Wild Dog Safaris: budget tours in Namibia

These tours that can be booked through us are fully inclusive camping budget safaris allowing you to see Namibia for less.
Code WD01. 3 days Sossusvlei Link tour
This safari has a guaranteed departure every Thursday of the year. There are no minimum numbers and no single supplements. The price is virtually fully inclusive and the style is limited participation, assisted camping. Collection time is between 08: 00 & 08:30 from anywhere within the Windhoek city limits.
This safari can also be combined with our 3 day Etosha Link to make an unforgettable 6 day “Taste of Namibia” safari. To make a comprehensive 10 day itinerary, combine this with our 7 day Northern Adventure itinerary. Two of the world’s natural wonders, the Okavango Delta and the mighty Victoria Falls can also be included by combining this trip with our 8 day Delta and Falls Safari.
Day one
Windhoek - Sesriem (450 km) (BLD) (camping)
We travel out over the Eros Mountains and along scenic roads, on our way south-west to the desert. We also pass over part of the Naukluft Mountains the Khomas Hochland range on our journey today and head down from Namibia’s central plateau by way of the beautiful Remhoogte Pass. Coming out of the mountains we reach open plains and from here it is only a short distance to our next stop, the tiny town of Solitaire. We will stop here for some refreshments before continuing on through desert scenery
We cross some open grass savannah and farmlands before the terrain begins to give way to the immense red sand dune desert of the Namib.
We aim to arrive at Sesriem during the late afternoon and we have time to drive out to one of the nearby dunes to watch the colours on distant mountains to the east, glow and change.
Day two
Sesriem - Sossusvlei - Sesriem (150 km) (BLD) (camping)
A pre-dawn start to see the sunrise in the dunes. We drive a further 60 km into the desert and have our breakfast as the colours grow across the landscape.
To reach Sossusvlei itself we walk for the last 5 km through the dunes. The walk is like nothing else, in the cool of the morning, with soft sunlight just beginning to play over the dunes creating a sharp light and shadow contrast across the whole desert. Ancient mineral pans, stunted camel horn trees and the chance of seeing a gemsbok or maybe an ostrich make the photo opportunities perfect.
We spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei, also visiting “dune 45”, and as the day wears on we return to Sesriem for lunch and to escape the heat of the afternoon. As the day cools off in the late afternoon we will take a short excursion to the Sesriem Canyon.
Day three
Sesriem - Windhoek (450 km) (BL)
After breakfast we begin our journey, over the mountains and along scenic roads, back to Windhoek. We will travel back by different roads, this time climbing up to Windhoek and travelling by way of the massive Gamsberg Pass in the Khomas Hochland Mountain Range on our way back to civilization.
We are due back into the city around 16:00 and you will be dropped off at your accommodation on our return.
The price includes: All accommodation and food as per itinerary, B = breakfast, L = lunch and D = dinner. All transport, all camping equipment, all National Park entrance fees, and the services of a professional safari guide for the duration of the trip.
Not included: Flights, visas or personal travel insurance. All meals as per itinerary, alcohol, soft drinks or bottled mineral water. Sleeping bags, tips, spending money or any items of a personal nature.
Departures and rates: on request

Code WD02. 3 days Etosha Link tour
This safari has a guaranteed departure every Monday of the year. There are no minimum numbers, no single supplements and we will operate the trip with only one booking if necessary. The price is virtually fully inclusive and the style is limited participation, assisted camping. Collection time is between 08: 00 & 08:30 from anywhere within the Windhoek city limits. This safari can also be combined with our 3 day Sossusvlei Link to make an unforgettable 6 day “Taste of Namibia” safari. To make a comprehensive 10 day itinerary, combine this with our 7 day Southern Swing itinerary. Two of the world’s natural wonders, the Okavango Delta and the mighty Victoria Falls can also be included by combining this trip with our 8 day Delta and Falls Safari.
Day one
Windhoek – Namutoni, Etosha National Park (500 km) (LD) (camping)
We will travel north, passing through farmland and stopping at small towns along the way, we aim to arrive at Etosha National Park in the middle afternoon.
We game drive our way through the park, stopping at waterholes along the way, looking for some of Etosha’s big-game out for a drink.
We will arrive at Namutoni Camp at about sunset when the park gates close for the night. We make camp and there is time to relax before dinner is served. After your evening meal there are still more chances to see Etosha's big game at Namutoni's floodlit waterhole. Situated on the boundary of the Namutoni and easily reachable on foot, elephants are regular visitors here and there is a good chance of seeing other species of game as well.
Day two
Namutoni - Okaukuejo, Etosha National Park (BLD) (camping)
A full day's game driving. We leave early to enjoy the cool morning air as we game drive our way through Etosha to Halali camp, situated in the middle of the park.
Along the way we visit several waterholes and are afforded splendid views of the massive Etosha Pan. The game viewing is usually excellent and we have the chance to tick off a few new species that are not normally seen on the Namutoni side of the park.
We stop at Halali for a rest and a leisurely lunch. There is time to visit the Halali waterhole and to make use of the swimming pool and bar facilities before continuing on our way and game driving down to Okaukuejo.
Okaukuejo is famous for its waterhole, which has been described as one of the "best game viewing opportunities in Southern Africa". Situated on the doorstep of our camp, black rhino, elephant, lion and numerous species of antelope are usually seen.
Day three
Okaukuejo – Windhoek (450km) (BL)
We have time for a short, final game drive this morning before leaving Etosha and beginning our journey south. We are travelling on the main road, passing through towns and rural areas and we will make time to make a stop in the small town of Okahandja.
Okahandja is the home of Namibia’s largest wood carving market. The stalls operated on a local co-operative basis and are one of the best places to shop for truly Namibian souvenirs.
We are due back into the city around 16:00 and you will be dropped off at your accommodation on our return.
Departures and rates: on request

Code WD03. 7 days northern tour
Day 1. 1 You are collected from our accommodation between 08:15 and 08:30. Final packing is done at the Wild Dog Safaris base before we journey out of Windhoek and head north through Okahandja, where there will be a short break to see the wood carvers. We continue on to the Okonjima Farm, home of the Africat Foundation, where we will set up our camp and have lunch. The afternoon will be spent learning about and seeing the work of Africat in re-introducing cheetah and leopard to the wild. This is a great opportunity to see these magnificent animals at very close quarters.
Driving time: approx. 3.5hrs (250 km). Africat Foundation. Communal ablutions / camping. Lunch and Dinner.
Day 2. We get up for an early morning bush walk and, after breakfast, we pack up camp and head on to Etosha National Park, where we will arrive in time for lunch. In the afternoon we will head out for our first game drive in order to spot some of the hundreds of species of animals and birds, which inhabit the Park. We return to camp by sunset, and after dinner we can spend an evening game viewing at the floodlit waterhole.
Driving time: approx. 4hrs (350 km). Etosha National Park – Namutoni. Communal ablutions / camping. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 3. After breaking camp, we have a full day of game driving heading west across the park. We have lunch and a short rest along the way and then continue our game driving, arriving at Okaukuejo in the late afternoon. This is our camp for the next night. The floodlit waterhole at this camp is renowned for the sightings of black rhino and elephant and is a fitting end to another exciting day in Etosha.
Game drives for the day. Etosha National Park – Okaukuejo. Communal ablutions /camping. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 4. Today we continue our game driving with a final morning in the Okaukuejo area. After packing up camp, we leave Etosha and go in to Damaraland. It is an easy drive down to the town of Outjo where your guide can re-stock with fresh produce and you can relax with a cup of coffee in the Etosha café. We then head west to Kamanjab and to our camp at an Ova–Himba community project. There is time to walk and enjoy the area before settling down for the night.
Driving time: approx. 6 hrs (270 km). Ova-Himba community camp. Communal ablutions /camping. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 5. In the morning we visit the Himba village and learn something of the lives of these proud, semi-nomadic people. It is a fascinating glimpse into their culture and history. After lunch we pack up and head across Damaraland. In the afternoon we visit the ancient site of Twyfelfontein to see the Bushman paintings and rock engravings carved into the sandstone. It is a very interesting area, made even more spectacular by the amazing rock formations. We then have a short drive to our camp.
Driving time: approx. 3.5hrs (250 km). Damaraland Campsite. Rustic ablutions – no shower facilities. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 6. Our day starts by travelling through the Namib Desert to the Skeleton Coast National Park and the South Atlantic Ocean. Our first stop, after leaving the Park, is the Cape Cross seal colony, where thousands of fur seals congregate on a rocky point. It is quite a sight to see so many of these animals at such close quarters. From here we go straight down the coastal road to Swakopmund - Namibia’s premier holiday resort, nestling between the Namib Desert and the Atlantic Ocean. You may explore the town on your own and either dine together, or on your own, at one of the very good restaurants in town.
Driving time: approx. 6hrs (380 km). Swakopmund. Chalet Accommodation/communal ablutions. Breakfast and Lunch. (Dinner at own expense.)
Day 7. There are many activities available in Swakopmund: dune-boarding, quad-biking, flights over the desert, skydiving or simply enjoying the sights of the city. There is also a very good museum and an aquarium in town.
After the morning in Swakopmund, we have lunch and then drive back to Windhoek, arriving about 17:30.
Driving time: approx. 5hrs (350 km). Breakfast and Lunch.
Departures and rates: on request

Code WD04. 7 days Southern Swing
Day 1. 1 You are collected from your accommodation between 08:15 and 08:30. Final packing is done at the Wild Dog Safaris base before your journey takes you out of Windhoek and on to the southern highway. The Kalahari Desert is on one side with the central escarpment on the other. We pass through Rehoboth, the capital of the Baster people and also stop for lunch en route before reaching our camp at the Quiver Tree forest. These are fascinating ‘tree aloes’ and quite unique to this part of the world. This is a lovely setting to see the sunset and enjoy your first evening under the stars.
Driving time: approx. 6.5hrs (500 km). Quiver Tree forest. Communal ablutions / camping. Lunch and Dinner.
Day 2. After packing up camp, we go to see the nearby Giant’s Playground before continuing our journey south through the town of Keetmanshoop, past the Naute Dam and down to the Fish River Canyon. Here we have lunch overlooking the Canyon, enjoying the awesome views. Our route then continues south all the way to the Orange River, Namibia’s southern border. It is an amazing sight to see green vegetation and flowing water! We organise our camp on the banks of the river and enjoy an evening completely by ourselves in a very tranquil setting.
Driving time: approx. 4.5hrs (380 km). Orange River. Rustic ablutions / camping. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 3. After a very pleasant morning on the Orange River, we head north into the desert again. Our route takes us past the zinc mines of Rosh Pinah and Scorpion and up to the small town of Aus. Our camp for the next two nights is right on the edge of the escarpment overlooking the Namib Desert. There is time for an afternoon walk up some of the surrounding hills to watch the sunset before dinner around the campfire.
Driving time: approx. 3.5hrs (150 km). Klein Aus. Communal ablutions / camping. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 4. An early start is required so as to make the most of our day in and around Luderitz. We travel across the diamond “forbidden zone”, where we may see the wild horses of the Namib. Once in Luderitz, there is the option of a boat cruise to see the Jackass penguins and Heavysides dolphins. Later in the morning we visit Kolmanskop Ghost Town, a totally deserted diamond-mining town that is being slowly swallowed up by the encroaching sand dunes. Lunch is at your own expense either in Luderitz or at Kolmanskop. In the afternoon we have the chance to go to Diaz Point and explore some of the rugged coastline around Luderitz. We return to our desert camp by late afternoon, for dinner and a relaxing evening.
Driving time: approx. 3hrs (240 km). Klein Aus. Communal ablutions / camping. Breakfast and Dinner. (Lunch in Luderitz or Kolmanskop at own expense.)
Day 5. Today we head north along the edge of the Namib Desert. It is a lovely drive with fabulous vistas at every turn. Lunch is en route and there are plenty of photo stops. We arrive at Sesriem in mid-afternoon in time for a swim before heading out to Elim Dune. The campsites are under ancient camel thorn trees and the setting is spectacular.
Driving time: approx. 5hrs. (350 km). Sesriem. Communal ablutions / camping. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 6. We are up well before dawn so that we can drive out to the dune fields to watch the sun come up. After some breakfast, we move on to Sossusvlei and some of the world’s highest sand dunes. There is time to spend the morning walking among the dunes and marvelling at the incredible scenery. These magnificent dunes, with their endlessly changing and contrasting colours, are an amazing sight. You can walk back to the Wild Dog vehicle, or your guide will pay for the return shuttle service, which runs throughout the day. After lunch, we spend the afternoon relaxing back at camp, where there is a swimming pool. Later in the afternoon we can visit Sesriem Gorge.
Driving time: approx. 2hrs (120 km). Sesriem. Communal ablutions /camping. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 7. Sadly, this is our last day on safari, but there is an interesting drive back to Windhoek. We travel up the Remhooghte Pass on to the Central Highlands of Namibia and continue to the Kupferberg Pass overlooking Windhoek. Our arrival in Windhoek will be between 15:00 and 16:00.
Driving time: approx. 5.5hrs (350 km). Breakfast and Lunch.
Departures and rates: on request

Code WD05. 14 days Delta & Dunes tour
Day 1. Your Wild Dog guide picks you up at Windhoek International Airport. After greetings, and money exchange if needed, we head east towards Botswana. We pass through some important cattle country and reach the town of Gobabis. There is time for a short lunch stop before heading on to the border crossing. Our camp for the evening will be close to the town of Ghanzi, called Thakadu. You may see some of the animals indigenous to the Kalahari, and, in the evening around the campfire, we have a relaxing dinner under the African sky (LD).
Driving time approx. 6.5 hrs. (530 km). Ghanzi.
Day 2. After breaking camp, we drive to Ghanzi and make a short stop for those wishing to purchase drinks. Our journey then continues across the linear dunes of the Kalahari until we see the vegetation changing as we travel up the south-western side of the Okavango Delta. We travel off the main road and on to a sand track, which winds its way to the edge of a picturesque lagoon and our camp for the night. Driving time approx. 6hrs. (430 km).
Private camp Okavango Delta. Communal ablutions /camping (BLD).
Day 3. This morning we leave our vehicle behind and travel first by motor-boat and then by
mokoro (dugout canoe) into the Delta. This will be our transport for the next 2 days and allows us to travel further into the Delta; a marvelous way to enjoy the many waterways and to see this unspoiled part of Africa. After setting up our bush-camp on one of the many islands we go for a short walk to see our surroundings. Okavango Delta.
Rustic ablutions / camping (BLD).
Day 4. There is an early morning game walk with the opportunity to see the large variety of wildlife at close quarters. Seeing big game on foot is an unforgettable experience. We return to camp for a big brunch and relax through the heat of the day. If you wish, a poler can take you to a safe place to swim in the fresh clear water. There is a shorter walk later in the afternoon to be back by sunset. After dinner there is always the opportunity to chat with the local guides and learn something of their way of life. Okavango Delta. Rustic ablutions / camping (BLD).
Day 5. After another early morning game walk, we load our mekoro and travel back to the main camp, viewing game and the abundant bird life as we go. One of the real attractions of the Delta is seeing how the people and animals share this area as they have done for hundreds of years. This will be our final evening in the Okavango Delta. Private camp Okavango Delta. Communal ablutions /camping (BLD).
Day 6. We depart this morning and head north towards the frontier with Namibia. After crossing the border we go directly into the Mahango Game Reserve, a stunning little park on the edge of the Okavango River. We have lunch here and do some game driving with the possibility of seeing antelope such as roan or sable. Our route then takes us west to our camp near Rundu, again on the banks of the Okavango. Dinner tonight is at the lodge at your own expense. In the evening, you can enjoy the singing and dancing of the local people before heading to bed. Driving time approx. 4 hrs. (350 km).
Rundu. Communal ablutions /camping (BL).
Day 7. A short drive brings us to Rundu where there is time to explore the local market before continuing down through the Kavango Region. There are a few breaks along the way at various kraals to see the local crafts and woodcarvings. We then travel west across farmland and enter the Etosha National Park, just as the sun is setting. We set up camp and prepare dinner. Later, it is always worth spending some time at the floodlit waterhole.
Driving time approx. 5 hrs. (450km). Namutoni Rest Camp. Communal ablutions /camping (BLD).
Day 8. Today there is a full day of game driving starting at dawn as the camp gates open. We stay at Namutoni for two nights and go out all morning and then again in the afternoon to see as much of the prolific animal and bird life as possible. After our morning drive we have a big brunch and relax either around the pool or at the waterhole. Game driving. Namutoni Rest Camp. Communal ablutions /camping (BLD).
Day 9. After loading the vehicle, we start off across Etosha. There is an abundance of wildlife. Lunch is at Halali, the most central of the camps. We rest for a couple of hours and can have a refreshing swim. We then continue our game drive heading to the western camp, Okaukuejo, where we spend the next night. This camp also has a floodlit waterhole, and is your best chance to see the rare black rhino. A steady stream of game comes throughout the night, so it is well worth spending some time here. Game driving. Okaukuejo Rest Camp. Communal ablutions /camping (BLD).
Day 10. We leave Etosha today and head to Damaraland. Our route takes us through some picturesque farm country and the capital of the region, Khorixas. From there we go on to Twyfelfontein, a fascinating area where we take a tour to view the many rock engravings and imagine the life which must have been lived here hundreds and even thousands of years ago. We then continue to our camp for the night.
Driving time approx. 5hrs (400km). Damaraland. Rustic ablutions / camping (BLD).
Day 11. e continue west across the Namib Desert to the Skeleton Coast National Park and the South Atlantic Ocean. After travelling south along the coast, our first stop is Cape Cross. This is a breeding site for Cape fur seals and numbers can reach 250,000 seals, which is an incredible sight. We then continue along the coast to Swakopmund. Here we stay in accommodation and we go out to dinner in one of the local fish restaurants. For those who have missed civilization, there is even a casino in town!
Driving time approx. 6 hrs (400km). Swakopmund. Chalet Accommodation (BL).
Day 12. We head back in to the Namib Desert today. We stop along the way at the Kuiseb Canyon, and at Solitaire for a drink. Our journey takes us through varied and fascinating desert scenery to Sesriem, the gateway to the world’s largest sand dunes. The camp is spread out under enormous and ancient camel-thorn trees and there is a pool to wash off the dust of our trip through the desert.
Driving time approx. 5.5 hrs (420km). Sesriem. Communal ablutions /camping (BLD).
Day 13. We rise well before dawn to drive into the heart of the dunes. As the pre-dawn light brushes the dunes, a breathtaking scene begins to unfold. The sun lights up the dunes with many colours, and casts deep shadows. We walk into Sossusvlei, the end of an ancient riverbed, and climb some of the dunes. We return to our camp where we rest until the afternoon. Then we visit Sesriem Gorge, a small but fascinating area where the desert has been cut by the force of the floodwaters. Driving time approx. 2hrs (120km). Sesriem. Communal ablutions /camping (BLD).
Day 14. Sadly, today is the last day of our safari. We bid the dunes farewell and travel back to Windhoek. Our route takes us across the Central Highlands and we arrive in Windhoek with enough time to see some of the capital city before our flight home.
Driving time approx. 5hrs (350km). (BL)
Departures and rates: on request

Included:  transport, three meals a day, drinking water and tea/coffee in camp, all camping equipment, park entrance and camping fees, professional driver-guide.
Not included: sleeping bag (can be rented), alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, personal travel insurance, personal expenses.
Please note: all tours' itineraries and duration can be changed and combined with other tours or included in a programs of a longer tours and safaris.

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