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Etosha and Swakopmund Adventure - 4 Days

Windhoek to Windhoek
from £605 (4 days)

Ref: AT062

This four day/three night safari offers one full day and one afternoon game drive inside the Etosha National Park, renowned as one of the best game reserves in Africa, a haven for wildlife which supports one of the most important ecological and wildlife systems on the continent.  At 22,270 km squared this huge park hosts an impressive collection of game including white and endangered black rhino, lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant, giraffe and numerous antelope and an impressive 340 species of birds - enough to keep any nature and wildlife enthusiast happy!  Also included in this fabulous short adventure are journeys through the community owned lands of Damaraland and one night in Swakopmund on the Skeleton Coast.  Accommodation is on a twin share basis, all rooms/tents with en-suite bathrooms.

Who can join: Aged 5 years and above
Accommodation: Twin Permanent Safari Tents or Lodges
Transfer time: not applicable
Pick up Point: Central Windhoek
Meals: Included as indicated
Volunteer numbers: approx. 5

Duration & Fees

Prices valid from the 01 Apr 2018 until the 31 Mar 2019

4 days£605

Per Person based on twin shared room

4 days£725

Per person single occupancy

Prices valid from the 01 Apr 2019 until the 31 Mar 2020

4 days£665

Per Person based on twin shared room

4 days£785

Per person single occupancy

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Start Dates

Departs every Tuesday

Please note: This trip is offered as a guaranteed departure.

Anyone preferring their own room guaranteed should book on the single supplement rate.

Payment

£180 deposit at time of booking – balance payment of project fee due 12 weeks before departure

What's Included

  • Fully equipped custom biult expedition vehicle with pop up roof (no air conditioning)
  • 3 nights' twin-share accommodation with en-suite facilities as indicated
  • Meals as indicated (B = breakfast; L = lunch; D = dinner)
  • National Park entry fees (2 days Etosha)
  • Game drives as above as well as visit to Walvis Bay Lagoon and Dune 7
  • Service of a professional English speaking guide/driver
  • Pick up and drop off within Windhoek city limits
  • Pre-departure pack and support and advice from Amanzi Travel staff and trip leaders

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Optional excursions
  • Restaurant meals and drinks and snacks

HIGHLIGHTS

Etosha National Park; Swakopmund; Quad Biking and Sand Boarding in the Dunes

Day 1  Tuesday  Halali, Etosha National Park (Snack Lunch / D)
The tour will depart from a central Windhoek Backpackers Lodge at 8.00 am, stopping briefly at Otjiwarongo to enjoy a light lunch pack before entering Etosha National Park through the Anderson Gate.  There will be an afternoon game drive through the park visiting waterholes looking for predators as well as zebra, giraffe, elephant and rhino, arriving at the accommodation just before sunset.  There is a floodlit waterhole next to the camp to which a visit is highly recommended. Accommodation will be in twin share double rooms with en-suite bathrooms.  Dinner will be prepared by the tour guide and an early night is recommended.

Day 2  Wednesday   Etosha Village, outside Etosha National Park (B / L / D)
The group will rise early for a pre-sunrise snack with tea/coffee before a game drive until mid-morning when they will return to camp for breakfast before heading out for another game drive visiting many waterholes before driving back to Halali for a picnic lunch.  After lunch the group will visit the impressive Etosha Pan (the largest salt pan in Namibia) before game driving across the park to look for the Big 4 as well as all the other plains game.   The tour will arrive at Okaukuej late afternoon and leave the park before sunset, visiting one last waterhole to experience another African sunset.  Accommodation tonight is in twin share permanent tents with en-suite bathroom facilities, located just outside the park.  Dinner will be prepared by the tour guide over the campfire where everyone can compare their photos and stories of the wildlife seen to-day,  and another early night is recommended.

Day 3  Thursday  Hotel a La Mer Swakopmund (B / L)
Early morning breakfast will be taken before departing from the lodge at 7.40 am. To-day's route will be via the communal lands of Damaraland where the group will see the communal farmers in this arid region.  There will be a stop at the Ugab River where there will be the chance to meet the beautiful Herero ladies who sell small art and craft items to support their families.  Lunch will be taken in the shadow of the Brandberg Mountain and there may be the chance to meet with a Himba group who have moved into this area to sell their jewellery and other items (dependent on the Himba tribespeople). After lunc the tour will head directly through the Namib Desert and stop at the latest shipwreck on the Skeleton Coast before arriving in Swakopmund late afternoon which gives time to explore this quaint seaside town on foot and perhaps visit the jetty for sundowners overlooking the cold Atlantic Ocean.  The tour guide will be happy to recommend a good restaurant for an evening meal (own expense). Overnight accommodation is in twin share rooms with en-suite bathroom.

Day 4  Friday  Windhoek (B / L)
A leisurely breakfast can be followed by the chance to join one of the many optional activities available here such as quad biking, sand boarding, a dolphin cruise or a scenic flight over the shipwrecks just to name a few. The driver will be happy to take anyone interested in birds to Walvis Bay to see the flamingoes in the Walvis Bay lagoon which is a protected RAMSAR Site for birds. This tour will return to Windhoek in the afternoon with a light lunch served en route.  There will be a brief stop at the Okahandja Wood Carving Markets where it is possible to haggle for locally produced goods from the carvers themselves. Tour members will be dropped at their overnight accommodation. 

Optional Excursions available in Swakopmund

Sandboarding
Quad Biking
Tandem Skydiver
Living Desert Tour
Dolphin Cruise
Township Tours
Paragliding
Kayaking Scenic Tour
Fishing Trips 

Please note: The trip leader will advise about optional activities that are available whilst on the tour.

Getting There

This trip departs from Windhoek at 8.00 am and it is therefore necessary to fly into Windhoek International Airport the day before from where airport transfers can be arranged as well as pre- and post-trip accommodation.

Amanzi Travel holds an ATOL licence and can arrange any flight requirements upon request.

Support and Orientation

Support and advice is available from Amanzi Travel office staff and project/trip leaders. Upon booking, you will receive a comprehensive pre-departure pack that provides all the details you will need to prepare for your trip to Africa.  This document includes information on accommodation, staff, visas, optional activities, packing checklist and medical advice and if you have any questions that are not answered in the pack we are always on hand to help and advise. We will do all we can to ensure that you are well prepared and looking forward to your trip to Africa. You will also receive an in country orientation on arrival.

A 24 hours a day, 7 days a week emergency contact number is provided for everyone who travels with us.

Amanzi Travel holds an ATOL licence (9401) and is able to arrange your flights on request giving you financial protection for your flight and trip costs. We also offer advice on personal travel insurance for your trip.

Windhoek to Windhoek, Etosha and Swakopmund Adventure - 4 DaysWindhoek to Windhoek, Etosha and Swakopmund Adventure - 4 DaysWindhoek to Windhoek, Etosha and Swakopmund Adventure - 4 DaysThe accommodation provided is on a twin share basis in safari style permanent tents or twin rooms with en-suite facilities and self catering facilities. Sleeping bags or bath towels are not necessary but please bring swim wear and pool towels, especially during the summer months.

Meals are provided as indicated. 

Click here to view the full interactive mapNamibia - Work At a Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary

Why visit Namibia?

Namibia is one of those dreamlike places that makes one question whether something so visually fabulous could actually exist. It is characterised by vast open spaces, with breathtaking scenery and great contrasts – ocean, dunes, mountains and deserts. A predominantly arid country, Namibia can be divided into four main regions. The Namib Desert and vast plains of the Skeleton Coast in the west; the eastward-sloping Central Plateau; the Kalahari desert along the borders with South Africa and Botswana; and the densely wooded bushveld of the Kavango and Caprivi regions – a magical undeveloped oasis of waterways and wildlife, providing abundant game and birdlife viewing opportunities.  Despite its harsh climate, Namibia has some of the world’s grandest national parks, ranging from the wildlife-rich Etosha National Park, to the dune fields and desert plains of the Namib-Naukluft Park. The Namib-Naukluft Park is superb for hiking, with a number of spectacular trails. It is also home to the renowned dunes of Sossusvlei - said to be the highest in the world - and the fascinating Sesriem Canyon. Windhoek is the country’s geographical heart and commercial nerve centre, with an ethnic mix of people, while surfers, anglers and beach-lovers won’t want to miss Swakopmund, with its lively entertainment and sporting activities.

Highlights

  • Etosha National Park is one of Africa’s finest parks, both in size and diversity of wildlife.
  • The Namib-Naukluft Park is the largest conservation area in Namibia and one of the largest in the world.
  • Two spectacular deserts - the Kalahari and Namib - each with distinctive wildlife and scenery.
  • The Namib, at 80 million years, is the world's oldest desert. Namib means “open space”.
  • The Namib and Damaraland offer remarkably clear skies for astronomers and keen star gazers.
  • Stunning Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world, after the Grand Canyon – it is 161km long, up to 27km wide and 550m deep.
  • Sossusvlei are said to be the highest sand-dunes in the world.
  • Superb birding and good fishing is available from the banks of the Kavango and Kunene Rivers on the northern border.
  • Popular self-drive destination with excellent infrastructure.
  • Largely malaria-free.
  • More than 300 days of sunshine per year.

Climate

Seasons Max Min
Summer/wet (October - April) 40 °C 20 °C
Winter/dry (May - September) 25 °C 0 °C
Rainfall: October – December “little rains”, January to April more stormy period

The winter months (May - September) range from 25 to 30°C during the day but night temperatures may drop to below freezing. June to August is the dry season with very little rain. This can be a good time for game viewing as wildlife converge at the waterholes.

The summer months (October - April) can reach highs of over 40°C and nights in the 20°C range (in the arid central Namib Desert temperatures can fall to below freezing during the night). This is a summer rainfall area, but overcast and rainy days are few and far between. Welcome thundershowers may occur in the late afternoon, bringing relief to flora and fauna. In October and November, large herds of blue wildebeest, zebra, springbok and oryx migrate from the Namutoni area to Okaukuejo, where they remain until May.

Rainfall is heaviest in the northeast, which enjoys a sub-tropical climate, and reaches over 600mm annually along the Okavango River. The northern and interior regions experience ‘little rains’ between October and December, while the main stormy period occurs from January to April.

Key Facts

Population – 2.1 million
Capital - Windhoek
Currency - Namibian dollar
Language – official language English; most widely spoken is Afrikaans; half of all Namibians speak Oshiwambo as their first language. German is also widely spoken, plus some Portuguese.
Namib – means “open space”
Etosha – means “great white place”
Time difference – GMT +2 hours
Telephone – country code 264, international access code 00

Etosha and Swakopmund Adventure - 4 Days

My experience with Amanzi Travel was great. Since the beginning I immediately felt very confortable in talking to Gemma who was prompt , kind and helpful in every question regarding the trip. I strongly recommend everyone Namibian Highlights tour. I appreciated a lot My volunteer project at Nankusee ( San activity skills ) and accomodation during trip were far above expectations. A special mention to trip guide Daniel. Reliable, kind and always available to answer all our questions. I wish I had a couple of days more to spend in this Amazing country: Namibia

Francesca, Italy, aged 45

Etosha and Swakopmund Adventure - 4 Days

A wonderful two weeks away arranged by Gemma. Nothing was too much trouble for her - I constantly emailed her questions which she promptly and politely replied to. Naankuse was a little luxury in Namibia, but the work they do for animals, children and San people is amazing. The Namibian Highlights tour was really fun and the accommodation and food standards way above our expectations. Our driver, Gideon was very professional and informative.

Mary and Family of 13, UK (Namibia Short Tour and Naankuse Lodge)

Etosha and Swakopmund Adventure - 4 Days

If any one wants to book a volunteer project I strongly recommend Amanzi travel. The service was excellent and i had an absolutely amazing trip to namibia. Thank you all at amanzi.

 

Angela, UK, aged 56 (Etosha and Swakopmund Adventure - 4 Days, Naankuse Big Cat, Wild Dog and Elephant Conservation Project , Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary)

volunteer Africa cheetah

We are back now from a very special experience, although the Etosha overland trip was a bit of an anti climax …… after being so 'hands on' - just could not get excited about taking more photos of animals after being up close and personal (at the NWS). Also unfortunately we had a massive thunder storm of the first night in the park which meant flooded park roads and not many animals on the Game Drives the next day…….. we had an excellent Safari Driver who reminded me of a young Eddie Murphy with a humour to match.

I have no problem providing excellent references for any clients looking to embark on a trip.

Mike Chance, aged 66, UK (Etosha and Swakopmund Adventure - 4 Days, Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary)

Jennie and Stuart, Sweden, 32 and 34

The overland trip was excellent - really well run. The guides were fantastic, the campsites great, and the food excellent. This has got to be the best way to see Africa in a short period of time ...   

Amanzi Travel are excellent - professional, informative but with a real personal service ...     The cheetah volunteer project was an absolutely fantastic experience, and the Overland trip was brilliant.

Jennie and Stuart, Sweden, 32 and 34 (Cheetah Volunteer Project and Overland Trip)

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