Etosha Express Safari
Includes: Etosha National park - Namibia
The Etosha Express Safari is a 3 day accommodated safari to Etosha National Park, and is an excellent way to view the diverse game of the area, especially if time is short and expectations are big. The tour sets off north from Windhoek to the large town of Otjiwarongo, (the place where fat cattle graze, in the Otjiherero language). Accommodation on the safari, is all situated within 25kms of the Andersson Gate entrance to the Park. The safari departs from the Namibian capital of Windhoek and ends at the coastal town of Swakopmund - a range of transport is available between Swakopmund & Windhoek and this can be arranged for those wishing to return to Windhoek after their Etosha safari.
Etosha means 'place of dry water' and is centred around a huge depression, or 'pan' some 5,000sq km's in size. The pan provides a vast, parched, silver-white backdrop of shimmering mirages, set against semi-arid savannah grassland and scrub. It is quite rightly described as one of the best game reserves in Africa, a haven for close on 114 species of mammal, including the white rhino and endangered black rhino, lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant, giraffe and numerous species of antelope. Ornithologists should not despair, there are some 340 species of birds in the park – sufficient to keep both nature and wildlife enthusiasts content, no matter how long or short their tour.
We recommend combining this safari with the Sossusvlei Express Safari.
- Day 1: Windhoek - Etosha Park
- Guests will be collected from their accommodation in Windhoek at around 7.15. There is a brief stop at Otjiwarongo, before entering Etosha Park, you will game drive through the park to the rest camp at Halali, where you will spend the night. Halali has a spotlit waterhole for evening viewing allowing you to continue your game viewing experience late into the night. The evening meal is prepared by the guide, and after the long drive with an early morning wake-up call looming, a good night's sleep is on the cards.
Accommodation: Halali in Etosha
- Day 2: Etosha Park
- There will be an early wake up call today to make the most if the early morning game viewing, (which is best in the early morning and late afternoon). The morning drive across the Etosha Park is great fun and will take in many waterholes. Apart from being in pursuit of the big 4, (there are no buffalo in Etosha, so you can work out what the others are on the way) identifying the huge variety of plains game is an interesting diversion. As the guide prepares a delicious lunch, it's time to get out the speedo's and bikini's and jump in the pool, or for those who can't get enough of the wildlife, then there's a great waterhole here. After something to eat, it's time to visit the mighty Etosha Pan and marvel at the sheer immenseness of the saltpan, not to mention it's inhabitants. Accommodation tonight is outside the park in twin share rooms or permanent tents, with en-suite bathroom facilities. The evening meal will be prepared by the guide, and with another early start the following day, the tour won't take much rocking to sleep tonight.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: lodge near Etosha preferably Etosha Village
- Day 3: Etosha Park - Swakopmund
- Early morning breakfast before departing at 08h00. Today's drive is via the communal lands of Damaraland (Kunene Region) a stop is planned at the Ugab River bridge to visit with the beautiful Herero ladies who sell their small art and craft items to support their families. Lunch in the shadow of the Brandberg Mountain and have a short visit with a Himba group who have moved into this area to sell their jewellery and other items. After lunch we head directly through the Namib Desert and stop at the latest shipwreck on the Skeleton Coast before arriving late afternoon in Swakopmund. The town can easily be explored on foot this afternoon and a highlight for many is a visit to the Swakopmund Jetty for sundowners overlooking the Atlantic Thoses who wish to combine wildlife, sea and desert can join the 3 day Sossusvlei Express which leaves Swakopmund the following day.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
- Mode of transport
- Vehicle with a pop-up roof (not air-conditioned)
- Number Of Participants
- Maximum of twelve
- Tour in a small group with an English speaking driver / guide.
Accommodation and meals as listed on the itinerary
Items of a personal nature
Meals not listed in the itinerary
Any optional activities
- Route & Accommodation
- The itinerary above is a guideline only and whilst we try to adhere to it there may be circumstances when it may change - for example weather and/or road conditions, seasonal daylight hours etc. Overnight stops on occasion may be altered from those indicated.