- Game drives within the world renowned Etosha National Park
- Visits to Sossusvlei and the Namib Naukluft Desert.
- Drive along the stunning Skeleton Coast.
- Visit Solitaire Guest Farm
- Explore the city of Windhoek
For those of you who are finding time an issue on your intrepid adventure to Namibia, this six day tour offers the perfect itinerary incorporating all of the best aspects of any trip to the region. Experience the incredible Etosha National Park, one of the best renowned in the planet, and see a whole host of wildlife species before discovering the iconic sand dunes of Sossusvlei and the stark Namib Desert.
After an early morning wake-up call, you will be collected from your hotel or guesthouse for a trip briefing at 7.15am. After the talk, which also allows you to meet your fellow travellers, you will begin to make your way north to Etosha. Enjoy a light lunch at Otjiwarongo before entering the park via the Anderson Gate. On entry, enjoy an afternoon game drive visiting the park’s numerous waterholes – keeping your eyes peeled for the many predators present here (Etosha is renowned as being one of the best places to see predators in the wild) as well as rhino (white and black) and a whole host of game species. Arrive at your lodge just before sunset and settle into your room (with amenities including the en-suite bathroom and tea/coffee facilities). Spend time at the floodlit waterhole near camp whilst your dinner is being prepared over an open fire – another chance to spot some of the incredible wildlife species which call the area home. Lunch and dinner will be provided for you today.
After a dawn wake-up call, you will begin your first game drive in order to catch the predators whilst they are still active. After a few hours visiting the many waterholes here (the best locations to spot wildlife), you will then return to Halali Camp for your breakfast. The second game drive of the morning will take you to the incredible “Etosha Pan” (also known as the “Great White Place”). Here, you’ll be able to get out of the vehicle and experience the 4,500 square km ‘saline desert’ for yourself before continuing your game drive to look for the ‘Big Four’ (buffalo are missing here). Arrive back to camp just in time for your delicious lunch, which will be provided for you by your guide. Relax and enjoy a dip in the pool or a drink by the camp waterhole before your final game drive of the day, which will take in some well-known waterholes. Leave the park at sunset and stay in the village of Okaukuejo at the Taleni Etosha Village where dinner will be prepared for you. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are provided for you today.
After an early morning breakfast, you will depart at 7:30 am. Your journey today will take you through the dramatic and striking scenery of the Damaraland region. You will have the chance to meet the beautiful ladies of the Herero tribe who sell their handmade arts and crafts in order to support their rural families. A light roadside lunch will be served en-route amongst the imposing backdrop of Namibia’s tallest mountain, the Brandberg, and you will be able to meet and interact with many of the colourful local characters who reside here. After lunch, drive down the infamous Skeleton Coast stopping at the remains of a small shipwreck along the way. You will arrive into the charming seaside town of Swakopmund during the mid-afternoon which will give you ample time to explore this quaint town and choose somewhere perfect for dinner (at your own expense). Breakfast and lunch are provided for you today.
After breakfast, you will be able to spend your morning taking part in one of the many amazing optional activities such as: quad biking, sand boarding and a scenic flight over the area. After this pick-up from your hotel will be at 11:15 am, and you will be driven through the stunning Namib Desert via the Kuiseb Pass and Solitaire Reserve, arriving at your camp in time for a sunset walk in front of the majestic Naukluft Mountain Range. There is a pool and bar available here – make sure you have packed your swimming gear and have enough money for a sundowner or two! Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided for you today.
After a dawn departure from your camp, you will arrive at the park gate of Sossusvlei in time for sunrise. Once you have entered the park, you will then drive down an ancient river bed through the towering sand dunes to the rest stop area – a drive of around 55 kilometres. Once here, you will then transfer into a 4x4 and really start your adventure! After a short drive, trek into the stunning Sossusvlei sand dunes, taking the time to appreciate the beauty and wilderness of this iconic region. After exploring the sand dunes, you will then be able to discover ‘Dead Vlei’ – a vast expanse of bleached cracked clay and withered camel thorn trees. This really is a sight to behold and the contrast of the sand dunes and ‘Dead Vlei’ together at different stages during the day really make for that perfect photo opportunity. Return to Sesriem in time for sunset via the stunning Sesriem Canyon – one of the few permanent water sources within the region. A delicious dinner will be prepared for you by your guide whilst you relax and enjoy the sunset! Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be prepared for you today.
After an early morning breakfast, you will transfer back to Windhoek via the Solitaire Guest Farm. Solitaire is the release site for numerous ‘problem carnivores’ which have caused issues on local farms. After their rehabilitation, these species of carnivore (leopard, brown hyena and particularly cheetah) are released into the region immediately surrounding Solitaire. You will then transfer back to Windhoek via the small towns of Bullsport and Rehoboth before you are dropped off at your accommodation. Please note that if you are flying out this evening, you will need to book flights after 8pm! Transfers can be arranged for you at an extra cost and only breakfast will be provided for you today.
Dates, Availability & Price
To secure a place on this project a deposit of £195 is required at the time of booking, with the remaining balance due any time up to 60 days prior to your start date.
Tour Comfort: Comfortable
This tour has been categorised as Comfortable. This is based on the modes of transport used whilst on the tour, the comfort level of accommodation and any modern facilities that they have to offer. In terms of comparison, this level of travel would be similar to that of a 3 star status.
Strategically located in the middle of the stunning Etosha National Park, Halali is one of the three government-run camps inside the park. It stands beside one of the very few hills in Etosha and is the smallest and quietest of these rest camps. Halali’s amazing location, right in the middle of the park, along with its floodlit waterhole, which attracts numerous species of wildlife, makes it a popular choice. En-suite facilities and tea and coffee will be provided for you.
Taleni Etosha Village
The Taleni Etosha Village is situated only 4.3km from the Andersons Gate (near Okaukuejo) entrance to the Etosha National Park and offers visitors to the area and especially the family, an affordable yet comfortable place in which to stay. The Etosha Village has also been recognised for their eco-friendly practices and they continue to strive towards reducing the impact of each tourist by using solar hot water heaters, recycling water from the showers to water the gardens, sorting and recycling waste and much more. Accommodation here will be within twin-share permanent tents with en-suite bathroom facilities.
Hotel Pension A La Mer
Hotel Pension A La Mer is located within the heart of charming Swakopmund and offers you comfortable accommodation with en-suite bathrooms. Plus, with the beach and jetty a mere 30 seconds away, your room will most certainly come with a view! What’s more, emphasis from the staff here is placed on providing a warm and friendly atmosphere.
Day 4 & 5:
The stunning ‘Desert Camp’ is situated a mere 5 km from the entrance gate to Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon within the Namib Nauklauft National Park. Nestled under centuries old thorn trees, the Desert Camp has an unparalleled 360 degrees view over the desert landscape and surrounding the mountain range. This is an absolute must for the nature lover and photographer – you’re right out in the middle of it here! Overnight accommodation here will be on a twin-shared basis with en-suite facilities.
Tailor My Tour
Sandboarding Stand Up or Lie Down
Runs Daily in Swakopmund
Departs at 9.30am
Returns at 1:30pm
(Minimum 2 people)
(Lay Down- Minimum age 8 years / Stand Up - 12 years)
Lie Down Boarding offers the ultimate adrenalin buzz as one zooms head first down the sandy slopes of the Namib Desert reaching speeds up to 80km/ph. Stand up Boarding is done on snowboards with soft boots and bindings. For beginners the sand is perfect training ground for a board sport and full instruction is given. Experienced boarders are given modified snowboards with super-fast bases. Stand up Boarders can also do the Lie Down Boarding.
Includes: transfers from accommodation in Swakopmund, all equipment, safety gear, instruction, light lunch, drinks and video.
Runs Daily in Swakopmund
Departs from 9am
Returns at sunset
(Minimum 2 people)
A 55- 60 km route takes you up the Swakopmund riverbed, across the plains, and then ultimately through the dune field crossing the dunes from the eastern ridge and winding your way through to the western ridge. The scenery along way is breath taking as you ride through the rollercoasters, berms, spirals and slopes of the oldest desert in the world. Safety is a first so all riders are given helmets and a full safety briefing. Automatic, semi-automatic and manual bikes available.
Includes: transfers from accommodation in Swakopmund, helmet, instruction, English speaking guide.
Runs Daily in Swakopmund
Departs from 7am
Returns around 2pm
(Minimum 2 people)
Experience the magical waters of Walvis Bay and its abundant bird and marine life from a single or double kayak. The seals swim and play with you as your guide offers information about the area.
Includes: Snacks and drinks, safety equipment, instruction from an experienced kayaker.
Sunset Horse Ride
Runs Daily in Windhoek
Departs at 4pm
Returns at 7pm
(Minimum 2 people)
Get out of town and explore the area at the base of the Otjihavera Mountains. This gentle afternoon guided ride through the hills, valleys and riverbeds of the farm allows you to watch the mountains light up with the setting sun whilst sipping the drink of your choice and sampling the delicious snacks on offer.
Includes: pick up & drop off from Chameleon Backpackers & Guesthouse, 2.5 hour ride, helmet & services from a qualified instructor, snacks & drinks.
Arrive at Windhoek's International Airport (Hosea Kutako). You will ideally arrive the day before the Tour start date and stay in a Windhoek City hotel. The first morning of your Tour, which will be a Tuesday, you will be collected early and taken to a central Hotel for a pre-departure talk.
If you would like help booking your flights, please visit our flights page and fill out the form. A member of our team will get back in touch as soon as possible with a suitable quote.
If joining this Tour from one of our Volunteer Projects based in Namibia, you will need to apply for a work visa before travel. We will provide further information and documents for this upon booking. However, if you are just joining the Tour and are not joining a Volunteer Project, then you will only require a tourist visa. Please enquire for further details.
MEALS AND BEVERAGES
Meals served throughout the Tour are mainly Namibian food, which is a fantastic way of exploring the culinary delights of the areas. However, should this not appeal, you will always the option to have something different. If you have any special dietary requirements please inform us before you travel. Please note that beverages are not included within the price.
CURRENCY AND EXCHANGE RATES
The currency in Namibia is the Namibian Dollar, but South African Rand is also accepted. The exchange rate is around 1 NAD = 0.06 GBP, 0.1 USD, 0.07 EUR. Please note exchange rates are subject to change. Please make sure you tell your bank that you are going away, as if you make a larger withdrawal abroad, they may block your card!
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF THE PROJECT?
- Transport in a custom-built safari vehicle with pop-up roof (no air-conditioning)
- Services of a professional English speaking driver/guide
- 5 nights' accommodation in twin share rooms with en-suite bathrooms as above
- Meals as specified in the itinerary (B - breakfast, L - lunch, D - dinner):
Day 1 - (Snack pack,D)
Day 2 - B, L, D
Day 3 – B, L
Day 4 - B, L, D
Day 5 – B, L, D
Day 6 - B
(B - breakfast, L - lunch, D - dinner)
- National park entry fees (2 days Etosha & 1 day Sossusvlei)
- Game drives
- Sossusvlei excursion (including 4x4 shuttle) and cheetah tracking activity at Solitaire
- Pick up and drop off within Windhoek city limits
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED?
- Expense of personal nature like tipping, laundry, and telephone / fax calls, medical expenses
- Airport departure tax etc
- Any beverages (both soft and alcoholic) during meals
- All flights