On this tour you will experience savanna, desert mountains and sea, the Himba people, ancient rock engravings and a petrified forest. All within just a little more than one week. This safari can be combined with our 3 day Namib Desert tour to make an unforgettable 10 day combination tour.
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B = Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner
Price per person: N$13 950
Min: 4pax | Max: 12pax
(Prices valid until 31 Oct 2017)
All camping as listed below.
3 meals a day.
All park fees.
All activities mentioned below.
Passenger liability insurance.
Air conditioned vehicle.
VAT is included in the price.
Mineral water on the vehicles.
Other personal items.
Day 1: Windhoek to Okonjima
You will be collected between 07:30 and 08:00 within Windhoek. This first day will take us to Okonjima. It is the home of the AfriCat Foundation, a conservation operation that focuses on the African big cats, particularly the cheetah. This afternoon you will be taken on a tour that will provide us with more insights on this conservation program. The learning will be enhanced by the opportunity to see some of the animals.
Day 2: Okonjima to Namutoni, Etosha National Park
This morning we have an early start, heading towards the Etosha National Park. We will travel via Lake Otjikoto, which is in fact Namibia's largest permanent natural lake. We will take time here to rest a little and learn about the history of this unusual landmark. Having arrived in Namutoni, set camp and familiarized ourselves with the surroundings, we have our first game drive during the cool of the afternoon. The game viewing is usually excellent with close views of springboks, zebras, impalas, giraffes, gemsboks and plenty of birds. If we are lucky we may also have some close encounters with elephants and lions. Back at the camp we may enjoy a glass of wine and experience a fabulous sunset from the tower of the old German fort before dinner around the campfire.
Day 3: Namutoni to Okaukuejo, Etosha National Park
Today we will spend most of the day game driving. We will visit a number of waterholes and make a stop at the Etosha Pan, the “place of dry water”. The Pan is an extensive flat depression of about 5,000 km2. This great, white expanse is a place of shimmering mirages, and seeing large herds of game in this setting makes Etosha a unique experience in Africa. We may stop at Halali middle camp to have lunch and relax before we continue to the southern side of the park and our night camp at Okaukuejo. After dinner a visit to the floodlit waterhole is strongly recommended as there is a good chance of seeing rhinos and lions come to drink.
Day 4: Okaukuejo to Kamanjab
(Hoada campsite) (290km)
We make an early start and begin our day with a game drive before we leave the park and drive into the desert mountains of the Kaokoveld, one of the last true wildernesses of Southern Africa and home to the Himba people. During the afternoon we will be taken to the Oases village where we will meet with the locals. We will have a special guide for the time we are there, who will be able to translate for us and introduce us to this “tribe”. We will learn about marriage customs, traditional food and we will visit the “holy fire”.
Day 5: Hoada Campsite to Brandberg
(White Lady Lodge & Rest Camp (240km)
Today we again have an early start, heading into one of the most beautiful desert regions in Namibia – Damaraland. We will see the Organ Pipes and rock engravings on the way to Brandberg. The Brandberg mountain is an ancient Bushman spiritual site and tonight we will sleep in the shadow of this giant granite monolith.
Day 6: White Lady Lodge & Rest Camp to Swakopmund
(Amanpuri or similar) (260km)
We start early to enjoy the cool of the morning. Our first stop is in the small town of Uis, an old mining town and one of the best places to buy semi-precious stones, for which Namibia is famous. Here rough amethyst, tourmaline and other stones can be found at bargain prices. Having arrived at the coast we drive to Cape Cross and the seal colony with close views of thousands of fur seals. Tonight we may take the opportunity to try the excellent restaurants in Swakopmund. The seafood in Swakopmund is superb. Your guide will offer to organize a group meal in a local restaurant for this evening. Participation is recommended but by no means required. Dinner is not included in the price of the safari and will be on the client's own account.
Day 7: Swakopmund to Walvis Bay to Swakopmund
(Amanpuri or similar)(60km)
“Coast to Coast” Today we drive to Walvis Bay where we stop at the lagoon area to see flamingoes and lots of other birds. If we are lucky we may even spot some dolphins. We will pa the salt works a visit before we return back to Swakopmund. During the rest of the day there is plenty of time to explore the town.
Swakopmund is a very pleasant seaside town with lots of shops, a good stretch of beach (although the Atlantic is quite cold here) and an open-air curio market. There is also a very good museum and the Namibian National Marine Aquarium is located in Swakopmund. Alternatively, there are various optional activities that can be arranged. These include a half-day boat-tour with chances to see seals and dolphins (and indulge in oysters and champagne!), scenic flights and micro-light flights over the desert, fishing trips (either from the beach or in a boat), quad-bike trips into the desert and over the sand dunes around Swakopmund, sandboarding, skydiving and many other activities. Your guide will discuss all possible optional activities with you and offer to make pre-booking in advance, (N.B. all extra activities in Swakopmund are at the client's own expense).
Day 8: Swakopmund to Windhoek
This is the last day of our trip and after lunch we will travel back to Windhoek, passing by marble and gold mines and Namibia's largest craft market in Okahandja, the administrative centre of the Herero people.