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10 Days Northern Namibia Camping Safari in Namibia

Okonjima Nature Reserve, Otjiwarongo, Otjozondjupa Region, Namibia

Exceptional Namibia Safari

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Join Blue Crane Safaris to explore Namibia and visit many safari destinations that will make you in awe. This safari will take you to see exotic Namibian wildlife such as springboks, zebras, impalas, giraffes, gemsboks, and if you are lucky you might even see elephants and lions. You will also visit Skeleton Coast and Walvis Bay to see seal colonies. To complete your safari experience, you will visit Oases village, Sesriem, and Sossusvlei to get a glimpse of the local culture and enjoy the breathtaking view of the surrounding desert and dunes.

Key information

  • Group safari
  • Minimum number of participants is 4 and maximum of 8 persons
  • Park fees included
  • English speaking driver guide

Highlights

  • Game drives in Etosha
  • Stunning game viewing in Cape Cross
  • A tour of Okonjima to see rehabilitated cheetahs
  • A short excursion to Sesriem Canyon and a visit to Oases village
  • A trip to see the organ pipes and rock engravings
  • A fun morning desert walk in Sossusvlei
  • 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, and 7 dinners
  • 9 nights' accommodation

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9 activity days
The maximum participants in the group is 12
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Accommodation

You will be staying in camps in most places that you visit except in Swakopmund. You will be accommodated at Namutoni Camp and Okaukuejo Camp in Etosha National Park, Oppi-Koppi Rest Camp in Kamanjab, Hoada Campsite in Damaraland, White Lady Lodge in Brandberg, a guesthouse in Swakopmund, and camping in Sesriem.

Program

Day 1: Windhoek - Okonjima (300 kilometers / 4 hours and 40 minutes)

The pick up is between 08:00 and 08:45 within Windhoek city. The first day will take you to Okonjima. You will pass by the town of Okahandja, a town that is well-known for its prodigious craft center. Then, you will proceed to the B1 road and turn left into the road that goes to Okonjima. Okonjima is the home of the Africat Foundation, a conservation operation that focuses around the African big cats, particularly the cheetah. This afternoon, you will be taken on a tour during which you will meet some of the cheetahs that are in the Africat rehabilitation program.

Day 2: Okonjima - Namutoni, Etosha National Park (300 kilometers / 5 hours and 15 minutes)

This morning, you will have an early start, heading towards the Etosha National Park. You will travel via Lake Otjikoto, which is in fact Namibia’s largest permanent natural lake. There is enough time here to rest a little and learn something about the history of this unusual landmark. Having arrived in Namutoni, set camp, and familiarized with the surroundings, you will make your first game drive during the cool of the afternoon.

The game viewing is usually excellent with close views of springboks, zebras, impalas, giraffes, gemsboks and plenty of birds. If you are lucky, you may also have some close encounters with elephants and lions. Back at the camp, you may enjoy a glass of wine and experience a fabulous sunset from the tower of the old German fort before dinner around the campfire.

Day 3: Namutoni - Okaukuejo, Etosha National Park (2 hours)

This day you will spend most of it watching wildlife. A visit to a number of waterholes is high on the cards and you will make a stop at the Etosha Pan, the ‘place of dry water’. The pan is an extensive flat depression of about 5,000 square kilometers. This great, white expanse is a place of shimmering mirages and seeing large herds of game in this setting makes Etosha a unique experience in Africa.

You may stop at Halali Middle Camp to have lunch and relax before you continue to the southern side of the park and the night camp at Okaukuejo. After dinner, a visit to the floodlit waterhole is strongly recommended as there are good chances to see rhinos and lions come to drink.

Day 4: Okaukuejo - Oppi-Koppi (320 kilometers / 4 hours and 55 minutes)

You will make an early start and begin your day with a game drive before you leave the park and drive into the desert mountains of the Kaokoveld, one of the last true wildernesses of Southern Africa and home of the Himba people. In the afternoon, you will pay a visit to Oases village where you are going to meet the locals. A special guide is going to be available for the time you are there and the guide is going to translate for you and introduce you to this ‘tribe’. You are going to learn about marriage customs, traditional food, and you will visit the ‘holy fire’.

Day 5: Hoada Campsite Damaraland - Brandberg (White Lady Lodge) (240 kilometers / 3 hours and 35 minutes)

Today, you will also have an early start, heading into one of the most beautiful desert regions in Namibia, the Damaraland. You shall visit the organ pipes and rock engravings on the way to Brandberg. The Brandberg Mountain is an ancient Bushman spiritual site and you’ll spend the night in the shadow of this giant granite monolith.

Day 6: Brandberg - Swakopmund, Skeleton Coast (260 kilometers / 3 hours and 25 minutes)

The first stop is 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 other stones can be found at bargain prices. Having arrived at the coast, you’ll drive to Cape Cross and the seal colony with close views of thousands of fur seals.

Tonight, you may take the chance to sample one of the excellent restaurants in Swakopmund. The seafood in Swakopmund is superb. Your guide will offer to organize a group meal in a local restaurant for this evening. Participation is recommended but by no means required. Dinner is not included in the price of the safari and will be on your own account.

Day 7: Swakopmund - Walvis Bay - Swakopmund (60 kilometers /2 hours and 30 minutes)

It is a ‘coast to coast day’ as you drive to Walvis Bay where you’ll stop at the lagoon area to see flamingoes and lots of other birds. If you are lucky, you may even spot some dolphins. You will pay a visit to the salt works before you return back to Swakopmund. During the rest of the day, there is plenty of time to explore the town. Swakopmund is a very pleasant seaside town with lots of 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.

Alternatively, there are various activities that can be arranged. These include a half-day boat-tour with chances to see seals and dolphins (and indulge in oysters and champagne!), scenic flights and micro-light flights over the desert, fishing trips (either from the beach or in a boat), quad-bike trips into the desert and over the sand dunes around Swakopmund, sand boarding, skydiving and many other activities. Your guide will discuss all possible optional activities with you and offer to make pre-booking in advance. Please note that all extra activities in Swakopmund are made at your own risk and expense. Lunch and dinner are your own expense today.

Day 8: Swakopmund - Sesriem (350 kilometers /4 hours and 45 minutes)

You will go inland again. On your way, you may make the last short-stop in Walvis Bay to say farewell to the flamingoes. You will be climbing up the mountains across the Gaub and Kuseb passes with a spectacular, almost moon-like landscape. Blue Crane Safaris aims to arrive at the camp in the desert during the late afternoon. As they aim to end the day on a high, you will make a short excursion to the nearby sand dunes to enjoy the sunset over the dunes and watch the colors glow and change on the mountains before going back for dinner around the campfire.

Day 9: Sesriem and Sossusvlei

Today, it is an early start to catch the soft light of the sunrise over the desert. You will pass through the gate into the Namib-Naukluft National Park and continue towards Sossusvlei along distant sand dunes on both sides of the road. If resting is not your thing, worry less as you stop at the famous Dune 45.

Those who feel fit may climb the dune and get a breathtaking view of the surrounding desert and dunes. After breakfast, you will take a desert walk in the cool of the morning, with chance to see gemsboks, springboks, black-backed jackals, and ostriches. As the day cools off in the afternoon, you will get a short excursion to Sesriem Canyon.

Day 10: Sesriem - Windhoek (400 kilometers / 5 hours and 30 minutes)

After breakfast, you will begin your journey back to civilization on scenic roads through the Khomas Hochland Mountain Range. You are likely to arrive back in the city in the afternoon and you will be dropped off at your accommodation on your return.

Included excursions

  • A trip to the organ pipes and rock engravings
  • A short excursion to Sesriem Canyon
  • A visit to Oases village
  • Climbing up the mountains across the Gaub and Kuseb
  • Excursion to nearby sand dunes in Sesriem

Location

This safari will take place at Okonjima Nature Reserve, Etosha National Park, Branberg Mountain, Skeleton Coast, Walvis Bay, Sesriem, and Sossusvlei in Namibia.

Food

Nine breakfasts, nine lunches, and seven dinners will be served for you.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • A group dinner in Swakopmund
  • A visit to a floodlit waterhole in Etosha National Park
  • Exploring Swakopmund
  • Half-day boat tour in Swakopmund
  • Quad-bike trips around Swakopmund
  • Sandboarding
  • Scenic and micro-light flights
  • Skydiving

What's included

  • Game drives in Etosha National Park
  • Stunning game viewing in Cape Cross
  • Wildlife viewing in Walvis Bay
  • Desert walking safari in Namib-Naukluft National Park
  • A tour of Okonjima to see rehabilitated cheetahs
  • A morning desert walk in Sossusvlei
  • A visit to Oases village
  • A trip to the organ pipes and rock engravings
  • Excursion to nearby sand dunes in Sesriem
  • A short excursion to Sesriem Canyon
  • Professional guide
  • Park fees
  • Passenger liability insurance
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • VAT
  • 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, and 7 dinners
  • 9 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Beverages
  • Tips
  • Personal insurances
  • Other personal items

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Availability

This safari is available until October 31, 2018 with arrival on every second Friday.

 

Pricing information

The prices below are posted in ZAR. Please note that prices may fluctuate, depending on the current exchange rates.

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