Namibia Camping Tour
Your cheap Namibia camping tour will go to Northern and central Namibia. This cheap Namibia camping tour combines wildlife, cultural visits and San paintings. You will also have an opportunity to visit Namibia’s coast!
The Cheap Namibia camping tour lets you get close-up-and personal with the Big Cats. This includes the leopard, cheetah and lion at Okonjima. You’ll enjoy some of the best wildlife viewing and photography in Etosha National Park.
About The Cheap Namibia Camping Tour
This cheap Namibia camping tour is designed to offer a quick “snapshot” of Namibia’s best attractions. You will tour the world renowned Etosha National Park, the coastal area of Swakopmund and the Namib Naukluft Park.
Your cheap Namibia camping tour makes a visit the world’s highest sand dunes. Here you will step foot in the world’s oldest desert at Sesriem & Sossusvlei. There is no single supplement charge and the price is virtually fully inclusive of everything you will need whilst travelling for three days.
The style is limited participation, assisted camping. Collection time is between 08:00 & 08:30 from anywhere within the Windhoek city limits.
On this cheap Namibia camping tour, you will be introduced to the big cats at the Africat Foundation. You get to experience the wildlife of the Etosha National Park and visit the Himba people.
Get to see the ancient rock engravings, petrified forest, desert mountains and wild Atlantic coast - all within little more than a week.
This cheap Namibia camping tour can be combined with our 3 Day Sossusvlei Tour from Swakopmund to make an unforgettable 10 Day combination safari.
Detailed 7 Day Cheap Namibia Camping Tour
Day 1: Windhoek – Okonjima
You’ll be met by our Namibia safari rep at your budget hotel in Windhoek. You will be briefed on the cheap Namibia camping tour. The tour will first heads north, with a stop at small towns along the way. This will include Okahandja, The Garden Town of Namibia. You’ll have time to visit Namibia's largest woodcarvers market. The market is operated on a local co-operative basis.
You’ll proceed north and driving through mainly farmland. The tour is scheduled to arrive at Okonjima's Omboroko campsite mid-afternoon. You will have time to relax before heading out for the afternoon's activities. The lodge is home to The AfriCat Foundation, a non-profit organization. They are committed to the long-term conservation of Namibia's large carnivores. This is especially the cheetahs and leopards.
This afternoon you will have a guided tour to meet some of the cheetah. Many of these animals have been orphaned or caught in traps set by farmers. The programme is designed to prepare them to be released back into the wild. Your dinner and overnight will be at Omboroko camp.
Day 2: Etosha Park
You will have an early cheap Namibia camping tour start. You will continue north through some small towns. You will be making short stops for fresh supplies and fuel. Today's destination is eastern Etosha. You will set camp of Namutoni. You are expected in time for lunch. This gives you time to relax before heading into the park. This will be during the cool of the late afternoon for a first game drive. Your dinner and overnight will be at Namutoni Camp.
Day 3: Etosha Park
An early start to benefit from a full day's game driving. Your cheap Namibia camping tour will head east. This is with a drive towards Halali Camp in the middle of the park. Along the way there are several waterholes to visit. They give you splendid views of the massive Etosha Pan.
Game viewing along this route is usually excellent. You’ll have a lunch break stop is at Halali. There will be time to dip in the pool. You may visit the waterhole to see who's taking a drink. The game driving continues down to Okaukuejo which is famous for its waterhole.
This is the 'best game viewing opportunities in Southern Africa’. You may see Black rhino, elephant, lion and numerous species of antelope pass by. There are chances to see Etosha's big game at the floodlit waterhole. This is situated on the boundary of the camp easily on foot. This is will be done after your dinner in Okaukuejo Camp.
Day 4: Etosha – Grootberg
From Etosha your cheap Namibia camping tour journeys south. You will have a relatively short drive to the small town of Kamanjab. Here you will visit a Himba Village, the local community around. The Himbas are traditionally found in north Kaokoland region of Namibia.
These people have migrated here though their lifestyle and customs remains intact. They follow their traditional way-of-life in their village on a farm. The exact location of the site varies as the Himba occasionally are nomadic. You’ll learn about marriage customs, traditional food and the mysteries of the “Holy Fire” religion.
From here it is a short drive on to Hoada Community Campsite. This is located among beautiful granite hills and mopane trees. To add an eco-friendly touch there is a hot water system. This is combined with the barbecue area making your stay super.
Day 5: Grootberg – Twyfelfontein
Today your cheap Namibia camping tour heads to Damaraland. This is one of the most beautiful desert regions in Namibia. You’ll drive west via the Grootberg Pass with stop at Twyfelfontein. Here you will visit the ancient Bushman rock engravings. The local guide is employed to conduct a short guided tour. You will set camp at Twyfelfontein Area for the night.
Day 6: Twyfelfontein – Swakopmund
Your cheap Namibia camping tour heads deeper into the Namib Desert. You will go past Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain. Your first stop will be at the small town of Uis. This is an old mining town. It is one of the best places to buy the semi-precious stones. Here rough Amethyst, Tourmaline etc can be found at bargain prices.
From Uis you’ll go directly west and crosses gravel plains. You will be heading to the Atlantic Ocean and the Skeleton Coast. You will meet the ocean at Henties Bay. This is short trip north along the coast to the seal colony at Cape Cross.
At certain times of the year as many as 100,000 Cape Fur seals congregate. From here you will head south to Swakopmund. This will be by following the Skeleton Coast into Namibia's premier seaside town. Arrival is scheduled for late afternoon with time to explore the town on foot before sunset.
Tonight there is a chance to sample one of the excellent restaurants. The seafood in Swakopmund is superb and your guide will offer to organize a group meal. Your dinner on this day of cheap Namibia camping tour will be at cost. Overnight is at a guesthouse in Swakopmund.
Day 7: Swakopmund – Windhoek
Drive time back to Windhoek is around 5 hours hrs. You will be departing after lunch. The morning is available at leisure time in and around the beaches. There is also a very good museum and the Namibian National Marine Aquarium.
Activities available in Swakopmund include dune-boarding and scenic flights. This is over the desert and Skeleton Coast. You can also go skydiving. All this activities are at cost and subject to availability. After lunch, your cheap Namibia camping tour drives back to Windhoek. You are expected to arrive around 1730hrs. You will be dropped off at your budget hotel in Windhoek.
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7 Day Namibia Camping Tour Destinations
AfriCat Foundation Okonjima Nature Reserve
This cheap Namibia camping tour starts with a tour of the AfriCat Foundation. This organization is based on Okonjima Nature Reserve, a private reserve dedicated to conserving wildlife.
AfriCat is perfectly situated to conduct ecological research focusing on a variety of rare and endangered species. As Okonjima is an enclosed nature reserve with Africat focusing on understanding the ecology of leopard and brown hyenas living within Okonjima.
The ultimate aim of producing informed, sustainable metapopulation management guidelines for these species.
Okonjima Nature Reserve, today, is recognized as one of the premier places to stay to witness carnivores. On your cheap Namibia camping tour look forward to seeing other endangered species.
They include the aardvark, pangolin and brown hyena in the wild and to be educated about conservation.
Its’ emphasis on authenticity, on luxury and on the environment has made it a jewel in Namibian tourism.
Part of the symbiotic relationship is that monies raised through the Okonjima Nature Reserve, help to fund the important conservation research programmes and education projectst.
The AfriCat Foundation was born in the early 1990’s as Namibia registered non-profit organization. It started out primarily as a welfare organization, and has since become focused on educating Namibia’s youth.
To effectively manage carnivores and other species within a closed reserve, a thorough understanding of their altered ecology is needed to make informed management decisions.
Etosha National Park
The 7 day Namibia camping tour will then head to Etosha National Park, a 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. This will allow those on Namibia camping tour almost guaranteed game sightings.
At the same time Etosha National Park is one of the most accessible game reserves in Namibia and Southern Africa.
The park is malaria free, accessible in a regular sedan car. The rest camps provide a range of accommodation as well as restaurants, viewing decks, shops and petrol stations.
The Etosha National Park is a nature conservation area in northern Namibia and is one of the most significant game reserves in Africa. In Namibia it is by far the best known and most important national park.
Today the Park covers an area of nearly 22.912 km² and is completely fenced for the protection of the animals.
Within the eastern part of the park an approximately 5.000 km² large salt pan can be found, which was formed about 2 million years ago when the Kunene Delta dried up and its riverbed shifted.
What to See in Etosha National Park
The name Etosha is derived from the Oshiwambo and means “big, white place”. Your Namibia camping tour will find more than 100 mammal species and 340 different species of birds.
Due to the fencing of the Etosha National Park the animals living in the park were depending on the water and food resources found within the fence. Thus the water supply is granted by water holes, some of natural origin some artificial.
In the western part of the park, 5 natural and 27 artificial water holes are found. 29 natural and 12 artificial water holes are found in the eastern part of the park. These form the livelihood for the animals in the Etosha and also serve tourists on Namibia camping tour for game viewing.
On the map which each visitor on Namibia camping tour receives when entering the park, the waterholes as well as the network of roads are marked.
The park has a total of four entrances: in the east the von Lindequist Gate and in the north the Nahale IyaMpinga-Tor (also called the King Nehale Gate).
In the south the Andersson Gate and in the west the Otjovasondu Gate, which should open the still inaccessible western parts of the park to general tourism in 2012.
Damaraland was a name given 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.
Your Namibia camping tour will head to the breath-taking mountainous region of Damaraland. This is home to an assortment of desert-adapted wildlife such as elephant, rhino, zebra and lion, which eke out an existence in this near-barren landscape.
A not-to-be-missed attraction on your Namibia camping tour here is the picturesque Brandberg. It is Namibia’s highest mountain andhome to thousands of ancient rock paintings, most notably the White Lady.
Your Namibia camping tour will also find rocky outcrops of Twyfelfontein. They feature exceptional Bushmen engravings, considered to be some of the best-preserved etchings on the continent.
Time allowing, the Namibia camping tour can visit the Petrified Forest. This dates back millions of years and offers a haunting landscape of gigantic fossilised trees.
The 7 day Namibia camping tour then goes through the famous Skelton Coast to Sakopmund. The Skeleton Coast is the northern part of the Atlantic coast of Namibia and south of Angola from the Kunene River south to the Swakop River.
The name is sometimes used to describe the entire Namib Desert coast. The so called Skeleton Coast is a 40 km wide and 500 km long coastal stretch in Namibia, a hostile but fascinating area.
Here the cold and unpredictable Benguela Current of the Atlantic Ocean clashes with the dune and desert landscape of north-western Namibia.
The name Skeleton Coast derived most probably from the huge numbers of stranded whales that lost their life here and whose skeletons could be seen all over the place. T
he Ovahimba who are settling in the far north-eastern parts of Namibia used the whale bones for building their huts.
Numerous ships have stranded at the Skeleton Coast thanks to the thick fog, the rough sea, unpredictable currents and stormy winds. The sailors who were able to make it to the land did not stand a chance of survival at this inhospitable coast and died of thirst.
Despite the hostile character of the Skeleton Coast, there are quite a number of wild animals to observe on your Namibia camping tour. They include the desert-adapted elephants, rhinos, desert lions, brown hyenas, jackals, giraffes, seals, oryx, kudus and zebras.
Also some plants are incredibly adapted to the rainless area of the Skeleton coast and depend solely on the daily fog from the Atlantic Ocean: There are welwitschias, !Nara melons, several lithops succulent plants (often called “living stones”), lichen and pencil bush (ink bush).
Finally your Namibia camping tour gets to Swakopmund. Swakopmund is a coastal city in Namibia, 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, an old sea wall.
Next to the lighthouse, the Swakopmund Museum documents Namibian history. Inland, the elegant Swakopmund Railway Station, now a hotel, also dates to the colonial era.
Swakopmund, known as Swakop in Namibia, is the country's biggest coastal town and a resort for Namibians on holiday. The city's German origins are quite pronounced in beautiful old German colonial buildings throughout the city.
Swakopmund is like a German North Sea town with an African flair (or vice versa). 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 travelers on Namibia camping tour will find such a variety of possible activities.