The Best of Namibia Safari
October 14, 2022 - October 23, 2022£538 – £2841
With sand dunes which would dwarf the highest buildings in the world, elephants which have adapted to the desert with expert ease and a fossilized forest over 200 million years old; Namibia has lots to offer. This tour will focus on life in the desert, visiting Etosha and Damaraland to find some of the hardiest animals in the world, we spend more time in the field than most tours and also offer an unusual opportunity to find the strangest and most desert adapted animals with a day exploring the Living Desert you will feel like you a researching a new BBC documentary series as we find animals which have the strangest behaviours!
Excellent local guides throughout
Four full days game viewing
Help the Africat team track leopards
Search for the unique desert elephants
Find endemic reptiles in the Namib
Private safari tent campsites in Etosha
Top Animals on Tour
Tour Dates: 14/10/2022 – 23/10/2022
Duration: 9 nights
Type / Focus: Mammals & Reptiles
We recommend you arrive into Windhoek in the early morning and we will set off straight into the wonderful sand dunes of the worlds oldest desert. Sossusvlei will be our destination and we will arrive here in enough time to enjoy the sunset over the Sesriem Canyon, we will overnight at the tented camp.
Today we will head away from Sossusveli westwards and towards the coast and a small town called Swakopmund. We will set off pre-dawn and get to one of the most famous dunes in the world, we will enjoy the sunrise from this dune before visiting the very photogenic deadvlei a little deeper into the Namib Desert. After this we will continue the journey to the coast and once we arrive at our accommodation, level – guest house; and have our lunch (if we have not stopped along the way). The journey between Windhoek and Swakopmund is stunning with the sand dunes and desert making for brilliant pictures. Our evening meal will be at the guesthouse or a local restaurant in Swakopmund. The town is very nice to walk around and there are optional excursions in the town such as a scenic flight and hot air balloon ride available.
This morning after breakfast we will enjoy a living desert tour, a unique 4×4 adventure drive through the dunes of the Namib Desert. The tour takes you from the vegetated, life-rich eastern side of the dunes, right through the dunes to the Atlantic Ocean on the western side of the dune belt. Here you can find creatures endemic to the Namib: the sidewinder (Peringueys adder), the Palmato gecko with its transparent skin and beautiful colours – we dig into the dune side to find this nocturnal desert-dweller. We track the large Namaqua chameleon, and watch it enjoy brunch. Then its a dash to catch the swift sand-diving lizard. We find out how the areas plants and small animals survive the harsh climate, and how they obtain water for life. Other characters to be found in the dune belt are the dancing white lady spider; the Parabuthus villosus black scorpion; the occasional horned adder or sand-snake; desert wasps, fish-moths, crickets and several beetle species, and many more. We will bring some lunch with us and once again have our evening meal at our accommodation, level – guest house.
Today we will breakfast and leave northwards along the coastline towards Damaraland. Along the way we will stop at Cape Cross Seal Colony. This is one of the largest seal colonies in the world and certainly the largest of Africas only pinniped the Cape fur seal. There is a chance of spotting the very hard to see brown hyena as they prey on the seal pups along the colonies edge. We will continue on through the world famous Skeleton Coast National Park (so called because of the dozens of ships which have been lost in the treacherous waters here). We will arrive in our camp and enjoy a freshly cooked evening meal. Our accommodation is standard mobile safari tents. Which come with a large marquee, sit-down toilet tent and shower tent as well as camp crew. Camping in this way allows you to become part of the bush and get closer to the wildlife than staying in lodges and hotels.
After breakfast we will have a guided walk and game drive around the Pamway area of Damaraland in search of the local animals such as desert elephants, black rhinos, Cape Mountain zebras, giraffes and many antelope species. We will have our evening meal at our camp again, level – mobile safari tents.
Etosha National Park
This morning we will travel into one of the largest and most important parks in the whole of Africa. Etosha National Park is home to over 100 species of mammals and 326 recorded bird species. Thousands of individuals come here and the amount of life is staggering. We will aim to find lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyena, elephants, rhino and many more animals as we enjoy an afternoon game drive and spend the evening keeping a keen eye open for nocturnal animals like aardwolves, aardvarks, bat-eared foxes, porcupines and more at the floodlit water hole near our camp. Evening meal will be served at our camp, level – mobile safari tents.
Etosha National Park
We will rise very early today and after some tea and coffee enter the bush once again for a morning safari and try and catch a pride of lions at a fresh kill or maybe witness a cheetah on a hunt. We will lunch and relax during the hottest part of the day at camp, level – mobile safari tents, and get ready for another game drive in the afternoon. Once again our evening meal will be at our camp and we will watch the animals come to drink at the nearby water hole.
Etosha National Park
Today we will do exactly the same as yesterday and spend the majority of the day tracking down any animals we have yet to find or any animals you really want to see. Our evening meal will be served at our camp, level – mobile safari tents.
After breakfast and possibly an early morning game drive we will leave Etosha and head to the home of the world renowned Africat Foundation. This non-profit organisation is concerned with the long term conservation and preservation of Africas top predators especially leopards and cheetah. After lunch you will have a choice between tracking a leopard or cheetah on foot with the help of expert guides or watching the veterinary team at work in the Africat foundation. We will eat at our camp, level – mobile safari tents.
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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Visas and Health Information
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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