21 Day Custom Safari and Sightseeing Tour of Namibia
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Pick up was from Hosea Kutako Airport (Windhoek International) and, after greetings and formalities, we departed for the Namib Nauklauft Park.
The drive was approximately 3 1/2 hours to get there through the eastern side of the Khomas Hockland area giving a glimpse of the outstanding scenery yet to come. Our first animals were viewed from the side of the road (Blesbok) although we could not stop on the main roads.
On arrival at the Nauklauft Park, we checked in, erected the tents and settled down for some dinner and a quick look around the campsite. The stars came out after sunset to give us a wonderful light show. Baboons could be heard throughout the night.
At the start of the route we came across a few Rock Hyraxes (Rock Dassie) playing in the reeds. Further on we saw plenty of evidence of baboons.
We set about making food only for a large male baboon to rob us of an entire loaf of bread!
A warthog, jackal, ostrich and springbok were added to the animal count.
This was followed by a leisurely walk along to Deadvlei.
Gemsbok we found everywhere in abundance.
After breakfast we packed up camp ready for the long drive north from Sesrium to Walvis Bay The route crosses into the Tropic of Capricorn.
On route we saw plenty of Hartman's (Mountain) Zebra off in the distance as well as yet more Gemsbok and more Springbok.
passed on route to Henties Bay giving us a chance to see the
architecture of the old German buildings in Swakopmund.
We drove up the Skeleton Coast, past the salt mines and entered the Messum Crater. An enjoyable drive around the massive crater taking in the scenery and fauna of the desert including the Welwitchia plants.
Joining us today was my nine year old son, Ewan who insisted on sampling the desert melons. That's the last time he will do that!
There are thousands of seals that congregate here to breed and raise their pups.
On the way home we made a brief stop to see the salt crystals and the salt pond.
A day spent exploring the local beaches and the town.
After Twyfelfontein, we visited the Burnt Mountains and the Organ Pipes before heading to the rustic campsite of Aabadi.
In the morning we visited a Damara Living Museum and were treated to cultural dancing as well as learning about the Damara people of Namibia. A drive northwards took us to Otjitotongwe, the next stop.
A quick dip in the pool (much needed in the heat) and a marvellous trip to visit the cheetahs. After a stroke of the tame cheetahs, we were taken out to see the wild cheetahs being fed.
Giraffes were seen at the side of the road along with more Gemsbok, Springbok and yet more baboons.
The local Damara children put on an evening show for us.
After sorting out the entry permits, we entered the park and headed for the first waterhole seeing plenty of animals on route.
Lots more animals were encountered throughout the day including giraffe, mountain and plains zebras, kudus, steenbok, duikers, springbok and plenty more gemsbok.
On arrival at Olifanstrus Campsite, we set up and, after dinner, went and spent the evening at the waterhole seeing a large male black rhino and, later, a black rhino female and calf spent over an hour at the waterhole. The water itself was filled with terrapins.
A drive along the western part of Etosha National Park heading for Okaquejo. We made a point of visiting every waterhole on route and were rewarded with plenty of game viewing and lots more elephants.
Overnight was spent at Okaquejo were we were treated to 10 black rhinos visiting the waterhole ranging from small calves to big males. A big bull elephant came and posed for a bit too.
The day was spent exploring the area between Okaquejo and Halali were plenty more game and multiple elephants were seen. A large male lion was seen at Nebrowni waterhole along with two young male elephants. Three female lions were found near to Olifantsbad (which was full of elephants!). Rietfontein was checked out and a white rhino seen. At Halali, the honey badgers made themselves busy around the campsites. The waterhole provided more rhinos, plenty more elephants and nine hyenas. Highlight of the evening was a young bull elephant chasing the hyenas and even trumpeting to clear them out.
The eastern part of the park was explored between Halali and Namutoni. Goas waterhole was the star of the show with over 50 elephants, kudus, zebra, springbok, eland, impala, giraffe and a loan male lion and the obligatory gemsbok.
Etosha Lookout was visited so we could see the vastness of the Pan. However, the other tourists provided much of the entertainment instead of the local wildlife. Overnight again was spent at Halali were the honey badgers once more, came visiting.
An early morning departure meant we had the privilege of seeing a black rhino with her calf early in the morning. Further along the road, a pair of Cape Foxes were seen. Departing from Etosha, a fault developed with the car so a diversion was made to Tsumeb where bad fuel (presumably from one of the park pumps) was diagnosed. A replacement of filters and a refill with clean fuel fixed the issue and we continued on to The Waterburg Plateau.
A game drive around Erindi was undertaken provided yet more excellent game viewing including being faced down by a young bull elephant. Back at the waterhole, the hippos finally got out to give us a better view and a black rhino gave us a great sighting. The bird life around our campsite was phenomenal.
We spent the morning game viewing at the waterhole. Just before lunch we took the short drive down to Dusternbrook, the oldest guest farm in Namibia. The afternoon was spent visiting the cheetahs and then on to see the leopard. A superb dinner was prepared by our host, Johann who, as ever, made us very welcome.
he drive is a little bumpy in places but well worth the trip. We returned to Dusternbrook along the riverbed. The pool and some relaxation was well received.
After breakfast we headed off to N/a'an ku se Lodge and Wildlife Sanctuary. An afternoon guided walk saw us getting up quite close to eland, kudus and zebras. Our guide, a SAN Bushman, was well versed in all the flora and fauna pointing out all the trees and plants as well as animal and birdlife.
After a huge breakfast, we departed on a Carnivore Feeding Tour. This gave us the opportunity to see some of the animals we had not yet see. The tour takes in Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Caracal, Wild Dogs and Baboons.
After the tour we departed for the airport and said our goodbyes.
Major Animals Seen
Blesbok, Rock Hyrax (Dasie), Klip Springer, Baboons, Oryx, Warthog, Springbok, Ostriches, Jackal, Cape Fur Seals, Mountain (Hartman's) Zebra, Giraffe, Tree Squirrel, Damara Dik-Dik, Duiker, Steenbok, Cheetahs, Plains (Burchill's) Zebra, Elephants (approx 135), Kudu, Blue Wildebeest, Lions (7 female, 2 male), Black-Faced Impala, Eland, Red Hartebeest, Black Rhino (19), Hyenas, Ground Squirrel, Honey Badgers, White Rhino (1), Cape Fox, Nile Crocodile, Hippopotamus, Waterbuck, Banded Mongoose, Scrub Hare.
Too many to list but Flamingos, Pelicans, Various Vultures, Eagles, Hornbills, Parrots and lots, lots more
Total distance travelled: 4954kms.
October was chosen for this specific safari as it is usually the best time for animal viewing as the country is at its driest. The inland temperatures were around 35-42°C every day with night time temperatures of around 15-20°C. Apart from a few drops on the first evening, we had no rain and clear skies throughout.
This trip was carried out with the bulk being under canvas. We carry proper beds and bedding as well as everything necessary to make the experience as comfortable as possible.