This 16-day tour is the perfect overview of Northern Namibia Camping Safari and a surfing experience along the Atlantic Coastline. Enjoy sightings of wildlife at the Okonjima Nature Reserve and Etosha National Park before immersing ourselves into the rich culture of the Himba tribe. We explore Namibia`s Skeleton Coast and visit the seals at Cape Cross before enjoying our night of the tour in Swakopmund, Namibia`s adventure capital. After our safari, we join a 7 day surf camp with a world class surf coach. We are at the mercy of nature, so there can be days with perfect conditions where 2 sessions make sense in one day and there can be days where the waves are too dangerous for your surf level and we have to skip a day – perfect to experience other attractions and activities the Namib Desert has to offer.
Day: 1 Friday Chameleon Backpackers Guesthouse
Today we are collected at the Hosea Kutako International Airport, and brought into Windhoek to Chameleon Backpackers, our accommodation for the night. Chameleon Backpackers is centrally located for a quick walk into the city centre, or stay in-house and ask for the nightly meal or pizza options. Chameleon backpackers is a great place to meet and chat with other guests or just enjoy an evening meal by the bar or pool.
Day: 2 Saturday Okonjima`s Omboroko Campsite
Our tour starts at Chameleon Safaris HQ in Windhoek where we meet for a pre-departure briefing. Anyone not staying at Chameleon Backpackers must be prepared for a 7h15 pickup. After the departure from Windhoek, we stop briefly at the Okahandja Wood carving markets. Woodcarvers from all over Namibia come here to sell their hand-crafted goods and this is the perfect opportunity to practice our haggling skills all while supporting the local community. Our next stop is our overnight destination, the world-renowned Okonjima Nature Reserve. Okonjima s an impressive 20,000ha nature reserve that is home to an incredible array of wildlife species. It is also home to the AfriCat Foundation, whose long-term mission is the conservation of Namibia`s wildlife in their natural habitat, but in a protected conservation area. This includes predators and keystone species and the reserve is well known for leopard, cheetah, and hyena sightings.
We aim to arrive at camp around midday, giving is ample time to set up camp and enjoy lunch before we join the afternoon activity where we have the chance to see some of the cheetahs currently part of the AfriCat rehabilitation programme. The aim of this programme is to re-introduce these animals back into the reserve before enjoying our first spectacular sunset in the Namibian bush. Dinner tonight is prepared by our guide over an open fire.
Day: 3 Sunday Okaukuejo Campsite, Etosha National Park
We depart from camp after breakfast and stop briefly at Otjiwarongo, a small town north of Oknojima to gather some fresh supplies, before continuing on to Etosha National Park, one of Southern Africa`s premier wildlife reserves. Upon entering the gate, we start our search for antelope, such as springbok and impala, and with any luck some megaherbivores such as elephant, rhino or giraffe, on our short game drive to Okaukuejo. We set up camp and enjoy a delicious lunch before heading out on an afternoon game drive. Etosha is unlike any other, and our game drives take us from waterhole to waterhole in search of predators as well as plains game, birds, and if we are lucky, even reptiles. We return to camp just before sunset, and whilst dinner is cooking, we have the chance to visit the excellent floodlit waterhole where rhino, elephant, giraffe, lion, and hyena are frequent visitors. Dinner is prepared by our guide over an open fire.
Day: 4 Monday Okaukuejo Campsite, Etosha National Park
A pre-dawn start today with a quick coffee and rusk before embarking on our full day game drive at sunrise to have any chance of catching a glimpse of predators that are returning home after a night of hunting. We make our way across the park, visiting various waterholes, and enjoying a late breakfast at one of the picnic spots within the park. We continue our journey east in search of the many species that call Etosha home and arrive at Halali where we can take a dip in the pool, visit the waterhole and enjoy lunch. After lunch, we visit the Etosha Pan where the park gets its name. Here we can get out of the vehicle and experience this 4500 sq km “saline desert”, a salt pan so large it can be seen from space. We continue our game drive to look for the Big 4 on our way back to Okaukuejo, arriving at camp by sunset. Enjoy our last night camping in Etosha, and a visit to the waterhole before and after dinner is highly recommended.
Day: 5 Tuesday Palmwag Campsite, Kunene Region
Another early start where we can take I a spectacular sunrise whilst having breakfast and then a short game drive back to the park gate. The route today takes us west into the area known as the Kunene Region. Our first stop is a visit to the Otjikandero Himba Village. The Himba people are one of the last tribes in Namibia who still embrace their ancient culture and customs. We participate in a guided tour around the village where we have the chance to not only gain an in-depth insight into the Himba way of life but to get to know the Himba people to share a little of our own culture with them.
We continue west and stop briefly in the small town of Kamanjab before continuing on to Palmwag Campsite, situated on the edge of the Palmwag Concession. Here we set up camp before enjoying a leisurely afternoon and watching the sunset from the Palmwag deck. Dinner is prepared by our guide over an open fire.
Day: 6 Wednesday Cape Cross Campsite, Skeleton Coast
Today our adventure takes us through the infamous Skeleton Coast National Park all the way to the Atlantic ocean. The coastline itself a very hostile but fascinating area known for the Welwitschia Mirabilis, the Northern Namibia sand sea, the derelict oil rig near Toscanini, the Huab lagoon, and the diminishing remains of the Winston Shipwreck. On exiting the national park, we stop for Instagram-worthy photos of the iconic skull and crossbones gate. We arrive at Cape Cross late afternoon where we set up camp for the night and have the opportunity for a sunset walk on the beach. Dinner is prepared by our guide over an open fire.
Day: 7 Thursday Swakopmund, Salty Jackal Backpackers
Today is a chance for a rare lie-in and after a hearty cooked breakfast, we take a short drive to the Cape Cross Reserve. The reserve is home to one of the world’s largest breeding colonies of Cape Fur seals and during the breeding season (November-December) up to 200 000 seals can be spotted basking on the beach, certainly, a sight and smell to behold. After our visit to the seal colony, we continue travelling along the coast stopping to view the Zeila Shipwreck, one of the latest victims of the Skeleton Coast from as recent as 2007. We arrive in Swakopmund early afternoon and have plenty of time to explore this quaint little town on foot, or join one of the optional activities on offer from skydiving, scenic flights, quad biking and more. We will be dropped off at the Salty Jackal Backpackers. Dinner tonight is at own expense in one of Swakopmund`s excellent restaurants.
Day: 8 – 14 Friday – Thursday Swakopmund, Salty Jackal Backpackers
For the next 7 days, we will enjoy an early breakfast before heading to the beach for a surf session with our ISA qualified surf coach or guide. We are at the mercy of nature, so there can be days with perfect conditions where 2 sessions make sense in one day and there can be days where the waves are too dangerous for your surf level and we have skipped a day. The coastal town of Swakopmund has many more adventure activities on offer and this perfect time to try some quad-biking, paragliding, windsurfing, scenic flights or angling or do a dolphin cruise in nearby Walvis Bay, which we arrange for you as requested. Most sessions take place in the mornings and in our area, while in certain conditions we go on a full-day adventure to spots further away from Swakopmund. Be ready for untouched wilderness – surrounded by jackals and seals, usually dolphins, and sometimes even whales and penguins. With the surfing usually happening in the morning and followed by a world-class coffee in one of the town`s cafes to unwind and share surfing stories, you`ll have your afternoons for chilling, activities, yoga classes or exploring the town and nearby nature The evening leaves us with time for a walk in the sand dunes or a cold drink by the ocean to kickstart you into some Swakopmund nightlife. Dinners are often spent together around a BBQ fire, in a beer garden with live music or at a delicious wine bar and pizzeria. Lunch and dinner are at your own expense.
Day: 15 Friday Chameleon Backpackers Guesthouse
After a week of surfing in the Atlantic Ocean, we make our way back to Windhoek. We arrive in the capital late afternoon where we check into our accommodation for our last night in Namibia. Dinner tonight, is at your own expense, in one of Windhoek`s many restaurants.
Day: 16 Saturday Airport Transfer
Time to say goodbye to the beautiful country as our adventure comes to an end after breakfast. For those flying out today, if flights are in the afternoon, keep busy this morning with a FREE city walking tour or book a City and Township Tour at your own expense.