Northern Namibia Tour
Northern Namibia tour safari is a 7 day African safari tour in Namibia. This is one of our Namibia safari tours the combines wildlife, culture and nature. Expect a superb blend of the best tourist attractions in Northern Namibia.
About the 7 Day Northern Namibia Tour
Northern Namibia tour is a wildlife, cultural and African adventure safari tour in Namibia. This Northern Namibia tour safari brings you close to the big cats.
You will also visit the Northern coast. On this Northern Namibia tour you will be introduced to the Big cats. This eill happen at Africat Foundation.
You will visit also Desert Mountains, the coast and the Himba people. The Northern Namibia tour will goes to ancient rock engravings and the Petrified Forest. This Northern Namibia tour can put together with the 3 day Sossusvlei tour.
If you are looking for a longer Namibia safari, then adding the 7 Day Southern Namibia tour would be perfect. This will depend on the number of days at your disposal.
Highlights of the 7 Day Northern Namibia Tour
The highlights of this 7 day Northern Namibia tour safari includes:
- Interaction with big game
- Game drives in Etosha National Park
- Great landscape
- Beautiful Scenery
- Cultural experience with the Himba
- Beach Holiday in Swakopmund
- Tour the Seal colony at Cape Cross
Detailed 7 Day Northern Namibia Tour Safari Itinerary
Day 1: Windhoek – Okonjima (300km)
Our Namibia tour rep will be at your hotel in Windhoek at 0800 hrs. This Namibia safari can also begin from the airport upon arrival in the morning. You will have a short briefing on Northern Namibia tour.
Departure from Windhoek will be after the briefing. You will leave the city heading 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 conservation. 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. The tour will be more attractive with the opportunity of seeing some of the animals.
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 during 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 in the evening. This is from the tower of the old German fort. Return to your Namibia safari lodge for dinner overnight.
Day 3: Namutoni – Okaukuejo, Etosha National Park
Most of the Northern Namibia tour day will be on game drive watching wildlife. You will make a visit to several waterholes that litter Etosha National Park. 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 recommended after dinner. There is a good chance of seeing rhinos and lions come to drink during this time of the day.
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 are available at bargain prices. A little more drive and you will 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 will 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.
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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 as per the program
- 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
- Optional activities
What to Carry on 7 Day Northern Namibia Tour Safari
- light and heavy clothing
- sun glasses
- Sun screen
- comfortable hiking shoes
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Northern Namibia Tour Safari Destinations
Okonjima Nature Reserve
Your Northern Namibia tour safari starts by heading to Okonjima. Okonjima was born of the desire to find balance for cattle farmers and predators. It is now a game reserve home to the beloved AfriCat foundation.
The Northern Namibai tour safari goes half way between Windhoek and Etosha to the well-known Okonjima Nature Reserve. The 96 kilometre fence surrounding the 22 000 ha Okonjima private, Nature Reserve was finally completed in 2010.
Okonjima is home of The AfriCat Foundation, was established as a small ‘guest farm’ in 1986. For many years, this was a cattle haven but increasing livestock losses and post-independence interest changed it to a tourist destination.
The Okonjima Nature Reserve sprawls over 200 square kilometres of undulating plains. There are mountainous outcrops, and riverine thickets. It is here that leopard (Panthera pardus), the most adaptable of all the wild cats, thrive. Read more about our Leopard Research.
These intelligent, solitary predators occur in high density in the expanse of Okonjima Nature Reserve’s multi-faceted topography.
The Reserve’s predator research programme has spanned three decades. Its findings have provided great insight to leopard behavioral patterns as well as offered an upbeat prognosis for a sustainable future for the species in today’s Africa.
A two-day Okonjima stay on Northern Namibia tour safari offers the best chance to view wild leopard in Namibia. There are also other collared for research purposes, in their natural habitats.
Research programme leopard are actively tracked, and their collars are an invaluable resource for locating, and then returning to the Reserve. Cats which have migrated to surrounding farmland where they are perceived as threats to livestock.
The Okonjima Nature Reserve, a huge protected area set amongst the rugged commercial farmlands of central Namibia. It comprises a diversified ecosystem representative of both the larger and small mammals of Namibia, as well as most of the country’s endemic birds.
There are game drives and guided bush walks on Northern Namibia tour safari here. These offer visitors an intimate, up-close perspective of Namibia’s wildlife and, especially, its most protected species.
Etosha National Park
The Northern Namibia tour safari heads to the easiest and safest safari destinations in Africa, Etosha National Park is Namibia’s best game viewing destination.
Etosha is one of Africa’s great wildlife parks and Namibia’s prime wilderness conservation area. This Namibia national park span a vast 22 300 square kilometres (8 610 square miles).
Etosha National park consists mostly of grassy plains around a huge salt pan, which becomes a beautiful lake after heavy rains and attracts large flocks of pink candy-floss-coloured flamingo.
Etosha holds one of the largest, and perhaps the most stable, population of black rhino in the world, as well as giraffe, and rare and unusual species like the black-faced impala, Hartmann’s mountain zebra or the smallest antelope in the world, the Damara dikdik.
It is home to savannah animals and desert specialists, Etosha is where elephant, giraffe and zebra mix with springbok, black rhino and the scimitar-horned gemsbok antelope.
It’s also a predator paradise: lions, leopards and hyenas are resident in healthy numbers and it’s a top destination for cheetah sightings.
Within easy reach of the capital Windhoek, Etosha is as suitable for families with children on safari to Africa. It is also suitable for couples and honeymooners.
The risk of malaria is low, the climate usually warm and dry, and, thanks to simple logistics Etosha is a can-do self-drive destination.
The relaxed nature of the wildlife means an Etosha safari offers excellent photographic opportunities, especially during dry season. Great numbers of animals are concentrated at water and there are many busy waterholes to watch from the shade.
At night you’ll dine under dazzling stars, keeping an eye on a flood-lit waterhole and an ear out for the wavering contralto of the black-backed jackal.
This Northern Namibia tour safari will the head 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 Northern Namibia tour safari. Damaraland lies in between the dunes of Sossusvlei and the wildlife sanctuary that is Etosha National Park. It is home to the Himba Tribe.
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 Northern Namibia tour safari are culture and 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 Northern Namibia tour safari may visit the Petrified Forest. It dates back millions of years and offers a haunting landscape of gigantic fossilised trees.
Your Northern Namibia tour safari then heads to 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 you find such a variety of possible activities.
The city’s German origins are quite pronounced in beautiful old German Colonial buildings throughout the city, making an even starker contrast for this town sitting at the edge of the Namib Desert.
One artifact of the German colonization includes an old museum/store, selling genuine artefacts from the 19th century. Cover a child’s eyes, because some of what is on sale is aesthetically–and historically–difficult to look at.
Swakopmund was used as the setting for The Village in the 2008 production of The Prisoner by AMC and ITV. Its quaint buildings and unusual appearance made a perfect replacement for Portmeirion where the original 1960’s series of The Prisoner was set.
Swakopmund Skydiving Club, founded in 1974, operates 7 days a week from Swakopmund Airfield, and organises the Desert Skydiving Boogies.
Lying directly due west of Windhoek, Swakopmund offers the closest coastal access to the capital. It attracts thousands of domestic holidaymakers over the peak Christmas season.
But it’s not hard to see why this pretty little port is also popular with foreign visitors. The town centre has retained much of its colonial character. It also boasts some of the best tourist facilities in the country.
In addition, Swakopmund is the main springboard for exploration of the dramatic Skeleton Coast. The more immediate attractions include the bird-rich lagoon at nearby Walvis Bay and at Sandwich Harbour.
The adventure activities operating along the dunes that separate the two ports, and Welwitschia Drive in the nearby northern Namib. So your Northern Namibia safari has a lot of activities to choose from while in Swakopmund.