15 Days Private Budget Namibia Camping Safari
15 Days Private Budget Namibia Camping Safari
The best way to travel Namibia on a budget is to rent a car, stay in campsites and cook your own food. Namibia has some superb campsites in beautiful wild places, and many of them offer shops where you can stock up on things like meat, charcoal and canned food so that you can self-cater, but at wilderness Explorers Africa we take out the stress of where to go and how to get there by tailoring one of the award winning budget camping safaris in Namibia.
- Windhoek city tour
- Naankuse wildlife reserve
- Sossusvlei desert sand dunes
- Khoadi/ hoas conservancy
- Etosha national park
- Omaanda Lodge
Detailed safari itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Windhoek and transfer to your guest house for overnight
On arrival at the airport, you will be received by your camping guide and transferred to the guest house for relaxation and overnight, here you will go through some of the things to expect on your camping safari.
Day 2: Windhoek city tour and shopping for food items for your camping safari
After morning breakfast you will head to Windhoek city for cultural and historical tours of the city and visits to the Botanical Gardens, Diamond Museum and National Museum amongst others. Windhoek city centre and a multitude of shops, restaurants and markets where you can experience the real life of Windhoek after you will return to lodge and go through your camping gear and drive to Naankuse wildlife sanctuary for your first camping experience in Namibia.
Day 3: Drive from Windhoek to Sossusvlei desert sand dunes
Drive to Desert Homestead Outpost which lies in a remote location at Sossusvlei, in the southern Namib. If peace and natural splendour is your thing, and if you love sand dunes, then this is the place to come – Sossusvlei’s large salt and clay pan is surrounded by some of the highest dunes in the world. On arrival you will set up your camp and enjoy activities around the camp with your guide.
Day 4: Full day exploration of Sossusvlei red desert sand dunes
We will again be up before the sun this morning, and we hope to be close to the world’s highest sand dunes by the time the first rays appear. It is a magical place to be as the sun rises, with incredible photographic opportunities.
From the Sesriem Entrance gate we drive in the ancient dry bed of the Tsauchab river, stopping regularly at all the famous spots, climbing a few dunes, all the while making our way slowly to the world famous Dead Vlei. We will stop for a picnic close to the Vlei itself whilst enjoying the amazing landscape. Our last excursion will be at Sesriem Canyon. It is a narrow gorge of 1km long and up to 30m deep slashed into the earth by the Tsauchab River millions of years ago, and is located near the entrance to Sossusvlei; it will take most of the day to explore this wonderland, so we will only return to our lodge in the afternoon. Once we are back at our accommodation, we enjoy our last dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Drive from Sossusvlei to Swakopmund
After morning breakfast you will drive up north to Swakopmund on the coast, on arrival you will set up your camp and enjoy activities like ballooning over the desert, quad biking, skydiving, boat tours, desert tours and a historic town tour.
Day 6: Explore Swakopmund area
After morning breakfast you will visit Cape Cross and its world famous Cape Fur Seal colony. We will take our time to adequately explore, enjoy and photograph the 80.000 inhabitants of the colony, before we continue south along the coast and make our way to Swakopmund for check in and overnight.
Day 7: Drive from Swakopmund to Khoadi/hoas conservancy
After morning breakfast you will start your drive in Khoadi//Hoas conservancy in Namibia’s stark north-west. Perched atop one of the flat-topped mountains that characterise the landscape, the lodge’s exterior appears rugged and wild, but its interior is luxurious, with every creature comfort catered for stylishly. From all points the views across the valley to the horizon are mesmerising – with black eagles soaring near the cliffs. Here you’ll also find the world’s largest population of black rhino.
Day 8: Explore Khoadi/ hoas conservancy
Khoadi/ hoas conservancy offers guided walks on top of the plateau, elephant tracking on the surrounding farms and, for the adventurous, a day-long rhino-tracking excursion. Visit one of the last remaining Himba settlements to learn about these herdsmen of cattle and goats who lead a semi-nomadic life. Take a guided game drive to the Klip River valley to see zebra, antelope and occasionally elephant, lion and, of course, black rhino. Or meander through the valley on horseback.
Day 9: Drive to Etosha national park
After morning breakfast you will start your drive to Famous Etosha national park, this drive will take you through some incredible country side, on arrival you will set up your camp for the next few days and later take day at leisure or head in to the park in search of wildlife, birds in this incredible wildlife sanctuary.
Day 10: Full day game drive in Etosha national park
After an early morning breakfast you will meet your ranger guides and embark on a game drive in search of wildlife such as Elephants, Lions, Giraffe, Blue Wildebeest, and Zebra, Hyena and many antelopes. Maybe we will be lucky to also see cheetahs and leopards. Etosha is also a bird paradise for bird lovers, amidst the game drives you will return to the camp for lunch and relaxation.
Day 11: Game drive towards Central and Northern Etosha
More of the fauna and flora, we will be driving from east to west through Etosha, having the opportunity to see more wildlife until we reach our next destination, on arrival you will set up the camp and relax for the rest of the day.
Day 12: Drive from Etosha national park to Damaraland
After morning breakfast you will start your drive east and venture into Damaraland and the Doro Nawas Conservancy, one of Africa’s most successful examples of community-based wildlife conservation and tourism. This afternoon you enjoy a leisurely nature drive and some drinks while watching the sun set over the rugged Damaraland escarpment.
the region’s famed desert-adapted elephants, as well as springbok, Red hartebeest, Greater kudu, Hartmann’s mountain zebra, giraffe, oryx, and with a bit of luck, cheetah and lion. There’s also 170 bird species, including endemics like Ruppell’s korhaan and Benguela Long-billed lark.
Day 13: Full day exploration of Damaraland
The day commences with an early morning game drive led by an experienced camp guide, where in addition to the desert-adapted elephant you’ll be on the lookout for kudu, springbok and the endemic Hartmann’s mountain zebra, as well as the region’s 35 lizard species, 24 snake species and over 170 bird species. This afternoon offers a visit to the ancient rock engravings at Twyfelfontein and an opportunity to learn from the indigenous Damara people at the Damara Living Museum. There’s also time to simply relax and absorb the peaceful tranquillity and perhaps a self-guided hike around the camp’s surrounding hillsides.
Day 14: Depart Damaraland for Omaanda Lodge
After Lazily morning breakfast you will start your drive back towards the capital city. Spend your final night in style at the luxurious Omaanda Lodge. Part of the boutique hotel group, Zannier Hotels, Omaanda is their first hotel in Namibia and it is situated within a private conservancy, enabling a beautiful, relaxing finish to your adventure later you will join activities at the Omaanda lodge like from rhino tracking or spending sunrise with a meerkat family.
Day 15: Transfer to Hosea Kutako International Airport
Depending on flight schedule you will depart Omaanda lodge with our guide in time to arrive at the airport three hours before the departure of your flights.
Tour is all inclusive and details will be discussed upon making an Enquiry.
- International flights
- Namibia tourist Visa
- Travel insurance
- Tips for guides and hotels
- Enroute meals
When to book this family safari
We recommend booking one year in advance bur we do offer favourable cancellation terms.
Best time to visit Namibia for a Family safari
The best time to visit Namibia is in the Dry season from June to October, although it can be visited throughout the year. Wildlife viewing in all parks, but especially in Etosha, is best in the Dry season. The climate is generally dry and pleasant.