Includes: Etosha National Park - Namibia
The Etosha Safari is a 3 day / 2 night camping safari, to one of Namibia's main tourist attractions, Etosha National Park. This particular tour is one of the most time effective ways to see one of the Namibia's most famous park. Measuring over 22,000km˛, it is home to 114 species of mammals and 340 species of bird life. Etosha is one of Africa's largest and most impressive game parks. The versatility of this trip, enables it to be extended by combining it with either the 3 day Sossusvlei Safari, or the 7 day Southern Namibia Safari, to encompass even more of the highlights of Namibia.
- The Etosha Safari is run as a camping tour however, for a supplement an upgrade can be made to turn this into an accommodated safari. Enquire upon booking as this is subject to availability.
- Itinerary is assisted comfortable camping, with participation limited to only helping with the tents.
- Day 1: Windhoek - Okaukuejo
- Safari travellers will be collected from their Windhoek accommodation between 08h00 and 08h30. There is a long drive north (550km), passing through mainly farmland, with refreshment stops at small towns along the way. Arrival time in Etosha National Park is expected to be in the middle of the afternoon. There have been a number of interpretations of the name Etosha over the years, and one description is 'The Place of Emptiness,' referring to the vast saltpan.
On entering the park, there is a game drive through to the Okaukuejo Camp, and after checking in at reception, the overnight camp will be set up. Okaukuejo is famous for its waterhole, which has correctly been described as 'one of the best game viewing opportunities in Southern Africa.' An original meaning of Okaukuejo is 'the woman who has a child every year,' or a prolific woman.
After the evening meal the opportunities to view some of Etosha's big game continue at the floodlit waterhole, conveniently situated on the boundary of the camp and easily reachable on foot. Black rhino, elephant, lion and numerous species of antelope are frequent visitors.
Meals: Lunch & Dinner
- Day 2: Etosha Park
- A full day's game driving, leaving the dwarf shrub (Salsosa )savannah around Okaukuejo, and skirting along the rim of the pan, visiting a wide selection of waterholes en-route. The game viewing is usually excellent, plains game such as zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, springbok, impala and eland can be found in large numbers. This attracts the predators, so be on the lookout with camera's and binoculars at the ready. Herds of 50 elephants or more are not unusual, and often walk right down the middle of the road, offering excellent photographic opportunities. There is a scheduled stop at Halali Camp for a leisurely lunch, with time to visit the waterhole and cool off from the hot, afternoon sun in the pool. Refreshments can be purchased at the bar before the journey continues to the eastern side of the park ,and on to the overnight stop at Namutoni Camp. The second leg of the journey also offers great game viewing along the waterholes in and around Etosha Pan.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
- Day 3: Windhoek
- A long drive back to Windhoek, but not before one last game drive on the way out of the park. The return journey is on the main roads, passing through towns and rural areas en-route, with a final stop in the small town of Okahandja, the home of Namibia's largest woodcarvers market. The stalls operated on a local co-operative basis, and are one of the best places to shop for truly Namibian souvenirs and curios.
Arrival time in Windhoek is scheduled for 16h00 at respective accommodation in the capital city
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
- Mode of transport
- Transport for 2 to 4 passengers in a minibus with a purpose built trailer. For 5 to 14 passengers a specially converted safari truck will be used
- Number Of Participants
- Maximum of fourteen
- All transport
Meals as specified in the itinerary
Tea & coffee in camp
All camping equipment
Park entrance & accommodation fees
Pick-up and drop-off at accommodation in Windhoek
Sleeping Bag (can be hired)
- Itinerary is assisted comfortable camping with participation limited to only helping with the tents
- The tents are canvas dome type, which are easy to assemble. The mattress is approximately 5 cm thick with its mattress cover and each client has a camp chair with backrest.
- Luggage is limited to one soft, barrel type bag per person with maximum weight of 15kg, one medium sized hand luggage bag, one medium sized camera bag and a sleeping bag.
- We suggest a sleeping bag range of '3 – 4 season'. Sleeping bags can be rented by prior arrangement. When selecting your clothing please be aware that Namibian summer temperatures (December - March) can reach 45°C and winter temperatures (June - September) can be as low as -5°C. The rainy season is between December and April.
- All evening meals on camping safaris (unless stipulated) are cooked by your guide on an open fire. Salads and fresh vegetables will be served daily where readily available. Fresh fruit will also be supplied when possible. Vegetarians and other dietary requirements can be catered for, but please notify us when booking.
- 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.