8-Day Namibia Wildlife Safari

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Windhoek
(Namibia)

Windhoek
(Namibia)

Can start any day

SUITABLE FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS

Suitable for all ages

Can be customised

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This 8-day safari visits the premier wildlife areas of Damaraland, Etosha National Park and Erindi Private Game Reserve as well as a tour of the ancient rock art site of ǀUi-ǁAis/Twyfelfontein. 

This safari is a private journey with your own guide/driver.  It can be further customised to suit the number of days you wish to travel, and can also include other destinations.

There are daily flights to Windhoek direct from Addis Ababa, Cape Town, Frankfurt, Johannesburg-OR Tambo and Victoria Falls.

From US$3750 per person, based on two adults in a double/twin room.

Children under 12 receive a discount.
The cost excludes regional flights but we can book these for you.

COST INCLUDES:

  • Fully escorted safari with private guide/driver including all on-road costs
  • All accommodation (en-suite)
  • Most meals (as noted in itinerary)
  • N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary “Carnivore tour”
  • ǀUi-ǁAis/Twyfelfontein ancient rock art tour
  • Damaraland, Etosha National Park and Erindi Private Game Reserve game drives
  • All entrances and National Park fees
  • All local taxes

COST EXCLUDES:

  • International flights to/from Africa
  • Regional flights
  • Erindi Private Game Reserve “Cheetah Walk”
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature, such as drinks and laundry (unless specified)
  • Tips for all guides, drivers, domestics, porters and wait staff

ACTIVITIES

  • N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary “Carnivore Tour” game drive.
  • Game drives in Damaraland with camp guide.
  • ǀUi-ǁAis/Twyfelfontein ancient rock art tour with a specialist guide.
  • Game drives in Etosha National Park with Compass Odyssey guide.
  • Evening game drive in Etosha National Park with park ranger.
  • Game drives in Erindi Private Game Reserve with reserve guide.

All game drives may be shared with fellow lodge guests except drives with Compass Odyssey guide.  The Twyfelfontein rock art tour is with a private guide.

TRANSPORT

  • Airport transfers and all road travel in an air-conditioned 4×4 SUV vehicle.
  • Game drives in custom-designed open-sided 4×4 safari vehicles.

WHEN TO VISIT

Namibia lies in the southern hemisphere with summer from December to February and winter from June to August.  The climate is generally very dry and pleasant all year round, however it depends on your location as to the specific weather you can expect while on safari.

The country receives most of its rain in the hot, humid summer months between October and March, then cools down and becomes drier between April and September.

In the savannah safari regions of Etosha, Erindi and eastern Damaraland, October to March is known as the “wet season”.  This is characterised by hot humid days and afternoon thunderstorms. Daytime temperatures can get very high but can also be followed by cool, comfortable nights if there has been rain. Travelling in these regions during autumn and winter offers clear and warm days with cool to chilly evenings. Known as the “dry season”, the temperature from dusk to dawn can become very cold, sometimes dropping below freezing. The months of May and June are considered the best time to visit as there can still be some greenery in the landscape but there is no risk of rain plus there are fewer visitors compared to the peak months from July to September, when especially the Etosha camps can be fully booked.

 

VISAS

Your passport must be valid for at least six months after the end of your time in Namibia, and it is a good idea to bring a few photocopies in case you lose the original. In addition to a passport, children under 18 years of age entering Namibia with only one parent or with parents who have a different surname are required to produce additional documentation upon arrival. See here for further information about travelling with children.

Although most visitors are not required to obtain a visa before entering Namibia, this is not applicable to all nationalities. Compass Odyssey does not issue visas nor can we complete visa applications for our travellers. While we will obviously assist our travellers with the documentation required for any visa applications, it is the responsibility of our travellers to investigate the visa requirements for their journey and to complete any necessary applications.

An immigration form needs to be completed when entering and departing Namibia. This form requests information such as passport and birth particulars, as well as contact details within Namibia. Prior to your safari, you will be sent a Safari Dossier that provides addresses and contact information for all your accommodation in Namibia.

 

TRAVELLER’S HEALTH

Yellow Fever and malaria are the two major health considerations for travellers coming to Southern Africa.

Yellow Fever is a viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes, and approximately 200,000 cases occur each year with the vast majority of these occurring in parts of Africa and Central/South America.  A Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is not required for entering Southern Africa unless you are coming from – or you are in airport transit for more than 12 hours within – a country deemed to be infected with Yellow Fever. The World Health Organisation lists the southern African countries of Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe as being free from Yellow Fever. For further clarification on Yellow Fever, refer to tables 4-23, 4-24 and 4-27 on this page of the website for the US-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Malaria is present in the far north and north eastern regions, where Namibia borders Angola and Zambia. There is low to no risk of malaria in all other areas. See here for further information. A number of other tropical diseases are present in Southern Africa but generally the biggest health risk you will face on your safari is usually an upset tummy (often caused by dehydration) or a cold. For complete peace of mind, we of course recommend you visit your local GP or Travel Health Clinic.

 

Itinerary
DAY 1-8: NAMIBIA

Day 1Welcome to Namibia

Our local guide, Elvis Nghimutina greets you today at Windhoek’s Hosea Kutako International Airport – named in honour of one of the original opponents to South African rule after WWI – and transfers you to our nearby bush accommodation in the N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary, where this afternoon’s “Carnivore Tour” game drive affords close-up viewing of the sanctuary’s resident lions, leopards, wild dogs and others. During dinner, Elvis will offer a few words of wisdom to help you feel comfortable with being in Namibia, while giving a brief overview of the exciting itinerary that lay ahead.

Staying close to Windhoek tonight allows you to acclimatize and settle into a relaxed, healthy rhythm for the remainder of your safari. This can take a day or two due to the uncomfortable combination of the city’s relatively high altitude (1,660m or 5,440ft) and the long-haul flight most travelers endure to get here.

Accommodation: N/a’an Ku sê Lodge
Mid-range 4-star lodge located in N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary

Meals:
Lunch & dinner

Day 2Damaraland

An early departure has you traveling north into Damaraland and the Doro Nawas Conservancy, one of Africa’s most successful examples of community-based wildlife conservation and tourism. This afternoon you enjoy a leisurely nature drive and some drinks while watching the sun set over the Damaraland escarpment.

Despite the aridity and foreboding topography, Namibia’s Damaraland is now becoming one of the most accessible, authentic wildlife destinations in Africa, and over the next two days we are very hopeful of you spotting the region’s famed desert-adapted elephants, as well as springbok, Red hartebeest, Greater kudu, Hartmann’s mountain zebra, giraffe, oryx, and with a bit of luck, cheetah and lion. There’s also 170 bird species, including endemics like Ruppell’s korhaan and Benguela Long-billed lark. Unlike most protected areas in Southern Africa, the wildlife here roams free, unrestricted by fences or gates and moving among the local people and their goats and cattle.

Accommodation: Doro Nawas Camp
Rustic 4-star camp located in Damaraland

Meals:
Breakfast, packed lunch & dinner

Day 3Damaraland

The day commences with an early morning game drive led by an experienced camp ranger, where in addition to the desert-adapted elephant you’ll be on the lookout for kudu, springbok and the endemic Hartmann’s mountain zebra, as well as the region’s 35 lizard species, 24 snake species and over 170 bird species. This afternoon offers a visit to the ancient rock engravings at Twyfelfontein and an opportunity to learn from the indigenous Damara people at the Damara Living Museum. There’s also time to simply relax and absorb the peaceful tranquillity and perhaps a self-guided hike around the camp’s surrounding hillsides.

Accommodation: Doro Nawas Camp
Rustic 4-star camp located in Damaraland

Meals:
Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 4-5Etosha National Park

From Damaraland you venture eastwards into Namibia’s savanna region and to Etosha National Park, where your camp’s floodlit waterhole promises some quality wildlife viewing throughout the evening and through to the early morning. You stay two nights in Namibia’s premier national park, allowing plenty of time to visit a number of the park’s famous waterholes, which regularly affords great viewing of the park’s large herds of elephant, oryx, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra and springbok. Accompanied by our local guide, Elvis’ broad knowledge of Namibia’s wildlife, you’ll also be on the lookout for the park’s iconic ‘black’ species, such as its black-maned lions, black rhino, black-backed jackal and endemic black-faced impala. On one of your evenings, we also provide an evening game drive with an experienced park ranger, where the spotlights will be on the lookout for the park’s varied nocturnal life – both predator and prey.

Accommodation: Okaukuejo Camp
Mid-range 3-star camp located in Etosha National Park

Meals:
Breakfast

Day 6Erindi Private Game Reserve

You now venture inland to the central Erongo Highlands and Erindi Private Game Reserve. Over 70,000ha (170,000 acres) in size, this former cattle farm has been rehabilitated into a pristine wilderness reserve, boasting a range of diverse landscapes habituated by an almost unparalleled array of free-roaming wildlife. You arrive here in time for lunch followed by an afternoon game drive.

Accommodation: Old Traders Lodge
Luxury 4-star lodge located in Erindi Private Game Reserve

Meals:
Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 7Erindi Private Game Reserve

Today offers morning and afternoon game drives with Erindi’s guides, who are well-known for their knowledge and enthusiasm. When combined with possible close-up sightings of the bigger predators (such as lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog) and herbivores (such as elephant, giraffe and hippo), a great day beckons.

There is also the option to partake in a private “Cheetah Walk” (Additional cost and subject to availability). During early 2000, the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) and Erindi Private Game Reserve teamed up to help the cheetah of Namibia. CCF rehabilitates problem cheetah from various areas in Namibia. At the end of their rehabilitation process, Erindi is able to give animals like these a safe home within the reserve. More than 10 cheetahs have been released on Erindi and due to years of exposure to people walking near them, these re-wilded cats are incredibly accepting of us on foot during the “Cheetah Walk”.

Accommodation: Old Traders Lodge
Luxury 4-star lodge located in Erindi Private Game Reserve

Meals:
Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 8Farewell

This morning you travel via the nation’s capital, Windhoek and can visit a local craft center for some final souvenir shopping (time permitting). Elvis then returns you to Windhoek Airport for an afternoon flight departure – daily direct flights are available to Cape Town, Johannesburg and Frankfurt among others.

During this safari you will witness Namibia’s natural and wild beauty, be exposed to her diverse cultures and history, and experience genuine African hospitality. Thank you for visiting Namibia on this Compass Odyssey safari. ǃHaese mugus (“See you soon”).

Meals:
Breakfast