Northern Namibia & Skeleton Coast

Book your Camp Your Way, Northern Namibia & Skeleton Coast Safari with World Adventure Tours, and take a sustainable travel approach. We are a certified **Travelife Partner** This 7-day tour is the perfect overview of Northern Namibia. Enjoy wildlife sightings at the Mt Etjo Okonjati Nature Reserve and Etosha National Park before immersing ourselves in the rich culture of the Himba tribe. We explore Namibia’s Skeleton Coast and visit the seals at Cape Cross before enjoying our last night of the tour in Swakopmund, Namibia’s adventure capital. Here we can enjoy any number of adrenaline-inducing optional activities, from sandboarding to quad biking and more, before returning to Windhoek, where our tour ends.

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HIGHLIGHTS

Capture the breathtaking scenes of the Okonjati Nature Reserve, from the wildlife encounters to the sweeping vistas.

Meet and engage with the Himba Tribespeople, and learn about their traditional lifestyle and cultural practices.

Witness one of the world’s largest Cape fur seal colonies at Cape Cross.

Marvel at the stunning flocks of flamingos at the Walvis Bay lagoon, which create a picturesque scene against the coastal backdrop.

Visit the various waterholes at Etosha National Park to observe wildlife.

Set out on a Skeleton Coast & Northern Namibia Safari with World Adventure Tours, adopting eco-friendly travel methods as we are pleased to be certified as a Travelife Partner. This comprehensive seven-day excursion offers an enthralling peek into the beauties of Northern Namibia.

At the Mt. Etjo Okonjati Nature Reserve and Etosha National Park, where the splendor of nature is revealed to you, start your journey with animal encounters. Take an in-depth look at the Himba tribe’s rich culture to learn more about Namibia’s native past.

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Day 1

*SATURDAY* WINDHOEK – OKONJATI NATURE RESERVE 230KM | MT. ETJO CAMPSI

At 07:15, you’ll be picked up from your accommodation within Windhoek’s city limits and transported to Headquarters for a brief pre-departure meeting. Our initial stop will be the quaint town of Okahandja, home to Namibia’s largest wood carving market. Artisans from across the country showcase a diverse range of both large and small goods. This presents an opportunity to support local artists and communities while acquiring an authentic Namibian souvenir.

The night will be spent at the Mt. Etjo campsite, conveniently situated near the exclusive Okonjati Game Reserve. After setting up camp and enjoying lunch, we’ll cover the three-kilometer distance to the resort, where ample time will be available for exploration.

The Okonjati reserve stands out for its minimal invasive vegetation, creating expanses of open and semi-open grassland savanna crisscrossed with dry streams and riverbeds—ideal terrain for game drives. In addition to encountering the big five animals, you’ll have the chance to observe other fascinating species such as Springbok, wildebeest, impala, kudu, warthog, steenbok, and Damara dik-dik.

Accommodation: Twin share tents

Meals: Lunch & Dinner

Day 2

*SUNDAY* ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK 280KM | OKAUKUEJO CAMPSITE

We head north toward Etosha National Park after breakfast, making a quick stop in Otjwarongo for supplies. We take a quick game drive from the main entrance gate (Anderson Gate) to the main camp at Okaukuejo, which provides a great opportunity to see important wildlife. With an area of more than 22,000 square kilometers, Etosha is home to a wide variety of animals, including one species of fish, 350 birds, 110 reptiles, and 114 mammals.

After setting up the campsite, we hunt Etosha for large game, frequently coming across giraffes, elephants, rhinos, and big cats. Along with lesser species like gazelles, ordinary zebras, and other antelope, the experience is enhanced by the amazing birdlife. at dusk, campers head back to the campsite, however if they choose, they can watch the animals at a nearby water hole.

Accommodation: Twin share tents

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3

*MONDAY* OKAUKUEJO – HALALI – OKAUKUEJO – ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK | OKAUKUEJO CAMPSITE

With the entire day at our disposal to explore Etosha, we aim to maximize our time. Etosha, a desert landscape with water as a scarce resource, features numerous natural and man-made waterholes.  We’ll have a brief stop for us to enjoy breakfast at a designated picnic area before continuing the game drive en route to Halali camp.

Lunch will be at Halali, where a small shop offers basic merchandise and souvenirs. There’s also time for a swim in the pool and a visit to the Halali camp waterhole before our afternoon game drive.

On our return journey to Okaukuejo, we’ll take a closer look at the expansive Etosha Pan. Despite translating to ‘great white space,’ this name doesn’t fully capture the pan’s immense size—over 4,700 square km of dazzling white mineral pan visible even from space. As we wind our way back, vigilant for game sightings, our goal is to reach Okaukuejo just before sunset. This timing allows us to experience the best hour of the day at the Okaukuejo waterhole.

Accommodation: Twin share tents

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4

*TUESDAY* OKAUKUEJO – PALMWAG 320KM | PALMWAG CAMPSITE

As we bid farewell to Etosha, we embark on an early breakfast and game drive. Our first stop takes us to the intriguing Otjikandero Himba Village, located near Kamanjab. Otjikandero is a living village, offering a glimpse into traditional Himba life. During our guided visit, we’re invited to interact, ask questions, and capture photographs without intruding on anyone’s privacy.

After exploring Otjikandero, we briefly stop in Kamanjab before embarking on a spectacular westward journey toward the Etendeka Mountains and the Grootberg Pass. Etendeka, meaning ‘flat top,’ characterizes the surrounding mountains with their distinctive table-tops. The terrain, covered with uniform boulders, reflects the ancient breakup of Gondwanaland around 180 million years ago. The Etendeka basalts found here are identical to those in Brazil, a reminder of the geological events that shaped this landscape.

We then head to Palmwag, situated by the Uniab River and graced by waving makalani palm trees, a haven for Namibia’s unique desert-adapted elephants. Arriving in the late afternoon, we set up camp in anticipation of enjoying a sundowner and, with luck, witnessing some of the resident elephant herds that may venture close, even approaching for a visit or a drink from the swimming pools.

Accommodation: Twin share tents

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5

*WEDNESDAY* PALMWAG – CAPE CROSS 320KM | CAMPSITE NEAR CAPE CROSS

Our northern adventure concludes today as we head west along the Atlantic Ocean coastline to Cape Cross. Passing through captivating scenery and encountering unique vegetation, we get to see Namibia’s national plant, the Welwitschia Mirabilis. The Skeleton Coast National Park, known for its forbidding landscapes and shipwrecks, is our route to Cape Cross. Along the way, we’ll pass remnants of past endeavors, including an abandoned oil rig and diamond mine.

Exiting the park at the Ugab River crossing, we continue to Cape Cross, home to over 100,000 Cape fur seals, making it one of the world’s largest seal colonies. The site is rich in history, marked by stone crosses erected by Portuguese mariner Diego Cao in 1485. The original cross is in a German museum, and the two visible today are replicas. After exploring the seal colony, we drive to our overnight stop at Cape Cross, arriving in the late afternoon with time for a sunset walk on the beach.

Accommodation: Twin share tents

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6

*THURSDAY* CAPE CROSS – SWAKOPMUND 120KM | HOTEL A LA MER SWAKOPMUND

We start the day with a leisurely breakfast before heading south along the coast to Swakopmund, the adventure capital of Namibia. Our first stop is The Zeila, beached in 2008, located 15 km south of Henties Bay. The vessel, an old fishing trawler sold for scrap, provides a striking photo opportunity.

Thereafter we continue along the coast, where we will encounter vast lichen fields, showcasing Namibia’s world-record number of lichen species. Lichen, a composite organism of algae and fungi, thrives in this unique environment, utilizing fog as a primary source of water. Our guide ensures we navigate responsibly to protect these fragile ecosystems.

Arriving in Swakopmund, we check into Hotel A La Mer. The town, surrounded by Namib Desert dunes and the Atlantic Ocean, features colonial German architecture, and the German language is still widely used.

Swakopmund offers various optional activities, from scenic flights over the desert to adventurous pursuits like skydiving and quad biking in the Namib dunes. Your guide will discuss options and facilitate bookings. Lunch and dinner are on your own, with the town boasting excellent restaurants; your guide can provide recommendations and assist with reservations.

Accommodation: Twin share rooms, en-suite bathroom
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7

* SWAKOPMUND – WALVIS BAY – SWAKOPMUND – WINDHOEK 220KM

The day begins with a relaxed morning, offering a chance to sleep in, enjoy a hearty breakfast, and explore Swakopmund. The town features great curio shops, excellent bookstores, and a vibrant café culture with small eateries serving delicious food.

Later, we depart for Walvis Bay, just 40 km south along the coast. Walvis Bay is internationally recognized for its birdlife, especially flamingos, and the lagoon is a Ramsar site. Flamingos, both lesser and greater, are attracted to the area due to the abundance of phytoplankton and zoo plankton along Namibia’s Atlantic coast. The birds, being filter feeders, thrive on microorganisms like plankton, giving them their distinctive pink color. They feed by filtering nutrients from the seawater through their beaks while walking in circles to stir up sand and mud.

Although Walvis Bay is not a breeding ground for flamingos due to its tidal environment, the birds flock to mineral pans. These seasonal pans usually stay dry but can flood with sufficient rain, prompting flamingos to head inland in massive flocks.

Returning to Swakopmund, we then take the main tarmarc road back to Windhoek, with a light lunch en route. Upon arrival in Windhoek, you will be dropped off at your accommodation within the city limits.

Accommodation: None

Meals: Breakfast & lunch

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This tour combines animal observation, cultural immersion, and coastline exploration for a unique and fascinating Namibian experience.

You get to experience:

Etosha National Park: Experience the splendors of Etosha, a huge and distinctive area that is home to a rich range of species, including the Big Five. Take pleasure in game drives and visit lighted waterholes to see wildlife.

Cultural Interaction: For a genuine cultural encounter and a glimpse into the Himba people’s traditional way of life, visit the Otjikandero Himba Village.

Scenic Coastal Drive: Discover the unique fusion of history and natural wonders that is the Skeleton Coast. See shipwrecks, expansive lichen fields, and the recognizable Cape Cross seal population.

Explore Namibia’s adventure capital, Swakopmund: It offers quad biking, skydiving, and beautiful flights amidst German colonial architecture. Savor the town’s delicious food, interesting stores, and lively atmosphere.

Visit Walvis Bay: An internationally recognized Ramsar site that is well-known for its wildlife, especially flamingos, which put on a breathtaking show of the beauty of nature.

Flexible Leisure Time: Take pleasure in slow starts that give you time to explore, unwind, and learn about each place.

Is Namibia a good family holiday destination?

Namibia is a fantastic destination for families, offering limitless adventure opportunities and great value for money.
Many lodges and camps will only accept children 12 years and over, but some are specific family accommodations that cater to your younger children. We can advise you on the best places to stay. Please get in touch with us at sales@worldadventuretours.com

Which language can I communicate with in Namibia?

The official language in Namibia is English, so communication should not be a problem. German and Afrikaans are widely spoken as well.

Is it easy to navigate Namibia while on safari?

Yes, The road network is well maintained and very well signposted, all through the parks.

Do I need a visa to visit Namibia?

Travel documents required differ based on your citizenship, so please check your visa needs ahead of time. Please get in touch with us at sales@worldadventuretours.com.

What kind of accommodation is provided in Namibia while on safari?

Lodges and camps are available for your stay during your holiday in Namibia. We have selected the best comfortable accommodations that give you an incredible Namibian experience. 

Can I bring along a power adapter?

Namibia has type D or M power sockets so you will need an adapter for this socket. Most global power adapters do not include an adapter for these types of sockets. If you have forgotten yours, let your guide know, and they will do their best to organize a power adapter for you. 

Do we need a Malaria vaccine during our visit to Namibia?

Malaria is present in some parts of Namibia, especially in the northern regions such as Caprivi, Kavango, Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshana, Oshikoto, and Zambezi. The risk of malaria transmission varies throughout the year and depends on a number of factors, such as rainfall patterns, temperature, altitude, and location. The highest risk of malaria transmission in Namibia occurs during the rainy season, which typically runs from November to April. During this time, there may be an increased risk of mosquito bites, especially at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. Suppose you are planning to travel to Namibia, especially to the northern regions during the rainy season. In that case, it is recommended that you take appropriate precautions to prevent malaria, such as taking anti-malaria medication as prescribed by a doctor, using insect repellent, and wearing protective clothing, such as long-sleeved shirts and pants. It’s also a good idea to sleep under mosquito nets and to avoid outdoor activities at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.

What should I wear on my Namibian safari trip?

The key is to dress in layers, wear comfortable and practical clothing, and protect yourself from the sun and potential insect bites. When going on a safari trip in Namibia, it’s important to wear comfortable and practical clothing that will protect you from the sun, wind, and potential insect bites. Light, breathable clothing: Pack lightweight, breathable clothing made of natural fibers such as cotton or linen. Long-sleeved shirts and pants are also recommended to protect you from the sun and insect bites. Closed-toe shoes: Comfortable and sturdy closed-toe shoes or boots are essential for walking safaris and hiking in rocky terrain. Hat and sunglasses: Bring a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to protect your face and eyes from the strong sun. Jacket or fleece: Evenings and early mornings can be chilly, so pack a warm jacket or fleece to layer over your clothing. Neutral colors: It’s best to wear neutral-colored clothing, such as khaki, beige, or brown, to blend in with the natural surroundings and avoid attracting unnecessary attention from wildlife. Swimwear: If your safari includes visiting a lodge with a pool, pack your swimwear. Rain gear: Bring a waterproof jacket or poncho to keep you dry if you’re traveling during the rainy season.

When is the best time to visit Namibia?

The dry season is between May to October. This is the peak tourist season in Namibia, as it offers cooler and drier weather, making it the best time for game viewing and outdoor activities. The landscapes are also more dramatic during this time, with clear blue skies and sparse vegetation, making spotting wildlife easier. However, accommodation and activities can be more expensive and may need to be booked in advance. The wet season is between November to April. This is the low tourist season in Namibia, as it offers hotter and more humid weather, and some of the roads and national parks may be inaccessible due to flooding. However, the landscapes are more vibrant and green, and the birdlife is abundant during this time. Accommodation and activities may be cheaper during this season, but it’s important to note that some lodges and camps may be closed during the wet season.

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Included in the Price:

  • 5 nights camping + 1 night’s accommodation in twin share rooms with en-suite bathrooms 
  • Camping equipment (excluding sleeping bags which can be hired)
  • Single travelers will be matched with another traveler of the same sex
  • Services of a professional English-speaking guide & camp assistant
  • Transport in a custom-built safari vehicle with a pop-up roof (no air-conditioning)
  • Meals as above (B – breakfast, L – lunch, D – dinner)
  • Tap water
  • National Park entry fees
  • Game drive at Mt Etjo and Okonjati Nature Reserve
  • Game drives in Chameleon Safaris vehicle in Etosha National Park
  • Himba Village visit
  • Visit to Cape Cross Seal Colony
  • Visit to Walvis Bay lagoon 
  • Pick up and drop off within Windhoek city limits 

Price does not cover:

  • International or Domestic flights
  • Health and Travel Insurance are excluded; we highly recommend getting insurance from your home country before your trip.
  • All Drinks
  • Snacks between meals
  • Tips

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