Northern Namibia Tour
On this Northern Namibia tour you will be introduced to the Big cats. This is at Africat Foundation. On this Namibia safari tour, you will visit Desert Mountains, the coast and the Himba people.
This African safari tour in Namibia will go to ancient rock engravings and the Petrified Forest. This Northern Namibia tour can be combined with any of our 3-day Namib Desert tour.
7 Day Northern Namibia Tour Safari Highlights
- Big game in Namibia
- Great and fulfilling game drives
- Wonderful landscape and scenery
- Beautiful camping accommodation
- Rock painting and engravings
- Cultural Tour
- Namibia Beach Holiday
7 Day Northern Namibia Tour Safari Itinerary
Day 1: Windhoek – Okonjima (300km)
Our Namibia tour rep will be at your hotel in Windhoek at 0800hrs. You will be briefed on Northern Namibia tour. This will be followed by departure traveling. You will leave the capital city to Okonjima. It is the home of the AfriCat Foundation in Namibia.
This is a conservation operation that focuses on the big cats. There specialty is the cheetah. You will arrive in Okonjima in time for lunch. A short relaxation will be important for you. Later in the evening embark on a tour within the premises.
This will provide more insights on their conservation program. This tour will be enhanced by the opportunity of seeing some of the animals.
AfriCat was founded in 1991 on Okonjima Farm in Central Namibia (though officially registered as a non-profit organisation in 1993) whose mission was to contribute to the long term conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores. AfriCat was created as a result of information gained on Okonjima when it was still a cattle farm losing calves to leopards and the desire and urgent need of sharing this information with fellow farmers. The consequent contact with numerous farmers and AfriCat’s exposure led to the rescue of many trapped large carnivores. Since 1993, 1080 of these predators were rescued. Over 85% were released back into the wild.
Day 2: Okonjima – Namutoni, Etosha National Park (300km)
Your Northern Namibia tour day will start with and early breakfast. You will then make an early start and head off towards the Etosha National Park. You will go via Lake Otjikoto, Namibia’s largest permanent natural lake.
It is at this point that you will take a break and learn about the history of this unusual landmark. You will proceed to Namutoni and familiarize yourselves with the surroundings. After a short rest you will embark on your first game drive in the evening. The game viewing at this time is usually excellent. There are close views of springboks, zebras, impalas, giraffes, gemsboks and plenty of birds.
With luck you may also have some close encounters with elephants and lions. You will experience a fabulous sunset later. This is from the tower of the old German fort. Return to your Namibia safari lodge for dinner overnight.
About Etosha National Park
Etosha, meaning ‘place of dry water’, is centered on a huge, flat calcite depression (or pan) of about 5 000 square kilometres in northern Namibia.
The ‘pan’ provides a great, parched, silver-white backdrop of shimmering mirages in an area of semi-arid savannah grassland and thorn shrubbery. The pan itself contains water only after very good rains and sometimes for only a few days each year. This however, is enough to stimulate the growth of blue – green algae which lures thousands of flamingos to the pan.
Having been proclaimed a game reserve in 1907 and covering an area of more than 22 750 square kilometres, Etosha National Park is one of Africa’s major wildlife sanctuaries. Despite being a highly ‘managed’ environment featuring a cluster of man-made water-points around the central pan with a boundary designated by a patrolled electrified fence, this is indeed one of the most special game parks in Africa.
During the drier months (June to November), the water points exert a magnetic pull on the big game herds, and form the centrepiece for visitors looking to see the nearly 150 mammal species to be found in the park, including several rare and endangered species such as the Black Rhino, Black-faced Impala, Tsessebe and Gemsbok.
Day 3: Namutoni – Okaukuejo, Etosha National Park
Most of the Northern Namibia tour day will be spent watching wildlife. You will make a visit to a number of waterholes. These are points where much wildlife congregates to drink water. You will also stop at the Etosha Pan, the “place of dry water”.
The Pan is an extensive flat depression of about 5,000 km2. This great, white expanse is a place of shimmering mirages. It is the place to see large herds of game in this setting. This is what makes Etosha a unique experience. Your Northern Namibia tour will proceed to Halali middle camp to have lunch and relax. You will then continue to Okaukuejo at the southern side of the park.
This will be in the evening in time for dinner. A visit to the floodlit waterhole is highly recommended after dinner. There is a good chance of seeing rhinos and lions come to drink at this time.
Day 4: Okaukuejo – Palmwag
Another early day on Northern Namibia tour safari. This will be with an early morning game drive. You will then exit Etosha into the Desert Mountains of the Kaokoveld. This is one of the last true wildernesses of Southern Africa. It is home of the Himba people.
During the afternoon your Northern Namibia tour will pay a visit to Oases village. Here you will meet the local inhabitants. A special guide is going to be available for the time you’ll be there. The guide will help with the translation and introduce you to the “tribe”.
Prepare to learn about marriage customs and traditional food. You will also make a visit to the “holy fire”. Later proceed to Palmwag Lodge where you will have dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Palmwag – Brandberg
Start your day on Northern Namibia tour safari early. You will drive via the C48 gravel passing by the small town of Bergsig. Here you will see the Petrified Forest. There are also rock engravings on the way to Brandberg.
The Brandberg Mountain is an ancient Bushman spiritual site. This night you will sleep in the shadow of this giant granite monolith. You will spend your night of Northern Namibia tour at the White Lady Lodge.
Day 6: Brandberg – Swakopmund, Skeleton Coast
The day on your Northern Namibia tour safari will start early. You will enjoy the cool of the morning as you drive. Your first stop is the small town of Uis. It is an old mining town and one of the best places to buy semi-precious stones.
Precious stones are what Namibia is famous. Amethyst, tourmaline and other stones can be found at bargain prices. A little more drive and you shall have arrived at the coast. You will proceed to Cape Cross. This is home of the seal colony with close-up views of thousands of fur seals.
Tonight you are free to try excellent restaurants in Swakopmund. The seafood in Swakopmund is superb. Your guide will offer to organize a group meal in a local restaurant for the evening. If you feel exhausted, you may give it a pass. Dinner will be at cost with overnight at Desert Villa Guesthouse.
Day 7: Swakopmund – Windhoek (360km)
The morning of your Northern Namibia tour safari will be at leisure. Your guide shall have discussed all possible optional activities. All extra activities in Swakopmund are at the client’s own expense.
Later we drive back to Windhoek. Your arrival will be late in the afternoon. Drop off at your Windhoek Hotel.
End of 7 Day Northern Namibia Tour Safari
7 Day Northern Namibia Tour Safari Cost
Included in the 7 Day Northern Namibia Tour Safari Cost
- Transport in a custom built safari vehicle (no air-conditioning)
- Accommodation and camping as per itinerary
- National park & site entry fees
- Activities including: game drives in Etosha & educational tour at Okonjima & Himba village visit & guided tour at Twyfelfontein
- Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast L=lunch D=dinner)
- Services of an English speaking guide & camp assistant
- Pick up/drop off within Windhoek city limits
Not Included in 7 Day Northern Namibia Tour Safari
- Drinks snacks
- Sleeping bag
- Optional activities
What to Carry on 7 Day Northern Namibia Tour Safari
- light and heavy clothing
- sun glasses
- Sun screen
- comfortable hiking shoes