6 Day Sand, Sea & Etosha Budget Camping Safari

6 Day Sand, Sea & Etosha Budget Camping Safari

For those seeking adventure, this is the ideal way to explore the highlights of Namibia on a budget. With 2 nights camping in both Etosha National Park, then 2 nights in accommodation in the adventure capital of the Skeleton Coast, this safari allows you plenty of time to enjoy Namibia's wildlife, culture and stunning coastal landscapes.

Itinerary

Day 1: Wednesday - Windhoek - Sesriem campsite– 320 km

Stop At: Sesriem, Namibia
You will be collected from your accommodation within the Windhoek city limits at 07:00 and transferred to Chameleon HQ for a short pre-departure meeting.
There is some lovely mountain scenery on our drive to Sesriem. The road climbs up onto and over Namibia’s central plateau and stops at the small town of Rehoboth for essential supplies, back on the road we pass via the small community at BűellsPort on the way to our campsite. We aim to arrive at Sesriem around lunchtime and make our campsite under a huge, ancient camelthorn tree from where we can glimpse the towering red dunes of the world’s oldest desert. We enjoy a picnic-style lunch after setting up camp.
In the late afternoon, there is the option with which to start our time in the world’s oldest desert. A short drive will take us to Elim Dune, for the best golden light before sunset. From here, if you would like to, it is a relatively short walk back, through the desert, to our camp.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:


Accommodation included: Camping Sesriem Campsite. Communal bathroom facilities are available.

Day 2: Thursday – Sesriem – Sossusvlei – Sesriem – 120 km

Stop At: Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft Park Namibia
Sunrise in the dunes is the name of the game this morning and that means a pre-dawn start. Our first stop will be at dune 45, so named because it is 45 km from Sesriem, and we cover this first distance in darkness and early morning twilight. The best time to photograph the dunes is around sunrise and sunset. This is when you can see towering sand dunes illuminated a glowing orange, apricot red on one side and swathed in shadow on the other. The depth of field is amazing at this time of day.
We arrive at Dune 45 and climb to a vantage point for sunrise, watching as the colours grow and change with the ever-altering light. Back to the vehicle for a quick breakfast and we carry on for the last few kilometres to the 2x4 car park where all 2-wheel drive vehicles have to stop. From here we enter the ancient Tsauchab Riverbed for the last 5km leg to Sossusvlei itself. The River is ephemeral, it only flows seasonally, when there is enough rain, and for the most part, the riverbed is dry,,,
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:



Accommodation included: Camping Sesriem Campsite. Communal bathroom facilities are available.

Day 3: Friday – Sesriem Campsite -Swakopmund – 350 km

Stop At: Swakopmund, Swakopmund, Erongo Region
Departing after an early breakfast we head west into the desert. We first cross the Namib gravel plains, large areas of flat and seemingly barren terrain broken up by huge mountain inselbergs. We cross the Tropic of Capricorn at 23.5 south degrees. There is a signpost at this auspicious spot and we stop along the road for photos. We have two mountain passes to traverse this morning, first is the smaller canyon of the Gaub River, a tributary of the Kuiseb river Kuiseb Pass. We continue to follow the road to the top of the mountains, dropping steeply down into the canyon carved over eons by the Kuiseb River on its way to debouch into the ocean at the port town of Walvis Bay. We climb up from the banks of the river and over the pass, travelling through the mountain peaks We emerge from the mountains onto a flat road that takes us all the way to the town of Walvisbay. We have lunch at Walvisbay lagoon and complete the final leg of our journey into Swakopmund, no tents tonight.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:


Accommodation included: Overnight in twin share rooms with en-suite bathroom.

Day 4: Saturday– Swakopmund - Etosha National Park – 510 km

Stop At: Okaukuejo waterhole, Etosha National Park Namibia
After breakfast, we aim to be on the road from 09h00 today.
Scenic route on comfortable paved road take us all the way to Etosha National park, arriving in the afternoon to do our first camp drive into the park to set up camp. Evening to spend at the amazing waterhole.

Duration: 7 hours

Meals included:



Accommodation included: Overnight Okaukuejo Campsite with shared ablutions

Day 5: Sunday – Okaukuejo – Halali – Okaukuejo - Etosha National Park

Stop At: Okaukuejo waterhole, Etosha National Park Namibia
Etosha is a desert landscape and water is the most scarce natural resource. There are however numerous waterholes here, both natural and man-made, and our game driving technique is to take in as many as of these possible. Here we hope that the game will come to us as the animals attend for an early morning drink. Along the way, we will make a stop at a designated picnic area for a quick breakfast before continuing our game drive en route to the camp at Halali. The name for Halali is taken from a bugle refrain that was originally used during sport hunting with horses and hounds in Europe. The bugler would sound the Halali to signify that the hunt was over. This was considered appropriate for Etosha as inside the protection of the park, the hunting of animals is over forever.
Duration: 7 hours

Meals included:



Accommodation included: Overnight Okaukuejo Campsite with shared ablutions

Day 6: Monday – Etosha National Park -Windhoek – 500 km

Stop At: Windhoek, Windhoek, Khomas Region
After breaking camp for the last time we head south to Windhoek, we stop briefly at the small town of Otjiwarongo to refuel the truck.
Our journey takes us through the small town of Okahandja where we will find Namibia’s largest wood carving market. Craftsmen from all over Namibia come here to showcase a wide variety of items both large and small. Here we have the opportunity to collect a truly Namibian souvenir and at the same time to support the local artists and communities.
We aim to be back in Windhoek in the late afternoon. There will be a shuttle service to take you to your accommodation within the Windhoek City limits.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:


No accommodation included on this day.

Informacion Adicional
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"Not recommended for travelers with back problems"
"Not recommended for pregnant travelers"
"No heart problems or other serious medical conditions"
"Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level"
"This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers"
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking"



Start Time: 07:00 AM
Duration: 6 Days
Start location: Traveler pickup is offered
We can pick up from any centrally located Windhoek accommodation.

Cancellations and refunds: All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

Included

  • Camping equipment excluding sleeping bag
  • National Park entry fees
  • Tap water
  • Park fees for National Parks
  • Game driving in Chameleon Safaris vehicle
  • Sossusvlei excursion
  • 5x Breakfast
  • 4x Dinner
  • 6x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 5 nights
  • Entry/Admission - Okaukuejo waterhole
  • Entry/Admission - Sossusvlei

Not Included

  • Drinks & water (including mineral water)
  • Sleeping bag - can be hired
  • Optional activities
  • Tips

Facilities


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