Chameleon Safaris Namibia 15 Day Wildlife, Himba & N/a’an ku sê

For the enthusiastic volunteer, this 15 day package is the perfect combination of touring Northern Namibia and wrapping up with a week of volunteering at the N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary. Enjoy sightings of wildlife at the Okonjima Nature Reserve and Etosha National Park before immersing ourselves into the rich culture of the Himba tribe. We explore Namibia’s Skeleton Coast and visit the seals at Cape Cross before enjoying our last night of the tour in Swakopmund, Namibia’s adventure capital. Here we can enjoy any number of adrenaline inducing optional activities from sandboarding to quad biking and more before returning to Windhoek where our tour ends and our volunteering adventure begins.

Safari Type: Camping

Departs: Friday

Max: 12
  
Starting From:

$27,720.00 per person sharing


From Jan 1st, 2022
$30,840 per person sharing (includes/safari-overview.php (2))

Departs:

Friday


  • Cultural Experience
  • Etosha National Park
  • N/a'ankuse Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Skeleton Coast
  • Swakopmund

  • Transport in a custom-built safari vehicle with pop up roof (no air-conditioning) – on safari
  • Services of a professional English speaking guide & camp assistant – on safari
  • 1 night pre safari + 1 night post safari at Chameleon Backpackers
  • 5 nights camping + 1 nights’ accommodation in twin share rooms with en-suite bathrooms on safari
  • 6 nights in twin or triple share tents at N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Camping equipment (excluding sleeping bag which can be hired)
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Tap water
  • National Park entry fees
  • Activities as per itinerary
  • Transfer from Chameleon Backpackers to N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary on day 9
  • Return airport transfers
  • Snacks & drinks
  • Optional activities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips/gratuities

Itinerary

Day 1: Friday - Chameleon Backpackers

We will be collected from the Hosea Kutako International Airport on arrival and transferred into Windhoek to Chameleon Backpackers. Depending on our arrival time, we may have the opportunity to join an afternoon City & Township Tour, or alternatively opt to relax by the pool or take a short walk into the city centre to collect supplies. Enjoy the evening with a delicious “potjiekos” at the Chameleon Backpackers’ bar.

Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: Twin room with en-suite bathroom at Chameleon Backpackers 

Day 2: Saturday - Okonjima Nature Reserve

This morning we start our tour of Namibia, with a pre-departure meeting at 7h30 and hitting the road shortly after. We stop briefly at the Okahandja Wood carving markets with our next stop is our overnight destination, the Okonjima Nature Reserve. Okonjima, is an impressive 20,000ha nature reserve which is home to an incredible array of wildlife species. It is also home to the AfriCat Foundation, whose long term mission is the conservation of Namibia’s wildlife in their natural habitat, but in a protected conservation area. This includes predators and keystone species and the reserve is well known for leopard, cheetah, and hyena sightings. We aim to arrive at camp around midday, giving us ample time to set up camp and enjoy lunch before we join the afternoon activity where we have the chance to see some of the cheetah currently part of the AfriCat rehabilitation programme. The aim of this programme is to re-introduce these animals back into the wild where they can thrive. After our educational tour, we join an afternoon game drive on the reserve before enjoying our first spectacular sunset in the Namibian bush. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Camping at Okonjima Omboroko Campsites

Day 3: Sunday - Okaukuejo, Etosha National Park

We depart from camp after breakfast and stop briefly at Otjiwarongo, a small town north of Okonjima to gather some fresh supplies, before continuing on to Etosha National Park, one of Southern Africa’s premier wildlife reserves. Upon entering the gate, we start our search for antelope, such as springbok and impala and with any luck some megaherbivores such as elephant, rhino or giraffe, on our short game drive to Okaukuejo. We set up camp and enjoy a delicious lunch before heading out on an afternoon game drive. Etosha is unlike any other, and our game drives take us from waterhole to waterhole in search of predators as well as plains game, birds and if we are lucky, even reptiles. We return to camp just before sunset, and whilst dinner is cooking, we have the chance to visit the excellent floodlit waterhole where rhino, elephant, giraffe, lion and hyena are frequent visitors. Dinner is prepared by our guide over an open fire. 

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

Day 4: Monday - Okaukuejo, Etosha National Park

A pre-dawn start today to have any chance of catching a glimpse of predators that are returning home after a night of hunting. We make our way across the park, visiting various waterholes and enjoy a late breakfast at one of the picnic spots within the park. We continue our journey east in search of the many species that call Etosha home. After lunch we visit the Etosha Pan where the park gets its name. Here we can get out of the vehicle and experience this 4500 sq km ‘saline desert’, a salt pan so large it can be seen from space. We continue our game drive to look for the Big 4 on our way back to Okaukuejo, arriving at camp by sunset.

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

Day 5: Tuesday - Hoada Campsite, Kunene Region

Another early start where we can take in a spectacular sunrise whilst having breakfast and then a short game drive back to the park gate. The route today takes us west into the area known as the Kunene Region. Our first stop is a visit to the Otjikandero Himba Village. The Himba people are one of the last tribes in Namibia who still embrace their ancient culture and customs. We participate in a guided tour around the village where we have the chance to not only gain an in-depth insight into the Himba way of life, but to get to know the Himba people to share a little of our own culture with them. We continue west and stop briefly in the small town of Kamanjab before continuing on to the Hoada Community Campsite, situated between large granite boulders and Mopane trees, creating the illusion of a serene home in the wilderness. Here we set up camp before enjoying a leisurely afternoon and watching the sunset from the Hoada deck. 

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

Day 6: Wednesday - Cape Cross, Skeleton Coast

Today our adventure takes us through the infamous Skeleton Coast National Park all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. The coastline itself is a very hostile but a fascinating area known for the Welwitschia mirabilis, the Northern Namibia sand sea, the derelict oil rig near Toscanini, the Huab lagoon and the diminishing remains of various shipwrecks. On exiting the national park we stop for Instagram worthy photos of the iconic skull and cross bones gate. 

We arrive at Cape Cross Seal Reserve late afternoon. The reserve is home to one of the world’s largest breeding colonies of Cape Fur seals and during breeding season (November-December) up to 200 000+ seals can be spotted basking on the beach, certainly a sight and smell to behold. Tonight we set up camp at Cape Cross campsite and have the opportunity for a sunset walk on the beach. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Camping at Cape Cross Campsite 

Day 7: Thursday - Hotel A La Mer, Swakopmund

Today is a chance for a rare lie in and enjoy a delicious cooked breakfast. After breakfast we continue travelling along the coast stopping to view the Zeila Shipwreck, one of the latest victims of the Skeleton Coast from as recent as 2007. We arrive in Swakopmund early afternoon and have plenty of time to explore this quaint little town on foot, or join one of the optional activities on offer from skydiving, scenic flights, quad biking and more. We will be dropped off at the hotel. Dinner tonight is at own expense in one of Swakopmund’s excellent restaurants and our guide will be happy to make recommendations or bookings depending on what we feel like. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Twin share room with en-suite bathroom at Hotel A La Mer

Day 8: Friday - Chameleon Backpackers, Windhoek

Leisurely breakfast and for those interested in birds our driver will be happy to take us to Walvis Bay to see the flamingos in the Walvis Bay lagoon which is a protected RAMSAR Site for birds and a visit to Dune 7, the highest dune in the area, to experience the “sand sea” along the coastal strip. We will return to Windhoek in the afternoon with a light lunch served en-route. We aim to arrive at Chameleon Backpackers in Windhoek late afternoon. Dinner tonight is at own expense in one of Windhoek’s excellent restaurants and our guide will be happy to make some suggestions. 

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Twin room with en-suite bathroom at Chameleon Backpackers

Day 9: Saturday - N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary

An early breakfast this morning and we will be transferred to the volunteer centre at N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary, which provides a safe haven for injured, orphaned or conflict animals. Whenever possible the goal is to re-introduce the animals into the wild. Only animals too ill, abused or habituated remain at the sanctuary. Arriving early this morning we will meet the N/a’an ku sê team for an induction presentation before heading out in the afternoon for our first hands on activity.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Twin or triple share tents at N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary

Day 10: Sunday - N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary

Our morning starts with an early breakfast and Sundays are rest days but not before we prepare and feed the orphaned and injured animals, anything from carnivores to reptiles or small mammals. This usually takes between 1 and 2 hours in the morning and the rest of the day can be spent enjoying the beautiful outdoors, horse riding or lazing around the pool reading a book or learning more about the conservation work done at the volunteer centre, the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon. However we choose to spend our the day, be sure to relax a little before another busy couple of days on the reserve.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Twin or triple share tents at N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary

Day 11: Monday - N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary

We enjoy an early morning breakfast and a quick morning meeting with the team to start the day off. The next couple of days are the perfect opportunity to learn about and actively participate in the conservation, rehabilitation, care and research of the African wildlife. The wildlife team takes us out for group based morning activities, such as feeding orphaned and injured animals, cleaning enclosures or project work and animal enrichment. After a morning full of fun and work, we enjoy a light lunch at the Lapa. After lunch we start the afternoon activities with a presentation from the research team before we learn about the on-going projects N/a’an ku se is involved with to support wildlife conservation. Research activities may include; monitoring free roaming carnivores, analysing camera traps, analysing GPS data or game counts. Dinner each night is a delicious home cooked meal served at the Lapa.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Twin or triple share tents at N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary

Day 12: Tuesday - N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary

Another busy day and no two days are ever quite the same. One day we could be helping to build new facilities, from a holding camp to a waterpoint, and the next could be assisting the resident vet with animal check ups or caring for juvenile wildlife. Whatever the task we will certainly be kept busy.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Twin or triple share tents at N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary

Day 13: Wednesday - N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary

Another busy day today as we spend the morning and afternoons out and about keeping up with all that needs to be done to run a wildlife sanctuary. This could be anything from being part of the food prep team to ensure all animals are fed on time, to border patrols to check fence lines. The jobs here are never the same, and always offer the chance to experience some incredible moments as part of their conservation effort.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Twin or triple share tents at N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary

Day 14: Thursday - N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary

A final full day at N/a’ankuse, where as a wildlife volunteer we will help to care for cheetahs, leopards, lions and African wild dogs and can be directly involved in the research and monitoring of carnivores. Namibia is one of the few African countries which contain 6 species of large carnivore (lion, leopard, cheetah, African wild dog, spotted hyena and brown hyena) free-ranging outside formally protected areas; including harbouring 25% of the global cheetah population. We work to keep Namibia’s wildlife exactly where it belongs, in the wild. 

Enjoying our last day on the reserve, we are sure to absorb all the sights, sounds and smells (however unusual they may be) to ensure that our memories of Namibia never fade.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Twin or triple share tents at N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary

Day 15: Friday - Departure

Depending on our flight time, we may have time for a leisurely breakfast and morning activity before being transferred to the International Airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight departure. Be sure to say goodbye to all new friends before departing. Transfer times subject to flight departure times.

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