Best of Namibia Highlights Safari (Comfort) (7 Days)

Comfort
Small Group

Tour Details

Tour Style Comfort Small Group
Length 7 days
Countries Visited Namibia
Starts Windhoek
Ends Windhoek
Group Size Max 10
Age Range Min 5 years and older
Tour SKU ACS0207
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What You'll Experience

  • Etosha National Park
  • Swakopmund and Skeleton Coast
  • Sossusvlei
  • Namib Desert
  • Windhoek
  • Interaction with Himba Tribe
  • Sesriem Canyon
  • Solitaire

Why You'll Love this Tour

Enjoy a 7 Day Namibia Budget Safari which includes Etosha National Park game viewing, Namib Desert sand dunes, Sosussvlei and adrenalin activities in Swakopmund. Perfect for travellers with limited travel time wanting a comfortable, affordable adventure.

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Included

  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Accommodation -  6 nights’ accommodation in twin share rooms with en-suite bathrooms
  • Transport in a custom built safari vehicle with pop up roof (no air-conditioning)
  • Services of a professional English speaking driver/guide
  • National park entry fees (2 days Etosha & 1 day Sossusvlei)
  • Game drives as above
  • Sossusvlei excursion (including 4x4 shuttle)
  • Airport transfers

Excluded

  • International Airfares
  • Travel insurance (Get Adventure Travel Insurance)
  • Personal spending money
  • Visa costs
  • Border taxes
  • Passports
  • Vaccinations
  • Personal taxes (including departure and border taxes)
  • All optional activities
  • Unscheduled or optional national / game parks and other activities
  • Gratuities
  • Sleeping bag if needed
  • Restaurant meals (other than those listed)
  • All drinks
  • Laundry and other items of a personal nature

Activities

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

Included in Tour Price

  • Discover the Routes of Naankuse
  • Game drives in Etosha
  • Guided excursion to Sossusvlei
  • Return Airport transfers


Other Activities

Optional Activities available on this tour at your own expense  Swakopmund activities

  • Quad biking
  • Sand boarding

Itinerary

Day 1: Windhoek, Namibia

You will be fetched from the airport today and then transferred to the centrally located Backpackers Lodge. If you have arrived in Windhoek before 10:00 midday, an exciting and interesting excursion has been planned for the afternoon after you have checked in and relaxed. The first stop on our itinerary is the internationally acclaimed N/a’an ku se Wildlife Sanctuary. It is situated approximately 50 kilometers east of Windhoek. N/a’an ku se is devoted to rehabilitating sick, injured, and orphaned animals. The ultimate objective of this project is to reintroduce these rare and endangered species back into their natural habitats so that they will be able to live a wild and free existence. Unfortunately, this is not always possible. At N/a’an ku se, some animals will never again be able to survive in their native yet cruel natural habitat. N/a’an ku se has become their permanent residence and they have taken “early retirement.”. It is likely that we will see several species, such as baboons, caracals, lions, and cheetahs. N/a’an ku se is also home to wild dogs and leopards, along with a wide variety of smaller mammals, and you can watch some of the ”locals” eat at the site. It is late afternoon when we return to Windhoek. Tonight’s dinner will be on your own account, but your guide can recommend excellent restaurants in Namibia’s capital on your behalf.

Accommodation: Twin share, en-suite bathroom
Meals: No meals included on this day
Distance: 50 km

Day 2: Halali inside Etosha National Park, Namibia

A short pre-departure meeting will be held at the Head Office at 07:00 following your collection from your accommodation within the Windhoek city limits. Heading north from Windhoek, we stop briefly at the small town of Otjiwarongo to gather some last-minute supplies before continuing on to Etosha and we enjoy a light lunch pack whilst “on the move”. We enter Etosha National Park and game drive our way to our overnight accommodation at Halali Camp. This huge park has 114 mammal species, 350 bird species, 110 reptile species, uncountable insects and, somewhat bizarrely, one fish species. While touring the park, stopping at the various waterholes along the way, we stand a good chance of spotting many of these creatures. Guests must be in camp by sunset, and we aim to arrive at Halali Lodge before sunset, allowing time for settling into our rooms, with en-suite bathrooms and tea/coffee facilities. Halali takes its name from the bugle refrain used in sport hunting in Europe with horses and hounds. To signal the end of the hunt, the bugler would sound the Halali. Etosha was selected because hunting animals is prohibited within the National Park’s protection. When the sun goes down, Etosha continues to entertain. Floodlit waterholes are available at all Etosha camps. Our accommodation is within walking distance of the Halali waterhole, called Moringa after the moringa trees that are abundant here. The waterhole is known to be very popular with elephants and critically endangered black rhinos during the night, making it highly recommended to visit this evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Halali Camp – Twin share, en-suite bathroom
Distance: 500 km

Day 3: Etosha Village outside Etosha National Park, Namibia

The whole day is at our disposal to explore Etosha, so let’s take advantage of it. As the sun breaches the horizon, the park gates open. In the morning, you can usually catch big cats returning from hunting early in the day.

After breakfast, we return to Halali to load our vehicles before heading out for another game drive. There is little water in Etosha, a desert landscape. However, there are a number of waterholes here, both natural and man-made, which we take advantage of. As thirsty animals seek a drink, we hope the game will come to us. Etosha Pan will be our first stop today. In English, Etosha means ‘great white space’, but this name does not do justice to its enormity. The dazzling white mineral pan covers over 4,700 square kilometers. Our accommodation is only a short drive from Etosha at the Anderson gate. The rooms are spacious twins with modern en-suite bathrooms. Enjoy the beauty that surrounds you while you sit back and relax. This evening, our guide prepares a fantastic dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Etosha Village
Distance: 70 km

Day 4: Swakopmund, Namibia

Our goal is to be on the road by 7:30 this morning after breakfast. The Skeleton Coast is our destination, and we are taking the scenic route. Leaving Outjo on the main road, we head west through Damaraland to pick up the gravel road as we travel through an area known as Damaraland, then south on the main road.

The scenery in Damaraland is beautiful, with mountains, open grasslands, tall pink granite koppies (little hills), wide open spaces and a big sky. Our road today is lined with informal shops selling locally made, handcrafted souvenirs, so we could also meet some of the locals. Our pictures here usually feature ladies wearing traditional clothing from the Himba, Herero, and Damara tribes. Among these colourful characters who live in this harsh environment are some of the locals. Directly contributing to the local economy is as simple as buying a small item here.

While driving through Namibia’s beautiful landscape, we stop for a picnic lunch under the shadow of Namibia’s highest peak, the Brandberg. A giant monolith of pink tinged granite rising from the desert floor, it rises 2,573 m above sea level. Arriving at the Atlantic Ocean and the coast, we continue our journey west. Due to Namibia’s forbidding mountains and barren beaches, the entire coastline is known as the Skeleton Coast. Ships are driven onto the beach by the wind, waves and fog banks. A shipwrecked mariner facing no water, food, rescue, or the prospect of exposure faced, in olden days, a slow death. They considered themselves lucky to have gone down with their ship.

Continuing south, our next stop is a more recent shipwreck. The Zeila, a fishing trawler, was beached 15 km south of Henties Bay in 2008. A scrapped old vessel, she was currently under tow. In the swell and currents, and like so many vessels before her, she ended up on the beach. It’s a good photo opportunity since she’s close to the shore.

After our journey into Swakopmund, we check into our accommodation, A La Mer hotel, which is centrally located and offers easy access to the town on foot. The German Empire founded Swakopmund in 1892 by Captain Kurt von François. His other city was Windhoek. The mighty sand dunes of the Namib Desert surround this town to the north, east, and south, while the Atlantic Ocean borders it to the west. German is still widely spoken and colonial German architecture can be seen.

You can book restaurants and make recommendations with your guide in Swakopmund.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Pension Hotel A La Mer – Twin share – en-suite bathroom
Distance: 510 km

Day 5: Desert Camp near Sesriem, Namibia

Due to our mid-morning departure from Swakopmund, we can have a more leisurely start. The exact time of departure will be communicated to you by your guide. Our morning in Swakopmund can be filled with many activities if you don’t want to lie in. There are many optional activities available in the town centre, which is small and easily explored on foot. If you enjoy adrenaline rushes, quad biking and sandboarding are also popular activities. All options will be discussed with you in advance and any bookings can be made by our guide. Our journey east begins at 11h30 from Swakopmund. Across the Namib gravel plains, we cross vast expanses of flat and seemingly barren terrain. Firstly, we must traverse the mighty Kuiseb Pass, which drops steeply down into a canyon carved over the centuries by the Kuiseb River as it flows towards the sea at Walvis Bay. The Gaub River is a tributary of the Kuiseb and lies on the banks of this river, extending over a pass through mountain peaks. Almost immediately after emerging from the mountains, we cross the Tropic of Capricorn. We stop at this auspicious spot to take photos. Onwards again to Desert Camp, nearby the National Park entrance at Sesriem, where the dunes of Sossusvlei are located. Dinner is cooked over an open fire by our guide and there is a pool and bar.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Desert Camp – Twin share – en-suite bathroom
Distance: 350 km

Day 6: Desert Camp Sossusvlei, Namibia

We’re up early this morning to watch the sunrise in the dunes, so we’ll have breakfast first thing.Dunes are best photographed at sunrise and sunset.On one side, you will see bright orange, apricot red sand dunes, and on the other side, you will see dark shadows.At this time of day, there is an amazing depth of field.The 60 km drive into the dunes from Sesriem is fast and we arrive at the 2×4 car park quickly.Our final 5km leg to Sossusvlei takes us through the ancient Tsauchab Riverbed.When enough rain falls, the Tsauchab River flows seasonally, usually with dry riverbeds.There was a time when the Tsauchab was flooded to the Atlantic Ocean during these rare floods eons ago.The riverbeds, however, became inundated with wind blown sand as millennia passed and dune fields formed.In time, the wind erected sand barriers on the rivers, so that the occasional floods could not pass through.To get here, we drove along the Tsauchab valley, which keeps the valley from being sand-filled, but the waters have now permanently ended at Sossusvlei.(Perhaps once every ten years), Sossusvlei floods still.During good rains, Sossusvlei can flood and create a lake in the Naukluft Mountains, but the river can no longer reach the Atlantic Ocean as it once did.We will be transported through the sandy riverbed by a 4×4 shuttle service.During our visit to Dead Vlei, we will see dead, skeletal camelthorn trees that populate the ancient pan completely surrounded by dunes.Over 1000 years have passed since these trees were first planted in this landscape.Only the Tsauchab River keeps Sossusvlei’s narrow path open amid the dunes.

On foot, we can explore the 300-meter-high dunes towering above us.Our journey back is along the same road, and we stop at the iconic Dune 45, which is 45 km from Sesriem.

Upon reaching the bottom of Dune 45, you can climb it, or perhaps you can just sit in the shade in the shade.We take a short excursion to Sesriem Canyon on the way back.By the Tsauchab River, this canyon has been carved out of the landscape 4 km from Sesriem.Europe experienced an ice age two million years ago.A worldwide sea level drop was caused by glaciers forming.This resulted in an increase in the length and flow of the Tsauchab River in Sesriem Canyon.Our canyon was created as a result of the greater force of water.Rivers are usually cooler in canyons and we can follow them along their journey to Sossusvlei along the riverbed.Late afternoon, we return to Desert Camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Desert Camp
Distance: 120 km

Day 7: Windhoek, Namibia

Today is our last day, but excitement continues. In this case, a cheetah conservation project is visited in an open vehicle at Solitaire. Some cheetah are unable to be released back into the wild due to different reasons in Solitaire. As part of this excursion, we’ll learn about cheetahs, local conservation projects, and take some amazing photos. This homestead is famous for its apple pie, which our guide will give us after the activity. On our way back to Windhoek, we pass beautiful mountain scenery. Our route climbs up onto Namibia’s central plateau and passes through BellsPort and Rehoboth on the way back to Windhoek. After arriving in Windhoek mid-afternoon, we will be dropped off at Chameleon Backpackers or another accommodation of your choice.

Meals: Breakfast

For those flying today we do not recommend booking any flight departing prior to 18h00 in case there are unexpected delays returning from safari.

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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