Incredible 12-Day Namibian Safari
NAMIBIA SAFARI HIGHLIGHTS
Join other Solo Travellers on our Namibian Safari and discover everything this fascinating country has to offer. You’ll be camping all over the place to explore some of the most stunning landscapes in Southern Africa, spot endless wildlife, and climb the dunes of the Namib Desert at sunrise. Start your 12-day Namibian Safari Tour in the country’s capital, Windhoek, before travelling north to Etosha National Park, home to lions, black rhinos, elephants and giraffes. Continue your journey to Damaraland, Namibia’s most beautiful desert region, where you will see ancient rock engravings and catch a glimpse of the country’s highest mountain. Take a break from camping in Namibia’s premier seaside town, Swakopmund, famous for its delicious seafood restaurants. And finally, finish this unforgettable tour with a trip to the Namib Desert to walk amongst the world’s tallest sand dunes.
Spot 4 of the “Big 5” in Etosha National Park
Climb to the top of Dune 45 to watch the most spectacular desert sunrise
Visit the Africat Foundation where rescued big cats are being rehabilitated
Discover the ancient bushmen’s rock engravings at Twyfelfontein
Relax and revitalise in Namibia’s premier coastal town, Swakopmund
Day 1 – Arrive Windhoek
Upon arrival at the airport you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in. Overnight in Windhoek. (Please get in touch if you would like for us to organise airport transfers for you).
Day 2 – Windhoek / Okonjima Nature Reserve (B,L,D)
Today you will have an early start, departing Windhoek at 08.30 to travel north, roughly 300km, towards the Okonjima Nature Reserve. On the way, you will stop at several small towns including Okahandja, home to Namibia’s largest wood carving market. Upon arrival at Okonjima, you will set up your camp and relax for a while, before setting off on the afternoon activity to the Africat Rehabilitation Centre, where you can get up-close-and-personal with some rescued cheetahs. After your tour, you will return to camp and prepare for dinner under the stars.
Day 3 – Okonjima / Etosha National Park (B,L,D)
Another early start, continuing north another 300km to the East Etosha region, passing through more small towns and making stops for fresh supplies along the way. Arriving at the Etosha National Park in time for lunch, you can relax at the camp before heading out on your first game drive! Overnight at the Etosha National Park.
Day 4 – Etosha National Park (B,L,D)
Today will be a full day’s game driving, leaving early to enjoy the cool morning air. Whilst you will remain in the Etosha National Park, you will be moving to a campsite in the middle of the park. On the drive, you will visit several waterholes and are afforded spectacular views of the Etosha Pan. The game viewing is usually excellent and you will see new species on this side of the park. Stopping in Halali for lunch and a quick dip in the swimming pool, you will continue to Okaukuejo, where you will be setting up camp for the night. After dinner, there is another chance to witness Etosha’s big game at a floodlit waterhole on the outskirts of the camp. The waterhole has been described as one of the ‘best game viewing opportunities in Southern Africa’, and black rhino, African elephants, lions and numerous species of antelope are frequently seen there.
Day 5 – Etosha National Park / Damaraland (B,L,D)
Leaving Etosha today, you will begin your journey with a relatively short drive to the small town of Outja, to once again stock up on supplies. From here, you will drive a little further and visit a Himba Village. The Himba’s are a community of tribes-people who have migrated to this region with their traditional lifestyle and customs intact. Here, you will learn about marriage customs, traditional food and the mysteries of the ‘Holy Fire’ religion. From here it is another short drive to your campsite in Damaraland.
Day 6 – Damaraland (B,L,D)
Today you will be driving through one of the most beautiful desert regions in Namibia, Damaraland. Driving 190km west via the Grootberg Pass, taking a detour to visit the ancient bushman rock engravings at Twyfeltontein and to have some lunch. From here, it is just a 1-hour drive to your campsite so you will have the afternoon to relax and explore.
Day 7 – Damaraland / Swakopmund (B,L)
Today, you will head deeper into the desert, past Namibia’s highest mountain, the Brandberg. You will make a small stop in the small town of Uis, an old mining town, before heading towards the Atlantic Ocean and the Skeleton Coast. Once on the coast, you will head to Cape Cross to visit the seal colony where, at certain times of the year, as many as 100,000 seals congregate. From here, you will be following the Skeleton Coast down to Swakopmund, a seaside town with excellent seafood restaurants. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 8 – Swakopmund (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will have the day at your leisure to further explore Swakopmund. The town is full of shops, has a good stretch of beach and an open-air market. There is a very good museum and the Namibian National Marine Aquarium is also located here. Optional activities such as boat trips, aeroplane flights over the desert, quad-biking, sky-diving and surfing can also be arranged. Overnight in Swakopmund.
Day 9 – Swakopmund / Sesriem (B,L,D)
Your first stop today will be at Walvis Bay, where there is a marine lagoon home to a vast array of birdlife, including flamingos and pelicans. The second part of today’s journey will take you across the Namib gravel plains, and then into the mountain desert. Distances covered today will be roughly 300km, but when you see the immense red sand dunes of the Namib Desert, you’ll soon realise the drive has been worth it. We aim to arrive during the late afternoon to watch the colours glow and change on distant mountains to the east. Overnight in Sesriem.
Day 10 – Sossusvlei (B,L,D)
A pre-dawn start is essential this morning to make sure we catch the soft light of the sunrise over the desert. You will drive to the heart of the dune field where you will climb Dune 45 to watch the sunrise. You will then have the option to do a 5km walk through the dunes to reach the ancient trees of Dead Vlei. In the cool of the morning, with the soft sun on the dunes, the walk is like nothing else… and you might even see a gemsbok or ostrich on route. You will spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei, before heading back to Sesriem to escape the heat of the afternoon. In the late afternoon, you will take a short excursion to the Sesriem Canyon. Overnight in Sesriem.
Day 11 – Sesriem / Windhoek (B,L)
After breakfast, you will begin the 450km journey back through the mountains to Windhoek, stopping in Solitaire to stretch your legs. You will arrive back in the city late afternoon and will be dropped at your hotel. Overnight in Windhoek.
Day 12 – Depart Windhoek (B)
Today will be your last day in Namibia, it will be spent at your leisure until international flights home.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE TOUR
- 4x nights in hotels based on two people sharing
- 7x nights camping based on two people sharing (single supplement not available)
- All transportation
- Meals as indicated in itinerary (B,L,D)
- All camping equipment
- Park entrance fees
- Camping fees
- Professional English-speaking guide
- Camp Assistant
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR
- International flights
- Sleeping bag (can be hired)
- Pillow (you will need to bring your own)
- Alcohol, soft drinks, bottled water
- Travel Insurance
- Up to six weeks before departure, a place can be reserved on payment of a deposit of £250.00, after this date it would be the full amount of the trip.
- Click the book now button and fill in the details and tick the box confirming you accept booking conditions.
- The outstanding balance is due 6 weeks before travel.
- International flights into and out of Namibia are not included in the cost of the tour and will need to be organised separately. Please get in touch for recommended flights, and do not book anything until we give the go-ahead.
- Please ensure you have checked visa requirements. Get in touch if you are unsure.
- Ensure you have purchased travel insurance, as this is mandatory for all trips.
Trip Type Safari
Group Size Between 12-16
Physical Rating Moderate
Currency & Spending Money Namibian Dollars / Spending £5 a day on water and supplies + spending money for optional activities and dinners in Swakopmund.
Hosts One of our local guides will be your main point of contact throughout this trip. You will also be accompanied by one of our camp assistants who will cook dinner every night, help you put your tents up and generally be a hero for the duration of your tour.
Clothing The weather will be incredibly hot in the day with temperatures reaching 40° so make sure you pack plenty of light, loose-fitting clothes. Please also bring closed shoes as well as sandals – walking on sand that’s been sitting in 40° heat is not a good idea.
Other Useful Items A head torch, a pillow, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, a hat, a micro-fibre towel, long-sleeved tops and light trousers for the evenings, binoculars, good camera with a long lens.
Health Malaria is present in the far north of the country, so please seek medical advice from your local GP or travel nurse a minimum of 8 weeks before departure and make sure your vaccinations are up to date. Remember that your travel insurance may not cover you if you do not have up-to-date vaccinations. This will also allow time for you to have any inoculations that you may require.
Single Supplement Not available for this trip.
Travel Advice We highly recommend that you read the foreign travel advice for Namibia before your departure date.
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