18 day Windhoek to Victoria Falls – Camping
Day 01: Solitaire & Namib-Naukluft Park – Namibia
On the morning of day one of this Explore Namibia Camping Safari we depart from Windhoek, the charming capital city of Namibia, travelling via the Khomas Hochland to our first destination, the Namib-Naukluft Park.
Your safari guide will collect you from your pre-tour accommodation in Windhoek between 8:00 and 8:30am on day one.
Our drive takes us through scenic landscapes over one of the highest points in Namibia, offering spectacular views over the surrounding valleys. We descend the steep slopes of the Gamsberg, the third highest mountain in Namibia, sometimes referred to as “Namibia’s Garden Route”.
As we approach our first campsite on the edge of the Namib- Naukluft Park we keep our eyes out for the various game species found in this area.
The Namib-Naukluft Reserve is the biggest game reserve in Namibia and one of the largest wilderness parks in Africa, covering an area of 50 000 sq km’s (bigger than Switzerland). (L,D)
Day 02: Sossusvlei & Sesriem Canyon – Namibia
Today we get an early start, heading to the entrance gates of the Namib’s Sossusvlei area, famous for its towering sand dunes, considered some of the highest in the world.
We stop along the way to admire and take photographs of the scenic sunrise over the red-orange Sossusvlei Dunes. Next we climb up one of the well-known sand dunes, Dune 45, offering superb views up and down the Tsaucab River Canyon, which forms a valley between the tall sand dunes.
Breakfast and coffee await you at the bottom of the sand dune in this beautiful desert setting.
A short drive after breakfast brings us to the starting point for our 2-hour desert walk into the striking Hiddenvlei area of Sossusvlei. On our way to the Sesriem Canyon we pause for lunch at Sesriem camp and take a refreshing dip in the pool.
We then visit Sesriem Canyon, a gorge about a kilometre long and around 30 meters deep. Formed by the Tsauchab River about 2 million years ago this deep canyon reveals distinct sedimentary layers and features several muddy pools.
After our walk in the unique Sesriem Canyon we head back to our guest farm campsite on the edge of the Namib‐Naukluft Park for our second night under the star-filled African skies of the ancient Namib Desert. (B,L,D)
Day 03: Swakopmund – Namibia
We travel north through the vast Namib Desert, considered the oldest desert in the world by some scientists, making our way to Swakopmund on day three of this Namibian Safari.
Our scenic 5-hour drive to Swakopmund takes us via the smallest town in Namibia, Solitaire and then the Kuiseb Canyon, where two German geologists and their dog lived for over two years during World War II.
Next we visit Walvis Bay Lagoon, one of the most important wetlands on the west coast of Southern Africa. The lagoon is famous for its large population of flamingos, as well as being home to a variety of other bird species, and the site is listed as an international Ramsar bird sanctuary.
The next two nights on our affordable safari are spent in twin-rooms with en-suite bathrooms at a comfortable lodge, hotel or guesthouse centrally located in Swakopmund. (B)
Day 04: Swakopmund – Namibia
Day four is free for you to explore the popular seaside destination of Swakopmund at your leisure or to take part in the various optional activities available in and around Swakopmund.
Adventure activities include sand boarding, desert flights, skydiving, quad biking, dolphin cruises and more.
Swakopmund, where European and African influences meet, is located on the Atlantic coast and surrounded by desert. If you prefer sightseeing to adventure activities you can go shopping or visit the Crystal Gallery, Museums or the Aquarium in Swakopmund. (B)
Day 05: Brandberg via Cape Cross – Namibia
From the lively town of Swakopmund we continue north along the Atlantic coast towards the Skeleton Coast of Namibia where we stop to visit the Cape Cross Seal Colony.
Thousands of fur seals congregate on a rocky point at Cape Cross near the fishing village of Henties Bay. This is one of the largest breeding Cape Fur Seal colonies in the world, consisting of up to 250 000 Cape Fur Seals, the biggest fur seal species in the world. We get up close to the seals gaining insight into their natural behaviour as they go about their daily tasks.
Leaving the rugged coast of Namibia we veer inland and travel through some dramatic arid and rocky terrain. Our next overnight camp is located in an area famous for its desert elephants. Here we camp beside the Ugab River at the foot of Namibia’s highest mountain, the Brandberg. (B,L,D)
Day 06: Kamanjab – Namibia
Next we continue deeper into the scenic desert region of Damaraland passing Herero villages en route to Twyfelfontein, an ancient site of San Bushman rock paintings and engravings carved into sandstone. The spectacular rock formations found in this area make this interesting site even more memorable.
Then we drive on to the village of Kamanjab visiting the Petrified Forest along the way.
The Petrified Forest is an ancient geological site consisting of around 50 fossilized tree trunks about 260 million years old. The trees, some of the longest being over 30 meters in length, are thought to have washed to the current site in a flood. The oldest plants in the world, Welwitchia mirabilis, are also found in the area, some being as old as 2000 years.
We camp near Kamanjab and the the village of Namibia’s last remaining traditional tribe, the Ova-Himba. We have time to visit the Ova-Himba and gain more insight into this tribe’s distinct way of life, as well as photographing their unique culture. (B,L,D)
Day 6-8: Etosha National Park. First Night Lodge(Okaukuejo) and 2 nights camping (Namutoni). Etosha National Park
Today we enter the Etosha National Park in search of the big game. We take you on extensive game drives with the highlight being a night visit to a watering hole. We watch the animals moving in silent parade down to the water where they quench their thirst. (B,L,D)
Okaukuejo: Waterhole Chalet: situated close to the waterhole these are comfortable double rooms with en-suite bathroom, fridge & tea-station
Okaukuejo is located 17 km from the southern entrance of the park.
Okaukuejo camp is the oldest tourist camp in Etosha and it currently functions as the administrative hub of the park, and the home of the Etosha Ecological Institute. It is situated at the western end of the pan. Accommodation is provided to suit every need, in premier bush chalets overlooking the waterhole; bush chalets and double rooms; or family chalets. Other facilities include a restaurant, bar, shop, swimming pool, kiosk and camping facilities. The main attraction of this camp is that it overlooks a permanent waterhole which is floodlit at night. Here a wide diversity of wildlife congregates and interacts. The spectacle starts at dawn, with animals coming in large numbers to quench their thirst, with the activity continuing throughout the day and deep into the night. In the early evenings, it is not uncommon to have black rhinoceros, elephant and lion all drinking at the same time
Accommodation is provided to suit every need, in premier bush chalets overlooking the waterhole; bush chalets and double rooms; or family chalets. Other facilities include a restaurant, bar, shop, swimming pool, kiosk and camping facilities.
Namutoni: Namutoni is situated on the eastern side of Etosha, and derives its name from the old German fort around which it is built. The presence of the fort gives Namutoni more character than the other rest camps in Etosha, and in terms of accommodation this is probably the best of the three rest camps. During 2007 the accommodation at Namutoni was completely overhauled with the intention of making this a luxury camp inside the Etosha National Park. The Fort, which is for pedestrians only and overlooks the King Nehale waterhole, is the hub of activity with two restaurants, a relaxation lounge, a bar, crafts boutique, curio shop, jewelers and bookstore. An elevated decked walkway along the water-hole provides views of the surrounding scenery, wildlife and spectacular sunsets.
Day 9: Ngepi, Tree Houses. Ngepi Camp
We leave Etosha today and make our way to the Caprivi. The afternoon will be spent exploring the Kavango area for herons, ducks, skimmers, pratincoles, and other water birds. A stop will be made in the broadleaf woodlands near Popa Falls, which support White-breasted Cuckoo-shrike, Green-capped Eremomela, and Rufous-bellied Tit. (B, L, D)
Day 10-11: North Pan. Okavango Delta
This morning we board the big 4×4 truck that will take us in to the Delta, in high-water season it is sometimes necessary to take a boat to the polling station where we meet up with the members of a local community who will be showing us their homeland. We spend 2-night bush camping in the wilderness and, if the water level allows, we will take a mokoro (traditional canoe) trip through the waterways. We will also be going on some nature walks in the hope of seeing some wild animals in their natural habitat. (B, L, D)
Day 12-13: Mamili National Park, This is a community camp. No details on the internet availably. The camp has hot showers and flash toilets; there are only six of them so it is very private. There are no fences around the camp so the animals can move throw the camp at night and day. Camping.
This morning we drive through the Mahango Game Reserve which is famous for its populations of Roan Antelope and elephant as well as its diverse and abundant birdlife. Moving into the Caprivi proper we head east through the teak woodlands birding on the way to our camp on the border of Mamili National Park. Mamili Namibia’s largest wet wonderland
In a vast arid country, Mamili (Nkasa Lupala) National Park holds the distinction of being the largest wetland area with conservation status in Namibia. The Mamili (Nkasa Lupala) was proclaimed in 1990, shortly before Namibia’s Independence. And there is much to celebrate about this wet wonderland. The 318-km2 Mamili (Nkasa Lupala) National Park protects the flora and fauna living within a complex channel of reed beds, lakes and islands that make up the Linyanti swamps. Spectacular herds of elephant, buffalo, red lechwe and reedbuck are among the highlights of any game-viewing experience. But be careful, the waters are also home to five-metre- long crocodiles and families of hippopotamus, which venture onto the floodplains at night to feed. During the rainy season, areas of the park can become flooded and inaccessible, and yet it remains a sanctuary for birds. With more species of birds recorded here than anywhere else in Namibia, the Park is a bird-watcher’s paradise. A uniquely Namibian edge. The Kwando River cuts a wide, wild path through Southern Africa.
From its source in the Angolan highlands, the Kwando flows for 1 000 km before it changes direction sharply, turning south-west at the border between Namibia and Botswana, to become the Linyanti River. At the southern edge of Mamili (Nkasa Lupala) National Park, it is possible to straddle the banks of the Kwando and Linyanti rivers. Sounds odd? That’s just the beginning. The change in the river’s course heralds many other surprises in this dynamic environmental system. The park is dominated by wetlands, with shifting channels and floodplains. Several ‘islands,’ including Nkasa and Lupala, rise gently above the wetlands. The combination of water, reeds, trees and dense grass attracts wildlife in abundance. Lightning from thunderstorms literally ignites the ground, sparking fires that temporarily burn above and below the earth. Mamili (Nkasa Lupala) National Park beautifully mirrors Botswana’s Okavango style wetland wilderness with an edge that is uniquely Namibian. We will have two nights here exploring this hidden animal rich park. (Little delta)(B, L, D)
Day 14-15: Chobe National Park, Chobe Safari Lodge. Chobe Safari Lodge
The tour goes further to the east and via the Caprivi Strip we travel to Chobe National Park. Chobe Safari Lodge is situated in Kasane on the banks of the Chobe River and shares a border with Chobe National Park. Right on our doorstep is the meeting of four African countries: Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Chobe Safari Lodge therefore offers an excellent getaway location to Chobe, Victoria Falls or Caprivi. We will stay at a lodge on the banks of the river and do two game drives in an open 4×4 vehicle. In the afternoon we make a sunset cruise on the Chobe River. (Lunch not included). 2 Game’s drive and one sunset cruise included. (B, D)
Day 16-18: Livingstone, Victoria Falls, BB. Lodge Accommodation.
Today we cross the border into Zambia. Early afternoon we arrive in Livingstone. Had it not been for the publicity in Europe by Dr David Livingstone who visited the fall in November 1855 and named them after the then Queen Victoria, we wonder if this small town had ever become the adventure capital of Southern Africa it is today. The local people who inhabited the river up and downstream called this place Mosi-oa-Tunya (Kololo tribe) and Chinotimba (Nyamba tribe), all referring to the thundering sound caused by the falling sheet of water.
Victoria Falls is a sharp drop – geographers call it a ‘nick point’ – (108 meter deep, 1708 meter wide) carved out of the basalt rock by the eroding powers of the Zambezi River, Africa’s fourth longest river half way on its 2,700 km journey to the Indian Ocean. Have a look at our link page for more in-depth information on waterfalls. Here you have one day what you can do what you really want to do, example: river rafting in the Zambezi river or just relax at the swimming pool at the lodge. Entry included. (1 Lunch and 2 dinners not included).
All accommodation (spacious bow tents with mattresses), Lodges all transfers, game drives and activities as per the itinerary, all meals that are indicated (B – breakfast, L – lunch, D – dinner) and tea/coffees, services of a professional guide, entry and activities included on itinerary and transport in specialized safari vehicles.
Restaurant meals, visa, tips, curios, optional excursions beverages (alcohol, soft drinks and bottled mineral water), insurance to cover for cancellation and curtailment, medical, baggage, emergency evacuation, sleeping bag (and small pillow) on all camping safaris and flights.
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