Namibia is one of the best countries in the world for wildlife watching, with Etosha, Damaraland and the Namib Desert all excellent destinations. But along with the huge populations of elephants, rhinos, lions, buffalo, giraffe, springbok, flamingos and many other typical African animals, there are some of the strangest animals in the world. This tour aims to find them, specialising in desert reptiles this tour will spend time with some of Namibias best guides and trackers and their expertise is unparalleled. During the trip you will have two private tours of snake parks where you will be able to see some of the most dangerous of Namibias reptiles in a safe and natural environment. Some of the snakes will be taken out and into the desert for a special and unique photographic opportunity.
Many Endemic Desert Reptiles
Expert Local Guides Throughout
3 Nights in Reptile Rich Swakopmund
Search for the Unique Desert Elephants
2 Exclusive Snake Park Tours
3 Nights inside Etosha National Park
African rock python
Tour Dates: 30/10/2020 – 9/11/2020
Duration: 10 nights
Type / Focus: Reptiles
On arrival at the airport you will meet your guide and be transferred to one of the most spectacular environments in the world. Often referred to as the largest sand dunes in the world, Sossuvlai is simply a stunning place to visit. You will be taken to your accommodation, level 3-4* hotel / lodge; depending on the time of arrival we will start our search for wildlife. The desert may seem lifeless but this is a myth we aim to lay to rest over the course of this holiday. Along with the jackals, hyeana, springhares and various other small mammal species we will try and find the many reptile species here including agamid lizards, vipers, cobras, monitors and geckos.
Today after an early breakfast we will head out into the dunes to try and catch the reptiles whilst they heat up in the morning sun. The sunrises and sunsets are spectacular here and the colours off the dunes make the entire place one of the most photographic in the world and if we are lucky enough to spot a sidewinder adder or even a black mamba against this backdrop you will get incredible photos and memories. You will have your evening meal back at the accommodation, level 3-4* hotel / lodge, after sunset.
After breakfast this morning you will be transferred to the palm tree lined streets and beaches of Swakopmund. On arrival at your accommodation, level 3-4* hotel / lodge, you will have some lunch. The rest of today can be spent exploring the town and its many sites.
Today you will encounter some of the most bizarre and formidable animals in Africa. A trip into the Namib Desert and along the white dune belt with local expert you will find the therman-dancing palmato gecko, sand-diving lizards, cartwheeling spiders, hidden pit-vipers, sindwinding adders, hand-standing beetles and the brilliant Namaqua chameleon. Also by exploring the white-dune belt here you may find the rare vegetation lizard and various other skink species. This is one of the great experiences in Namibia and for any reptile lovers today will live long in the memory. After your day reptile hunting in the desert you will have your well deserved evening meal back at the accommodation, level 3-4* hotels / lodge.
Whilst here in the quaint town of Swakopmund you will also have a private tour with the owner of the Swakopmund Snake Park. Here we will be able to see a great variety of Namibian snakes (up to 21 different species of snakes) and other reptiles and have the unique opportunity to photograph some of the snakes in their natural environment as the owner of the snake park will take some out and into the desert. This is a very rare chance to get close to venomous snakes such as the black mamba and puff adder in a natural setting for incredible pictures. You will return to the accommodation, level 3-4*, hotels / lodge, for your evening meal.
The next couple of days we will enter the vast desert landscapes of Damaraland. The prehistoric waterways have carved out gorges and the granite koppies make an imposing environment for any wildlife. But there is still wildlife, populations of elephants, black rhinos, giraffes, ostriches and springbok survive here and trying to find them is where the excitement lies. You will have your meals at your accommodation, level 3-4* hotels / lodges.
Today will be another day spent searching for the specially desert adapted animals of Damaraland. Hopefully we can find one of the critically endangered black rhinos, or maybe a cheetah stalking springbok. In addition to the mammals here we will of course be keeping an eye out for the many lizards and snakes which bask on the granite and wait for the evening when they begin their hunt. Once again your dinner will be served at your accommodation, level 3-4*hotel / lodge.
Etosha National Park
This morning you will travel to one of the top wildlife watching destinations in Africa if not the whole world; Etosha National Park. Being 22,260km2 and home to 110 reptile and 16 amphibian species as well as 114 mammals, 340 birds and amazingly 1 fish species! Dominated by huge salt pans which form part of the Kalahari Basin, during this time of the year the wildlife is congregated around the diminishing water holes. Today you will probably only have a short visit to the park or maybe just relax at the accommodation, level 3-4* hotels / lodge; depending on the transfer timings.
Etosha National Park
Today will be your first full day of wildlife watching inside the park. Being one of the premier wildlife watching destinations in Africa it is not unusual to see all of southern Africas major mammal and bird species in one morning or afternoon game drive. The local guides during these trips are invaluable and their ability to spot wildlife at a distance is incredible to see and fun to test yourself against. It is particular fun for trying to spot reptiles such as monitors, flat-back lizards and bomslangs as they are often overlooked by people wanting to find lions, leopards and elephants. We may take a packed lunch so we can spend the whole day inside the park, if not we will have your meals at the accommodation, level 3-4* hotels, lodges.
Etosha National Park
Today will follow the same pattern as yesterday with another exciting full day game driving around Etosha; once again your evening meal will at the accommodation, level 3-4* hotels / resorts and your lunch either a packed lunch inside the park or back the accommodation too.
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, safaris, snake park tours, photography opportunities 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 and a borescope will be available to let us see down into burrows.
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.
Maisy & Ravi, Macclesfield
Richard & Col, London