Namibia is a breathtaking country full of stunning dunes higher than skyscrapers and animals which defy logic as they survive in this harsh environment. This tour will bring you to one of the most iconic national parks in all of Africa, Etosha, as well as Damaraland where you will find the desert elephants, the famous Skeleton Coast where the wrecks of dozens of ships make the treacherous waters and last but not least the Namib desert in search of the rare desert specialities. All this with the help of expert local guides whilst staying in top draw luxury accommodation!
Five days of Jeep safaris in Etosha
Endemic rare reptile desert tour
Travel to the famous Skeleton Coast
Find the special desert elephants
Expert local guides throughout
Luxury safari lodge accommodation
Tour Dates: 2/10/2020 – 12/10/2020
Duration: 10 nights
Type / Focus: Mammals
Mount Etjo Safari Lodge
On arrival in Windhoek you will meet your English speaking guide / driver. You will then proceed to you accommodation, level – luxury safari lodge (Mount Etjo Safari Lodge) after a short sightseeing tour of the city. Once you arrive at Okahandja and the game reserve you will have an afternoon game drive. This reserve is a good place to spot for elephants, black and white rhino, zebra, hippos and many species of antelope. You will have your evening meal at your accommodation.
Etosha National Park
This morning after breakfast you will have a have a morning game drive (subject to timings and availability) after these you will spend most of the day travelling north through Namibias spectacular landscape to get to Tsumeb on the estern side of the world famous Etosha National Park. You will enjoy your evening meal at the accommodation, luxury safari lodge (Namutoni Camp).
Etosha National Park
Today you will have a full day game viewing in the park. Etosha is one of the largest national parks in Africa and covers 22,270 square kilometres. The park is home to around 145 species of mammals and over 340 species of birds. You will have very good chances of finding endangered animals like black rhino, cheetah, black-faced impala as well as plenty of other mammals like lions, hyena, elephants, leopards, wildebeest, kudu, gemsbok, eland and the very small Damara dik-dik. You will come back to the accommodation, level – luxury safari lodge (Namutoni Camp) for your meals.
Etosh National Park
Once again you will spend all day in the park game viewing. In addition to some of the larger animals listed on day 3 there are honey badgers, warthogs, bat-eared foxes and many other smaller mammals which are regularly seen. There is also a huge population of greater flamingos here as they breed when the rainy season floods some of Etoshas famous salt pans. You will be staying in another camp over the next two nights and these means you will be travelling across the park to get to the accommodation, level – luxury safari lodge (Okaukuejo Camp) on the western side of the park.
Etosha National Park
Today you will have your last full day in Etosha National Park where you have a day game viewing and all your meals in you accommodation, level – luxury safari lodge (Okaukuejo Camp).
Etosha National Park
After breakfast you will continue your journey west along the parks boundrary until you reach the Otjovasoundu Gate and leave Etosha. These region of the park is favoured by gemsbok and more desert adapted gazelles like springbok. The area is known as Sprokieswoud or the Fairy Forest as it is the only place where the African Morigna tree grows. Once you reach the gate and leave you will be transferred to a nearby private game reserve and your accommodation, level – luxury safari lodge (Hobatere Lodge) where you will have your evening meal followed by a night drive. The night drive here is exceptional and will show you particular gems such as aardvark, aardwolf, cape fox, bat-eared fox, greater and lesser spotted genets as well as many more smaller nocturnal mammals.
After breakfast you will travel to Damaraland and your accommodation, level – luxury safari lodge (Twyfelfontein Lodge). Along the way you will visit the 200 million year old petrified forest as well as areas which have rock carvings and painting made hundreds and thousands of years ago. The afternoon we bring us to the Ephemeral River where the rich vegetation attracts the desert elephants in large numbers. The elephants here are extremely adapted to the desert environment and are found here and the dry river of Aba-Huab nearly all year round. You will enjoy the sunset and a sundowner drink high on Welwitschia Hill before heading to the accommodation for some well deserved rest.
Skeleton Coast National Park
After an early rise and breakfast you will transferred along the amazing coastline. Around one third of Namibias coastline is protected in the Skeleton Coast National Park, called this because of the treacherous waters along here have been the reason behind hundreds of shipwrecks over the years. You will travel through Cape Cross where you will stop for your evening meal before continuing on to your accommodation, level – 4* (Hansa Hotel) in Swakopmund.
Today you will be treated to a very special trip, a day spent exploring the Namib Desert and fining some of the rarest and most desert adapted animals in the word. You will go with the help of very experienced local guides deep into the desert. At a glance the desert look devoid of any life but as you slow down and take a deeper look you will be shocked with the amount of life you will find. Damara terns use the coastal sections of the desert as nesting sites and further inland Namaqua chameleons wander around looking for prey like the tenebrionid beetles and cartwheeling spiders. The area is dominated by reptiles though and endemics like thermal dancing lizards, web-footed geckos, Peringueys adder and horned adders are usually seen. Once the heat gets too much you will head back to the accommodation, level 4* (Hansa Hotel) and have the rest of the day at your leisure.
Okapuka Game Reserve
After breakfast you will leave the Namib Desert and head back towards Windhoek. You will spend the afternoon on a game drive of a private game reserve which is very good for black wildebeest, black rhinos, Hartmanns zebra, giraffe, crocodiles, lions and other mammal species. You will have your evening meal here as well as spending your last night in Namibia here, accommodation, level – luxury safari lodge (Okapuka Game Lodge).
Today after breakfast you will be transferred to Windhoek international airport in time to catch your return flight home.
Please note that the itinerary stated above is correct as our planned intentions for the tour. However adverse weather conditions and other local considerations can necessitate some modifications of the itinerary during the course of the tour; any changes will be made to make the best of the time and weather conditions available to us.
This tour is available on different date (subject to availability) please contact us for more details about running this tour on a date which suits you more.
The weather in Namibia during October is beginning to warm up after the winter and temperatures hover between 11-32 degrees C depending on where we are. There is very little if any rain at this time of the year and the skies are often clear and blue.
Everything mentioned in the itinerary is included. Including three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). There will be an amount of bottled water (approx 1ltr) available for each guest each day. We have our own private mini-van to be driven by a local guide. You get the services of the zoologist escort included in the fee as well as a local English speaking guide.
All our excursions including treks, guided walks, night safaris and park entrance fees are also included.
We recommend you bring along your own binoculars or scope as well as appropriate clothing; which should be light and airy. The nights can be chilly so a fleece, long trousers and woolly hat are a good idea. Comfortable walking shoes are a must. Insect repellent is handy but not essential. Any medication, books or other items of a personal nature is of course up to you to bring along. Oh and please bring plenty of memory cards or film for your camera. Also do not forget sun cream, sun hat and sun glasses as the sun can be very strong here during the day.
We provide a comprehensive species list of all the vertebrates present in the areas we are visiting as well as some of the best field guides and reference books for the areas we are visiting. There is usually a spare pair of binoculars but in a group of 4-6 people these do not stretch too far. Camera Traps will also be used to try and capture hard to see wildlife in the dead of night.
Nearly everything is included in this tour. The only things not included are international flights, travel insurance (contact us for more information one what is required from your insurance policy), any food bought outside of the three main meals, drinks outside of any offered with the meals and the bottled water provided each day and any items of a personal nature such as souvenirs and tips. Any applicable departure taxes and not included (but maybe included in the cost of your flights). Please check before departure.
As we are based in Manchester we recommend flights from Manchester International Airport
We recommend Lufhansa as a good airline for flights to Windhoek. One of the best websites to search for the best fares is to and from Windhoek is www.opodo.co.uk; who are IATA accredited this is a link direct to their site. Please check our terms and conditions regarding booking flights.
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All UK passport holders are not required to have a visa for Namibia. However things change so the easiest way to find information is by visiting http://namibia.embassyhomepage.com/ (be aware that this link leaves our site and we at Royle Safaris hold no responsibility for information on the site).
There are no mandatory vaccinations needed to visit Namibia, but it is recommended to be protected against TB, polio, typhoid, tetanus and hepatitis A as well as taking a form of malaria prophylactics. Please consult your GP about your individual requirements for visiting Namibia as soon as you have decided on this trip.
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