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Namibian Wildlife Circuit

PRIVATE TOUR - 8 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$ 8139

Private Tour Highlights

  • There is something for everyone – from the naturalist to adventurer
  • Get many unique and different wildlife experiences
  • Observe the rare and elusive black rhino
  • Stop at some of Namibia’s most popular wildlife hotspots
  • Visit institutions such as the AfriCat foundation and Desert Rhino Camp
  • Experience the beautiful Etosha National Park and its biodiversity
  • See Africa’s largest salt pan
  • Experience a habitat that supports nearly 700 total species of animals
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Tour Overview

For the avid naturalist this eight day fly-in safari covers some of Namibia’s most popular wildlife hotspots. Whether visiting the AfriCat foundation in Okonjima, Etosha National Park, or the Desert Rhino Camp in the Palmwag region, each destination is sure to provide a completely different and unique wildlife experience.

This wildlife circuit begins with a two night stay at the home of the AfriCat Foundation, a non-profit organization set up to conserve and protects threatened cheetah, leopard, and other wild carnivores of Namibia. Here, you will enjoy the many privileges of the Foundation to experience these big cats more intimately than you might anywhere else.

The next leg of the journey will take you into Etosha, Namibia’s oldest national park and most diverse wildlife habitat in the country. Also known as Africa’s largest salt pan, this habitat supports 114 mammal, 340 bird, and 110 reptile species. Lastly, the final two nights will be spent at the Desert Rhino Camp, within the Etendeka Mountains. This habitat is known for supporting the rare and often elusive black rhino, which you will have a chance to track with the camp’s expert guides.

Inclusions
Price Includes:
Round trip airfare between Johannesburg and Windhoek, All accommodations, meals, drinks, and activities, All transfers.
Exclusions

Local airport taxes that are payable in the country of destination are not included. Taxes and security fees that can be paid at time of ticketing are already included in the quote (if airfare has been included in the quote)

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Pricing Details
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Double N/A £$8139 £$8528 N/A
Single N/A £$12228 £$12680 N/A

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Please note that prices are subject to change based on availability and seasonality, especially during the holiday season from December 20th through January 5th each year. Please contact a Yampu Travel Specialist for more information on best times to travel.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

International flight to Windhoek

Overnight Flight to Windhoek via Johannesburg.

Overnight Flight to Windhoek via Johannesburg.

Day
2

Arrival at the Okonjima Bush Camp

Upon arrival, airport reception and transfer to Okonjima Bush Camp. After afternoon tea and cake, ‘radio-track’ leopards from game-viewing vehicles. The chance to track collared cats is unique and offers amazing insight into how the cats move in the wild and just how good they are at keeping their cover. During this fascinating activity, a wide range of species that live inside the reserve including zebra, kudu, oryx and smaller antelope like steenbok will be seen. These species occur here naturally and there is a careful balance between predator and prey numbers. The reserve offers predators a number of habitats from steep rocky slopes, heavily wooded plains, open grassland and small lakes. Dinner is enjoyed at the camp with a roaring fire for pre and post dinner drinks. After dinner view 'nightlife' such as porcupine, honey-badgers and caracal, amongst others at the night hide. Or if preferred, enjoy a drink by the fire and watch the bats hunting insects in the evening. ...read less

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Day
3

Visit to the AfriCat Foundation

This morning has several options. Join the Bushman Trail, an easy walking trail and is highly informative. Learn about the art of making traditional artifacts and how the San people adapt and survive in an unforgiving wilderness environment. Alternatively, join, on foot, in the radio-tracking of the rehabilitated Spotted Hyenas on the Large Carnivore Tracking Trail. If some exercise is desired with the tracking, there are a number of self-guided walking trails of up to 8 km, all of which are easy level walking. Okonjima offers great birding opportunities in their diverse habitat. Try to identify some of the more than 250+ species in the area, including Namibian endemics – Carp’s Black Tit, Hartlaub’s Francolin and the Damara Rock Runner.

For those that are interested in the hands-on aspect of managing this massive reserve and the precious feline population, join an AfriCat feeding run. This is a glimpse into the world of the welfare cats who are not hunting for themselves, some are permanent residents rescued from unfortunate situations and some are waiting for their chance to join the feline population inside the reserve. Join the staff as they deliver meat to these cats. The photographic opportunities are excellent as the cats are not collared and are in close proximity to the vehicle.

Lunch is enjoyed at the lodge and there will be a few hours to rest in between activities. There is a curio shop with Namibian handicraft at the camp. There is also a swimming pool with sun loungers. In the afternoon visit The Cheetah Project, which offers valuable insight into the welfare work of The AfriCat Foundation. This is a chance to learn more about the science of predator conservation and the history of the foundation itself. The work that AfriCat undertakes is evolving daily and this is the knowledge center for operational framework and vision.
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Day
4

Views of the Omboroko Mountains & arrival at the Mushara Outpost

On the morning of departure, guests are encouraged to participate on foot in the radio-tracking of the rehabilitated cheetahs on the Cheetah Tracking Trail. Start the drive down into the reserve from the plateau on which the camp is built, the Omboroko Mountains stretch into the distance. Once inside the reserve, the guide will begin a routine of short drives punctuated by radio ‘sweeps’ as he listens for the signals from collared cheetah. Afterwards, return to camp for an air transfer to the Mushara Outpost, outside of Eastern Etosha. Depending on arrival time, take the opportunity to join a game drive into the park in the afternoon. The luxury camp is situated on the border of Etosha and beyond the park gates are the richest concentrations of protected wildlife in Namibia.


If relaxing on the first afternoon is preferrred, the camp has a lovely pool, a game viewing hide and excellent hospitality. The hide at camp overlooks a small waterhole, which attracts various species including the majestic kudu, zebra, oryx, dik dik and steenbok. It is also a good spot for learning about Namibian birds, especially active at the waterhole towards dusk. The evening sees camp lit with lanterns and a roaring fire before inventive Namibian cuisine is served alongside very fine South African wines.
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Day
5

Exploring the Etosha National Park

The park gates open at 6 a.m. for those that are keen enough for an early start. The open Land Rovers are ideal platforms for watching wildlife and in Etosha time can be divided between the waterholes which are always busy with thirsty animals and the open areas around the great pan itself. If planning to spend the day inside the park, either take a picnic hamper or stop at the small restaurant inside Fort Namutoni, a former German colonial outpost, which has become a tourist attraction. Get some exercise, visit the small book store and enjoy lunch in the courtyard of the fort. After lunch, take the trails around the eastern edge of the pan and look for species that frequent the open plains and pan fringe. The gates to Etosha close at sunset; departure will begin before that time. ...read less

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Day
6

Etosha National Park – Desert Rhino Camp

In the morning, take a short drive into Etosha for some final game viewing or simply relax at camp, before taking an air transfer to the Desert Rhino Camp, in the Palmwag region. Depending on arrival time, spend the first afternoon exploring the area on foot or by vehicle with a guide. This is a useful opportunity to get familiar with this beautiful region and learn about the varied wildlife found here. Rhino will not be tracked until the following morning, so this afternoon is about appreciating the general plant and animal life of the area. Nearby freshwater springs support healthy populations of desert elephants, Hartmann’s mountain zebra, giraffe, gemsbok, springbok, kudu, and predators, such as lion, cheetah, leopard, brown and spotted hyena. Birdlife is also prolific and diverse with most of Namibia’s endemic species present. The evening is spent around the camp fire with a hearty meal and stargazing before bed. ...read less

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Day
7

Learning about the Black Rhino

Today is all about the black rhino. With the help of the expert guides of the Save the Rhino Trust, these majestic animals will be trackedby 4x4 and on foot. Throughout the day, an understanding will be gained in the organization’s work, the plight and recent resurgence of the rhino, and the future for the species in the vast Namibian wilderness. Depending on preference, lunch can either be a picnic in the bush or taken at camp. The amount of time chosen to spend out of camp is at the guest’s discretion. Take either a full or half day of game viewing. The evening is spent a camp, with a fire, cold drinks and dinner. ...read less

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Day
8

International flight home via Windhoek

Transfer back to Windhoek for a flight home or the an optional Yampu Tours add-on.

Transfer back to Windhoek for a flight home or the an optional Yampu Tours add-on.

Okonjima Lodge, Otjozondjupa, Namibia

Places You'll See

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    Windhoek

    The capital of Namibia, Windhoek, is also the largest city in the country. Learn the history and culture of the area with several stimulating museums and shops that can be visited. While here, take a trip to a wildlife conservation and visit big cats and other mammals of the region.

Hotel Options

4 Star Properties

Okonjima : Okonjima Main Camp

5 Star Properties

Okonjima : Okonjima Bush Camp

Testimonials

Michele

Traveled April, 2015

et again I find myself compelled to thank Yampu for organising another amazing holiday for me

Yet again I find myself compelled to thank Yampu for organising another amazing holiday for me! As a solo female traveller venturing to Africa for the first time I wanted a company I could trust to look after me. That is why I chose Yampu. Having had a great experience with them in Central America it seemed sensible to see if they could help me again. I gave them my brief: Scenery, animals, horse riding suitable for an experienced rider and the chance to visit a wild animal charity . As I had hoped, they delivered on each and every count & gave me the BEST guide I could have ever wished for! From airport taxi pick up to drop off I was looked after impeccably.The accommodation was perfect and the brief about animals could not have been better fulfilled .My guide was an inspiration to be around & her ability to find wild animals was verging on mystic! Her in depth knowledge and obvious passion for all things Namibian was the lynch pin of my holiday and I can’t recommend her highly enough. Yampu are genuinely able to fulfill the customised brief you give them as opposed to cobbling together existing packages….They keep in touch throughout the process and I like the way they link in with local operators & guides as opposed to trying to take complete control. I have two regrets …1.I had to leave Namibia. 2. Yampu doesn’t quite cover the whole world (yet)!

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