Wild Dog Safaris Namibia
Scheduled Safaris Departures

                    Delta & Falls Safari 8 days
Departure on Friday
Last day on Friday (Livingstone) & Sunday (Windhoek)

 This safari has a guaranteed departure nearly every Sunday 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 07:30 and 08:00 from anywhere within the Windhoek city limits. This itinerary can be linked to our 10 day Namibian Explorer Safari, our 7 day Northern Adventure Safari or our 7 day Southern Swing Safari.  Additionally you can combine with our 3 day itineraries Etosha or Sossusvlei Link in order to carry you to some or all of the very best highlights that Namibia has to offer.

Day one
Windhoek – Ghanzi Kalahari, Botswana (600 km) (LD) (camping)

A long drive today, making use of the Trans Kalahari Highway, a relatively new road that provides an invaluable communication link between Namibia, Botswana and South Africa.  The road takes us first to the small town of Gobabis, one of the main livestock farming centres of Namibia, and then on to the border with Botswana. After completing the immigration formalities we continue, through rural Botswana to the town of Ghanzi, located in the centre of cattle farming Botswana. Ghanzi is located almost in the middle of the Kalahari Desert and was almost unknown before the Trans Kalahari Highway.

Day two
Ghanzi – Okavango Delta (450 km) (BLD) (camping)

An early start and a quick stop in Ghanzi to collect any last minute supplies before continuing west, traversing the linear dunes of the Kalahari and passing through small towns along the way. A change in vegetation heralds our arrival on the very western edge of one of the natural wonders of the world, the Okavango Delta.  Here we turn north for some way before again pointing our wheels west as we enter the Delta proper.  We see our first glimpse of the crystal waters through the lush vegetation and we make our camp on the banks of a pristine African lagoon.

Day three
Okavango Delta (BLD) (camping)

We are in the territory of the River People, so this morning we leave our vehicle behind and travel in a more appropriate fashion, first by motor-boat and then by traditional mokoro (dugout canoe), deep into the Delta. Mokoro’s will be our main form of transport for the next two days.  These amazing traditional craft are perfectly designed for the narrow waterways of the Okavango and allow us to travel further into the Delta than if we were using more modern forms of transport.  Mokoros carry three people, two seated passengers and one driver.  The driver stands in the rear of the canoe, (a real feat of balance), and uses a long wooden pole to propel and steer the mokoro through the twisting channels.  It really is the only way to travel. Back to camp in the late afternoon for another night by the Okavango waters.

Day four
Okavango Delta – Caprivi, Namibia (350 km) (BLD) (camping)

Back on the road today, destination Namibia.  Passport formalities completed we go directly into the Mahango Game Reserve, a small but excellent park right on the edge of the Okavango River.  We game drive our way through Mahango and have the chance to spot rarely seen Namibian species such as roan the majestic sable antelope. Our camp for tonight is just outside the Game Reserve, and we are again beside the Okavango, but this time the main river, on its journey from the Angolan highlands, through the pan handle to waters end, the delta.

Day five Caprivi, Namibia (200km) (BLD) (camping)

The Caprivi Strip is a long narrow stretch of territory running along the Botswana’s northern border.  It is a landscape of broadleaf forest with many small communities dotted along our route.  The locals in this area are the Kavango people and we make a cultural visit to a local community.  The people here have taken the initiative to establish a traditional “kraal” which will be opened for us and we will give a guided tour. We have the chance to gain a significant insight into the local customs and culture, including demonstrations of traditional medicine and superstition. From here it is only a short drive to our camp for the night, also operated as a community project, located on the banks of the Kwando River in a beautiful setting.  There is a craft market nearby where you can shop for truly Namibian souvenirs.

Day six
Caprivi Strip – Kasane, Botswana (300 km) (BLD) (camping)

We finish our long transit of the Caprivi region this morning when we arrive in Namibia’s easternmost town, Katima Mulilo.  A short break here before crossing back across the border into Botswana.  The road takes us directly into the world famous Chobe National Park.  Chobe has the world’s largest population of African Elephants and the chances of seeing some big game are very good as we transit through the park to the small town of Kasane.  We make camp in the grounds of a local lodge, right on the banks for the Chobe River. Time to relax in the afternoon before joining a river boat cruise, back into the park.  From the boat we will have the chance to see a huge amount of wild game, both on the river banks and in the waters swirling around us.
Crocodiles and hippos abound in the forbidding Chobe River and on the land side there is often a kaleidoscope of different antelope and species such as elephant, buffalo and even the Big Cats come to the river banks for their sundowner drink.  The Chobe River provides a very broad habitat for bird life and it is possible to see many beautifull species of our feathered friends.

Day seven
Kasane – Livingstone, Zambia (100 km) (BL) (camping)

Another border crossing today, we drive out of Kasane to Kazangula ferry depot and complete our Botswanan exit formalities.  We cross the Chobe on the local ferry boat, enter Zambia and from here it is a short drive to the town of Livingstone.  Named after the famous British missionary and explorer Dr. David Livingstone, the town is a bustling African centre.  We make our camp on the banks of the Zambezi River and have time to explore the town and to visit the might Victoria Falls. The views of the waterfall from the Zambian bank are fantastic, there are many small paths and lookout points to explore.

This afternoon your guide will help you organise the many optional activities available in Livingstone.  These include white water rafting, bungi jumping, other excursions on the river and scenic flights to mention but a few. Dinner tonight will be in a local restaurant at the client’s own expense.

NB:  All extra activities are subject to availability and are done at the clients own risk and expense.

Day eight
Livingstone (B)

After breakfast the safari is finished.  Your guide will be able to offer advice on other travel plans you have in this region.  We pack up our campsite. For clients transferring back to Windhoek tomorrow this is a free day for you to explore the area or to take part in optional activities.  Lunch and dinner are not included in the price of the trip.  Your guide will arrange a time to collect you for the return journey in the morning. 

Day nine
Livingstone – Rundu, Namibia (700 km) (BLD) (camping)

An early start and a long drive.  We are in transit only and will not be stopping to take in the sights along the way.  We will traverse the Caprivi Strip and will spend the night near the small town of Rundu in northern Namibia. We camp in the grounds of a lodge on the banks for the Okavango River, looking into Angola on the far river bank. Dinner tonight will be in the restaurant at the lodge and is included in the price.

Day ten
Rundu – Windhoek (800 km) (BL)

Another early start and another long drive.  We head south through Kavango Province, down through the towns of Grootfontien, Otjiwarongo and Okahandja before reaching our final destination, Windhoek. There will be stops at some of the local woodcarving stalls as well as the market at Okahandja before arriving in the city. You will be dropped off at your accommodation.

Wild Dog Safaris
8 day Delta and Falls
Assisted Camping Safari

Guaranteed departures on Sundays

It is strongly recommended that you purchase comprehensive personal travel insurance before you embark on your safari.  Travel insurance is for your own protection and we consider it to be an essential part of modern international travel. Maximum group size is 16 people, with no minimum number.  Transport for up to 8 people will be in a minibus and for 9 people and more in a Toyota bus / truck. The style of safari is limited participation, you will be asked to assist put up and take down your own tent, however there will be a camp assistant to complete all the other campsite chores.  Your tour guide will do all the shopping, cooking and day-to-day organization of the safari.  Unless otherwise specified, all safaris will be conducted in English.

Safaris include:                                                                       Safaris exclude:

1.  All transport                                                                        1.  Sleeping bag (can be hired)

2.  Three meals a day (unless differently specified)                     2.  Alcoholic beverages

3.  Tap drinking water                                                               3.  Soft drinks

4.  Tea & coffee in camp                                                           4.  Personal travel insurance

5.  All camping equipment

6.  Park entrance fees                                                               Useful items to bring with you:

7.  Camping fees                                                                         1.  Two litre water bottle

8.  Professional guide                                                                  2.  Torch

9.  Camp Assistant                                                                      3.  Towel

10. Pick up & drop off from accommodation in Windhoek           4.  Sun hat

We will collect you from your accommodation in Windhoek on the morning of departure.  Pick up time will be between 07:30 & 08:00.  The tents are dome type, which are easy to assemble and your mattresses are approximately 5 cm thick with your own mattress cover, and everyone has a camp chair with a backrest. Clients are limited to one soft, barrel type bag per person with maximum weight of 15kg, one medium sized hand luggage bag, one medium sized camera bag and a sleeping bag. We suggest a sleeping bag range of “3 – 4 season”.  Sleeping bags can be hired by prior arrangement. When packing your clothing please be aware that Namibian summer temperatures (December - March) can reach 45*C, and winter temperatures (June - September) can be as low as -5*C.  The rainy season is between December and April.

All evening meals on camping safaris, (unless stipulated), are cooked on an open fire by your guide.  Salads and fresh vegetables will be served where possible, but please note in some areas this is not necessarily every day.  Fresh fruit will also be supplied when possible. Vegetarians can be catered for but please notify us prior to safari departure. Namibia, Botswana and Zambia are all technically malarial areas and we recommend that you seek professional medical advice on malaria protection before travelling. Tap water in Namibia, Botswana and Zambia has been purified or comes directly from boreholes and is safe to drink.  We supply tap drinking water but bottled mineral water is easily available at shops and rest camps should you prefer to drink this.
The Namibian Dollar (N$) is tied permanently 1-1 to the South African Rand (SAR).  SAR, notes and coins are legal tender in Namibia.  In Botswana it will be necessary to carry some of the local “Pula” currency and in Zambia it is necessary to carry some of the local “Kwacha” currency.
Airport transfers and pre-and-post safari accommodation can be arranged on request. It is customary to tip in Namibia, usually, around 10% at restaurants.  Your guide and assistant can be tipped at your own discretion but we ask that the guide be tipped separately from your assistant.

Namibian Explorer Safari 10 days
Departure on Saturday
Last day on Monday

This safari has a guaranteed departure every Tuesday of the year.  There are no minimum numbers, no single supplements.  The price is virtually fully inclusive, the style is limited participation, assisted camping and there are two accommodated nights included on the itinerary.  Collection time is between 08:00 & 08:30 from anywhere within the Windhoek city limits. By combining this trip with our 8 day Delta and Falls Safari you can also visit two of the world’s natural wonders, the Okavango Delta and the mighty Victoria Falls.

Day one
Windhoek – Okonjima (300 km) (LD) (camping)

We will travel north, stopping at small towns along the way including Okahandja, where we have time to visit Namibia’s largest wood carving market.  The market is operated on a local co-operative basis and is one of the best places to shop for truly Namibian souvenirs. Continuing north, passing through farmland, we aim to arrive at Okonjima during the middle afternoon, giving us time to set up our camp and to relax in the shade for a while before heading out on to the property to take part in the afternoon’s activities. Okonjima is the home of the Africat Foundation, a specialist conservation concern that centres its operations around the African Big Cats, particularly cheetah.  This afternoon you will be taken on a tour during which you will be able to meet, close-up-and-personal, some of the cheetah that are going through the Africat rehabilitation programme.  Most of the animals currently living at Okonjima have been rescued from various desperate situations, being orphaned or caught in a trap, and the aim of rehabilitation process is to attempt to re-introduce them into the wild. After our educational tour we will return to camp and prepare for dinner under the African stars.

Day two
Okonjima - Namutoni, Etosha National Park (300 km) (BLD) (camping)

An early start and continuing north we pass through some small towns, making short stops for fresh supplies and fuel.  Our first main port of call today is the mysterious Lake Otjikoto.  Otjikoto is in fact Namibia's largest permanent natural lake and we take time here to rest a little and learn something about the history of this unusual landmark. Continuing on to Namutoni camp in Etosha National Park we again aim to arrive in time for lunch, giving us time to relax before heading out into the park during the cool of the late afternoon for our first game drive. 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 camp 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 three
Namutoni - Okaukuejo, Etosha National Park (BLD) (camping)

A full day's game driving.  We again 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 camp. 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 four
Okaukuejo – Oase Himba Village, Kamanjab (300km) (BLD) (camping)

Leaving Etosha we begin our journey south with a relatively short drive to the small town of Kamanjab where we will make a short stop here before continuing on to find the Himba Tribesmen. This is the only traditionally functioning Himba community outside the far north Kaokoland region of Namibia These tribes-people have migrated here, lifestyle and customs intact, and are following their traditional way-of-life in their village on a farm.  Oase Village is located about 15 to 20 km outside Kamanjab, the exact location of the site varies as the Himba occasionally roam to a new location. During the afternoon we will be invited into Oase Village and will meet with the locals.  We will have a specialist guide for the time we are there, who will be able to translate for us and will introduce us to this “alternative lifestyle”.  We will learn about marriage customs, traditional food and the mysteries of the local religion, “Holy Fire”. 

We will make our camp about 150 meters from the village “Kraal” to ensure both our and our hosts privacy

Day five
Oase Village – Brandberg Mountain (400km) (BLD) (camping)

Today we head into one of the most beautiful desert regions in Namibia, Damaraland.  We drive south to the capital of this region, the small town of Khorixas, and then take a detour to the west, travelling via the Petrified Forest geological site, to visit the ancient Bushman rock engravings at Twyfelfontein.  At both these locations we will have local guides to conduct us on a short guided tour. From here we head deeper into the desert to Namibia’s highest mountain, The Brandberg, (2573 m).  Brandberg Mountain is an ancient Bushman spiritual site and tonight we will sleep in a community campsite under the shadow of this giant granite monolith.

Day six
Brandberg Mountain – Swakopmund, Skeleton Coast (200 km) (BL) (chalet accommodation)

Starting early to enjoy the cool of the morning we will hike, “into” the mountain with our guide to see the world famous “White Lady” rock painting.  Attributed to the Bushman artists, the white lady panel is believed by some to be in excess of 20 000 years old. Back on the road and more beautiful Damaraland scenery this morning, we make our first stop in the small town of Uis, an old mining town, and one of the best places to buy semi-precious stones, for which Namibia is famous.  Here, rough Amethyst, Tourmaline etc can be found at bargain prices. From here we turn directly west and cross the “gravel plains” on our way to the Atlantic Ocean and the Skeleton Coast.  Meeting the ocean at Henties Bay, we first head north along the coast to visit the seal colony at Cape Cross.  Here at certain times of the year there can be as many as 100,000 Cape Fur seals in attendance.  The next destination is Swakopmund, following the Skeleton Coast into Namibia's premier seaside town. The Swakopmund section of the trip is designed to allow people to relax either with the group, or on their own.  Only breakfast is provided, this is to allow you to plan your time here with as much flexibility as possible and not to be tied to group meal times.  It also gives you the chance to sample some of the excellent local cafes and restaurants.  The seafood in Swakopmund is superb.  Your guide will offer to organise a group meal in a local restaurant for this evening.  Participation is recommended but by no means required. Dinner this evening in not included in the price of the safari and will be for the client’s own account.

Day seven
Swakopmund (B) (chalet accommodation)

Today is a free day.  The idea is to allow time for everybody to do their own thing.  Swakopmund is a very pleasant seaside town with lots of shops, a good stretch of beach (although the Atlantic here is quite cold) and an open-air curio market.  There is also a very good museum and the Namibian National Marine Aquarium is located in Swakopmund.
Alternatively, there are various optional activities that can be arranged.  These include aeroplane and microlight flights over the desert, scenic drives, fishing trips (both from the beach or in a boat), four-wheel motorcycle (quad bike) trips into the desert and over the sand dunes around Swakopmund, sand boarding trips (also in the dunes), skydiving, surfing, bird-watching and many other activities are available. Your tour guide will discuss all the possible options with you before you reach Swakopmund and will offer to make bookings in advance of your arrival.  (N.B.  All extra activities and excursions in Swakopmund are subject to availability and are made at the clients’ own risk and expense). Dinner this evening is not included in the price of the safari and will be for the client’s own account

Day eight
Swakopmund - Sesriem (300 km) (BLD) (camping)

We first make a stop at Walvis Bay, situated about 40 km south of Swakopmund.  South of the town there is a large marine lagoon which is home to a vast array of marine bird-life, in particular flamingos. We will make a short visit to the lagoon to see the birds and a short visit to Walvis Bay to collect any last minute supplies before once again heading out into the desert.   The second part of our journey today takes us across more of the seemingly endless Namib gravel plains.  Then the landscape suddenly changes and we are into the mountain desert. We traverse both the Kuiseb and Gaub passes, driving both times to the river beds at the bottom of the canyons and then climbing the long steep road to the top and the spectacular panoramas the mountains give us.  Again the scenery changes as we make our way down to the dune fields at Sesriem.
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 nine
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 ten
Sesriem - Windhoek (450 km) (BL)

After breakfast we begin our journey, over the mountains and along scenic roads, back to Windhoek.  We will travel over the Naukluft Mountains and also the Khomas Hochland range, through beautiful Remhoogte Pass on our way back to civilization. We are due back into the city around 15:00 and you will be dropped off at your accommodation on our return.

 

Wild Dog Safaris
10 day Namibian Explorer
Assisted Camping Safari

Guaranteed departures every Tuesday of the year, all year.

It is strongly recommended that you purchase comprehensive personal travel insurance before you embark on your safari.  Travel insurance is for your own protection and we consider it to be an essential part of modern international travel. Maximum group size is 16 people, with no minimum number.  Transport for up to 8 people will be in a minibus and for 9 people and more in a Toyota bus / truck. The style of safari is limited participation, you will be asked to assist put up and take down your own tent, however there will be a camp assistant to complete all the other campsite chores.  Your tour guide will do all the shopping, cooking and day-to-day organization of the safari.  Unless otherwise specified, all safaris will be conducted in English 

Safaris include:                                                                       Safaris exclude:

1.  All transport                                                                        1.  Sleeping bag (can be hired)

2.  Three meals a day (unless differently specified)                     2.  Alcoholic beverages

3.  Tap drinking water                                                               3.  Soft drinks

4.  Tea & coffee in camp                                                          4.  Personal travel insurance

5.  All camping equipment

6.  Park entrance fees                                                               Useful items to bring with you:

7.  Camping fees                                                                         1.  Two litre water bottle

8.  Professional guide                                                                  2.  Torch

9.  Camp Assistant                                                                     3.  Towel

10. Pick up & drop off from accommodation in Windhoek          4.  Sun hat

We will collect you from your accommodation in Windhoek on the morning of departure.  Pick up time will be between 08:00 & 08:30. The tents are dome type, which are easy to assemble and your mattresses are approximately 5 cm thick with your own mattress cover, and everyone has a camp chair with a backrest. Clients are limited to one soft, barrel type bag per person with maximum weight of 15kg, one medium sized hand luggage bag, one medium sized camera bag and a sleeping bag. We suggest a sleeping bag range of “3 – 4 season”.  Sleeping bags can be hired by prior arrangement.  When packing your clothing please be aware that Namibian summer temperatures (December - March) can reach 45*C, and winter temperatures (June - September) can be as low as -5*C.  The rainy season is between December and April.

All evening meals on camping safaris, (unless stipulated), are cooked on an open fire by your guide.  Salads and fresh vegetables will be served where possible, but please note in some areas this is not necessarily every day.  Fresh fruit will also be supplied when possible. Vegetarians can be catered for but please notify us prior to safari departure. Namibia is a low risk malarial destination but we recommend that seek professional medical advice to enable you to make decisions on personal malaria protection. All tap water in Namibia has been purified or comes directly from boreholes and is safe to drink.  We supply tap drinking water but bottled mineral water is easily available at shops and rest camps should you prefer to drink this. Electrical plugs are 220 V and are 3 pin (round pin as opposed to square pin).  Adaptors can be purchased in Windhoek.  It is possible to re-charge batteries at some campsites. The Namibian Dollar (N$) is tied permanently 1-1 to the South African Rand (SAR).  SAR, notes and coins are legal tender in Namibia. Airport transfers and pre-and-post safari accommodation can be arranged on request

It is customary to tip in Namibia, usually, around 10% at restaurants.  Your guide and assistant can be tipped at your own discretion but we ask that the guide be tipped separately from your assistant.

South & North Combination Safari 10 days

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, the style is limited participation, assisted camping and there are two accommodated nights included in the itinerary, one in Windhoek (day 3) and one in Swakopmund, (day 9).  Collection time is 08:00 and 08:30 from anywhere within the Windhoek city limits. 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.  This night’s accommodation is included in the price of the safari but dinner tonight will be for the client’s own account in a local restaurant.

Day four
Windhoek – Okonjima (300 km) (LD) (camping)

You will be collected from your accommodation between 08:30 & 09:00.  We will travel north, stopping at small towns along the way including Okahandja, where we have time to visit Namibia’s largest wood carving market.  The market is operated on a local co-operative basis and is one of the best places to shop for truly Namibian souvenirs. Continuing north, passing through farmland, we aim to arrive at Okonjima during the middle afternoon, giving us time to set up our camp and to relax in the shade for a while before heading out on to the property to take part in the afternoon’s activities. Okonjima is the home of the Africat Foundation, a specialist conservation concern that centres its operations around the African Big Cats, particularly cheetah.  This afternoon you will be taken on a tour during which you will be able to meet, close-up-and-personal, some of the cheetah that are going through the Africat rehabilitation programme.
Most of the animals currently living at Okonjima have been rescued from various desperate situations, being orphaned or caught in a trap, and the aim of rehabilitation process is to attempt to re-introduce them into the wild.
After our educational tour we will return our accommodation and prepare for dinner under the African stars.

Day five
Okonjima - Namutoni, Etosha National Park (300 km) (BLD) (camping)

An early start and continuing north we pass through some small towns, making short stops for fresh supplies and fuel.  Our first main port of call today is the mysterious Lake Otjikoto. Otjikoto is in fact Namibia's largest permanent natural lake and we take time here to rest a little and learn something about the history of this unusual landmark. Continuing on to Namutoni camp in Etosha National Park we again aim to arrive in time for lunch, giving us time to relax before heading out into the park during the cool of the late afternoon for our first game drive. 

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 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 six
Namutoni - Okaukuejo, Etosha National Park (BLD) (camping)

A full day's game driving.  We again 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 accommodation, black rhino, elephant, lion and numerous species of antelope are usually seen.

Day seven
Okaukuejo – Oase Himba Village, Kamanjab (300 km) (BLD) (camping)

Leaving Etosha we begin our journey south with a relatively short drive to the small town of Kamanjab where we will make a short stop here before continuing on to find the Himba Tribesmen. This is the only traditionally functioning Himba community outside the far north Kaokoland region of Namibia These tribes-people have migrated here, lifestyle and customs intact, and are following their traditional way-of-life in their village on a farm.  Oase Village is located about 15 to 20 km outside Kamanjab, the exact location of the site varies as the Himba occasionally roam to a new location.
During the afternoon we will be invited into Oase Village and will meet with the locals.  We will have a specialist guide for the time we are there, who will be able to translate for us and will introduce us to this “alternative lifestyle”.  We will learn about marriage customs, traditional food and the mysteries of the local religion, “Holy Fire”. 

Day eight
Oase Village – Brandberg Mountain (400 km) (BLD) (camping)

Today we head into one of the most beautiful desert regions in Namibia, Damaraland.  We drive south to the capital of this region, the small town of Khorixas, and then take a detour to the west, travelling via the Petrified Forest geological site, to visit the ancient Bushman rock engravings at Twyfelfontein.  At both these locations we will have local guides to conduct us on a short guided tour. From here we head deeper into the desert to Namibia’s highest mountain, The Brandberg, (2573 m).  Brandberg Mountain is an ancient Bushman spiritual site and tonight we will sleep under the shadow of this giant granite monolith.

Day nine
Brandberg Mountain – Swakopmund, Skeleton Coast (250 km) (BL) (chalet accommodation)

Starting early to enjoy the cool of the morning we will hike, “into” the mountain with our guide to see the world famous “White Lady” rock painting.  Attributed to the Bushman artists, the white lady panel is believed by some to be in excess of 20 000 years old. Back on the road for more beautiful Damaraland scenery.  We make our first stop in the small town of Uis, an old mining town, and one of the best places to buy semi-precious stones, for which Namibia is famous.  Here, rough Amethyst, Tourmaline etc can be found at bargain prices. From here we turn directly west and cross the “gravel plains” on our way to the Atlantic Ocean and the Skeleton Coast.  Meeting the ocean at Henties Bay, we first head north along the coast to visit the seal colony at Cape Cross.  Here at certain times of the year there can be as many as 100,000 Cape Fur seals in attendance.  The next destination is Swakopmund, following the Skeleton Coast into Namibia's premier seaside town.  We aim to arrive in the late afternoon giving us time to explore the town on foot before sunset.
Tonight we take the chance to sample one of the excellent restaurants.  The seafood in Swakopmund is superb.  Your guide will offer to organise a group meal in a local restaurant for this evening.  Participation is recommended but by no means required.
Dinner this evening in not included in the price of the safari and will be for the client’s own account 

Day ten
Swakopmund (BL) (350 km)

The drive back to Windhoek today will take about 4 and a half hours. We will only depart after lunch, giving us time to spend the morning relaxing in Swakopmund.  Swakopmund is a very pleasant seaside town with lots of shops, a good stretch of beach (although the Atlantic here is quite cold) and an open-air curio market.  There is also a very good museum and the Namibian National Marine Aquarium is located in Swakopmund. Alternatively, there are various optional activities that can be arranged.  These include aeroplane and microlight flights over the desert, scenic drives, fishing trips (both from the beach or in a boat), four-wheel motorcycle (quad bike) trips into the desert and over the sand dunes around Swakopmund, sand boarding trips (also in the dunes), skydiving, surfing, bird-watching and many other activities are available.   Your tour guide will discuss all the possible options with you before you reach Swakopmund and will offer to make bookings in advance of your arrival.  (N.B.  All extra activities and excursions in Swakopmund are subject to availability and are made at the clients’ own risk and expense). We are due back into the city around 16:00 and you will be dropped off at your accommodation on our return.  Tonight the accommodation is not included in the price of the safari.

Wild Dog Safaris
10 Day North & South Combination Safari
Assisted Camping Safari

Guaranteed departures every Thursday of the year, all year.

It is strongly recommended that you purchase comprehensive personal travel insurance before you embark on your safari.  Travel insurance is for your own protection and we consider it to be an essential part of modern international travel. Maximum group size is 16 people, with no minimum number.  Transport for up to 8 people will be in a minibus and for 9 people and more in a Toyota bus / truck.  The style of safari is limited participation, you will be asked to assist put up and take down your own tent, however there will be a camp assistant to complete all the other campsite chores. Your tour guide will do all the shopping, cooking and day-to-day organization of the safari.  Unless otherwise specified, all safaris will be conducted in English.

Safaris include:                                                                  Safaris exclude:

1.  All transport                                                                     1.  Sleeping bag (can be hired)

2.  Three meals a day (unless differently specified)                  2.  Alcoholic beverages

3.  Tap drinking water                                                           3.  Soft drinks

4.  Tea & coffee in camp                                                       4.  Personal travel insurance

5.  All camping equipment

6.  Park entrance fees                                                               Useful items to bring with you:

7.  Camping fees                                                                    1.  Two litre water bottle

8.  Professional guide                                                             2.  Torch

9.  Camp Assistant                                                                 3.  Towel

10. Pick up & drop off from accommodation in Windhoek      4.  Sun hat

We will collect you from your accommodation in Windhoek on the morning of departure.  Pick up time will be between 08:00 & 08:30. The tents are dome type, which are easy to assemble and your mattresses are approximately 5 cm thick with your own mattress cover, and everyone has a camp chair with a backrest. Clients are limited to one soft, barrel type bag per person with maximum weight of 15kg, one medium sized hand luggage bag, one medium sized camera bag and a sleeping bag.

We suggest a sleeping bag range of “3 – 4 season”.  Sleeping bags can be hired by prior arrangement for a cost of N$: 100.00 per 10 day trip.  When packing your clothing please be aware that Namibian summer temperatures (December - March) can reach 45*c, and winter temperatures (June - September) can be as low as -5*c.  The rainy season is between December and April. All evening meals on camping safaris, (unless stipulated), are cooked on an open fire by your guide.  Salads and fresh vegetables will be served where possible, but please note in some areas this is not necessarily every day.  Fresh fruit will also be supplied when possible. Vegetarians can be catered for but please notify us prior to safari departure. Namibia is a low risk malarial destination but we recommend that seek professional medical advice to enable you to make decisions on personal malaria protection.

All tap water in Namibia has been purified or comes directly from boreholes and is safe to drink.  We supply tap drinking water but bottled mineral water is easily available at shops and rest camps should you prefer to drink this. Electrical plugs are 220 V and are 3 pin (round pin as opposed to square pin).  Adaptors can be purchased in Windhoek.  It is possible to re-charge batteries at some campsites. The Namibian Dollar (N$) is tied permanently 1-1 to the South African Rand (SAR).  SAR, notes and coins are legal tender in Namibia. Airport transfers and pre-and-post safari accommodation can be arranged on request.
It is customary to tip in Namibia, usually, around 10% at restaurants.  Your guide and assistant can be tipped at your own discretion and only for good service, but we ask that the guide be tipped separately from your assistant.

Namibian Ideal Safari 12 days
Departure on Saturday
Last day on Wednesday

This safari has a fully accommodated itinerary using a selection of bungalows, guest-houses and lodges throughout Namibia.  The accommodation is a combination of guest-houses, lodges and bungalows and there are guaranteed departure nearly every Monday of the year, there are no minimum numbers and we will operate the trip with only one booking if necessary.  Collection time is between 08:30 & 09:00 from anywhere within the Windhoek city limits. This itinerary can also be combined with our 8 day Delta and Falls Safari which will take you to visit two of the world’s natural wonders, the Okavango Delta and the mighty Victoria Falls.

Day one
Windhoek – Namib Desert (350 km) (lodge accommodation) (LD)

We leave Windhoek and straight away join the small desert roads that connect the whole of rural Namibia.  Windhoek is in a mountain valley and we have to climb out, first over the Eros Mountains and then the Khomas Hochland Range.  The mountain passes are spectacular, we pass by several desert homesteads and we often see wild game along the road.  As we come through the mountains we drop down from the central plateau by way of the impressive Remhoogte Pass and emerge to find grassy desert savanna. We stop at Solitaire, Namibia’s second smallest town, for afternoon tea before driving on to our accommodation near the sand dune sea. Dinner tonight will be in the restaurant at the lodge.

Day two
Lodge – Sesriem – Sossusvlei – Lodge (250 km) (lodge accommodation) (BLD)

A pre dawn start is essential this morning as we want to catch the soft light of the sunrise on the desert.  We drive the short distance to Sesriem, the entrance to the Namib Naukluft National Park and gateway to the world’s highest dunes. From here we drive another 60 km to Sossusvlei itself, transferring to special desert vehicles for the last 5 km through the dunes.  The drive 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 camelthorn 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. Dinner tonight will be in the restaurant at the lodge.

Day three
Sand dune desert – Swakopmund, Skeleton Coast (300 km) (Hotel accommodation) (BLD)

 An early start today, we are heading north-west to the seaside town of Swakopmund located on the Skeleton Coast.  Leaving the dune fields far behind us we are soon back into the mountain desert.  We cross the Tropic of Capricorn and traverse both the Gaub and the Kuiseb pass, driving down to the dry river bed at the bottom of the canyon before climbing up the other side, watching the spectacular desert landscape unfold before us. From the mountains we cross the desolate “Namib gravel plains” before reaching the coastal sand dunes at the port town of Walvis Bay.  We will stop for a picnic lunch beside the ocean and there will be time to see the flamingos and other bird life in the Walvis Bay lagoon before continuing the now short drive into Swakopmund.

Day four
Swakopmund (hotel accommodation) (BL)

Today is a free day.  The idea is to allow time for everybody to do their own thing.  Swakopmund is a very pleasant seaside town with lots of shops, a good stretch of beach (although the Atlantic here is quite cold) and an open-air curio market.  There is also a very good museum and the Namibian National Marine Aquarium is located in Swakopmund. Alternatively, there are various optional activities that can be arranged.  These include aeroplane and microlight flights over the desert, scenic drives, fishing trips (both from the beach or in a boat), four-wheel motorcycle (quad bike) trips into the desert and over the sand dunes around Swakopmund, sand boarding trips (also in the dunes), skydiving, surfing, bird-watching and many other activities are available.   Your tour guide will discuss all the possible options with you before you reach Swakopmund and will offer to make bookings in advance of your arrival. In addition to this, if you have decided not to join any of the optional afternoon activities, your guide will take you on an excursion into the Swakopmund River Valley.  Traveling through the ancient, long dried up Swakopmund Delta, we first stop at the “Moon Landscape” an unusual example of water erosion in the desert. 
From here we continue to the Swakopmund Valley itself to hunt the giant Welwitchia Mirabilis plants.  This plant is in fact a species of tree and is one of the rarest fauna species in the world.  We will see examples that are reported to be in excess of 1500 years old. (N.B.  All extra activities and excursions in Swakopmund are subject to availability and are made at the clients’ own risk and expense).
Dinner tonight is for the clients own account in a local restaurant.

Day five
Swakopmund – Damaraland (300 km) (lodge accommodation) (BLD)

A long drive today, leaving early and heading north along the coast, we will first visit the seal colony at Cape Cross where it is possible to see thousands of Cape Fur Seals in the water and on the surrounding rocks and beaches. From here we will turn east, back into the desert and the beautiful area known as Damaraland and the next stop will be at the small town of Uis, located in the remote desert.  Uis is an old mining town and one of the best places to buy semi-precious stones for which Namibia is famous.  Here, rough Amethyst, Tourmaline etc can be found at bargain prices. We will pass the Namibia’s highest mountain, The Brandberg, (2573 m) as we travel deeper into Damaraland and our accommodation will be at a desert lodge in the vicinity of Twyfelfontien. Dinner tonight will be in the restaurant at the lodge.

Day six
Damaraland – Oase Himba Village, Kamanjab (450 km) (BLD) (guest-house accommodation)

We leave early to visit the ancient site of Twyfelfontein.  Here is an impressive collection of rock engravings created by the talented artisans of ancient peoples.  Twyfelfontien is one of the most important archeological sites in southern Africa and we will have a local guide to take us around and introduce us to the petroglyphs. From here we drive to the small town of Kamanjab where we will make a short stop here before continuing on to find the Himba Tribesmen at Oase. Oase is the only traditionally functioning Himba community outside the far north Kaokoland region of Namibia These tribes-people have migrated here, lifestyle and customs intact, and are following their traditional way-of-life in their village on a farm.  Oase Village is located about 15 to 20 km outside Kamanjab, the exact location of the site varies as the Himba occasionally roam to a new location.

During the afternoon we will be invited into Oase Village and will meet with the locals.  We will have a specialist guide for the time we are there, who will be able to translate for us and will introduce us to this “alternative lifestyle”.  We will learn about marriage customs, traditional food and the mysteries of the local religion, “Holy Fire”. Dinner tonight will be in the restaurant at the guest-house.

Day seven
Kamanjab – northern Damaraland (200 km) (BLD) (lodge accommodation)

Heading further north, the Damaraland scenery stays with us today.  We follow the western border of Etosha National Park for some way, heading into the far northern regions of Namibia, turning off to our destination on a small game reserve. We aim to arrive in the early afternoon.  There are some self guided bush walks available for those who are feeling energetic, but otherwise the rest of the day is designed to allow you to relax by the pool and re-charge you energy. Dinner tonight will be in the restaurant at the lodge.

Day eight
Northern Damaraland – Okaukuejo, Etosha National Park (200 km) (BLD) (bungalow accommodation)

Traveling with special permission through the western side of Etosha National Park, we transit through this restricted area that is set aside for research and breeding.  We have the chance to see some species not normally seen in the main tourist areas of the park. As we drive into the Okaukuejo region of Etosha where our main game drive really begins, and we travel slowly down to Etosha’s main camp, Okaukuejo where we aim to arrive in time for a late lunch. Time to relax in the afternoon and then sundowners at Okaukuejo’s floodlit waterhole.  Situated on the boundary of the camp and easily reachable on foot from your bungalow, the Okaukuejo waterhole is famous One of the "best game viewing opportunities in Southern Africa".  Perfectly placed for sunset, black rhino, elephant, lion and numerous species of antelope are often seen. Dinner tonight is prepared by your guide over an open fire. 

Day nine
Okaukuejo, Etosha (BLD) (bungalow accommodation)

We go straight out on an early morning game drive.  We visit some of the numerous waterholes in the area hoping to catch some of Etosha's big game out for an early morning drink.  The game drives around the Okaukuejo area are some of the best in the park.  We cover several different terrains this morning, from wooded areas to open savannah and in the rainy season, wetland.  Back to Okaukuejo in the late morning and after lunch there is time once again to relax during the heat of the day.  The pool area here is great, shaded by palm trees and close to the waterhole. We take a shorter game drive in the late afternoon, often driving out to one of the waterholes popular with game and waiting for the animals to come to us. Dinner tonight will be in the restaurant at the Okaukuejo.

Day ten
Okaukuejo camp – Namutoni Etosha (BLD) (lodge accommodation)

A full day's game driving and we leave early to enjoy the cool morning air.  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 usually only seen on the eastern side of the park. We stop at Halali for a rest and a leisurely lunch and there is also 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 Namutoni.  A short stop here to check the camp waterhole for game and then we leave the park, checking into a lodge located on the eastern boundary of Etosha. Dinner tonight will be in the restaurant at the lodge.

Day eleven
Etosha – Otavi Mountains (300 km) (BLD) (lodge accommodation)

First stop this morning will be to visit a local community of Bushman or San people.  Before Namibian independence in 1990, the Namibian people were engaged in a liberation struggle with South Africa. During this time Namibia had a large South African military presence and the South African army incorporated local Bushmen into their ranks because of their natural talent for tracking. The Ombili village is located on the site of an old South African military base where, during the war years, many Bushmen had been in uniform.  When the South African army withdrew, the local Bushmen trackers remained behind and were in danger of becoming displaced people, being so long away from their own villages.  The local farming community in the Ombili area invited the Bushmen to stay and make their homes. Over the last 15 years or so a thriving bushman community has developed. The Bushmen at Ombili are not living the traditional hunter gatherer lifestyle, that harsh but romanticized way of life has disappeared for ever, but the language and many of the customs remain alive.  We make a stop at Ombili and we have the chance to meet the local inhabitants and learn something of their ancient and modern culture.
From Ombili, we are heading predominantly south.  We pass through the Otavi mountains and our accommodation for the night is in the foothills of this small but picturesque range. Dinner tonight will be in the restaurant at the lodge.

Day twelve
Otavi – Windhoek (350km) (BL)

Our last day on the road, the drive down to Windhoek is on a good road and we have time to stop in Okahandja, home to Namibia’s largest woodcarving market.  The stalls are operated on a co-operative basis by the local community and the market is a perfect place to do last minute shopping for truly Namibian souvenirs. We aim to arrive back in the Capital in the middle afternoon and you will be dropped off at your accommodation.

Wild Dog Safaris
12 Day Namibian Ideal
Fully Accommodated Safari

Guaranteed departures on Mondays

It is strongly recommended that you purchase comprehensive personal travel insurance before you embark on your safari.  Travel insurance is for your own protection and we consider it to be an essential part of modern international travel. Maximum group size is 8 people and will be conducted in a Toyota minibus with a special “pop top” for easy game viewing Unless otherwise specified, all safaris will be conducted in English

Safaris include:                                                                       Safaris exclude:

1.  All transport                                                                         1.  Alcoholic beverages

2.  Three meals a day (unless differently specified)                     2.  Soft drinks

3.  Tap drinking water                                                               3.  Personal travel insurance

4.  Park entrance fees                                                                Useful items to bring with you:

5.  Pop Top vehicle                                                                    1.  Two liter water bottle

6.  Professional guide                                                                  2.  Torch

7. Pick up & drop off from accommodation in Windhoek            3.  Towel

                                                                                                  4.  Sun hat

We will collect you from your accommodation in Windhoek on the morning of departure.  Pick up time will be between 08:30 & 09:00. Clients are limited to one soft, barrel type bag per person with maximum weight of 15kg, one medium sized hand luggage bag, one medium sized camera bag. When packing your clothing please be aware that Namibian summer temperatures (December - March) can reach 45*C, and winter temperatures (June - September) can be as low as -5*C.  The rainy season is between December and April. Vegetarians can be catered for but please notify us prior to safari departure. Namibia is a low risk malarial destination but we recommend that seek professional medical advice to enable you to make decisions on personal malaria protection.

All tap water in Namibia has been purified or comes directly from boreholes and is safe to drink.  We supply tap drinking water but bottled mineral water is easily available at shops and rest camps should you prefer to drink this. Electrical plugs are 220 V and are 3 pin (round pin as opposed to square pin).  Adaptors can be purchased in Windhoek.  It is possible to re-charge batteries at some campsites. The Namibian Dollar (N$) is tied permanently 1-1 to the South African Rand (SAR).  SAR, notes and coins are legal tender in Namibia. Airport transfers and pre-and-post safari accommodation can be arranged on request. It is customary to tip in Namibia, usually, around 10% at restaurants. Porters, at hotels, around N$ 5.00.  Your guide can be tipped at your own discretion, for good service.

Culture & Nature Safari 14 days
Departure on Friday
Last day on Thursday

This safari is designed to show you the very best highlights of Namibia including the rich cultural heritage as well as the diverse scenery and wildlife of the country.  The trip has a semi-accommodated itinerary using a selection of bungalows, guest-houses and lodges throughout Namibia, but also making use of selected campsites to allow you to enjoy the full, outdoor African experience.  The campsites are all established camps with proper ablution facilities. There are guaranteed departures nearly every Sunday of the year, there are no minimum numbers and we will operate the trip with only one booking if necessary.  Collection time is between 08:30 & 09: 00 from anywhere within the Windhoek city limits. This itinerary can also be combined with our 8 day Delta and Falls Safari which will take you to visit two of the world’s natural wonders, the Okavango Delta and the mighty Victoria Falls.

Day one
Windhoek – Namib Desert (350 km) (camping) (LD)

We leave Windhoek and straight away join the small desert roads that connect the whole of rural Namibia.  Windhoek is in a mountain valley and we have to climb out, first over the Eros Mountains and then the Khomas Hochland Range.  The mountain passes are spectacular, we pass by several desert homesteads and we often see wild game along the road.  As we come through the mountains we drop down from the central plateau by way of the impressive Remhoogte Pass and emerge to find grassy desert savanna. We stop at Solitaire, Namibia’s second smallest town, for afternoon tea, then 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 (camping) (BLD)

A pre dawn start is essential this morning as we want to catch the soft light of the sunrise on the desert. After driving into the heart of the dune field, we reach Sossusvlei itself by walking 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 thorn 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 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
Sand dune desert – Swakopmund, Skeleton Coast (300 km) (guest-house accommodation) (BL)

An early start today, we are heading north-west to the seaside town of Swakopmund located on the Skeleton Coast.  Leaving the dune fields far behind us we are soon back into the mountain desert.  We cross the Tropic of Capricorn and traverse both the Gaub and the Kuiseb passes, driving down to the dry river bed at the bottom of the canyon before climbing up the other side, watching the spectacular desert landscape unfold before us. From the mountains we cross the desolate Namib gravel plains before reaching the coastal sand dunes at the port town of Walvis Bay.  We will stop to see the ocean and there will be time to see the flamingos and other bird life in the Walvis Bay lagoon before continuing the short drive into Swakopmund. Dinner tonight is for the clients own account in a local restaurant.

 Day four
Swakopmund – Brandberg, Damaraland (250 km) (BLD) (lodge accommodation)

Leaving town we head north, following the rugged Skeleton Coast to the small town of Henties Bay.  After a short stop here, we continue on to the Cape Cross Reserve.  Here there can be as many as 100 000 Cape Fur Seals basking on the rocks and cavorting in the “boiling” Atlantic waters. We turn east and inland from here heading into one of the most beautiful desert areas in Namibia, Damaraland, home to the elusive desert elephant and rare black rhino. Our destination is the Brandberg, Namibia's highest mountain, (2573 m), an ancient Bushman spiritual site and tonight we sleep under the shadow of this giant granite monolith.

Day five
Brandberg – Palmwag Oasis, Damaraland (300 km) (BLD) (camping)

Damaraland scenery is beautiful and we drive through the heart of the region today.  Giant granite “koppies” and open grassland make up the terrain with rare and unusual flora species dotting the landscape. Our first stop is in the Twyfelfontein valley where we visit the Bushman rock engravings or petroglyphs.  Ancient artisans used tools made from quartz to leave modern generations with the gift of a fascinating open air museum.  The art is carved into the flat surfaces of a ruined petrified sand dune and a local guide will introduce us to this important site.We then continue to our destination at Palmwag Oasis.  Located beside a rare desert spring that can attract a wide variety of game, we camp tonight on the banks of a dry river and under the shade of huge palm trees.

Day six
Palmwag – Kunene River, Kaokoland (300 km) (BLD) (lodge accommodation)

We cross the mountains into the far northern region of Kaokoland, the home of the Himba.  The Himba  people are, in fact, part of the Herero Clan, sharing a common language and heritage.  The original people were, and still to some extent are, nomadic pastoralists, settling in one area only long enough to harvest a crop before herding their cattle and families to literally, greener pastures.  They arrived in Namibia as late as the 1920’s and continued their almost Stone-Age existence in the far northern regions until late into the 20th Century. Globalisation has caught up with most traditional ways of life and the Himba are no exception.  Today in Kaokoland the unlimited space that Africa used to boast is no longer available for nomadic people and the villages in the region are pretty much permanent.  Many of the younger generations have migrated for the last time but this time to the cities and not to a new “kraal”.  The Kaokoland Himba of today still retain many of their traditional ways, ways that are being adapted to fit in with 21st Century living.
We travel to the main center of Kaokoland, the small town of Opuwo and after a short stop here, we start the final northern leg of our safari to the Kunene River.  We will visit several villages along the way, asking permission to enter and offering gifts of food for the whole community to show appreciation for the hospitality we hope to receive. The Kunene is a welcome sight after long desert driving, and we tonight sleep in a lodge, right on the banks of the river, looking over to Angola on the far bank.

Day seven
Kunene River, Kaokoland, (BLD) (lodge accommodation)

We spend a whole day in this rare wetland of the Namib Desert.  There will be the opportunity to visit more Himba communities but there is also the chance to “chill-out” in the shade beside the river and re-charge.  For the energetic there are various optional activities available.  These include white water rafting on the Kunene, hiking trails or mountain biking in the foothills surrounding the Kunene River Valley. (N.B.  All extra activities and excursions are subject to availability and are made at the clients’ own risk and expense).

Day eight
Kunene River – Ombalantu, Owamboland (250 km) (BLD) (camping)

We stay with the Kunene for the first part of the day, following the river road up-stream to the huge hydro-electric dam at Ruacana, a joint industrial project between Angola and Namibia and the source of much of Namibia’s electrical power.  In times of high water the sluice gates at the dam are opened to create an impressive waterfall. A short stop in Ruacana and then we pick up the main road into Owamboland travelling to our destination at Ombalantu. Ombalantu is an old South African military camp, left abandoned at the end of the Namibian liberation struggle.  There is also a giant, hollow baobab tree that in times past has been used as a pub, a jail and a chapel. We make our camp on a local community site in the vicinity of this ancient tree and have time to explore the community on foot.  It is a great opportunity to meet some of the local people, have a drink of traditional beer in the local pub and enjoy an afternoon of cultural exchange.

Day nine
Ombalantu – (Omaheke Village), Owamboland (250 km) (BLD) (camping)

We make an early start and continue our journey through the heart of the most populated area of Namibia making numerous stops along the way to visit various local initiatives and projects.  The local people are producing “cottage industry style” products that are in much demand within the local community.  Much of the produce is hand made in the traditional manner and we have the chance to interact with the craftsmen and women and learn something of the “old way” of doing things. We are not the only people interested in traditional skills, the elders of the community are also taking the opportunity to pass on their expertise to the younger generations, keeping alive some of the ancient methods, traditions and lore.

We will also visit the traditional Kraal at Nakambale where the preservation of the traditional Owambo lifestyle has been formalised and a museum created. Our destination is Omaheke Village where we are invited to spend the night with the local community.  Depending on the season, we can visit the local school and often there is the opportunity to “go local” and help the Omahekeians with some of their daily tasks, for example, harvesting the mahango (millet) crop or herding the cattle in for the night. We have direct contact not only with the people but with their everyday way of life and we have the chance to compare our own lifestyle, (quality bathrooms for example), with the lifestyle of the people living in rural Namibia.

Day ten
Omaheke Village - Ombili - Namutoni, Etosha National Park (200 km) ( (BLD) (camping)

First stop this morning will be to visit a local community of Bushman or San people.  Before Namibian independence in 1990, the Namibian people were engaged in a liberation struggle with South Africa. During this time Namibia had a large South African military presence and the South African army incorporated local Bushmen into their ranks because of their natural talent for tracking.  When the South African army withdrew, the local Bushmen trackers remained behind and were in danger of becoming displaced people, being so long away from their own villages.  The local farming community in the Ombili area invited the Bushmen to stay and make their homes. Over the last 15 years or so a thriving bushman community has developed. The Bushmen at Ombili are not living the traditional hunter gatherer lifestyle, that harsh but romanticized way of life has disappeared for ever, but the language and many of the customs remain alive.  We make a stop at Ombili and we have the chance to meet the local inhabitants and learn something of their ancient and modern culture. Continuing on to Namutoni camp in Etosha National Park, we aim to arrive in time for lunch, giving us time to relax before heading out into the park during the cool of the late afternoon for our first game drive.
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 camp and easily reachable by foot, elephants are regular visitors here and there is a good chance of seeing other species of game as well.

Day eleven
Namutoni, Etosha National Park (BLD) (camping)

It is up before dawn to go straight out on an early morning game drive.  We visit some of the numerous waterholes in the area hoping to catch some of Etosha's big game out for an early morning drink.  The game drives around the Namutoni area are some of the best in the park. We cover several different types of terrain this morning, from wooded areas to open savannah and in the rainy season, wetland.  Back to Namutoni in the late morning and after lunch there is time once again to relax during the heat of the day.  The pool area here is very good, shaded by palm trees and a stone's throw away from the waterhole. We take a shorter game drive in the late afternoon, often driving out to one of the waterholes popular with game and waiting for the animals to come to us.

Day twelve
Namutoni - Okaukuejo, Etosha National Park (BLD)

A full day's game driving.  We again leave early to enjoy the cool morning air.  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 also 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 camp. 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 accommodation, black rhino, elephant, lion and numerous species of antelope are often seen.

Day thirteen
Okaukuejo – Windhoek (450 km) (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 are 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.

Wild Dog Safaris
13 Day Culture & Nature
Accommodated &Assisted Camping Safari


Guaranteed departures on Sundays

It is strongly recommended that you purchase comprehensive personal travel insurance before you embark on your safari.  Travel insurance is for your own protection and we consider it to be an essential part of modern international travel. Maximum group size is 12 people, with no minimum number.  Transport for up to 8 people will be in a minibus and for 9 people and more in a Toyota bus / truck. The style of safari is limited participation, you will be asked to assist put up and take down your own tent, however there will be a camp assistant to complete all the other campsite chores.  Your tour guide will do all the shopping, cooking and day-to-day organization of the safari.  Unless otherwise specified, all safaris will be conducted in English

Safaris include:                                                                           Safaris exclude:

1.  All transport                                                                         1.  Sleeping bag (can be hired)

2.  Three meals a day (unless differently specified)                      2.  Alcoholic beverages

3.  Tap drinking water                                                               3.  Soft drinks

4.  Tea & coffee in camp                                                           4.  Personal travel insurance

5.  All camping equipment

6.  Park entrance fees                                                               Useful items to bring with you:

7.  Camping fees                                                                       1.  Two liter water bottle

8.  Professional guide                                                                2.  Torch

9.  Camp Assistant                                                                    3.  Towel

10. Pick up & drop off from accommodation in Windhoek        4.  Sun hat

We will collect you from your accommodation in Windhoek on the morning of departure.  Pick up time will be between 08:30 & 09:00. The tents are dome type, which are easy to assemble and your mattresses are approximately 5 cm thick with your own mattress cover, and everyone has a camp chair with a backrest. Clients are limited to one soft, barrel type bag per person with maximum weight of 15kg, one medium sized hand luggage bag, one medium sized camera bag and a sleeping bag. We suggest a sleeping bag range of “3 – 4 season”.  Sleeping bags can be hired by prior arrangement.  When packing your clothing please be aware that Namibian summer temperatures (December - March) can reach 45*C, and winter temperatures (June - September) can be as low as -5*C.  The rainy season is between December and April. All evening meals on camping safaris, (unless stipulated), are cooked on an open fire by your guide.  Salads and fresh vegetables will be served where possible, but please note in some areas this is not necessarily every day.  Fresh fruit will also be supplied when possible. Vegetarians can be catered for but please notify us prior to safari departure. Namibia is a low risk malarial destination but we recommend that you seek professional medical advice to enable you to make decisions on personal malaria protection.
All tap water in Namibia has been purified or comes directly from boreholes and is safe to drink.  We supply tap drinking water but bottled mineral water is easily available at shops and rest camps should you prefer to drink this. Electrical plugs are 220 V and are 3 pin (round pin as opposed to square pin).  Adaptors can be purchased in Windhoek.  It is possible to re-charge batteries at some campsites. The Namibian Dollar (N$) is tied permanently 1-1 to the South African Rand (SAR).  SAR, notes and coins are legal tender in Namibia. Airport transfers and pre-and-post safari accommodation can be arranged on request. It is customary to tip in Namibia, usually, around 10% at restaurants.  Your guide and assistant can be tipped at your own discretion but we ask that the guide be tipped separately from your assistant.

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