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Etosha Express - 3 Days

Windhoek to Swakopmund
from £495 (3 days)

Ref: AT066

Etosha, Namibia's famous national park, is one of the best game reserves in Africa.  It is a haven for wildlife and supports one of the most important ecological and wildlife systems on the continent.  With an area of 22,270 km sq this large park is home to a wide variety of game including the white rhino and endangered black rhino, lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant, giraffe and many species of antelope.  Visitors may also see many of the 340 species of bird to be found in the park - which is sure to appeal to all wildlife enthusiasts.  The 3-day safari starts every Tuesday in Windhoek and ends in Swakopmund and is an adventure-based tour staying in rustic accommodation.

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

3 days£495

Per Person based on twin shared room

3 days£575

Per person single occupancy

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

3 days£555

Per Person based on twin shared room

3 days£625

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 built expedition vehicle with pop up roof (no air conditioning)
  • Two nights' accommodation as indicated
  • Meals as indicated
  • Park fees and excursions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Services of a professional English speaking driver/guide
  • Pick up within Windhoek city limits and drop off within Swakopmund 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

Day 1 Tuesday  Halali, Etosha National Park (Lunch, Dinner)
All travellers will be collected from their accommodation at 7.15 am and brought to a central lodge for a pre-departure talk and to meet the rest of the group. The tour will leave Windhoek and will stop briefly at Otjiwarongo for a light lunch pack before entering the Etosha National Park through the Anderson Gate.  Here tour members will enjoy a game drive across the park, visiting waterholes used by predators as well as looking for zebra, giraffe, elephant and rhino.  The tour will arrive at the lodge just before sunset with time to settle into the accommodation which comprises twin-shared double rooms with en-suite bathroom facilities.  Travellers are recommended to spend time at the floodlit waterhole while dinner isprepared by the tour guide over an open fire.  An early night is recommended. 

Day 2  Wednesday  Taleni Etosha Village (B,L,D)
The first game drive will be at sunrise to catch the predators while they are still active, followed by visits to many waterholes before returning to Halali for breakfast. The second mid-morning game drive will be to the impressive Etosha Pan "great white place" where everyone can get out of the vehicle and experience this 4500 sq km "saline desert" before continuing the game drive in search of the "Big 4".  The tour will arrive back at Halali where the guide will prepare a delicious lunch while everyone perhaps has a dip in the pool or the chance to relax by the camp waterhole.  After lunch there will be further time to relax before the final game drive across the park towards Okaukuejo calling into some well-known waterholes before leaving the park at sunset.  Accommodation tonight will be in twin-share permanent tents with en-suite bathroom facilities.  Dinner is again prepared by the tour guide and another early night is recommended. 

Day 3 Thursday  Swakopmund (B,L)
There will be an early breakfast this morning before departing at 7.30 am for the drive to the dramatic and beautiful scenery of Damarland.  There will be the chance to visit the beautiful Herero ladies who sell small art and craft items to support their families.  A light lunch will be taken in the shadow of the Brandberg Mountain where it may be possible to meet some of the colourful local characters who live in this harsh environment.  On the drive down the Skeleton Coast the remains of a small shipwreck will be explored before arriving in Swakopmund mid-afternoon when travellers will be dropped at their accommodation.

Optional Activities available in Swakopmund

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

Please note: The trip leader will advise about optional activities available during the tour.

Getting There

This trip departs from Windhoek and participants can be picked up at their accommodation in Central Windhoek on the morning of the start date.  Travellers  therefore need to fly into Windhoek International Airport from where airport transfers can be arranged, as well as pre- and post-trip accommodation.   As the tour ends in Swakopmund travellers can then take a flight Walvis Bay or take a shuttle bus back to Windhoek or to another destination.

Amanzi Travel holds an ATOL licence and we 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.  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. 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 Swakopmund, Etosha Express - 3 DaysWindhoek to Swakopmund, Etosha Express - 3 DaysWindhoek to Swakopmund, Etosha Express - 3 DaysAccommodation 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 tour members should take swimming costumes and pool towels, especially during the summer months.  Meals are provided as indicated. This safari is semi-participation and travellers will be asked to help with light kitchen duties.

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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 Express - 3 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 Express - 3 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)

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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