NAMIBIA’S WILD SIDE

9 Night / 10 Day Guided Camping Safari

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Namibia truly is every camper’s paradise. On this camping safari, you will travel in a small group, visiting some of the most beautiful natural highlights Namibia has to offer. Experience the wild mountains of Gamsberg, beautiful mountain passes and spectacular panoramic views, the untouched Namib Desert and the harsh and impressive landscapes of Damaraland. Be amazed by the rock art of the San, the astonishing wonders formed over the centuries by natural erosion and the diverse wildlife of Etosha National Park. At night, you will camp on picturesque campsites, equipped with all necessary amenities, dreaming under the starry Namibian night sky and being enchanted by the seemingly endless vastness and solitude.

Highlights

Day 1-5 | Namibia

  • Gamsberg: tour through the wild mountain rangesKalahari: Red dunes
  • Spreetshoogte Pass: panoramic view across the Namib Desert
  • Namib Desert: Sesriem Canyon, Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei
  • Swakopmund: city tour
  • Cape Cross: seal colony
  • Brandberg mountain: hike to “White Lady”

Day 6-10 | Namibia

  • Damaraland: Petrified Forest, Organ Pipes
  • Palmwag: game drive in the concession area
  • Grootberg: panoramic views across Klip River Valley
  • Etosha National Park: game drive, night game drive (optional)
  • Okahandja: souvenir market

Facts

Camping Safari: Namibias Wild Side
Tourcode: ET10NATNAM
From: Windhoek
To: Windhoek
Min number to guarantee tour: 2
Max number of participants:
6 per vehicle (window seat guaranteed)
Departure day: every four weeks on Sunday
Price: from 28,000 NAD
Single Supplement: from 2,000 NAD

Itinerary

Day 1 | Windhoek, Namibia – Gamsberg, Namibia

Distance approx. 150 km; driving time approx. 2-3 h

Your adventure starts in Windhoek where you will meet your guide in the morning. On the first leg of the journey, you will travel to Gamsberg. Gamsberg is a prominent table mountain in the Hakos mountains, south-west of Windhoek. High up on the Gamsberg Pass you will find your campsite for the night. After setting up camp, take a moment to relax and take in the moment. In the afternoon, you can explore the surrounding area on a tour together with your guide. Look out for mountain zebras, Oryx antelopes and kudus and enjoy the fantastic views of the wild mountains. In the evening, you can look forward to a delicious campsite dinner and the starry night sky. You spend the night in your tent.

Lunch | Dinner

Day 2 | Gamsberg, Namibia – Sesriem, Namibia

Distance approx. 250 km; driving time approx. 3-4 h

After a hearty breakfast and the packing up of the camp, your journey continues south through beautiful farm land. As so often in Namibia, today the journey is the destination. The bumpy and bendy approach road to the next mountain pass will reward you with views from the spectacular Spreetshoogte Pass, one of the most beautiful in the country. From the view point you will have magnificent views across the Namib Desert at your feet. You continue downhill to the plains until you pass Solitaire and reach your campsite in Sesriem. In the afternoon, you will visit Sesriem Canyon which was formed over millions of years ago by the Tsauchab River. On a hike, you can explore the impressive rock formations of the canyon. Spend the evening sitting around a crackling campfire, before falling asleep in your tent.

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 3 | Sossusvlei, Namibia – Rostock Ritz, Namibia

Distance approx. 250 km; driving time approx. 3-4 h

Today, you rise earlier than the sun. While it’s still dark outside, you make your way towards Sossusvlei so by the time the sun rises, you find yourself surrounded by the dunes of the Namib Desert. Sip your tea or coffee with some rusks and watch the sun grow bigger behind the dunes, colouring them in a fascinating chase of light and shadow. Afterwards, you visit the famous Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. The contrast between the white Vleis, the rust-red dunes and the dark blue sky makes for impressive memories and photographs. Back at camp, you rejuvenate with an extensive brunch. Once camp is packed up, you continue to Rostock Ritz at the edge of the Namib Desert. You can spend the rest of the afternoon at your leisure. Enjoy the beautiful views across this untouched landscape and the solitude of this secluded place. You will spend the night in your tent.

Brunch | Dinner

Day 4 | Rostock Ritz, Namibia – Swakopmund, Namibia

Distance approx. 250 km; driving time approx. 3 h

At sunrise, you should definitely go for a walk. There is nothing more enchanting than to let your gaze wander across the seemingly endless and solitary landscape in the light of the early morning hours, feeling absolute freedom. On your return, your guide welcomes you back with breakfast. You continue to the coastal town of Swakopmund at the Atlantic Ocean and swap nature for civilisation – just for a short while. In the afternoon, you explore Swakopmund on a city tour. Swakopmund is known as the German city of Namibia; you are reminded of the German colonial time on many corners – you will recognise the German language, cuisine and architecture, including the train station and court house. Have dinner in one of the many restaurants (at your own cost). You spend the night in the cosy Sandfields Guesthouse.

Breakfast

Day 5 | Swakopmund, Namibia – Brandberg, Namibia

Distance approx. 300 km; driving time approx. 4-5 h

After breakfast, you leave Swakopmund, heading towards Cape Cross and its seal colony, one of the largest in the world. Seal next to seal as far as the eye can see – a true spectacle on land and sea. Along a beautiful route, you continue inland to Brandberg mountain. You set up camp under shade-giving trees in the dry river bed of Ugab River. In the afternoon, a local guide takes you on a casual hike to the well-known rock painting of the “White Lady”. Back at camp, relax and take a nap. Keep a look out for visitors – now and then desert elephants cross the area. Another eventful day comes to a close at the campfire. You spend the night in your tent.

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6 | Brandberg, Namibia – Palmwag, Namibia

Distance approx. 250 km; driving time approx. 3-4 h

You reach the Petrified Forest before lunch time. Be prepared to be amazed by the petrified trunks which are more than 200 million years old. Take a closer look at the Welwitschia plant and the Organ Pipes, ancient pillars of basalt, you find here. Your destination for today is Palmwag, an oasis of palm trees at Uniab River in north-west Damaraland. Take a quick dip in the pool before you go on a game drive around the 5,000 square kilometre large private concession area. The flat hills and rare plants look magnificent in the afternoon light. Plenty of wildlife is at home here, among them Oryx antelopes, kudus, ostriches, jackals and hyenas. With a little bit of luck, you might even spot a lion, the rare black rhino or desert elephants. Enjoy a sundowner drink and watch the sunset before heading back to camp. For a change, you have dinner at a restaurant – you can look forward to a delicious menu. You spend the night in your tent.

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 7 | Palmwag, Namibia – Etosha National Park, Namibia

Distance approx. 200 km; driving time approx. 2-3 Stunden

Along the picturesque Grootberg Pass you reach Grootberg Plateau. You stop at the viewpoint to enjoy the spectacular views across the Klip River Valley. Continue to the world-renowned Etosha National Park, one of the most popular national parks in Southern Africa. The park is home to hundreds of mammals, birds and reptiles. Entering through the Galton Gate the search for the wild animals begins. You set up camp at Olifantsrus Camp. From a raised platform, you can watch animals at the watering hole below which is very popular with elephants. You spend the night in your tent.

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 8 | Etosha National Park, Namibia

Driving time and distance depending on game drives

The day starts early with a cup of coffee or tea and rusks. The cool early morning hours are the best time to go on game drives and you are out and about at sunrise, scouting the west of the park for elephants, rhinos, giraffes, the rare black-faced impala, lions and cheetahs. You stop at watering holes and with a bit of luck you can spot elephants drinking and taking a bath. You return to camp for a hearty breakfast. You continue to Okaukuejo where you spend the next two nights. While on the road, you have plenty of opportunities to stop for wildlife sightings. In the evening, you can spot wildlife at the illuminated watering hole which is a popular hangout for many of the park’s animals, making it a great spot for observing and taking photos. You spend the night in your tent.

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 9 | Etosha National Park, Namibia

Driving time and distance depending on game drives

Another day of exciting game drives and wildlife sightings in Etosha National Park begins. Together with your guide you go on extensive game drives in the morning and afternoon. Most of the time is spent scouting for elephants, rhinos and giraffes, different kinds of antelopes and other wildlife near the water holes. With a bit of luck, you can even see lions and leopards. You have the option to join a night game drive with a park ranger, spotting nocturnal animals. You spend the night in your tent.

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 10 | Etosha National Park, Namibia – Windhoek, Namibia

Distance approx. 450 km; driving time approx. 5-6 h

After a tasty breakfast, your last leg of the journey begins. On your way to Windhoek you have time to stop at a souvenir market in Okahandja. You can find handmade souvenirs, wood carvings, baskets and jewellery. During the course of the afternoon, you arrive in Windhoek and your guide takes you to your hotel in the city or the airport where you say your goodbyes.

Breakfast | Lunch

Includes

  • Guided camping safari according to the itinerary
  • Transport in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • 1 night accommodation in a guest house in Swakopmund (depending on availability, accommodation of a similar standard will be booked)
  • 8 nights’ camping in a 2-person dome tent
  • Sleeping mats and camping furniture (except sleeping bag and pillow)
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • All national park fees

Excludes

  • Flights (international and domestic)
  • Sleeping bag, pillow, towels
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Beverages (alcohol and soft drinks)
  • Optional activities
  • Visa, tips, personal expenses, travel insurance

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Frequently Asked Questions

Adventure and seclusion. A camping safari has the advantage of being so much closer to nature – you will smell the bush, hear the sounds of animals at night and spend time around the campfire looking up at the stars. Your safari experience will be all the more intense as you are ‘right in the middle’. Not only will you see pristine places and experience good game viewing, you will also gain an insight into the different cultures of Namibia. In order to experience Namibia in all its facets, long driving distances are inevitable.

 

A guided camping safari is perfect for nature lovers and people who are looking for a break from civilisation and its comforts. Experience Namibia’s true wilderness and exchange luxury for adventure. As road conditions may change, it is difficult to pre-plan the day-by-day itinerary down to the smallest detail. So please bring flexibility and a good sense of humour. The groups consist of a minimum of two and a maximum of six people. Not only couples and friends, but also solo travellers join our guided camping safaris. Come with us, sit back and experience an unforgettable adventure.

Our qualified and registered guides know the fauna, flora, people and roads of Namibia like the back of their hand and have many years of driving experience on gravel roads. They have a passion for Namibia and love nothing more than sharing interesting facts and stories about the country. Your guide is also your cook. However, we ask you to assist in preparing the food in order that your guide can work his or her magic in the bush kitchen.

With only a few exceptions, all meals are included on a camping safari. Breakfast generally includes eggs, bacon and/or sausage, bread, jams, rusks and hot drinks (coffee and tea). Lunch will mostly be a picnic with sandwiches and salad and on some days, there will be lunch packs. At night, a cooked 3-course meal (snack/light starter, main course and campfire dessert) will be served.

When booking with us, please notify us of any dietary requirements and/or allergies you might have.

The day usually starts at sunrise and ends at sunset. In general, departure times in the mornings are quite flexible and can be arranged in consultation with the guide and the rest of the group. As your guide knows his or her way around and is familiar with the driving times and distances, he or she will decide what time to leave. Lunch will be taken at a spot along the way. When arriving at the next camping site, you will set up the camp and help your guide preparing supper. After supper you can chat or enjoy the night skies or crawl into your tent to fall asleep to the sounds of the African bush. Depending on the activities planned, you will break up camp after breakfast. When travelling in Africa, keep an open mind and be flexible as delays may happen due to unforeseen circumstances.

 

We use specially designed and customised Toyota Land Cruisers with large sliding windows and pop-up roofs for great game viewing and vistas. The passenger compartment comprises six individual and comfortable seats which provide great comfort while travelling. A window seat is guaranteed for each guest.

We provide 2-person tents (2.5 m x 2.5 m, 1.80 m high) which are waterproof and have built-in mosquito nets at the entrance and windows. Furthermore, comfortable 5-cm thick sleeping mats will be supplied by us as well as sturdy camp furniture (tables and chairs) and functional cutlery and crockery. We only use the best quality camping equipment and gear to ensure you all comfort you could wish for. On our camping safaris, your assistance in setting up and taking down the camp is recommended and appreciated.

Passport:

You need a passport, which must be valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay in Namibia and have at least three blank pages.

Visa:

Most nationalities travelling to Namibia for holiday purposes do not require a visa for up to 90 days. Nevertheless, visa requirements are constantly changing – please contact Namibia’s embassy in your home country. Namibia-Experience cannot be held responsible if you are refused entry and cannot begin your trip. All costs incurred due to a delay in travelling are for the traveller’s account.

If you travel with children via South Africa to Namibia: From 1 June 2015, all passengers under 18 years old, arriving in and departing from South Africa, will be required by law to travel with an unabridged birth certificate.

Other:

You must have a valid return flight ticket or other onward travel documents which allow you to leave the country when your trip ends. Otherwise you must provide proof that you have sufficient funds (i.e. credit card) to purchase a return ticket.

Since you will be staying outside your home country, you are not covered by your personal health insurance. You will be treated as a private patient and must be adequately insured for. Also check whether your personal liability covers damage when travelling outside of your country.

Although the tour price includes most meals, entry fees to national parks and accommodation, you still need to plan for other expenses. Plan for optional activities (game drives, boat trips, cultural visits etc), tipping, souvenirs, extra meals and drinks. Tipping in Namibia is a reward for good service and is at the guest’s discretion. If you want to tip your Namibia-Experience guide, we suggest about 150 – 220 N$ per group per day.

The currency in Namibia is the Namibian Dollar (N$) and is traded at 1:1 to the South African Rand. South African Rands can also be used as payment in Namibia. You can draw cash at a local ATM with your credit card or Maestro card (PIN required). Transaction fees depend on your bank and the establishment which you are using it at.

In many big shops/shopping malls you can pay with credit card. At smaller shops and at some fuel stations you can only pay cash. Furthermore, we recommend having cash for emergencies and small purchases such as curios or at markets as well as for tips.

Traveller’s cheques are not recommended. They are rarely accepted because of fraud, high fees and long waiting times at the exchange.

The travel destination and season will determine what to pack. Bear in mind that Namibia is in the southern hemisphere with opposite seasons to the USA and Europe. Namibia’s summer (with intermittent thunder showers) is from December to February and the dry winter months are from June to September.

Bring warm clothes if you travel between April to September, which you will need especially in the evening, at night and in the early morning. Even in summer include long trousers, closed shoes and a long sleeve shirt – these will help against mosquitos, which are mainly found in the north of Namibia and in the Zambezi Region (Caprivi Strip).

Due to limited space in our safari vehicles, please restrict your luggage to no more than 15 kg and one small hand luggage. The best bags to bring with you on safari are definitely soft shell bags. NO SUITCASES PLEASE! Hard shell bags are often too big and bulky.

 

Here is a rough checklist for clothing:

  • Warm jacket, warm pullover
  • Wind jacket or rain jacket
  • 2 long-sleeved shirts
  • 1 pair of long trousers
  • 1 spare pair of trousers (comfortable and durable)
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 4-6 T-shirts
  • Sufficient underwear and socks
  • Swimwear
  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • Sandals or flip flops
  • Base cap, sun hat

Very colourful textiles are not necessarily an advantage if you want to observe wild animals. Military style clothing is also not advisable, as it can be a problem for government officials.

Other equipment:

  • Sun glasses
  • Torch, preferably headtorch
  • Neck pouch, money belt or hip bag for money, documents, passport, vaccination card
  • Photo equipment
  • Adapter
  • Alarm clock
  • Binoculars
  • Toiletry bag
  • Sunscreen with high sun protection factor
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Malaria prophylaxis (after consultation with your doctor)
  • First-aid kit
  • Water bottle

It is recommended that you have your regular vaccinations updated – tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis A and B and polio. Malaria is a concern in some areas and we therefore recommend that some precautionary measures are taken. For more detailed information on prophylaxis and the effects as well as possible side effects, please contact your doctor, travel clinic or tropical institute.

Namibian custom officials require proof of yellow fever vaccination if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever.

Namibia’s climate can be extreme. In summer (November to February) it can be scorching in the interior and Namib Desert with temperatures of up to 50°C. This is also the rainy season and afternoon thunder showers can bring relief. In the northeast of the country, the summers are more humid. In winter (from May to September) the central plateau can be very cold at night with pleasant day time temperatures.

No smoking is allowed in the safari vehicle or in the tents. While on the road, there will be frequent stops for smoking and bathroom breaks.

For most people it goes without saying that one has to comply with the laws and regulations of the country visited. Guests who do not comply, are responsible themselves for any consequences that might result. If any non-compliance has negative effects on the tour itinerary, continuous travel arrangements would be at one’s own account. Please accept that in such cases, refunds are not possible.

Please also comply with unwritten rules such as patience and courtesy towards government representatives and Namibians in general. Please always ask first before taking pictures of local people and respect their privacy.

When travelling anywhere, basic safety measures apply. Do not carry large sums of cash, be careful of your cameras, cell phones and jewellery and never leave valuables lying open in the safari vehicle. Carry cash and travel documents in a pouch on your body. Do not walk alone at night and be especially cautious when drawing money at an ATM. When in doubt, ask your guide.

 

only get out at designated picnic stops. Our safari vehicles have pop-up roofs to allow for safe photography – never get out of the vehicle to get closer to animals for a better photo. Wild animals can be dangerous, even if it does not look like it. Please do not feed the animals or remove plants, flowers, seeds or stones.

During a bush walk, do not approach the animals too closely just for the sake of a good photo and do not be loud as animals respond immediately to noise.

Always remember that your tour guide is a trained professional and knows the area well. For your safety (and that of the animals), follow the guide’s instructions at all times.

Voltage is 220 Volt and the South African plug with three round pins in a triangular pattern is used. The common two-pin plugs are not compatible and you will need an adapter. Our safari vehicles are equipped with 220 Volts electric sockets to charge cell phone and batteries while driving.

Should – against expectation – any problems arise while travelling, please speak to your guide right away. Only once your guide knows about problems of any kind, can these be rectified.

Speaking frankly will be to your advantage. If your objections are not met by immediate redress, please contact our office in Windhoek directly. We will do everything we can to rectify the situation immediately.