8-Day Budget Namibia Safari

This affordable budget safari has been designed to operate during Namibia’s ‘Green Season. The style is full participation camping with no frills attached.

Price per person: 01 January 2012 – 30 June 2012 – N$ 4,500.00 + Local Payment: N$ 1,500.00 to be paid in cash on the day of the tour

Minimum number of people requirement: Four Guests

Departures will start on a Saturday subject to a minimum of four guests travelling. There is no single supplement. The collection time is between 08:00 & 08:30 from anywhere within the Windhoek city limits.

Safari Tour Overview

Day Destinations Accommodation Meals
Sat Windhoek – Onguma Reserve /
border of Etosha – Namutoni side
Camping L, D
Sun Okaukuejo Resort in Etosha Camping B, L, D
Mon Damaraland – Twyfelfontein Camping B, L, D
Tue Swakopmund on Atlantic Coast Camping B, L
Wed Swakopmund on Coast Camping B
Thur Swakopmund to Namib Desert Camping B, L, D
Fri Namib Desert and Sossusvlei Camping B, L, D
Sat Namib Desert to Windhoek Camping B, L

B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner

Safari Tour Details

Saturday
Windhoek to Onguma Game Reserve (530 km) (LD) (camping)

You will be collected between 08:00 & 08:30.

We travel north, stopping at small towns along the way including Okahandja, where we have time to visit Namibia’s largest wood carving market. The market is operated on a local co-operative basis and is one of the best places to shop for truly Namibian souvenirs.

We continue north to the town of Otjiwarongo which provides a convenient stopover en route to the north of the country. As, with most towns in central Namibia the name Otjiwarongo originates from the Herero language, which translated means “place of the fat cattle” or “beautiful place”. Given the central role that cattle play in the Herero culture, both meanings are appropriate. The town was officially founded in 1906 upon the arrival of the narrow gauge railway linking the important mining centre of Tsumeb and the coastal town of Swakopmund.

The next stop will be at Tsumeb, From 1905 the town of Tsumeb was closely linked with the mining industry, but mining operations have since been scaled down considerably. The colourful jacarandas, flamboyant trees and bougainvillaea that line Tsumeb streets have earned it the name of Namibia’s garden town.

Our destination today is a private Game Reserve situated outside Etosha National Park, on the Namutoni side, we aim to arrive in mid-afternoon, affording us time to set up camp.

Situated on the eastern side of Etosha, bordering Fischers Pan the Reserve has more than 20,000 hectares of protected land and wildlife. The Reserve boasts over thirty different animal species consisting of plain game including kudu, giraffe, eland, oryx, hartebeest, zebra, impala and many more roam freely as well as predators such as lion, cheetah and leopard being common residents of the area.

Sunday
Onguma to Okaukuejo, Etosha National Park. (game drive) (BLD) (camping)

A full day’s game driving. We leave Onguma as soon as the National Park entrance gates open to enjoy the cool morning air as we game drive our way through Etosha to Halali camp, situated in the middle of the park. Along the way, we visit several waterholes and are afforded splendid views of the massive Etosha Pan. The game viewing is usually excellent and we have the chance to tick off a few new species that are not normally seen on the Namutoni side of the park.

We stop at Halali for a rest and a leisurely lunch. There is time to visit the Halali waterhole and to make use of the swimming pool and bar facilities before continuing on our way and game driving down to Okaukuejo.

We overnight camping style at Okaukuejo Resort situated inside the National Park. In the evening, there is a floodlit waterhole for you to enjoy viewing more wildlife at your leisure.

Monday
Etosha to Twyfelfontein. (350km) (BLD) (camping)

Leaving the Etosha area we begin our journey south with a relatively short drive to the small town of Outjo.
Today we head into one of the most beautiful desert regions in Namibia, Damaraland. We drive south to the capital of this region, the small town of Khorixas, and then take a detour to the west to overnight on the banks of a dry riverbed near the ancient Bushman rock engravings at Twyfelfontein.

Visit the organ pipes and burnt mountains. Optional extra: making use of a local guide guests can conduct a short guided tour to Twyfelfontein (meaning doubtful fountain) is a massive, open-air art gallery of great interest to international rock art connoisseurs. Regarded as one of the richest collections in Africa, this treasure house left by stone-age artists is the first site in Namibia to be given recognition by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Tuesday
Twyfelfontein to Swakopmund, Skeleton Coast (410 km) (BL) (camping)

From here we head deeper into the desert and pass Namibia’s highest mountain, The Brandberg, (2573 m).

We make a stop in the small town of Uis, an old mining town, and one of the best places to buy semi-precious stones, for which Namibia is famous. Here, rough Amethyst, Tourmaline etc can be found at bargain prices.

From here we turn directly west and cross the “gravel plains” on our way to the Atlantic Ocean and the Skeleton Coast. Our final destination is Swakopmund, following the Skeleton Coast into Namibia’s premier seaside town.

The Swakopmund section of the trip is designed to allow people to relax either with the group or on their own. Only breakfast is provided, this is to allow you to plan your time here with as much flexibility as possible and not to be tied to group meal times. It also gives you the chance to sample some of the excellent local cafes and restaurants. The seafood in Swakopmund is superb. Your guide will offer to organize a group meal in a local restaurant for this evening. Participation is recommended but by no means required.

Dinner this evening is not included in the price of the safari and will be for the client’s own account.

Wednesday
Swakopmund (camping)

Today is a free day. The idea is to allow time for everybody to do their own activity, even if that is just relaxing! Swakopmund is a very pleasant seaside town with lots of shops, a good stretch of beach (although the Atlantic here is quite cold) and an open-air curio market. There is also a very good museum and the Namibian National Marine Aquarium is located in Swakopmund.

Alternatively, there are various optional activities that can be arranged. These include plane and micro-light flights over the desert, scenic drives, fishing trips (both from the beach or in a boat), four-wheel motorcycle (quad bike) trips into the desert and over the sand dunes around Swakopmund, sand boarding trips (also in the dunes), skydiving, surfing, bird-watching and many other activities are available.

Your tour guide will discuss all the possible options with you before you reach Swakopmund and will offer to make bookings in advance of your arrival. (N.B. All extra activities and excursions in Swakopmund are subject to availability and are made at the client’s own risk and expense).

Dinner this evening is not included in the price of the safari and will be for the client’s own account

Thursday
Swakopmund into Namib Desert area (300 km) (BLD) (camping)

We first make a stop at Walvis Bay, situated about 40 km south of Swakopmund. South of the town, there is a large marine lagoon which is home to a vast array of marine bird life, in particular flamingos.
We will make a short visit to the lagoon to see the birds and a short visit to Walvis Bay to collect any last-minute supplies before once again heading out into the desert.

The second part of our journey today takes us across more of the seemingly endless Namib gravel plains. Then the landscape suddenly changes and we are into the mountain desert.

We traverse both the Kuiseb and Gaub passes, driving both times to the river beds at the bottom of the canyons and then climbing the long steep road to the top and the spectacular panoramas the mountains give us. Again the scenery changes as we make our way down to the dune fields.

We cross some open grass savannah and farmlands before the terrain begins to give way to the immense red sand dune desert of the Namib and from here it is only a short distance to our next stop, the tiny town of Solitaire. Optional extra: visit the ‘N/a’an Ku se and Shiloh Jolie-Pitt Foundation’, a 500-hectare Conservation Center which hosts an educational centre and wildlife tracking within the purpose-built enclosures and receive information on the carnivore surveillance in the greater Namib area.

We aim to arrive at our camp during the late afternoon and watch the colours glow and change on distant mountains to the east.

Friday
Namib Desert and Sesriem / Sossusvlei – Namib Desert (220 km) (BLD) (camping)

A pre-dawn start is essential this morning as we want to catch the soft light of the sunrise in the desert. After passing through Sesriem, the gateway to the dunes and driving into the heart of the dune field, we reach Sossusvlei itself by walking the last 5 km through the dunes.

In the cool of the morning, with soft sunlight just beginning to play over the dunes creating a sharp light and shadow contrast across the whole desert, the walk is like nothing else. Ancient mineral pans, stunted camel thorn trees and the chance of seeing a gemsbok or maybe an ostrich make the photo opportunities perfect.

We spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei, also visiting Dune 45 and Sesriem canyon before heading back to our campsite for overnight.

Saturday
Sesriem area to Windhoek (320 km) (BL)

After breakfast, we begin our journey over the mountains and along scenic roads, back to Windhoek. We will travel over the Naukluft Mountains and also the Khomas Hochland range, through the beautiful Remhoogte Pass on our way back to civilization.

We are due back into the city around 15:00 and you will be dropped off at your accommodation on our return.