Explore Namibia's two top travel destinations on this Namibian Camping Safari - Etosha National Park and the Namib-Naukluft National Park in the Namib Desert.
First this Discover Namibia's Highlights Safari visits the famous Etosha Park, embarking on game viewing drives in this unique African wilderness. Enjoy nighttime game viewing at the floodlit watering holes and spot wildlife, including leopard, lion, elephant and rhino, on thrilling game drives.
Then you journey south into one of the world's oldest deserts, the Namib Desert, staying over in Windhoek en route. Venture into the stark and striking desert terrain and walk amongst the tallest sand dunes in the world. Witness spectacular sunrises and sunsets over the glowing red-orange dunes, stargazing at night.
Combine the best of Namibia's wildlife and scenic desert highlights on this affordable African adventure!
Our tour begins with early morning (08:00 & 08:30) pick ups in Windhoek, Namibia's capital.
We have a long journey ahead of us today, as we travel north passing through some of the country's best commercial farmlands and small towns, arriving at Etosha in the middle of the afternoon.
On our drive to Okaukuejo, Etosha's main rest camp, we keep an eye out for game. Our camp site was orginally the site of a German fort, but the round watchtower is all that remains of the fort.
On the edge of the camp is a floodlit waterhole, which is an easy after dinner stroll and an ideal spot for game viewing and is in fact known as one of the “best game viewing opportunities in Southern Africa”
We have a full day of game viewing ahead of us, so we are up early, the best time of day for game viewing as the animals are at their most active.
We head for Halali Camp, in the centre of the park, but stop en-route at some of the many waterholes looking for game and to admire the beautiful Etosha Pan which covers approximately 25% of the park.
Moving to a different area of the park offers the opportunity to find species not generally seen on the Okaukuejo side of the park. As the day heats up we pause at Halali Camp for a welcome lunch and to relax around the pool and the bar or look for game at the Halali waterhole.
After our break we continue our game drive heading towards our next overnight camp in the Namutoni region on the eastern side of Etosha Park.
We head back to Windhoek today. Although the drive is long it is scenic and we stop in the small town of Okahandja, home to the largest wood carving market in Namibia. Run on a co-operative basis, it's a great place to find authentic Namibian wood carvings and other souvenirs.
We expect to arrive in Windhoek around 16:00 and our guests are dropped off at their accommodation for the night. The guest house is included in the tour price, but dinner is for our guests own account tonight. Windhoek is home to many excellent restaurants.
Etosha National Park – Windhoek (500km)
On day four of our Namibian Camping Safari you are collected from the guest house between 8:00 and 8:30am and we set off from Windhoek.
Leaving the lively city behind we head southwest, passing through scenic landscapes as we drive over the tall Eros Mountains. Our drive takes us over a section of the undulating Naukluft Mountains, lying on the eastern edge of the Namib-Naukluft National Park.
We descend from the Central Plateau of Namibia via the scenic Remhoogte Pass, driving onto the expansive plains below. We pass the little hamlet of Solitaire, continuing through open grasslands and farming territory before entering the desert region.
The scenery transforms around us, turning into the red-orange sands of the ancient Namib Desert, one of the oldest deserts in the world.
We arrive at our desert camp amongst the towering orange dunes and empty spaces in time to witness our first spectacular sunset. As the sun dips below the horizon the glowing sands are showered in a warm light that shifts shadows across the desert. We relax at our quiet camp, under wide-open skies studded with countless stars.
Today we rise before the sun so that we can catch the beautiful colours of daybreak. As we venture out into the desert the sun rises and we get to watch the gentle light bring the soft hues of the sands to life, casting dramatic shadows around us. We make our way into the little settlement of Sesriem, en route to the the vast Namib-Naukluft National Park of Namibia.
Travelling into the sandy sea of dunes we walk through the desert on the last stretch of our journey to Sossusvlei. The dunes of Sossusvlei are said to be the tallest in the world. Our desert walk covers about 5km's through the dune fields of the Namib Desert, taking advantage of the cooler morning temperatures. Our drive and then walk to the famous Sossusvlei Dunes offer outstanding opportunities for landscape photography. The intense red-orange colours of the dunes and the sharp contrasts between the shadows and illuminated sands make for visually striking images of this harsh terrain.
The flat salt pans scattered between the dunes break the vivid orange landscape, with their cracked white-clay surfaces. The desolate looking pans are dotted with the silhouettes of gnarled thorn trees and dramatic fallen branches. We keep a look out for wildlife inhabiting this unforgiving desert habitat, including majestic gemsbok or flightless ostriches.
After our morning of exploring the unforgettable Sossusvlei area we drive to the iconic Dune 45, a well-known landmark.
During the heat of the day we travel back to nearby Sesriem for a lunch break and a rest. Later in the afternoon we head back out into the Namib Desert to visit the narrow Sesriem Canyon. This natural gorge was formed by years of erosion from the Tsauchab Rivier and now reveals layer upon layer of sedimentary rocks. We look out for animals and birds drawn to the sporadic pools of water on the canyon floor.
On the last day of our Namibia Camping Safari we wake up in the peaceful Namib Desert again, soaking up the silence and open landscapes surrounding us. We have breakfast at our remote camp and then set off on a new route back to Windhoek in central Namibia. Our drive takes us up the looming Gamsberg Pass and into the towering Khomas Hochland mountains.
Arriving in Windhoek at about 4:00pm we drop you off at your post-tour accommodation, bringing this memorable Discover Namibia's Highlights Safari to a close.
Accommodation is in canvas dome tents, fitted with camping mattresses (about 5 cm thick) each with a mattress cover. Camping chairs with backrests, are provided for all clients and sleeping bags can be hired in advance.
All evening meals are cooked over an open fire by your guide and vegetarians can be specially catered for by request (in advance). Salads and fresh vegetables are served daily, as well as fresh fruit (when possible). Tap water is safe to drink and bottled mineral water can be purchased locally.