Namibia is a land of vast desert landscapes and wide-open spaces, as well as being home to an abundance of wildlife and boasting a rich cultural heritage. In addition to its natural splendour, Namibia is a popular African travel destination, owing to its political stability, excellent infrastructure and economic prosperity. Like Botswana, Namibia’s successful neighbour, tourism and the diamond industry are the mainstay of the country’s economy. Namibia is a desert country covering some 825 418 sq km’s, hence its place as the world’s second least densely populated country.
Some of Namibia’s major attractions are its stunning desert landscapes and tall, red-orange sand dunes, as well as superb game viewing areas, such as Etosha National Park. Namibia consists of contrasting landscapes, from its vast deserts and rugged mountains to the wild Atlantic coastline and unspoilt central plateau. Namibia safaris have something to offer everyone with Namibia being a particularly ideal African travel destination for families and wildlife enthusiasts, as well as photographers and adventure seekers.
Top Namibia Travel Highlights
Etosha National Park – Namibia’s Premier Game Reserve
Etosha National Park, Namibia’s best known game reserve, is home to an abundance of wildlife including Africa’s “Big Five”. Etosha is one of the world’s largest game parks covering about 20 000 sq km’s of salt pan, grasslands, savannah and woodlands in Northern Namibia. The park is named after the vast Etosha saltpan that it surrounds, with Etosha meaning ‘Great White Place of Dry Water’ in the local Ovambo language. The vast open plains of this dried lake are a shimmering white to green spectacle that makes for excellent photographic opportunities.
The precious waters of the largely arid Etosha Pan attract various interesting and rare wild animals, especially in the dry season. The diverse terrain of Etosha is home to lion, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, jackal and elephant, as well as the endangered cheetah and black rhino. Antelope species found in the park include Gemsbok and Springbok, as well as the rare black-faced impala, roan antelope and the tiny Damara dik-dik. Game viewing is guaranteed to be rewarding in Etosha, inhabited by 340 bird species, 114 mammal species, 16 reptilian and amphibian species, one species of fish and innumerable insects. The Etosha Safaris with Africa joy tours and safaris typically include accommodation at one of the rest camps inside the game park, at either Okaukuejo or Halali and Namutoni camps, all of which have floodlit waterholes for night game viewing.
The Namib Desert – Namib-Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei Dunes & Sesriem Canyon
The Namib-Naukluft Park protects 50 000 sq km’s of Namib Desert and the Naukluft Mountains and is also home to some of the most peculiar and rare animals and plant species. This part of the world is renowned for its wide-open spaces and ever shifting red-orange sand dunes. The Namib Desert is a place where solitude and stillness can be fully appreciated in its vast and unusual landscapes. The Namib-Naukluft Park is Africa’s largest game park, consisting of four areas – Sossusvlei, Sesriem, Naukluft and the Namib section. The towering Sossusvlei dunes, some of the world’s oldest and tallest reaching up to 300 meters, contrast strikingly with the expansive blue skies of Africa. The burnt ochre coloured dunes of Sossusvlei scattered with camel thorn trees are Namibia’s top tourist attraction, typifying Namibia as a travel destination. A spectacular geological phenomenon, Sesriem Canyon is a narrow gorge where one can see the layers of sedimentary rock left exposed by erosion some 2 million years old. The dry bed of the Tsauchab River is a popular attraction, dotted with pools of water as it cuts through the rocky landscape of the Namib.
Other Namibia Travel Highlights
The Kalahari Desert, famous for the semi-nomadic Kalahari Bushmen inhabiting this harsh terrain and its vast flat Makgadikgadi Pans are a top Namibia travel stop. Most African Budget Safaris’ Namibian Safaris start or end in the charming capital city of Windhoek situated in central Namibia. Other places worth visiting in Namibia include, the Kaokoveld Desert along the north west coast, the Skeleton Coast, renowned for its shipwrecks and the narrow Capri Strip in the far northeast of Namibia. A top highlight in northwest Namibia is the Kavango River, the panhandle of the Okavango Delta bordering Botswana. The Cape Cross Seal Colony, home to the world’s largest breeding colony of Cape Fur Seals and the coastal town of Swakopmund with its adventure activities, are also popular tourist destinations in Namibia.
The Twyfelfontein rock paintings, Brandberg Mountain, the highest mountain in Namibia and Spitzkoppe in Damaraland are also Namibian highlights. A visit to a traditional Ova‐Himba village in this region is a unique cultural highlight of travel in Namibia. Many of our Namibia Safaris also visit the ecologically diverse Waterberg Plateau, the Hoba Meteorite and the Cheetah Conservation Fund. There are several places of interest in the south of Namibia, such as the large Fish River Canyon where the Ai-Ais Hot Springs are located, the Gariep River, previously known as the Orange River and the Kokerboom Forest with its unusual Quiver trees.
The Cultural Diversity of Namibia is a definite draw card for tourists visiting this stunning desert nation. The main ethnic group in Namibia is made up of the Ovambo People, with significant numbers of Herero and Himba people as well as a population of European descendents. Afrikaans and German are among the languages spoken in Namibia, where the colonial German influence of the past can still be seen, particularly in Windhoek. Part of the diverse ethnic mix in Namibia also consists of so called “coloured” people.
About Namibia Safaris with Africa Joy Tours and safaris
Africa joy tours and safaris has an exciting array of popular tours to Namibia, ranging from 3-day Budget Lodge Safaris in Namibia to 56-day epic Overland Tours throughout southern and eastern Africa. Other types of Namibia Safaris available include Budget Camping Safaris, Exclusive Budget Safaris and adventurous 4×4 Safaris to Namibia’s travel highlights. The types of overland tours to Namibia are Accommodated and Camping Overland Safaris, as well as Exclusive Overland Safaris for the more discerning traveller. We also offer Forty Plus Safaris, tailored for older travellers, and Motorbike Safaris for biking enthusiasts. The Namibia Safaris visit a variety of Namibia’s highlights (listed above) and aim to give travellers the African Safari experience of a lifetime at affordable prices.
Day 1 – Arusha – Ngorongoro
Non game-viewing travel time: 4 hours
Distance: 190 km
Pick up from Arusha and transfer to the Ngorongoro Conservation area. We arrive in time for lunch at the lodge and after lunch we will descend over 600 meters into the crater to view wildlife for an afternoon safari tour.Supported by a year round water supply and fodder, the Ngorongoro National Park supports a vast variety of animals, which include herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo, and giant African elephants. Another big draw card to this picturesque national park, is it’s dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard, which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot. We will visit Lake Magadi, a large but shallow alkaline lake in the south western corner, which is one of the main features of the crater. A large number of flamingos, hippos and other water birds can usually been seen here.Dinner and overnight as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.
Day 2 – Ngorongoro – Central Serengeti
Non game-viewing travel time: 5 hours
Distance: 145 km
After breakfast we will head towards the Serengeti National Park, leaving the highlands behind, we descend into the heart of wild Africa – the Serengeti National – with its endless plains, rolling into the distance as far as the eye can see. We head to the Seronera area, one of the richest wildlife habitats in the park, featuring the Seronera River, which provides a valuable water source to this area and therefore attracts wildlife well representative of most of the Serengeti’s species. We enjoy a game drive en-route to the lodge.
We arrive in time for lunch and enjoy an afternoon game drive in the Serengeti national park.
Dinner and overnight in the Seronera area, as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.
Day 3 – Central Serengeti
Be one of only a few fortunate people to glide in a Hot Air Balloon over the Serengeti Plains (available at supplementary cost by pre-arrangement). Floating silently above the awakening bush, while spotting wildlife and enjoying the amazing scenery of Africa, across rivers and over numerous small villages.
After breakfast, enjoy a full day game drive in the Serengeti National Park. The wildebeest migration normally pass through the area in April & May, however the Seronera area is within reach of both the southern plains and the Western Corridor. The resident game in the area is phenomenal and species such as elephant, buffalo, gazelle, zebra, lion and a variety of other predators and herbivores can be seen here all year round.
Explore the range of different habitats that include swamps, woodland, soda lakes and the world famous Serengeti short grass plains. See great herds of wildebeest and zebra. During a short time frame around February, normally lasting for about 3 weeks, the majority of the wildebeest calve. The sea of grass provides little cover and the young are easy pickings for a variety of predators. Wildebeest calves can run minutes after they are born and within 3 days they are normally strong enough to keep up with the herd.Dinner and overnight in the Seronera area, as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.
Day 4 – Central Serengeti – Western Serengeti
Non game-viewing travel time: 2 hours
Distance: 110 km
After breakfast we head towards the western reaches of the Serengeti National Park, also known as the Western Corridor. We will do a game drive en-route from the Seronera area to the Western Corridor area.
We arrive in time for lunch at the lodge and after lunch will we enjoy an afternoon game drive in the area. The wildebeest migration can normally be found in the Western Corridor area in June, depending on rainfall patterns.
Dinner and overnight in the Western Corridor area, as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.
Day 5 – Western Serengeti
After breakfast enjoy a full day game drive in the Western Corridor. The key feature in the Western Corridor is the Grumeti and Mbalageti rivers, running almost parallel to each other, each support a band of evergreen forest. The rivers sustain a permanent game population of zebra, wildebeest, all the predators and birdlife. It is also possible to find large pods of hippo’s and huge crocodiles in the Grumeti River. The wildebeest normally gather around waterholes midmorning in such densities, that they look like ants swarming around a nest.
Dinner and overnight in the Western Corridor area, as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.
Day 6 – Western Serengeti – Arusha
After breakfast at the lodge, we depart to the Grumeti airstrip and enjoy a game drive en-route to the airstrip. The group should tip the guide around $20 to $ 30 a day
Around midmorning join a scheduled flight from Grumeti airstrip to Arusha airport. Upon arrival to Arusha airport, meet our driver and transfer to Arusha town. On arrival in Arusha will we have lunch and then we will end our African safari adventure. You will be taken to your hotel, which ends our safari services.
Please note all prices are subject to change if Tanzania National Park entry fees change!
|International Prices – 2017|
|6 Day safari prices|
|2017 US$ Rates:||Group size – Rate per person|
|1 Pax||2 Pax||3 Pax||4 Pax||5 Pax||6 Pax||SSR*|
|Luxury lodges – Option 1
Lodges used: Ngorongoro Serena lodge, Serengeti Serena Lodge and Kirawira Luxury Tented Camp
|01 May – 31 May 2017||4 059||2 790||2 450||2 279||2 176||2 109||245|
|01 Jun – 30 Jun 2017||5 494||3 856||3 516||3 345||3 243||3 175||614|
|Semi luxury lodges – Option 2
Lodges used: Ngorongoro Sopa lodge, Serengeti Sopa Lodge and Mbalageti Lodge
|01 May – 31 May 2017||3 673||2 444||2 086||1 908||1 800||1 728||155|
|01 Jun – 30 Jun 2017||4 490||3 074||2 716||2 538||2 430||2 358||343|
|Tented camps & lodges – Option 3
Lodges used: Ngorongoro Farmhouse, Serengeti Kati Kati Camp and Mbalageti Lodge
|01 May – 15 May 2017||Serengeti Kati Kati Camp is closed|
|01 May – 31 May 2017||3 969||2 604||2 248||2 069||1 961||1 890||293|
|01 Jun – 30 Jun 2017||4 361||2 928||2 571||2 393||2 285||2 214||361|
|*SSR = Single Supplement Rate for a non-sharing person in a room Supplements: All Lodges & Tented Camps: US$ 35 p/p/p/n applicable on 25 to 28 March 2016 & US$ 40 p/p/p/n applicable on 24, 25, 26, 31 Dec & 1 Jan.
Children Rates: (Children 3 to 11 years old) sharing room with 2 adults pay 60% of adult rate / Children sharing own room with other children pay 80% of adult rate / Children sharing room with 1 adult pay 100% of adult rate. No discount on holiday and other supplements.
The safari and tour prices below include
- 6 day Migration safari to Tanzania’s northern circuit as per sample itinerary
- Lodge accommodation for the duration of the six day safari
- Animal tours according to your itinerary preferences
- Private 4 wheel drive vehicle with a roof hatch
- Professional safari and tour guide / driver
- All Ngorongoro/Serengeti national park fees
- All meals on the safari
- All game viewing activities specified
- Transfer from safari lodge to Seronera airstrip
- One way flight from Seronera airstrip to Arusha airport including airport taxes – 15kg luggage allowance per person including hand luggage.
- Transfer from Arusha airport to Arusha town
- Price quoted per person sharing
- Tanzania VAT on tourism activities and park fees
- Ngorongoro Conservation area vehicle permit increase
The safari and tour prices below exclude
- Drinks and mineral water
- Items of personal nature
- International and local airfares (not mentioned as included)
- Airport taxes (not mentioned as included)
- Any airport transfers & hotel accommodation before / after the safari
- Entry visas
- Travel insurance
- Tips and gratuities
- Possible concession fees
Please note all prices are subject to change if Tanzania National Park entry fees or if Government tax / VAT rates change!