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10 Day Namibian Explorer

This 10 day camping safari runs selected Fridays from Windhoek with a minimum of 2 people and is the perfect way to combine incredible landscape, Southern Africa's best game viewing and Namibia's cultural diversity. Explore some of Namibia's highlights including Etosha National Park, visit a Himba village, checkout the ancient rock art at Twyfelfontein and climb the magnificent dunes of Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert. Enjoy sitting by Etosha National Parks excellent waterholes waiting for elephant, lion, rhino and more to come for a drink as well as the ever changing landscapes as you explore different parts of the Namib Desert from Damaraland through to Swakopmund and on to the Namib Naukluft National Park.

Safari Type: Camping

Departs: Friday

Max: 14
 
Starting From:

$18,940.00/person sharing


From Jul 1st, 2020
$23,100/person sharing

Departs:

Friday


  • Bushman Rock Art
  • Cultural Experience
  • Etosha National Park
  • Sossusvlei Dunes
  • Swakopmund
  • Windhoek

  • Transport in a custom built safari vehicle (no air-conditioning)
  • Services of an English speaking guide & camp assistant
  • Accommodation and camping as per itinerary
  • National park & site entry fees
  • Activities as per itinerary
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast L=lunch D=dinner)
  • Pick up/drop off within Windhoek city limits
  • Snacks & drinks
  • Sleeping bag
  • Optional activities

Itinerary

Day1: Okonjima Campsite

You will be collected between 08:30 & 09:00. We will travel north, stopping at small towns along the way including Okahandja, where we have time to visit Namibia’s largest wood carving market. Passing through farmland, we aim to arrive at Okonjima during the middle afternoon, giving us time to set up our camp and to relax for a while before heading out on an afternoon activity. Okonjima is the home of the Africat Foundation, a specialist conservation concern that centres its operations around the African Big Cats, particularly cheetah. This afternoon we will be taken on a tour* during which you will be able to meet, close-up-and-personal, some of the cheetah that are going through the Africat rehabilitation programme. Most of the animals currently living at Okonjima have been rescued from various desperate situations, being orphaned or caught in a trap, and the aim of rehabilitation process is to attempt to re-introduce them into the wild. 
 

Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Camping at Okonjima

Day2: Namutoni, Etosha National Park

An early start and continuing north we pass through some small towns, making short stops for fresh supplies and fuel. Continuing on to our East Etosha, Namutoni region camp we again aim to arrive in time for lunch, giving us time to relax before heading into the park during the cool of the late afternoon for our first game drive. 
 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Camping at Namutoni

Day3: Okaukuejo, Etosha National Park

A full day’s game driving. We again leave early to enjoy the cool morning air as we game drive our way through Etosha to Halali camp, situated in the middle of the park. Along the way we visit several waterholes and are afforded splendid views of the massive Etosha Pan. The game viewing is usually excellent and we have the chance to tick off a few new species that are not normally seen on the Namutoni side of the park. We stop at Halali for a rest and a leisurely lunch. There is time to visit the Halali waterhole and to make use of the swimming pool and bar facilities before continuing on our way and game driving down to Okaukuejo. Okaukuejo is famous for its waterhole, which has been described as one of the "best game viewing opportunities in Southern Africa". Situated on the doorstep of our camp, black rhino, elephant, lion and numerous species of antelope are usually seen. 

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Camping at Okaukuejo

Day4: Hoada Campsite, Damaraland

Leaving Etosha we begin our journey south with a relatively short drive to the small town of Kamanjab. Within this area we visit a Himba Village- the only traditionally functioning Himba community outside the far north Kaokoland region of Namibia. These tribes-people have migrated here, lifestyle and customs intact, and are following their traditional way-of-life in their village on a farm, the exact location of the site varies as the Himba occasionally roam to a new location. We will learn about marriage customs, traditional food and the mysteries of the ’Holy Fire’ religion. From here it is a short drive on to Hoada Community Campsite which is located among beautiful granite hills and mopane trees. To add an eco-friendly touch, the hot water system works in combination with the barbeque area, therefore whilst your meal is being prepared, your water will be warmed for your shower! 

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Camping at Hoada

Day5: Twyfelfontein, Damaraland

Today we head into one of the most beautiful desert regions in Namibia, Damaraland. We drive west via the Grootberg Pass and then take a detour to visit the ancient Bushman rock engravings at Twyfelfontein. At this location we will have a local guide to conduct us on a short tour before we set up camp for the night. 

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Camping at Madisa Camp

Day6: Prost Hotel, Swakopmund

From here we head deeper into the desert and pass Namibia’s highest mountain, The Brandberg, (2573 m) and more beautiful Damaraland scenery. We make a stop in the small town of Uis, an old mining town, where rough Amethyst, Tourmaline etc can be found at bargain prices. From here we turn directly west and cross the plains to the Atlantic Ocean and the Skeleton Coast. Meeting the ocean at Henties Bay, we head north along the coast to visit the seal colony at Cape Cross. The next destination is Swakopmund, following the Skeleton Coast into Namibia’s premier seaside town. We aim to arrive in the late afternoon giving us time to explore the town on foot before sunset. Tonight we take the chance to sample one of the excellent restaurants. Your guide will offer to organise a group meal in a local restaurant for this evening at client own expense.

 

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Twin rooms with en-suite bathroom at Prost Hotel

Day7: Prost Hotel, Swakopmund

Today is a free day.  The idea is to allow time for everybody to do their own thing.  Swakopmund is a very pleasant seaside town with lots of shops, a good stretch of beach and an open-air curio market.  There is also a very good museum and an Aquarium. Alternatively, there are various optional activities that can be arranged which include scenic and microlight flights over the desert, scenic drives, fishing trips, quad bike trips into the desert and over the sand dunes around Swakopmund, sand boarding trips, skydiving, surfing, bird-watching and many other activities are available. Your tour guide will discuss all the possible options with you before you reach Swakopmund and will offer to make bookings in advance of your arrival.


Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Twin rooms with en-suite bathroom at Prost Hotel

Day8: Sesriem, Namib Desert

Our first stop today is Walvis Bay, situated about 40 km south of Swakopmund where we visit the Walvis Bay Lagoon, a RAMSAR protected wetland site and home to a vast array of marine bird-life, in particular flamingos.  Again the scenery changes as we make our way down to the dune fields, crossing some open grass savannah and farmlands before the terrain begins to give way to the immense red sand dune desert of the Namib. From here it is only a short distance to our next stop, the tiny town of Solitaire. Our aim is to arrive at our camp during the late afternoon and watch the colours glow and change on distant mountains to the east. Overnight camping with meals prepared by your guide & assistant over an open fire.



Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Camping at Sesriem

Day9: Sesriem, Namib Desert

A pre-dawn start is essential this morning as we want to catch the soft light of the sunrise on the desert. We leave Sesriem in the dark, driving into the heart of the dune field as the sun rises and we reach Sossusvlei itself by walking the last 5 km through the dunes. In the cool of the morning, with soft sunlight just beginning to play over the dunes creating a sharp light and shadow contrast across the whole desert, the walk is like nothing else. Ancient mineral pans, stunted camel thorn trees and the chance of seeing a gemsbok or maybe an ostrich make the photo opportunities perfect. We spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei, also visiting Dune 45, and as the day wears on we return to Sesriem for lunch to escape the heat of the afternoon.  As the day cools off in the late afternoon we will take a short excursion to the Sesriem Canyon. 

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Camping at Sesriem

Day10: Windhoek

After breakfast we begin our journey over the mountains and along scenic roads, back to Windhoek.  We stop at Solitaire to stretch our legs then proceed back to Windhoek via the Khomas Hochland Mountain range back to civilization. We are due back into the city late afternoon / early evening and you will be dropped off at your accommodation on our return.

 

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
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