Ultimate Namibia Safari Tour 2023
A Customizable Trip to Namibia
Namibia is a vast country, even by African standards, covering an area approximately twice the size of California and four times the size of the United Kingdom, but with a population of a mere 2 million. This gives one of the lowest population densities in the world. It is also an 'ageless land’; visible through our heritage of rock art created by stone-age artists and geological attractions such as the petrified forest where fossilised tree trunks have lain for over 280 million years. When added to the space and silence, these factors all contribute to a feeling of antiquity, solitude and wilderness.
per person sharing
10 days / 9 nights
Lodges and luxury tented camps
Damaraland, Etosha National Park, Onguma Game Reserve, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund
About this Safari
- Travel with one of Namibia’s most reputable and well-known naturalist guides.
- Stay in the only camp inside the world’s 4th largest National Park.
- Climb some of the world’s highest free-standing sand dunes.
- Sea kayak with seals and dolphins on the Skeleton Coast (alternative option ski boat).
- Track for desert-adapted elephants in ephemeral river systems.
- Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Twyfelfontein.
- Visit a Himba settlement.
- Memorable and exciting guided game drives within the renowned Etosha National Park, from the vantage point of a specially modified, air conditioned 4×4 with pop tops.
- Explore 2 very different parts of Etosha by spending time on both the Etosha Heights and Onguma Private Game Reserves.
- Sleep in the tree tops overlooking one of the most productive waterholes on the Onguma Private Game Reserve.
- Visit the world renowned AfriCat Foundation and learn more about conservation initiatives involving Africa’s large cats
Rates for tour – MINIMUM 1 / MAXIMUM 7 PAX
1 JUNE – 31 DECEMBER 2023 – NAD/ZAR 80,876.00 per person sharing
Day By Day Itinerary
Day 1 - 2: Windhoek to Sossusvlei area
Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red sand dunes to make this one of the natural wonders of Africa and a photographer’s heaven. Aside from the attractions at Sossusvlei – Dune 45, Hiddenvlei, Big Daddy and Deadvlei – other attractions in the area include the Sesriem Canyon and Namib-Naukluft National Park, where the mountains of the Namib meet its plains.
Day 3 - 4: Swakopmund
The fascinating drive today takes you northwest through awesome and ever changing desert landscapes of the Namib Naukluft National Park, including the impressive Gaub and Kuiseb canyons. You will meet the coast at the port town of Walvis Bay and then ………
Day 5 - 6: Damaraland
Huge, untamed and ruggedly beautiful Damaraland is an exceptionally scenic landscape of open plains and spectacular rock formations. The major attractions are Spitzkoppe, the Brandberg, Twyfelfontein, Vingerklip and the Petrified Forests.
Desert Adapted Elephants of Damaraland
In habitats with sufficient vegetation and water an adult elephant consumes as much as 300 kg of roughage and 230 litres of water every day of its life. Consider what a herd of them would eat and drink in a week or a month or a year. Finding an African elephant in a desert? Well, yes and not only elephant, but other large mammals as well, such as black rhinoceros and giraffe. Their ranges extend from river catchments in northern Kaokoveld as far south as the northern Namib.
Apart from the Kunene River, seven river courses northwards from the Ugab provide them with possible routes across the desert, right to the Skeleton Coast. The biggest are the Hoarusib, the Hoanib, the Huab and the Ugab Rivers. Desert adapted elephant in Kaokoland and the Namib walk further for water and fodder than any other elephant in Africa. The distances between waterholes and feeding grounds can be as great as 68 km. The typical home range of a family herd is larger than 2,000 km², or eight times as big as ranges in central Africa where rainfall is much higher.
They walk and feed at night and rest during the day. To meet their nutritional and bulk requirements they browse on no fewer than 74 of the 103 plant species that grow in their range. Not a separate species or even a subspecies, they are an ecotype unique to Namibia in Africa south of the equator, behaviourally adapted to hyper-arid conditions. Elephant in Mali on the southwestern fringe of the Sahara Desert are the only others known to survive in similar conditions.
Day 7 - 8: Southern Etosha National Park
Ongava Private Game Reserve
Sharing a common boundary with Etosha National Park, the prolific 30 000-hectare private Ongava Game Reserve is considered one of the finest private game reserves in the region, enjoying global recognition for exceptional conservation, ground breaking research and exciting safari experiences. The reserve is home to – among others – lion, eland, black-faced impala, Hartmann’s mountain zebra and a variety of other antelope species. Additional, it is one of the few private reserves in Southern Africa where both black and white rhinos can be observed. The recorded bird life has reached over 340 species.
Day 9: Etosha National Park / Onguma Game Reserve
Situated on the eastern side of Etosha National Park and bordering Fisher’s Pan, Onguma Game Reserve has more than 20,000 hectares of protected land and wildlife. The nature reserve boasts over thirty different animal species consisting of plains game such as kudu, giraffe, eland, oryx, hartebeest, zebra, impala and many more roam freely, as well as predators such as lion, cheetah and leopard, being common residents of the area. Onguma Game Reserve is now proud to be home to a family of black rhinos! More than 300 bird species can also be viewed at Onguma Game Reserve.
Day 10: Onguma Game Reserve to Windhoek via the AfriCat Foundation
Your early departure will take you south from Onguma Tree Top via Tsumeb, Otavi and Otjiwarongo to reach Okonjima’s AfriCat Day Centre, a wonderful highlight with which to conclude your safari.
- Type: Lodge or Hotel
- Location: Etosha National Park
Inclusions / Exclusions
➢ Accommodation as stated above.
➢ Transportation in a luxury air-conditioned safari vehicle.
➢ All meals.
➢ Services of a registered and experienced naturalist English-speaking safari guide.
➢ Entrance fees and excursions as described in above itinerary.
➢ Mineral water on board the safari vehicle.
➢ Option of either kayaking or catamaran boat cruise in Swakopmund.
➢ Two Ongava afternoon property drives in open game viewer with lodge guide
➢ Welcome pack.
➢ International flights to Namibia and airport taxes.
➢ Return airport transfers from Windhoek International Airport – Windhoek – Windhoek International
➢ Pre and post safari accommodation in Windhoek.
➢ Any entrance fees and excursions not included in the above itinerary such as scenic flights.
➢ All beverages with the exception of mineral water on board the safari vehicle.
➢ Laundry (laundry service available at lodges at extra cost).
➢ Items of personal nature (telephone expenses, curios, medicines etc).
➢ ENTRY VISA FEES.
➢ BANK CHARGES (as per bank or 3.5% commission for VISA/MASTER and 4.5% commission for AMEX).
Ultimate Namibia Safari Tour Map
Windhoek, Khomas, Namibia
Sossus Dune Lodge, Sesriem, Hardap, Namibia
Swakopmund, Erongo, Namibia
Camp Kipwe, Kunene, Namibia
Andersson's Camp, Kunene, Namibia
Etosha National Park, Oshikoto, Namibia
Okonjima Nature Reserve, Otjozondjupa, Namibia
Best Time to Visit
This Namibia safari tour begins and ends in Windhoek. We can arrange accommodation in Windhoek before and after the tour.