Best of Namibia Camping Safari

Savor the nature and cultures of the Namib Desert, Etosha, Kaokoland, and Damaraland
Overview

overview

Namibia offers the perfect combination of nature, culture, and wildlife. On this 14-day tour, you will have the opportunity to observe many exotic animal species and learn the ways of the remarkable Himba people, all amid the stunning sprawling landscape and majestic dunes of the Namib Desert. Beginning in Windhoek, learn about the German colonial history of Namibia before heading to historic Waterberg Plateau.  From here, it is on to game drives in Etosha National Park.  You visit Kaokoland to learn about the Himba way of life, the predator-rich Palmwag Concession and marvel at the incredible changing colors of the desert in Damaraland, one of the last true wilderness areas, before working your way along the coast to visit a variety of historical and cultural sites, including Twyfelfontein.  Walk among the dunes of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei and meander in the Sesriem Canyon in the heart of the Namib. As you watch the dunes turn dark red for one final sunset, you will be able to reflect on the staggering splendor of Namibia. Don’t pass up on this opportunity!

itinerary

itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive in Windhoek
    Welcome to Namibia

    Upon arrival in Windhoek, you will be met and transferred to the Hotel Safari, or similar, for your overnight. With its lingering heritage of German architecture, activities, and atmosphere, Windhoek is a city that can be visited throughout the year. The day is spent at leisure. You will be met by your guide at the hotel reception for a briefing around 6:00 p.m. Dinner is on your own.

    Meals
    None
    Lodging
    Hotel Safari, or similar
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  • Day 2: Waterberg
    Experience the views on spectacular Waterberg Plateau

    This morning we drive to the Waterberg Plateau, which towers some 1,300 feet above the surrounding plains (more than 6,000 feet above sea level), dominating the landscape for miles around.  Waterberg was the site of one of the major turning points in Namibia's history.  It was in these foothills that the Herero people lost their last and most epic battle against German colonial forces at the beginning of the 20th century. In the afternoon, we climb the plateau (approximately 1.5 hours) and enjoy the amazing views and the opportunity to see baboon, Damara dik dik and hyrax. 

     

    Windhoek to Waterberg is approximately 230 km / 3 hrs.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Camping (mobile safari)
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  • Days 3-5: Etosha National Park
    Enjoy the riveting landscapes of Etosha National Park

    Etosha National Park is one of the most important reserves and game sanctuaries in Africa. Thousands of wild animals such as blue wildebeest, springbok, zebra, kudu, giraffe, cheetah, leopard, lion, elephant, etc. are attracted to the area. The birdlife is prolific, with 326 recorded species. You'll enjoy twice-daily game drives in the early mornings and late afternoons, with evenings spent at a couple of campsites, watching an amazing diversity of animals around the floodlit waterholes bordering your campsites.

     

    Waterberg to Etosha is approximately 360 km / 4.5 hrs.

    Meals
    3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
    Lodging
    Camping (mobile safari)
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  • Day 6: Kaokoland / Himba Visit
    Learn the ways of the Himba people

    In the morning, visit a Himba village in Kaokoland to get a glimpse into their way of life. The Himba are a semi-nomadic tribe who live in scattered settlements throughout the region.  They are characterized by their proud yet friendly stature, and the women are noted for their unusual beauty, enhanced by intricate hairstyles and traditional dress. 

    The night will be spent at a mobile encampment.

     

    Etosha to campsite is approximately 530 km / 7 hrs with game drives.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Camping (mobile safari)
  • Day 7: Palmwag

    After breakfast, we depart for Palmwag, a private concession located along the Uniab River, where you will enjoy an afternoon walk.  The area boasts the largest predator population outside of Etosha, supported by large populations of Hartman's Mountain zebra, giraffe, oryx, kudu and springbok.  Predators include lions, cheetah, hyena (brown and spotted) and leopard.  Most of Namibia's endemic bird population can be found here as well.  The Save The Rhino Trust operates here to help maintain and support deserted adapted elephants and black rhino.

     

    Drive to Palmwag is approximately 320 km / 5 hours.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Camping (mobile safari)
  • Day 8: Damaraland / Twyfelfontein / Brandberg
    Breathtaking sunrises and sunsets

    An early morning drive will take us through Damaraland, one of last true wilderness areas in Africa.  We are headed to the Twyfelfontein area, a UNESCO World Heritage site with over 2,000 rock carvings, and walk to view the ancient Bushman rock engravings, Organ Pipes, and the Burnt Mountain.  The walk is approximately 1.5 hours and involves some steep hills.  Tonight we camp at the base of the Brandberg Mountain, the highest mountain in Namibia.

     

    Today we travel approximately 280 km / 6 hrs including visits on the road.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Camping (mobile safari)
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  • Day 9: Swakopmund
    Enjoy memorable views of the ocean as your vehicle travels along the coast

    On our way to Swakopmund, we visit Cape Cross Seal Colony, one of the largest mainland seal colonies in the world. Swakopmund, with its German colonial atmosphere, is the principal coastal resort of Namibia. Spend time at leisure this afternoon to enjoy the charm of this old town or to undertake one of the many optional activities available, such as scenic flights or hot air ballooning (activities booked locally at own expense). Lucnh and dinner are on your own today. Overnight accommodations in a comfortable guest house.

     

     

    The drive to Swakopmund is approximately 270 km / 4 hours with visits.

    Meals
    Breakfast only
    Lodging
    Guner Kranz Hotel (or similar)
  • Days 10-11: Namib Desert / Sossusvlei
    Observe the brilliant colors of the dunes

    Today's journey will take us south to the heart of the Namib Desert.  The following morning, depart early for Sossusvlei, stopping in the dune belt to enjoy the changing colors of the world’s highest sand dunes. Spend the morning walking among the dunes of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei.  The walk is roughly 10 km roundtrip, with the option of taking a shuttle on the return leg.  For those travelers choosing not to walk, the shuttle can be taken in both directions (additional surcharge applies).  You will enjoy a short hike through Sesriem Canyon.  In the afternoon, there is the option (at additional expense) to take a cheetah tracking excursion.

     

    Swakopmund to Sesriem is approximatley 350 km / 4.5 hours.

    Meals
    2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
    Lodging
    Day 10 Camping (mobile safari), Day 11 Solitaire Country Lodge
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  • Day 12: Windhoek
    Lifelong memories as the sun sets on your journey

    Drive back to Windhoek, arriving around 1:00pm. Transfer to the airport for the flight onward.

    The return drive from Sesriem is approximately 330 km / 4 hours.

    Meals
    Breakfast only
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Price and Date Details

Price and Date Details

Dec 22, 2014-Jan 2, 2015
Jan 5-16, 2015
Feb 2-13, 2015
Mar 16-27, 2015
Apr 13-24, 2015
May 4-15, 2015
Jun 15-26, 2015
Jul 6-17, 2015
Jul 20-31, 2015
Aug 3-14, 2015
Aug 17-28, 2015
Aug 31-Sep 11, 2015
Sep 14-25, 2015
Oct 12-23, 2015
Nov 11-22, 2015
Dec 22, 2015-Jan 2, 2016
Land Cost:
$2,850
The cost quoted is the Land Cost and is subject to change. This covers accommodations, transfers, activities, touring, guide services and meals as described in JOURNEYS' Trip Notes. The quoted Land Cost will apply when group size falls in the specified range and when travel is on the indicated dates.
Single Supplement:
$250
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Need to Know

Need to Know

LUGGAGE:

Space in the vehicle is limited, with individual luggage restricted to:
*  1 bag not exceeding 12 kgs. We recommend that you pack your personal effects in an inexpensive canvas barrel/sports bag available from discount stores, supermarkets, and sports shops.
*  + 1 small handbag (airline type) or daypack containing money, travel documents, and camera equipment. This will be allowed inside the vehicle, placed by the passenger's feet
*  + 1 waist pouch or money belt
 
We recommend that you utilize old or inexpensive luggage. Suitcases are unsuitable for our type of safaris. You may use a small/medium-sized rucksack, provided that it has no frame.

BOTTLED WATER:

Bottled water is not included in the cost of the trip but can be purchased along the way for an approximate cost of USD $3.00 / bottle.

SLEEPING BAGS AND TOWELS:

The sleeping bags are available for rent, for USD $28 per person.  They are the standard rectangular with zip that allows to open it whole.
 
Unfortunately the safari operators don't have towels, so you must bring your own.

LAUNDRY:

Travelers can do their own laundry at all the campsites. Otherwise, the only other opportunities are in Windhoek and Swakopmund, where there are places with machines where the staff can do laundry for travelers.

ABLUTIONS:

Showers and toilet facilities are shared, campsite facilities except when in lodging in Windhoek, Swakopmund and one night in Sossusvlei.

 

Duration:
12 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
1
dome tents & comfortable hotel, shared ablutions
Group Size:
2-14
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Activity Level:
3
travel over rough roads, optional hiking

Terms & Conditions: 

Southern and South Africa

Please note that this trip operates under different payment and cancellation policies than those described in our Terms and Conditions as noted in our Global Expedition Catalog, on our website and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

Included in costs: Meals as noted in (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner), each night in double occupancy accommodations, land transfers between components, English speaking guides, park or site entry fees, surface transport, equipment other than personal gear, government tax, airport transfer assistance, in-country ticket reconfirmation & check-in assistance (where permitted), complete pre-departure packet, toll-free pre-departure phone assistance.

Not included in costs: Meals not noted as included, gratuities, beverages (except tea or coffee at meals), international or domestic airfare unless specified, airport departure taxes not included with air tickets, visas, itinerary changes after confirmation, any services not included in itinerary, any costs incurred due to canceled or delayed flights, acts of nature or other happenings beyond our control, or other costs as are more fully described in JOURNEYS Terms & Conditions.

Deposit and payment schedule: A non-refundable twenty-five percent (25%) deposit per person per trip or the applicable amount based on the trip and the proximity of the departure date. A second deposit of $800 per person is due four months prior to departure, and final payment for land arrangements is due 60 days prior to departure. Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. The deposit may be made by Visa, Master Card or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted by fax, mail or via our website. Full payment schedule and cancellation penalties are described in our Terms and Conditions as noted in our Global Expedition Catalog, on our website and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

Insurance: When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy. NOTE:COMPREHENSIVE TRAVEL INSURANCE IS COMPULSORY FOR ALL PASSENGERS TRAVELING ON THIS SAFARI! 

Air fares: JOURNEYS can make complete air arrangements applicable to your trip as noted in this itinerary. If you wish to redeem frequent flyer mileage or arrange flights directly with the airline, you may do so on your own at no penalty. If you do, please consult with us on exact arrival and departure dates and times before having your tickets issued to avoid errors.

Itinerary Change Fee: There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

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