3 Day Etosha Express Safari in Namibia

  • Windhoek - Etosha National Park - Etosha village - Swakopmund

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Enjoy an amazing safari express which starts in Windhoek and ends in Swakopmund. You will spend a full day and one half game driving through Etosha National Park, one of Southern Africas best national parks. Accommodation is in comfortable rooms or tented camp with en-suite bathrooms. This safari is a must to discover Namibia's natural beauty!

Highlights

  • Game drive in Etosha National Park
  • See Etosha’s big game at Halali’s Moringa waterhole
  • Enjoy splendid views of the massive Etosha Pan and national park
  • Expert safari drivers and guides
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals
  • 3 activity days
  • English
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You will stay in twin share rooms with en-suite bathroom. Should you be traveling alone and are willing to share with another traveler of the same sex (that is also willing to share) then you will not be required to pay a single supplement. If, however, you do not want to share a room, then the single supplement will apply. Sleeping bags are not required on accommodated safaris.

Day 1, Halali, inside Etosha National Park

You will depart from Chameleon Backpackers Lodge, Windhoek at 08:00 a.m. You will stop briefly at Otjiwarongo and enjoy a light lunch pack before entering Etosha National Park through the Anderson Gate. You will go on a game drive across the park visiting waterholes looking for predators as well as zebra, giraffe, elephant, and rhino. The arrival at your accommodation will be just before sunset.

The lodge is located inside Etosha National Park and has a floodlit waterhole next to the camp. Twin share double rooms with en-suite bathroom facilities are available. Dinner is prepared by your guide and an early night is recommended. The included meals of the day are a packed lunch and dinner.

Day 2, Etosha village, outside Etosha National Park

You will rise for a pre-sunrise snack with tea and coffee, and then a game drive until mid morning when you will be returning to the camp for breakfast before heading out for another game drive visiting many waterholes and drive back to Halali for a picnic lunch. After lunch, you will visit the mighty Etosha Pan, the largest salt pan in Namibia, before game driving across the park in your quest to find the big four as well as all the plains game.

You will arrive at Okaukuejo late afternoon and leave the park prior to sunset, visiting one last waterhole to worship another African sunset. Accommodation is in twin share permanent tents with en-suite bathroom facilities located just outside the park. Dinner is prepared by your guide over the campfire where you can compare photos and stories of the animals seen today and another early night is recommended. The included meals of the day are breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 3, Swakopmund

You will have an early morning breakfast before departing from your lodge at 07:40 a.m. for your drive via the communal lands of Damaraland where you will see the communal farmers in this arid region.

You will stop at the Ugab River bridge to see the beautiful Herero ladies who sell their small art and craft items to support their families. You will have lunch in the shadow of the Brandberg Mountain and have a short visit to a Himba group who have moved into this area to sell their jewelry and other items (dependent on Himba tribes people).

After lunch, you will head directly through the Namib Desert and stop at the latest shipwreck on the Skeleton Coast before arriving late afternoon in Swakopmund. It is recommended exploring this seaside town on foot this afternoon and perhaps visiting the jetty for sundowners overlooking the cold Atlantic Ocean.

Your guide will be happy to recommend a good restaurant for your evening meal at your own expense. You will be dropped at your accommodation of choice by your guide. Today's included meals are breakfast and lunch.

Please note that departures are from Chameleon Backpackers Lodge and Guesthouse at 7 Voigt Street North, Windhoek Central for all trips with the exception of the three-day Sossusvlei express which departs from Swakopmund at 11:00 a.m. (wintertime) and 12:00 p.m. (summertime).

For Swakopmund departures Chameleon Safaris recommends staying at Hotel A La Mer, where the guide and incoming group stays. All guests on all departures must be present at the specified departure point at least 45 minutes prior to safari departure. Please check the safari voucher issued to you by your agent or the office for departure times. Transfer from other accommodation within the city limits can be arranged with prior notice.

For Windhoek departures, Chameleon Safaris recommends staying at Chameleon Backpackers and Guesthouse in Windhoek for ease of arrangements. There is a swimming pool, bar, wireless internet, and the lodge is within five minutes walking distance to the center of the town, the shops, banks, and restaurants.

Generally, the scheduled safaris are run in 10 -14 seat overland style vehicles with pop up roofs and natural air-conditioning in the form of opening windows. However, for smaller groups Chameleon Safaris may use minibus-style vehicles which are suitable for the road conditions and style of the safari, please check with them if you would like to know in advance.

  • Game drives inside Etosha National Park
  • Visits to admire the nature and the communities met on the road
  • Abel

    He was born in the Caprivi Zambezi region and grew up in Livingstone, Zambia. Because he grew up in the tourist capital of Zambia, he has always interacted with people who were involved in the tourism industry and that is where his interest for tour guiding came from. What he loves most about his job is the fact that he gets to travel a lot and meet different people from all walks of life.

  • Gabriel

    Gabriel is one of Chameleon Safaris' tour guides, starting in January 2015. He grew up on a farm in the Kalahari Eastern Namibia. He enjoys working for Chameleon as he gets to show people around his beautiful country while learning a lot from his guests about their own countries.

  • Gideon Nak

    Gideon Nak is one of Chameleon’s driver and trainee guides, who says he loves his job because it gives him an opportunity to drive and travel around and meet new different people. He grew up in the Oshikoto region of Northern Namibia and loves to show tourists all around his country.

  • Morne

    Morne is a senior freelance tour guide was born and raised in Gobabis. He loves his job and his clients love him for his cheeky personality and abundance of knowledge. Having traveled to different places, Morne loves Namibia and Africa in general because of the beautiful landscapes.

The Etosha National Park is Namibia's premier game viewing experience, situated in the north of Namibia and in the heart of the park is Etosha Pan - a chalky, white depression covering an area of 5,000 square kilometers. Vegetation ranges from dense bush to open plains attracting a diversity of wildlife including one of the largest growing populations of black rhino in the world.

Look out for endangered species including cheetah and lesser-known black-faced impala, along with herds of elephants, lion, hyena, and leopard. Antelope species range from kudu, oryx, wildebeest, and springbok - in fact there's 114 species of mammals, along with around 340 species of birds. Dry season guarantees sightings at waterholes and the main rest camps have floodlit waterholes to ensure endless viewing.

Within the park, there are several public rest camps catering for budget to mid-range level of accommodation. There are several smaller establishments on the outskirts of the park on private land offering a more intimate and comprehensive experience. All of these establishments offer excellent value for money.

You have two breakfasts, three lunches, and two dinners included in the price. In the first day, you have lunch and dinner included. In the second day, you have breakfast, lunch, and dinner included, while in the last day of the safari, you will have breakfast and lunch as included meals.

Your guide will shop for food, prepare the menu, and do all the cooking. As these safaris are semi-participation, you are kindly asked that you wash your own plate, cutlery, and mugs or cups after meals. If, however, you wish to assist the guide with meal preparation then it is entirely up to you.

To give you an idea of what to expect, here you have a daily sample menu:

  • Breakfast - three varieties of cereal, yogurt or bananas, toast with a choice of three toppings, tea or coffee
  • Lunch - Cold meats and fresh salads with bread rolls or soup and bread in winter
  • Dinner - A different dish each night, which may consist of curries, pasta, braai barbecue, stirfries, etc.

Emphasis is placed on variety and the use of fresh meat, fruit, and vegetables are available but please remember that the variety of food may not be as extensive as you have at home so flexibility from yourself is required.

Full dietary requirements must be noted on your booking form to enable Chameleon Safaris to cater for you. Some foodstuffs are not readily available in Namibia so it is recommended that those guests who are gluten allergic should bring wheat alternatives from there home country. Diabetics should also carry snacks for in between meals.

You must purchase all drinks during your safari including mineral water. The water in Namibia is generally safe to drink everywhere, so a one to two-liter water bottle should be brought by you on safari.

Your guide will advise where water is not safe to drink or unpleasant tasting. For those with sensitive stomachs, it is recommended that you purchase bottled water in a five-liter container during the safari for consumption. On most days, you will be able to purchase your drinks for that day or the following day, please follow the advice from your guide. Only tea and coffee is provided during breakfast and after evening meals.

  • 2 breakfasts
  • 2 dinners
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 3 lunches
  • Game drives
  • National park entry fees
  • Pick up within Windhoek city limits and drop off within Swakopmund city limits
  • Services of a professional English-speaking driver and guide
  • Transport in a custom-built safari vehicle with pop up roof but no air-conditioning
  • Drinks
  • Flights
  • Optional activities
  • Snacks

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH). The pick up from Windhoek city limits is included in the price.

Qatar Airlines, KLM, South African Airways, Air Namibia, Condor, and Ethiopian Airlines are a few companies that undertake flights to this airport.

Arrival by bus

You can also reach Windhoek by bus with Intercape, if you are coming from Cape Town, Johannesburg, or Livingston. The pick up from Windhoek city limits is included in the price.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by A Guest from Paris
    10 out of 10

    "Great value tour. Very well organized. We were able to discover many places in a short period of time . A special thank to the driver and the guide who did contribute a lot and made us discover that beautiful country."

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  • Review by Viviane Muller from Porto Alegre
    10 out of 10

    "In namibia, there are beautiful places but all of them are very distant from each other, so if you can count on experienced guides/drivers that can show the best way to do it, i would recomend. We loved our guides, alvin and tulimo were great. They were nice and kind, and helpful all the time, always pointing the best way of doing the safari."

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  • Review by NicoleFreitas from Brasila
    10 out of 10

    "At first I was afraid of the whole trip, but Alvin and Tulimo (guide and driver) were amazing. They even managed a barbecue in the pouring rain!"

    "We had a perfect experience with them - no complaints at all."

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  • Review by Fiona Z from Atlanta
    10 out of 10

    "I had a great weekend trip to Sossusvlei with Chameleon. The people in the office were great, the tour guide knowledgeable, and the experience super-fantastic. I only wish I'd been able to do a longer trip with them. Highly recommend."

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  • Review by Stephanie from Zambia
    10 out of 10

    "An amazing safari that begins in the lovely city of Windhoek and transports you all the way to the dunes in sossusvlei passing through amazing natural sights and indescribable change of landscapes into the different small but memorable towns in between. An absolutely must do safari with Chameleon!"

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  • Review by A Guest
    10 out of 10

    "Vera Nice , Nice accomodation, Nice guides anda driver, Very cool place, Lovely people, For a good price. ."

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  • Review by A Guest from Chicago
    10 out of 10

    "This trip really was exceptional for the price. We had better than expected meals and accommodations. Our guide, Alvin, and driver, Timone, worked hard to make the trip run perfectly and to make us happy with great animal sightings and delicious creative meals. We had an interesting diversified group of 12 people and had a lot of laughs and fun."

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  • Review by Jun Boston from Boston
    10 out of 10

    "This is one safari that can be done by non picky traveler. Unfortunately, not a lot of animals to see. During our safari, we saw the following...Kudus, giraffes, elans, ostrich, harbeest, springboks,1 or 2 Wildebeest, 1 hyena, a couple of birds. Just 1 or 2 rhinos (one of the big 4 namely...Rhino, Elephant, Lion, Leopard). In other words, we didn't see the other 3."

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  • Review by A Guest from Ireland
    10 out of 10

    "We did 2,600 klms on this 6 day/5 night safari. Our guide Gabriel was a good driver, very knowledgeable about the countryside, terrain and the different tribes. He was an excellent cook and very well orgnaised. in the kitchen. He took great care of us throughout the trip. However with such vast distances we had a lot of 6.15 am breakfasts so would suggest a couple of days R&R at the end of the safari - unfortunately we had to fly straight back to Europe."

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  • Review by A Guest from Windhoek Central
    10 out of 10

    "Good value for money--comfortable lodging with beds, en suite bath rooms. Really good guide who was from Namibia and was great."

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  • Review by Veronika
    10 out of 10

    "It was a great safari with Chameleon. The knowlege of guides were really good. They tried to do the best to show us the animals and answered all our questions. All accomondations were very luxurious. i can reccomend to book with chameleon safaris."

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  • Review by Rosemary P.
    9 out of 10

    "The guides were wonderful and if we didn't like the very early starts then we had to remember that the guides were ever earlier and then couldn't sleep en route. They had a good knowledge of the area and people and also a good sense of humour. Many of the trips were long and over corrugated roads and maybe this would have been easier for the younger crowd. Overall, a good experience."

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  • Review by a traveler from United States
    10 out of 10

    "This was a wonderful experience! If you're considering camping in Namibia, definitely do it and I'd highly recommend this company. First off, the desert is incredible, I've never seen anything more beautiful. It truly was the experience of a lifetime. And Chameleon provided excellent service, with a friendly group of people at a great price. They also helped with travel and accommodation advice pre trip (and didn't mind my million questions/emails), as my friend and I were coming to Namibia from Zambia and travel isn't very easy or cheap in the area."

    "But what made the trip the so special our guides, who were so kind, welcoming, genuine, knowledgeable, and eager to show us a great time. They went above and beyond to make sure we experienced all Sossusvlei had to offer, and cook us delicious meals three times a day-- quite a feat considering we were in the middle of the desert! It must have been exhausting, we packed in quite a bit during our 4-day trip, but they never showed any sign of impatience or fatigue. And were happy to talk at length about the country and landscape. It felt like being among family. Their kindness pushed this above and beyond and I'm so glad we chose Chameleon for our tour of the region. I hope the company knows how valuable and wonderful those two men are!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Austria
    10 out of 10

    "I didn't expect too much from this tour but it was super cool. The accommodation was great, the guides very nice and also the food was great. We were in a group of eleven people and everyone was so nice and we got along really good and had a fun time. Would definitely do a tour with chameleon again and also recommend it to everyone. Great value for money!"

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  • Review by Patricia
    10 out of 10

    "Chameleon Safaris is a low-budget but very resourceful tour operator, definitely value for money! And the fact they had the hostel for pre and post departure was decisive to me. The hostel atmosphere is amazing, filled with kind international people, had a great time with guests and people who work there as well. I did the 6 day tour which I think was a good taste of Namibia, especially because Alvin, our tour guide, was knowledgeable and kept everything on time and on track! Would recommend with my eyes closed."

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  • Review by Carol F. from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "Excellent and highly recommended four day safari from Windhoek. Super guides, food, accommodation, scenery, and experience."

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  • Review by Marcel Michailow from Brazil
    10 out of 10

    "A free walking tour of Windhoek's main attractions leaves every morning around 09:30 from the Tourist Information Center. Extremely interesting and very nicely paced by our young guide Matthew. Not to be missed!"

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  • Review by a traveler from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "We had a great free walking tour of Windhoek center with our guide Matthew. We hadn't made any plans prior but arrived at the tourist information center just before they started at 9.30 and it lasted a couple of hours. Matthew was really informative and happy to answer any questions. A real surprise at the end of a great trip round the country!"

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  • Review by a traveler from United Kingdom
    9 out of 10

    "We took the six-day Wildlife and Dunes Experience which we thoroughly enjoyed. Despite the heat, dodgy roads and early starts our guide and driver made this trip most enjoyable. Lesley, our guide was extremely knowledgeable and looked after us both, as we are not in the first flush of youth, and together with our driver Timone made this trip something to remember. They work as a good team. My only complaint would be that the bus seemed to need a bit if TLC, the seats were awful, particularly on the majority of the roads we used.All the accommodation was first class, in particular Etosha Camp and the Dessert Camp, and the guys cooking was good. All in all this was well organised, and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves...now to get some sleep!"

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Tour guide was knowledgeable. Meals which were prepared by tour guide or driver has very delicious. Good life experience in the desert."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "It was an amazing safari and the people working at Chameleon were just as amazing! Chose Chameleon! ♥︎"

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