Namibia Budget Safari
Namibia budget safari allows you to explore some of Namibia’s highlights. On this African safari to Namibia you will enjoy a safari to Etosha National park. Make a visit to a Himba village and see the ancient rock art at Twyfelfontein. You will climb the magnificent dunes of Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert.
About The 10 Day Namibia Budget Safari
The 10 day Budget Namibia safari takes you to Etosha and the Namib desert. On this African safari in Namibia, you will tour Etosha National Park and dunes at Sossusvlei. The Namibia budget safari is designed to offer ‘wildlife and landscape snapshots’ in Namibia.
Just imagine visiting a premier wildlife location. Combine this with a tour to the world’s oldest desert. Etosha National Park measures over 22,000km². This is home to 114 species of mammals and 340 species of bird life. It is Namibia’s largest and most impressive game park.
The name Etosha has had various interpretations. The most famous is ‘Lake of Mother’s Tears’. This illustrate limitless grief of a Hei//om mother upon her infant death. On this Namibia budget safari, tour Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert. You will be here for the massive sand dunes. This includes unforgettable desert landscapes and the option to explore the dune fields.
The Namibia budget tour is an affordable African camping safari in Namibia. You will be in assisted comfortable camping. Your participation is limited to only helping with the tents.
Highlights of the 10 Day Namibia Budget Safari
The highlights of the 10 day Namibia Budget safari includes:
- Tracking 4 of the big 5
- Hiking Dune 45
- A visit to The Skeleton Coat
- Nights in Swakopmund
- Interaction with the Himba
- Great Scenery and beautiful landscape
Detailed Namibia Budget Safari Itinerary
Day 1: Windhoek – Okonjima
Meet and greet will be at your Windhoek Hotel for the Namibia budget safari. This is by our Namibia safari tour rep between 08:00 & 08:30 am. Enjoy a short briefing on this Namibia budget safari. You will travel north, stopping at small towns along the way including Okahandja. Here you will have time to visit Namibia’s largest wood carving market.
The market is operated on a local co-operative basis. It is one of the best places to shop for true Namibian souvenirs. Proceed north through farmland and expect to arrive at Okonjima during the middle afternoon. This allows you time to set up our camp and to relax in the shade for a while. You will then head out on to the property to take part in the afternoon’s activities.
Okonjima is the home of the Africat Foundation. This is a specialist conservation whose operations is on the cheetah. This afternoon you will take a tour to view some of the cheetah. These animals are part of the Africat rehabilitation programme.
Most of the animals currently living at Okonjima were rescued. They are from various desperate situations with some being orphans or caught in a trap. The aim of the rehabilitation process is to re-introduce them into the wild.
After your educational tour you’ll return to camp. It is time to prepare for dinner under the African stars. Overnight camping. (L,D)
Day 2: Okonjima – Namutoni, Etosha National Park
Your Namibia budget safari starts early today. You will continue north going through some small towns. here you will make short stops for fresh supplies and fuel.
Proceed on to East Etosha’s Namutoni camp. Expect your Namibia budget safari to arrive in time for lunch at your camp. This affords you leisure time to rest and shake of the road travel. Later you will head into the park during the cool of the late afternoon for our first game drive. (B,L,D)
Day 3: Namutoni – Okaukejo, Etosha National Park
This will be a full day’s game driving on your Namibia budget safari. the day begins early to enjoy the cool morning air as you enjoy game drive. You will be transiting through Etosha to Halali camp, situated in the middle of the park.
Along the way will visit several waterholes. Here you will have splendid views of the massive Etosha Pan. The game viewing is usually excellent and you got the chance to tick off a few new species. These are animals that are not easy to see on the Namutoni side of the park.
You will make a stop at Halali for a rest and a relaxed lunch. There is time to visit the Halali waterhole and to make use of the swimming pool and bar facilities. This is before continuing on our way and game driving down to Okaukuejo.
Okaukuejo is famous for its waterhole. This is one of the “best game viewing opportunities in Southern Africa”. It is on the doorstep of your campsite while on the Namibia budget safari. Black rhino, elephant, lion and species of antelope are usually seen here. Your overnight on Namibia budget safari will be camping. (B,L,D)
Day 4: Okaukejo – Hoada Campsite, Grootberg Area
Your Namibia budget safari leaves Etosha early. You will begin the journey south with a short drive to the small town of Kamanjab. It is within this area thet your Namibia budget safari tours a Himba Village. This is the only functioning Himba community outside the far north Kaokoland of Namibia.
These tribes-people have migrated here. But the lifestyle and customs are still intact. They are following their traditional way-of-life in their village on a farm. The exact location of the site varies as the Himba roam to a new location. You will learn about marriage customs and traditional food. Other things to learn include the mysteries of the “Holy Fire’’ religion.
From here it is a short drive on to The Hoada Community Campsite. This is among beautiful granite hills and mopane trees. The hot water system works in combination with the barbeque area. So whilst your meal is getting ready, your water will be heating up for your shower! We overnight – camping under the stars. (B,L,D)
Day 5: Hoada – Madisa Camp Twyfelfontein, Damaraland
Your Namibia budget safari heads into one of the most beautiful deserts. This is in the Damaraland region in Namibia. Yout Namibia budget safari drives west via the Grootberg Pass. You’ll then take a detour to visit the ancient Bushman rock engravings at Twyfelfontein. At this location we will have a local guide to conduct us on a short tour before we set up camp for the night. Overnight camping. (B,L,D)
Day 6: Madisa – Swakopmund
another great day on your Namibia budget safari. You will leave Madisa and head deeper into the desert. Enjoy your Namibia budget safari as youpass Namibia’s highest mountain, The Brandberg, (2573 m). you will be back on the road for more beautiful Damaraland scenery.
Your Namibia budget safari will make a stop in the small town of Uis. This is an old mining town, and one of the best places to buy semi-precious stones, for which Namibia is famous. Here, rough Amethyst, Tourmaline etc are at bargain prices.
From here we turn west and cross the “gravel plains” on your way to the Atlantic Ocean and the Skeleton Coast. Meeting the ocean at Henties Bay, your Namibia budget safari first head north. This is along the coast to visit the seal colony at Cape Cross. At certain times of the year there can be as many as 100,000 congregating Cape Fur seals.
The next destination is Swakopmund, following the Skeleton Coast into Namibia’s premier seaside town. The Swakopmund section of the Namibia budget safari is to allow people to relax. This is either with the group, or on their own.
You will only have your accommodation on bed and breakfast basis. This is to allow you to plan your time here with as much flexibility as possible and not to be tied to group meal times. It also gives you the chance to sample some of the excellent local cafes and restaurants. The seafood in Swakopmund is superb.
Your guide will offer to organize a group meal in a local restaurant for this evening. Participation is recommended but by no means required. Dinner this evening in not included in the price. Overnight in twin share rooms. (B,L)
Day 7: Swakopmund
Today is a free day on your Namibia budget safari. The idea is to allow time for everybody to do their own thing. Swakopmund is a pleasant seaside town with lots of shops. this town has a good stretch of beach and an open-air curio market.
There is a good museum and the Namibian National Marine Aquarium in Swakopmund. As an option, there are various optional activities that you can undertake. These include aeroplane and microlight flights over the desert and scenic drives. There are fishing trips both from the beach or in a boat and four-wheel motorcycle (quad bike) trips. The tips take you into the desert and over the sand dunes around Swakopmund. You can also go sand boarding trips in the dunes, skydiving and surfing. Others may take bird-watching and many other activities are available.
Your guide will discuss all the possible options with you before you reach Swakopmund. He will offer to make bookings in advance of your arrival.
(N.B. All extra activities and excursions in Swakopmund are subject to availability. They will be made at the clients’ own risk and expense. Dinner this evening is not included in the price of the safari and will be for the client’s own account. Overnight in twin share rooms. (B)
Day 8: Swakopmund – Sesriem
Enough with the coast and your Namibia budget safari makes it back to the road. You will first make a stop at Walvis Bay, situated about 40 km south of Swakopmund. South of the town there is a large marine lagoon. This is home to a vast array of marine bird-life, in particular flamingos.
You will make a short visit to the lagoon to see the birds and a short visit to Walvis Bay. We will collect any last-minute supplies before once again heading out into the desert. These part of your Namibia budget safari journey takes you across the endless Namib plains.
The landscape changes quick and you will be into the mountain desert. Your Namibia budget safari will traverse both the Kuiseb and Gaub passes. You will be driving both times to the river beds at the bottom of the canyons. Then climb the long steep road to the top and the spectacular panoramas the mountains give us. Again, the scenery changes as we make our way down to the dune fields.
Cross some open grass savannah and farmlands. This is before the terrain begins to give way to the immense red sand dune desert of the Namib. From here it is only a short distance to our next stop, the tiny town of Solitaire. You will be expected at the camp during the late afternoon. Be here to watch the colours glow and change on distant mountains to the east. Overnight camping under the starts. (B,L,D)
Day 9: Sesriem
This will be an early day on Namibia budget safari. Start with a pre-dawn start is essential this morning as we want to catch the soft light of the sunrise on the desert. You will pass through Sesriem, the gateway to the dunes. Drive into the heart of the dune field. To reach Sossusvlei itself you will walk the last 5 km through the dunes.
You will enjoy the cool of the morning, with soft sunlight just beginning to play over the dunes. This creates a sharp light and shadow contrast across the whole desert, the walk is like nothing else.
There are ancient mineral pans and stunted camel thorn trees here. You got the chance of seeing a gemsbok or maybe an ostrich make the photo opportunities perfect. You will spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei including a visit to Dune 45. As the day wears on we return to Sesriem for lunch to escape the heat of the afternoon. As the day cools off in the late afternoon, we will take a short excursion to the Sesriem Canyon. Overnight camping. (B,L,D)
Day 10: Windhoek
You will begin the day on Namibia budget safari with breakfast. This is before you start the journey over the mountains and along scenic roads, back to Windhoek.
Make a stop at Solitaire to stretch your legs then proceed back to Windhoek. you will go via the Khomas Hochland Mountain range back to civilization. You are due back into the city around 16:00. You will have a drop off at your accommodation on our return. (B,L)
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Namibia Budget Safari Destination
Okonjima Nature Reserve
Okonjima started off as a guest farm about 25 years ago. This was around the same time that the AfriCat Foundation was set up here. The foundation was to help conserve some of Namibia’s threatened carnivores.
Since then, Okonjima’s offering to guests has broadened into several camps. All within a landscape of rolling hills and grassy plains now known as the Okonjima Nature Reserve.
A stay in one of the camps within this 220km2 reserve usually focuses mostly on Namibia’s big cats. Your Namibia budget safari has excellent opportunities to learn about them, and to view them at close quarters.
Those on Namibia budget safari may see leopard, brown hyaena and pangolin sightings while on Namibia safari here.
The history of Okonjima goes back to the 1890’s and colonial South West Africa. Okonjima was used by the German military.
Due to its relative high altitude, in the area, it was apparently free of the African Horse Sickness. It was therefore a good place to rest their horses.
From the early 1920s Okonjima was used as a cattle farm. In 1970 Val and Rose Hanssen bought the farm, to breed and farm Brahman and Jersey cattle. Throughout the time that cattle were kept on the farm, loses of stock to predators, particularly leopards, caused a strain on the finances.
Okonjima’s relationship with Namibia’s big cats did not start too favourably, as livestock losses to predators resulted in them being actively persecuted. However, herein developed an interest to further understand the habits and behaviour of Namibia’s big cats, particularly leopards.
The tourism element to Okonjima had humble beginnings. It started in 1986 as an overnight stop for travellers between Etosha and Windhoek.
From here it grew, they began to offer bird watching experiences. There were trails demonstrating skills of the Bushman and baited leopard viewing.
They also raised a cheetah cub called Chinga, discovered in a cage at an auction. It would appear on the lawn at afternoon tea, and allow visitors to stroke it.
The farm was very well run by the Hanssen family, and gradually word of Okonjima’s carnivores, and their work with them, began to spread. By 1992 Okonjima was a ‘highlight’ on any visitor’s trip around Namibia.
In 1993 Val and Rose’s three children; Wayne, Donna and Rosalea Hanssen purchased the farm from their parents. Initially the reserve became home to cheetah and leopard rescued from conflict with livestock farmers.
It continued to grow with further accommodation built to accommodate the increase in visitors.
Etosha National Park
The Namibia budget safari then proceeds to Etosha National Park. This national park is located in northwestern Namibia.
It was proclaimed a game reserve in March 1907 in Ordinance 88. This was by the Governor of German South West Africa, Dr. Friedrich von Lindequist.
Etosha National Park is unique in Africa. The park’s main characteristic is a salt pan so large it can be seen from space. Yet there is abundant wildlife that congregates around the waterholes, giving you almost guaranteed game sightings.
At the same time Etosha National Park is one of the most accessible game reserves in Namibia and Southern Africa.
Etosha National Park is the gateway to Northern Namibia and Ovamboland. It’s a very popular stop on any Namibian tour hence its inclusion in the Namibia budget safari. Above all, it is known as Namibia’s foremost wildlife sancuary.
The landscape is unique and varied and subsequently home to a wide variety of animals. On your Namibia budget safari here you may see lion, elephant, leopard, giraffe, cheetah and hyena. Others include springbok, two kinds of zebra, eland and many more species of wildlife are found here.
Your Namibia budget safari will not miss the massive Etosha pan. It is the most distinctive feature of the park and can even be seen from space.
It is believed that it was formed over 100 million years ago and is 130 km’s long and up to 50 km’s wide in certain places. This means that the pan covers almost a quarter of the entire park!
Waterholes are usually a redeeming feature in any major national park and Etosha is no different. They are a great place to silently observe game and see them in their natural environment. This is away from noisy mechanical beasts that we often view wildlife from.
Each waterhole in Etosha is different and animals spotted at each vary from season to season. The main waterholes in Etosha include Okaukuejo, Okondeka, Halali and Goas and Sueda and Salvadora.
Your Namibia budget safari then heads to the north-central part of what later became Namibia, inhabited by the Damaras. It was bounded roughly by Ovamboland in the north, the Namib Desert in the west, the Kalahari Desert in the east, and Windhoek in the south.
This will be a great stop on your Namibia budget safari. Damaraland lies in between the dunes of Sossusvlei and the wildlife sanctuary that is Etosha National Park.
It is a lesser-known treasure – the wild, untamed landscapes of northwestern Damaraland. This semi-desert region is one of the country’s most spectacular, with vast, arid plains intersected by sudden towering outcrops of rust-colored granite.
The first taste of Damaraland’s alien rock formations comes as the flat, arid scrubland. This is on either side of the road gives way without warning to the jaw-dropping granite peaks of Spitzkoppe.
They are often referred to as the “Matterhorn of Namibia”, Spitzkoppe is more than 120 million years old. The tallest of its many outcrops stands 5,853 feet/1,784 meters high against the blue sky.
To be discovered on your Namibia budget safari are an assortment of desert-adapted wildlife. They include elephant, rhino, zebra and lion, which eke out an existence in this near-barren landscape.
A not-to-be-missed attraction is the picturesque Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain, which is home to thousands of ancient rock paintings – most notably the White Lady.
The rocky outcrops of Twyfelfontein feature exceptional Bushmen engravings. They are considered to be some of the best-preserved etchings on the continent.
Your Namibia budget safari may visit the Petrified Forest. It dates back millions of years and offers a haunting landscape of gigantic fossilised trees.
This Namibia budget safari will take you to the coastal city in Namibia. Swakopmund is located west of the capital, Windhoek. Its sandy beaches face the Atlantic Ocean.
Established by German colonists in 1892, the city’s colonial landmarks include the Swakopmund Lighthouse and the Mole. There is an old sea wall. Next to the lighthouse, the Swakopmund Museum documents Namibian history.
Inland, there is the elegant Swakopmund Railway Station, now a hotel, also dates to the colonial era.
Swakopmund is the capital of the Erongo Region and has about 34,000 inhabitants. Swakopmund is known as activity centre of Namibia. Nowhere else in the country will your Namibia budget safari find such a variety of possible activities.
The town’s history starts with the landing of the Portuguese sailor Bartholomew Diaz on Namibian soil at Cape Cross in the year 1487 where he erected a stone cross.
Much later, in 1793, two Dutch sailors were anchoring shortly at the mouth of the Swakop River. In 1862 the crew of a German gunboat hoisted the German flag at the mouth of the Swakop River to signal the territories occupancy.
Another gunboat marked the possible landing site with poles in August 1892. With this sovereign act the occupation of this coastal area by the German Reich was demonstrated to the English who were occupying the harbour of Walvis Bay.
Geographically Swakopmund is situated amidst dunes and desert close to the mouth of the Swakop River. During the colonial period Swakopmund was an important harbour, although the conditions were not really favourable.
The coastal waters were far too shallow, a sheltered lagoon was missing and the surf was much too strong. Additionally the harbour of Luederitz was too far away and the nearby Walvis Bay harbour was under British occupation.
The disembarkation of settlers and troops on surf boats was a life threatening undertaking. An artificial harbour was built at very high costs. From 1894 regular freight traffic started led by a shipping company in Hamburg.
Initially a 325 meter long, wooden jetty was built in 1902, which was replaced by an iron one in 1912. The complete supply of the colony was handled via Swakopmund. The remains of this Jetty can still be seen today and in 2010 an oyster bar even opened on the so called “Jetty”.
Sossusvlei is possibly Namibia’s most spectacular and best-known attraction. It is characterised by the large red dunes that surround it. Sossusvlei is a large, white, salt and clay pan and is a great destination all year round.
The Namibia budget safari will be visiting some of the highest dunes in the world, reaching almost 400 meters. They provide photographic enthusiasts with wonderful images in the beautiful morning and evening light.
“Vlei” in Afrikaans means a shallow depression filled with water. Sossusvlei is a mud pan created by a river that flows through the Namib every 5 to 10 years.
Sossusvlei is very popular amongst landscape photographers, and it is not hard to see why. The severe color palate, the undulating dunes, the unobstructed views and the otherworldly atmosphere all combine to create the most picturesque tableau.
There are burnt orange hues, harsh crescent lines, graceful gemsbok galloping beside the road and a star-studded African sky. These make your Namibia budget safari to Sossusvlei, a truly awe-inspiring experience.
Located in the heart of the Namib Desert, the oldest in the world, and home to some of the world’s highest dunes, it should come as no surprise that this vast expanse of undulating sand is one of Namibia’s premier tourist attractions.