Namibia on a budget

Description of Namibia on a budget

Namibia is a unique destination with so much to offer. It is a safe and relaxing holiday with loads to see and do. This 11-day tour is based on good accommodations, and offers you the best of Namibia on an affordable budget.

One of the safest countries in Africa, Namibia is the ideal family vacation – the beauty of the Namib desert combined with the endless dunes of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei and the history and charm of Swakopmund, makes it the ideal getaway. Etosha is one of the premier places to see the Big Five, and the tribal charm of the local Ovahimba people is a must-see. You can spend the morning onboard a catamaran, where the inquisitive seals jump onto the boat to eat the fish from your hands, and if you are lucky you can spot dolphins and whales from the boat. After your trip in the morning you can spend the afternoon at Sandwich harbour, where your knowledgeable guide will introduce you to the desert Oryx and some of the other animals that live in this remote harbour. Or you could spend the afternoon on a quad bike or a camel travelling through the endless sand dunes.

The best time to visit Namibia would be from June – October, however Namibia is a year-round destination and even in the wet season they typically get an afternoon thunderstorm and then the rain will stop. It is very rare to have a full day of rain.

We offer a complete tailor made service allowing you to decide when to travel, where you stay and what to do. We can also organise land only arrangements.

Day-by-day experiences

Day 1:Arrive in Windhoek. You will be met by an experienced guide who will hand over your travel documentation and assist you with your rental vehicle. Depart for the city to overnight at a guesthouse on a bed and breakfast basis.
Day 2:Depart early for the Kalahari. You will often see game along the side of the road. Overnight at a Kalahari lodge on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.
Day 3:Make your way through Solitaire (where you will find the best apple cake in Namibia!) onwards to Sossusvlei. Spend two nights at a desert lodge on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.
Day 4:Leave your lodge before the sun comes up and travel to the gates of Sesriem. If you enter the park as the sun rises over the dunes it is a magnificent sight! Spend the day exploring Sossusvlei, Deadvlei and the Sesriem Canyon.
Day 5:Depart for Swakopmund. This historical town has a unique charm and this reflects in the Colonial-style homes and shops. We highly recommend you stop at one of the local bakeries and buy yourself some of the lovely German patisseries. Enjoy two nights at a hotel in Swakopmund on a bed and breakfast basis.
Day 6:Today is free for you to enjoy activities. We highly recommend you spend the day on a catamaran cruise and the afternoon at Sandwich harbour. The Jetty restaurant has excellent food.
Day 7:This morning you depart for Damaraland. Damaraland is home to the Organ Pipes, the Petrified forest and the Twyfelfontein heritage site, which was made by die Khoisan people, and they have inhabited the area for almost 6000 years. Overnight at a lodge on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis
Day 8:Make your way today to the stunning Etosha National park. You can do a game drive in your own vehicle or join one of the guided game drives with the lodge. Overnight at Etosha safari camp, on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis
Day 9:Spend the day game viewing in Etosha. Overnight at Etosha safari camp, on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis
Day 10:Depart for the Waterberg region. This amazing plateau is stunning to look at and located close to the Cheetah Conservation Fund. You can enter the CCF for the day and have a look at the amazing work they do rehabilitating the cheetah.
Day 11:Depart for the airport today. We recommend you stop at the Ohahandja woodcarvers on your way back and get a lovely souvenir!

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Environment

Hunting and poaching in Namibia is forbidden meaning that wildlife is at its most natural, and with such vast spaces of wild land, humans are not as encroaching on the animals as some other African countries. By paying the park fees to Sossusvlei and Etosha, you help to preserve the local environment and support their anti-poaching laws.

Today Namibia is bringing mainstream conservation into tourism with its community projects and animal conservation projects. During this tour you visit two foundations in the Waterberg area; The Cheetah Conservation fund which supports injured cheetah’s and create an environment for them where they can live undisturbed. A lot of cheetahs have been killed by farmers and the CCF track down cheetahs that are spotted on farms and give them a safe environment to live in.

The other is at Okonjima lodge, the Africat Foundation which also supports the rehabilitation of the cheetah, but they also have a pack of Wild Dogs that they support.

Okonjima Africat Foundation is based on Okonjima's 22,000 ha private nature reserve, in central Namibia, the AfriCat Foundation was founded in the early 90’s and formally registered as a non-profit organisation. AfriCat has since grown significantly and what started out primarily as a welfare organisation has over the years identified the need to include a focus on education and research as being essential to accomplishing long-term conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores. The foundation provides humane housing, treatment and care for orphaned and injured animals. The AfriCat foundation has rescued more than 850 cheetahs and leopards and over 85% have been released back into the wild.

Community

The ground agents we use have been fundamental in the conservation in Namibia, owning a lot of National parks and Lodges, and consequently supporting wildlife trusts, schools and local families and communities in those areas. They believe that in protecting these areas, and including the local communities in this process, they can make a difference to Africa and ultimately the world. Tourism is a crucial part to the conservation for this reason. All staff at the lodges and game reserves are local to the area.

At Okonjima’s Africat Foundation they are trying to create awareness and promote the tolerance of large carnivores among the farming community by assisting farmers in effective farm management techniques including targeting problem predators as opposed to indiscriminate removal. They also educate youth about large carnivores and environmental awareness.

Twyfelfontein (a Unesco World Heritage site) makes use of the local community to do the tours of the rock paintings. Your guide will take you around to all the rock paintings and you can then tip them appropriately after the tour. This keeps the local community afloat with donations and offers work where there is no other work around. The Petrified forest and Organ pipes are also located here on communal land and any donations or entrance fees you pay support the local community.

The Okahandja Wood carvers market supports the local community. If you purchase one of their wood carvings you offer the chance for a family to eat where they are unable to find work in other areas.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Seeing all the animals in their natural environments.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared for the gravel roads - can be hard work & take longer than you think.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. We were given environmentally friendly bags & drinks containers to use to reduce plastic use. Many of the lodges were completed self-sufficient in terms of water & solar powered electricity. Lodge owners were happy to discuss local initiatives to stop poaching and were committed to training & employing local staff.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent - we had an amazing time giving us memories to last a lifetime. There were small issues, but nothing that diminished our enjoyment.

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