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12 Days Best of Wildlife and Nature Safari in Namibia

Desert Quiver Camp, Sesriem, Hardap, Namibia

Guided Safari Namibia

Get away from your stressful daily routine into a magnificent ecosystem where you can find breathtaking experiences along the way. Explore the wonderful land of Namibia where the wild animals try to survive in a rough environment and get away from deadly threats of getting eaten by fellow animals. Feel the excitement flowing through your veins as you set your feet in Namibia.

Highlights

  • Game drives
  • Full-day game drive in Etosha
  • Epupa Falls, Himba Village, and Sesriem Canyon visit
  • Transport in air-conditioned vehicle
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Services of driver guide

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10 activity days in English
Spoken languages: English
Airport transfer included: Hosea Kutako International Airport
Airport transfer included: Walvis Bay Airport
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated in Agama River Lodge, Beach Hotel, Twyfelfontein Country Lodge, Palmwag Lodge, Opuwo Country Lodge, Okaukuejo Luxury Bungalows or Bush Chalets, Plain’s Tented Camp, or similar.

Program

Day 1: Windhoek - Sesriem Area

At 09:00, you will be picked up by your guide, you leave Windhoek and then head south via a small town of the Basters (Rehoboth). The main inhabitants of the town are the Baster Community the descendants of people of mixed parentage who trekked across the Orange River under a leader, Hermanus van Wyk, and settled at Rehoboth in 1870.

The town is divided into 7 neighborhoods, called blocks. You will stop at Solitaire, Namibia’s second smallest town, for afternoon tea before driving on to your accommodation near the sand dune sea.

  • Accommodation: Agama River Lodge or similar
  • Meals plan: Breakfast and dinner

Day 2: Sesriem - Sossusvlei

A pre-dawn start is essential this morning as you want to catch the soft light of the sunrise on the desert as you drive in. You will arrive at the entrance to the dunes on sunrise and then travel through the dune field as the sun is coming up. The light casts strong contrasts of color on the edges of the dunes and offers stunning views from the dry river bed you travel through.

From here you drive another 60 kilometers to Sossusvlei itself, transferring to special desert vehicles for the last 5 kilometers through the dunes. The drive is like nothing else, enjoying the changing light and coolness of the morning. Ancient mineral pans, stunted camel thorn trees and the chance of seeing a gemsbok or maybe an ostrich make the photo opportunities perfect.

You will spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei, also visiting dune 45″, and as the day wears on you will return to Sesriem for lunch and escape the heat of the afternoon. As the day cools off in the late afternoon, you will take a short excursion to the Sesriem Canyon then you will return to your place of stay.

  • Accommodation: Agama River Lodge or similar
  • Meals plan: Breakfast and dinner

Day 3: Sesriem - Swakopmund

An early start today, you are heading northwest to the seaside town of Swakopmund located on the Skeleton Coast. Leaving the dune fields far behind you as you are soon back into the mountain desert. You will cross the Tropic of Capricorn and traverse both the Gaub and the Kuiseb pass, driving down to the dry river bed at the bottom of the canyon before climbing up the other side, watching the spectacular desert landscape unfold before you.

From the mountains, you will cross the desolate Namib gravel plains before reaching the coastal sand dunes at the port town of Walvis Bay. You will stop for a picnic lunch beside the ocean and there will be time to see the flamingos and other bird life in the Walvis Bay lagoon before continuing the short drive into Swakopmund.

  • Accommodation: Beach Hotel
  • Meals plan: Breakfast, lunch en route, and dinner at your own expense

Day 4: Swakopmund (day activities)

Today is a free day. The idea is to allow time for you to do your own thing. 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 optional activities that can be arranged. These include aeroplane and micro light flights over the desert, scenic drives, fishing trips (both from the beach or in a boat), four-wheel motorcycle (quad bike) trips into the desert and over the sand dunes around Swakopmund, sand boarding trips (also in the dunes), skydiving, surfing, bird-watching, and many other activities are available. Your tour guide will discuss all the possible options with you before you reach Swakopmund and will offer to make bookings in advance of your arrival.

Please note that all extra activities and excursions in Swakopmund are subject to availability and are made at your own risk and expense.

  • Accommodation: Beach Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast included, lunch and dinner at your own expense

Day 5: Swakopmund - Twyfelfontein Area

A long drive today, leaving early and heading north along the coast, you will first visit the seal colony at Cape Cross where it is possible to see thousands of cape fur seals in the water and on the surrounding rocks and beaches. From here, you will turn east, back into the desert and the beautiful area is known as Damaraland and the next stop will be in the small town of Uis, located in the remote desert. Uis is an old mining town and one of the best places to buy semi-precious stones for which Namibia is famous for. Here, rough amethyst, tourmaline, etc. can be found at bargain prices.

You will proceed to your beautiful accommodation in a stunning desert setting. There is time this afternoon to join an optional activity, game or nature drives are available for those who want to explore the area, but the views across the desert from the lodge are truly awe inspiring for those who would like to relax at the lodge.

  • Accommodation: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge or similar
  • Meals plan: Breakfast and dinner

Day 6: Twyfelfontein - Palmwag Area

Palmwag is a paradise on the Uniab River in northwest Damaraland, a vacation opportunity with a difference. Waving palms whispering in the wind, spectacular surroundings which harbor the famous desert elephants, the rare black rhinos, giraffes, zebras, gemsboks, and many other wild animal species, sunsets to dream of this is Palmwag Lodge, one of Namibia’s oldest and most popular tourist rendezvous. Morning and afternoon game drives are offered daily. The well laid-out hiking trails let you enjoy and discover the neighboring nature.

In the concession area around Palmwag Lodge, there are large populations of Hartman's mountain zebra, giraffe, oryx, springbok, and kudu. The predator population is the largest outside of the Etosha National Park, with over 100 lions, cheetah, and leopard, brown, and spotted hyena. Bird life is prolific and diverse with most of Namibia's endemics present.

This concession supports a healthy population of desert adapted black rhino and elephants, under the management of the Save the Rhino Trust. The views across the desert from the lodge are truly awe inspiring for those who would like to relax at the lodge.

  • Accommodation: Palmwag Lodge or similar
  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 7: Palmwag - Kaokoland (Opuwo, land of the Himba)

Kaokoland is home to some 6,000 Himba. These friendly people are closely related to the Herero and speak the same language. The Himba are herdsmen, breeding mainly cattle and goats while leading a semi-nomadic life. Himba migrates with herds to the different waterholes from season to season. For the Himba, clothes, hair, and jewelers hold a special meaning and form an important part of the tradition and culture. Even new-born babies are adorned with pearl necklaces while older children are given bracelets crafted from copper and decorated with shells.

The lodge just outside the town Opuwo is your base from where to explore Kaokoveld. On a hilltop overlooking valleys and mountains with breath-taking sunsets!

  • Accommodation: Opuwo Country Lodge or similar
  • Meals plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 8: Kaokoland (Opuwo, land of the Himba)

To discover the culture and traditions of Ovahimba, today you will embark upon an excursion to visit a Himba village in the remote local areas and you will also visit the Epupa Falls in Namibia. The proud Himba women spend many hours on beauty care and grooming every day. Himba women cream their whole body with a mixture of rancid butterfat and ochre, scented with the aromatic resin of the Omuzumba shrub. The cream lends the body an intense reddish glow, which reflects the Himba ideal of beauty.

After a wonderful day of visiting the Himba people, you will return back to the lodge to relax for the day and view the beautiful valleys and mountains with breath-taking sunsets.

  • Accommodation: Opuwo Country Lodge or similar
  • Meals plan: Breakfast and dinner

Day 9: Kaokoland - Etosha National Park

After an early morning breakfast, you will leave Opuwo town to the famous Etosha National Park. Traveling with special permission through the western side of Etosha National Park, you will transit through this restricted area that is set aside for research and breeding. You will have the chance to see some species not normally seen in the main tourist areas of the park.

You will go straight out on morning game drive en route to Okaukuejo Wildlife Resort in the Park. You will visit some of the numerous waterholes in the area hoping to catch some of Etosha’s big game out for a morning drink. The game drives around the Okaukuejo area are some of the best in the park.

You will cover several different terrains this morning, from wooded areas to open savannah and in the rainy season, wetland. You will get to Okaukuejo for lunch and after lunch, there is time once again to relax during the heat of the day. The pool area here is great, shaded by palm trees and close to the waterhole. You will take a shorter game drive in the late afternoon, often driving out to one of the waterholes popular with a game and waiting for the animals to come to you.

  • Accommodation: Okaukuejo Luxury Bungalows or Bush Chalets
  • Meals plan: Breakfast and dinner in the restaurant

Day 10: Etosha National Park (Full day game drive)

A full day game driving and you will leave early to enjoy the cool morning air. You will have a game drive your way through Etosha to Halali camp, situated in the middle of the park. Along the way, you will visit several water holes and are 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 usually only seen on the eastern side of the park.

You will stop at Halali for a rest and a leisurely lunch and there is also 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 Namutoni. A short stop here to check the camp waterhole for a game and then you leave the park, checking into a lodge located on the eastern boundary of Etosha.

  • Accommodation: Namutoni Luxury Bungalows or Bush Chalets
  • Meals plan: Breakfast and dinner in the restaurant

Day 11: Etosha National Park - Okonjima AfriCat Foundation

After an early morning game drive, you will enjoy your breakfast before you exit the park in the east at Von Linderquist gate to Okonjima AfriCat Foundation. You then head predominantly south, passing through the Otavi Mountains and your accommodation for the night is in the foothills of sandstone but in a picturesque range.

After dinner, join the nocturnal hide where you may view “nightlife” such as porcupine, honey-badgers, and caracal, amongst others. The following morning (day of departure) visit The Cheetah Project, which offers you valuable insight into the welfare work of The AfriCat Foundation.

  • Accommodation: Plain’s Tented Camp
  • Meals plan: Breakfast and dinner

Day 12: Okonjima AfriCat Foundation - Windhoek

Your last day on the road drive down to Windhoek is on a good road and you will have time to stop in Okahandja, home to Namibia’s largest wood carving market. The stalls are operated on a cooperative basis by the local community and the market is a perfect place to do last minute shopping for truly Namibian souvenirs. It is aimed to arrive back in the capital in the middle afternoon and you will be dropped off at your accommodation.

Included excursions

  • Epupa Falls visit
  • Himba Village visit
  • Sesriem Canyon visit

Location

Namibia was known as a piece of land with an uninhabitable coastline. German colonies inhabited Namibia after the end of the 19th century. South Africa took over the country and Namibians regained independency in 1990. The ruggedness of the landscape forced both fauna and flora to adapt and survive. Namibia is home to some 4,350 species of vascular plants, 676 bird species, and 217 mammal species including the desert dwelling rhino and elephants.

Food

You will have 11 breakfasts, 9 dinners, and 1 lunch. Clients who require special diets, vegetarians, or allergic to any food stuff, please, inform Nali Safaris in advance prior to your departure from home. Nali Safaris will appreciate if you would inform in advance about your medical conditions, allergies, etc.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

  • Aeroplane and micro light flights over the desert
  • Fishing trips
  • Hiking
  • Museum visit
  • Namibian National Marine Aquarium visit
  • Open-air curio market visit
  • Quad bike trips
  • Sand boarding trips
  • Scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • Skydiving
  • Surfing

What's included

  • 11 nights' accommodation
  • All meals as indicated on itinerary
  • Mineral water on board
  • Park and entrance fees
  • Porterage
  • Services of guide / driver
  • Transport in air-conditioned vehicle

What's not included

  • Any activities not mentioned
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips, souvenirs, and personal insurance

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Nali Safaris will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Hosea Kutako International Airport Airport transfer included: Hosea Kutako International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Walvis Bay Airport Airport transfer included: Walvis Bay Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% 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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This vacation is available all year round, please select an arrival date below.

 

Low season
  • November 1 - May 31

 

High season
  • June 1 - October 31

 

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