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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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