14 Day Namibian Experience (SN) Camping safari
Your journey takes in the Kalahari area of Namibia, majestic Fish River Canyon, eclectic town of Luderitz, ghost town at Kolmanskop ending in the Namib desert at Sossusvlei. We spend a night in Windhoek before heading north to vsit the home of the AfriCat Foundation, journey through the world famous Etosha National Park – a game viewing delight. Experience the communal conservancy areas of Damaraland before arriving at the Skeleton Coast and town of Swakopmund which nestles between the Namib Desert and Atlantic Ocean.
Can this tour be combined with others: Yes, it can!
Include Botswana and Victoria Falls by joining the 9 day Delta Falls– departs on selected Fridays.
Pricing is per person sharing – as tours tend to run full, we have limited packing space on the vehicles, tents are bulky items and as such we do require people of the same gender to share.
Single tents may be supplied for those with valid health reasons, no single supplement payable.
- Professional guide
- Camp assistant
- All transport whilst on tour
- Meals as specified
- Camping equipment (does not include sleeping bag / pillow / stretcher)
- National Park entrance fees
- Campsite fees
- Sleeping bag – can be rented for a daily fee of NAD45.00
- Stretcher – can be rented for a daily fee of NAD45.00
- Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks & bottled water
- Personal travel insurance – compulsory
Day Itinerary: Day 1 – Windhoek – Rehoboth – Kalahari Desert - Friday
Located on the edge of the southern Kalahari in the mixed tree and shrub savannah, the lodge is crisscrossed by huge red sand dunes.
Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch has FIVE individual campsites. Set between the red sand dunes, each campsite has it’s own dedicated ablution block, toilet, shower, washbasin and mirror. It is fully tiled and hot water supplied by modern gas geysers and solar lights.
Relax around a campfire and enjoy the Kalahari night .
Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch Campsite, Mariental
Day Itinerary: Day 2 – Kalahari Desert – Keetmanshoop – Fishriver Canyon - Saturday
Located in Southern Namibia The Fish River Canyon is the largest canyon in Africa and draws many visitors each year. This viewpoint has a beautiful panoramic view of the canyon where visitors can witness the Fish River flow through sharp corners amidst rocky terrain.
Tucked behind Canyon Roadhouse, Canyon Road Campsite offers shady camping on the bank of a dry riverbed, against a backdrop of rocky hills. Secreted away from the road, the campsite gives you the impression of being alone in nature with the eagles, thorn trees and the ancient beat of the land.
A Curio shop, Cold water swimming pool (at main lodge),Bar (at main lodge),Restaurant (at the main lodge)
Laundry service, Mobile connectivity are available to Campers.
Canyon Roadhouse Campsite Namibia, Fish River Canyon
Day Itinerary: Day 3 – Fishriver Canyon – Aus – Lüderitz - Sunday
Lüderitz is a harbour town in the ǁKaras Region of southern Namibia. It lies on one of the least hospitable coasts in Africa. It is a port developed around Robert Harbour and Shark Island.
The town is known for its colonial architecture, including some Art Nouveau work, and for wildlife including seals, penguins, flamingos and ostriches. It is also home to a museum, and lies at the end of a currently decommissioned railway line to Keetmanshoop. The town is named after Adolf Lüderitz, founder of the German South West Africa colony. In 1909, after the discovery of diamonds nearby, Lüderitz enjoyed a sudden surge of prosperity due to the development of a diamond rush to the area.
The Felsenkirche, Goerkehaus, Lüderitz Railway Station, Woermann Haus are just a few of the sightseeing points, making Lüderitz unique.
The award-winning Lüderitz Nest Hotel is one of Namibia’s favourite hotels (est. 1998) and is located directly on the rocks and sea with its own private tidal beach and walk-on jetty – unique in Namibia!
Lüderitz Nest Hotel, Lüderitz
Day Itinerary: Day 4 – Lüderitz – Kolmanskop – Aus - Monday
Just outside Lüderitz lies the ghost town of Kolmanskop, a prominent tourist destination. This previously bustling diamond town is now abandoned, and fights a constant struggle against being buried under the shifting sand dunes of the Namib Desert.
Desert Horse Campsite at Klein-Aus Vista is a magical campsite. It will call you back again like an echo. Resting in an amphitheatre of rock, it is a hideaway that evokes the feeling of wilderness although only a 2 kilometer -drive from Desert Horse Inn. The sites are positioned under giant camelthorn trees, some adorned with sociable weaver nests. You will remember these sunsets. As prime spot in the area, Desert Horse Campsite provides an ideal base to explore the southwestern corner of Namibia.
At Klein-Aus Vista, camping pleasures are enjoyed to the full. Each of the ten sites is equipped with a tap, table with benches, grill and windbreak. We offer hot-water showers and flush toilets while the courtesy of Mother Nature provides space and grace. Note that there are no power point outlet at the Desert Horse camp.
Klein-Aus Vista Desert Horse Campsite Namibia, Aus
Day Itinerary: Day 5 – Aus – Helmeringhausen – Sossusvlei - Tuesday
Helmeringhausen was established during the German colonial era as a farm by a member of the Schutztruppe/German Colonial Infantry. Later it became famous for its Karakul sheep breeding and currently cattle and goats are farmed here.
Sesriem offers ten (10) self-catering camping facilities with each campsite having its own private toilet and shower, wash-up, kitchenette with hot and cold water and 220V electricity. Campers have full access to the shop, bar, restaurant and swimming pool at Sesriem.
Sesriem Oshana Campsite, Sesriem
Day Itinerary: Day 6 – Sesriem/Sossusvlei Area - Wednesday
This photogenic area is famous for its large, red sand dunes, which are some of the tallest sand dunes in the world and is one of Namibia’s most visited attractions. The Region is very diverse with the breath-taking Namib Desert – the oldest desert in the world – to the west and the Great escarpment forming a natural barrier between the Namib Desert and the central highlands to the far east. The climate is typical for deserts with very hot days during summer and cool nights during winter with occasional frost.
Sesriem Oshana Campsite, Sesriem
Day Itinerary: Day 7 – Sesriem – Solitaire – Windhoek - Thursday
Windhoek is the social, economic, political, and cultural centre of the country. Nearly every Namibian national enterprise, governmental body, educational and cultural institution is headquartered there. Windhoek has over 300 sunny days per year. It experiences a hot semi-arid climate.
Rooms at the Utopia Boutique Hotel open to furnished balconies or patios. Each accommodation is individually decorated. Plasma televisions are featured in guestrooms. This Windhoek hotel provides complimentary wireless Internet access.
The Utopia Boutique Hotel, Windhoek
Day Itinerary: Day 8 - Windhoek – Okonjima - Friday
The word, ‘Okahandja’ is derived from Otjiherero (a local tribal language) and means “The place where two rivers flow into each other to form one wide one.” Okahandja is rich in history and it revolves mostly around the Herero and Nama tribal people. Chiefs Tjamuaha and Kahitjene came to Okahandja in 1800 to establish themselves here. Chief Tjamuaha was the father of Chief Maherero, who was known to be the great leader of the Herero people.
The Okonjima Nature Reserve sprawls over 200 square kilometres of undulating plains, mountainous outcrops, and riverine thickets.
For a truly African safari experience track cheetahs and leopards through the 20 000ha Okonjima Nature Reserve with a guide, followed by a sundowner viewpoint and bonfire, before falling asleep beneath the stars to the sounds of hyena calls and cicada songs.
The Okonjima Nature Reserve, a huge protected area set amongst the rugged commercial farmlands of central Namibia, comprises a diversified ecosystem representative of both the larger and small mammals of Namibia, as well as most of the country’s endemic birds.
Okonjima's Omboroko Campsite, Okonjima Nature Reserve
Day Itinerary: Day 9 – Okonjima – Tsumeb – Etosha East - Saturday
The name Otjiwarongo is derived from the Herero language and means „place of the fat cows“. Some of the best cattle breeding farms can still be found in the area today, as the area offers relatively good conditions for cattle breeding for Namibian standards: High rainfall and fertile grounds, resulting in good pastures
Tsumeb, originally home to the San (Bushmen), the original inhabitants of Namibia. Here they discovered deposits of copper ore and were able to extract copper from the deposits that were found close to the surface. The museum of local history, which was established in 1975, provides detailed information on the mining history.
About 25 km northwest of Tsumeb the Otjikoto Lake is found, a source of many myths and stories. The lake is approximately 125 m deep and is together with the neighbouring Lake Guinas the only natural lake in Namibia. The German troops sank some of their weapons into the lake in July 1915 before surrendering to the superior South African Army.
Onguma’s Luxury Tamboti Campsite will impress and delight all campers.
Each campsite has its own private ablution facility with spacious shower room, toilet and washing-up areas. It has ample plus to ensure cooler boxes, Cameras and other Devices get charged.
It offers a large Reception Area, small supply store, Swimming pool and a Restaurant overlooking a waterhole.
Onguma Tamboti Campsite, Onguma Game Reserve
Day Itinerary: Day 10 – Etosha East – Etosha Pan – Etosha South - Sunday
Etosha was proclaimed a game reserve in March 1907 By Dr. Friedrich von Lindequist. It was designated as wildlife refuge Area in 1958, and was elevated to the status of a national park in 1967 by an act of parliament of the Republic of South Africa.
It spans an area of 22,270 km2 (8,600 sq mi) is named from the large Etosha pan which is almost entirely within the park. The Etosha pan (4,760 km2 (1,840 sq mi) covers 23% of the total area of the National Park. The park is home to hundreds of species of mammals, birds and reptiles, including several endangered species such as the black rhinoceros.
Etosha Village is situated only 2km before the Andersson entrance gate to Etosha National Park, near Okaukuejo.
The 2 spacious Group Camp Sites are ideal for larger groups and can accommodate a maximum of 25 – 30 tents. These sites are equipped with Power Outlets, Running Water, Lights, Barbeque area and separate Ladies and Gents Bathroom facilities each featuring toilets, wash basins and showers.
A fully stocked utility and curio shop, Bar with big-screen television, WI-FI and a swimming pool is to the availability of campers.
Etosha Village Campsite, Etosha South
Day Itinerary: Day 11 – Etosha South – Grootberg - Monday
The Hoada Campsite is situated 25km east of Grootberg Lodge or 75km on the C40 west from Kamanjab, in the #Khoadi //Hoas Conservancy, Damaraland. It is under the same management as the Grootberg Lodge, the historic, initiative funded by the EU and wholly owned by the people of the conservancy. Today ≠Khoadi //Hoas Conservancy stands proudly as an international case study of how conservation efforts can be successful and sustainable in the long run. By visiting this breath-taking part of the world and enjoying all it has to offer, you are contributing to the long-term sustainability of the area, it’s animals and the people. Hidden among large grey granite boulders and mopane trees, Hoada Campsite has the trimmings of a serene home in the wilderness. A well-maintained gravel road leads to the camp, located approximately 75 km west of Kamanjab.
Hoada Campsite, Grootberg
Day Itinerary: Day 12 – Kaokofeld – Twyfelfontein - Tuesday
Twyfelfontein is famous because of its many rock paintings and rock engravings (Petroglyphs) of the San (Bushmen) of which 2500 were counted. Specifications about the age of the engravings fluctuate and a period of 1000 – 10000 years is stated. It is presumed that quartz tools were used as many quartz chips were found here to create these artworks. The motives of the rock engravings are on the one hand hunting scenes, in which the hunters are pictured with bow and arrow. On the other hand many animal engravings (antelopes, zebras, giraffes, lions, etc.) are depicted. UNESCO declared Twyfelfontein as World Heritage Site in 2007.
Madisa Campsite is situated in the beautiful Damaraland. It offers self-catering safari tents and private shaded campsites with running water, wash-up facilities, private ablutions and braai area. The camp lies within the habitat of the desert-dwelling elephants and is only 50 km away from the famous rock engravings of Twyfelfontein.
Madisa Campsite, Twyfelfontein
Day Itinerary: Day 13 – Twyfelfontein – Uis – Cape Cross – Swakopmund - Wednesday
Located in the former Damaraland, it is known for the local mineral wealth. The settlement was established in 1958 as workers’ settlement to exploit local tin deposits. Uis is located at the foot of the Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain.
Today Cape Cross is a protected area owned by the government of Namibia under the name Cape Cross Seal Reserve. The reserve is the home of one of the largest colonies of Cape fur seals in the world.
Offering free WiFi throughout the property, Prost Hotel Swakopmund offers accommodation in the absolute heart of Swakopmund. The hotel has a 24-hour front desk. The rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, tea-and-coffee making facilities and private bathroom. Some rooms are air-conditioned, while others have a portable fan. For your comfort, you will find free toiletries and a hair dryer.
Walvis Bay Airport is 46 km away