Etosha Adventure

NAMIBIA

Windhoek

3 Days

Saturday / Monday

Up to 10 people

Age 18+

From $499

Windhoek

3 Days

Sat / Mon

Sat / Mon

Up to 10 people

Max 10

Age 18+

From $499

Tour summary

Etosha is one of the world’s premier game viewing destinations, with unique vegetation and spectacular scenery. Vegetation ranges from dense bush to open plains, attracting a variety of wildlife. In the heart of the Park is the Etosha Pan – a shallow depression covering an area of 5,000 km2. Dry and shimmering for most of the year, the pans fill after good rains, to a depth never more than 1m. In the dry season, wildlife is drawn to  waterholes that make for excellent game viewing.

The 3 day Etosha Adventure is run as a camping tour, but an upgrade can be made to turn the tour into an accommodated option.

What you’ll encounter

Departing from Windhoek you will travel north along scenic roads, on your way to Etosha. Etosha’s most well-known feature is the vast salt pan, which is so big it can be seen from space. The moon-like surface of the Etosha Pan also provides striking vistas and breathtaking backdrops to your wildlife or landscape photographs. Etosha is home to four of Africa’s Big 5, including lion, leopard, black and white rhino and elephants – buffalo is the only one of the Big 5 that is not present. You are also like to see a large number of Etosha’s 144 mammal species which includes cheetah, zebra, springbok, oryx, kudu, giraffes and brown hyenas. 

Itinerary

Windhoek – Okakeujo (450 km) (LD) (camping).

You will be collected between 08:00 and 08:30 from your accommodation in Windhoek.

Travelling north you pass through some of the country’s most established farmland, and stop at quaint towns along the way, arriving at Anderson Gate by mid-afternoon. After entering Etosha, game drive through to Okakeujo, Etosha’s main rest camp, where you will check in and set up camp. For those choosing the accommodated safari, accommodation is either in premier bush chalets overlooking the waterhole; bush chalets and double rooms; or family chalets. 

After your evening meal there are more chances to see big game at the floodlit waterhole, a few minutes walk from the campsite.

Okakeujo is the oldest tourist camp in Etosha, functioning as the administrative centre. It is also home to the Etosha Ecological Institute. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, shop, pool, kiosk and camp sites.

The main attraction of this camp is that it overlooks a permanent waterhole which is floodlit at night. The Okakeujo waterhole is one of the best game viewing opportunities in Southern Africa, the ideal venue to witness black rhino, elephant, lion and many antelope species.

Okakeujo – Namutoni (BLD) (camping)

A full day’s game viewing awaits, so you will depart early to enjoy the cool morning air. Make your way to Halali, in the centre of the Park. Along the way you will stop at various waterholes and are afforded magnificent views of the massive Etosha Pan. At just over 5,000 km2, the pan covers 25% of the park and is so vast it can be seen from space. Game viewing is excellent year-round and there are species found in this region that are not seen around Okakeujo.

Stop at Halali camp for a rest and lunch, visit the waterhole and make use of the facilities, before continuing onto the eastern side of the Park and your camp next to Fort Namutoni.

Built into an old German fort, Namutoni campsite has a unique atmosphere, with ample facilities. For accommodated clients, accommodation is provided in comfortable double rooms or bush chalets. From the walls of the fort you can enjoy an elevated view of the King Nehale waterhole, allowing for great game viewing without leaving camp. The walls are also an excellent spot for sundowners, marvelling at the colours of the setting sun.

The camp is situated at the eastern part of Etosha National Park. It’s close proximity to Fisher’s Pan makes Namutoni a birding hotspot. The restcamp has two restaurants, a craft shop, pool and a viewing deck overlooking the waterhole.

East Etosha – Windhoek (BL) (500  km)

Be prepared for the long scenic drive back to Windhoek, passing through towns and rural areas. You will stop at the small town of Okahandja, the home of Namibia’s largest wood carving market. The stalls operate on a cooperative basis and offer an array of authentic Namibian souvenirs.

You are due back in Windhoek late afternoon / early evening  and you will be dropped off at your accommodation on your return.

Route Map

Rates, Dates and Tour Information​

B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner

1   Windhoek – Etosha, Okakeujo Campsite L, D
2   Etosha area, Namutoni Campsite B, L, D
3   Etosha – Windhoek B, L

B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner

1   Windhoek – Etosha, Okakeujo Restcamp Chalet (or equivalent) L, D
2   Etosha area, Namutoni Restcamp Chalet (or equivalent) B, L, D
3   Etosha – Windhoek B, L

Departures for camping tours are every Saturday throughout the year. Accommodated tours depart Windhoek every Monday.

Camping

1st April 2019 – 31st March 2020: $500
1st April 2020 – 31st October 2020: $550

No single supplements available.

This tour is “Limited Participation Camping” where you may only be required to assist with putting up your tent. You will not be expected to help with cooking or other camp duties. Once the tent is up, sit back and relax!

Accommodated

1st November 2019 – 30th June 2020: $950
1st July – 31st October 2020: $1,105

Single supplement: $55

Please enquire for 2021 rates and availability.

Inclusions

  • Meals as indicated plus tea and coffee in camp;
  • Accommodation (either camping or accommodated), including all camping equipment;
  • All transfers and fuel;
  • Professional guide and camp assistant;
  • All transport;
  • Park entrance fees and camping fees;
  • Pick up and drop off from accommodation in Windhoek.

Exclusions

  • Transfers or flights to Windhoek;
  • Visa fees;
  • Personal medical and travel insurance, which must cover the entire duration of your tour and should include cover for repatriation, air evacuation and any activities you may undertake or plan to undertake;
  • Any pre or post tour accommodation in Windhoek;
  • Airport transfers;
  • Sleeping bag (can be hired if required) and pillow;
  • Souvenirs, snacks and fizzy / alcoholic drinks (bottled mineral water is not provided, but safe, clean drinking water is included);
  • Optional excursions, meals or activities.

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FAQ

What electrical adaptors do I need for Namibia?

Electrical plugs are 220 V and are 3 pin (round-pin as opposed to square pin, the same as in South Africa).  Adaptors can be purchased in Windhoek and your tour operator also sells these at their offices.  It is possible to re-charge batteries at most campsites.

What is limited participation camping?

Limited participation camping is assisted camping with the participation limited to only helping with the tent.  No help needed with any food preparation or other camp duties. You can just sit back, relax and let your guide and assistant take care of you.

Is there anywhere to do laundry?

If you’re on one of the scheduled camping trips there will be laundry facilities (with washing machines) in the bigger towns such as Swakopmund and Windhoek.

What food will I eat?

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.

What will my tent be like?

Tents are dome-shaped with built-in ground-sheets and screened windows and doors. They allow standing headroom and are simple to put up, though your guide will help with this. The mattresses you’ll find inside are approximately 5cm thick and covers are supplied, along with all other camping equipment, including chairs with backrests, tables, washstands, cutlery and crockery.

If you wish to sleep in a sleeping bag (which you will do during winter months!), you can hire them or bring your own.

What vehicle will I travel in on safari?

Most of the safaris will use a Toyota Dyna 14 seater vehicles with pop-tops. The vehicles have modified seating for more leg room and there are large windows for game viewing, while the pop-tops are great for photographing game.

Smaller groups may travel in either a minibus, double cab or Land Cruiser.

What animals will I see?

Etosha National Park is home to 4 of the Big 5 which include the Lion, Leopard, Rhino and Elephant. Buffalo is the only one of the Big 5 that is not present in the Etosha National Park, but can be seen in the Caprivi and Okavango areas of Namibia. Etosha is further home to 144 Mammal species and these include Zebra, Springbok, Oryx, Kudu, Eland, Impalas, White and Black Rhino, Giraffes, Damara Dik Dik, Steenbok, Brown Hyenas, Cheetah, Leopard and Jackals to name just a few. Birdlife in Etosha is also very prolific with a wide variety of endemic and migratory birds.
The rest of Namibia you are likely to spot some Oryx, Ostriches, Kudus, some baboons as well as warthogs. And in the Caprivi and Okavango Regions you will be able to spot some crocodiles and hippos as well.
Along the coast of Namibia spot some heavy-side dolphins and the cape fur seals as well as a rich marine birdlife.

Do I need malaria tablets?

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.

Do I need malaria tablets?

The climate is typically semi-desert with hot days and cool nights. Midsummer temperatures may rise to over 40 degrees Celsius. Winter days are warm, but dawn temperatures may drop to freezing. Along the coast it is cool with low rainfall and fog prevails from late afternoon until mid-morning.
The rainy season lasts from October to April. The rest of the year is dry and cloudless. Namibia averages 300 days of sunshine a year.

What is the currency in Namibia?

The currency used in Namibia is The Namibian Dollar (NAD or N$). It is linked permanently (with a ratio of 1:1) to the South African Rand (ZAR), and South African Rand notes and coins are also legal tender in Namibia. Its not always easy to obtain N$ before you arrive, but you should be able to get South African Rand easily.

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