12 Days Namibia Camping Safari

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12 Days Namibia Camping Safari Overview

Namibia is a land of contrasts and this 12 Days Namibia Camping Safari is perfectly designed to take in nearly all of them. Starting in Windhoek, heading out on the Northern leg, our winding road takes us to visit the cheetah of Africat at Okonjima, the big game in Etosha National Park and includes a night-time viewing at the world famous Okaukuejo waterhole. On the southern leg we visit the Skeleton Coast National Park, 100,000 seals at Cape Cross and take in a shipwreck on our way to Swakopmund.

Day 1: Windhoek to Okonjati Game Reserve

You will be collected from your accommodation in Windhoek or the airport by 07:15 and transferred to a short pre-departure meeting. Heading north we will make our first stop in the small town of Okahandja where we will find Namibia’s largest wood carving market. Onwards to our overnight destination at Mount Etjo Campsite in the heart of the Okonjati Game Reserve. We aim to arrive at Mount Etjo around midday giving plenty of time to set up our camp and enjoy a picnic lunch.

Later in the afternoon we will be taken on our first game drive in open game viewing vehicles, for about 3 hours. The reserve is big, 36,000 ha, and it is as abundant in magnificent scenery as it is in wildlife. Big game can be seen, elephant and rhino but we also keep an eye out for giraffe and other smaller mammals and birdlife. Our dinner will be cooked by our guide over an open fire. After dinner we head back to the lodge to watch some of the resident lion enjoy their evening meal.

Driving time – 3 hours.
Main Destination: Okonjati Game Reserve
Accommodation: Budget camping
Inside Okonjati GR
Meals & Drinks: Lunch & dinner (Breakfast not included)
12 Days Namibia Camping Safari

Day 2: Okonjati Game Reserve to Etosha National Park

Departing after breakfast we head back to the main road to continue our journey north, en-route to Etosha National Park. We make a short stop for supplies in the small town of Otjwarongo before continuing on to Etosha’s main camp at Okaukuejo. We are introduced to the park with a short game drive between the main entrance gate and Okaukuejo Camp with a good chance to spot big game right from the very start. After setting up our campsite we will head out into Etosha in search of big game. All visitors must be back in camp at sunset, but the ‘game show’ doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. Assessable on foot and only a short walk from our campsite, Okaukuejo is justly famous for its flood lit waterhole where we are afforded the chance to see all of Etosha’s treasures.

Driving time – 4 hours.
Main Destination: Etosha National Park
Accommodation: Budget camping
Inside Etosha NP
Meals & Drinks: All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
12 Days Namibia Camping Safari

Day 3: Etosha National Park

We have the whole day to explore Etosha. The park gates open at sunrise and we will aim to be on our way as the sun breaches the horizon. Early morning is usually a productive time for game viewing and first thing in the morning is a good time to catch big cats returning from the hunt. Etosha is desert landscape and water is the most scarce natural resource. There are however numerous waterholes here, both natural and man-made, and our game driving technique is to take in as many as of these possible.

Along the way we will make a stop at a designated picnic area for a quick breakfast before continuing our game drive en-route to the camp at Halali. We will have lunch at Halali. There is time to visit the Halali camp waterhole. On our way back to Okaukuejo we will stop to have a closer look at the Etosha Pan.

Main Destination: Etosha National Park
Accommodation: Budget camping
Inside Etosha NP
Meals & Drinks: All meals included
12 Days Namibia Camping Safari

Day 4: Etosha National Park to Palmwag

Time to leave Etosha and concentrate on some of Namibia’s other highlights. We have an early breakfast and game drive our way out of the park. Our first stop is a fascinating cultural visit the Otjikandero Himba Village located close to the small town of Kamanjab. After our visit to Otjikandero we will have a short stop in Kamanjab before continuing on with our journey. The next leg of our journey today is truly spectacular, we turn to the west and head towards the mighty Etendeka Mountains and the Grootberg Pass.

Palmwag is set out abreast of the Uniab River and under waving makalani palm trees which often provide a refuge for Namibia’s unique desert adapted elephants. Sometimes coming very close to our camp, and sometimes coming right in for a visit, the elephants have been known to drink water from the swimming pools. We arrive in the late afternoon and set up our camp in time to enjoy a sundowner and to hopefully see some of the resident elephant herds.

Driving times – 4-5 hours.
Main Destination: Damaraland
Accommodation: Budget camping
Inside Damaraland
Meals & Drinks: All meals included
12 Days Namibia Camping Safari

Day 5: Palmwag to Cape Cross

We have reached the limit of our northern adventure and today we first head west to the Atlantic Ocean and then directly south, following the coastline to Cape Cross. We enter the Skeleton Coast National Park through the northern Springbokwasser Gate and soon afterwards we meet the chilly Atlantic Ocean. Exiting the park at the Ugab River crossing with its Instagram worthy iconic gates, we continue onto one of the largest seal colonies in the world.

Nobody knows exactly why the seals chose Cape Cross as their home, but there must be a good reason as there are usually upwards of 100,000 seals basking on the rocks or swimming just off the beach. Cape Cross takes its name from the stone crosses that proudly sit close to the seal colony. After visiting the seal colony it is only a short drive to our overnight stop at Cape Cross. We aim to arrive in the late afternoon and there should be time for a sunset walk on the beach.

Driving time – 5 hours.
Main Destination: Skeleton Coast National Park
Accommodation: Budget camping
Bordering Skeleton Coast NP without fences
Meals & Drinks: All meals included
12 Days Namibia Camping Safari

Day 6: Cape Cross to Swakopmund

We have a leisurely start today and after breakfast we head south along the coast to Swakopmund. Our first stop is a more recent shipwreck. Namibia is home to a world-record number of lichen and along the coast we find vast lichen fields. We complete the final leg of our journey into Swakopmund, no tents tonight we check into our accommodation.

Swakopmund is an interesting place to say the least and offers many optional activities. The town centre is small and easily explored on foot. Scenic flights over the desert, sky diving or quad biking over and in the Namib dunes. Our guide will discuss all the options with you. For the more leisurely minded there are bicycle tours and the ‘living desert’ excursions. Lunch and dinner tonight are for your own account, Swakopmund boasts some truly excellent restaurants and again our guide will be able to help you with recommendations and bookings.

Driving time – 2-3 hours.
Main Destination: Swakopmund (City)
Accommodation: Hotel Pension A la Mer
Mid-range hotel located in Swakopmund (City)
Meals & Drinks: Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)

Day 7: Swakopmund to Sesriem

Making the most of our time at the coast we leave Swakopmund this morning at 11:30, giving us time to wander around town. Alternatively, there are optional activities available. For those with a love of adrenaline sand boarding is also a very popular. Departing Swakopmund at 11:30 we head east into the desert. We have two mountain passes to traverse this afternoon, first is the mighty Kuiseb Pass and we follow the road from the top of the mountains, dropping steeply down into the canyon carved over eons by the Kuiseb River on its way to debouch into the ocean at the port town of Walvis Bay.

From here we continue through the desert landscape to the tiny town of Solitaire where we can stretch our legs and sample the apple pie that has made this homestead famous. Our destination for today, the gateway to the dunes and Sossusvlei at Sesriem. We make our campsite in the shadow of the towering red dunes of the world’s oldest desert.

Driving time – 5 hours.
Main Destination: Sesriem (Town)
Accommodation: Budget camping
Meals & Drinks: All meals included
12 Days Namibia Camping Safari

Day 8: Sossusvlei

Sunrise in the dunes is our aim and that means a pre-dawn start. Our first stop will be at Dune 45. This is when you can see towering sand dunes illuminated a glowing orange, apricot red on one side and swathed in shadow on the other. We will visit Dead Vlei on foot led by our guide, an ancient pan completely surrounded by sand, that is strikingly populated with dead, skeletal camelthorn trees. We have time to explore the area on foot and to climb one of the highest dunes in the world.

We drive back to Sesriem for lunch and perhaps a dip in the swimming pool and in the afternoon we take a short excursion to see the Sesriem Canyon. In the late afternoon there is one further option with which to close our time in the world’s oldest desert. A short drive will take us to Elim Dune, for the best golden light before sunset.

Main Destination: Sossusvlei (Sand Dunes)
Accommodation: Budget camping
Meals & Drinks: All meals included
12 Days Namibia Camping Safari

Day 9: Sesriem to Klein Aus Vista

We have a scenic drive today through ever changing desert scenery, mountains and open grassland. We are continuing our long drive south and our destination is the tiny community of Aus, located in the Aus Mountains above the plains of the Namib Desert. Aus was formally the site of a prisoner of war camp set up by the South African army to house German prisoners during the second world war. Our actual destination today is Klein Aus Vista located just outside Aus and just inside the private Gondwana Sperrgebiet Rand Park.

We aim to arrive in the early afternoon and set up camp, giving us time to stretch our legs on the un-guided hiking trails on the property. The landscape is wide open vistas and we are hoping for a spectacular sunset – 5 hours.

Driving time – 5 hours.
Main Destination: Aus (Town)
Accommodation: Budget camping
Meals & Drinks: All meals included
12 Days Namibia Camping Safari

Day 10: Kolmanskop and Luderitz

We start early but with the luxury of a proper sealed tar road today. Desert adapted horses run wild in this area and we need to keep a good look out for these amazing creatures. We are en-route to the ghost town at Kolmanskop, located about 15 km from the port town of Luderitz. On departure from Kolmanskop we quickly cover the last few kilometres to Luderitz itself, well known for its unique and colourful colonial-style buildings. We drive out on to the Luderitz peninsula and enjoy the scenery on way to the historical monument at Diaz Point.

Luderitz is still today one of the windiest places on planet earth, so some things at least have not changed over the centuries. We head back to our accommodation at Klein Aus Vista, taking a second opportunity to see the desert horses and arriving in time for a sundowner.

Driving time – 3 hours return.
Main Destination: Kolmanskop (Highlight)
Accommodation: Budget camping
Meals & Drinks: All meals included
12 Days Namibia Camping Safari

Day 11: Klein Aus Vista to Keetmanshoop

A long drive today but we take advantage of the tar road for the first part of the morning. We are heading east but we will soon turn south again to complete our traverse of Namibia’s southern region. Our first main stop will be the incredible Fish River Canyon located in the /Ai-/Ais Richtersveldt Transfrontier National Park. We enter the park at the Hobas gate and from there it is only a short drive to the main lookout point over the Fish River Canyon. It is hard to leave such an impressive sight but we journey onwards, turning our heads to once again to the north as the canyon marks the end of the southern leg of our trip.

We are en-route to Keetmanshoop. A short stop here and then on to our overnight camp at the Quiver Tree Forrest. This is the last night of our safari and time to reflect on our amazing adventure as we sit around our camp-fire one last time.

Driving time – 6 hours.
Main Destination: Keetmanshoop (City)
Accommodation: Budget camping
Meals & Drinks: All meals included
12 Days Namibia Camping Safari

Day 12: Keetmanshoop to Windhoek

We head north today and we have the luxury of the main tar road for our whole journey, no gravel road ‘African Massage ’to contend with, as we head back to Windhoek. Namibia is so rich in interesting things that it is impossible drive for any great distance without passing places of interest and there are several worth mentioning along the way today. Still heading ever north our journey today takes us through the small centres of Mariental and Rehoboth and we will stop along the road today for a light lunch. We aim to be back in Windhoek in the late afternoon. There will be a shuttle service to take you to your accommodation within the Windhoek City limits or the airport.

We recommend that departure flights are not scheduled for today. Driving time – 5 hours.
Main Destination: Windhoek (City)
Accommodation: No accommodation

End of 12 Days Namibia Camping Safari


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: All visitors to Namibia must have a valid passport with at least 4 consecutive blanks pages.  Any applicable visa and/or relevant documentation are the responsibility of the traveller.  For further information on Visa requirements visitors are advised to contact their nearest Namibian African Embassy or Consulate.
VOLTAGE: 220 Volts/AC50Hz. Sockets are UK style, 3 pin square plugs. Power is from the government in the city/major towns and generator with inverter back up in the Safari Lodges and Camps.
CURRENCY: Foreign currency must be changed at the Bank, Bureau de Change, and Hotel/Safari lodge/Camp/Resort.   Major Credit Cards, Master card, Visa, American Express, are usually accepted throughout the country.  Where credit cards are accepted, the payment will normally be recorded in US$ regardless of the card’s default currency.
CLOTHING: Dress is mainly informal and should be comfortable as well as practical. Something warm should be brought along for early morning and evenings. Safari clothes are available from hotels/lodges/camps.
BAGGAGE: Where possible, travel light. Baggage space on safari is limited to medium suitcase or soft bag per person plus reasonable amount of hand luggage. There is 15 Kilogram per person limit on all flights to the wildlife sanctuaries. Excess luggage must be stored in your arrival hotel.
WATER: You will find many different of opinion of what is safe and what is not. We recommend for peace of mind, to drink local Bottled Mineral water. It is important to drink plenty of water especially during the hotter months. We would recommend that guests drink at least 2 to 3 liters of water per day to limit the effects of dehydration.
HEALTH; East Africa is a safe and secure destination; however, it is a good idea to take a few precautions.  Kindly consult your GP or local doctor at least 6 weeks before you travel, with regards: Malaria prophylactics. East Africa is a known malaria area and preventive measures are essential. You are advised to take one of the recommended anti-malarial drugs.  Be sure to wear long sleeved shorts and trousers after sunset and spray the exposed parts of your body with a mosquito repellent spray Remember to protect yourself from direct sun rays with sunscreen cream or safari hat.
DIETARY REQUIREMENTS: For those guests with specific dietary requirement, please ensure we are notified prior to travel
GRATUITIES: As a guideline and dependent on how happy you are, we would suggest the following: The General Hotel/Lodge/Camp Staff – Approximately U$ 10.00 per person per day Driver Guides – Approximately US$ 15.00 to US$ 20.00 per person per day.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Please be careful when photographing public buildings, airports, bridges, the national flag and people in uniform.  Ensure that you have sought permission before photographing local people and their villages.  If in doubt, please check with your guide.

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  • Tips(Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
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