NAMIBIA 4X4 WILDLIFE SAFARIS
Namibia Fly-Drive 4X4 Wildlife Safari
fully equipped 4X4 expedition camper for each couple
7-26 August 2023
Sister trip to our Botswana fully catered 4X4 big game wildlife safari, this Namibian version shares many similarities, and will appeal to all who seek an honest and non-touristy experience of the African bush. Located primarily in the Himba homeland of the Kaokoveld, and also taking in parts of Ovamboland, where we explore the world renowned Etosha National Park, the countryside is as impressive as the wildlife.
We fly into Windhoek, where our fully equipped 4X4 camper vehicles await and, after stocking up on food and provisions, we head off into the remote African bush in search of adventure, on this outstandingly catered wildlife safari. Our route takes us north west to the Ruacana Falls, via Etosha Pan, where we spend a few days tracking the Big 5. Thereafter we follow the Angolan border west towards the Hartmann Mountains, negotiating the technically challenging Van Zyl's Pass en route. Skirting the Skeleton Coast National Park, we then head south through the most striking bushveld scenery, back towards Windhoek. Again my photos above show exactly what you will experience on this adventure, however the features and highlights are too numerous to mention here, so please request the full details in the 20 day itinerary.
Start - we meet at Windhoek Airport on the morning of Day 1, where our fully equipped 4X4 camper vehicles await. Your vehicle is included.
Finish - we depart Windhoek Airport in the late afternoon of Day 20.
Included - full catering 3 meals per day for the duration of the tour, outdoor adventure activities as detailed in the itinerary, fully equipped 4X4 camper vehicle for each booking, all campsite fees throughout, all entry fees to the National Parks and Game Reserves. Flights excluded.
As the guide, my African heritage benefits my clients - I spent the first 20 years of my life in Southern Africa, including 2 years as bush Ops Medic in Ovamboland, so I speak the local languages, and I am familiar with the local customs and cultures, all distinct advantages.
Prices - are per person based on two adults @ £3,995 p.p., additional adults @ £1,995, single supplement @ £1,195, first child @ £1,595, second child @ £795, third child @ £395.
Highlights - Off-road exploration of the Kaokoveld, one of Southern Africa’s last true wildernesses, featuring exhilarating desert sand driving experiences, in addition to the legendary Van Zyl’s Pass, a technically challenging boulder-strewn track. Traversing the most diverse terrain, through vast open plains and steeply mountainous regions, viewing plentiful big game wildlife en route. Passing remote Himba villages, the fascinating inhabitants still following a seemingly stone-age existence. Visit the spectacular waterfalls of Ruacana and Epupa. Enjoy multi-day game drives at your leisure in Etosha Pan National Park, where you are sure to ‘capture’ the Big 5. Plus an evening boat cruise on the Okavango River. Offering one wow-factor after another, the experiences of this fully catered 4X4 big game safari will remain with you forever!
Previous participants' reviews of this tour
"Of all the places to visit on planet Earth, Botswana & Namibia must be on everyone's list. We stood on the ground of our ancient ancestors, looked at the animals they hunted, cooked on open fires in much the same way they did, under similar starry night skies, whilst talking about the day, and the anticipation of what was to come. And what did come? One 'wow' factor after another. What a magical trip."
Melvyn Langford & Lawrie Bowden
"This is a terrific tour for the adventure seeking traveller who has always wanted to see the broad stretches of Southern Africa, and its amazing variety of wildlife. The trip consisted of about three quarters of the nights camping under the stars, in private campgrounds with shower and toilet facilities, and one quarter of the time luxuriating in lodge accommodations. We especially looked forward to the evening campfire to banter about the day's exploits, hear lectures by our guides, laugh and just plain enjoy the fire and stars. Donna was the one who really wanted to see the wildlife and Africa but I reluctantly came along. Lo and behold I loved it! The local people, the animals, the scenery in the Okavango and Namibia, and especially our fellow travellers, all made for an exceptional trip." Clark & Donna Bowen
"A big thank you for organising a great trip. Although some of the days were spent on hours of driving, it gave a true sense of the immensity of the continent, and we wouldn't have wanted to miss a single one of the places that we camped and stayed at. The game viewing was phenomenal, and we were particularly pleased to have got our Big Five. An excellent addition to your 4X4 tour portfolio."
Sue Cooke & John Scott
"We had a great time. Barrie organised a very good trip. We experienced and saw a lot of Southern Africa, from the wildlife, the people and the amazing scenery. The campsites and lodges we stayed at were great. Great company in the evening around the campfire. Our local guides were fantastic, very knowledgeable, the traditional food they cooked was fantastic, it was like home cooking. We came home from the trip wanting to do more in Southern Africa." Hugh & Jane Houlbrook
"What a great trip, well up to Barrie's standards. Africa is such a big continent, which meant some long drives, but the campsites, lodges and food at the end of the day were second to none. From the Salt Pans to the Victoria Falls, the River Cruises to the Wild Life Reserves (where we searched for our own animals) they were all interesting, amazing, exciting and sometimes breathtaking. The dry river beds of Damaraland and the tree houses on the Okavango River will always be a great memory, as will meeting the wonderfully helpful local people while shopping for supplies and diesel. The holiday was made especially enjoyable by the good company of our fellow travellers. We are now looking forward to our next trip with Barrie in the Spring." John & Claire Wardle