Namibian Safari Adventure (10 Days)

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DAYS

10

Camping Small Group
  • camping overland
  • Sossusvle dunes in Namib
  • Desert dunes
  • Namibia desert
  • Landscape of Namibia
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Highlights

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  • Starts: Windhoek
  • Ends: Windhoek

Countries Visited

Namibia

Why You'll Love this Tour

This Namibian overland trip is very popular, it combines Etosha and Sossusvlei in a single itinerary and also visits Okonjima, the Himba, Damaraland, and Swakopmund.  It is a camping safari, except for two nights accommodation in Swakopmund.


Tour Style Camping Small Group
Countries Visited Namibia
Starts Windhoek
Ends Windhoek
Group Size Max 14
Age Range All Ages
Length 10 days
Tour SKU CAS1401

Tour Price

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FROM

R27,200

Tour Reviews

Review by Sarah:

I’m back from my Namibian Adventure and just wanted to pass on my thanks for your help in assisting with my overland tour.

It was a fantastic tour, incredibly well organised, I thoroughly enjoyed it and I would recommend over and over.  Thank you also for the extra transfer to the airport you had to organise as well, although I was sad to leave my group early everything went smoothly.

Thank you once again and I am going to start saving and planning my next African trip, so I may well be in touch again in the near future!

Dates Tour Length: 10 days


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14 Oct 2022 → 23 Oct 2022

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28 Oct 2022 → 06 Nov 2022

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Included

  • Transport : 1-4 guests: Toyota Quantum with a purpose built trailer. 5-14 guests: Toyota Hino truck (a modified safari vehicle)
  • Limited participation, assisted camping with the participation limited to only helping with the tents.
  • The price is virtually fully inclusive of everything you will need whilst travelling with us.

Excluded

  • Sleeping bag (can be hired at 45 ZAR / NAD / 4 USD per day)
  • Pillow
  • Travel insurance (Get Adventure Travel Insurance)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Soft drinks and bottled water
  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Spending money
  • Gratuities

Activities

Some of the activities you can take part in on this tour.

Included in the Tour Price:

  • Professional guide
  • Camp assistant
  • All transport whilst on tour
  • Meals as specified
  • Camping equipment (does not include sleeping bag / pillow / stretcher)
  • National Park entrance fees
  • Campsite fees


Other Activities

Optional activities available on this tour at your own expense:

  • Scenic drives, fishing trips (both from the beach or in a boat)
  • Aeroplane and microlight flights over the desert
  • Four-wheel motorcycle (quad bike) trips into the desert and over the sand dunes around Swakopmund
  • Sand boarding trips (also in the dunes)
  • Skydiving, surfing, or bird-watching

Itinerary

Day 1: Windhoek – Okonjima/Africat

At around 08:30 & 09:00 this morning, you will be collected from your accommodation. Hereafter we will  journey north, making short stops in small towns along the way, including Okahandja, where we will be given time to pay a visit to the largest wood-carving market in Namibia. This market functions on a local cooperative basis and is one of the finest places to purchase authentic Namibian souvenirs.

As we carry on north, we pass through lush farmlands and eventually arrive at Okonjima in the mid-afternoon, which allows us time to set up camp and unwind in the cool shade for a bit before participating in the activities offered this afternoon. Okonjima is home to the Africat Foundation – a specialist conservations concern that revolves its operations around the African Big Cats (in particular, the cheetah). In the afternoon, you will be led on a guided tour that will allow you the chance to experience some incredible close-up encounters with some of the majestic cheetah that are part of the Africat rehabilitation programme.

Majority of the animals residing in Okonjima have been rescued from countless awful situations that have left them orphaned or injured by traps. The goal of the rehabilitation process is to try to return these harmed animals safely back into the wild.
Following our informative outing, we head back to our campsite for the night in order to prepare for a delectable dinner consumed beneath the twinkling of the star-speckled African sky.

Accommodation: Okonjima Campsite
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Distance: 300kms

Activities Morning Okahandja and Afternoon Okonjima Nature Reserve

Day 2: Okonjima – Onguma Game Reserve (border of Etosha)

We have an early start to our day today. We carry on northward, passing through several small towns on the way and making brief stops for fresh supplies and fuel. We aim to arrive at the private reserve mid-afternoon, set up camp and head off for some game viewing.

Every camper is assured privacy and space to enjoy the bush on each of the 15 sites nestled in the Onguma Reserve.

All campsites have a private ablution facility including a large shower room, separate toilet, and covered washing-up area.

Additionally, each unit has plenty of plugs to keep cooler boxes cool and cameras charged.

A restaurant overlooks the waterhole in the main area, where guests can enjoy a hearty meal. You can find everything you need in the supply store, and you can relax under the shade of the deep verandas.

Accommodation: Namutoni Campsite
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance: 350kms

Day 3:

Onguma Game Reserve – Okaukuejo, Etosha National Park

Early in the morning, we need to be at the Von Lindequist Gate for sunrise, the time when the gate opens. The cooler morning hours and late afternoon are the best times for viewing animals.

During our game drive today, we will search for black and white rhino, elephants, lions, cheetahs, and numerous plains game species.

During the drive, you will learn about the National Park’s birdlife, flora, and geology.

Halali, the most central of the resorts, will be visited.  Exit the National Park, it’s a short journey to our overnight camping.

Accommodation: Etosha Village Campsite
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Activities Etosha East and Etosha Pan

Day 4: Taleni Etosha to Himba Village and Hoada

Departing from Etosha, we start our travels southward with a reasonably brief drive to the small town of Kamanjab. In this area, we pay a visit to the Himba Village – the only traditionally operating Himba community outside of the far north Kaokoland area of Namibia. The tribes-people who have migrated here have managed to keep their lifestyles and customs intact and continue to follow their traditional way of life in their farm villages. The precise location of these sites differs due to the Himba relocating to new areas every once in a while. It is here that we will be educated about traditional marriage customs, traditional food and, of course, the mysteries of the ‘Holy Fire’ area. This trip is highly informative and insightful.

From here, it is a brief journey to the Hoada Community Campsite, situated amongst gorgeous rocky hills and mopane trees. Adding to the eco-friendly environment, the hot water system operates in combination with the barbeque area, therefore, whilst your meal is being prepared, the water for your shower will be heated up. Tonight we camp beneath the gorgeous African sky, sprinkled with glimmering stars.

Accommodation: Hoada Campsite
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance: 310kms

Day 5: Grootberg area – Twyfelfontein

We make our way into one of the most stunning desert areas of Namibia today – Damaraland. Travelling west via the Grootberg Pass, we detour in order to pay a visit to the famous ancient Bushmen rock engravings at Twyfelfontein. In this area, we will be led on a short tour by a local guide before setting up camp for the evening.

Madisa campsite offers 9 private camp sites all with their own ablution facilities. These sites are spacious and are situated on the river bed with a low stone wall around. Each site has a braai area which doubles up as a donkey geyser for hot water.

You can relax around a fire and listen to the nocturnal sounds of the bush while kicking back and relaxing. As a bonus, Madisa is a fantastic place for stargazing because the nights are so clear.

Accommodation: Madisa Campsite
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance: 190kms

Activities Afternoon Twyfelfontein and Afternoon Damara Living Museum

Day 6: Twyfelfontein – Swakopmund, Skeleton Coast

Today we make our way deeper into the desert, passing The Brandberg (Namibia’s tallest mountain at 2,573 metres) as well as the gorgeous scenery of Damaraland, Making a small stop in the old mining town of Uis, we are introduced to the best places to purchase semi-precious stones, for which Namibia is famous. It is here that you can find rough Amethhyst, Tourmaline and others at bargain prices!

We turn directly west from here and cross gritty plains whilst making our way to the Atlantic Ocean and the Skeleton Coast. We meet up with the ocean at Henties Bay, but first travel north along the coast in order to visit the seal colony at Cape Cross. At specific times of the year, over 100,000 Cape Fur seals gather here.

Our next destination is Swakopmund, travelling along the Skeleton Coast into the premier seaside town of Namibia. Our goal is to arrive in the early evening, giving us some time to explore a bit of the town on foot before the sun sets. Tonight we have the opportunity to try out one of the fantastic local restaurants (at own expense). The Swakopmund seafood is definitely a must-have! Your guide will offer to put together a group meal for tonight where participation is encouraged, but is by no means mandatory.

Accommodation: Prost Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance: 385 kms

Activities Afternoon Cape Cross Seal Colony

Day 7: Swakopmund

We have today free in order to allow the group to spend the day at their leisure. Swakopmund is a charming coastal town with plenty of stores, a long stretch of beach and an open-air curio market. There is also the Namibian National Marine Aquarium as well as an excellent museum situated in Swakopmund. Otherwise, feel free to partake in the myriad of optional activities available here, including airplane and micro light flights over the desert, scenic drives, fishing trips (both from the beach or in a boat), four-wheel motorcycle (quad bike) trips into the desert and over the sand dunes around Swakopmund, sand boarding trips (also in the dunes), skydiving, surfing, bird-watching and much more. Your tour guide will inform you of all optional activities before you arrive in Swakopmund and can arrange these for you.

N.B. All extra activities and excursions in Swakopmund are subject to availability and are made at the clients’ own risk and expense. Lunch and dinner today is not included in the price of the safari and will be for the client’s own account

Accommodation: Prost Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Swakopmund –  Sesriem area in Namib Naukluft Park

Our first stopover today is made in Walvis Bay, located approximately 40 kilometres south of Swakopmund. South of the town is a massive marine lagoon which hosts a wide variety of marine birdlife, flamingos in particular. We pay a brief visit to the lagoon to observe the birds and travel a short distance to Walvis Bay to gather last minute provisions before again making our way into the desert. The second portion of our travels today carries us over more of the never-ending Namib gravel terrain. Then without much warning, the landscape transforms into mountain desert.

We journey through both the Kuiseb and Gaub passes, travelling both times to the river beds at the canyons’ base and then ascending the escarpment to the summit where we are treated to incredible mountainous views. The landscape then changes once more as we head down into the dune fields. We head across a few open grass savannah and farmlands before the landscape begins to transform into the vibrant red sand dune desert of the Namib. From here it is a brief distance to our following stopover in the small town of Solitaire. We attempt to reach our camp in the early evening to observe the glowing colours transform on faraway mountains in the east.

Accommodation: Sesriem Campsite
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance: 345 kms

Activity Elim Dune is best seen at sunset.

Day 9: Sossusvlei – Sesriem

Today we embark on an early morning drive in order to catch a glimpse of the exceptional desert sunrise. Once we’ve passed through the Sesriem (the gateway to the dunes), we make our way into the centre of the dune fields, finally arriving at Sossusvlei on foot, walking the final 5 kilometres through the dunes themselves.

Beautiful photographic opportunities are abundant in the cool morning, with the gentle light of dawn lighting up the dunes from their summits to their bases. During these sunrises, orange blazes all around the desert and creates a contrasting landscape across the entire area. Old mineral pans, undersized camel thorn trees and the possibility of spotting a gemsbok or ostrich make taking your camera along an essential part of this trip.

Our morning is spent in the surrounds of Sossusvlei, paying a visit to the world famous Dune 45. As the day winds down to a finish, we make our way back to Sesriem for a tasty lunch and to reach some shade during the hot hours of the afternoon. As the temperature drops in the early evening, we embark on a short trip to the Sesriem Canyon.

Accommodation: Sesriem Campsite
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Activities Dune 45, Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei and Sesriem Canyon

Day 10: Sesriem – Windhoek

Following a tasty breakfast, we head off over the mountains and travel picturesque roads, making a stopover for some rest in Solitaire. We then continue to make our way back to Windhoek through the Khomas Hochland Mountain range, back to civilization. We reach the city early evening and you will be dropped off at your lodging upon our arrival.

Arriving in Windhoek around 3pm – 5pm

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance: 335 kms

Onward Travel Plans

Due to circumstances beyond our control while on tour (such as border crossings, traffic, breakdowns and delays, etc), the end time on the last day cannot be guaranteed. Therefore we strongly recommend you stay the night and fly out the next day. Please consult with your booking consultant.

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