Etosha wildlife

10 day Explore Namibia Lodge Safari

Tour Length10 days
Priced from pps $2356 R33600 £1785 2062 A$3306 C$3133 NZ$3405 Full pricing info
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Summary of this Lodge Safari

  • Max. Group Size 12 Travellers
  • Starts & ends in Windhoek, Namibia
  • Accommodation Bungalow or Chalet / Hotel / Guesthouse / B&B
  • Transport Game Viewing Vehicle
  • Wildlife Elephant, Leopards, Lions, Rhino, Wildlife Conservation Experience & More
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Quick Itinerary Overview

This adventure-filled 10 Day Explore Namibia Lodge Safari takes you on an unforgettable scenic, wildlife and cultural journey through Namibia, one of Africa's leading safari destinations.

Highlights on this affordable Namibian Safari include:

  • Exploring Sossusvlei Dunes & Sesriem Canyon
  • Sightseeing in Swakopmund & Optional Adventure Activities
  • Brandberg Mountain, Damaraland & Petrified Forest
  • Game Viewing in Etosha National Park
  • Cheetah Conservation Project & Waterberg Plateau Park

Experience the beauty of Africa, it's fascinating people and amazing wild animals on this family-friendly Budget Namibia Lodge Safari!

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Itinerary for this Tour

  • 2 nights near Namib Naukluft National Park
  • 2 nights in Swakopmund
  • 1 night at Brandberg Mountain
  • 1 night in Kamanjab near a Himba village
  • 2 nights inside Etosha National Park
  • 1 night at Waterberg Plateau Park

Day 01: Windhoek to Solitaire & Namib-Naukluft Park - Namibia

On the morning of day one of this Explore Namibia Lodge Safari we depart from Windhoek, the charming capital city of Namibia, travelling via the Khomas Hochland region to our first destination - the Namib-Naukluft Park. Your safari guide will collect you from your pre-tour accommodation in Windhoek between 8:00 and 8:30 am on day one.

Our drive takes us through scenic landscapes over one of the highest points in Namibia, offering spectacular views over the surrounding valleys. We descend the steep slopes of the Gamsberg, the third highest mountain in Namibia, sometimes referred to as Namibia’s Garden Route. Along the way we stop at the small outpost of Solitaire and have lunch, before proceeding to our guest house. As we approach our first overnight guest farm on the edge of the Namib-Naukluft Park we keep our eyes out for the various game species found in this area. We stay in twin-share or single rooms with en-suite facilities at a guesthouse overlooking the desert, an ideal setting for sundowners at the end of our first day on the road.

On day two we will explore the Namib-Naukluft Reserve - the biggest game reserve in Namibia and one of the largest wilderness parks in Africa, covering an area of 50 000 km² (larger than Switzerland).

(Meals Included: Lunch & Dinner)

Day 02: Sossusvlei & Sesriem Canyon - Namibia

Today we get an early start, heading to the entrance gates of the Namib's Sossusvlei area, famous for its towering sand dunes, considered some of the highest in the world. Along the way, we pause to admire and photograph the glowing sunrise over the red-orange dunes.

Next, we climb up the most well-known sand dune, Dune 45, enjoying superb views up and down the Tsaucab River Canyon, which forms a valley between the tall sand dunes. Breakfast and coffee await you at the bottom of the sand dune in this beautiful desert setting.

A short drive after breakfast brings us to the starting point for our two-hour desert walk into the striking Hiddenvlei area of Sossusvlei. Here we experience the surreal scenes of bleached pans dotted with dead trees and surrounded by orange-red dunes. From this visually striking landscape, we move on to the Sesriem Canyon, pausing at Sesriem where you can have lunch (own account) in the restaurant. We then visit Sesriem Canyon, a gorge about a kilometre long and 30 metres deep. Formed by the Tsauchab River about 2 million years ago this deep canyon reveals distinct sedimentary layers and features several muddy pools.

After our walk in the unique Sesriem Canyon, we head back to our guest farm on the edge of the Namib‐Naukluft Park for our second night under the star-filled African skies of the Namib Desert.

(Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner)

Day 03: Namib Desert to Swakopmund - Namibia

We travel north through the vast Namib Desert, one of the oldest deserts in the world, making our way to Swakopmund on day three of this accommodated Namibian Safari. Our scenic five-hour drive to Swakopmund takes us via the smallest town in Namibia, Solitaire and then the Kuiseb Canyon, where two German geologists and their dog lived for over two years during World War II.

En route we visit Walvis Bay Lagoon, one of the most important wetlands on the west coast of Southern Africa. The lagoon is famous for its large population of flamingos and a variety of other bird species and is thus listed as an international Ramsar bird sanctuary.

The next two nights on safari are spent in twin-rooms with en-suite bathrooms at a hotel or guesthouse in Swakopmund. Today you enjoy lunch and dinner at local coffee shops and restaurants in Swakopmund (own expense).

(Meals Included: Breakfast)

Day 04: Swakopmund - Namibia

Day four is free for you to explore the popular seaside destination of Swakopmund at your leisure or to take part in the various optional activities available in and around Swakopmund.

Adventure activities include sand boarding, desert flights, skydiving, quad biking, dolphin cruises and more. Swakopmund, where European and African influences meet, is located on the Atlantic coast and surrounded by desert. If you prefer sightseeing to adventure activities you can go shopping or visit the Crystal Gallery, museums or the aquarium in Swakopmund.

Today you can have lunch and dinner at one of the cafes or restaurants in Swakopmund (own expense) while you explore this quaint German-influenced town.

(Meals Included: Breakfast)

Day 05: Swakopmund to Brandberg - Namibia

From the lively town of Swakopmund, we continue north along the Atlantic coast towards the Skeleton Coast of Namibia. Then we leave the rugged coast of Namibia, veering inland and travelling through some dramatic arid and rocky terrain. Our next overnight stay is at a lodge in an area known for desert elephants.

We stay beside the Ugab River at the foot of Namibia's highest mountain, the Brandberg. In the late afternoon, or early the following morning (depending on the weather) we visit the famous White Lady rock painting of Brandberg.

(Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 06: Brandberg Mountain to Kamanjab - Namibia

On day six we begin by visiting the rock paintings of Brandberg to see the White Lady (if we did not go on the previous day).

Then we continue deeper into the remote region of Damaraland passing through rocky and remote landscapes as we travel to the village of Kamanjab, visiting the Petrified Forest along the way. The Petrified Forest is an ancient geological site consisting of around 50 fossilised tree trunks about 260 million years old. The trees, some of the longest being over 30 metres in length, are thought to have washed to the current site in a flood. The oldest plants in the world, Welwitschia mirabilis, are also found in the area, some being as old as 2000 years.

We stay at a guest house or hotel near Kamanjab and the village of Namibia's last remaining traditional tribe, the Ova-Himba. We have time to visit the Ova-Himba and gain more insight into this tribe's distinct way of life, as well as photographing their unique culture.

(Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 07: Kamanjab to Etosha Park - Namibia

Today our Namibia Lodge Safari proceeds to the famous Etosha National Park, in northern Namibia, for two days of unforgettable game viewing.

Our first overnight in Etosha Park is spent in comfortable accommodation at either Okaukuejo or Halali rest camps, depending on animal movements. Both of these Etosha Camps offer tourist facilities, including a restaurant, a basic shop and a swimming pool. The safari camps also feature waterholes that are floodlit, offering 24-hour game viewing. Elephant and black rhinoceros visit the waterhole on a daily basis in the dry winter season, with a variety of other wild animals, such as leopard and lion, also frequenting these watering spots, as well as nocturnal animals.

Etosha National Park, one of Africa's top game reserves, is dominated by a vast salt pan. Etosha Park is named after this dry lakebed, with the name meaning 'great white place of dry water'. Etosha is home to 340 bird species and over 100 mammal species, notably the endangered black rhino and cheetah, as well as black-faced impala, tsessebe, roan antelope and gemsbok.

(Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner)

Day 08: Etosha National Park – Namibia

We explore the 22 270 km² Etosha Park on a leisurely game drive, taking in the wide-open expanse of the Etosha Pan. The flat surface of this dry lakebed stretches out under the hot African sun, offering spectacular stark scenery and glimpses of ostriches amongst the shimmering mirages.

We stay in comfortable accommodation at Halali or Namutoni in Etosha Park enjoying some game viewing at the watering hole in the evening.

(Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch)

Day 09: Etosha to Waterberg Plateau Park – Namibia

On day nine of our Explore Namibia Lodge Safari, we depart from Etosha National Park travelling south through Namibia towards the Waterberg Plateau Park.

Along the way, we visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund where we spend some time learning more about these endangered predators and the work that this non-profit organisation does to help protect them in the wild. This is a great opportunity to get a closer look at cheetahs and learn more about these graceful cats. Enjoy lunch at the restaurant of the Cheetah Conservation Fund or at a coffee shop in the town of Otjiwarongwe (own expense).

After visiting the cheetahs we make our way to our comfortable overnight stay on the Waterberg Plateau, a flat-topped geological feature towering around 200m above the surrounding landscape. The plateau consists of orange-red sandstone featuring some interesting rock formations and steep cliffs. Some rare animal species, including the white and black rhino, sable and roan antelope, are bred in the Waterberg Plateau Park. The only breeding colony of endangered Cape vultures in Namibia is found on the western edge of the Waterberg Plateau.

End your day off with a walk up the plateau to admire the sweeping views of the surrounding wild plains.

(Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner)

Day 10: Waterberg National Park to Windhoek – Namibia

On our final day, we have a laid-back breakfast at our lodge in Waterberg Plateau before returning to Windhoek where our Namibia Lodge Safari started. Along the way, we stop in Okahandja for some craft shopping.

Arriving in Windhoek at around lunchtime this cultural and wildlife exploration of Namibia finishes.

(Meals Included: Breakfast)

Please Note:

  • Minimum group size of 2 people and maximum of 12
  • Transport for 2 - 4 clients is in a Toyota 4x4 Hilux / Cruiser
  • For 5 and more clients, transport is in a customised safari truck
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