Our popular 8-day Classic Namibia Safari will take you to many of Namibia’s must-see natural wonders.
The country of Namibia is not only a huge expanse of sand as some people imagine it to be, but has so much more to offer. We will visit the vast Namib Desert, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that includes iconic Sossusvlei, home to some of the highest sand dunes in the world. Then we move onto the quaint town of Swakopmund where the desert and the Atlantic coast come together.
We will then make our way up along the Skeleton Coast and turn inland into the dramatic and scenic Damaraland. And then last but not least we will move onto Etosha National Park, without doubt, one of Africa’s best game viewing destinations and a must for a perfect Namibia safari.
**This Namibia Safari is a Private Guided Safari, customized for you by our expert team.
Any element can be tailored , starting with your planned tour dates, activities, accommodation etc.
Exciting details about the day-to-day plan follow:
Welcome to Namibia! After arriving at Hosea Kutako International Airport outside the country’s capital city of Windhoek, your Nature Travel Namibia guide will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall of the airport with your name on a signboard. After loading your luggage into the vehicle, we will start making our way to our first destination; iconic Sossusvlei.
We will not have much time to spend in Windhoek itself, but it is a very interesting small city nonetheless. It sits at 1,700 metres (5,600 feet) above sea level (12th highest capital in the world) in the Khomas Hochland plateau area between the Auas and Eros mountain ranges. It is home to about 400,000 people at a low density of only 63 people per square kilometre and has over 300 sunny days per year.
We will drive through the Khomas Highland and down the escarpment via one of the many scenic mountain passes into the Namib Desert. This journey will take about 4 to 5 hours, depending on the number of stops for photographs. We will certainly start seeing some of Namibia’s fantastic fauna and flora along the way, including Common Ostrich, Gemsbok, Pale Chanting Goshawk, Sociable Weavers or even a Greater Kudu.
We will reach our accommodation in the afternoon and if there is time it might be fun to walk around the lodge grounds looking for interesting smaller fauna and local flora. Our accommodation for tonight is in an area perfectly situated to explore the surrounding desert and its many attractions.
After an early breakfast we will depart for an exciting morning excursion to Sossusvlei and nearby Dead Vlei, where we will spend a couple of hours. Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red sand dunes to make this one of the natural wonders of Africa and a photographer’s heaven.
Sossusvlei itself is actually the pan or valley floor that we will park our vehicle on, and is surrounded by massive dunes on almost all sides. We will have plenty of time to enjoy some of the many highlights that surrounds Sossusvlei itself:
• Dune 45-
The most photographed dune on earth (situated 45 km past Sesriem on the road
Perfect if you are looking for solitude in the desert;
• The magnificently tall Big Daddy dune;
A paradise for photographers, as it is punctuated by blackened, dead acacia
trees, in vivid contrast to the shiny white of the salty floor of the pan and
the intense orange of the dunes;
• Sesriem Canyon-
A narrow gorge of 1 km long and up to 30 m deep slashed into the earth by the
Tsauchab river millions of years ago. The name derives from the Afrikaans for
the 6 lengths of ropes that were needed to haul water out of the gorge to the
top with containers in days gone by.
After lunch we will depart for the coastal town of Swakopmund, driving through the vast Namib-Naukluft Park to get there. It is a beautiful drive of about 4 hours, and if time allows we will stop for the famous Apple Pie in the small desert oasis town of Solitaire, a true Namibian tradition that should not be missed.
Our drive this afternoon is wholly in the Namib Sand Sea, one of Namibia’s two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is the only coastal desert in the world that includes extensive dune fields influenced by fog. Covering an area of over three million hectares, the site features gravel plains, coastal flats and rocky hills within the sand sea, a coastal lagoon and ephemeral rivers, resulting in a landscape of exceptional beauty. Fog is the primary source of water in the site, accounting for a unique environment in which endemic invertebrates, reptiles and mammals adapt to an ever-changing variety of microhabitats and ecological niches.
Swakopmund will be our home for the next two nights.
After breakfast in Swakopmund we will depart for a Living Desert Experience, a unique adventure indeed!
We will encounter and learn more about the fascinating wildlife of the Namib Desert with the help of a local expert. We will look for geckos, scorpions, snakes, lizards, birds and beetles as well as the incredible plant life that survives in this harsh and seemingly inhospitable environment. Some of the special creatures we might see include Namib Sand Gecko, Namaqua Chameleon, Shovel-snouted Lizard, Tractrac Chat and even Peringuey’s Adder.
Once we are back in Swakopmund we will enjoy lunch and explore the town with optional activities like quad-biking or sandboarding. Swakopmund has made a name for itself as the activity and sport capital of Namibia, but this town offers so much more. Sandwiched between the hot, arid desert and the cold waters of the Atlantic, Swakop (as the locals call it) is one of the most fascinating colonial towns in all of Africa. It is a heady mix of South African, Namibian and German cultures, architecture, languages and cuisine. It is also the most popular tourist town in the country, with both locals and foreigners loving the laid-back atmosphere, good restaurants, many activities and the temperate climate.
Today we continue our safari northwards along the Skeleton Coast. This bleak and evocatively named area is one of the most unusual coastal wildernesses on the planet, protecting about a third of Namibia’s long coastline. It has a longstanding reputation of being a dangerous sea passage for sailors, and indeed the Portuguese sailors used to call this area the “Sand of Hell”, referring to the fact that even if one did survive a ship running aground, the harsh desert would almost certainly provide one’s final resting place.
After visiting one of the many shipwrecks along the coast for some dramatic photographs, we will turn inland towards spectacular Damaraland. We will drive past the Brandberg (literally “fire mountain”), Namibia’s highest mountain, with the highest peak at 2,573 meters (8,441 feet) above sea level. In the distance we will also see the Spitzkoppe (sharp head), one of Namibia’s most recognizable landmarks. It’s shape has inspired its nickname, “The Matterhorn of Africa”. It was first climbed in 1946 and is now a popular climbing destination with local and foreign mountaineers alike, with plenty of technical climbs available.
This beautiful mountainous region is home to an assortment of scientifically important desert-adapted wildlife such as elephant, rhino, zebra and lion, which somehow survive and thrive in this near-barren landscape. We hope to see some of them; a special treat indeed!
Damaraland is also famous for its several important geological rock formations that are not to be missed, including the “organ pipes” arrangement (a distinctive series of dolerite pillars that have been exposed by erosion), the “petrified forest” (believed to be more than 200 million years old) and the much-photographed “burnt mountain” (a flat-topped mountain that derives its name from the piles of blackened limestone at its base). We will visit some of these this afternoon.
We will be at our lodge in time for a sundowner drink while we enjoy the view over this rugged but beautiful landscape.
After an early breakfast we will depart for Etosha National Park, about 4 hours’ drive away to the northeast. On the way there we will visit Twyfelfontein, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Meaning “uncertain spring” in Afrikaans, it is a massive open-air art gallery in the northwestern Kunene region that is of great interest to international rock art connoisseurs. The 2,000-plus rock petroglyphs, estimated to be 6,000 years old, represent one of Africa’s largest and most noteworthy concentrations of rock art. Most of these well-preserved engravings represent rhinoceros. The site also includes depictions of elephant, ostrich and giraffe, as well as drawings of human and animal footprints, all done in red ochre. Here we will also look out for the Namib Desert’s weird-looking living fossil plant, the Welwitschia.
We will arrive at our lodge on the southwestern side of Etosha late in the afternoon and settle in to our accommodation.
Undoubtedly one of the great parks of Africa, the huge Etosha National Park in north-central Namibia covers more than 22,300 km2 (8,620 sq mi) and is synonymous with big game and wide open spaces. The name Etosha actually means “great white place” referring to the massive (130km long and 50km wide) dry pan in the middle of the park, believed to have been formed over 100 million years ago.
Etosha is a photographer’s dream, with the contrasts in light, colour and textures particularly dramatic. Many a guest’s “lifer shots” of African animal and bird species were taken in this park. The sunrises and sunsets are particularly spectacular, so better get those cameras and phones ready!
We will enjoy dinner and sit around the camp fire reminiscing about our wonderful trip so far. Remember to look up before settling into your bed tonight – the African night sky, undisturbed by city lights out here in the bush, is truly amazing.
We will enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in Etosha today, returning to our lodge in the heat of the day for lunch and to relax.
Your guide will decide, with your input as to your fauna and flora sighting preferences, what the best routes will be to follow. All our guides know Etosha intimately and will make sure you see all that this great African wildlife park has to offer.
Etosha is home to a staggering amount of wildlife, both common and rare, including several threatened and endangered species. The mammal list is at over 110 species, including four of Africa’s Big Five, Cheetah, Giraffe, Spotted Hyaena, Zebra (2 species), Greater Kudu, Springbok, Gemsbok (Namibia’s national animal), Common Warthog, Honey Badger and many more.
Etosha also has a bird list of more than 350 species, including regional specials like Kori Bustard, Blue Crane, Violet Woodhoopoe, Ruppell’s Parrot, Pygmy and Red-necked Falcon, Bare-cheeked and Southern Pied Babbler, and Burchell’s and Double-banded Courser.
Tonight we will again sit around a fire after dinner, chat about the day’s sightings and enjoy another spectacular African night sky.
We have another full day to enjoy Etosha today, but we will also slowly make our way to the eastern side of the park, where we will overnight on our last night of the safari.
Named a game reserve in 1907 by the governor of then-German South West Africa, Etosha was elevated to the status of national park in 1967 by an act of parliament of the Republic of South Africa which administered South West Africa during that time. Since then it has become one of the main reasons visitors from all over the globe come to Namibia, and annual numbers are over 200,000. Although Etosha is best known today as a spectacular refuge for an abundance of animals, it is also a part of the world that is providing critical evidence for the existence and evolution of ancestral animals. The rocks in the hills near Halali camp have revealed fossil life as old as 650 million years!
We will arrive at our accommodation in the late afternoon, freshen up and enjoy our last dinner together.
After an early morning game drive or a relaxing final breakfast together we will depart for Windhoek. It is a 5 to 6-hour drive southwards to the capital.
In Windhoek, we will take you to the Hosea Kutako International Airport for your homeward flight or for your connecting flight if you decide to combine this safari with an extension to the Caprivi, Victoria Falls, Botswana, Zambia or South Africa. We will gladly assist with accommodation in Windhoek should you need to stay over.
Price and availability can be further discussed through direct enquiry with Animals around the Globe.
Tours are operating at a special rate until june 2021.
This Private Guided Safari can be booked for any date as per your planned travel dates.
Should you wish to join a Group safari with set departure date, our next group safari departs on 6 July 2021
Whether you are doing your first African safari or you are looking to add a few rare and elusive mammals to your mammal list Nature Travel Namibia’s bespoke 14 Day Namibia Mammal Safari offers some of the best general wildlife viewing in all of Africa. Our tours include spectacular parks and reserves, great accommodation, some top attractions, and fantastic chances of seeing the Big Five and other rare and special mammals.
Namibia is one of the most diverse countries in Africa so expect to be amazed at the incredible habitat diversity during our tours, from lush riparian forest in the Caprivi to arid desert and sand dune landscapes in central Namibia, not forgetting the spectacular lagoon at Walvis Bay on the Atlantic coast, and much more!
This safari is about so much more than just spotting Africa’s Big Five Mammals. Our Namibia tour offers the freedom of doing night drives in certain areas and exploring some of the habitats on foot. Where bigger mammals can easily be seen from a vehicle, it is seeking smaller elusive mammal species on foot that becomes part of the privilege of being on safari in Namibia. Exploring the bush on foot also gives one the opportunity to go where vehicles normally cannot. Night drives and walks are an excellent opportunity to spot nocturnal animals in their natural habitat.
Namibia’s diversity brings with it some fantastic mammal watching and you can count on seeing quite a big number of mammals, other fauna and flora and some superb classic African safari landscapes. Join us on this amazing adventure!
The day-to-day plan is elaborated below:
Welcome to Namibia! After meeting you at the airport or your Windhoek hotel, we will depart for Okonjima Lodge near Otjiwarongo in central Namibia where we will spend our first evening.
On arrival, we will enjoy lunch, have time to settle in and freshen up, before departing for the afternoon activity which will be Leopard tracking with the lodge. During our tracking game drive we will be on the lookout for Leopard but could also spot Kirk’s Dikdik, Common Eland, Hartebeest (caama subspecies), White Rhinoceros, Mountain Zebra (hartmannae subspecies), Common Rock Hyrax, Gemsbok, Yellow Mongoose, Greater Kudu, Giraffe and Springbok. Some of the carnivores are fitted with a radio-collar which contributes valuable information to the research project and gives us the chance to get a glimpse into the lives of these rarely seen cats.
We will enjoy a sundowner drink in the bush before arriving back at the lodge in time to relax around the fire before dinner. We will enjoy a wonderful dinner prepared by the lodge staff. This will be the perfect Namibian welcome and should set the tone of for the rest of the safari.
After dinner we will do a night drive where we could spot possible species like Honey Badger, Cape Porcupine, Brown and Spotted Hyena, Southern Lesser Galago, Southern African Spring-hare, Aardvark, Temminck’s Ground Pangolin, Black-backed Jackal and Caracal.
Today we have a full day to explore the reserve with a combination of game drives and walks searching for some of the resident mammal species. Some of the smaller mammals we will be targeting on the Okonjima property include Dassie Rat, Woodland Dormouse, Bushveld Sengi, a variety of Gerbils including Bushveld, Cape, Hairy-footed and Highveld Gerbil.
For those of you keen to take a break during the warm part of the day you can enjoy a long siesta or we can arrange a visit to the Africat Centre where you have the opportunity to learn more about the Namibian population of free-roaming predators (Lion, Leopard, Hyena and smaller species) and the way this foundation is trying to protect them living on private cattle farms. They also have a very interesting rehabilitation centre here where you can get close up views of these amazing animals. They currently focus on research on lesser known species such as Pangolin and Brown Hyena helping us getting a better understanding of these fascinating animals.
We will end the day with sundowner drinks and dinner at the lodge and afterwards we will do another night drive searching for nocturnal mammals. Other small mammals on the reserve include Southern African Hedgehog, Damara Mole Rat, Four-striped Grass Mouse, Large-eared Mouse, Namaqua Rock Rat, Cape Pouched Rat, Black-tailed Tree Rat, Red Veld Rat, Lesser Red Musk Shrew.
After an early morning walk around the lodge we will make our way north to our overnight stop near the town of Grootfontein. Although today is mostly a driving day we should see some roadside mammals that might include Chacma Baboon, Gemsbok, Greater Kudu, Hartebeest (caama subspecies), Steenbok and Common Warthog.
We should arrive at our lodge by mid to late afternoon. We will spend some time walking in the area around the lodge, looking for some smaller mammals.
Some of the smaller mammals we will looking for include Smith’s Bush Squirrel, Acacia Rat, Red Veld Rat, Southern Lesser Galago, African Savanna Hare, Bushveld Gerbil, and Desert Pygmy Mouse.
We will return to our lodge to freshen up and meet up for dinner prepared by the lodge. Tomorrow we head further east to the riverine and broadleaf woodland of the Caprivi Strip.
After an early morning coffee and short walk, we will make our way further east through the broadleaved woodland between Rundu and Mahango National Park. We should arrive around lunchtime and will have the afternoon to explore the riverine woodland around the lodge or do a game drive in the park. The location and habitat around the lodge is good for Shortridge’s Mastomys (Multimammate Mouse) as well as Smith’s Bush Squirrel.
Mahango National Park offers exceptional game viewing with our main mammal targets being Sable and Roan Antelope, Topi (tsessebe subspecies), Southern Lechwe (leche subspecies), African Buffalo and Bushbuck which we will not have the opportunity to see again on this safari. Some of the interesting smaller species that occur in the Caprivi Strip include Common Genet, Central African Large-spotted Genet, Banded Mongoose, Marsh Mongoose, White-tailed Mongoose, African Civet Cat, Slender Mongoose, Common Dwarf Mongoose.
Other small mammals we will be on the lookout for include: Acacia Rat, Red Veld Rat, Swamp Musk Shrew, Natal Mastomys (Multimammate Mouse). We will again have the opportunity to do a walk after dinner looking for nocturnal species.
Today we have a full day to explore Bwabwata National Park (both the Mahangu and Buffalo sections) is well known for their big buffalo herds and plenty of Hippopotamus. Besides some of the species mentioned before we might see African Elephant, Lion, Leopard, African Wild Dog, Plains Zebra, Impala, Common Duiker, Greater Kudu, Giraffe and Common Warthog.
We will either enjoy a packed lunch in the park or return to the lodge for lunch overlooking the river. This part of the Okavango River is home to huge Nile Crocodiles and plenty of Hippos. The resident Bushbuck and Vervet are always around and if we are lucky we might see African Elephant from the deck at the lodge.
Late afternoon we will join the lodge for a dinner cruise on the Okavango River. Two mammal species we will be on the lookout along the Okavango River are the African Clawless Otter and Spotted-necked Otter. We will depart at 17h30 and after cruising for a short while we will stop on an island and enjoy sundowner drinks and snacks around a bonfire. Our view of the Bwabwata National Park on the opposite bank of the river will be the perfect vantage point from where we can watch wildlife drinking while we enjoy the beautiful sunset with a drink in hand. After enjoying our drink, we will board our boat again and slowly cruise back to the lodge while we enjoy our dinner on the Okavango River. A truly magical experience and one of our recent trips even had a Leopard drinking while slowly cruising past. What an incredible experience!
We will start with a cup of coffee or tea overlooking the Okavango River enjoying a spectacular sunrise. I have personally seen African Wild Dogs hunting from the viewing deck a few times and a colleague did see a Leopard on a recent trip.
Today is mostly a travelling day (we can do a quick early morning game drive in Mahangu) as we leave the tropical Caprivi and Okavango regions behind us and make our way south to Etosha which is one of the great game reserves of Africa and offers game viewing that is as good as you can find anywhere in Africa. As we make our way south you will notice how the habitat will chance from Broadleaf Woodland to mixed Woodland and later Acacia Savannah with the species changing with the habitat. We will do regular roadside stops to stretch and pick up new species.
We should arrive at our beautiful lodge by mid-afternoon. If we arrive in time, we will depart for a short afternoon game drive but after sitting for most of the day we often just enjoy a nice leisurely walk around lodge gardens. The relaxed group of Banded Mongoose will provide plenty of entertainment. Egyptian Slit-faced Bat and Southern Lesser Galago are often seen within the lodge grounds. Early evening we will meet up for a sundowner drink and then enjoy dinner at our lodge.
Today will be dedicated to exploring the eastern section of the vast Etosha National Park. From a mammal point of view we will search for the endemic Kirk’s Dikdik (Namibian subspecies), African Elephant, Lion, Black Rhinoceros, Giraffe, Spotted Hyaena, Leopard, Black-backed Jackal, Black-faced Impala (another endemic subspecies), Hartebeest (Red subspecies), Gemsbok (Namibia’s national animal), Greater Kudu and Springbok. This part of Etosha is our best chance to see Cheetah and we will visit all our known hotspots for seeing them.
There is a fascinating known interaction between Honey Badgers and Pale Chanting Goshawks where the Goshawk will follow the Badgers hoping that when they dig out prey some escape offering them an easy meal. We often see this in Etosha and we will hopefully be lucky on this trip.
After lunch we will spend the afternoon visiting various waterholes to see if we can spot some of our target list mammals drinking. We might be lucky to get a herd of Elephant drinking at Groot Okevi or Tsumcor waterhole and we hope to see Common Eland at Chudop or Klein Namutoni. This waterhole is the perfect last stop in the park with setting sun behind us offering incredible photographic opportunities.
After arrival at our lodge we will freshen up, meet up for sundowner drinks and enjoy another Namibia dinner in the African bush.
Today we make our way to the central section of the park with a full day of game viewing. We will stop at two waterholes where we often find Spotted Hyena drinking early morning and we often have Lion walking across the open plains returning from their hunt. Although Etosha is famous for and probably the best place to see Black Rhino we will visit an area where we have a chance to see White Rhinoceros and our only chance on this safari.
We will stop for lunch at Halali Resort giving us a chance for a short break and a quick visit to the camp waterhole.
By mid to late afternoon we will arrive at Okaukuejo resort, famous for its flood-lit waterhole at the edge of camp which offers fantastic game viewing with African Elephant, Black Rhinoceros and Giraffe visiting on most nights and Lion seen often. The area around Okaukuejo and we will be on the lookout for Brown and Spotted Hyena, South African Ground Squirrel, Yellow and Slender Mongoose, African Elephant, Giraffe, Gemsbok, Greater Kudu, Springbok, Black-backed Jackal, Common Warthog, White and Black Rhinoceros, Leopard, Lion, Aardwolf and Honey Badger.
We meet up for dinner at the resort and afterwards make our way to the camp’s waterhole. At the waterhole tonight we will look for Bushveld Sengi which have been recorded in the camp and we will try and see if we can locate any. If we are lucky we will hear Lion roaring or have them visit the waterhole as we enjoy the end of a wonderful day.
Some of the smaller mammals we will be targeting around southern Etosha include Namaqua Rock Rats, Desert Pygmy Mouse, Cape Scrub Hare, Bicolored Musk Shrew, Bushveld Gerbil and Red Rock Rat.
After an early breakfast, we will use the first few hours of the day to explore the Okondeka Plains north of Okaukuejo. This area is also very good to try and find some of the smaller predators like Bat-eared Fox, Black-backed Jackal, Cape Fox and African Wildcat. We then leave Etosha and head towards Tandala Ridge located South of Etosha National Park.
Tandala Ridge is a great spot for mammal enthusiasts. Cape Porcupine is resident in the camp and other small mammals seen on the property include Southern Lesser Galago, Egyptian Slit-faced Bat, Stone Dormouse, Namaqua Rock Rat, Shortridge’s and Pygmy Rock Mouse, Bushveld Sengi, Common Rock Hyrax, Black Mongoose and Jameson’s Red Rock Hare.
Larger Mammals seen on the reserve include Gemsbok, Greater Kudu, Common Eland, Hartebeest (red subspecies), Common Wildebeest, Plains Zebra, Common Warthog, Steenbok, Common Duiker and Kirk’s Dikdik, Black-backed Jackal, Aardwolf, Bat-eared Fox, Caracal, Spotted Hyaena, Cheetah and Leopard. We will enjoy a night drive on the property which should give us a chance of seeing some of the rare and nocturnal mammals seen on the reserve.
This morning we will enjoy an early breakfast and do a short walk around the lodge. From here we will make our way south to Damaraland where we will spend one night. As the scenery changes, we will start looking out for Desert Adapted animals which calls this area their home. (There is an option to stop at some of the Twyfelfontein area rock engravings – this is long detour so please let us know in advance).
This beautiful mountainous region is also home to an assortment of scientifically important desert-adapted wildlife such as the desert adapted Elephants, Black Rhinoceros, Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra and Lion, Springbok, Gemsbok, Giraffe and Steenbok.
We might also be lucky to encounter the famous desert adapted Elephants of north-western Namibia which move up and down the Ugab River during our stay. Some of the smaller mammals we will be searching for include Klipspringer, Common Genet, Desert Pygmy Mouse, Dassie Rat, Rock Hyrax and Black-tailed Tree Rat.
We will spend early morning exploring around the Brandberg area and then make our way to the Erongo Mountains where we will spend the night.
Dassie Rat and Common Rock Hyrax are common mammals while Black Mongoose, Slender Mongoose, Central African Large-spotted Genet, Steenbok, Kirk’s Dik-dik, Leopard and Caracal are sometimes seen in this area.
After arriving at our lodge and enjoyed lunch we will settle into our rooms before we start exploring the area looking for smaller mammals, which could include Cape Hares, Bushveld Sengi, Bushveld Gerbil, Namaqua Rock Rat, Western Rock Sengi and Dassie Rat is relatively common in the area as well. Focusing on the cracks between boulders we hope to catch Pygmy Rock Mouse.
After an early morning walk (looking for any specials we might have missed) and a great breakfast we will make our way to the coast where we will spend the night.
After arriving in Swakopmund and settling into our hotel for the evening we will spend the afternoon at the Walvis Bay Lagoon which has been declared a Ramsar site of global importance for thousands of waders that are found here.
We return to Swakopmund to meet up for sundowner drinks and afterwards enjoy a wonderful meal at one of the many great restaurants in town.
Some of the mammals we will be in search of in the area include Four-striped Grass Mouse, Namib Round-eared Sengi, Littledale’s Whistling Rat and the near endemic Southern Pygmy Gerbil.
Early morning after a cup of coffee we will make our way to Walvis Bay Harbour, where we will do a morning boat cruise to search for some of the mammals on our list. During our cruise we will be on the lookout for South African Fur Seal, Heaviside’s Dolphin, Bottlenose Dolphin, Bryde’s Whale, Humpback Whale and Killer Whale (Orca).
(Note: Some of these species are only in Namibian waters during certain times of the year and although we might be lucky sightings of whales are not guaranteed.)
After our boat cruise, we will enjoy lunch in Walvis Bay and the start making our way back to Windhoek where we will spend our last night in Namibia. We will overnight at a small reserve just outside Windhoek.
Dinner will be enjoyed at our lodge.
This morning after a leisurely breakfast we will make our way to the airport where you will take your return flight home.
(Depending on your departure flight time, there is an option to do game drive with the lodge on their grounds)
All activities as mentioned in the program
accommodation can be arranged
Price and availability can be further discussed through direct enquiry with Animals around the Globe.
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Welcome to Namibia! You will be met at the airport by your guide. After loading your luggage in the vehicle, we will set off for Sossusvlei. We will make regular stops along the way to take photographs of the beautiful landscape. Mid-morning we will stop for a coffee break at a perfect lookout point and enjoy the vast beauty of the Namibian vista.
If time allows we will stop for the “famous Apple Pie” in Solitaire, a true Namibian tradition that cannot be missed. This journey will take approximately 4 to 5 hours and we will arrive at our lodge located close to the entrance gate of Sesriem in time for watching the beautiful sunset and enjoying some drinks while we discuss the plans for tomorrow’s early start.
Situated in the largest conservation area in Africa (the Namib-Naukluft National Park), Sossusvlei is possibly Namibia’s most spectacular and best-known attraction.
We will be up before the sun rises to get ready for our Sossusvlei visit. We will enjoy a quick cup of coffee/tea and then wait for the entrance gates of the park to open. (The gates open at sunrise) We will drive for about 30 minutes while appreciating the beauty of the sun that is rising over the amazing red dunes. The dunes in this area are some of the highest in the world, reaching almost 400 meters, and provides the opportunity to capture wonderful images in the beautiful morning and evening light.
For the adventurous you have the option of climbing the dunes, sliding down them or enjoy a brisk walk to Dead Vlei. You will have plenty of time to enjoy the many highlights that surround Sossusvlei itself.
• Dune 45, situated 45 km past Sesriem on the road to Sossusvlei, this is the most photographed dune on earth
• Hiddenvlei, the perfect place to find solitude in the desert
• The magnificently tall Big Daddy dune
• Deadvlei, photographer’s paradise with the blackened, dead acacia trees, in vivid contrast to the shiny white of the salty floor of the pan and the intense orange of the dunes
We will take a break halfway and enjoy a picnic breakfast while enjoying the surrounding landscape. After a full morning’s activity, we will return to the lodge for lunch and some free time. Late afternoon we will join the lodge on a sundowner drive. Another perfect end to our day on safari in Namibia.
This morning we can enjoy a relaxed breakfast and for those that are interested, there is the option to do an early morning Balloon Ride (please enquire about this option).
We will slowly make our way to our next destination, Swakopmund. We will again stop along the way for a coffee break as well as taking photographs of the ever-changing landscape.
We will arrive in Swakopmund late afternoon and have time to settle in before we all meet up for sundowner drinks and enjoy dinner at one of the many wonderful restaurants in town. (Please note that dinner is for you own account, we can arrange all bookings beforehand
We wake up to another Namibian sunrise and enjoy our coffee while getting ready for our adventure this morning. After breakfast, you will be picked up for your Living Desert Adventure.
You will return to the hotel at around 13h00 and after enjoying lunch we will make our way to Walvis Bay where we will marvel at the thousands of waterbirds that call the Walvis Bay Lagoon their home. We will head back to Swakopmund where will enjoy dinner at one of the restaurants in town.
There are various optional activities you can partake in while you are in Swakopmund. These range from scenic flights, quad-biking, fatbike tours, horse riding, skydiving and Catamaran Cruises. Please enquire should you be interested in any of these options.
This morning, after breakfast we will make our way to Outjo where we will spend the afternoon at the Rare and Endangered Species Trust (REST).
You have the option to partake in the following activities:
• Observing the treatment of wildlife at the Rare and Endangered Species Trust (REST) sanctuary – current resident species include Cape Vulture, Common Duiker, Pangolin, Bateleur, Western Barn Owl, Honey Badger, Warthog etc
• Assist in conservation projects and research
• Bush Walks with one of the resident biologists: he/she will guide and assist to identify various fauna, animals, etc that they will come across on the walk.
• Observing and documenting various animals’ behaviour
• Assisting with or watching training sessions with animals during their training.
• Assisting with preparing special diets and feeding of animals
From here we will depart for Etosha National Park where will spend the next 2 nights. Etosha is one of Africa’s biggest and best National Parks and one of the main tourist attractions in Namibia.
Etosha is known for its spectacular game viewing and the waterholes attract huge numbers of game in the dry season when all the open water has dried up. 114 Species of mammal are found in the park and it is the best place in the world to see Black Rhino.
Other game include Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Hyena, Giraffe, Honey-badger, Black-faced Impala, Kudu, Eland, Damara dik-dik, Warthog and big herds of Springbok, Zebra, Blue Wildebeest, Red Hartebeest and Oryx. More than 300 species of birds are found here and it is brilliant for finding raptors.
After arriving at our lodge and freshening up we will do an afternoon game drive in our own vehicle. We will enjoy dinner at our lodge.
We will explore the southwestern side of world-famous Etosha park today, going for a morning drive in our own vehicle after breakfast and returning to our lodge for lunch and a break in the heat of the day.
In the drier months of the year, almost all the animals tend to congregate around the waterholes dotted around the massive park. They come to drink water and are inevitably followed by predators; this allows us to sit and wait at some of the waterholes and wait for the action to come to us. This is what sets Etosha apart from other parks in southern or east Africa; unique indeed!
We will return to the lodge after our afternoon game drive in our own vehicle to enjoy dinner. Remember to look up before settling into your bed tonight – the African night sky, undisturbed by city lights out here in the bush, is truly amazing.
This morning we will leave the Etosha area and make our way to Okonjima Nature Reserve. The 22 000 ha nature reserve is home to AfriCAT, a carnivore sanctuary, which gives the captive cats a second chance to be released back into the wild and become completely independent hunters in a protected area right in the middle of commercial cattle farmland. We will spend two nights here while enjoying some of the many conservation activities on offer here.
After lunch and settling in at the camp, we will meet up for tea/coffee and go on an afternoon Leopard Tracking drive.
We return to camp for sundowners and dinner.
This morning we will visit Africat, where we will get some background information on the conservation done here. We will return to camp for lunch and do another tracking drive late afternoon.
Our last dinner in Namibia will be enjoyed at our camp, a perfect way to end our Conservation Safari.
This morning after breakfast you will be transferred to Hosea Kutako International Airport, or extend your visit with a night in Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia.
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