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7 Day Northern Namibia Budget Safari

Why book this trip?

If you are looking for a comprehensive safari that covers Northern and Central Western Nambia and enjoy camping in the wild, then this is an ideal trip for you. With highlights like Etosha, the Skeleton Coast and great game viewing you can’t go wrong for an unbeatable value safari.



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Tour Style Camping Small Group
Countries Visited Namibia
Starts Windhoek
Ends Windhoek
Group Size Min 2 Max 14
Age Range All Ages


7 Day Northern Namibia Budget Safari Tour Overview

Departing from Windhoek
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This northern trip visits Okonjima, Etosha, Damaraland and Swakopmund and is fully camping except for one night in Swakopmund with accommodation. Enjoy the limited participation where your guide assists with most of the campsite duties.    



  • 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


  • Sleeping bag (can be hired)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Soft drinks

SKU: CAS1407

7 Day Northern Namibia Budget Safari Itinerary

Day 1: Windhoek – Okonjima/Africat Foundation – Namibia  

You will be collected between 08:30 and 09:00. Today we 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 biggest 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 conservation 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 supper consumed beneath the twinkling of the star-speckled African sky.

Distance: 300 kilometres
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:  Camping

Day 2: Okonjima/Africat – Namutoni/ East Etosha Region – Namibia

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 make our way to Namutoni camp in Etosha National Park, aiming to arrive in time for a satisfying lunch. This will give us time to unwind before making our way into the park during the cool late afternoon in order to embark on our first game drive.

Distance: 300 kilometres
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:  Camping

Day 3: East Etosha Region – Okaukuejo Etosha National Park – Namibia

Today we embark on an entire day of game driving. We leave early in the morning in order to enjoy the crisp morning air as we make our way through Etosha to Halali camp, located in the centre of the Park. En route, we pay a visit to a couple of waterholes and are offered incredible views of the impressive Etosha Pan. The game viewing is typically superb, giving us an opportunity to check off a few new species that are not usually spotted on the Namutoni park side.

Stopping at Halali in the afternoon, we are given time to unwind and to enjoy a lovely lunch. We will also have time to pay a visit to the Halali waterhole as well as to make use of the camp’s swimming pool and bar facilities prior to continuing our game drive down to Okaukuejo. This is where we will set up camp for the night. After our evening meal you will have the opportunity of viewing big game at a floodlit waterhole which is on the boundary of the camp and is within a short walking distance.

Okaukuejo has been voted as the“best game viewing opportunities in Southern Africa”. Located right on the doorstep of our accommodation for tonight, we will most likely see black rhino, elephant, lion and several species of antelope.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:  Camping

Day 4: Okaukuejo – Grootberg area – Namibia

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 costumes, 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.

Distance: 310 kilometres
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:  Camping

Day 5: Grootberg area – Twyfelfontein – Namibia – Namibia

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.

Distance: 190 kilometres
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:  Camping

Day 6: Twyfelfontein – Swakopmund, Skeleton Coast – Namibia

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 quick 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 not mandatory.

Distance: 420 kilometres
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation:  Chalet

Day 7: Swakopmund – Windhoek – Namibia

Our journey back to Windhoek today will take approximately four and a half hours. We will only be leaving after lunch, which allows us some time to spend our morning in Swakopmund doing a bit of unwinding. A lovely seaside town rife with various shops, beaches and an open-air curio market, Swakopmund also boasts an exquisite museum as well as the Namibian National Marine Aquarium.

If you’d like to spend your free time here doing something a little more adventurous instead, a variety of Optional Activities will be available, including airoplane and microlight flights over the desert, scenic drives, fishing trips (from beach or boat), quad biking trips into the desert and over the sand dunes surrounding Swakopmund, sand boarding trips (also taking place in the dunes), skydiving, bird-watching and plenty more. You will be provided with all information needed by your tour guide who will discuss possible adventures for you to partake in prior to reaching Swakopmund in order to proceed with booking in advance.

PLEASE NOTE: All additional activities and excursions in Swakopmund are subject to availability and are at the client’s own risk and expense.

Today is our last day of our tour and, following lunch, we will be transferred back to the capital city where you will be dropped off at your accommodation.

Distance: 350 kilometres
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Onward Travel Plans

Due to on the road variable beyond our control (such as border crossings, traffic, delays, etc) on the tours. The end time on the last day can’t be guaranteed and therefore we strongly recommend you stay the night and fly out the next day. Please consult with your booking consultant.


7 Day Northern Namibia Budget Safari Activities

Other Activities

  • Airoplane and microlight flights over the desert
  • Scenic drives
  • Fishing trips (from beach or boat)
  • Quad biking trips into the desert and over the sand dunes surrounding Swakopmund
  • Sand boarding trips (also taking place in the dunes)
  • Skydiving
  • Bird-watching


7 Day Northern Namibia Budget Safari Dates

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Price Disclaimer: Tour is Priced at ZAR 15850 Valid from 01st April 2018 – 31st March 2019 Currency fluctuations may occur

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