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Experience getting up close to Africa's indigenous wildlife on this amazing safari to Namibia's Etosha National Park. Almost all African animal species are represented in the huge nature reserve, approximately 22,000 square kilometers in size. In the park, there is an estimated number of 250 lions, 300 rhinos, 2,500 giraffes, 6,000 zebras, and more than 2,000 elephants. If you want to experience a memorable safari in Africa, then this holiday package is for you.
You will stay in tents with provided mattresses. The tents are dome-shaped with built-in ground sheets and screened windows and doors. They allow standing headroom and are simple to put up, with the help of your guide. The mattresses are approximately five centimeters thick and covers are supplied, along with all other camping equipment, including chairs with backrests, tables, washstands, cutlery, and crockery.
If you wish to sleep in a sleeping bag, you can hire one from Wild Dog Safari or you may bring your own. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the tents are 100% bug proof, as long as they are securely closed. You will have the same tent for the duration of your trip.
You will be brought to your Windhoek accommodation between 08:00 and 08:30. Traveling north, you’ll pass through some of the country’s best established commercial farmland and stop at quaint towns along the way and arrive at Anderson Gate by mid-afternoon. After entering Etosha, you’ll game drive your way through to Okaukuejo, Etosha’s main rest camp and resort where you will check in and set up camp.
Originally the site of a German fort built in 1901, Okaukuejo now houses the Etosha Ecological Institute founded in 1974. The round watchtower is a remnant of the fort. After your evening meal, you’ll have the chance to see Etosha’s big game at a floodlit waterhole situated at the boundary of the camp and easily reachable within a minute or two on foot.
The waterhole has been described as one of the best game viewing opportunities in Southern Africa and the ideal venue to witness peculiar animal politics. Black rhino, Africa’s tallest elephants, lions, and numerous species of antelope are regular visitors during the cool, dry season.
A full day’s worth of game driving awaits you. You’ll leave early to enjoy the cool morning air, making your way to Halali camp situated in the middle of the park. Along the way, you’ll visit several waterholes and enjoy splendid views of the massive Etosha Pan, a shallow depression that is dry for the greater part of the year but fed by moisture from perennial springs on the fringes.
The pan covers about 25 percent of the park. The game viewing is excellent throughout the year. You’ll have the chance to spot a few new species that are not normally seen on the Okaukuejo side of the park. You’ll stop at Halali camp for some rest and leisurely lunch. You’ll have time to visit the waterhole and use the swimming pool and bar facilities before continuing to the eastern side of the park and your camp next to Fort Namutoni.
Be prepared for the long, scenic transit back to Windhoek. You’ll pass through towns and rural areas, stopping in the small town of Okahandja, the home of Namibia’s largest wood carving market. The stalls which operate on a local co-operative basis offer a vast array of truly Namibian souvenirs. You’ll be back in Windhoek late afternoon or early evening. You will be dropped off at your accommodation on your return.
This safari holiday will take place at Etosha National Park, Namibia. Situated in northern Namibia, the park spans an area of 22,270 square kilometers and is largely covered by a salt pan. Namibia is a vast country, its surface area is 824,268 square kilometers, about four times the size of the United Kingdom and 27 times the size of Belgium.
Situated along the Atlantic seaboard on the south-western coast of the African sub-continent, Namibia borders Angola and Zambia in the north, South Africa in the south and south-east, Botswana in the east and Zimbabwe at the eastern extremity of Caprivi, the curiously-shaped panhandle consisting of water-rich riverine swamplands.
You have two breakfasts, three lunches, and two dinners included in the price. Namibia offers a wide variety of local and international dishes so you can be assured of the best food. The typical dishes include tasty stews, spaghetti bolognese, steak, the traditional ‘braai’ (barbecue), fresh salads, sandwiches, and hotdogs.
You’ll be able to visit some of the country’s fantastic restaurants before or after joining this tour. Elsewhere, most restaurants offer a good variety of their la carte menus, ranging from everyday favorites such as hamburgers and pizza to some of the best steaks in the world. A popular choice for game steak which is oryx, kudu, or springbok, is highly recommended, especially when washed down with a local beer or some of the fantastic wine imported from South Africa.
Please book your flight to arrive at Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH).