3 Day Etosha Express

3 Days

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 25 kilometers 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 5,000 square kilometers 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.

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Short safari to Etosha Park. Windhoek-Swakopmund.

Day 1


Windhoek - Etosha Park

We are picked up this morning at 7h15 and head to Chameleon Backpackers for our pre-departure meeting in WINDHOEK. We stop briefly at Otjiwarongo and enjoy a light lunch pack before entering Etosha National Park through the Anderson Gate.We game drive across the park visiting waterholes looking for predators as well as zebra, giraffe, elephant and rhino. We arrive at our accommodation just before sunset, located inside Etosha National Park and has a floodlit waterhole next to the camp. Twin ... share double rooms with en-suite bathroom facilities. Dinner is prepared by your guide and an early night is recommended.

Meal information Lunch & Dinner

Day 2

Etosha Village

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 its 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.

Meal information Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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. Drop off at your accommodation of choice. 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. Those who wish to combine wildlife, sea and desert can join the 3 day Sossusvlei Express which leaves Swakopmund the following day.

Meal information None

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


  • Beverages
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Any optional activities
  • Visas

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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