Chameleon Safaris are dedicated to providing amazing trips through Namibia that won’t be forgotten! If you are short on time this tour will be perfect for you and you will visit the famous Etosha National Park, Swakopmond and the stunning Desert Camp.
TUESDAY: HALALI, INSIDE ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
We depart from Chameleon Backpackers Lodge, Windhoek at 08h00. We stop briefly at Otjiwarongo and enjoy a light lunch pack before entering Etosha National Park through the Anderson Gate. We game drive across the park visiting waterholes looking for predators as well as zebra, giraffe, elephant and rhino. We arrive at our accommodation just before sunset located inside Etosha National Park and has a floodlit waterhole next to the camp.
Twin share double rooms with en-suite bathroom facilities. Dinner is prepared by your guide and an early night is recommended. (Snack pack, Dinner)
WEDNESDAY: ETOSHA VILLAGE, OUTSIDE ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
We rise for a pre-sunrise snack with tea/coffee and then game drive until mid morning when we return to camp for breakfast before heading out for another game drive visiting many waterholes and drive back to Halali for a picnic lunch. After lunch we visit the mighty Etosha Pan (the largest salt pan in Namibia) before game driving across the park in our quest to find the big 4 as well as all the plains game. We arrive at Okaukuejo late afternoon and leave the park prior to sunset, visiting one last waterhole to worship another African sunset. Accommodation is twin share permanent tents with en-suite bathroom facilities located just outside the park. Dinner is prepared by your guide over the campfire where you can compare photos and stories of the animals seen today and another early night is recommended. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
THURSDAY: HOTEL A LA MER, SWAKOPMUND
Early morning breakfast before departing from our lodge at 07h30 for our drive via the communal lands of Damaraland where we see the communal farmers in this arid region. We stop at the Ugab River bridge to visit with the beautiful Herero ladies who sell their small art and craft items to support their families. We lunch in the shadow of the Brandberg Mountain and have a short visit with a Himba group who have moved into this area to sell their jewellery and other items (dependent on Himba tribespeople). After lunch we head directly through the Namib Desert and stop at the latest shipwreck on the Skeleton Coast before arriving late afternoon in Swakopmund. We recommend exploring this seaside town on foot this afternoon and perhaps visiting the jetty for sundowners overlooking the cold Atlantic Ocean. Your guide will be happy to recommend a good restaurant for your evening meal (own expense). (Breakfast, Lunch)
FRIDAY: DESERT CAMP, NEAR SESRIEM
This morning after breakfast we highly recommend a visit to the Museum or Aquarium (optional and unguided) and for the adrenalin junkies a 2 hoursand boardingexperience in the dunes should get your pulse racing. Departure from Swakopmund at 12h00 noon (11h00 in winter time). Driving through the Namib Desert via the Kuiseb Pass and Solitaire we arrive at our camp late afternoon and have a chance to relax and enjoy the views before taking a short walk for sunset looking over the Naukluft mountain range. Overnight in twin rooms/permanent tents with en-suite bathroom facilities. Pool and bar available. Diner prepared by your guide. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
SATURDAY: DESERT CAMP, NEAR SESRIEM
Dawn departure from camp to arrive at the park gate for sunrise. We drive down an ancient river bed surrounded by towering dunes to the 2x4 parking (around 55kms) and take a 4x4 shuttle into the Sossusvlei area to appreciate the beauty of this place in early morning light and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the region. We explore this unique area on foot before heading into Dead Vlei with its large expanse of bleached cracked clay and skeletal camel thorn trees, contrasting with a backdrop of huge dunes with their ever-changing colours. We can either walk or take the 4x4 shuttle back to our vehicle. As we drive back to our accommodation we will stop at the famous Dune 45 and climb this dune if we wish or just wander around the base. We return to Sesriem and visit the nearby Sesriem Canyon, one of the few permanent water sources before arriving back at our lodge late afternoon to watch the sunset over this spectacular desert. Overnight in twin share rooms/ permanent tents with en-suite bathrooms. Dinner prepared by your guide. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Early morning breakfast before heading to Solitaire Guest Farm where we join a biologist to track wild cheetahs at the Namib Conservation Centre. We return to Windhoek via the Naukluft Mountains and Rehoboth. On arrival in Windhoek, mid afternoon, you will be dropped at your accommodation of choice or transferred directly to the International Airport for your onward flight, or to the bus terminal for your overnight bus. (Breakfast)
For those flying today we do NOT recommend booking any flight departing prior to 17h00 in case there are unexpected delays returning from safari.
Passengers will stay in the following lodges:
Halali, Etosha National Park
Taleni Etosha Village
Hotel A La Mer (or similar), Swakopmund
All lodges and hotels are selected for their excellent locations.
Accommodation is 2-3*, but basic, clean and comfortable!
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Trip Name: Dunes and Wildlife
Duration: 6 Days
From Price: 1818
Trip Code: 158878
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