This 4 day/3night safari starts and ends in Windhoek, Namibia’s capital. Departing every Tuesday and returning Friday afternoons. You will spend 1 full day and 1 half day game driving through 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. We aim to arrive in Swakopmund where we can spend the early evening taking in the views and hopefully a sunset over the Atlantic Ocean. The following morning we have the chance to enjoy an optional desert activity from quadbiking to sandboarding, taking a cycling tour in the township, the old city, or on the dunes, or instead choosing to enjoy a leisurely breakfast and a visit to the Walvis Bay Lagoon. We then begin the last leg of our adventure, making our way back to Windhoek where our tour ends.
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
Enjoy an early morning breakfast and departure from our lodge is at 07h30. The route today takes us into the dramatic and beautiful scenery of Damaraland. We have the chance to meet the wonderful Himba & Damara ladies who sell their handmade arts and crafts to support their rural families. A light roadside lunch is served en-route in the shadow of 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 where we can settle into our hotel, before exploring Swakopmund. Dinner tonight is at own expense and a group dinner can be organised by the our guide at one of Swakopmund’s excellent restaurants.
Day 4: Friday Windhoek – End of Safari
Leisurely breakfast and the option to join one of the many optional activities available here such as: quad biking, sand boarding, scenic flight over the shipwrecks just to name a few. For those interested in birds our driver will be happy to take us to Walvis Bay to see the flamingos in the Walvis Bay lagoon which is a protected RAMSAR Site for birds and a visit to Dune 7, the highest dune in the area, to experience the “sand sea” along the coastal strip. We will return to Windhoek in the afternoon with a light lunch served en-route. We make a brief stop at the Okahandja Wood Carving Markets where we can haggle for locally produced goods from the carvers themselves before being dropped at Chameleon Backpackers or the accommodation of your choice within Windhoek city limits.
Word Of Mouth
.I booked this safari after volunteering two weeks in Namibia. My expectations were blown away. The guides know so much about Namibia’s culture, history, tribes and of course animals. Our guide Tulim was professional and worked hard to ensure we all had a great experience. He spotted animals that most of us could not see and was a great cook, easily accommodating my vegetarian diet. Upon returning to Windhoek my guide Tinashe was just as wonderful and was a wealth of knowledge. 5 stars from beginning to end.
The tour was really great and Abel an amazing guide! I would recommend the tour with him to everyone!
Abel and Francois were the Dynamic Duo under all tour guides + drivers. Informativ, competent, great cooks, entertaining, charming – I couldn’t have wished for a better tour! Thanks to them I have some wonderful memories.