Trip Type : Private Guided

Namibia's wildlife highlights self-drive safari

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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
13 days
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Short Description

Enjoy a self-drive safari or guided game drives in Etosha National Park. Watch lion, giraffe and elephant drinking from waterholes vital to their survival. Track desert-adapted elephants in the red-rock landscape of Damaraland. Admire the ancient rock art at Twyfelfontein, created up to 10,000 years ago.

Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Trip Type Private Guided
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value (3*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions All internal ground transport
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Destinations

Namibia

Attractions & Cities Visited

Etosha National Park

Activities & Interests

Game drive Nature Safari Wildlife viewing

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Itinerary

Day 1 : International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Windhoek.

Day 2 : Central Highlands

On arrival at Windhoek Airport you're met and driven to our representative's offices for your trip briefing. Refreshments and shower facilities are available if you wish to freshen up after your flight. You're given an information pack containing a map, driving directions, a detailed itinerary, a cool box and a mobile phone to take with you on your journey. Your fully insured car is delivered to you here and you can then set off on the three hour drive to the Okonjima reserve, home to the AfriCat Foundation, in the Central Highlands. Once there and settled in, you can tuck into a tasty meal and enjoy sundowners around the camp fire, surrounded by the open countryside.

Day 3 : Etosha National Park

This morning enjoy a guided cheetah or leopard drive at Okonjima before setting off for Etosha National Park, a journey of around three hours on a good tarmac road. Settle into your room and you enjoy an afternoon game drive. You can choose to head out with a professional guide from the camp onto the reserve or self-drive to explore independently. Alternatively, spend the afternoon relaxing at your camp, looking out for any passing wildlife at the waterhole.

Day 4 : Etosha National Park

Spend the day exploring the eastern side of Etosha National Park, either self-driving or on guided game drives from your camp. Most of the game viewing here is at the various waterholes. Some are busier than others and Twee Palms and Aroe are good options in the east. If self driving it's a good idea to take a picnic with you to enjoy at lunch (which the lodge can provide).

Day 5 : Etosha National Park

Head west through Etosha National Park today to the central area. Make a day trip of it and along the way stop to see wildlife, often by the road as well as at waterholes, and take in one of the vista points overlooking the giant Etosha salt pan (after which the park is named). Be sure to exit the Anderssons gate before the park closes at sunset as you are staying on the private Ongava reserve which borders the national park and is entered from just outside the park, right next to the Anderssons gate.

Day 6 : Etosha National Park

Today you can explore the central area of Etosha, very popular with wildlife, either self-driving or opt to join a guided drive through the lodge. The guided drives at Ongava can be in the National Park or on the reserve which has a range of wildlife from lion to kudu, rhino to giraffe and many more. A guided game drive on the reserve is a great way to avoid any crowds and get off the road for some wonderful wildlife sightings.

Day 7 : Damaraland

After breakfast you depart Ongava for Damaraland - an incredible desert landscape of rugged rocks and escarpments. The drive is roughly five hours and the scenery becomes more stunning the deeper you get into Damaraland. Arriving at the edge of the reserve you leave you car in a secure car park and are driven up to camp where, having settled in, you can enjoy a sundowner drink taking in the wonderful views.

Day 8 : Damaraland

At Etendeka activities are included and you normally head out for a guided morning walk, when temperatures are cooler, to explore this fascinating landscape, see the plant and wildlife that survives in this harsh environment and take in some incredible views. In the afternoon, after lunch back at camp, enjoy a guided nature drive to get further afield and track desert adapted elephants.

Day 9 : Swakopmund

Set off today for the coastal town of Swakopmund, a journey of around six hours, depending on how many stops you make. We recommend visiting Twyfelfontein en route. Here you can see ancient rock art carved and painted by Bushman tribes thousands of years ago, with over 2,500 engravings and paintings found in the area.

Day 10 : Swakopmund

You have the whole day to explore Swakopmund and its surrounding area. There are lots of activities to enjoy here to suit most ages and interests. We highly recommend visiting Pelican Point to see the flamingos and kayak with seals at Walvis Bay. Alternatively take in a guided 4x4 day-trip to Sandwich Harbour, a natural sanctuary for migrating birdlife. If you feel like a break from four wheels take to the sea on a catamaran excursion on the Atlantic Ocean.

Day 11 : Swakopmund

Spend your final day further exploring Swakopmund. The nearby sand dunes provide numerous activity options. We suggest joining the Living Desert tour, where a guide shows and teaches you about the smaller wildlife living in the dunes, including geckos, insects and snakes. This can easily be arranged locally or we can pre-book this for you. You may also like to go quad biking or sand boarding through the dunes for an exhilarating end to your trip. Cape Cross, just north of Swakopmund, is also worth a visit to see its large seal colony which can number around 200,000 member!.

Day 12 : International return flight

Today you drive the six hours back to Windhoek Airport, where you drop off your car in time to board your onward flight home.

Day 13 : International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

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Intimate Group - 12 max

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