Ultimate Safaris is known for pioneering safaris in Namibia. Driven by an enthusiasm to explore and a determination to provide a great service in extreme locations, we started by operating relatively lightweight mobile camps in impossibly remote corners of the country. We then moved on to wanting to help preserve some of these wild places that had captured our hearts and our imagination and this means we are now more permanent guests than temporary visitors. Added to that we pay our fair share to ensure the preservation and conservation of wonderful areas in which we have the privilege of operating.
We are now, in a way, redefining luxury and focusing on what the crux of a Namibian safari should be. Our own definition encompasses privacy, exclusivity, experiential focus and total flexibility, all whilst being perfectly comfortable. We are able to provide all of this at a relatively moderate cost as we move away from the opulence and consequent high pricing that is generally associated with a luxury African safari, although some of our offerings can include opulence as well. Our guests are looked after by some extraordinary people whose only desire is to ensure that each moment spent with us is as perfect as possible. Guests are pampered in camp, have their days filled with thrilling encounters, and enjoy nights entranced with exclusivity beyond most people’s wildest dreams. They are looked after throughout by a tribe of ‘Journey Magicians’ whose aim is to leave long-lasting impressions and happy memories.
Our Private Retreats rank amongst the most extraordinary in Africa in terms of sustainability, quality, design and décor whilst still remaining focussed on re-investing revenues into conservation. Guests are immersed in picturesque landscapes whilst being hosted on an exclusive, all-inclusive basis by members of the finest handpicked tribe of Journey Magicians in Namibia. Discerning, sophisticated, and discretely competent management is complimented by some of Namibia’s best naturalist guides and award-winning gourmet chefs. Private butlers ensure that guests are cared for with an absolute focus on personal attention, complimenting an offering of only the finest quality, and benchmarking a new level of hospitality at iconic and exclusive private retreats in Namibia.
Our camps are designed to offer a true “back to nature” experience with the emphasis being on the experiential aspect of safaris. We have recognised a strong desire in many travellers to go back to the original safari concept which allowed guests to touch, smell, feel and experience the wild, with their feet firmly in the dust. This ultimate connection with the earth, culture and wildlife in a very up-close and personal way gives an experience that is exclusive in the real sense of the word, as well as being very much away from the pressures of ‘normal’ life!
Since some of these camps are semi-permanent and seasonal, there is a degree of compromise required concerning the frills and other ‘add-ons’ that you might expect in a permanent tented camp or lodge. However, there is still a strong focus on ensuring complete comfort. Those prepared to forego some conventional ‘necessities’, so that they are unencumbered by buildings and all the paraphernalia that goes with them, will be able to go to sleep hearing only the noisy silence of the desert and to wake up to a chorus that announces the start of a new day. It is the kind of intimacy that can only be achieved by taking guests to the most wild, remote and private places, and keeping them well away from the beaten path.
Whilst we guarantee our renowned warm hospitality at all our camps, there are differing levels of overall comfort and experience available. As a result, we have differentiated between them, naming them comfort, classic and premium.
These camps are not permanent in any way and they are designed to be set up quickly in some of the most inaccessible corners of the country and normally for just two or three nights at a time. Our mobile camps cannot have all the comforts you might expect in our other camps so there is something of a compromise required when staying in one of them. These camps are designed for the more hardy, adventurous and intrepid type of guest, and those prepared to forego some comforts are rewarded by having access to areas where there is little or no other fixed infrastructure, thus allowing a real pioneering experience.
Our mobile camps are serviced and equipped to ensure that guests can stay in considerable comfort and to be allowed to relax and revel in the feeling of space and solitude that makes Namibia so special. We consider good food and wine to be an important part of the overall experience so our catering in camp is of a suitably high standard - even in dry, desolate areas where this can be hard to maintain. Delicious, wholesome meals with local delicacies are prepared on open fires using fresh local produce and guests are cared for by a caring warm tribe, who absolutely love what they do.
Our mobile camps offer two varieties of infrastructure with a maximum of 4 tents per group.