NAMIBIA CAMPING SAFARI
Fish River Canyon, Namib Desert, Sossusvlei Dunes, Damara Cultural Village, Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings, Petrified Forest and Etosha National Park, Wild Horses on the Namib
Participation Camping Safari
R 36,000 pp
14 days/13 nights
Windhoek to Windhoek
Namibia is not only a country of contrasts, extremes and rugged beauty, it’s also a country with an interesting and diverse culture, brought about by the many different ethnic groups populating the country.
This camping safari of Namibia will suit the more adventurous traveler as full participation is required and day to day chores are shared by all aboard it certainly is suitable to singles, couples and small groups as well as mom, dad and the kids.
What better way to spend some real quality time with the family than a Namibian camping safari? We have a nice mix of culture and scenic beauty on the one hand, with wildlife on the other.
For the action seekers we happily throw in some kayaking, hikes, quad biking and more.
Both arrival and departure is from Windhoek, which is the capital city of Namibia, and it boasts a splendid international airport which accommodates a host of international airlines from Europe and elsewhere.
We depart Windhoek soon after your arrival and make our way to the Mariental area for your first taste of the real Kalahari.
Our lodge is beautifully set between the red sand dunes with spectacular views over the vast Kalahari plains.
After some well deserved sundowners, we get down to business cooking our first of many great safari dishes, all over our camp fire, prepared with passion and enjoyed under amazingly clear night skies.
Today we travel to one of the most amazing sights in the whole of Africa, namely the Fish River Canyon.
The canyon is the second biggest on earth after the Grand canyon, and after spending a couple of hours taking in this immense beauty we set up camp at our campsite, a mere 10km from here.
Another splendid dinner is prepared and enjoyed around our campfire whilst enjoying the amazing night sounds the Namibian Kalahari will share with us night after night.
Our next destination is historic small town Aus where we have another beautiful campsite set pretty much in the open Kalahari plains with stunning views of the mountains surrounding the camp.
Once the camp is set up we take a leisurely drive to see if we can spot the famous wild horses of the Namib desert, as they come from deep inside the desert to have a drink at the watering hole, which is only 30 km from our campsite.
An early rise is needed as we have a fairly long drive today to Sossusvlei, where the biggest sand dunes on earth are found…
The drive is one of the most scenic in the whole of Namibia and we might be lucky to spot kudu, springbok, oryx or giraffe en route.
After setting up camp you can have a refreshing swim before we prepare another stupendous dinner, yet again under the African stars with many night sounds adding that extra bit of magic to another marvelous day.
First up this morning is a drive to Dune 45 to see the first rays of the sun hitting this gigantic dune and a spectacular effect is created when the one half of the dune is in sunlight whilst the other side is in complete shadow.
A 1 hour trek up the big daddy follows, with a visit to Dead Vlei on the way back to follow.
After a picnic brunch we head back to camp, but not before visiting Sesriem Canyon, a canyon formed by flood water over many thousands of years.
Today we head back to Swakopmund, a biggish city along the Namibian coast and this gives us an opportunity to purchase much needed supplies, have some laundry done and perhaps have a refreshing swim in the ice cold Atlantic ocean, this is for the very brave only…!
Our campsite is on waters edge and tonight we prepare our dinner with the sound of the ocean in the background, complimenting the thousands of stars watching us from above.
We depart our campsite early morning to neighboring Walvis Bay, where you will enjoy a half day kayaking experience, paddling your kayak whilst at times surrounded by seals and perhaps a few dolphins too.
The afternoon is yours at leisure and a bit of time at the beach is highly recommended.
Dinner is special tonight as you are treated to dinner at The Tug, one of the very best restaurants in the whole of Namibia.
The Tug has a wonderful setting right on waters edge and with many themed dining rooms and great service, this will be a night you will remember for many years to come.
After a couple of days in civilization we head back to the more remote parts and travel all the way to Twyfelfontein, which is one of the most scenic areas in the greater Damaraland area of Namibia.
Our campsite is on the banks of the seasonal Aba Huab river, and its going to be one of the campsites you enjoy the most… purely because of the remoteness and peace and quite of the area.
We visit the Damara cultural village as well as the Twyfelfontein rock engravings this afternoon and round the day off with a lovely campfire dinner, yet again under the African sky.
There is great excitement today as we pack up camp and depart to Etosha National Park, the best wildlife park in Namibia by far.
En route we stop by the Petrified forest for a guided tour of the area, famous for the many large petrified trees stems which deposited here from central Africa many millions of years ago.
On to Etosha it is and if we travel well, we might well have time for a late afternoon game drive of the Park, hoping to see elephant, giraffe, lion, hyena, leopard and many more.
DAY 10 and 11
We have 2 marvelous days of game drives and relaxation ahead and will have many hours out there trying to find those elusive beasts which we have come to Africa for.
The hours between game drives are spent at leisure and you can enjoy time the pool. Or just relax at camp, catching a nap, reading or write up your memoirs of the adventure.
Camping is done and dusted and we enjoy the comforts of a good lodge with great food for this special evening, our last in Namibia before you depart to your next destination tomorrow.
The lodge we chose has a number of resident Rhino in their reserve and you are welcome to partake in an optional game drive by the lodge, should you wish to try your luck at finding some of them before heading back home.
Dinner is enjoyed in their very popular restaurant and you will be spoilt for choice, with a host of delicious indigenous meals on offer.
We enjoy a final breakfast before embarking on the last leg of our adventure, a 3 hour drive back to Windhoek, where we enjoy a final lunch together, reminiscing all the happenings of the past two weeks… highlights are to many to mention and lowlights hopefully none!
What Altis says about this safari
This camping safari is a once in a lifetime trip for those prepared to venture a little off the beaten track, as well as those who dont mind getting the hands dirty now and then.
We travel many many kilometers and most of it is away from the bigger cities and mostly in the more remote parts of Namibia.
A lot of emphasis is on good meals and we prepare all our meals together, almost as a team effort.
I will happily teach you how to bake a bread in a black pot over the coals, how to prepare Springbok or Kudu stew, Ostrich bolognaise, and many more.
I do find that the camaraderie created around meal times very special and we have had so many amazing dinners around campfire…. it’s just so much fun.
For the wine lovers I often throw in a few tastings along the way eg we might taste a couple of Sauvignon Blanc’s on one occasion and Shiraz on another, all depending on food choice of the day.
All in all this is a relaxing fun trip with a great balance between wildlife, scenic beauty as well as a few cultural experiences, which puts the cherry on top of a great adventure.
All road transport
Passenger as well as public liability insurance
All tented accommodation
One night lodge accommodation
Entry to the Fish river canyon, Sossusvlei dunes, Twyfelfontein rock engravings, Damara cultural village, petrified forest, Etosha National Park
4 game drives at Etosha
Visit to the wild horses of the Namib desert
Coffee and tea as needed
Sundowners after game drives
International air travel
Bottled water, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
Personal travel insurance
Meals in restaurants
Accommodation in lodges, except on the last night
Activities available for own account
Hot air ballooning
Sea kayaking, sand boarding, quad biking
Game drives at private reserves
Neutral colours are recommended when on a wildlife safari, whilst random colours are in order when on scenic and landscape safaris.
The choice of clothing will depend on the season during which you travel
Cooler months – May through August
Although evenings will be cool to cold, nights might drop to zero degrees celsius or even below zero
days might be cool but sunny and temperatures could reach mid 20’s regularly.
During these months we recommend some long pants, long sleeve tops, jerseys and jackets as well as warm socks, gloves, a beanie and scarves
A travel towel or two
Sleeping bag liner
Short sleeve shirts t shirts, skirts and sandals for warmer days
At least one nice outfit
Warm months-September through April
During these months do bring predominantly short sleeve shirts, dresses, skirts, shorts, sandals as well as a few warm items in case of freak weather
Sandals as well as hiking shoes
A travel towel or two
At least one nice outfit
We recommend you bring some basic items including:
Tablets for headache, nausea, cramps as well as diarrhea
Camera with spare batteries
A torch or headlamp
A good book to read
A water bottle
A universal power adaptor
A power pack or portable charger with usb cable
A diary to document your travels
Credit card, visa or MasterCard only as other cards might not be accepted
An international driver’s license if you intend doing any driving before or after the safari
Travel insurance-this should be taken out before you arrival in Africa and please ensure that tour curtailment and cancellation is included
To experience the real Africa is a priviledge that changes you for ever. There is no other place on earth like it…
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