Etosha Camping Safari
Etosha National Park, Windhoek
Sorry! Due to lack of demand and client feedback, we no longer offer camping tours like this. If you are looking for an escorted camping tour in a small group with scheduled departures, we recommend contacting the reputable operators: Wild Dog Safaris or Blue Crane Safaris
With a qualified driver/guide and a camp assistant you will discover Namibia’s amazing secrets and all the work is done for you except pitching your tent. Transport is in a spacious, air-conditioned bus with a maximum of 16 people in your group.
Your guide takes you on a roundabout safari, starting and ending in Windhoek, to places like the AfriCat Foundation in the Waterberg , Etosha National Park , the Skeleton Coast and Swakopmund , and the Sossusvlei dunes of the Namib-Naukluft Park.
Depart from Windhoek early in the morning and head north via the small Town of Okahandja (the “Place of the Fly” in the Herero language) to Okonjima Lodge campsite. The drive takes about 4 hours and most of the way is tar road with gravel the last section to get to the lodge site.
On the way: Visit the wood carvers market at Okahandja where you can purchase a wide variety of hand crafted curios, necklaces, bowls and artwork. We also stop at a number of roadside picnic sites to view bird nests as well as huge termite mounds.
When you're there: Arrive at the campsite mid-afternoon and after setting up camp, join a late afternoon excursion to visit the AfriCat project where you will be taken on a tour during which you will view some of the cheetah that are part of the AfriCat rehabilitation programme.
The big cats at Okonjima have been rescued from various desperate situations, being orphaned or caught in a trap. To date over 70% of the programme's intake have been successfully re-introduced to the wild - their natural environment.
Return to camp before sunset where dinner will be cooked by your guide under the African stars.
Accommodation: Okonjima Lodge Plains Camp (Campsite)
After an early breakfast, break camp and head via Otjiwarongo and Outjo, through acacia savannah to the eastern side of the Etosha National Park. The drive will be about 5 hours, arriving in time for lunch.
On the way: This is the “high veld” of Namibia - the central plateau of open savannah plains, acacia shrub with some hilly areas. With game ranches on either side of the road you will often see kudu, oryx, baboon and warthog along the way. We will also stop at the fascinating Otjikoto Lake - a large sinkhole believed by some people to have an unlimited depth and links with an huge underground river system.
When you're there: After a short siesta, the rest of the afternoon is spent on a game drive and visiting numerous waterholes in the area where the animals meet to drink. Popular waterholes in this area includes Klein Okevi and Chuddop where you will often find large herds of giraffe and zebra, ending late afternoon just before sunset at the Klein Namutoni waterhole. Here there is a good chance to see one of the smallest antelope in Africa, the Damara Dik Dik.
Accommodation: Namutoni (Campsite)
Today you spend all day on game viewing along the road and at numerous waterholes along the way. Normally we would depart after breakfast and head slowly in a westerly direction to be at the Halali Resort where we take a break for lunch. Then, again, making small detours to waterholes, we head on to arrive at the Okaukuejo campsite late afternoon.
On the way: Your guide has been to Etosha many times and he knows (also chats with the local guys) where to find the animals. Good waterholes for the morning will be Chuddop, Kalkfontein and especially Goas which is quite close to Halali. After Halali, Rietfontein, Salvadora, Gemsbokvlakte and Nebrownii are all good and popular ... not only to us, the tourist, but also to the animals.
When you're there: The campsite is not the best but the Okaukuejo waterhole is fantastic. Here you will see lots of animals like giraffe, springbok and oryx but the special will be when the elephants and black rhinos come to drink at night ... well, most nights.
Accommodation: Okaukuejo (Campsite)
You head west today, either through the western areas of Etosha, or to Outjo and then west along the tar road.
On the way: The western side of Etosha is now open to the general public so you will probably head this way so that the whole morning will be a game drive. The game on this side is not as human-adapted so they are a bit more skittish than the other sections.
When you're there: You would have been to AfriCat at Okonjima. Now you will meet and experience the AfriCat of the north at Kavita Lodge. Here they concentrate on the conservation and rehabilitation of lions, the Communal Community Conservation Project. You will learn how this project aids and assists local communities and farmers when dealing with carnivores in their areas.
Accommodation: Private Campsite
After breakfast, you head south to the Kamanjab area to visit a Himba tribe, then via Fransfontein and Khorixas to the Twyfelfontein area. Khorixas (the “X” being pronounced as a guttural click in the Damara language), is the cultural centre of this part of Damaraland with schools, government and regional offices, shops and a few small lodges.
On the way: In the Kamanjab area there is a farm where the owner has invited some Himba people to come and live in their traditional ways. You will have the opportunity to meet these lovely people and see how they live today ... still wearing their traditional goat-skin clothing, painting their bodies with red ochre and animal fat, you will learn about their traditions, the importance of the “holy fire” and lots more. Lovely people, the Himba!
From here, you will head south to some of the most beautiful areas of Namibia, the Damaraland plains, granite hills, rock formations as well as the Damara people who have been living in these parts for more than 6000 years.
Stop at the interesting Petrified Forest, evidence of wetlands of years gone by where you can purchase some stones with interesting fossils of pre-historic plants and insects.
When you're there: This afternoon (or the next morning) you will visit Namibia’s Open Air Museum, the Twyfelfontein rock engravings and paintings. A local guide will take you to see this ancient art which is engraved in red sandstone. Your guide will also take you to see the Burnt Mountain and Organ pipes ... beautiful and interesting rock formations.
Accommodation: Twyfelfontein Community-run Campsite
Today you head south past Namibia’s highest Mountain, the Brandberg, to the small town of Uis. From here, turn west and enter the real Namib Desert and on to the Skeleton Coast. This day is not that far (only about 350 kms) but it will take all day as you stop often to view the scenery, stop at Uis for a pit-stop and also a detour to Cape Cross to visit the seal colony. You will arrive in Swakopmund late afternoon.
A full day is set aside for you to enjoy this interesting German colonial style town. You can spend time on your own or go with the group. You can just relax or join a wide range of activities.
On the way: Stop at Uis and bargain for semi-precious stones at the informal market; travel through Damara scenery and the gravel plains of the Namib Desert; visit Cape Cross seal colony, the largest breeding colony in the world - with a stench to match; drive along the Skeleton Coast to Swakopmund.
When you're there: Explore Swakopmund during the afternoon, with its craft markets, galleries, cafés and the beach; enjoy dinner in one of the many excellent restaurants with seafood and red meat featuring everywhere.
Among the many adventure activities in Swakopmund, we recommend paragaliding over the dunes; quad biking, which is an exciting way to experience the sand dunes; sand-boarding; Sandwich Bay excursion; skydiving; and the eco-marine cruise on the Walvis Bay lagoon.
Accommodation: One of the many small guesthouses and travellers lodges - depending on availability.
Say good-bye to Swakopmund (it's our home and we're sure you will be back one day) and drive south to Walvis Bay before heading inland destination: Sossusvlei - the world's tallest dunes and an easy match for Etosha as contender for Namibia's premier tourist attraction.
On the way: After Walvis Bay, you turn east and drive into the Namib Desert. Cross the Gravel Plains and Kuiseb Canyon to Solitaire, then on to your campsite for the next 2 nights. Here your guide will take you to the lagoon which is home to hundreds of birds, a RAMSAR site, a protected area. Most of the year you will see hundreds of flamingos as well as pelicans, waders, egrets and other shore birds feeding in this rich lagoon.
Were it not for Moose's famous apple strüdel and his doorstopper sandwiches made from homemade bread, Solitaire would be but a petrol station at an intersection in the middle of the desert. As it happens this quirky crossroads is an almost mandatory comfort stop for travellers between Sossusvlei and Swakopmund. Just an ice cold soda and a clean toilets is welcome luxury after driving for hours through the parched Namib Desert.
When you're there: Arise before dawn and after a coffee and a rusk you'll set off for the Sossusvlei dunes, deep inside the Namib-Naukluft Park. Most of the morning will be spent here in this most amazing area. Dead Pan, with its eerie petrified trees, shimmering white pan and sheer red dunes is a must to visit and your guide will show you where it is. On the way back stop at Dune 45, the tallest of the talls, and climb this dune which seems to be quite small but once you start climbing, you realise that it is hard work - I dare you to do it!
Explore Sesriem Gorge, enjoy sundowners on Elim Dune or just relax back at the camp before a glorious night under the desert stars.
A long day's driving back to Windhoek means an early start with breakfast, one last strüdel at Solitaire and you're on your way.
On the way: Traverse the scenic Khomas Hogland mountains as you rise up the plateau 1000m above the Namib Desert with breathtaking views.
When you're there: Drop-off to your hotel or overnight accommodation is around 4pm and you'll be saying farewell to your amazing guide, camp assistant and of course your new-found friends after an amazing Namibian adventure.
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