Duration & Fees
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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.
£180 deposit at time of booking – balance payment of project fee due 12 weeks before departure
- Fully equipped custom built expedition vehicle with pop up roof (no air conditioning)
- 5 nights' twin share en-suite accommodation with en-suite bathrooms
- Meals as indicated (B = breakfast; L = lunch; D = dinner)
- National Park entry fees (2 days Etosha and 1 day Sossusvlei)
- Game drives as indicated
- Sossusvlei excursion (including 4x4 shuttle) and cheetah tracking activity at Solitaire
- 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
- Optional excursions/activities
- Restaurant meals and drinks and snacks
HIGHLIGHTS Etosha National Park; Swakopmund; Sossusvlei; Dune 45; Big Daddy; Sesriem Canyon; Deadvlei
Day 1 Halali, Inside Etosha National Park (Snack lunch / D)
The tour will depart from a central Backpackers Lodge in Windhoek at 8.00 am, stopping briefly at Otjiwarongo to enjoy a light lunch pack before entering Etosha National Park through the Anderson Gate. During the afternoon there will be a game drive through the Park visiting waterholes looking for predators as well as zebra, giraffe, elephant, rhino, arriving at the accommodation for the night, located inside Etosha National Park, just before sunset. There is a floodlit waterhole next to the camp. Accommodation will be in twin share double rooms with en-suite bathroom facilities. Dinner will prepared by the tour guide and an early night is recommended.
Day 2 Etosha Village, Outside Etosha National Park (B / L / D)
The group will rise before sunrise for a snack with tea or coffee before game driving 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 there will be a visit to the mighty Etosha Pan (the largest salt pan in Namibia) before game driving across the Park in a search for the Big 4, as well as all the plains game. The tour will arrive at Okaukuejo late afternoon and leave the Park before sunset, visiting one last waterhole to worship another African sunset. Accommodation will be in twin-share permanent tents with en-suite bathroom facilities and 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, and another early night is recommended.
Day 3 Hotel a La Mer Swakopmund (B / L)
After an early morning breakfast the tour will depart from the lodge at 7.40 am to drive into the dramatic and beautiful scenery of Damaraland where the communal farmers will be seen in this arid region. A stop will be made at the Ugab River Bridge to visit with the beautiful Herero ladies who sell their small art and craft items to support their families. Lunch will be taken in the shadow of the Brandberg Mountain and there will be time for a short visit with a Himba group who have moved into the area to sell their jeweller and other items (dependent on the Himba tribespeople). After lunch the tour will head directly through the Namib Desert to stop at the latest shipwreck on the Skeleton Coast before arriving in Swakopmund late-afternoon with time to explore this quaint seaside town on foot, perhaps visiting the jetty for sundowners overlooking the cold Atlantic Ocean. The tour guide will be happy to recommend a good restaurant for an evening meal (at own expense).
Day 4 Desert Camp near Sesriem (B / L / D)
This morning after breakfast, a visit to the Museum or Aquarium (optional and unguided) is highly recommended while adrenalin junkies may enjoy a 2 hour sand boarding experience in the dunes to get their pulses racing. Departure from Swakopmund will be at 12 noon (11.00 am in winter). The tour will then drive through the Namib Desert via the Kuiseb Pass and Solitaire, arriving at camp late afternoon for a chance to relax and enjoy the views before taking a short walk to view the sunset looking over the Naukluft mountain range. Overnight accommodation will be in twin rooms/permanent tents with en-suite bathroom facilities. Pool and bar available. Dinner will again be prepared by the tour guide.
Day 5 Desert Camp near Sesriem (B / L / D)
This morning there will be a dawn departure to arrive at the park gate in time for sunrise and in time to drive down an ancient river bed surrounded by towering dunes to the 2x4 parking (around 55kms). This will be followed by a 4x4 shuttle into the Sossusvlei area to appreciate the beauty of this place in early morning light and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the region. This unique area will be explored on foot before heading into Dead Vlei with its large expanse of bleached cracked clay and skeletal camel thorn trees, contrasting with a backdrop of huge dunes with their ever-changing colours. Travellers can either walk or take the 4x4 shuttle back to the vehicle. During the drive back to the accommodation a stop will be made at the famous Dune 45 for members of the group to climb this dune if they wish or just wander around the base. On return to Sesriem a visit will be made to the nearby Sesriem Canyon, one of the few permanent water sources before arriving back at the lodge late afternoon to watch the sunset over this spectacular desert. Overnight accommodation will again be in twin share rooms/ permanent tents with en- suite bathrooms and dinner will be prepared by the tour guide.
Day 6 Windhoek (B)
To-day there will be an early morning breakfast before heading to Solitaire Guest Farm where an expert biologist will lead the group to track wild cheetahs at the Namib Conservation Centre. The return to Windhoek will be via the Naukluft Mountains and Rehoboth, arriving mid afternoon when group members will be dropped at their accommodation. For those flying out a transfer can be arranged at an additional cost to the International Airport for their onward flight or to the bus terminal for their overnight bus. Those wishing to travel onwards today are not recommended to book any flight prior to 17.00 hours in case there are delays returning from safari. Transfers to the airport can be organised by Amanzi Travel on request and at own expense.
This safari is semi-participation and travellers will be asked to help with light kitchen duties.
The accommodation provided is on a twin share basis in safari style permanent tents or twin rooms with en-suite bathroom facilities and kitchen facilities where the tour guide will provide the meals.
Meals are provided as indicated.
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.
- 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.
|Summer/wet (October - April)
|Winter/dry (May - September)
|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.
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
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
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)
This is a fantastic way to see the sights of Namibia if you're on a tight schedule. The guide was really informative and the scenery was stunning. We stayed in some beautiful places.
Natasha, UK, aged 37 (Namibia Dunes and Wildlife Experience - 6 Days)
I spent 3 weeks volunteering at the Namibian Wildlife Sanctuary and it was by far the best experience of my life! I have made friends for life from all over the globe who I still keep in touch with. The project was very valuable to conservation efforts to protect big cat populations in the wild, including Cheetahs and Leopards. I loved helping with the rehabilitation of all the animals at the sanctuary, especially babysitting the orphaned baby baboons overnight! Not only does the Sanctuary support the animals in need, they also give back to the community by letting the volunteers help out at the school, built for the worker’s children, which was a very rewarding and unforgettable experience.
The Co-ordinators and other volunteers were all very welcoming when I arrived and I felt at home immediately. The accommodation was great and the food was amazing.
The Amanzi Travel Team are extremely helpful and I felt at ease throughout the booking process, having spoken to Gemma who was very informative from her own personal experiences in Namibia, and was able to answer any of my queries as well as give me many useful tips! Gemma was also very helpful when booking my airport transfers and accommodation at Chameleon Backpackers! The My Journey page on the Amanzi Travel website is a very useful tool ensuring that all the important details about the project, as well as personal details including insurance, visa forms and flight details are in one place, making the whole process simple and easy to follow!
In addition, I went on the Namibia Dunes and Wildlife Experience Overland Trip which I would highly recommend to anyone who loves an adventure! On this trip I had a true African Experience and the flood lit waterhole in Etosha was definitely a highlight, as well as sand boarding in the Namib desert. The tour guide was fantastic and all accommodation and food was excellent.
Becky, 18, Wales (Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary, Namibia Dunes and Wildlife Experience - 6 Days)
I had the most amazing time, and none of that would have been possible without all of your hard work organising everything. So I just want to say a big thank you! I greatly appreciate it, and it was nice not having to worry about anything while I was away - a number of people did have issues with transfers. So thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I will definitely be back to organise another volunteer project soon!
Everything was great. Whenever I had any questions they would be answered very promptly. Gemma was very friendly and professional. I've really had a great experience with Amanzi Travel and would recommend them to anyone.
My time at Neuras was wonderful. The accommodation was fantastic! - a nice little luxury from the wildlife sanctuary. It's a beautiful place. It was a lot of fun going on the game counts, making the enrichment for the cheetahs at Solitaire and climbing the dunes. There's so much natural beauty in Namibia :)
I really enjoyed my time at the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary. The baboons are beautiful! Sleeping with a baby baboon was an awesome 'once in a lifetime' experience, which I will treasure forever.
Organising my trip through Amanzi Travel was one of the best decisions of my travelling life. I was (and still am) very impressed and happy with all of the work Gemma did with organising not only my time at the volunteer projects, but also transfers to and from the airport and accommodation after leaving the project. There were no issues at all which was fantastic! I've got nothing but praise for all of the hard work Gemma, and the rest of the Amanzi Travel team do :)
Fiona, Australia, aged 23 (Naankuse Big Cat, Wild Dog and Elephant Conservation Project , Namibia Dunes and Wildlife Experience - 6 Days)
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)