NAMIBIAN EXPLORER

6 Night / 7 Day Private Safari

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Explore Namibia and all of its uniqueness. On this 7-day Namibia tour, you wander amongst the giant dunes of Sossusvlei, in the oldest desert in the world. You visit the town of Swakopmund, nestled between the desert and the ocean. Driving along the Skeleton Coast, you realise how apt its name really is and the Damaraland offers you a glimpse into prehistoric times. Your safari in the Etosha National Park crowns your journey, as you revel in the park’s stunning wildlife and beautiful landscapes. All of this while accompanied by one of our local and experienced guides will let you discover what makes Namibia so special.

Etosha Elephant

Highlights

Day 1-7 | 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
  • Okahandja: souvenir market

Facts

Private Safari: Namibian Explorer
Tourcode: NA07NAMEXP
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 23,600 NAD (6 persons)
Single Supplement: from 3,000 NAD

Itinerary

Day 1 | Windhoek – Namib Desert

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

You start the day full of excitement for the adventure that lies ahead. Your guide greets you with a warm smile and soon you are on the road, driving through the hilly landscape south of Windhoek – your 7-day Namibia tour has begun. Time permitting, you will navigate one of the beautiful passes leading to the Namib-Naukluft region. A lunch stop is can be taken at the tiny settlement of Solitaire, where you can taste the delicious, local apple pie (both optional). From here, it is not far to your accommodation for the next two nights, the Elegant Desert Eco Camp. Feel free to explore the area on foot or go on the camp’s sundowner drive in the late afternoon (optional). In the evening, a three-course dinner awaits you.
Dinner

Day 2 | Namib Desert

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

Namibia is a country that rewards those who rise early and never is this truer than today. You want to arrive at the Namib-Naukluft Park before sunrise. Soon after you are in the park, your guide will take you to a secluded dune where you can revel in the sunrise lighting up the desert around you. It is a sight you are not likely to forget anytime soon. After a breakfast picnic in the dunes, you continue on to the Deadvlei/Sossusvlei region. Only 4×4 vehicles can manage the last section of the track, but this challenge is confidently met by your vehicle and guide. Once inside the Deadvlei, you will be awed by its surreal beauty. The white clay pan, with its long-ago dried camelthorn trees and dune backdrop is a sight to behold. You also visit the Sesriem canyon and can wonder through the gorge created by the Tsauchab River millions of years ago. After this eventful day, you return to your accommodation, where you can leisurely enjoy the rest of the afternoon. Dinner can be savoured under the Namibian night sky.
Breakfast | Dinner

Day 3 | Namib Desert – Swakopmund

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

A wholesome breakfast awaits you, before you drive through the Gaub and the Kuiseb canyons. The rivers you cross usually run dry, but if you are lucky you might witness them flowing due to recent rains in the inland. After winding your way through the canyons, you eventually see a welcome sight on the horizon. Before you lies the Atlantic Ocean. Along the way you make a stop at the Walvis Bay lagoon to spot some flamingos up close. Next the road leads to Swakopmund, flanked by the ocean to your left, and the desert to your right. The town of Swakopmund is your end destination for today and the rest of the afternoon can be spent as you please. Speak to your guide, as there is plenty that can be seen and done here. The town also offers a number of good restaurants, so hopefully the fresh ocean air has given you a healthy appetite (optional). You spend the night at the Brigadoon Guesthouse.
Breakfast

Day 4 | Swakopmund – Skeleton Coast – Damaraland

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

You begin your day by driving up the ominously named Skeleton Coast. Along the way, you can view one of the many shipwrecks run aground near the coast. Soon thereafter you arrive at Cape Cross, home to an enormous seal colony and the Cão Cross. You continue along the Skeleton Coast and soon realise why the San/Bushman called this stretch of coastline “The Land God Made in Anger”. It is a desolate, hostile and yet strangely beautiful land. As you near the settlement of Torra Bay, you leave the coastal road and make your way inland, towards the Damaraland and your camp for the night, the Malansrus Tented Camp.
Breakfast | Dinner

Day 5 | Damaraland – Etosha National Park

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

The Damaraland offers you many sights and experiences and you get to decide which you most would like to see. A visit of Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is possible. Here you can observe rock-engravings made by hunter-gatherers who inhabited the area between 6000 and 2000 years ago. Your guide can show them to you, away from the main tourist masses. If it is geology which interests you more, then a visit to the Petrified Forest would be recommendable. Here you will find approximately 260 million-year-old fossilised tree trunks and learn how they got there to begin with. Also at the Petrified Forest, you can even see the Welwitschia mirabilis, a truly unique and fascinating plant that can live well over one thousand years. Your next accommodation is the Etosha Safari Camp, just south of the Etosha entrance gate. Soon after arrival, you enter the park and start your safari game drive. You spend the afternoon, exploring the park and observing the wildlife around you. As the sun starts getting low, you return to your camp for a relaxing supper.
Breakfast | Dinner

Day 6 | Etosha National Park

You can look forward to an exciting day, so you will want to get up early to begin your safari in the Etosha National Park. The Etosha is huge and you will have to whole day to get to know it and its many inhabitants. Elephants, lions, wildebeest, giraffe, hyena, many different antelope are just some of the animals you may encounter. If you are lucky, you may even see a cheetah or a leopard. They can be difficult to find, but your guide has well trained eyes and will help you spot animals you did not even know were there. You might also want to make a stop at the Etosha Pan, meaning ‘Great White Place’ in Oshiwambo. One can easily see why, as the pan stretches out into the horizon. The silence is deafening. After plenty of game viewing and many new impressions, you return to the Etosha Safari Camp for another delicious dinner and a good night’s rest.
Breakfast | Dinner

Day 7 | Etosha – Windhoek

Distance approx. 450 km; driving time approx. 4.5 hours

A relaxed start to the last day of your 7-day Namibia tour awaits you and after a hearty breakfast, you begin your return journey to Windhoek. Enjoy the wide-open spaces of Namibia once more, as you drive through the changing landscapes. Along the way, you can stop for lunch at Otjiwarongo or perhaps you want to snack on some ‘biltong’, a local favourite (both optional). At Okahandja you can get some last souvenirs from the local woodcarvers’ market. As you enter Windhoek, your guide will bring you to either your next lodge or the Windhoek airport for the end of your tour. Namibia will be sure to remain fondly in your thoughts for many years to come.
Breakfast

Includes

  • Transport in a 4×4 vehicle
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • 6 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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