- 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 the Chameleon Backpackers Lodge in Windhoek. After, you’ll head off on your journey taking a small break at Otjiwarongo to enjoy a light packed lunch. You’ll then head into the iconic Etosha National Park via the Andersson Gate, one of the most famous areas of the park due to its waterhole and seemingly ever-present animals. Your afternoon will be spent on an enjoyable game drive through the park, visiting waterholes to observe the park’s famous residents such as leopards, rhinos, elephants and lions. You’ll arrive at the lodge before sunset with time to settle into your room, before heading to a floodlit waterhole while dinner is prepared for you over an open fire.
Take a sunrise expedition to see the park’s predators while they’re still active, returning to Halali Camp for breakfast. Mid-morning brings your second game drive of the tour, and you’ll be taken to the impressive Etosha Pan, known as ‘the great white place’ due to its dry, salt-encrusted lakebed. You’ll have the opportunity to experience the vast expanse of this 4500sq km ‘saline desert’ as you exit the vehicle, before then returning to camp for lunch. Spend time relaxing poolside (taking a swim if you wish) before embarking on an afternoon safari across the park to Okaukuejo.
Today’s route leads you into the dramatic landscape of Damaraland, home to the Herero ladies. This rural community is made up of crafty artisans who sell their handmade arts and goods as to provide support for their families – so be sure to take a look at what’s on offer! Next, you’ll head towards the imposing Brandberg Mountain for a spot of lunch and a photo opportunity, before continuing on your drive down the Skeleton Coast. This famous area is well-known for being the final resting place of a ship run aground but is equally popular for its seal colonies! Your day will end in Swakopmund, as you take time to explore this seaside town on foot. Your guide will be happy to recommend a good restaurant for your evening meal – a great way to draw the evening to a close.
Despite its quaint demeanour, Swakopmund offers much to its adventurous guests, including sand-boarding and sky diving! (You can read more about these exciting add-ons in the ‘Tailor My Tour’ section of this page.) For those interested in birds, your driver will be happy to take you to see the flamingos at the Walvis Bay lagoon, a protected RAMSAR site for birds. You will also have the opportunity to visit ‘Dune 7’, the highest sand dune in the area! As the day draws on, you’ll return to Windhoek via the Okahandja wood carving markets for souvenirs. A light lunch will be served en-route. Upon arrival in Windhoek, you will either head to the airport for your late flight, or you’ll rest up at your accommodation if you’ve booked an extra night in the city.
Dates, Availability & Price
To secure a place on this tour a deposit of $245 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, 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
Runs daily in Swakopmund
Departs at 9.30am
Returns at 1:30pm
(Minimum 2 people)
(Minimum Age: 8 for lie-down boarding and 12 for stand-up boarding)
Lie-down boarding offers the ultimate adrenalin buzz as you zoom head-first down the sandy slopes of the Namib Desert, reaching speeds of up to 80kph! By contrast, stand-up boarding is done on snowboards with soft boots and bindings. Beginners will feel comfortable on the sand, as it provides the perfect training ground for a board sport and full instruction is provided. Experienced boarders are given modified snowboards with super-fast bases – perfect for that extra ‘rush’ sensation!
Includes: transfers from accommodation in Swakopmund, all equipment, instruction by the guide, a light lunch and a souvenir video.
Runs daily in Swakopmund
Departs from 9am
Returns at sunset
(Minimum 2 people)
A 55-60km route takes you up the Swakopmund riverbed, across the plains, and ultimately through the dune field, crossing the dunes from the eastern ridge and winding your way through to the western ridge. The scenery along the way is breath-taking as you drive through the peaks and valleys of the oldest desert in the world. Safety is paramount, so all riders are given helmets and a full safety briefing. Automatic, semi-automatic and manual bikes are all available for use.
Includes: transfers from accommodation in Swakopmund, a helmet and instruction by the guide.
You will ideally need to arrive the day before the tour’s start date, arriving into Windhoek’s International Airport (Hosea Kutako) and spending the night in a local hotel. The tour begins on a Tuesday, and you will be collected from your hotel at 07:15 before being transferred 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 you are joining this tour before or after one of our volunteer projects in Namibia (such as the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary), you will need to apply for a work visa in advance of your travel and we will provide you with the correct documents for this upon booking. The only exception is if you are joining the Desert Elephants in Namibia project, as no work visa is required. Instead, you will be able to get a tourist visa on arrival.
Similarly, if you’re joining this tour and will not be volunteering on a project, you will need a tourist visa which you can get on arrival.
MEALS AND BEVERAGES
One of the best ways to travel is by following your stomach, and the majority of meals throughout the tour will be typical of Namibian cuisine. That said, alternate options are available, and we are also able to cater to specific dietary requirements if told in advance. Please note that beverages are not included in the cost of the tour.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF THE TOUR?
- 3 nights’ accommodation in twin-share rooms with en-suite bathrooms (see accommodation tab)
- Most meals (lunch and dinner on day 1, all meals on day 2 and breakfast and lunch on days 3 and 4
- National park entry fees
- Game drives
- English-speaking guide/driver
- Pick-up and drop-off within Windhoek city limits
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED?
- Beverages during meals (both soft and alcoholic)