8-day Namibia Wildlife Safari

Namibia Wildlife Safari
Namibia Wildlife Safari

Know your dik-diks from your dikkops. This short 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.

From US$1606 pp (Our pricing)
8 days
Namibia, Etosha National Park, Waterberg
7 nights accommodation; meals and drinks as indicated in the itinerary; 8 days car hire (4x4 Double Cabin); vehicle drop off/delivery fee; vehicle insurance (minimum cover); safari and sight-seeing activities as indicated in the itinerary.
Tour type: Self-drive (also available as a guided safari)

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.

    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.

    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.

    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

Recent Reviews of This Tour

“The lodges we stayed in where fantastic”

Hi Wilmari

I would just like to thank you very much for the amazing trip to Namibia which you organized. Everybody in our group had a fantastic time and Vincent our guide and driver was outstanding. Nothing was too much for him, always smiling and an amazing knowledge of everything.

We where very lucky to see a lot of animals, and also the lodges we stayed in where fantastic. A fantastic week, thanks for everything and I do hope very much to be back in your beautiful country.

Kind regards and have a good Week

Greta Fassler, South Africa Namibia Wildlife Safari

“We were lucky enough to see a group of elephants along the river bank with a newborn calf amongst them”

Hello Edward - Gord and I have returned home safe and sound and we are still in disbelief at how wonderful our holiday was. It far exceeded our expectations. Thank you so much for planning this adventure for us and for getting it so right. We had a bit of a worry at the start - there was no one at the airport to pick us up when we arrived in Windhoek. Luckily there was a fellow from the Desert Hire Company picking up 2 young men and they offered to give us a lift to the Palmquelle. Also, our luggage was not put on the plane in Cape Town and when we got our bags the next day we discovered someone had gone through them and stolen a camera, GPS and a few other items. The rest of the trip, however, was perfect!

The Desert Hire company was great to deal with and we loved our "Hilux Hotel". The self-drive was absolutely the best way to see Namibia and sleeping in a tent allowed us to feel so close to everything - the birds early in the morning, the sounds of hippos in the river below us, and even a baboon rampage in Waterberg Park.

I will get our "Report Sheet" to you this week, but just wanted to let you know how wonderful our holiday was. I also cannot Thank You enough for organizing an itinerary that got us to the places where we were able to see and do all the things we had hoped to. I had especially wanted to see Hippos and our stay at Ndhovu Safari Lodge was amazing. We were able to watch the hippos all day long, as well as hear them at night up on the floodplain behind our campsite. We went down the river on a small boat to see the hippos (and crocodiles) from the water and were lucky enough to see a group of elephants along the river bank with a newborn calf amongst them. That is something I will never forget! The birds in this area were also unforgettable.

We were also quite impressed with what you class as "budget travel". The campsites and lodges were far superior to what we were expecting. Everything was clean and comfortable and absolutely no problems with your voucher system. This was by far the best trip my husband and I have ever taken and I can't imagine it ever being surpassed. We really appreciate how well you understood what we wanted to get out of our visit to Namibia and how well you made that happen for us!!

Gordon and Julie Bose, Canada Namibia Wildlife Safari

“We had a fantastic time in Namibia”

Wilmari, Just a quick note to say that we had a fantastic time in Namibia and thanks for all the help and arrangements. Right from the start, meeting with Estelle and her helpful comments and tips, it went to plan. We were pleased with the standard of accomodation and the food more than met our expectations. Maybe the only slight disappointment was the standard of accommodation at Durstenbrook, although the location & wildlife were a bonus. Of course, we travelled lots of km's and saw some amazing sights and animals - too many photos to process! Next time we may even camp! Or next time, somewhere else in Africa - give us some ideas! So, thanks again.

Nick MIddleton, UK Namibia Wildlife Safari
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