The 5-day Affordable Etosha Lodge Safari explores Namibia's famous Etosha National Park, spending three accommodated nights at camps inside this top African game reserve.
Stay at Okaukuejo and Halali or Namutoni rest camps enjoying night game viewing at the floodlit watering holes. Days are spent on game drives in Etosha Park, spotting an array of predators, herbivores and birds across the dramatic African landscapes.
This Accommodated Namibian Safari also includes an overnight stay at the Waterberg Plateau Park, before returning to Windhoek where the Namibia Tour started.
The 5 Day Affordable Etosha Lodge Safari departs from Windhoek in the morning heading to the famous Etosha National Park, in northern Namibia. Your safari guide will collect you from your pre-tour accommodation in Windhoek at 8:00 am on day one.
Our first overnight camp in Etosha Park will be at Okaukuejo or Halali camp, depending on animal movements. Both of these rest camps offer tourist facilities, including a restaurant, a basic shop and a swimming pool.
The Etosha camps also feature waterholes that are floodlit, offering 24-hour game viewing. Elephant and black rhinoceros visit the waterholes 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.
We venture into this 22 270 km² game reserve on an early morning and late afternoon game drive, taking in the wide-open expanse of the Etosha Pan. The pale, 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.
In the afternoon we have time to relax at our camp in Etosha Park, taking a swim in the pool or watching the wildlife at the watering hole. We stay at Halali or Okaukuejo camp, where the scenic waterhole offers visitors excellent opportunities for sighting a variety of game species.
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 cheetah and black rhino, as well as black-faced impala, tsessebe, roan antelope and gemsbok.
In the evening dinner can be enjoyed at the camp's restaurant.
Today we explore the eastern section of Etosha National Park, near the Namutoni rest camp with its beautiful old German fort.
We explore the northern part of the eastern area of Etosha Park renowned for its vast herds of plains game and home to lion, leopard, cheetah, giraffe, kudu and Namibia's smallest antelope, the Damara dik-dik. Tonight we stay at either Halali or Namutoni rest camp.
On day 4 of our accommodated Namibian safari, we embark on an early morning game drive on our way out of Etosha Park. En route to Waterberg Plateau Park, we stop at the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Otjiwarongo. Here you can see cheetahs up close and find out about the conservation and research carried out by this successful non-profit organisation.
Then we proceed to 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.
There are many rewarding walks to choose from in the Waterberg area, near our overnight accommodation. Take a walk up the plateau to take in the stunning views of the surrounding wild plains.
In the morning we have a leisurely breakfast at our lodge on the Waterberg Plateau, before returning to Windhoek. Along the way, we stop at Okahandja where you can browse the craft market.
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