This is a good-value, semi-participatory, eight-day camping tour that explores the highlights of northern Namibia - Etosha, Damaraland, Skeleton Coast and Swakopmund. In addition two nights are spent in flight.
You sleep in 1.6 metre high dome tents with 5cm mattresses and mainly stay at campsites with proper showers and toilets. You travel in a minibus, unless there are more than eight, in which case it is a Toyota Hino pop- top. Group size is limited to 16 and the minimum age is 12. There is a camp assistant who undertakes chores like cooking and washing-up, and you may be required to help erect and dismantle your own tent.
These tours are great fun, very sociable and suit those who love being on the move and seeing as much as possible on their holidays. They are suitable for solo travellers, families with older children and couples. We get great feedback.
Day 1 Depart from London on overnight flight to Johannesburg.
Day 2 On arrival, check in for onward flight to Windhoek. Transfer to your guest house for overnight stay to recover and prepare for your adventure the next day, breakfast included.
Day 3 Early morning departure travelling north, stopping at small towns along the way including Okahandja, to visit Namibia’s largest local co-operative wood carving market. Arrive Okonjima mid afternoon to set up camp before the afternoon up close and personal activity at the Africat Foundation rehabilitation programme. Namibia contains just over twenty percent of the world’s cheetah population, and Okonjima is the base for the Africat Foundation, an organisation devoted to saving and caring for the country's big cats. Return to camp for dinner under the stars
Day 4 Today we depart for the magnificent Etosha National Park to camp in the Namutoni region on the Eastern side. Arriving by lunch time to set up camp and then head out on first game drive This is where you can sit and watch the animals come down to the waterholes in their numbers.
Day 5 A full day's game driving in the park, heading to Halali camp, situated in the middle of the park, for a rest and a leisurely lunch. Opportunity in the evening to see game at a floodlit waterhole, situated on the boundary of the camp and easily reachable within a minute or two on foot.
Day 6 Today you will leave Etosha for Damraland. Here you will come across some Himba Villages and have the opportunity to visit them. You will see and learn their customs and traditions that have remained intact as they go about their day to day lives on their farms. Overnight camping under the stars!
Day 7 Today you continue your journey and head to Twyfelfontein where you will see the ancient Bushman rock engravings.
Day 8 We head deeper into the desert and pass Namibia’s highest mountain, The Brandberg. We make a stop in the small old mining town of Uis, one of the best places to buy excellent value semi-precious stones. Heading west to the Atlantic Ocean and the Skeleton Coast, reaching the ocean at Henties Bay, with a stop to visit the seal colony at Cape Cross. Night spent in Swakopmund, local group dinner for own account
Day 9 Morning at leisure in Swakopmund. It has many superb shops, a good stretch of beach (although the Atlantic here is quite cold) and an open-air curio market or there are various optional activities adventure activities that can be arranged. Depart after lunch to Windhoek. Suggest you overnight in Windhoek at take the Southern exploration trip which starts the Friday. Check in for return flight to Johannesburg, to connect for return overnight flight to London.
Day 10 Arrive London early morning
This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website
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