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5-Day Namibia Safari: Windhoek and Etosha National Park

This concise 5-day Namibian safari offers participants a focused exploration of Etosha National Park, one of Africa’s premier wildlife viewing destinations.

Duration: 5 Days

Places to Visit: Windhoek, Etosha National Park (Central and Eastern regions)


Day 1: Windhoek – Etosha National Park

Begin in Windhoek, Namibia’s capital city with a population of about 325,000. Visit the Independence Memorial Museum to learn about Namibia’s struggle for independence and cultural diversity. Drive to Etosha National Park (approximately 4 hours), covering 22,270 square kilometers. Etosha means “Great White Place” in the Oshindonga language, referring to the vast salt pan visible from space. Upon arrival, take an afternoon game drive to Okaukuejo waterhole, famous for its floodlit nighttime viewing. This waterhole attracts a variety of wildlife, including elephants, rhinos, and lions. Learn about the Hai||om San people, who inhabited the Etosha area for thousands of years before being relocated in the 1950s. Their deep connection to the land and traditional knowledge has played a crucial role in understanding the park’s ecology.

Enjoy a traditional Namibian dinner, featuring dishes such as potjiekos (a slow-cooked stew) and kapana (grilled meat).

Accommodation: Okaukuejo Rest Camp or similar

Day 2: Central Etosha National Park

Spend a full day exploring the central region of Etosha. The park is home to 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, and 16 amphibian species. Visit the Etosha Pan, a vast salt pan covering 4,800 square kilometers. During the rainy season, the pan fills with water, attracting thousands of flamingos. Take a guided walk with a park ranger to learn about the smaller inhabitants of the park, including insects and plants that have adapted to the harsh environment. In the evening, participate in a stargazing session. The dark skies of Etosha offer excellent opportunities for astronomy, and many constellations hold significance in local folklore.

Accommodation: Okaukuejo Rest Camp or similar

Day 3-4: Central Etosha – Eastern Etosha National Park

Travel to the eastern region of Etosha National Park, known for its diverse landscapes and excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. Visit the Twee Palms waterhole, a popular spot for observing large herds of elephants. Learn about the important role these waterholes play in sustaining wildlife during the dry season. Explore the Namutoni area, site of an old German fort built in 1899. The fort now serves as a museum, offering insights into the colonial history of Namibia and early conservation efforts in Etosha. Take a game drive to Fischer’s Pan, a seasonal water body that attracts numerous bird species, including pelicans and flamingos.

Learn about the Owambo people, the largest ethnic group in Namibia, who live in the regions surrounding Etosha. Discover their traditional customs, agricultural practices, and the significance of cattle in their culture.

Participate in a bush dinner under the stars, enjoying traditional Namibian cuisine while listening to stories of local legends and wildlife encounters from experienced guides.

Accommodation: Namutoni Rest Camp or similar (2 nights)

Day 5: Eastern Etosha National Park – Windhoek

Take a final morning game drive in the eastern region of Etosha, focusing on areas known for predator sightings. Depart for Windhoek (approximately 5 hours), reflecting on the diverse wildlife and cultural experiences of the past few days. Upon arrival in Windhoek, time permitting, visit the Namibia Craft Centre. This marketplace showcases handmade crafts from various Namibian ethnic groups, offering a glimpse into the country’s rich artistic traditions.

Enjoy a farewell lunch at Joe’s Beerhouse, a Windhoek institution known for its eclectic decor and menu featuring game meats and traditional Namibian dishes.

Transfer to Hosea Kutako International Airport for departure.

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