Watch the wildest side of Namibia! With the support of local people, Affordable Africa Safaris offers reliable and safe trips to Namibia where you will have a chance to see animals such as black rhinos, elephants, lions, and antelopes at an affordable price. Besides that, you will also participate in the Africat rehabilitation program, enjoy the majestic nature, and witness the traditional life of the local people.
You will spend the nights by camping at several campsites mentioned in the itinerary. A fully equipped double cabin 4x4 with canopy and 1 roof tent are provided for you. The camping equipment includes a rooftop tent, sleeping bags, pillows, sheets, camping table and chairs, a barbecue grill, cooler box, 1 20 liters water canister, 1 small broom and dustpan, 12 / 220 Volts electrical fridge, tow-rope and basic kitchen organizer with all cutlery and crockery.
After traveling north from Windhoek, you will have time to stop at small towns along the way including Okahandja and visit Namibia’s largest wood carving market. The market is operated on a local co-operative basis and is one of the best places to shop Namibian souvenirs. Continuing north, passing through farmland, you should arrive at Okonjima during the middle afternoon, giving you time to settle in before going on afternoon activities.
Okonjima is the home of the Africat Foundation, a specialist conservation concern that centers its operations on the African Big Cats, particularly cheetah. In the afternoon, you will be taken on a tour during which you will be able to meet, close up and personally, some of the cheetahs that are going through the Africat rehabilitation program. Most of the animals currently living at Okonjima have been rescued from various desperate situations, being orphaned or caught in a trap, and the aim of the rehabilitation process is to attempt to re‐introduce them into the wild. You will spend the night by camping in the area.
In the early morning, continuing north, you will pass through some small towns. You can make short stops to stretch your legs and enjoy the scenery. Continuing to East Etosha, Namutoni region, you should arrive in time for lunch, so that you can relax before heading into the park during the cool of the late afternoon for your first game drive. You will stay overnight at Namutoni campsite.
You will spend a day of full game driving. Affordable Africa Safaris suggests you to leave early to enjoy the cool morning air as you game drive your way through Etosha to Halali camp, situated in the middle of the park. Along the way, visit several waterholes where you will be afforded splendid views of the massive Etosha Pan. The game viewing is usually excellent and you will have the chance to tick off a few new species that are not normally seen on the Okaukuejo side of the park.
Make a stop at Halali for a rest and a leisurely lunch. There is a time to visit the Halali waterhole and to make use of the swimming pool and bar facilities before continuing on your way and game driving down to Okaukuejo, Etosha's main rest camp and resort. Okaukuejo now houses the Etosha Ecological Institute.
After your evening meal, there are still more chances to see Etosha's big game at a floodlit waterhole, situated on the boundary of the resort and easily reachable within a minute or two on foot. The waterhole has been described as one of the "best game viewing opportunities in Southern Africa" and the ideal venue to witness peculiar animals. Black rhinos, Africa's tallest elephants, lions, and numerous species of antelope are regular visitors during the cool dry season. You will stay overnight at Okaukuejo campsite.
Leaving Etosha, begin your journey south with a relatively short drive to the small town of Kamanjab. Within this area, you may wish to visit a Himba Village - the only traditionally functioning Himba community outside the far north Kaokoland region of Namibia, These tribes have migrated here and are following their traditional wayof life in their village on a farm. The exact location of the site varies as the Himba occasionally roam to a new location. You will stay overnight at a campsite in the area.
On this day, you will head into one of the most beautiful desert regions in Namibia, Damaraland, driving west via the Grootberg Pass making a detour to visit the ancient Bushman rock engravings at Twyfelfontein.
From here, you will head deeper into the desert and pass Namibia’s highest mountain, The Brandberg, (2573 meters) and more beautiful Damaraland scenery. Make a stop in the small town of Uis, an old mining town, and one of the best places to buy semi-precious stones, for which Namibia is famous. Here, rough Amethyst, Tourmaline, and many more can be found at bargain prices.
From here, turn directly to the west and cross the gravel plains on our way to the Atlantic Ocean and the Skeleton Coast. Meeting the ocean at Henties Bay, you will head north along the coast to visit the seal colony at Cape Cross. At certain times of the year, as many as 100,000 Cape Fur seals congregate.
The next destination is Swakopmund, following the Skeleton Coast into Namibia's premier seaside town. You will arrive in the late afternoon so that you have time to explore the town on foot before sunset. You will stay overnight at a guest house.
In Swakopmund, you will visit many superb shops, a good stretch of beach (although the Atlantic here is quite cold) and an open-air curio market. There is also a very good museum and the Namibian National Marine Aquarium is located in Swakopmund.
In the morning, travel to the neighboring harbor town of Walvis Bay and out via the gravel plains of the Namib Desert via the Kuiseb and Gaub Canyons to the tiny settlement of Solitaire. You will cross some open grass savannah and farmlands before the terrain gives way to the immense red sand dune desert of the Namib. Your arrival time will be during the late afternoon, in time to watch the colors glow and change on distant mountains to the east. You will stay overnight at Sesriem campsite
A predawn start is essential this morning as you want to catch the soft light of the sunrise on the desert. After passing through Sesriem, the gateway to the dunes, you will head into the heart of the dune field, reaching Sossusvlei on foot, trekking the last 5 kilometers through the dunes.
Landscape photo opportunities abound in the cool of the morning, with dawn's soft light first illuminating the dunes from crest down the back slope, then blazing orange everywhere, creating a powerful contrasting vista across the whole desert. Ancient mineral pans, stunted camel thorn trees and the chance of seeing a gemsbok or ostrich makes it essential to remember your camera.
Spend the morning in Sossusvlei and dune 45. As the day wears on, return to Sesriem for lunch, escaping the heat of the afternoon. As the day cools off in the late afternoon take a short excursion to the Sesriem Canyon. You will stay overnight at Sesriem Camp Site.
After breakfast begin your return journey to Windhoek ascending the massive Gamsberg Pass in the Khomas Hochland Mountain Range on your way back to civilization. In the Solitaire area, you may wish to stop at the N/a’an ku sê Namib Carnivore Conservation Centre, a 500-hectare conservation centre which hosts an educational center and wildlife tracking within the purpose-built enclosures and receives information on the carnivore surveillance in the greater Namib area.
Your arrival back in Windhoek will be after 16:00. Affordable Africa Safaris suggests you to stay overnight at one of the many guest houses in the city or to fly out to your next destination in the late afternoon.
This retreat will take place at several regions in Namibia mentioned in the itinerary. Namibia's nature is stunning. Around every "corner", you will see the landscape changes. Most of the landscape are deserts, canyons (Fish River Canyon) and lots of nature reserves.
In Namibia, you will find the world famous Etosha National Park where you can find elephants, black and white rhinos, lion, and many antelopes. Namibia has a long beach coastline. A part of this coast line is called "Skeleton Coast". There, you can see many big ships (vessels) which are stranded on the beach during one of the historical storms along this coast.
"We had a great trip via Affordable Africa Safaris! We were picked up at the airport of Kilimanjaro by Claude, who was our guide and driver for the week to come. After a comfortable night at a local hotel, it was an early rise and shine for our trip to the Serengeti. We stayed at Kiota Tented Safari Lodge, which I would definitely recommend. The tents were extremely comfortable, the staff was very hospitable, and the food was simply good, as were the wines and the gin-tonics. Sometimes we were awakened by the sound of a male lion, which added the experience. The toilet and shower were incorporated in the tent, so no worries on that front. We enjoyed a nice couple of days of safaris in the Serengeti with Claude, who had true eagle-vision (next to being a very safe driver), so we literally saw all the species of wildlife of the Serengeti. After more splendid days of safari, Claude dropped us at the airport of Arusha and our safari had unfortunately come to an end."
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"We are back home but we wish we were still in South Africa playing golf and watch the wildlife. We (my son and I) had an amazing time playing golf on the Sun City playground and we saw lots of wildlife during the organized safari. During our golf round, we shared the greens with lots of mongooses who apparently like to be on the greens as well. Thank you for your last minute help. Alastair did an amazing job to get it all sorted on such a short notice. Well done."
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"Pilanesberg was just beautiful and a very nice area. A pity was that we only saw 1 lion in the distance but we came across a cheetah with 3 cubs, which is a big treat. Besides that, we saw giraffe, elephants at a waterhole, kudu, zebra, wildebeest, and impala. Black Rhino Lodge is a very nice lodge and has beautiful rooms with an inside and outside shower possibility. It felt very intimate because it's not so crowded. After these 2 nights, we decided to drive to Madikwe because we hoped to see more lions. We came across mating lions in Madikwe. We also liked the Soweto cycling tour in combination with the Apartheid Museum arranged by you. I would like to thank you (Affordable Africa Safaris) for your help and advice and I would definitely recommend you to my friends."
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