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Etosha Park and Namib Coast Tour

accommodated tour to the Namibian Coast, Erongo and Etosha Park

The Etosha Park and Namib Coast Tour is a 9 day accommodated tour to visit the Etosha National Park, flanked either side by a trip to the picturesque holiday town of Swakopmund on the Skeleton Coast, and the semi-desert region of mountainous Erongo region. Highlights begin with:

  • A landscape that varies from rugged mountains and rocky outcrops, to sand-filled valleys and endless vistas of plains.
  • The Welwitschia mirabilis, a plant that lives for more than 1,000 years, endemic to the Namib Desert.
  • Champagne boat cruise, with fresh oysters.
  • The Erongo Mountains - home not only to a vast array of bird life, but also plant, reptile and mammals that are endemic or near endemic to Namibia.
  • The 35m high pillar of sedimentary rock, the Vingerklip, (Finger Rock) one of the most impressive rock formations in Namibia.
  • Etosha National Park, one of the major sanctuaries for wildlife in Africa. The area was proclaimed a game reserve as far back as 1907. The size is 22270km2 and it consists mainly of bush and grass savanna. This type of landscape provides excellent opportunities for game-viewing at the numerous waterholes or in the open countryside.
  • A wide variety of animals un the vicinity of Waterberg Plateau including white rhino, leopard, (not guaranteed) cheetah, brown hyena, water buffalo, roan antelope, sable, waterbuck, nyala, red letschwe, giraffe, zebra and even hippos.

This safari is frequently combined with the Sossusvlei Shuttle.

  • Etosha Park & Namib Coast: Hotel Eberwein Exterior
  • Etosha Park & Namib Coast: View Of New Bar And Vingerklip
  • Etosha Park & Namib Coast: Frans Indongo Deck
  • Etosha Park & Namib Coast: Burnt Mountain
  • Etosha Park & Namib Coast: Coast
  • Etosha Park & Namib Coast: Desert Elephant
  • Etosha Park & Namib Coast: Erongo Mountains
  • Etosha Park & Namib Coast: Etosha Elephant
  • Etosha Park & Namib Coast: Etosha Giraffe
  • Etosha Park & Namib Coast: Etosha Impala
  • Etosha Park & Namib Coast: Spitzkoppe
  • Etosha Park & Namib Coast: Swakopmund
  • Etosha Park & Namib Coast: Ai-Aiba Lodge
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Day 1: Windhoek - Swakopmund
Guests will be collected from their Windhoek accommodation travel across the rolling hills of the Khomashochland at an altitude of more than 2,000m above sea level, down the Gamsberg Pass into the Namib, the oldest desert in the world. After a short rest (lunch packs), the tour proceeds through the Namib-Naukluft Park, passing the water-holes Ganab and Hotsas where ostrich, springbok, oryx and mountain zebras are frequent visitors. Then it's on to the Welwitschia Plain, to see the Welwitschia plant, a living fossil, only found in the Namib Desert, which occurs here in large numbers. Drive on to the so called 'Moon Valley' - a fascinating rock formation millions of years old and arrival in Swakopmund is about sunset. Overnight in double rooms with shower/bath/toilet.
Meals: Lunch
Accommodation: Swakop Sand Hotel, Beach Hotel, Hotel Eberwein , Swakopmund Boutique Hotel, Beach Lodge or similar accommodation
Day 2: Walvis bay & Swakopmund
After breakfast, depart to Walvis Bay for a boat cruise with champagne, fresh oysters and snacks on board. Return to Swakopmund and in the afternoon, take a city tour and spend the rest of the day at leisure. There are plenty of shops and banking facilities in town, with a good range of restaurants and bars.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Same as day 1
Day 3: Swakopmund - Erongo Region
Departing Swakopmund after breakfast, it's straight on to the tarred road towards the town of Usakos. This drive takes us through a rocky section of the Namib Desert, passed the Spitzkoppe Mountains before proceeding to the beautiful Erongo Mountain area, arriving in time for a late afternoon sundowner drive. Ai-Aiba Lodge is set amongst a massif of granite rock boulders, and the view overlooking the Erongo Mountain Nature Conservancy, is simply stunning.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Ai Aiba Lodge
Day 4: Erongo - Vingerklip
An early morning start with a 3hr drive in an open vehicle in and around the lodge, to see some of the numerous pre-historic rock-paintings. Afterwards it's northbound through the area of Damaraland to the Ugab Valley, to the overnight stop of Vingerklip Lodge. The lodge nestles in a valley, near the rock formation from which it derives it's name. The area has several walking trails and the short walk from the lodge to the Vingerklip can be a rewarding experience.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Ugab Terrace Lodge or Vingerklip Lodge
Day 5: Vingerklip - Etosha national Park
Today the safari leaves the Damaraland region and heads towards the famous Etosha National Park, arriving around lunch time. There will be a first game-viewing drive in the afternoon. Overnight in double rooms with shower/bath/toilet. Sit around the open campfire in the evening and catch up on all the latest travel gossip and adventures.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Etosha Gateway Lodge/ Toshari Inn, Halali or similar
Day 6: Etosha
Full day game-viewing in the Etosha National Park. The Etosha Pan, which the park is named after, is approximately 6000km2 in size. In the language of the Owambo people, Etosha means 'place of dry water, or 'large white place.' Lunch break in between. There are often large herds of 50 elephant or more, quite often walking down the middle of the road. The search is a little harder to find lion and hyena. Overnight in double rooms with shower/bath/toilet. Jump in the lodge's pool to cool down from the hot, Namibian afternoon sun.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Etosha Gateway Lodge/ Toshari Inn, Halali or similar
Day 7: Etosha
A full day in the park. The battle of wits continue between predator and prey day and night. At some point on your Etosha safari, especially during the drier winter months, zebra, wildebeest, gemsbok, black-faced impale, giraffe, eland and kudu will head for a waterhole. As lion have no specific habitat preference, their menu is varied. Leopard have a wider habitat tolerance but hunt by stalking and pouncing often at night, never far from cover. Cheetahs need bush and grass to get within their legendary sprinting range.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Halali Camp or similar
Day 8: Otavi / Otjiwarongo Area
One last game drive on the way out. Keep your camera's and bino's handy. You never know what might happen, especially when you least expect it! The tour heads to the town of Otjiwarongo. En-route you will visit Lake Otjikoto and the Mine Museum at Tsumeb. The former is part of an underground river system, exposed when the roof of what was a large dolomite cave fell in. The depth estimated to be in excess of 142m in places.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Gabus Game Lodge, Frans Indongo Lodge or Wabi Game Lodge
Day 9: Windhoek
An early morning game drive offers the chance to see white and black rhino, black wildebeest and hartebeest. Return to Windhoek afterwards with an arrival in the late afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast
Included
Tour in a group with an English speaking driver / guide.
Porterage & park-entrance-fees
Excluded
Beverages
Items of a personal nature
Tips
Travel Insurance
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.

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