Combine an incredible 3-day accommodated safari in the Etosha National Park with 7 days of surfing and 7 Day Camping in Southern Namibia. Overnight in well-located lodges in and near Etosha national Park and outside Namib Naukluft National Park, 7 nights at Swakopmund in between, and 6 nights camping. You will be able to experience the Etosha Nationa Park, renowned as one of the best game reserves in Africa. Upon leaving Etosha, enjoy a scenic drive through Damaraland, stopping along the way to meet the local people and bargain for some souvenirs with the Himba, here & Damara people. These Namibians survive in some of the harshest conditions on the planet and make their living by selling their handicrafts to passing visitors. Mid-afternoon we arrive on Namibia`s famed Skeleton Coast where we get our first glimpse at one of the Atlantic Ocean`s most recent victims, the Zeila Shipwreck, and our chance to meet our surfing coaches and other surfers. The next day you’ll get a chance to ride waves in an upright or prone position. You will get a chance to catch the ocean waves and glide across the surface of the Atlantic ocean until the wave breaks and loses its energy. After the surfing experience, we head south to explore the breath-taking Namib Desert and crossing the Tropic of Capricorn where we of course stop for photos. We then travel through Solitaire, with our next destination being Sesriem, the gateway to Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert, home to some of the world`s highest sand dunes. After 2 nights in the Sesriem area, we continue on to Namibia`s deep south where breathtaking landscapes abound. We spend 2 nights camping at Klein Aus, an incredible stop nestled amongst the rocks, and from here we visit the ghost town of Kolmanskop and spot the wild horses of the Namib Desert before heading east where we can gaze over the Fish River Canyon. We wrap up our incredible 18 -day trip with the last night at the impressive Quiver Tree Forest before arriving in Windhoek mid-afternoon and dropped off at Chameleon Backpackers.
Day: 1 Monday Chameleon Backpackers Guesthouse
Today we are collected at the Hosea Kutako Internationa Airport, and brought into Windhoek to Chameleon Backpackers, our accommodation for the night. Chameleon Backpackers is generally 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 and pool.
Day: 2 Tuesday Halali, Etosha National Park
We will collected from our guesthouse/hotels at 07h15 and brought to Chameleon Safari Office for the pre-departure talk and meet the rest of the group. After the departure from Windhoek, we stop briefly at Otjiwarongo to collect some last-minute supplies before continuing on to Etosha with a light lunch pack whilst “on the move”. We enjoy an afternoon game drive through the park visiting waterholes looking for predators as well as zebra, elephant, rhino, and many different species of antelope arriving at our lodge just before sunset to settle into our rooms, with an en-suite bathroom and tea/coffee facilities. A visit to the floodlit waterhole is highly recommended while dinner is prepared by our guide over an open fire.
Day: 3 Wednesday Etosha Village, near Anderson Gate
We start our first game drive at sunrise to catch the predators while they are still active, visiting many waterholes. Our second game drive mid-morning takes us to the impressive Etosha Pan “great white place” where we can get out of the vehicle and experience this 4500 sq km “saline desert” before continuing our game drive to look for the Big 4.. After lunch, we begin our final game drive across the park towards Okaukuejo calling into some well-known waterholes, and leave the park prior t sunset. Our lodge tonight is located just outside the park gate and accommodation tonight will give you a comfortable and modern atmosphere in twin share rooms with en-suite bathroom facilities. Dinner is prepared by our guide and another early night is recommended.
Day: 4 Thursday Salty Jackal Backpackers, Swakopmund
Enjoy early morning breakfast and departure from our lodge is at 7h30. The route today takes us into the dramatic and beautiful scenery of Damaraland. We have the chance to meet the wonderful Herero, Damara, and Himba ladies who sell their handmade arts and crafts to support their rural families. A light roadside lunch is been served overlooking Namibia`s tallest mountain, the Brandberg, and we can interact with some of the colourful local characters who live in this harsh environment. On the drive down the Skeleton Coast, we explore the remains of a small shipwreck before arriving in Swakopmund mid-afternoon. Dinner tonight is at your own expense in one of Swakopmund`s excellent restaurants and our guide will be happy to make recommendations or booking depending on what we feel like.
Day 5-11: Friday – Thursday Salty Jackal Backpackers, Swakopmund
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 is the perfect time to try some quadbiking, paragliding, windsurfing, scenic flight or angling. Visit the Cape Cross seal colony, or go on 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 & seals, usually dolphins and sometimes even whales & 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 surf stories, you`ll have your afternoons for chilling, activities, yoga classes, or exploring the town & nearby nature. The evenings leave us with time for a walk in the sand dunes or a cold drink by the ocean to kickstart you into some Swakopmund nightlife. Dinner are often spent together around a BBQ fire, in a beer garden with live music, or at a delicious wine bar & pizzeria.
Day: 12 – Friday SesriemOshana Campsite, Sesriem
Today we leave Swakopmund at 11h30 so we have the time to enjoy an optional activity. For the adrenaline junkies, this could be flying down a and dune headfirst at 60km/h on a sandboard, exploring the dune field on a quad bike tour, or discovering the “old city” of Swakopmund on a fat bike (e-bike option available). Whatever we choose, we depart Swakopmund no later than 11h30 and drive through the Namib Desert via the Kuiseb Pass, crossing the Tropic of Capricorn, stopping briefly in Solitaire, and arriving at our vamp late afternoon. We set up tents, and enjoy the sunset over the Namib Desert while listening to the barking geckos. There is a pool and bar available, dinner is prepared by our guide. An early night is recommended.
Day: 13 Saterday SesriemOshana Campsite, Sesriem
A pre-dawn departure from camp this morning means we can enjoy the dunes at first light. We drive down an ancient river bed, surrounded by towering dunes and our first stop is at the famous Dunes 45 where we have the chance to climb to the top to enjoy the sunrise. On descent, we replenish our energy and enjoy breakfast before continuing on into Sossusvlei area. We explore this unique area on foot, heading into Deadvlei with its large expanse of bleached cracked clay and skeletal camel thorn trees, contrasting with a backdrop of huge dunes with their ever-changing colours.
We have the opportunity to climb the dune at Sossusvlei before we return to Sesriem for lunch and a swim or siesta during the heat of the day. Mid-afternoon we visit the Sesriem Canyon before your guide drops you at Elim`s Dune for a short and educational sunset walk back to camp through the desert. Dinner tonight is prepared by our guide on an open fire.
Day: 14 – Sunday Klein Aus Vista Campsite, Namib Desert
We pack up camp and enjoy breakfast before heading south through some of the most spectacular desert landscapes in Southern Namibia. Our destination today is the small outpost of Klein Aus, nestled in the Gondwana Sperrgebiet Rand Park. We arrive early in the afternoon and set up camp. For the active, there is a short optional unguided hiking trail. Permits and a map are available at reception. We enjoy a beautiful sunset and dinner prepared by our guide over an open fire.
Day: 15 – Monday Klein Aus Vista Campsite, Namib Desert
After an early breakfast, we make our way from Klein Aus to the ghost town of Kolmanskop, situated 15km outside of Luderitz. During a diamond boom in 1910 Kolmanskop quickly became one of the richest towns in Africa boasting the southern hemisphere`s first X-ray machine, a bowling alley, and luxury housing. As the diamond boom came to an end and the town`s inhabitants abandoned the area Kolmanskop became a ghost town. After our tour, we continue our adventure to the small town of Luderitz, situated on the rocky shores of the Atlantic Ocean and well known for its unique and colourful colonial-style buildings. We stop at Diaz Point, the famous site of the Original Diaz Cross, and enjoy a picnic lunch. On return, we keep our eyes peeled for the wild horses of the Namib Desert that roam between Luderitz and Klein Aus. While the details of how these horses came to live in the desert are still a mystery, the mere fact that they have survived in the harshest of conditions is impressive, and any sighting of them is one to celebrate. We arrive back at camp late afternoon and can relax before enjoying another incredible sunset over the Aus Mountains. Dinner tonight is prepared by our guide.
Day: 16 – Tueaday Quiver Tree Forest, Keetmanshoop
We enjoy another early start this morning as we pack up camp and head east. Our first official stop is at the Hell`s Bend viewpoint of the Fish River Canyon. Here we have the opportunity to overlook the second largest canyon in the world. The Fish River Canyon was formed millions of years ago by water erosion and the collapse of the valley due to movements in the earth`s crust. After lunch, we continue our adventure heading to our last destination; The Quiver Tree Forest. It is located just north-east of Keetmanshoop and here approximately 250 quiver trees can be found. The forest grew spontaneously and the oldest trees are estimated to be around 200-300 years old. The Quiver Tree (Kokeberboom in Afrikaans) is also Namibia`s National tree, and the forest was declared a national monument in 1995. The last night of our adventure is spent camping under the stars with meals prepared by our guide. This is an excellent location for photographing the stars should you be an avid photographer.
Day: 17 – Wednesday Chameleon Backpackers Guesthouse
After two weeks of Wildlife and Surfing experience, 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: 18 – Thursday Airport Transfers
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 booked a City & Township Tour at your own expense.