For the thrill seeking traveller, this surf and safari package is the is the perfect combination of staying active and exploring the country. Start your 15 days with exploring the world renowned Etosha National Park, one of Southern Africas’ best national parks, searching for predators & prey alike from lion and leopard to megafauna such as elephant, giraffe and rhino. In Swakopmund we join a 7 day surf camp where we get to learn how to surf 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. After our 7 day surf camp, we hop back on the safari truck and join a 3 day Sossusvlei Express tour. The next 2 nights are spent at Desert Camp, just outside Sesriem, an incredible camp with stunning views over the desert and surround mountains. We spend a full day exploring the dunes, Deadvlei, Sossusvlei, Sesriem Canyon and climbing dunes including Dune 45 and Big Daddy for the brave. Our final day includes a delicious cooked breakfast before a 1hour cheetah experience at Solitiare, before arriving in Windhoek mid afternoon.

Itinerary

Day: 1 Monday 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 and meet the rest of the 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 Tuesday Halali, Etosha National Park
We will be collected from our guesthouse/hotels at 7h15 and brought to Chameleon Safaris Office for the pre-departure talk and to 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, giraffe, 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 leaving the park prior to 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 Himba and Damara ladies who sell their handmade arts and crafts to support rural families. A light roadside lunch is served en-route overlooking the tallest mountain of Namibia, Brandberg, and we can interact with some of the colorful 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 bookings 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 to skip a day. The coastal town of Swakopmund has many more adventure activities on offer and this is the perfect time to try some quad-biking, paragliding, windsurfing, scenic flights, or angling. Visit the Cape Cross seal colon 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 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 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 & pizzeria.

Day: 12 Friday Desert Camp, Namib Desert
Departure is from Swakopmund at 12 noon and we will drive through the Namib Desert via Kuiseb Canyon and Solitaire and stopping en-route at the Tropic of Capricon for a leg stretch. We arrive at our camp late afternoon and have a chance to relax and enjoy the views before taking a short walk for sunset looking over the Naukluft mountain range. Overnight is based in twin rooms with en-suite bathroom facilities. Dinner is prepared by your guide over an open fire.

Day: 13 Saturday Desert Camp, Namib Desert
Dawn departure from camp to arrive at the park gate for sunrise. We drive down an ancient river bed surrounded by towering dunes to the 2×4 parking area (around 55kms) and take a 4×4 shuttle into Sossusvlei area to appreciate the beauty of this place in the early morning light and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the region. We explore this unique area on foot before heading into Dead Vlei 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 can either walk or take the 4×4 shuttle back to our vehicle. As we drive back to our accommodation, we will stop at the famous Dune 45 and climb this dune if we wish or just wander around the base. We return to Sesriem and visit the nearby Sesriem Canyon, one of the few permanent water sources before arriving back at our lodge late afternoon to watch the sunset over this spectacular desert.

Day: 14 Sunday Chameleon Backpackers Guesthouse
Early morning breakfast before heading to Solitaire where we join a local guide to observe cheetahs currently in captivity with the hope to re-introduce them into a large reserve. We return to Windhoek via the Naukluft Mountains and Rehoboth. On arrival in Windhoek, mid-afternoon, you will b dropped at Chameleon Backpackers, our last nights’ accommodation. Dinner tonight is at your own expense.

Day: 15 Monday 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 book a City & Township Tour at your own expense.

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