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5 Days Private Guided Wildlife Safari in Etosha National Park, Namibia

Fort Namutoni, Etosha National Park East Gate, Etosha National Park, Namibia

Awesome Wildlife Safari in Namibia

Are you ready to feel the warm African sun on your skin, smell the sweet scent of acacia trees, and see Namibia's wildlife up close and personal? Enjoy the beauty of a Namibian sunset whilst sipping a cold one? Then you are at the right place. Red Dune Safaris Namibia private safari gives you this awesome adventure, without the hassles of organizing a thing! Join and enjoy private game drives in Etosha National Park without the crowds.

Overview

  • Minimum group size: 2
  • Children policy: Children are allowed and minimum age is 5 years
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: Africa's wildlife
  • Starting point and ending point: Windhoek
  • Languages: Afrikaans

Highlights

  • 5 game drives
  • English-speaking guides
  • Transport in closed vehicles
  • Spot Africa's famous wildlife
  • Excursion to craft market at Okahanja
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfer

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


3 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: Afrikaans
Group size: 2-8 participants
Airport transfer included: Hosea Kutako International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

During this safari, you will be staying one night each in Fort Namutoni, Halali Camp, and Okaukeujo Rest Camp and similar.

Fort Namutoni

Built into an old German Fort Namutoni Camp has a unique atmosphere. Within the fort you will find ample facilities and a variety of accommodation. From the walls of the fort you can enjoy an elevated view of the King Nehale Waterhole allowing for great game viewing without leaving the camp.

The walls of the fort are also and excellent spot for sundowners. There is hardly a better way to end a day in the bush and Namibia than to marvel at the colors of the setting sun. The camp is situated in the eastern part of Etosha National Park and is accessible via the Von Lindequist Gate. Its close proximity to Fisher’s Pan makes Namutoni is a hotspot for birders.

Two restaurants, a craft shop, a pool, and a viewing deck overlooking King Nehale Waterhole make the fort a great place to relax at lunchtime or after evening game drives. The African Fusion restaurant will introduce you to local flavors, while The Steakhouse offers popular western dishes. A superette, curio shop, and petrol station allow you to stock up on everything that is necessary and nice.

Namutoni was originally established as a control post during the mad cow disease (BSE) epidemic of 1897 in Namibia. The fort was built be the German Schutztruppe from 1902-03 and rebuilt in 1906 after the Ovambo destroyed the original building. The fort served as a police post and later as a South African army base. Fort Namutoni was declared a national monument in 1950 and was opened to tourism in 1957.

Halali Camp

In an otherwise flat area Halali Camp is perched between a few hills and koppies. Thicker vegetation makes this popular with leopard, rhinoceros, and elephant. Situated halfway between Namutoni and Okaukuejo the Halali Rest Camp centrally located in close proximity of some of the most popular waterholes of the Etosha National Park. A short walk will take you to the camp’s floodlit waterhole with excellent day and night game viewing.

‘Halali’ is the German word for the traditional ending of a hunt. The camp signifies the end of game hunting and the rise of eco-tourism in Namibia. Halali offers active guests the largest pool in the park and its strategic location between Namutoni and Okaukuejo makes it a great stopover for lunch, ice cream, a cool drink or just petrol.

Okaukeujo Rest Camp

Famous for its floodlit waterhole Okaukuejo Rest Camp is also the administrative center of Etosha. Most visitors travel though this camp with its characteristic stone tower and Etosha Ecological Institute is also situated within the camp. The rest camp was formerly a military outpost founded in 1901 and the tower was added in 1963.

Located in the south of Etosha National Park, Okaukuejo is only 17 kilometers from Anderson Gate. Okaukuejo offers a wide range of accommodation as well as all the necessities such as a petrol station and a shop. The restaurant and bar offer refreshments and delicious meals, while the swimming pool offers relief on hot days. The waterhole is a hub of animal activity starting in the early hours of the morning.

Especially during winter diversity of game congregate in close proximity to the camp to quench their thirst. After sunset floodlights illuminate the waterhole. This is the best time and place to see the endangered black rhino. This archaic mammal can often be seen drinking alongside lion and elephant. The number and interaction of the animals is the major draw card of Okaukuejo Rest Camp in Namibia.

Program

DAY 1: Windhoek to Namutoni

You will be picked picked from your accommodation in Windhoek, or start our journey towards Etosha National Park (aprox 600 km). There will often be stops to stretch your legs and arrive at Fort Namutoni in Etosha in the late afternoon.

Enjoy an afternoon game drive before realxing at the lodge. Now you have free time to relax at the waterhole before dinner at 18:30pm

Included: Dinner, afternoon game drive.

DAY 2: Namutoni to Okaukeujo

After a hearty breakfast you start an adenture through Etosha, crossing the width of the park. Stops will often be made at the waterholes in search of wildlife and to capture that perfect photo.

Arrive at the next camp in the late afternoon and now it is time to relax at the waterhole before you enjoy dinner.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Private Game Drive x 2

DAY 3: Okaukeujo

Today after breakfast you explore the area around the lodge in search of wildlife. Spend most of the day out looking for wildlife and just enjoying nature. You head back to the lodge late afternoon in time for a sundowner at the waterhole before dinner.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Private Game Drive x 2

DAY 4: Okaukeujo to Otjiwarongo

After a hearty breakfast, enjoy a morning game drive before leaving Etosha and moving south to a cheetah reserve. Arrive in Otjiwarongo late afternoon and now you have some free time to relax before dinner.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch Dinner, Private Game drive x 1

DAY 5: Otjiwarongo to Windhoek

After breakfast, enjoy a cheetah drive to learn more about these magnificent cats. Then visit the crocodile farm to learn about farming with these beasts. From here you travel to Okahanja, a small village with a big craft market for lunch and after lunch its the final drive to Windhoek and your accommodation.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, cheetah activity and crocodile farm entry.

Included excursions

  • Check out Windhoek's interesting landmarks
  • Visit to the Okahandja craft market

Location

This safari will take place in Etosha National Park, Namibia. The Etosha pan is a large endorheic salt pan, forming part of the Kalahari Basin in the north of Namibia. The 120-kilometer long (75-mile long) dry lake bed and its surroundings are protected as Etosha National Park, one of Namibia's largest wildlife parks. The pan is mostly dry but after a heavy rain it will acquire a thin layer of water, which is heavily salted by the mineral deposits on the surface of the pan, which most of the year is dry mud coated with salt.

Etosha, meaning 'Great White Place' is made of a large mineral pan. The area exhibits a characteristic white and greenish surface, which spreads over 4,800-kilometer square. The pan developed through tectonic plate activity over about ten million years.

Around 16,000 years ago, when ice sheets were melting across the land masses of the Northern Hemisphere, a wet climate phase in southern Africa filled Etosha Lake. Today however the Etosha Pan is mostly dry clay mud split into hexagonal shapes as it dries and cracks, and is seldom seen with even a thin sheet of water covering it.

The first image shows the inflow of the Ekuma River. The surface flow here was sufficient to reach the pan, but insufficient to inundate it beyond the inlet bay. The lower image records the same inlet on the north shore, this time dry. It is assumed that the Cunene River fed the lake at that time, but tectonic plate movements over time caused a change in river direction, resulting in the lake running dry and leaving a salt pan.

Now the Ekuma River, the Oshigambo River and the Omurambo Ovambo River are the sole seasonal source of water for the lake. Typically, little river water or sediment reaches the dry lake because water seeps into the riverbed along its 250 kilometers (160 miles) course, reducing discharge along the way.

Food

This safari includes daily breakfast and dinner. With all Red Dune Safaris Namibia guided tours, they also offer you some light refreshments that include various finger snacks, water, and cool drinks.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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

  • Organic
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)

Night game drives can also be arranged. Please contact Red Dune Safaris Namibia for more information.

What's included

  • Transfers from/to Hosea Kataku Airport to your hotel in Windoek.
  • All meals as per itinerary, soft drinks & water.
  • Accommodation during safari (Windhoek accommodation NOT included)
  • Private Game drives and activities as per itinerary.
  • Airconditioned vehicle and professional English speaking guide.
  • Exclusions:
  • Flights to/from Windhoek.
  • Additional optional activities
  • Alcohol
  • Travel insurances

What's not included

  • Flights to/from Windhoek.
  • Additional optional activities
  • Alcohol
  • Travel insurances
  • Lunch

How to get there

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Arrival by airport

Red Dune Safaris Namibia can meet you at Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) and transfer you to Etosha National Park (given that you arrive before 11:00 a.m.), alternatively Red Dune Safaris Namibia can transfer you to your accommodation in Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) with the departure to Etosha National Park the following day.

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

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% 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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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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