- Diversity of Wildlife on Safari
- Tribal communities and local crafts
- Sand mountain adventures and shipwrecks
- Spectacular Walvis Bay Lagoon
This all-encompassing tour takes in some of Namibia's most treasured wildlife maximising your encounter opportunities. You will have the chance to experience a diversity of landscapes, from the Etosha Pan and Brandberg to the serene Damaraland and the 'sand sea' shipwrecks, all the while absorbing some of the rich local culture. Your personal, dedicated guide will happily share extensive knowledge with you throughout and will also ensure your complete comfort and enjoyment.
Your day begins with a pre-departure talk at Chameleon Backpackers Lodge in Windhoek. Your journey then begins with a brief stop at Otjiwarongo to enjoy a light packed lunch before entering the iconic Etosha National Park through the Anderson Gate. Enjoy a stunning afternoon game drive through the park visiting waterholes to observe the park's infamous predators as well as lions, leopards, elephant, rhino and many more! Arriving at your Lodge just before sunset, you have time to settle into your room. We recommend that you spend time at the floodlit waterhole whilst dinner is prepared over an open fire.
Take a sunrise expedition to see the park's predators whilst they are still active and return to Halali Camp for breakfast. Your second game drive mid-morning takes you to the impressive Etosha Pan, also known as the ‘great white place’, where you will be able to get out of the vehicle and experience the vast expanse of the 4500sq km ‘saline desert’. You will then return back to camp for lunch where you can either have a dip in the pool or relax by the camp waterhole. An afternoon safari takes you further across the park towards Okaukuejo.
Your route today takes you into the dramatic landscape of Damaraland. Here, you will have the chance to meet the Herero ladies who sell their handmade arts and crafts to support their rural families. A light roadside lunch is served near the imposing Brandberg Mountain - perfect for a photo opportunity! On the drive down the Skeleton Coast, you will be able to explore the remains of a small shipwreck before arriving in Swakopmund mid-afternoon, allowing you time to explore this quaint seaside town on foot. Your guide will be happy to recommend a good restaurant for your evening meal.
Choose from the many adventure activities available in Swakopmund – see our ‘Details’ Tab for the choices! For those interested in birds, your driver will be happy to take you to see the flamingos in the Walvis Bay lagoon, a protected RAMSAR Site for birds, as well as Dune 7, the highest sand dune within the area. You will return to Windhoek in the afternoon via the Okahandja Wood Carving Markets - a light lunch will be served en-route. You will then be taken to back to Windhoek for your late flight or accommodation if you have chosen to spend an an extra night.
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.
Halali Camp has a superb waterhole just a short walk away from your room, and it is a site of wildlife activity both day and night. Facilities include a shop, bar, large swimming pool and restaurant and the bedrooms are comfortable, provide lounge space and with excellent panorama.
Taleni, Etosha Village
The Taleni Etosha Village is situated only 4.3km from the Andersons Gate (near Okaukuejo) entrance to the Etosha National Park. 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 A La Mer
By the beach front and historical jetty, this hotel is well located for walking to all town amenities. The rooms are comfortable and overlook a quiet courtyard. Free Wifi is available and a sumptuous breakfast offered each day. Children are welcome.
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.
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 is 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 the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary or either of the Carnivore Conservation Projects, you will need to apply for a work visa before travel. However, if you are joining from the Desert Elephants in Namibia Project you will not. 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. We can cater to any specific 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?
- Day 1 - L and D.
- Day 2 - B, L and D.
- Day 3 - B and L.
- Day 4 - B and L.
- Local expert Guides
- National Park entry fees
- Game drives in safari vehicle with pop up roof
What's not included?
- Expense of personal nature like tipping, laundry, and telephone / fax calls, medical expenses
- Airport transfers, departure tax, etc
- Visa fee
- All flights
- Meals not included (as specified above).
- Snacks and beverages
- Additional activities, available in Windhoek and Swakopmund (see tab 'Tailor my Tour')
- Sleeping bags or bath towels are not necessary but please bring swim wear and pool towels, especially during the summer months. This safari is semi-participation you will be asked to help with fun, light kitchen duties