An affordable Namibian Safari Adventure to Etosha & Swakopmund over just four days!
Starting and ending in Windhoek, Namibia's capital, this Budget Lodge Safari takes you game viewing in Etosha National Park.
Spend one night staying inside Etosha Park at Halali Camp, with a floodlit waterhole for game watching, and one night at a lodge near Etosha Park. We explore the unique wilderness area of Etosha Park on game drives in search of the abundance of wildlife found in Namibia's premier game park.
Next we visit coastal Swakopmund, Namibia's adventure capital, to explore the quaint town and enjoy some of the optional adventure activities available here.
A great combination safari in Namibia, offering game viewing and adventure on the coast. Experience both Etosha Park and Swakopmund on a budget!
We depart from a selected backpackers lodge in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, at 8:30am on day one of this budget Etosha & Swakopmund Safari.
Driving north to Etosha we stop at Otjiwarongo along the way and enjoy lunch, before entering Etosha National Park.
We make our way into Etosha Park via the Anderson Gate embarking on an afternoon game drive to some of the waterholes nearby. Our game drive takes us in search of Etosha's wildlife especially the predators, as well as zebra, giraffe, elephant and rhino.
We spend our first night inside Etosha Park, arriving before sunset at Halali Camp, where we stay in twin rooms. The camp features a floodlit watering hole where guests can watch wildlife coming to drink during the night, including some elusive nocturnal creatures.
Dinner is prepared by your safari guide, after our first exciting day on safari in Etosha. (Lunch & Dinner)
Today we head back out into Etosha Park on an early morning game drive, setting off before sunrise.
We explore Etosha Park, stopping on Etosha Pan, Namibia's largest salt pan, for a light breakfast in the mid-morning. Walk out onto the flat pan and experience the immenseness of this 4500 sq km saltpan (seasonal).
Our game drive takes us through the vast Etosha Park in search of an array of African wildlife, including four of the Big Five (lion, rhino, leopard and elephant) as well as the abundance of plains game found in this wilderness area. We visit numerous waterholes along the way back to Halali Camp. Your guide prepares a tasty picnic lunch at Halali, which offers a cool retreat from the heat. Take a refreshing dip in the swimming pool, relax at the camp's waterhole or simply rest here during the hottest part of the day.
We then continue to Okaukuejo Camp calling into one more waterhole to watch the sunset over the African bush. Next we leave Etosha Park and make our way to our next overnight safari stop, just outside the game park. We stay at a safari lodge near the Etosha gates, in twin share permanent tents with en-suite bathrooms.
Dinner is prepared by your safari guide and we spend the evening relaxing around the campfire and swapping tales of our game viewing adventures. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
On day three of this Namibian Safari Adventure we have a leisurely breakfast at our affordable lodge near Etosha, before driving south towards Swakopmund.
We travel via arid Damaraland, in the Kunene Region, passing communal lands and stopping at the Ugab River bridge to visit the striking Herero ladies selling arts and crafts to support their families.
Our en route lunch stop is at the foot of Namibia's tallest mountain, the Brandberg Mountain. Here we visit a Himba group selling handcrafted jewellery and other African curios. After lunch we drive through the Namib Desert pausing along the dramatic Skeleton Coast to see the latest shipwreck.
We arrive in coastal Swakopmund in the late afternoon, allowing time for you to explore this quaint seaside town of Namibia. Your safari guide can recommend a local restaurant for dinner (own expense) in Swakopmund.
Our overnight accommodation in Swakopmund is in twin share rooms with en-suite bathrooms. (BL)
On the final day of the Etosha & Swakopmund Safari Adventure we have a leisurely breakfast, followed by free time to explore Swakopmund some more or participate in adventure activities.
Optional activities available in Swakopmund include; quad biking, sand boarding, dolphin cruise, scenic flight over the shipwrecks and many more. For birding enthusiasts our driver will be happy to visit Walvis Bay to see the flamingoes in the lagoon, a protected RAMSAR Site for birds.
In the afternoon we make our way back to Windhoek stopping for a light lunch en-route. We make a brief stop at the Okahandja Wood Carving Markets where you can browse the locally produced goods and bargain with the wood carvers.
The budget Namibia Safari Adventure to Etosha & Swakopmund comes to a close in Windhoek when you are dropped off at the accommodation of your choice, the bus terminal or the International Airport. (BL)
Our preferred Etosha Lodge accommodation is located near Etosha National Park, just 2 km outside the game reserve. We stay in twin share permanent tents or rooms, featuring en-suite bathrooms with private shower and toilet facilities.
Each spacious safari style tent is fitted with interior lighting and twin beds. Towels, good quality linen and extra blankets are provided and the tents offer self-catering facilities.
Our other Etosha lodge options are all located within 25km of the Anderson gate on the western side of Etosha National Park and will be of similar standard.
In Swakopmund our friendly lodge accommodation is centrally located within walking distance of the beach, shops, restaurants and craft market.
The lodge rooms feature a double bed or twin single beds and have a private shower and toilet facilities. Rooms are fitted with bedside lights and cupboards for your luggage.
The lodge in Swakopmund has a relaxed atmosphere and a basic continental or cooked breakfast is available (included in the tour price).
Etosha National Park, situated in the Kunene Region of northwestern Namibia, is renowned as one of the best game reserves in Africa.
Covering 22,270 km² this vast game park is home to 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and even one species of fish. The unusual terrain of Etosha Park supports rare and varied wild animals and birds making it a unique safari destination.
The national park is dominated by the arid Etosha Pan, at about 5 000km², with 'Etosha' meaning place of dry water or great white place. The expansive silvery-white salt pan is an awe-inspiring sight with its wide horizons and shimmering mirages stretching into the distance.
Etosha Park hosts four of Africa's Big Five, including both white rhino and endangered black rhino, as well as lion, leopard and elephant. Other wildlife include giraffe, cheetah, zebra and various antelope species, such as black-faced impala, tssesebe and gemsbok.
9 seater: 4x4 land cruiser with a pop top roof and individual forward facing seats fitted with lap belts.
6 seater: 4x4 land cruiser with a pop top roof and individual forward facing seats fitted with lap belts.
4 seater: 4x4 station wagon with fitted seat belts and air-conditioning. Used for small groups of 2 or 3 people (guaranteed window seat).
12 seater: 2WD Custom Built Safari Vehicle with large drop slide windows and 12 forward facing seats offering excellent front vision. Fitted with lap belts, a pop top roof and an inverter for charging cameras, ipods and cell phones, as well as a usb port on the stereo to play own music.
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