7 day Northern Adventure
Camping safari

Introduction

Visit 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.   

Departure dates

2022 departures – commence Nov 21 – Oct 2022

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Can this tour be combined with others:  Yes, it can!  

The 7-day Southern Swing which departs on selected Fridays, would make our 14 day Experience. 

Include Botswana and Victoria Falls by joining the 9-day Delta Falls– departs on selected Fridays. 

Tour Summary

  • Duration:

    7 Days / 6 Nights

  • Departs from:

    Windhoek selected Friday mornings.

  • Ends in:

    Windhoek on a Thursday evening.

  • Group Size:

    Minimum 1 guest Maximum 14 guests

  • Destinations:

    Okonjima Nature Reserve - Onguma Game Reserve - Etosha South - Palmwag - Twyfelfontein - Swakopmund

  • Vehicles used:

    1-2 guests – SUV (or similar)
    3-4 guests – Quantum or Land Cruiser (or similar)
    5 + guests – Expedition Truck (modified safari vehicle)

Map

Map of 7 day Northern Adventure Camping Safari

Overview

Accommodation
Destination
Basis
Room Type
Duration
Okonjima's Omboroko Campsite
Okonjima Nature Reserve
Lunch & Dinner
1x Campsite
1 Night
Onguma Tamboti Campsite
Onguma Game Reserve
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Campsite
1 Night
Etosha Village Campsite
Etosha South
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Group Campsite
1 Night
Hoada Campsite
Palmwag
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Campsite
1 Night
Madisa Camp
Twyfelfontein
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Overland Site
1 Night
Prost Hotel Swakopmund
Swakopmund
Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Twin room
1 Night

Price

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 
  • Pillow 
  • Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks & bottled water 
  • Personal travel insurance – compulsory 

Itinerary

Day Itinerary: Day 1 - Windhoek – Okonjima - Friday

wooden outhouse
cheetah safari
  • Route:

    Windhoek to Okonjima Game Reserve 

  • Distance:

    225 km

  • Collection time:

    08h00 – 08h30 from any accommodation within the City of Windhoek 

  • Journey:

    Leaving Windhoek we travel via the town of Okahandja, founded around 1800 by two local groups, the Herero and the Nama it is known as the Garden town of Namibia. South of Otjiwarongo lies Okonjima, home to the AfriCat Foundation, as our first night on tour this is a great place to become attuned to camping along with the sights and sounds of the bush. Afternoon track cheetahs and leopards through the 20 000ha Okonjima Nature Reserve with a guide, this Reserve is home to and runs extensive research projects on rare and endangered species, big and small.

  • Activities:

    Okahandja. AfriCat Foundation

Info:

Midway between the spectacular Etosha National Park and the capital city of Windhoek, lies the well-known Okonjima Nature Reserve. The 22 000 ha nature reserve is home to AfriCAT, a carnivore sanctuary, which gives the captive cats a second chance to be released back into the wild and become completely independent hunters in a protected area right in the middle of commercial cattle farmland. Enjoy thrilling cat tracking guided safaris, leopard-spotting, off-road night drives and learn about local San culture along the Bushmen trail. 

The four, partially-equipped, private campsites share a swimming pool at the foot of the Ombokoro Mountains and are located in the 2000ha non-rehabilitation area. All four sites boast spectacular sundowner viewpoints. 

Okonjima's Omboroko Campsite, Okonjima Nature Reserve

Day Itinerary: Day 2 – Okonjima – Etosha - Saturday

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lioness on the prowl
  • Route:

    Okonjima to Onguma Game Reserve (outer border of Etosha National Park) 

  • Distance:

    350 km

  • Journey:

    We continue northwards via the town of Otjiwarongo, the next stop being the mining town of Tsumeb. We aim to arrive at the private reserve mid-afternoon, set up camp and head off for some game viewing. 

  • Activities:

    Time permitting late afternoon game drive into Etosha Park

Info:

Onguma Game Reserve features over 34000 hectares of protected land scattered with a variety of wildlife including plains game, black rhino, kudu, giraffe, zebra, lion, cheetah, leopard and more than 300 bird species. The seasonal rains attract thousands of migrating birds to the Fisher’s Pan wetland area. The 15 sites are all nestled in the trees of the Onguma Reserve, and each camper is ensured privacy and space to enjoy the bush. Each campsite has a private ablution facility with spacious shower room, separate toilet and covered washing-up areas with lots of space to unpack and organize. Each unit also has ample plugs to ensure cooler boxes keep cool and cameras get charged.

Onguma Tamboti Campsite, Onguma Game Reserve

Day Itinerary: Day 3 – Etosha National Park - Sunday

elephant walking away
king of the jungle
  • Route:

    Through Etosha Onguma to Okaukuejo region (Taleni Etosha)

  • Journey:

    Up before dawn, we need to be at the Von Lindequist Gate for sunrise which is when the entrance gates open, one of the best times for game viewing is the cooler morning hours and late afternoon. We make use of today on an extensive game drive in search of black and white rhino, elephants, lion, cheetah and the numerous species of plains game. The drive will give you an overview of the National Park including its birdlife, flora and geology. A stop will be made at Halali, the most central of the resorts. Exit the National Park, it’s a short journey to our overnight camping.

  • Activities:

    Full day game drive through Etosha National Park

Info:

Located just south of the boundary of Etosha National Park in north–western Namibia, Etosha South makes up the southern region of this wild paradise. Ongava Private Game Reserve shares the southern boundary with Etosha National Park and offers an array of luxury lodges overlooking picturesque landscapes dotted with abundant wildlife. Visitors can catch a glimpse of a variety of wildlife including: lion, giraffe, elephant, white and black rhino, and a multitude of plains game.

The Etosha Village Camp Site is nestled in the spectacular green and gold Mopani forests surrounding Etosha National Park, and caters for both Groups as well as Individual travellers. 

The spacious Camp 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.  

Etosha Village Campsite, Etosha South

Day Itinerary: Day 4 - Etosha Area – Grootberg/ Kaokofeld - Monday

hoada campsite1
the ovahimba people
  • Route:

    Taleni Etosha to Hoada campsite 

  • Distance:

    275 km

  • Journey:

    Todays travels take us to a Himba Village situated on a local cattle farm, a guided tour around an authentic Himba village will not only give you an in depth insight into the life and ways of this traditional tribe but an amazing photographic opportunity as well.  A stop to buy supplies before we head off to our campsite, hidden among large grey granite boulders and mopane trees, the sites were designed to minimize the impact on the environment.  After a day on the road refresh oneself in the sparkling splash pool and enjoy your sundowners on the natural wooden decks surrounding it. 

  • Activities:

    Himba Village

Info:

Hidden among large grey granite boulders and Mopani trees, Hoada Campsite offers travellers a serene home in the wilderness of Namibia. Accommodation includes six luxury campsites with ample designated areas for four tents or vehicles with rooftop tents. Each campsite boasts its own braai area and kitchen facilities with running water. There are also ablution facilities, with flush toilets, hidden amongst the rocks  each with its own well equipped bathroom facilities including showers and toilettes. The Group campsite can take up to 14 guests and have male & female ablution facilities

Hoada Campsite, Grootberg

Day Itinerary: Day 5 - Grootberg – Twyfelfontein - Tuesday

rocky waters
elephant engraving
  • Route:

    Hoada campsite to Madisa campsite 

  • Distance:

    190 km

  • Journey:

    We drive along the Grootberg Pass through Damaraland, an area characterised by its rocky and rugged landscapes of rough, fascinating beauty. A visit to the Damara Living Museum before we view the rock engravings and rock paintings at Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO World Heritage Site before setting up camp for the night.

  • Activities:

    Twyfelfontein, Damara Living Museum

Info:

Twylfelfontein is a spectacularly scenic area, featuring one of the largest and most important concentrations of rock art in Africa. The name ‘Twyfelfontein’ translates to ‘Fountain of Doubt’, which refers to the perennial spring situated in the impressive Huab valley flanked by the slopes of a sandstone Table Mountain.  Twyfelfontein was this spring that attracted Stone Age hunters over six thousand years ago, and it was during this time that the extensive group of rock engravings and paintings were produced.

Madisa Camp is situated on the road to Twyfelfontein, a very popular route.

The camp is hidden between amazing rock formations which are scattered with Bushman Paintings and has privy to an ancient Desert Elephant route that often gets visited by these beautiful giants. 

Each spacious campsite has an exquisite view of the Gauntegab River bed and rock formations. The campsites have individual ablution facilities situated on stilts hidden in the tree tops. The braai facilities also double up as a heater (donkey system) for hot running water at each open air shower. 

Madisa Camp, Twyfelfontein

Day Itinerary: Day 6 – Damaraland – Swakopmund - Wednesday

seals arguing
architecture in swakop
  • Route:

    Twyfelfontein via Cape Cross to Swakopmund

  • Distance:

    385 km

  • Journey:

    Destination = Swakopmund. Today we continue our travels through southern Damaraland, passing the Brandberg Mountain to arrive at the old mining town of Uis before heading off across the gravel plains to reach the Atlantic Ocean and the Skeleton Coast. Here we travel north to Cape Cross Seal Reserve, home to between eighty and one hundred thousand Fur seals, endemic to southern Africa they are commonly known as “eared seals”. Arrival in the coastal town of Swakopmund will be mid-afternoon.

  • Activities:

    Cape Cross Seal Reserve

Info:

The colony of Cape Fur Seals is one of the largest in the world, home to approximately 80 000 to 100 000 of these so-called ‘seals’, which are in fact a species of sea lion.

Set along Namibia’s spectacularly scenic coast, the seaside town of Swakopmund is known for its wide-open avenues, colonial architecture, and its surrounding otherworldly desert terrain. Founded in 1892 as the main harbour for German South West Africa, Swakopmund is often described as being more German than Germany. The quirky mix of German and Namibian influences, adventure options, laid-back atmosphere and cool sea breeze make it a very popular Namibian destination. Visitors can look forward to a number of exciting activities including: quad biking, horse riding, paragliding, fishing, sightseeing and fascinating desert tours. 

Prost Hotel is situated in the heart of Swakopmund, giving access to the town’s various and excellent restaurants.  The hotel offers 28 en-suit rooms, ranging from luxury, family to standard rooms.  All rooms are equipped with 43” flat screen TV, DSTV decoder, electronic laptop safe, tea/coffee station, telephone and hair dryer. 

Prost Hotel Swakopmund, Swakopmund

Day Itinerary: Day 7 Swakopmund – Okahandja – Windhoek - Thursday

king of the jungle
cheetah safari
  • Route:

    Swakopmund to Windhoek 

  • Distance:

    352 km

  • Journey:

    All guests have the morning at leisure to explore this coastal town or participate in one of the many morning activities available in the Swakopmund vicinity and in Walvis Bay. These optional activities may include kayaking or a marine cruise from Walvis Bay. Alternatively explore the desert surrounding Swakopmund on the Living Desert Tour, do a township tour or for those seeking some adventure quad biking and dune boarding is also offered. Departure from Swakopmund will be around lunch time (or just thereafter), we head due east through the sun baked town of Usakos and return on the main road to Windhoek. Arrival will be late afternoon / early evening so please do not book any outbound flights on this day. Departure from Swakopmund will be around lunch time (or just thereafter), we head due east through the sun baked town of Usakos and return on the main road to Windhoek.  Arrival will be late afternoon / early evening so please do not book any outbound flights on this day.