities (game drives & nature walks), and laundry (max of 10 items per room per day).  This afternoon, meet your guide for a private safari activity. Dinner will be served at camp.

Lodging in Malamala Game Reserve
MALAMALA SABLE CAMP

Day 3 (B/L/D): On Safari!  Enjoy morning and afternoon private safari activities.  All meals will be served at camp.

Lodging in Malamala Game Reserve
MALAMALA SABLE CAMP

Day 4 (B): This morning at a time to be advised by camp management, you will be transferred to the Skukuza Airport. Upon arrival at the airport, you will check in for your commercial flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival in Johannesburg, you will be met by a Travel Beyond representative who will assist you to your connecting commercial flight to Windhoek, Namibia. Upon arrival in Windhoek, after completing airport formalities, you will be met by a Travel Beyond representative for your private transfer to The Olive Exclusive. Accommodations will be reserved for one night, including breakfast. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure.

Lodging in Windhoek, Namibia
THE OLIVE EXCLUSIVE ALL-SUITE HOTEL

Day 5 (B/D)This morning after breakfast and checkout, you will be met by a Travel Beyond representative for your private transfer to the Windhoek Airport. Upon arrival at the airport, you will check in for your private light aircraft flight to Damaraland. Upon arrival at the airstrip, you will be met by your guide and transferred to Desert Rhino Camp. Accommodations will be reserved for three nights, including all meals, local drinks (excluding premium import brands and champagne), private safari activities (game drives, guided walks and rhino tracking), and laundry. This afternoon, meet your guide for a private safari activity. Dinner will be served at camp.

Lodging in Damaraland, Namibia
DESERT RHINO CAMP

Day 6 (B/L/D): On Safari!  Enjoy morning and afternoon private safari activities.  All meals will be served at camp.

Lodging in Damaraland, Namibia

DESERT RHINO CAMP

Day 7 (B/L/D): Today at a time to be advised by camp management, you will be transferred to the airstrip for your private light aircraft flight to Sossusvlei via Doro Nawas. Upon arrival at the airstrip, you will be met by your guide and transferred to Little Kulala. Accommodations will be reserved for three nights, including all meals, local drinks (excluding premium import brands and champagne), private safari activities (game drives, night drives, guided walks, and quad biking), and laundry. This afternoon, meet your guide for a private safari activity. Dinner will be served at camp.

Lodging in Sossusvlei, Namibia

LITTLE KULALA

Day 8 (B/L): On Safari!  Enjoy morning and afternoon private safari activities.  All meals will be served at camp.

Lodging in Sossusvlei, Namibia
LITTLE KULALA

Day 9 (B): Today at a time to be advised by camp management, you will be transferred to the airstrip for your private light aircraft flight to Windhoek via Doro Nawas. Upon arrival in Windhoek, you will check in for your commercial flight to Johannesburg, South Africa. Upon arrival in Windhoek, you will check in for your commercial flight to Johannesburg, South Africa.