8-day Namibia Wildlife Guided Safari

Namibia Wildlife Guided Safari
Namibia Wildlife Guided Safari

Know your dik-diks from your dikkops. This guided wildlife safari gets to the heart of the matter quickly. An overnight stop en route provides an interesting curtain-raiser for the main event at Etosha National Park.

Hot tip: the price per person comes down significantly for families and small groups. See the Just Booked tours below for examples.

Price:
From US$3220 pp (Our pricing)
Duration:
8 days
Highlights:
Namibia, Etosha National Park, Waterberg
Includes:
7 nights accommodation; dinner and breakfast on most days; professional guide and safari vehicle incl. fuel and taxes; park entry fees.
Tour type: Guided (also available as a self-drive safari)
NOTE: You can almost halve the price if your group is 4+

Tour Brief

Etosha National Park is unique. Its waterhole culture forces the plains game to drink during the middle of the day when predators are most lethargic; thus it's not uncommon to have a collage of several different species in the same frame. Lions, elephants and several endemic species of antelope and birds - including 46 raptors - add to the exhilarating game viewing.

This eight-day wildlife safari also visits the Waterberg Plateau Park, a haven for many diverse and rare species of animal and bird, and the rest of your time is spent in pole game-viewing position at Etosha.

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1: Waterberg

    The Waterberg is about 340km north of Windhoek, the last 80km is a good gravel road. The drive is about three hours.

    On the way: Okahandja wood carvers' market - reserve anything you like and collect it on your return; fossilised dinosaur footprints are off a scenic ring road.

    When you're there: The Waterberg Plateau Park has several excellent hiking trails, the wildlife and birdlife and scenery make for a good hike; private game farms in the area offer game viewing and some have active conservation programmes like AfriCat and the Cheetah Conservation Fund.

    Accommodation:
    Standard: Waterberg Wilderness Lodge
    Luxury: Okonjima Luxury Bush Camp

  • Day 2, 3, and 4: Etosha National Park (East)

    You can do the gentle drive to Etosha National Park after a morning game viewing outing and a leisurely breakfast. The eastern entrance to Etosha, the Von Lindequist Gate, is about 375km from the Waterberg area; most of the road is paved and the short gravel sections are well maintained.

    On the way: The world's largest meteorite, Hoba, is on a long ring road via Grootfontein.

    When you're there: Etosha has an estimated 250 lions, 300 rhinos, 2,500 giraffes, 6,000 zebras, 20,000 springbok and 2,000 elephants. This on top of a large number of lesser and common plains herds, and abundant birds makes game viewing in Etosha something special. The surrounding lodges all have private reserves with equally impressive wildlife numbers and they offer private game viewing activities into the park.

    Accommodation:
    Standard: Mushara Lodge
    Luxury: Mushara Outpost

  • Day 5, 6, and 7: Etosha National Park (South)

    Make your way slowly towards your next lodge near the southern gate of Etosha (Andersson Gate).

    On the way: Take the opportunity to explore some more waterholes en route to your next lodge, this can take anything from 2 hours depending on how many stops you make and how long you spend at each waterhole.

    When you're there: Your lodge offers guided game drives into Etosha, guided walks and rhino tracking. Or you can simply relax at your lodge and let the wildlife come to you.

    Accommodation:
    Standard: Etosha Village 
    Luxury: Ongava Lodge

  • Day 8: Windhoek

    After breakfast its time to head back to Windhoek where your safari will end. The roads are paved and the driving time is about five and a half hours. Ask us for lunch-time stopover ideas. Allow an extra 45 minumtes from Windhoek to the Windhoek International Airport which is located 45km east of the city.

  • Self Drive Distance Chart and Travelling Times

Just Booked!

Customers who enquire about this tour end up making many changes to the standard itinerary. Below are the most recent variations of this base tour booked by us for our clients. Have a look at their itineraries, see what changes they requested, what the final cost was and read what they have to say about their holidays.

Recent Reviews of This Tour

We don't have any reviews of this exact tour but here's what people have said about their holidays. If you want to read more reviews, visit our client comments section. If you would like to submit your own review please use the contact form on this page.

“Thanks for all your work putting together a holiday we truly loved”

We would like to commend the high service received from Namibian Tours and Safaris especially taking into account the short length of time you had to arrange this holiday for us. The recommendations and itinerary were ideal with the majority of our stay in each location being the right duration. The whole process of booking this holiday was hassle free and we would not hesitate in recommending your services to others.

We would specifically like to thank you, Alison, for all of your hard work which resulted in a truly fabulous holiday for us. Also, it was great to meet up with you in Solitaire where you expressed so much love for your country and this was clearly mirrored in the schedule and service you presented to us allowing us to experience this fantastic country. It will not be the case of 'if' we return to Namibia, it is more the case of 'when' we will return as we enjoyed it so much.

Nik Stevenson, UK

“Edward did a super job”

A special mention for Edward he did a super job – vouchers and maps were with our car hire agency at the airport – book presentation of whole trip was clear, easy to follow and complete. He even gave us his mobile No in case we encounter some problems. Really to recommend as Tour Operator and will use them again next time.

Road – all went well and thanks to have recommended a 4Wheel Drive Car – due to rough road conditions we appreciated – you could do it with a normal car and met tourists with B type cars but they took much longer for the journeys – had more issues with flat tyres and most admitted next time they will take a 4Wheel Drive Car.

Would like to thank you for all your time spent and hard work to find best places, difficult tasks due to budget restrictions. I will recommend you and your agency whenever I can – actually already did in Joburg – hope brings you some new customers - and of course will come to you for my next trip this time to South Africa hopefully in 2012.

Germaine Comin, Switzerland

“Thank you again for planning a perfect vacation for us”

Dear Wilmari,
Back home and I wanted to take a moment to thank you again for planning a perfect vacation for us. I was especially pleased that for the accommodation with dinner all knew about my allergies and cooked accordingly. The Cheetah experience made my daughter very happy and they were so kind to not even charge me for taking pictures.

Highlight of our trip was the stay in Onguma The Fort and we are determined to return one day.

As pointed out before, the Namib Desert Lodge I cannot recommend to anybody (fined for driving on their property and below average dinner buffet) and also the Olivia Guesthouse was a letdown when it came to the food (lunch and breakfast).

I have posted some pictures on Flickr, maybe you want to have a look and I'm always happy to read comments.

Last but not least: Could you please send us the itinerary you prepared for us and we received at arrival electronically? Some of my friends are interested to book the same trip with you.

Dr Andreas Koester, USA
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