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Namibia Safari: Etosha National Park & The Skeleton Coast

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Overview

Explore Earth’s Oldest Desert

Vast even by African standards, Namibia is an ageless land. Here you can trace ancient history in Stone Age petroglyphs and fossilized tree trunks, stargaze in the world’s second-darkest night sky, or set off in pursuit of the cheetah, leopard, lion, elephant, and the endangered black rhino who live amidst the country’s magnificent semi-desert scenery.

Nature in Namibia is always grand and close at hand, from Etosha National Park’s immense ancient lakebed to the seemingly infinite, multihued dunes of the Skeleton Coast. Each day here is active and experiential. Open space and silence absorb you as you follow the path of the nomadic Himba and learn about their tribal ways of life; discover the secrets of animal tracking on foot with your local expert bush-master; pick your way through a petrified forest and rock formations, and thrill to the sound of big cats roaring. One of the world’s unique adventure destinations, this is Namibia.

Safari Style: Scheduled Group Safari
Activities: Cheetah, leopard, and rhino tracking, game drives, stargazing
Accommodation: Bush camps, safari lodge, boutique hotel
Getting Around: 4x4 safari vehicles (window seats guaranteed), foot, light aircraft
Meeting & Departure Point: Windhoek, Namibia

Tour Highlights:

  • Explore the rock paintings, outcrops, and petrified forests of Twyfelfontein
  • Watch great mammals come to drink at the waterhole by your bush camp in Etosha National Park
  • Delve deep into the ecology of Africa’s great cats at the AfriCat Foundation
  • Track leopards, cheetahs, rhinos, and desert-adapted elephants through Namibia’s awe-inspiringly vast and arid landscapes
  • Contemplate Namibia’s dazzling night sky from the comfort of your remote bush camp in the dunes
  • Experienced, knowledgeable guides and the service of a local representative
  • All meals included; local wine and beer included with dinners
  • Boutique hotels, safari lodge, and camps (with private baths)
  • Airport meet-and-greet service
  • Transportation from the meeting to the departure point
  • Internal flight(s)
  • All park fees and special events as noted in the itinerary
  • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the CW Safaris staff
  • Guest Rating:

    Your itinerary was extremely well planned and everything went very smoothly. We loved seeing amazing landscapes both driving and flying. There was such a great range of lodging — each place had unique attributes. Our guide Orlando was outstanding — we learned so much from him.
    W. Sharp & L. Laufersweiler

  • Guest Rating:

    The trip of a lifetime!
    S. Barry, Virginia, June 2014

  • Guest Rating:

    A highlight was the visit to] the Himba village - I feared this would be a voyeuristic experience but it was not like that - it was very well organized and managed.
    J. Surrige & S. Bentin, Singapore, June 2014

Itinerary & Accommodations
Day 1 Windhoek

If you haven’t opted for our Flight + Safari Combo, you’ll be met upon arrival at International Hosea Kutako Airport. You are welcomed by your CW Safaris naturalist guide and accompanied to Galton House. A short city tour (city tour also provided to guests who opt for the Flight + Safari Combo) en route orients you to Windhoek. Namibia’s capital city nestles among rolling hills, bounded by the Eros Mountains in the east, the Auas Mountains to the south, and the Khomas Hochland in the west. It is a meeting place between Africa and Europe, the modern and the old, where well-preserved German colonial buildings contrast with modern architecture, and Herero women in traditional Victorian dress mingle with sophisticates in the latest fashions. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon as you settle into your charming accommodation and perhaps explore Windhoek city shops and craft market. The evening celebrates your official welcome and briefs you on the adventure ahead. A festive tasting of fine South African wines, presented by a local expert, is followed by a congenial dinner at the guest house with your guide.

Included: Airport arrival transfer, city tour, and welcome dinner

Approximate Travel Time: 1 hour

Day 2 Okonjima & AfriCat Foundation

After a leisurely breakfast, journey through Okahandja to Okonjima, home of the AfriCat Foundation. Okahandja, a town of great significance to the Herero people, means “small widening,” the place where rivers meet. A perfect rest stop halfway to today’s destination, a point of interest includes the Okahandja Craft Market (look for the Mbangura woodcarvers). Just prior to reaching your first camp, enjoy a planned stop at the REST vulture center, saving species of these birds on the brink of extinction. You may even have the unique opportunity of feeding these incredible birds.

Arrive at Okonjima Bush Camp for lunch and settle in to your superb accommodation before heading out on a guided afternoon excursion, tracking leopard by 4×4 safari vehicle. Okonjima is home to the AfriCat Foundation, a wildlife sanctuary dedicated to conservation awareness, preserving habitat, and supporting animal welfare. With luck, you’ll visit during an annual checkup of the animals and be witness to the incredible work being done. Close encounters with leopard and cheetah are an unforgettable highlight. Evening continues the excitement with a visit to the night hide after dinner. Nocturnal animals such as porcupine, caracal, honey badger, and leopard may be seen. The AfriCat Foundation is a superb example of conservation and community working together.

Included: Land transfer, market visit, REST vulture center visit, cheetah tracking, and night game drive / all meals included

Approximate Travel Time: 3 hours

Day 3 Eastern Etosha National Park

Do something exciting this morning—like tracking cheetah on foot— before returning to camp for brunch. Any activity you choose at Okonjima ensures the active and experiential; you are by no means a bystander. Then safari on to the eastern boundary of Etosha National Park, stopping for lunch en route. Take in Lake Otjikoto, mythically bottomless, with its rare mouth-breeding species of fish, on your way to Onguma Tree Top Camp. After an afternoon drive through their private game reserve, enjoy dinner at camp and a memorable evening viewing game at the floodlit waterhole.

Included: Cheetah tracking on foot, land transfer, and game drive / all meals included

Approximate Travel Time: 3-4 hours

Day 4 Etosha National Park

After an early breakfast, Etosha National Park beckons with phenomenal game viewing. The park covers 8,598 square miles and boasts some 114 mammal and 340 bird species. Until three million years ago, the Etosha Pan formed part of a huge, shallow lake that today would be the third-largest lake in the world. Now, it is filled with grassland, woodland, and savannah, supporting elephant, lion, giraffe, blue wildebeest, eland, kudu, oryx, zebra, rhino, cheetah, leopard, hyena, honey badger, warthog, and black-faced impala.

Return to camp for lunch and a siesta, and then spend the afternoon enjoying an interactive activity in the company of a local researcher whose specialty is the reserve’s endangered black rhino. During the last century, the black rhino has suffered the most drastic decline in total numbers of all rhino species. Today, you are part of this unique effort to find out more about these elusive creatures. Gain insights into the biology, tracking, and conservation work being accomplished to protect these truly magnificent animals. Help collect data from camera traps, stimulate your senses by sampling preferred rhino vegetation, feel the trees they rub against, and interpret their messages. Return to camp after sunset for another glorious evening at Tree Top.

Included: Rhino tracking and game drives / all meals included

Day 5 Southern Etosha National Park

Today’s extended game drive immerses you in Etosha National Park as you travel from the east to the southern boundary. Enjoy a picnic-style lunch en route, and visit the famous Okaukuejo waterhole before exiting through Andersson’s Gate onto the Ongava Game Reserve. The leisurely drive lets you spend unhurried time viewing a variety of species at various waterholes along the way. Late afternoon brings you to camp, and another mesmerizing night observing game at the waterhole or from the hide.

Included: Full-day game viewing through Etosha / all meals included

Day 6 Damaraland

Today, travel west to the market town of Kamanjab before heading south into the heart of Damaraland. Extraordinary displays of natural color, magnificent tabletop mountains, rock formations, and bizarre-looking vegetation await. Formed by ages of wind, water, and geological forces, the landscape fills the eye with rolling hills, dunes, gravel plains, and ancient river terraces. The astounding variety, loneliness and visual splendor convey an authentic wilderness experience.

En route to camp, your guide will track ancient pathways to bring you into a local Himba settlement. These nomadic and deeply traditional people have little time for conventional practices. Tall and slender, the proud yet friendly Himba are noted for their unusual sculptural beauty, enhanced by intricate hairstyles and adornments. They rub their bodies with red ochre and fat, a treatment that protects their skin against the harsh desert climate. Their homes are simple, cone-shaped structures of saplings, bound together with palm leaves, mud and dung. During your interactive visit, learn about the customs and beliefs that drive their way of life.

Lunch at a scenic location is another highlight of today’s safari after which you reach your home for the next two nights, Camp Kipwe.

Included: Full-day land transfer (6-7 hours) including Himba village visit / all meals included

Day 7 Damaraland

After an early breakfast, an exciting 4×4 excursion follows the ephemeral Aba Huab and Huab River valleys to explore this remarkable region and search for game. Keep an eye out for the elusive desert-adapted elephant and other adaptive wildlife at home in Damaraland. Return to camp for lunch and an afternoon visit to the Damara Living Museum, which preserves the residents’ once-traditional way of life, demonstrating skills from tanning and blacksmithing to dancing and holy fire making. Twyfelfontein (a UNESCO World Heritage site) takes you on a walk through archeological time, with some 2,500 prehistoric engravings depicting wildlife, animal spoor, and abstract motifs. It is perhaps the largest and finest collection of petroglyphs in Africa. Stone tools found here suggest that hunter-gatherers occupied the site over a period of 7,000 years.

End the day visiting Burnt Mountain with its fantastic range of colors (from a molten lava reaction 132 million years), and Organ Pipes, a mass of perpendicular dolerite columns.

Included: Game drive, nature walk, and exploration of Twyfelfontein / all meals included

Day 8 Swakopmund

Following breakfast, you’ll set off for your next destination. The drive today takes you south past Namibia’s highest mountain, the Brandberg which peaks at 8,440 feet above sea level, and west to meet the coast at Henties Bay. The imposing Brandberg massif is a challenge to rock climbers, especially its peak, Koningstein. The Brandberg is also famous for the rock painting known as the white lady. Here, the endemic Brandberg Acacia tree grows, and at the Messum Crater, you can also see the weird and wonderful desert plant – Welwitschia Mirabilis.

You then continue south to the coastal town of Swakopmund where you’ll enjoy the pleasant seaside location and cooler coastal air for the next two nights. Swakopmund is a town with an air of enchantment about it, as if the ornate buildings of the old quarter and the lush greenery of the seafront were somehow spirited away from their proper setting, only to be left without rhyme or reason in an African desert. Beyond the last row of houses the desert is devoid of vegetation except for low bushes. On a slight rise above the seashore, the town is exposed to both the Atlantic and the Namib Desert, a gravel plain to the north and east. It stands on the north bank of a river course that is nearly always dry. A narrow belt of sand dunes, outriders of the Great Sand Sea to the south, comes to a halt on the opposite bank. A bare plain beside a rough sea and dry river is hardly a prime position for a holiday resort. In fact the town was never meant to be a resort, but became one against all odds. It was established as a harbor town with its beginning as a landing station in 1892, when the Imperial Navy erected beacons on the site. Initially cargo and passengers were rowed ashore in surfboats from steamers anchored offshore. Once a concrete mole or breakwater had been built, it became possible to use tugs and barges instead.

There will be time this afternoon to explore town at your leisure, before setting off for dinner at the popular Tug Restaurant by the jetty which specializes in fresh seafood.

Included: Land transfer and leisure time / all meals included

Approximate Travel Time: 4 hours

Day 9 Walvis Bay

After an early breakfast, set off with your guide along the scenic coastal road to Walvis Bay for a memorable seal and dolphin cruise within the outer lagoon and harbour. This is an ideal way of seeing Cape fur seals, bottlenose dolphins, pelicans, flamingos and a wide variety of other sea birds. If you are lucky, there is also a chance of seeing whales, leatherback turtles, and sunfish. During the course of the cruise, snacks will be served along with local sparkling wine and fresh oysters. You will return to the jetty at roughly 12:30, after which you may like to explore Walvis Bay further before returning to Swakopmund for an afternoon at leisure at the lodge or in town. Later this evening you will be treated to an exciting night walk in the dunes near the lodge. Your final day wraps up with a celebratory barbeque dinner.

Included: Boat cruise and dunes walk / all meals included

Day 10 Windhoek, Departure

After an early breakfast you depart Swakopmund for your journey back to Windhoek, stopping off at the Okahandja woodcarvers craft market for some last minute curio shopping and lunch if time allows prior to your flight. Upon your arrival in Windhoek, you will be transferred out to the Windhoek International Airport where you bid farewell to your guides.

Included: Land transfer to Windhoek / breakfast and lunch

Approximate Travel Time: 6 hours

Dates & Prices

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*Pricing based on double occupancy. Reserve early for best pricing; prices and dates are subject to change.

Flight + Safari Combo 2017 Pricing

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Flight + Safari

CW Safaris is pleased to introduce our Flight + Safari Combo to complement our Namibia safari. This package consists of competitively priced round-trip airfare, comfortable pre-tour accommodations, airport transfers, breakfast, and your complete safari with on-trip inclusions.

This Flight + Safari Combo departs two days before your scheduled tour (one night aloft, one night pre-tour in Windhoek at the same hotel as the first night of your safari, The Galton House), so you’ll have ample opportunity to feel rested at the start of the safari.

This gives you everything you need to simplify your journey, while we take care of all the details.

Pre-Trip

DAY 1 - Flight to Namibia

Today you’ll depart your hometown, flying overnight en route to Africa.

Flight to Namibia Accommodation: Namibia Safari: Etosha National Park & The Skeleton Coast

DAY 2 - Windhoek

Arrive in Windhoek and transfer to your comfortable hotel (the same hotel as night one of the safari). Settle into your room, where you’ll have time to rest and relax before your safari begins the following day.

Windhoek Accommodation: Namibia Safari: Etosha National Park & The Skeleton Coast

Post-Trip

Upon return to Windhoek on your last day, you will be transferred to the international airport for your flight home.

Stay a Little Longer

CW Safaris offer enticing post-tour extensions ranging from the Victoria Falls in Zambia to an urban adventure in Cape Town, South Africa.  Please refer to our website or contact our office for further details.

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Guides

Our Guides

Guests who travel frequently with CW Safaris know that our guides truly set us apart from other adventure-travel companies. All CW Safaris guides are locally based and fluent in English, with exceptional knowledge of the region where you’ll be traveling. Their expertise in wildlife and natural history and their keen, deeply rooted understanding of life in the African bush will ensure your safety, well-being, and enjoyment throughout every safari. You could not be in better hands!

Here is a sampling of our extraordinary guides in Namibia:

Perez Kamukuenjandje

Perez comes from a large family of Herero speakers in the northeast of the country. He started his career as a guide by attending a number of guiding and ranger courses in the Namib and in South Africa. Since then, he has completed the formal Namibian national guide-training courses that will give him the highest nonspecialist guiding qualification possible. He is a natural entertainer and is in great demand, as many of those who have traveled with him return for a second (or third) safari – but only on the condition that Perez be their guide again.

Perez has great knowledge of the natural world, and his lively intelligence and wit make him a fascinating guide and traveling companion. Perez is a great enthusiast and an “all-rounder” – he receives unequivocal top ratings from former guests for his guiding skills and his company when traveling around the region.

Elvis Nghimutina

Elvis is a very articulate and intelligent guide who comes from the north-central region (former Ovamboland), although his immediate family is based in Swakopmund. He is very interested in world affairs and local politics (knowing many of the local politicians who come from his area), so is an interesting companion with whom to discuss such issues and often from whom to gain unusual insights.

Elvis is also extremely well informed on a wide variety of naturalist subjects and is particularly well versed in the ways of the desert, having spent several years as a guide based on the Namib Rand Nature Reserve, first at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge and then at Wolwedans Dune Lodge. Elvis is a great guide and traveling companion who receives consistently excellent ratings from the guests he has accompanied around the region. Guests fully appreciate the insights he offers in order to “bring the country alive,”

Orlando Haraseb

Orlando is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced guides in Namibia, as well as a man with a wide spectrum of experience from previous jobs. He is the former captain of the Namibian national football team, whose full-time job at the time was as a policeman. Early in his guiding career, he moved on to work at Hobatere Lodge in northern Damaraland to be near his family, and spent the next three years learning about birds and birding from Steve Brain – one of the best specialist birding guides in Southern Africa.

Since 2005, he has been the senior guide as well as guide “trainer” with our local partners. In addition to his work as a safari guide, he is also the deputy chairman of NATH (Namibian Academy for Tourism and Hospitality) and is a regular lecturer on guide-training courses there. Orlando has completed all of the formal Namibian national guide-training courses and has the highest nonspecialist guiding qualification possible, as well as being a specialist birding guide.

Orlando is very popular with those who travel with him, and he more often than not rates a 10 out of 10, as well as being named one of the highlights of the safari. He has strong beliefs, strict professionalism, and great depth of character. As a result, he is interesting and informative company on safari – and with a great sense of humor.

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