Please note the 2017 itinerary runs from April 2017 through to March 2018.
This 10 day Explore Namibia Budget Safari provides assisted camping accommodation and includes virtually all your costs of travelling through Namibia.
The Namibia Camping Tour includes two accommodated nights in Swakopmund and requires limited participation along the way.
Highlights on this Namibia Budget Safari include:
Explore Namibia, from the game-rich north and dramatic Damaraland, via the Skeleton Coast to the desert dune fields of the Namib Desert in the south, on this affordable camping safari!
You will be collected in Windhoek between 08:00 and 08:30 at the start of this Namibia Budget Safari.
We drive north towards Etosha passing through some small towns, including Okahandja, where we visit the largest wood carving market in Namibia. The Okahandja craft market is run by a local co-operative and is a great place to find authentic Namibian souvenirs.
Continuing our journey north we travel through farmland, arriving at Okonjima in the mid-afternoon. Here we set up camp and relax in the shade before participating in the afternoon's activities on the property.
The Africat Foundation operates from Okonjima, where this conservation organization runs programmes to rehabilitate African Big Cats, particularly cheetahs. In the afternoon you embark on a tour of the wildlife centre to see some of the cheetahs that are being rehabilitated at Africat.
The majority of the rescued animals at Okonjima were saved from various desperate situations, being orphaned or caught in traps. The Africat program aims to rehabilitate these animals for release back into the wild.
After our wildlife tour we head back to the safari camp for dinner under star-studded African skies.
Starting out early on day two, we continue north through Namibia, via some more small towns and pausing to refuel and stock up on supplies.
Our safari destination for today is Namutoni Camp in the east of Etosha Park. We arrive at Namutoni in time for lunch, leaving some free time to unwind before we embark on a late afternoon game drive into Etosha Park as the day cools down.
The whole of day three on this Namibia Budget Safari is spent on game drives in Etosha National Park.
We head out into the bush in the cool early morning, taking a game drive through Etosha Park to Halali Camp, set in the middle of the Etosha Park.
En route to Halali we stop at several active waterholes as well as admiring the spectacular vistas over the seemingly endless Etosha Pan.
In the Halali section of Etosha the game viewing is excellent, so we should sight a few new species here.
We have lunch at Halali Camp and take a break from our game drive. You are free to visit the Halali waterhole and swim in the camp's pool or relax at the bar, before we game drive on to Okaukuejo Camp.
Okaukuejo is renowned for its floodlit waterhole, offering one of the top game viewing opportunities in Southern Africa, according to some. The waterholes is located near our overnight campsite at Okaukuejo, providing superb night-time game watching. The watering hole attracts a variety of Africa's wildlife, including black rhino, elephant, lion and numerous antelope species.
Today we depart from Etosha National Park, driving south to the small town of Kamanjab.
We visit a Himba Village in the Kamanjab area. The village is home to the only Himba community living traditional lifestyles, outside of the Kaokoland region of Namibia in upper northern Namibia.
These Himba people migrated to the area bringing their way of life and customs with them. The site of the village varies as the Himba move to new locations on the farm. Here we gain insight into the marriage customs, traditional foods and the “Holy Fire” religion of the Himba.
Next we travel the short distance to a scenic community campsite nestled among granite hills and mopane trees. This eco-friendly camp features a hot water system that is heated by the barbecue fire, so the hot water for your shower is warmed while preparing your meal.
We camp overnight under bright African stars.
After our cultural experience in the Grootberg, we travel into Damaraland, one of the most scenic desert areas in Namibia.
Our journey west takes us via the Grootberg Pass en route to Twyfelfontein, where we visit some ancient Bushman rock art. We set off on a guided tour with a local to view the rock engravings. After our walking tour we set up the overnight camp.
On day six of our Explore Namibia Budget Safari we journey deeper into the deserts of Damaraland, passing The Brandberg Mountain, Namibia’s highest mountain at 2573m above sea level.
Driving on through Damaraland we enjoy spectacular scenery before stopping in Uis, an small old mining town. The remote little town of Uis, situated in the middle of nowhere, is one of the best places to buy semi-precious stones. Namibia is famous for its semi-precious stones and in Uis you can find rough Amethyst, Tourmaline and others at bargain prices.
Then we head west across the “gravel plains” to the icy Atlantic Ocean. We reach the Skeleton Coast at Henties Bay, and take a slight detour to view the seal colony at Cape Cross. As many as 100,000 Cape Fur seals can be seen at Cape Cross in some seasons.
Driving south along the Skeleton Coast we travel to Swakopmund, Namibia's premier seaside resort destination.
Breakfast is the only meal included in the tour price, allowing as much flexibility as possible without set meal times during the day. This is a great chance to try out the excellent local cafes and restaurants in Swakopmund.
There is excellent seafood available in this coastal town and your tour guide will offer to arrange a group meal in one of the local restaurants in the evening (recommended but not required).
Dinner this evening in not included in the price of the safari and will be for the client’s own account.
Swakopmund is considered the Adventure Capital of Namibia, offering a variety of optional activities.
These activities include aeroplane and microlight flights over the desert, scenic drives, fishing trips (from the beach or by 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 many more options.
Your safari guide will inform you of the activity options before you reach Swakopmund and offer to make advance bookings for you.
On day seven you are free to explore Swakopmund or participate in adventure activities.
You can go sightseeing in the lively town of Swakopmund, visiting the local museum and the Namibian National Marine Aquarium. There are plenty of shops, as well as a lovely beach (the icy Atlantic is not for the faint-hearted) and an open-air African curio and crafts market.
Dinner this evening is not included in the price of the safari and will be for the client’s own account.
Please Note: All extra activities and excursions in Swakopmund are subject to availability and are done at the clients’ own risk and expense.
Leaving coastal Swakopmund today we stop at Walvis Bay, about 40km south of Swakopmund.
We head to the Walvis Bay lagoon just south of the town to see the abundance of marine birds, especially flamingos, found here. Next we stop briefly in Walvis Bay to stock up on supplies before venturing out into the Namib Desert.
Our journey takes us across the vast Namib gravel plains, from where we make the sudden transition into the contrasting mountain desert area of Namibia.
We drive via two scenic passes, the Kuiseb and Gaub, descending to the riverbeds on the canyon floors and then climbing back up the long steep sides enjoying fantastic views as we ascend. Making our way down through open savannahs and farmlands we travel into the fields of shifting sand dunes, with the terrain again changing dramatically.
The towering red-orange sand dunes of the Namib Desert surround us as we cover the short distance to our next destination, Solitaire.
We arrive at our camp near the tiny hamlet of Solitaire in the late afternoon, in time to catch a spectacular sunset over the desert dunes.
Pre-dawn departure ensures that we witness the gentle sunrise transforming the warm colours of the Namib Desert dunes.
We travel via Sesriem, the gateway to the Sossusvlei Dunes, on our way into the heart of this famous Namibian dune field.
To reach Sossusvlei proper we cover the last 5km stretch through the sand dunes on foot.
This unique desert walk is done in the cool hours of the morning, as the soft sunlight shifts over the ochre-coloured dunes creating sharp contrasts of light and shadow across the desert landscape.
This part of the Namib Desert is ideal for photography, with its ancient mineral pans, stunted camel thorn trees and chance sightings of gemsbok or even ostrich.
We spend the morning exploring the Sossusvlei Dune area. We also visit the renowned landmark of Dune 45, before returning to Sesriem for lunch and a rest during the hottest part of the day. Later in the afternoon as the day cools down, we venture into the Sesriem Canyon on a short excursion.
After breakfast on the final day of our Explore Namibia Budget Safari we return to Windhoek.
Stopping at Solitaire for a short break, we traverse the Naukluft Mountains and Khomas Hochland Range, driving through the scenic Remhoogte Pass on our way back to Windhoek.
We arrive back in Windhoek city at about 16:00pm. You will be dropped off at your selected post-tour accommodation bringing this superb Explore Namibia Safari to an end.