By far the most popular option, this 6 day safari includes the main highlights of Namibia, with 2 nights in Etosha National Park for game viewing, 1 night in Swakopmund and 2 nights in the Namib Desert to explore Sossusvlei. 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. Etosha National Park stretches approximately 22,000sqkms and named after the famed Etosha Pan, a salt pan so large it can be seen from space. 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, Herero & Damara people. These Namibian’s 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. The following day we can enjoy a free morning for optional activities, taking on the sand dunes on a quadbiking or sandboarding adventure before departing Swakopmund around midday and heading deeper into the Namib Desert. 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.
Day 1: Tuesday Halali, Etosha National Park
We will be collected from our guesthouse/hotels at 07:15 and brought to Chameleon Backpackers Lodge 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 en-suite bathroom and tea/coffee facilities. A visit to the flood lit waterhole is highly recommended while dinner is prepared by our guide over an open fire.
Day 2: 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 to sunset. Our lodge tonight is located just outside the park gate and accommodation tonight will give you a comfort 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 3: Thursday Hotel A La Mer, Swakopmund
Early morning breakfast before departing from our lodge at 07h40 for our drive via the communal lands of Damaraland where we see the communal farmers in this arid region. We stop at the Ugab River bridge to visit with the beautiful Herero ladies who sell their small art and craft items to support their families. We lunch in the shadow of the Brandberg Mountain and have a short visit with a Himba group who have moved into this area to sell their jewellery and other items (dependent on Himba tribespeople). After lunch we head directly through the Namib Desert and stop at the latest shipwreck on the Skeleton Coast before arriving late afternoon in Swakopmund. We recommend exploring this seaside town on foot this afternoon and perhaps visiting the jetty for sundowners overlooking the cold Atlantic Ocean. Our guide will be happy to recommend a good restaurant for your evening meal (own expense).
Day 4: Friday Desert Camp, Namib Desert
This morning after breakfast we highly recommend a visit to the Museum or Aquarium (optional and unguided) and for the adrenaline junkies a 2 hour sand boarding experience in the dunes should get your pulse racing. Departure from Swakopmund at 12h00 noon. Driving through the Namib Desert via the Kuiseb Pass and Solitaire 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. Pool and bar available and dinner is prepared by our guide.
Day 5: 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 (around 55kms) and take a 4×4 shuttle into the Sossusvlei area to appreciate the beauty of this place in 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 6: Sunday Windhoek – End of Safari
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 be dropped at your accommodation of choice.
For those flying out, a transfer can be arranged (at an additional cost) to the International Airport for your onward flight, or to the bus terminal for your overnight bus. For those flying today we do NOT recommend booking any flight departing prior to 17h00 in case there are unexpected delays returning from safari.
Word Of Mouth
Travelling around Etosha was amazing, 7 rhino and a leopard before breakfast one morning! The lodges were good. I loved Etosha Village, just outside the park, but they were all good. Experiencing the desert in the rain was new for me and such an interesting experience. My guide was organised and fun.
Wonderful 6 days with our amazing guide Abraham who ensured we saw many of the favourite and unusual animals, extraordinary landscapes and kept us well-fed, happy and healthy. It was a wonderful experience! Namibia has long distances so there was a lot of time driving and our vehicle did not have functioning air conditioning which was a problem, particularly on one day in the Namib with temperatures around 39 degrees. Accommodation was great and we had good travelling companions.
I had an amazing trip to namibia with chameleon safaris! The 6 days dunes and wildlife safari was very well organised and the accommodations were all beautiful. Our guide Abraham was the best, he knows so much about the country and his cooking is fantastic too. Thank you for the incredible experience, I’m definitely going to come back to namibia again 😊