CLASSIC ETOSHA

3 Night / 4 Day Private Safari

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Embark on a 4-day safari in one of the most iconic parks in Africa: the Etosha National Park. The Etosha offers wonderful safari opportunities and beautiful landscapes all comfortably explored in one of our specialised off-road vehicles. Along the way, you can encounter lions, elephants, giraffes, rhinos as well as many other creatures, big and small. Make a stop at the Etosha pan and feel the peacefulness around you. In addition to amazing wildlife sightings, you visit the AfriCat Foundation, a non-profit engaged in the protection of some of Namibia’s most vulnerable carnivore species.

Etosha Springbok in the shade

Highlights

Day 1-4 | Namibia

  • Etosha National Park: game drives, beautiful landscapes
  • Okonjima Nature Reserve: Africat activity, afternoon game drive (optional)
  • Okahandja: souvenir market

Facts

Private Safari: Classic Etosha
Tourcode: NA04CLAETO
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 15,400 NAD (6 persons)
Single Supplement: from 2,500 NAD

Itinerary

Day 1 | Windhoek – Etosha National Park

Distance approx. 460 km; driving time approx. 5 hours

You receive a short safari briefing in the morning and once your luggage is safely stowed, you can begin your 4-day Etosha safari. As you head into the Namibian countryside, you will be amazed by the beautiful wide-open spaces the country has to offer. You also pass through several small towns and you are welcome to make a stop and enjoy lunch along the way (optional). Your accommodation for the next two nights is the Etosha Safari Camp, situated just south of the Etosha National Park’s gate. After a brief check-in, you start your first game drive in the park. The Etosha National Park offers fantastic game drive possibilities and is one of Africa’s most famous parks. Your guide knows the favourite hiding places of the animals and with a little luck, you can already spot a wide range of wildlife on this afternoon game drive. A mouth-watering dinner awaits you at your camp and a good night’s rest.
Dinner

Day 2 | Etosha National Park

Those who rise early are more often than not most rewarded when on safari. On top of that you get to witness the dramatic sunrise which the Etosha region is known for delivering on. Today, you get to spend the whole day on safari, seeking out some of Africa’s most famous wildlife inhabitants. Elephants, rhinos and lions often steal the show. But the Etosha National Park is also home to herds of zebra, giraffe, wildebeest and various antelope. All playing an important part in a vast ecosystem. Be sure to take your time at the various watering holes and you will often be rewarded with amazing wildlife moments. You can also choose to make a stop at the Etosha Pan, a massive salt pan so big it can even be seen from space. This is where Etosha gets its name from and in the local Oshiwambo language it means ‘Great White Place’. You can easily see why. As the shadows begin to grow longer, you return to your camp, where you will have plenty of new stories to tell in the evening.
Breakfast | Dinner

Day 3 | Etosha National Park – Okonjima

Distance approx. 230 km; driving time approx. 3 hours

A hearty breakfast in the morning, before you head on towards the Okonjima Plains Camp, your next destination. The camp is not only beautifully located, it offers you the opportunity to go on an afternoon game drive (optional), with good chances on brown hyena and leopard sightings. Alternatively, the camp also offers self-guided nature trails which you can safely explore on foot. A wonderful way to stretch the legs a little and delight in your surroundings. Another scrumptious dinner awaits you in the evening, before you spend your last night on your 4-day Etosha safari.
Breakfast | Dinner

Day 4 | Okonjima – Windhoek

Distance approx. 270 km; driving time approx. 3 hours

A visit to the AfriCat Foundation’s Carnivore Care and Information Centre is scheduled for you in the morning. AfriCat is a non-profit organisation working towards the protection of some of Namibia’s most threatened carnivore species. The Foundation is particularly well-known and respected for their big cat conservation efforts. During the activity, a guide will provide you with more information regarding the conservation work the Foundation actively does. Following this activity, you make your way back to Windhoek, stopping in Okahandja along the way. Here you have the chance to buy some hand-made souvenirs from the local woodcarvers’ market. Once you reach Windhoek, your journey with us comes to an end and we hope to see you again soon!
Breakfast

Includes

  • Transport in a 4×4 vehicle
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • 3 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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