10 day Namibian Explorer

Introduction

Visit the home of the AfriCat Foundation, journey through the world famous Etosha National Park – a game viewing delight.  Experience the communal conservancy areas of Damaraland before arriving at the Skeleton Coast and town of Swakopmund which nestles between the Namib Desert and Atlantic Ocean.  This tour ends with two nights in the Namib Naukluft Park with a visit to the sand sea at Sossusvlei. 

Departure dates

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Can this tour be combined with others:  no, this tour does not link to any of our other schedule products.

2022 departures – commence Nov 21 – Oct 2022

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Tour Summary

  • Duration:

    10 Days / 9 Nights

  • Departs from:

    Windhoek selected Friday mornings.

  • Ends in:

    Windhoek on a Sunday evening

  • Group Size:

    Minimum 1 guest Maximum 14 guests

  • Destinations:

    Okonjima Nature Reserve - Onguma Game Reserve - Etosha South - Palmwag - Twyfelfontein - Swakopmund - Sesriem

  • Vehicles used:

    1-2 guests – SUV (or similar)
    3-4 guests – Quantum or Land Cruiser (or similar)
    5 + guests – Expedition Truck (modified safari vehicle)

Map

10 day Namibian

Overview

Accommodation
Destination
Basis
Room Type
Duration
Okonjima's Omboroko Campsite
Okonjima Nature Reserve
Lunch & Dinner
1x Campsite
2 Nights
Onguma Tamboti Campsite
Onguma Game Reserve
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Campsite
1 Night
Etosha Village Campsite
Etosha South
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Group Campsite
1 Night
Hoada Campsite
Palmwag
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Campsite
1 Night
Madisa Campsite
Twyfelfontein
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Campsite
1 Night
Prost Hotel Swakopmund
Swakopmund
Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Twin room
1 Night
Prost Hotel Swakopmund
Swakopmund
Bed and Breakfast
1x Twin room
1 Night
Sesriem Oshana Campsite
Sesriem
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Campsite
2 Nights

Price

Pricing is per person sharing – as tours tend to run full, we have limited packing space on the vehicles, tents are bulky items and as such we do require people of the same gender to share.  

Single tents may be supplied for those with valid health reasons, no single supplement payable. 

  • Professional guide 
  • Camp assistant 
  • All transport whilst on tour 
  • Meals as specified 
  • Camping equipment (does not include sleeping bag / pillow / stretcher) 
  • National Park entrance fees 
  • Campsite fees 
  • Sleeping bag – can be rented for a daily fee of NAD45.00 
  • Stretcher – can be rented for a daily fee of NAD45.00 
  • Pillow 
  • Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks & bottled water 
  • Personal travel insurance – compulsory 

Itinerary

Day Itinerary: Day 1 - Windhoek – Okahandja – Okonjima - Friday

wooden outhouse
cheetah safari
  • Route:

    Windhoek to Okonjima Game Reserve

  • Distance:

    225 km

  • Collection time:

    08h00 – 08h30 from any accommodation within the City of Windhoek

  • Journey:

    Leaving Windhoek we travel via the town of Okahandja, founded around 1800 by two local groups, the Herero and the Nama it is known as the Garden town of Namibia. South of Otjiwarongo lies Okonjima, home to the AfriCat Foundation, as our first night on tour this is a great place to become attuned to camping along with the sights and sounds of the bush. Afternoon track cheetahs and leopards through the 20 000ha Okonjima Nature Reserve with a guide, this Reserve is home to and runs extensive research projects on rare and endangered species, big and small.

  • Activities:

    Okonjima Nature Reserve - drive

Info:

Located just north of Windhoek, in the central Namibian Otjozondjupa region, the bustling city of Okahandja serves as the main commercial centre of the area, as well as a prominent cultural centre for the local Herero people. The name ‘Okahandja’, means ‘The place where two rivers flow into each other to form one wide one.’ These two seasonal rivers are the Okamita and the Okakango. Known as the ‘Garden Town of Namibia’, Okahandja boasts a rich cultural heritage and  numerous historical sites.

Midway between the spectacular Etosha National Park and the capital city of Windhoek, lies the well-known Okonjima Nature Reserve. The 22 000 ha nature reserve is home to AfriCAT, a carnivore sanctuary, which gives the captive cats a second chance to be released back into the wild and become completely independent hunters in a protected area right in the middle of commercial cattle farmland.

Camping in Okonjima Nature Reserve epitomizes the African safari experience. Your small group or family can become one with nature as they visit the Carnivore Care Centre, track leopards and cheetahs, learn about the indigenous people during the Bushman trail, and grow attuned to the sights, sounds and ways of Namibia’s grassy plains.  The four, partially-equipped, private campsites share a swimming pool at the foot of the Ombokoro Mountains and are located in the 2000ha non-rehabilitation area. All four sites boast spectacular sundowner viewpoints. 

Okonjima's Omboroko Campsite, Okonjima Nature Reserve

Day Itinerary: Day 2 – Otjiwarongo – Tsumeb – Etosha East - Saturday

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lioness on the prowl
  • Route:

    Okonjima to Onguma Game Reserve (outer border of Etosha National Park)

  • Distance:

    350

  • Journey:

    We continue northwards via the town of Otjiwarongo, the next stop being the mining town of Tsumeb. We aim to arrive at the private reserve mid-afternoon, set up camp and head off for some game viewing.

  • Activities:

    Game drive

Info:

Onguma Game Reserve is one of Namibia’s best-kept secrets. The reserve offers visitors the opportunity to experience Africa in all her beauty and diversity. Onguma Game Reserve features over 34000 hectares of protected land scattered with a variety of wildlife including plains game, black rhino, kudu, giraffe, zebra, lion, cheetah, leopard and more than 300 bird species. The seasonal rains attract thousands of migrating birds to the Fisher’s Pan Wetland area. The neighbouring Etosha National Park is home to a rich array of wildlife, including four of the Big 5.

Each camper is ensured privacy and space to enjoy the bush. Each campsite has a private ablution facility with spacious shower room, separate toilet and covered washing-up areas with lots of space to unpack and organize. Each unit also has ample plugs to ensure cooler boxes keep cool and cameras get charged. 

There is a stunning main area with a restaurant where guests can enjoy a hearty meal while looking out across the waterhole. The supply store stocks essentials and the deep verandas ensure there is shade to relax in. 

Onguma Tamboti Campsite, Onguma Game Reserve

Day Itinerary: Day 3 – Etosha East – Etosha South - Sunday

elephant walking away
king of the jungle
  • Route:

    Through Etosha Onguma to Okaukuejo region (Taleni Etosha)

  • Journey:

    Up before dawn, we need to be at the Von Lindequist Gate for sunrise which is when the entrance gates open, one of the best times for game viewing is the cooler morning hours and late afternoon. We make use of today on an extensive game drive in search of black and white rhino, elephants, lion, cheetah and the numerous species of plains game. The drive will give you an overview of the National Park including its birdlife, flora and geology. A stop will be made at Halali, the most central of the resorts. Exit the National Park, it’s a short journey to our overnight camping.

  • Activities:

    Full day game drive through National Park

Info:

Located in North-western Namibia, Etosha East is a protected sanctuary in the eastern part of the world-renowned Etosha National Park, known as one of the most accessible game reserves in Southern Africa. Etosha East boasts vast open plains scattered with semi-arid savannah grasslands dotted with watering holes and secluded bush camps. An impressive 5000-square-kilometre Etosha salt pan makes up a large area of the eastern side of the park and can even be seen from space.

Etosha Pan was the bed of a vast lake; today what remains is a glittering, silvery-green salt pan that stretches across roughly 5000 square kilometres. Etosha is protected by the Etosha Pan National Park surrounded by savannah plains and woodlands supporting large herds of elephants. When dry, the pan sustains little life except for the algae that gives it its distinctive colour, and migratory birds that use it as a pit stop, but with heavy rain it becomes a shallow lake where flamingos breed, pelicans wade and feed, and a variety of mammal species come to quench their thirst, including leopards, lions, white rhinos, hunting dogs and antelopes. 

The Etosha Village Camp Site is nestled in the spectacular green and gold Mopani forests surrounding Etosha National Park, and caters for both Groups as well as Individual travellers.  The 2 spacious Group Camp Sites are ideal for larger groups and can accommodate a maximum of 25 – 30 tents. These sites are equipped with Power Outlets, Running Water, Lights, Barbeque area and separate Ladies and Gents Bathroom facilities each featuring toilets, wash basins and showers.  

Etosha Village Campsite, Etosha South

Day Itinerary: Day 4 – Etosha South – Kaokoland - Monday

hoada campsite1
the ovahimba people
  • Route:

    Taleni Etosha to Hoada campsite

  • Distance: 

    275 km

  • Journey:

    Todays travels take us to a Himba Village situated on a local cattle farm, a guided tour around an authentic Himba village will not only give you an in depth insight into the life and ways of this traditional tribe but an amazing photographic opportunity as well. A stop to buy supplies before we head off to our campsite, hidden among large grey granite boulders and mopane trees, the sites were designed to minimize the impact on the environment. After a day on the road refresh oneself in the sparkling splash pool and enjoy your sundowners on the natural wooden decks surrounding it.

  • Activities:

    Himba Village

Info:

Omapha Himba Village in Etosha South, Namibia, is home to the indigenous Himba tribe, who are half-nomadic people. The people are famous for maintaining the traditional way of life of their ancestors up to recent times. External influences have not polluted them, and this reflects in the way they dress, cook, trade, interact and live. An array of wildlife can be seen roaming freely close to the village.

Hidden among large grey granite boulders and Mopani trees, Hoada Campsite offers travellers a serene home in the wilderness of Namibia. Accommodation includes six luxury campsites with ample designated areas for four tents or vehicles with rooftop tents. Each campsite boasts its own braai area and kitchen facilities with running water. There are also ablution facilities, with flush toilets, hidden amongst the rocks. 

Hoada Campsite, Grootberg

Day Itinerary: Day 5 – Grootberg – Twyfelfontein - Tuesday

rocky waters
elephant engraving
  • Route:

    Hoada campsite to Madisa campsite

  • Distance:

    190 km

  • Journey:

    We drive along the Grootberg Pass through Damaraland, an area characterised by its rocky and rugged landscapes of rough, fascinating beauty. A visit to the Damara Living Museum before we view the rock engravings and rock paintings at Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO World Heritage Site before setting up camp for the night.

  • Activities:

    Twyfelfontein and Damara Living Museum

Info:

Twylfelfontein is a spectacularly scenic area, featuring one of the largest and most important concentrations of rock art in Africa. The name ‘Twyfelfontein’ translates to ‘Fountain of Doubt’, which refers to the perennial spring situated in the impressive Huab valley flanked by the slopes of a sandstone table mountain. It was this spring that attracted Stone Age hunters over six thousand years ago, and it was during this time that the extensive group of rock engravings and paintings were produced.

Madisa offers 9 private camp sites all with their own ablution facilities. These sites are spacious and are situated on the river bed with a low stone wall around . Each site has a braai area which doubles up as a donkey geyser for hot water. It’s a lovely atmosphere to kick back relax around a fire and listen to the nocturnal sounds of the bush. Madisa is also a fantastic place for star gazing, the nights are brilliantly clear. Each site has lights which are powered by generator (hopefully soon by Solar Power).  

Madisa Campsite, Twyfelfontein

Day Itinerary: Day 6 – Damaraland – Uis – Cape Cross – Swakopmund - Wednesday

seals arguing
architecture in swakop
  • Route:

    Twyfelfontein to Swakopmund

  • Distance:

    385 km

  • Journey:

    Destination = Swakopmund. Today we continue our travels through southern Damaraland, passing the Brandberg Mountain to arrive at the old mining town of Uis before heading off across the gravel plains to reach the Atlantic Ocean and the Skeleton Coast. Here we travel north to Cape Cross Seal Reserve, home to between eighty and one hundred thousand Fur seals, endemic to southern Africa they are commonly known as “eared seals”. Arrival in the coastal town of Swakopmund will be mid-afternoon.

  • Activities:

    Cape Cross seal Reserve

Info:

Observe and experience the traditional Damara way of life right in the heart of their traditional homelands. A unique opportunity to see a way of life that is slowly dying out. 

This colony of Cape Fur Seals is one of the largest in the world, home to approximately 80 000 to 100 000 of these so-called ‘seals’, which are in fact a species of sea lion. The seals can be viewed from a walkway at a distance of roughly 200 metres.

Prost Hotel is situated in the heart of Swakopmund, giving access to the town’s various and excellent restaurants.  The hotel offers 28 en-suit rooms, ranging from luxury, family to standard rooms.  All rooms are equipped with 43” flat screen TV, DSTV decoder, electronic laptop safe, tea/coffee station, telephone and hair dryer. Facilities include complimentary Wi-Fi, buffet breakfast,24 hour reception and same day laundry service. 

Prost Hotel Swakopmund, Swakopmund

Day Itinerary: Day 7 - Swakopmund – Walvis Bay – Thursday

Prost Hotel Swakopmund 4 1
Prost Hotel Swakopmund 2 1

Info:

Swakopmund is the adventure centre of Namibia with activities offered in and around the town itself or in neighbouring Walvis Bay (30km away).  A few examples:  marine cruise, Sandwich Harbour excursion, kayaking in Walvis Bay– Living Desert Tour, Township tour, dune boarding, quad biking – any of these tours can be pre-booked, please do ask for more information as needed.  Accommodation tonight is included within the tour costs. 

Prost Hotel Swakopmund, Swakopmund

Day Itinerary: Day 8 – Swakopmund – Kuiseb Canyon – Namib Naukluft Park - Friday

field of dead trees in desert
thatched roof bathrooms
  • Route:

    Swakopmund to Namib Naukluft Park

  • Distance:

    345 km

  • Collection time:

    08h00 – 08h30 from any accommodation within the town of Swakopmund

  • Journey:

    We leave Swakopmund to the harbour town of Walvis Bay before heading south travelling across the gravel plains of the Namib Desert, endless horizons. The surrounds of the Kuiseb and Gaub Canyon provide good geological phenomenon, in addition we may see the elusive Mountain Zebra. After crossing the Tropic of Capricorn head on to the settlement of Solitaire. Our aim is to arrive at our campsite mid to late afternoon. Set up camp and visit Elim dune – a great place for sundowners with the dunes behind us and the Naukluft Mountains in the distance.

  • Activities:

    Elim Dune

Info:

The Kuiseb serves commercial farmers in its upper reaches, the Namib-Naukluft Park and the Topnaar community in the middle reaches, and the town of Walvis Bay along the coast. The Kuiseb can be called a typical Desert river catchment with agriculture in the upper reaches and in some cases, a human population near its mouth. The river valley forms a canyon, from where it leaves the escarpment and gradually increases as the riverbed widens

Seldom it only flows for 2 or 3 weeks a year and only ever gets as far as Gobabeb, and soaks into the sand before reaching the sea. Commonly the river ends in the dunes near Walvis Bay but in a good rainy season it may still force its way through the dunes to the sea.

Just five kilometres from the camp at Sesriem, Elim Dune is best viewed at sunset, when the colours deepen, intensifying the contrast between the red dunes and the purple-blue Naukluft Mountains on the opposite horizon. Elim Dune is roughly 100 metres in height and the climb to its zenith takes under an hour. 

Sesriem offers ten (10) self-catering camping facilities with each campsite having its own private toilet and shower, washup kitchenette with hot and cold water and 220V electricity.  Campers have full access to the shop, bar, restaurant and swimming pool at Sesriem. 

Sesriem Oshana Campsite, Sesriem

Day Itinerary: Day 9 – Sossusvlei – Sesriem - Saturday

chameleon blending in
mountain view
  • Route:

    Sesriem – Sossusvlei - Sesriem

  • Journey:

    We’ll need to be on the move an hour before dawn as we make our way through a dry riverbed and across the gravel plains towards the Namib Dunes. We’ll stop at Dune 45 before making our way to Sossusvlei with age old sands said to be around five million years old. Dead Vlei with its white pan and contrasting black scorched trees is also on our visit list. Whilst this region appears to be lifeless there are a variety of animal species that have adapted to these conditions and if we’re lucky may see Oryx antelope, ostrich, springbok and don’t forget about the birdlife and reptiles that inhabit the area. Return to our campsite for lunch, late afternoon visit to the Sesriem Canyon where the ephemeral Tsauchab River has shaped the area over millions of years.

Info:

Sesriem Canyon, a deep chasm carved through the rocks by water, is a striking natural feature of the area that is best explored on foot. Stony walls rise up sharply on both sides of the canyon, while birds roost in its crags and lizards dart along the ledges. The canyon’s name was coined when early settlers used it as a water source, using six lengths of leather (‘ses riem – six thongs) tied together to lower buckets into the water at the base of canyon

Sossusvlei is home to a variety desert wildlife including oryx, springbok, ostrich and a variety of reptiles. Visitors can climb ‘Big Daddy’, one of Sossusvlei’s tallest dunes; explore Deadvlei, a white, salt, claypan dotted with ancient trees

 

Day Itinerary: Day 10 – Sossusvlei - Solitaire – Windhoek - Sunday

oryx crossing
grass in dune
  • Route:

    Sesriem to Windhoek

  • Distance:

    335 km

  • Arrival in Windhoek:

    Between 15h00 – 17h00

  • Journey:

    Our route today takes us back towards Solitaire from where we travel to the town of Rehoboth, an area of natural hot water springs, before arriving back into the city of Windhoek, this will be late afternoon, please do not book any outbound flights for this afternoon.

Info:

Solitaire is a small settlement in the Khomas Region of central Namibia near the Namib-Naukluft National Park. It currently features the only gasoline station, bakery, cafe, and the only general dealer. The first man-made structure on the Solitaire farm was a 2-room cottage constructed by Mr. Van Coller who also later constructed the main farm house, a stone kraal adjacent to the farmhouse and a dam wall across the river bed. Solitaire can mean a single set diamond and Solitaire can also mean solitude or loneliness.