From the Dunes to the wild

Namibia white sands, Dunes and Wild Life

Safari tour package:
A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Price per person*:
$845 - $1454
Includes internal flights:
No
Length of safari:
7 days
Best months:
All year
Countries visited:
Parks visited:
Activity level:
Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
Safari type:
Adventure safaris Big five
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Northern Adventure Safari

7 days

Assisted Camping OR Accommodated Safari

 

The Northern Adventure is your chance to view exquisite feline carnivores, the wild animals of Etosha in their personal Eden, unique mountainous vistas and the elaborate carvings of Africa's eldest human inhabitants.

 

The style is limited participation, assisted camping and there is one accommodated night included in the itinerary, (day 6).  Collection time is between 08:30 & 09:00 from anywhere within the Windhoek city limits.

 

This safari has a guaranteed departure every Friday as per the published dates below with a minimum of two people. 

 

This safari can also be combined:

-      With our 7 day Southern Swing itinerary to make an unforgettable 14 Day Namibian Experience.  

-      To make a comprehensive 10 day adventure, combine this 7 day Northern Adventure with our 3 day Sossusvlei Link. 

-      Two of the world’s natural wonders, the Okavango Delta and the mighty Victoria Falls can also be included by combining this trip with our 10 day Delta and Falls Safari.

 

*** The Northern Adventure is run as a camping tour however, for a supplement an upgrade can be made to turn this into an accommodated option. Enquire upon booking as this is subject to availability.

 

Safari overview – camping option

Day

Destinations

Accommodation

Meals

Approximate km

 

 

 

 

 

Friday

Windhoek – Okonjima/Africat

Camping

Lunch & Dinner

300 km

Saturday

Okonjima/Africat – Etosha National Park

Camping

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

300 km

Sunday

Etosha National Park

Camping

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Game drive

Monday

Etosha National Park – Grootberg

Camping

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

310 km

Tuesday

Grootberg – Damaraland

Camping

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

190 km

Wednesday

Twyfelfontein/Damaraland – Swakopmund

Guest House

Breakfast & Lunch

420 km

Thursday

Swakopmund - Windhoek

-

Breakfast & Lunch

350 km

 

Safari overview – accommodated option

Day

Destinations

Accommodation

Meals

Approximate km

 

 

 

 

 

Friday

Windhoek – Okonjima/Africat

Main Camp

Lunch & Dinner

300 km

Saturday

Okonjima/Africat – Etosha National Park

Accommodated

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

300 km

Sunday

Etosha National Park

Accommodated

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Game drive

Monday

Etosha National Park – Grootberg

Accommodated

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

310 km

Tuesday

Grootberg – Damaraland

Accommodated

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

190 km

Wednesday

Twyfelfontein/Damaraland – Swakopmund

Accommodated

Breakfast & Lunch

420 km

Thursday

Swakopmund - Windhoek

-

Breakfast & Lunch

350 km

On the accommodated option lunches and dinners are taken with the group at their respective campsite apart from at Okonjima, Grootberg Lodge and Twyfelfontein where dinner will be taken at the lodge.

 

Friday 

Windhoek – Okonjima/Africat (300 km) (LD) (camping)

You will be collected between 08:30 & 09:00.

We will 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. 

Continuing north, passing through farmland, we aim to arrive at Okonjima during the middle afternoon, giving us time to set up our camp and to relax in the shade for a while before heading out on to the property to take part in the afternoon’s activity.

Okonjima is the home of the Africat Foundation, a specialist conservation concern that centres its operations on the African Big Cats, particularly cheetah. 

This afternoon you will be taken on a tour during which you will be able to meet, close-up-and-personal, some of the cheetah that are going through the Africat rehabilitation programme. 

Most of the animals currently living at Okonjima have been rescued from various desperate situations, being orphaned or caught in a trap, and the aim of the rehabilitation process is to attempt to re-introduce them into the wild.

After our educational tour we will return to our camp and prepare for dinner under the African stars.

Saturday

Okonjima/Africat - Namutoni / East Etosha region (300 km) (BLD) (camping)

An early start and continuing north we pass through some small towns, making short stops for fresh supplies and fuel.

Continuing on to our East Etosha, Namutoni region camp we again aim to arrive in time for lunch, giving us time to relax before heading into the park during the cool of the late afternoon for our first game drive. 

 

Sunday

East Etosha region – Okaukuejo, Etosha National Park (BLD) (camping)

A full day's game driving.  We again leave early 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, Etosha's main rest camp and resort where we will check in and set up camp. Originally the site of a German fort built in 1901, Okaukuejo now houses the Etosha Ecological Institute, founded in 1974; the round watchtower is a remnant of the fort.

After your evening meal there are still more chances to see Etosha's big game at a floodlit waterhole, situated on the boundary of our camp and easily reachable within a minute or two on foot.

The waterhole has been described as one of the "best game viewing opportunities in Southern Africa" and the ideal venue to witness peculiar animal politics. Black rhino, Africa's tallest elephants, lion and numerous species of antelope are regular visitors during the cool, dry season.

Monday

Okaukuejo – Grootberg area (310km) (BLD) (camping)

Leaving Etosha we begin our journey south with a relatively short drive to the small town of Kamanjab. 

Within this area you have the opportunity of visiting a Himba Village - the only traditionally functioning Himba community outside the far north Kaokoland region of Namibia These tribes-people have migrated here, lifestyle and customs intact, and are following their traditional way-of-life in their village on a farm, the exact location of the site varies as the Himba occasionally roam to a new location.  We will learn about marriage customs, traditional food and the mysteries of the “Holy Fire” religion.

From here it is a short drive on to The Hoada Community Campsite which is located among beautiful granite hills and mopane trees. To add an eco-friendly touch, the hot water system works in combination with the barbecue area, therefore whilst your meal is being prepared, your water will be warmed up for your shower!

We overnight - camping under the stars.

Tuesday

Grootberg area – Twyfelfontein (190 km) (BLD) (camping)

Today we head into one of the most beautiful desert regions in Namibia, Damaraland.  We drive west via the Grootberg Pass and then take a detour to visit the ancient Bushman rock engravings at Twyfelfontein.  At this location we will have a local guide to conduct us on a short guided tour before we set up camp for the night.

Wednesday

Twyfelfontein – Swakopmund, Skeleton Coast (420 km) (BL) (accommodation)

From here we head deeper into the desert and pass Namibia’s highest mountain, The Brandberg, (2573 m) and more beautiful Damaraland scenery.  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.  Meeting the ocean at Henties Bay, we first head north along the coast to visit the seal colony at Cape Cross.  At certain times of the year as many as 100,000 Cape Fur seals congregate. 

The next destination is Swakopmund, following the Skeleton Coast into Namibia's premier seaside town.  We aim to arrive in the late afternoon giving us time to explore the town on foot before sunset.

Tonight we take the chance to sample one of the excellent restaurants.  The seafood in Swakopmund is superb.  Your guide will offer to organise a group meal in a local restaurant for this evening.  Participation is recommended but by no means required. 

Dinner is for the client’s own account.

Thursday

Swakopmund - Windhoek (BL) (350 km)

The drive back to Windhoek today will take about 4 and a half hour.  We will depart around lunch-time, giving us time to spend the morning relaxing in Swakopmund.  It has many superb 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 aeroplane and microlight 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).

This is the last day of our trip and after lunch we will transfer back to the capital city where you will be dropped off at your accommodation.

 

Guaranteed departures through the year on the following dates with a minimum of two people:

All rates are quoted in Namibian Dollars

01 April 2015 until 31 March 2016

Price N$ 11 630.00 per person sharing

Accommodation supplements:

01 April 2015 – 30 June 2015:           N$ 8 185.00 per person sharing

                                                       Single room supplement:  N$ 2 250.00

01 July 2015 – 31 October 2015:       N$ 8 720.00 per person sharing

                                                       Single room supplement:  N$ 2 590.00 

             

Departs on the following Fridays

2015

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

 

 

 

9

6

6

3

 1

12

03

7

4

2

13

11

 

   

23

20

20

17

15

26

10

14

11

9

27

25

 

   

 

 

 

 

29

 

17

21

18

16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24

28

25

23

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31

 

 

30

 

 

 

 

 

Additional Information

It is strongly recommended that you purchase comprehensive personal travel insurance before you embark on your safari.  Travel insurance is for your own protection and we consider it to be an essential part of modern international travel.

Maximum group size is 14 people, with a minimum of 2 participants.  Transport for up to 5 people will be in a minibus and for 6 people and more in a specialised vehicle.

The style of safari is limited participation, you will be asked to assist put up and take down your own tent, however there will be a camp assistant to complete all the other campsite chores.  Your tour guide will do all the shopping, cooking and day-to-day organization of the safari.  Unless otherwise specified, all safaris will be conducted in English

 

                    Safaris include:                                                                      Safaris exclude:

1.  All transport                                                                                                                            1.  Sleeping bag (can be hired)

2.  Three meals a day (unless differently specified)                                                                         2.  Alcoholic beverages

3.  Tap drinking water                                                                                                                    3.  Soft drinks

4.  Tea & coffee in camp                                                                                                               4.  Personal travel insurance

5.  All camping equipment

6.  Park entrance fees                                                                                                                 Useful items to bring with you:

7.  Camping fees                                                                                                                          1.  Two litre water bottle

8.  Professional guide                                                                                                                    2.  Torch

9.  Camp Assistant                                                                                                                        3.  Towel

10. Pick up & drop off from accommodation in Windhoek                                                                  4.  Sun hat

                                                                                                                                                    5. Camera        

                                                                                                                                                    6.  Pillow

 

The tents are dome type, which are easy to assemble and your mattresses are approximately 5 cm thick with your own mattress cover, and everyone has a camp chair with a backrest. 

Clients are limited to one soft, barrel type bag per person with maximum weight of 15kg, one medium sized hand luggage bag, one medium sized camera bag and a sleeping bag.

We suggest a sleeping bag range of “3 – 4 season”.  Sleeping bags can be hired by prior arrangement for a cost of N$: 70.00 per 7 day trip.  When packing your clothing please be aware that Namibian summer temperatures (December - March) can reach 45*c, and winter temperatures (June - September) can be as low as -5*c.  The rainy season is between December and April. 

All evening meals on camping safaris, (unless stipulated), are cooked on an open fire by your guide.  Salads and fresh vegetables will be served where possible, but please note in some areas this is not necessarily every day.  Fresh fruit will also be supplied when possible. Vegetarians can be catered for but please notify us prior to safari departure. 

Namibia is a low risk malarial destination but we recommend that you seek professional medical advice to enable you to make decisions on personal malaria protection.

All tap water in Namibia has been purified or comes directly from boreholes and is safe to drink.  We supply tap drinking water but bottled mineral water is easily available at shops and rest camps should you prefer to drink this.

Electrical plugs are 220 V and are 3 pin (round pin as opposed to square pin, the same as South Africa).  Adaptors can be purchased in Windhoek.  It is possible to re-charge batteries at some campsites.

The Namibian Dollar (N$) is tied permanently 1-1 to the South African Rand (SAR).  SAR, notes and coins are legal tender in Namibia.

Airport transfers and pre-and-post safari accommodation can be arranged on request It is customary to tip in Namibia, usually, around 10% at restaurants.  Your guide and assistant can be tipped at your own discretion and only for good service, but we ask that the guide be tipped separately from your assistant.

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