A NAMIBIAN JOURNEY

9 Night / 10 Day Private Safari

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Journey through Namibia and witness its many contrasts with one of our skilled and qualified guides by your side. This beautiful 10-day Namibia tour takes you to the oldest desert in the world, with towering dunes awaiting you in Sossusvlei. Travel to the place where the desert meets the ocean and get to know the town of Swakopmund. Follow the Skeleton Coast into the Damaraland, where you can gain insights into Namibia’s prehistoric times. The Etosha National Park will provide you with the best Namibian safari experience and a visit to the non-profit Cheetah Conservation Fund rounds off this fantastic tour of Namibia.

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Highlights

Day 1-10 | Namibia

  • Namib Desert: beautiful scenery
  • Namib Naukluft Park: Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei, Sesriem Canyon
  • Swakopmund: photo stop at Walvis Bay lagoon, optional activities
  • Skeleton Coast: Cape Cross, shipwreck, untamed coastline
  • Damaraland: Twyfelfontein World Heritage Site or Petrified Forest
  • Etosha National Park: game drives, beautiful landscapes
  • Waterberg region: Cheetah Conservation Fund tour, hiking
  • Okahandja: souvenir market

Facts

Private Safari: A Namibian Journey
Tourcode: NA10NAMJOU
From: Windhoek
To: Windhoek
Min number to guarantee tour: N/A
Max number of participants: private tour (window seat guaranteed)
Departure day:
any day of your choice
Price: from 36,400 NAD (6 persons)
Single Supplement: from 4,900 NAD

Itinerary

Day 1 | Windhoek

Distance approx. 340 km; driving time approx. 4 hours

A cheerful guide greets you in the morning at either your hotel or the Windhoek airport. After a short safari briefing, you climb into your vehicle and the adventure of your 10-day Namibia tour can begin. You leave Namibia’s capital behind and drive through the many hills of the Khomas region. If there is enough time, you can even drive along one of the beautiful passes which will bring you to the Namib-Naukluft region. A stop at the settlement of Solitaire allows you to try their famous apple pie (optional) before arriving at your accommodation for the next two nights, the Elegant Desert Eco Camp. In the afternoon, you can join the lodge’s sundowner drive (optional), after which dinner can be enjoyed under the stars.
Dinner

Day 2 | Namib Desert

Distance approx. 200 km; driving time approx. 3 hours

The Namib desert is the oldest desert in the world and to watch the sunrise over it is something truly unforgettable. Therefore, you are up and going before the sun today. Once in the Namib-Naukluft Park, your guide will take you to a quiet dune, away from the tourist crowds, to enjoy this spectacle. After a picnic breakfast, you drive deeper into the desert, to the Deadvlei and Sossusvlei area. You traverse over a stretch of off-road terrain, but this assignment is easily mastered by your 4×4 vehicle and your guide. The Deadvlei clay pan creates a dreamlike landscape and you have enough time to soak in the atmosphere and take some incredible photos. A little further lies the Sesriem canyon. You are encouraged to step into the canyon and explore the now dry river gorge. After an eventful day, you return to your camp to relax for the rest of the afternoon and enjoy a delicious dinner in the evening.
Breakfast | Dinner

Day 3 | Namib Desert – Swakopmund

Distance approx. 370 km; driving time approx. 4 hours

A more relaxed start to the day can be expected before you make your way through the Gaub and Kuiseb canyons. The drive is a scenic one, as is so often the case in Namibia. Just as you believe you have accustomed yourself to your arid surroundings, you begin to see the Atlantic Ocean on the horizon. You make a short stop at the Walvis Bay lagoon to view the flamingos and then continue your journey along a road with the ocean to your one side and the desert to your other. Your destination is Swakopmund. Many of its buildings show a strong German architectural influence and you are welcome to explore the town at your leisure. In the evening, you can try one of the many excellent restaurants in town or along the coast (optional). You overnight at the Brigadoon Guesthouse, just a three-minute walk from the beach.
Breakfast

Day 4 | Swakopmund

The day is yours to spend as you please. Swakopmund is called Namibia’s adventure capital and for good reason. It offers so many wonderful activities that you are sure to find something perfect for you. A catamaran tour, a desert safari or a quad bike tour are only a few of the options available (all optional). Perhaps you would rather walk along the beachfront, explore some of the shops in Swakopmund and top it all off with a slice of German cake at one of the charming bakeries. Swakopmund also has some very interesting museums which can be visited. Enjoy your day of leisure and spend another night at the Brigadoon Guesthouse.
Breakfast

Day 5 | Swakopmund – Skeleton Coast – Damaraland

Distance approx. 470 km; driving time approx. 6 hours

Start the day by driving along the infamous Skeleton Coast of Namibia. Many a ship has run aground on this harsh stretch of coastline and you make a stop at one of these unfortunate ships, viewable from the shoreline. You drive further along the coast until Cape Cross, where you are greeted by the sight of over two hundred thousand cape fur seals. An impressive sight! Onwards along the rugged Skeleton Coast, you may feel the isolation that accompanies this baren land. It is hostile and yet, it is also beautiful – something difficult to explain in words and is rather felt. You turn off the coastal road just before Torra Bay and make your way into the Damaraland. In the afternoon, you will arrive at your camp for a good night’s rest, the Malansrus Tented Camp.
Breakfast | Dinner

Day 6 | Damaraland – Etosha National Park

Distance approx. 370 km; driving time approx. 4.5 hours

The Damaraland covers a vast expanse of land in which there is much to see and do. Today, you may decide which attraction interests you the most. You may decide to visit Twyfelfontein, Namibia’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site. The site is famous for its collection of over 2 500 rock engravings, dating back to between 2 000 and 6 000 years ago. Your guide knows a location where the petroglyphs are well preserved, away from the main tourist locations. Alternatively, you could visit the Petrified Forest, a local guide will show you tree trunks that are approximately 260 million years old. They have been petrified and now resemble stone. The site also provides an excellent opportunity to admire the national plant of Namibia, the Welwitschia mirabilis. It is generally agreed that many of these fascinating and bizarre looking desert plants are over a thousand years old. Following an interesting morning you carry on to the Etosha Safari Camp. You will want to keep the check-in brief though, because in the afternoon you head into the Etosha National Park for an afternoon game drive. Etosha will be a wildlife highlight on your 10-day Namibia tour! Keep your eyes wide open and spot some of the park’s inhabitants. As the evening rolls in, you return to your camp for a mouth-watering dinner.
Breakfast | Dinner

Day 7 | Etosha National Park

Starting a safari early has all the advantages. It is cool during the morning hours and this is when the animals are most active. You have the whole day to explore the Etosha National Park and get acquainted with the animals who live there. Elephants and lions can often be sighted and if you are fortunate, you might spot a hyena, cheetah or a leopard. On some occasions, you may even come across a rhino. You can never tell what nature has in store for you, but your guide will help you find animals you otherwise would surely have missed. You also have time to visit the Etosha Pan, known in the local Oshiwambo as the ‘Great White Place’. An almost fantastical place, where you are surrounded by the sounds of silence. After a full day of game drives and safari and as the shadows grow longer, you return to the Etosha Safari Camp, where a hearty supper awaits you.
Breakfast | Dinner

Day 8 | Etosha National Park

Another full day of safari brings fresh game viewing opportunities. Keep your eyes peeled when you enter the park, you might spot something you missed yesterday. Due to the dry landscape of the Etosha National Park, the animals often concentrate at the park’s watering holes. Your guide knows which waterholes are the most popular with the animals. So, sit back and enjoy the wildlife on show. During the course of the safari, you may decide to try and find some of the smaller animals of the Etosha too. Jackal and warthogs are often seen, but if you are lucky you may spot a bat-eared fox or an indomitable honey badger. With plenty of new memories to treasure, you exit the Etosha National Park at the Von Lindequist Gate in the east and continue to the Onguma Bush Camp for the night. Enjoy your dinner whilst overlooking the camp’s waterhole.
Breakfast | Dinner

Day 9 | Etosha National Park – Waterberg Area

Distance approx. 430 km; driving time approx. 5 hours

After a delicious breakfast whilst overlooking the camp’s waterhole, you head on towards the Waterberg region. Along the way, you stop at the Cheetah Conservation Fund for a tour of the facilities. During this hour-long tour, you will learn more about the work done by this non-profit organisation, dedicated to protecting and conserving cheetahs in their wild habitats. Following the tour, you will soon arrive at the Waterberg Guest Farm, your accommodation for the night. The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure, you can opt to relax by the pool or explore the area a little on foot.
Breakfast | Dinner

Day 10 | Waterberg – Windhoek

Distance approx. 300 km; driving time approx. 3 hours

Enjoy one more spectacular sunrise, as you have the option of hiking up the Little Waterberg to catch the sun coming up over the Waterberg Plateau. After a hearty breakfast you begin your return journey. In Okahandja you have the opportunity to purchase some hand-made souvenirs from local woodcarvers’ market before continuing to Windhoek. Once back in Namibia’s capital city, your guide will either bring you to your next hotel or to the Windhoek airport, where you say good-bye to Namibia with only the fondest of memories. Your 10-day Namibia tour has come to an end.
Breakfast

Includes

  • Transport in a 4×4 vehicle
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • 9 Nights’ stay in lodges, rest camps and guesthouses (depending on availability, accommodation of a similar standard will be booked)
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Activities as per itinerary
  • All national park fees

Excludes

  • Flights (international and domestic)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Optional activities
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance

Frequently Asked Questions

A lodge safari is a journey along a well-planned route, through the wide expanses of Namibia on tar and gravel roads. You will get to see impressive landscapes, experience game viewing and gain an insight into the different cultures. In order to experience Namibia in all its facets, long driving distances are inevitable. On a lodge safari, all accommodations offer rooms with en-suite bathrooms as well as a comfortable atmosphere and personal service.

This is a private tour and hence the group will only consist of the people you chose to travel with. Our vehicles can take a maximum of 7 people and should your group be bigger than that, more than one vehicle will be used.

A guided lodge safari is suitable for individuals who want to feel Africa and experience its splendid nature and wildlife while travelling in comfort and ease. Clocks tick differently in Africa and unexpected hurdles can arise on the way. Flexibility, patience, an open mind as well as a good sense of humour are the key to an enjoyable trip and an unforgettable experience.

Your qualified and registered guide is also your driver. Our 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. Our guides have a passion for Namibia and love nothing more than sharing interesting facts and stories about the country.

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

Namibian food is a combination of African and European styles. The latter is often German cuisine – pork dishes, potatoes, breads and pastries. Dishes with game meat, beef and lamb are very popular. Seafood is also regularly on the menu. Biltong (cured, dried meat) and droëwors (dried sausage) are typical Namibian snacks. All lodges serve a full breakfast, most include a 3-course dinner as well. In some towns there is the option to have supper at a restaurant (own account).

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

A normal day will start with breakfast at around 8am and end with supper at around 8pm. It might happen that you have an early morning activity planned, so breakfast might be slightly later or a packed breakfast will be provided. In general, departure times are quite flexible and can be arranged in consultation with the guide. 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. You will either travel to your next destination or explore the surroundings on excursions. You arrive at the overnight accommodation in the afternoon, with some time to relax and freshen up before supper. After supper, you might want to chat and enjoy a nightcap before you go to bed.

Should you be a group of up to 3 people, we use a fully enclosed, 4×4 Toyota Hilux. The vehicle provides excellent comfort for travelling with leather seats, air-con, large windows and a 40-litre fridge. If your group consists of 4 or more people, we use specially designed and customised 4×4 Toyota Land Cruisers with large sliding windows, pop-up roofs for great game viewing and an onboard 40-litre fridge. The passenger compartment comprises of six individual and comfortable seats. A window seat is guaranteed for each guest no matter which vehicle.

In the event that you are a group of up to 3 people and you would rather travel in a Land Cruiser, please contact us for additional costs.

You will overnight in guest houses, guest farms, lodges or permanent tented camps. While guest houses, guest farms and lodges consist of permanent buildings, tented camps provide accommodation in large walk-in tents with en-suite bathrooms, including washbasin, shower and toilet. The standard is 3-star to 4-star. Most accommodations are nestled in beautiful scenery and offer spectacular views.

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. Normally you can add 10% to a restaurant bill. For lodge staff, there is generally a communal tip box. If you want to tip your Namibia-Experience guide, we recommend 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. Also have cash for tipping as some accommodations will not add the tips onto your service bill.

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, 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 rooms. 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 or leave in a lodge safe. Do not walk alone at night and be especially cautious when drawing money at an ATM. When in doubt, ask your guide.

Different safety measures apply when on a game drive in the bush. Always stay in the vehicle and 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.

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