On this amazing tour you will experience savanna, desert mountains and sea, wildlife, the Himba people, ancient rock engravings and a petrified forest; all within little more than a week. This safari can be combined with our 3 Day Namib Desert tour to make an unforgettable 10 day combination tour.
|1||Okonjima Nature Reserve||Okonjima's Omboroko Campsite||FB+|
|2||Etosha National Park, East||Namutoni Camp||FB+|
|3||Etosha National Park, South||Okaukuejo Campsite||FB+|
|5||Brandberg, Damaraland||Brandberg White Lady Camping||FB+|
|6||Amanpuri Travellers Lodge||Guesthouse||B,B&L|
|7||Swakopmund||Amanpuri Travellers Lodge||B,B&L|
B = Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner
B,B&L = Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
FB+ (Full Board Plus) = Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Activities
Price per person: N$ 17 500
Min: 4pax | Max: 8pax
(Prices valid until 31 Oct 2020)
Professional guide & Assistant Guide.
All camping as listed below & all camping equipment (except sleeping bags).
3 meals a day.
All park fees.
All activities mentioned below.
Passenger liability insurance.
Air conditioned vehicle.
VAT is included in the price.
Other personal items.
Sleeping bags can be rented at N$30 per day.
ITINERARYDETAILED Itinerary (offsite)
Day 1: Windhoek to Okonjima
(Omboroko Campsite or similar)(300km/4h45)
You will be picked up at your accommodation between 07:30 and 08:00 and transferred to Okonjima which is about 2.5 hours from Windhoek. Okonjima is home to the AfriCat Foundation, a conservation operation that focuses on the long term survival of Namibia's large carnivores in their natural habitat, particularly the cheetah. During the afternoon you will be taken on a tour that will provide more insights into this programme and the opportunity to see some of these majestic animals.
Activities: Africat Foundation excursion
Included: Lunch, Dinner and Activity
Day 2: Okonjima to Namutoni, Etosha National Park, East
This morning we make an early start and head off towards the Etosha National Park. We will travel via Lake Otjikoto, which is Namibia's second largest, permanent, natural lake. It is distinguished by its great depth and emerald-green waters. We will rest here and learn about the history and geology of this unusual landmark.
Having arrived at Namutoni in the park, we will set up camp and explore our surroundings. Facilities include two restaurants, a craft shop, swimming pool and viewing deck overlooking King Nehale Waterhole.
We embark on our first game drive during the cool of the afternoon. The game viewing is usually excellent with close sightings of springboks, zebras, impalas, giraffes, gemsboks and plenty of birds. If we are lucky we may also experience close encounters with elephants and lions. Back at the camp we can enjoy a glass of wine and watch a fabulous sunset from the tower of the old German fort before dinner around the campfire.
The Etosha National Park is home to over 100 mammal species, 340 bird species and 110 reptile species. Larger mammals include lion, elephant, leopard, giraffe, cheetah, hyena, springbok, zebra and eland. Animals, particularly during the dry season, are dependent on the many waterholes found in the park, and these serve as great places for game viewing. Vegetation in the park is varied, but consists mostly of mopane woodland and grassy plains.
The park is dominated by a large, white depression (the Etosha Pan), which used to be a lake. It is now a dry, dusty, clay and salt pan, but occasionally fills with water after heavy rain. This temporary water attracts thousands of wading birds, including flamingos. Springs along the edge of the Etosha Pan also draw large concentrations of wildlife and birds.
Activities: Otjikoto Lake, Etosha Game Drive
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Park Fees and Activities
Day 3: Namutoni to Okaukuejo, Etosha National Park, South
Today we will spend most of the day searching for animals, as we make our way through the game reserve towards our next rest camp. We will visit a number of waterholes and stop to view the Etosha Pan, also known as the “place of dry water”. This extensive, flat depression is about 5,000 km2. Seeing large herds of game in this setting of shimmering mirages is a unique experience. We may stop at Halali (the middle camp) to have lunch, before we continue on to the southern side of the park and our night camp at Okaukuejo.
After dinner, we recommend a visit to the floodlit waterhole as there is a good chance of seeing rhinos and lions come to drink.
Activities: Etosha Game Drive
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Park Fees and Activity
Day 4: Okaukuejo to Palmwag
(Hoada campsite or similar) (290km)
We start our day with a game drive before leaving the park and driving into the desert mountains of the Kaokoveld, one of the last true wildernesses of southern Africa and home of the Himba people. During the afternoon we will pay a visit to Otjikandera Himba village where we will meet the local inhabitants. A special guide is going to be available for the time we are there. The guide will translate for us and introduce us to this indigenous “tribe” of nomadic pastoralists. We will learn about their marriage customs, traditional way of life and food and we will visit the “holy fire”.
Our campsite is nested among large granite boulders and mopane trees. A splash pool is available and the area offers the chance of seeing desert elephant.
Activities: Otjikandera Himba village excursion
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Activity
Day 5: Hoada Campsite to Brandberg
(Brandberg White Lady Camping or similar (240km)
Today we will continue south into one of the most beautiful desert regions in Namibia – Damaraland. The area is known for desert elephants and, if we are lucky, we might spot a few. We will visit the Twyfelfontein UNESCO World Heritage Site which features one of the largest and most important concentrations of rock art in Africa. We will pass by the Organ Pipes, a striking rock formation of columnar basalts which resemble organ pipes.
Our campsite is situated near the Brandberg mountain, an ancient Bushman spiritual site. Tonight we will sleep in the shadow of this giant granite monolith.
Activities: UNESCO Bushman heritage site excursion
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Activity
Day 6: White Lady Lodge & Rest Camp to Swakopmund
(Amanpuri Travellers Lodge or similar) (260km)
We depart early to enjoy the cool of the morning. Our first stop is 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, a vast seal colony, north of Swakopmund. Here you are able to get up close to thousands of wild Cape fur seals and observe them in their natural environment.
Tonight your guide will organise a meal at one of Swakopmund's excellent restaurants. The seafood here is superb. Participation is recommended, but not required. Dinner is not included in the price of the safari and will be on the client's own account.
Accommodation for the next two nights will be at a tranquil bed and breakfast.
Activities: Cape Cross Seal Colony
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activity
Day 7: Swakopmund to Walvis Bay to Swakopmund
(Amanpuri Travellers Lodge or similar)(60km)
Today we travel from “Coast to Coast” to visit the lagoon in Walvis Bay. It is is one of the richest and most important wetlands in southern Africa and home to many water birds including Great and Lesser flamingos, Damara terns, pelicans and avocets. We will also visit the salt works before returning to Swakopmund
Swakopmund is a charming seaside town characterised by German colonial architecture, palm-lined streets, great restaurants, plenty of shops and beautiful beaches. You will be free to explore this town for the rest of the day. It offers plenty to do including a good museum and aquarium. Various optional activities can also be arranged. These include a boat tour (with oysters and champagne), scenic flights and micro-light flights over the desert, fishing trips (either from the beach or a boat), quad-biking in the desert, sandboarding and skydiving. Your guide will discuss all your options and offer to make pre-bookings. Note that all extra activities in Swakopmund are subject to availability and are made at the client's own expense.
Activities: Walvis Bay Lagoon, Walvis Bay Salt Works
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities
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. We will stop at the small town of Okahandja, the administrative centre of the Herero people. Here we will visit the largest craft market in Namibia. The stalls are operated on a co-operative basis by the local community and the market is a good place to do last-minute shopping for truly African souvenirs. We arrive in Windhoek during the late afternoon.
Included: Breakfast, Lunch