Namibia takes its name from the Namib Desert, one of the oldest in the world, where the impressive red sand dunes are the centrepiece of any trip in the country. It is one of the most significant sites in a country located in southwest Africa, bordered by Angola, Zambia, Botswana, South Africa and, to the west, the wild Atlantic coast.
Namibia is still a young African country that has made conservationism its banner and proudly displays its unusual landscapes, wilderness and rich ethnography.
The Kampeer Route, or “camp” in the local Afrikaneer language, begins in the south, in the Namib Desert. Its untamed beauty will give way to a visit to the Atlantic coast and the city of Swakopmund.
We will also live with the Himba people further north, in the arid Kunene region. With a strong tradition and spectacular aesthetics, a visit to the Himba will give us an interesting anthropological counterpoint to conclude, finally, with a stay in Etosha.
One of Africa’s great parks where you can go on a unique safari in search of lions, elephants, rhinos, giraffes or any of the most significant animals of the best safaris that can be experienced in the world today.
International flight to Windhoek.
If the place of origin is Lisbon, the group will all go together, if any of the travellers has another place of origin, they will meet the group in Windhoek.
We will arrive at the Hosea Kutako International Airport in the Namibian capital of Windhoek, where, after completing entry formalities and collecting our luggage, we will meet our local guide.
We will drive to the Namib-Naukluft National Park, stopping in the small town of Solitaire at the edge of the Namib-Naukluft National Park. Some vintage cars from the 1930s are the main attraction here, along with a petrol station, which for years was the only one for miles to supply travellers on their way from Sesriem to Walvis Bay.
In the afternoon we will arrive at our camp in the Namib-Naukluft National Park, an ideal location for exploring the Namib Desert. Our accommodation is located by the park gate and within walking distance of the Sesriem Gorge, where centuries of erosion have carved a gorge approximately 1 quilometre long.
Depending on the time of arrival, we will make a first foray into the National Park and enjoy the sunset over one of the nearby dunes. A few kilometres away is a famous 100-metre high dune, a perfect vantage point for watching the sunset.
Back to our camp for dinner.
Accommodation at Sesriem camp. Full board
Before dawn we will enter Namib-Naukluft NP, the largest conservation area in all of Africa, with an area similar to the size of the whole of Switzerland. We will climb Dune 45, so called because it is 45 quilometres from Sesriem.
In the late afternoon we will arrive at the immense Sossusvlei Dunes, one of Namibia’s most spectacular sights. The early hours of the morning are ideal for enjoying this unique landscape, as the clear blue sky contrasts with the gigantic red dunes, which rise almost 400 metres high. These iconic dunes come alive in the morning light, in a place that is also home to desert wildlife such as oryx and ostrich.
We will also discover Dead Vlei, an ancient dry lake where old acacia trunks more than 600 years old are surrounded by large reddish-coloured dunes.
We will return for lunch and, in the afternoon, we will enter the park again to enjoy the beauty of the landscape and take a short excursion to the Sesriem Gorge, created by the Tsauchab River, where we will enter and appreciate in the rocks of its walls the different marks of the water levels between wet and dry periods during different geological eras.
The old name “Sesriem” means “six belts” in German. Ses means six and riem means belt. As the story goes, to get water from this place, the first settlers used six belts cut from the skins of oryx antelopes and put them together to create a single belt long enough to reach the water.
Accommodation at the Sesriem Camping Site. Full board
Early in the morning we will head towards the coast through the heart of the Namib-Naukluft Park. We will cross the Tropic of Capricorn and pass over the Gaub and Kuiseb gorges, surrounded by spectacular desert landscapes.
At lunchtime, we will arrive in Walvis Bay, one of the most important bird migration points in Africa. In Walvis Bay we will be able to observe a wide variety of seabirds such as flamingos, pelicans, cormorants and, with a bit of luck, sea lions and dolphins.
After the stop in Walvis Bay, we will drive to Swakopmund, a coastal town with German colonial-style architecture, known for its wide boulevards and the surrounding desert terrain.
Founded in 1892 as the main port of German South East Africa, Swakopmund is the tourist capital of the Skeleton Coast and one of the best places for adventure sports.
There is a wide range of restaurants on offer and we will have the opportunity to sample some local cuisine this evening.
Accommodation at Amanpuri Travellers Lodge. Full board
We leave Swakopmund for Cape Cross, home to one of the largest sea lion colonies in the world. Wooden walkways will allow us to enter the territory of these animals and observe their frenetic daily activity.
(Due to the number of animals in the area, there is a strong smell which may be unpleasant for some travellers).
We continue our route towards Damaraland until we reach Twyfelfontein, accompanied by the Brandberg Massif, the highest in Namibia. On the way to Twyfelfontein we will pass through Uis, an old mining town famous for its tin and gemstones.
Once in Twyfelfontein and settled in our camp, we will have the opportunity to see one of the richest concentrations of rock art in Africa, Twylfelfontein, “fountain of doubt” in the local language, was declared a World Heritage Site in 2007.
Accommodation at the Aba-Huab Rest Camp. Full board
Today we will drive to Opuwo, the capital of the Kunene region, which will take about 5-6 hours. Depending on the time of arrival, in the afternoon we will visit a Himba village where we will have a first contact with this cultural group and their way of life.
Opuwo, which means “the end” in Herero, is considered the capital of the region and is the gateway to the magnificent Epupa Falls.
The surrounding landscape is characterised by low hills and vast desert plains inhabited by an abundance of desert-adapted wildlife.
Accommodation at Opuwo Country Hotel Camping. Full board
A day trip to the Epupa Falls. Located in the Kaokoland area of Angola, the Epupa Falls are a small series of waterfalls created by the Kunene River, creating hundreds of small natural pools.
Epupa Falls, which means “waterfall”, is a great sight combined with the arid desert and rugged mountains.
A visit is complemented by the sight of majestic baobabs, as well as the presence of a wide variety of birds.
The region is home to the Himba and Muhacaonas. These two ethnic groups share territory on both sides of the Kunene River (Namibia and Angola). They are mainly shepherds and farmers. The aesthetics of Himba women, with their hairstyles and clothing, is one of the most exuberant in Africa. During our stay in the area we will learn more about the tradition and culture of this ethnic group.
Accommodation at Opuwo Country Hotel Camping. Full board
From Opuwo we will drive to Etosha National Park, where we will head in the afternoon for our first safari towards our camp.
We will visit Etosha West, the western part of the park, characterised by a magnificent landscape of undulating, reddish-brown terrain that contrasts with the white, dusty clay of other areas.
The park has numerous waterholes, ideal for spotting elephants, rhinos, leopards, lions and more.
Etosha National Park offers some of the best safaris in Africa. Known for the vast region called Etosha Pan, which gives it a characteristic white colour due to the salt and limestone remains. It is one of the best places for black rhino watching as a significant part of the black rhino population inhabits this reserve.
Some of the lodges located inside the park will allow you to observe a parade of animals that come to drink water in the lagoons during sunset.
Accommodation at the Camping Okaukuejo P.C. (full board)
We dawned with the saltpans in the background. Another safari day in Etosha, which means “great white area” and refers to the large dry depressions in the middle of the national park. This area offers unique images of animals shrouded in whitish dust. This area is teeming with abundant wildlife.
We will see lions, elephants, black rhinos and giraffes, as well as a variety of birds.
Accommodation at Camping Namutoni P.C. (Full Board)
We will leave Etosha National Park in the direction of Okonjima. On the way, we will stop at Otjikoto Lake. The lake covers an area of 1.3 hectares and is the smaller of the two natural lakes in Namibia. The lake was known to the San as Gaisis (meaning “ugly”). When the Herero moved into the area, they called it Otjikoto (otjiherero: “deep hole”).
We will continue our route to the renowned Okonjima Nature Reserve. The 22,000 hectare nature reserve is home to AfriCat, a carnivore sanctuary, which gives captive big cats a second chance to be released and become fully independent hunters in a protected area, right in the middle of commercial cattle ranching land.
This afternoon we will take a guided tour of the AfriCat centre, giving us a closer look at Namibia’s wildlife and especially its most protected species.
Accommodation at Okonjima Omboroko P.C. Camping Site (Full Board)
Last day in Namibia. Regarding the flight departure time, we will have time to explore the market and do some last minute shopping before returning to Windhoek.
At the agreed time, the group will be driven to Windhoek airport for the return home.
This trip will only take place with a minimum of 8 travellers. If the group is of 6 or 7 travellers, a supplement of EUR 160 per person applies,
The presented trip, is a private group trip, with only Triskelion Expeditions travellers, and conducted with a local Triskelion partner. This trip is not accompanied by Triskelion Expeditions’ tour leader, but by experienced guides from our local and fully trusted partner agency Triskelion Expeditions.
Triskelion Expeditions and our partner in this journey carefully design each of the routes we offer, adapting at all times to the needs of the traveller.
However, due to the particularities of the country, it is possible that these itineraries may be subject to variations in your itinerary and places to visit. Changing weather conditions, the state of the road network or tribal disputes in certain areas may modify some of the planned schedules and itinerary.
The figure presented was prepared on 02/09/22. The price of the package was calculated based on the exchange rate of 2 September 2022 against the US dollar, as well as the transport price derived from the cost of fuel, fees and taxes included in the contract. If the fluctuation of the currency exchange rate exceeds 8%, either up or down, this will be applied to the tariff. If the price increase is more than 8%, the passenger can cancel the contract.
In no case will any increase be applied in the 20 days immediately preceding the travel start date.
The value of the flights was calculated in December 2022, being dynamic fares, these may change at the time of requesting a new quote.
The flights quoted, are with the airlines Lufthansa and Eurowings Discover and only 1 stopover, being this at the time of the search and for the dates of travel the most economical flights, a situation that can change. You can choose any of the other flight options when quoting the flights.
Triskelion Expeditions, recommends that a traveller’s consultation is carried out, as a vaccination record may be required on entry into the territory.
For the traveller’s consultation, we recommend the Company Traveller’s Consultation Online, with whom we work and who will give you a 5% discount on the consultation fee.
Health professionals will offer general advice on health and hygiene in tropical environments, as well as advice specific to the area in which you are travelling.
Planning consultations and possible vaccinations is the responsibility of the traveller.
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The traveller is responsible for carrying all necessary travel documents.
A visa is required for entry into the country. To obtain a visa you must have a passport with enough pages for the visa stamp and valid for at least 6 months when leaving the country.
If the stay in Namibia is for tourism purposes for less than 90 days, Portuguese passport holders may obtain an entry visa on arrival at border control. The visa is issued on the spot, free of charge. (Information taken from the Communities’ Portal)
Due to changes in visa regulations depending on the COVID situation, it is preferable to check with Triskelion Expeditions at the time of travel confirmation.
Triskelion Expeditions and its local partner will request the necessary contact details from all its travellers in order to respond quickly to any incident that may arise during the stay.
For further information: https://portaldascomunidades.mne.gov.pt
A minimum payment of 30% of the trip value is required to confirm the reservation.
The traveller chooses at the time of booking whether to pay for the whole trip or 30%.
The remaining amount must be paid at least 45 days before the travel start date.
The remaining 70% of the value of the trip can be paid in instalments up to 60 days before the beginning of the trip.