01582 766122
Coronavirus: a message to our customers
If you are due to travel shortly we will be in touch to support and guide you through any Covid testing or documentation requirements.
 
If you are looking to travel closer to home, our sister company Auriel Holidays offers a wide range of tailor made holidays in the UK, Europe & Worldwide.

Warm regards

Claire Farley, Managing Director
2by2 for holidays that will change your life
2by2 for holidays that will change your life
Call 01582 766122
We are recruiting!
Namibia Holidays Road Trip Self Drive Safari Tours Etosha Namib Desert

Etosha National Park Namibia: Private Tour with Safari Guide

Namibia: Namib Desert + Etosha + Africat - Private Guide
NPC14W
14 NIGHTS
FROM £4,995
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Etosha National Park Namibia Private Tour Safari Guide Holiday Vacation

Visit Etosha National Park in Namibia on this private tour - travelling with your own safari guide to see the highlights of this amazing country. View huge sand dunes at Sossusvlei in the Namib on this holiday, visit Swakopmund & Walvis Bay, see Bushman art & enjoy the wildlife of Etosha. This vacation is ideal for photographers & birders. English-speaking guide, all transfers, game drives & park fees included.

Etosha National Park Namibia Private Tour Safari Guide Holiday Vacation
• 
Holiday to Namibia
• 
Safari Guide (private)
• 
Windhoek
• 
Sossusvlei Sand Dunes
• 
Swakopmund
• 
Twyfelfontein
• 
Bushman Paintings
• 
Etosha National Park Namibia
• 
Africat Foundation
• 
Namibia Private Tour & Vacation
• 
Holiday to Namibia
• 
Safari Guide (private)
• 
Windhoek
• 
Sossusvlei Sand Dunes
• 
Swakopmund
• 
Twyfelfontein
• 
Bushman Paintings
• 
Etosha National Park Namibia
• 
Africat Foundation
• 
Namibia Private Tour & Vacation
Day 1
You will be met at Windhoek Airport by your guide and transferred 1-hour to your hotel in this small capital city.
  
Check in and relax under warm blue Namibian skies.
Day 2
Today we travel 6-hours from Windhoek through ever-changing landscapes and dramatically beautiful desert scenery to the great Namib Desert (picnic lunch included).
 
The terrain becomes more arid as we travel towards Sossusvlei, whose great mountains of sand are a monument to the extreme forces of nature.
 
We explore Gondwana Namib Park and Namib Naukluft Park before checking into our lodge. The petrified dunes of the dry riverbed of the Dieprivier are a special attraction, as these are fossilised remnants of an ancient desert that is now overlaid with the sands of the younger Namib. After the unpredictable desert rains (mid November/mid December), colourful desert flowers burst forth here and provide a delightful display.
Day 3
We set out early this morning on a 4x4 drive into the famous sand dunes at Sossusvlei, as this is the coolest part of the day and the best for photography.
 
This clay pan is surrounded by some of the highest dunes in the world – an endless sea of reddish sand stretching all the way to the distant horizon. These monumental star shaped dunes, some as high as 1,000 ft (325 m), were formed by strong multi-directional winds. The warm tints of sand range in colour from apricot to orange, red and maroon - and contrast vividly with the stark white clay pans at their base. You will be astonished by surreal Deadvlei, surrounded by some of the highest dunes and Sossusvlei, where the mostly dry Tsauchab River abruptly ends. Take the opportunity to climb one of these dunes, which afford endless vistas across the desert landscape and the sea of sand.
 
Return to your lodge for some relaxation, then in the afternoon enjoy another tour - this time to the narrow gorge of the impressive Sesriem Canyon, with its rock pools fed by the Tsauchab River during the rainy season. The name is derived from the six “rieme” (leather thongs) that early pioneers used to draw water from these pools.
Day 4
Today we drive for 6-hours through the starkly beautiful Gaub and Kuiseb Canyons of the Namib Desert to the beach resort of Swakopmund with its old lighthouse (with picnic lunch included).
 
Swakopmund is situated on the Atlantic Coast where the cold Benguela Current sweeps up from Antarctica, releasing no moisture into the prevailingly onshore winds – hence the very low rainfall and desert conditions. Fog is common along the coast in the early mornings and late afternoons and this is what gives life to the desert-adapted flora and fauna of the region. The cold current is also highly oxygenated, causing it to teem with marine life.
 
Check into your hotel and relax on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.  
Day 5
This morning we drive 30-minutes to Walvis Bay for a 3-hour Marine Cruise. Here you can see a resident school of dolphins and large colony of Cape fur seals at Pelican Point, whilst enjoying oysters and champagne on board.
 
Marine bird life is also abundant and includes pelicans, terns and large flocks of flamingos which live in the shallow waters surrounding the harbour. You should see many Cape cormorants and hopefully some more difficult birds such as the Cape gannet, Pomarine skua and African black oyster catcher. You may also see migrating whales in season (September to October).
 
Your afternoon is at leisure to relax at the beach resort of Swakopmund, with its palm lined streets and seaside promenade. Established by German colonists in 1892, the town’s landmarks include the Swakopmund Lighthouse and the Mole, an old sea wall. Next to the lighthouse, the Swakopmund Museum documents Namibian history. In the town you can find the elegant Swakopmund Railway Station (now a hotel), which also dates to the colonial era. An enjoyable local pastime is Kaffee-Kuchen at 16:00 when you can take a mid-afternoon break for a coffee, with a slice of baked cheesecake or Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (German Black Forest Cake).
Day 6
Today we drive 3-hours from Swakopmund to our lodge situated in the foothills of the volcanic Erongo Mountains near the small town of Omaruru.
 
We suggest detouring 1-hour to Cape Cross on the barren Skeleton Coast, which is home to one of the largest colonies of Cape fur seals in the world. The Cape Cross Seal Reserve has a thriving population of over 80,000 seals, as well as a large colony of gannets and other sea birds. There is also a small lichen reserve, where a relatively large variety of these interesting, slow growing organisms are protected.
 
As we pass the fishing village of Hentiesbaai look out for the 'Zeila', one of the more recent shipwrecks that can be viewed along this inhospitable coastline.
 
Alternatively we can detour to view the Spitzkoppe (meaning 'pointed domes' in German), an ancient group of bald granite peaks that are over 120 million years old and rise up dramatically from the surrounding desert plains. Birding is particularly good in this region, with a sighting of the Herero chat being particularly prized. You can also see the ancient Welwitschia Mirabilis plant that survives in these harsh conditions.
 
We then continue towards the magnificent Erongo Mountains, flanked by the Namib Desert to the west and woodland savanna to the east, with breathtaking views of its huge granite boulders. Check into our lodge in this beautiful region known for its Bushman rock art paintings. It is an endemic hotspot for a variety of plants, reptiles and small mammals - including kudu, baboons and agile klipspringers, as well as wonderful bird life.
Day 7
This morning we drive to the San Living Museum (near Ai-Aiba Lodge), which is home to a traditional Bushman community. Here you can accompany these legendary trackers on a bush walk to learn more about their culture and customs, including their hunting practices.
 
Afterwards we walk to one of the Bushmen Paintings found on these granite surfaces, the most famous of which is the White Elephant frieze in Phillip's Cave. Superimposed on the elephant is a large eland, with ostrich and giraffe completing the sketch. The cave is situated on the farm Ameib, on the southern edge of this mountain range. It is 2-miles (3-km) off the road, followed by a 45-min walk each way, but the dramatic scenery makes the walk worthwhile.
 
The rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy walking in the beautiful Erongo Mountains.
Day 8
Today travel 3-hours across dramatic northern Namibia to timeless Damaraland.
 
We take time to stop and explore some of the fascinating rock formations in these vast uninhabited open spaces, where magnificent semi-desert flowers can grow after good rains. In the afternoon check in to your lodge near Twyfelfontein.
Day 9
This morning enjoy a shared tour to the World Heritage site at Twyfelfontein, which means 'Doubtful Spring'. Over 6,000 years ago, San communities engraved and painted over 2,500 pictures here. These ancient Bushman Paintings have been well preserved in this dry environment and the hills are strewn with rock art - making this an open-air museum.
 
In the afternoon participate in a sundowner drive along the dry river bed of the Aba Haub River in search of rare Desert Elephants (seasonal).
 
Afterwards relax at your lodge and enjoy the incredibly clear night skies.
Day 10
Today we travel 5-hours through Damaraland to Etosha National Park, one of the largest and greatest game parks in Africa. A boxed picnic lunch is included today.
 
If you wish, along the way we can detour via Kamanjab to visit a Himba Village at Otjikandero.
 
We continue to Etosha, which owes its unique landscape to a vast shallow depression – the Etosha Pan.  During the dry season it becomes an expanse of white cracked mud, shimmering with mirages and spiralling dust devils, with its open pans offering magnificent game viewing. Etosha is home to over a hundred different species of mammals including elephant, rhino, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, lion, cheetah and leopard.
 
Check into your rest camp situated near the southern entrance to the park.
Day 11
Today is devoted to game viewing in the famous Etosha National Park, which surrounds an enormous salt pan that is the size of the Netherlands.
 
As you will have your own driver/guide, you have the flexibility of discussing preferred routings and travelling times with him each day (with picnic lunch included). However we recommend setting off early each morning as the park gates open (05h30 to 06h00 depending on the season) to take advantage of the best game viewing conditions of the day, with all game drives taken in his vehicle.
 
A series of waterholes throughout the park guarantees rewarding game viewing, with Etosha being renowned for its vast arrays of plains game and predators, which are more easily seen on these open plains. You can also hope to see springbok, oryx, black-faced impala and the small Damara dik-dik.
 
Note: Vehicles are not allowed to drive off-road in any national park in Namibia.
Day 12
Enjoy another superb day of game viewing in the great Etosha National Park as we travel through the park to our next rest camp (picnic lunch included).
 
With over 100 different species of mammals and reptiles in the park, you can hope to see elephant, giraffe, hyena, kudu, warthog, baboon, roan antelope and many other interesting animals. Waterholes along the southern edge of the pan frequently offer rewarding game viewing experiences, including sightings of rare species such as black and white rhino.
 
Etosha also offers rewarding bird watching, with over 350 different species recorded including migrants that visit during the summer months. At the end of the day we check into our rest camp situated near the eastern gate.
Day 13
Today enjoy more game viewing in the eastern sector of Etosha National Park, with packed picnic lunch.
 
In addition to the birdlife around Fisher's Pan, this sector of the park is also very good for seeing giraffe drinking at the waterholes and for leopard sightings. Keep a look out for more unusual bird species, as well as the plains game that moves between the waterholes and across the open salt pan. You can also hope to see elephant, rhino, giraffe, zebra, springbok and much more.
 
At the end of the day enjoy a beautiful African sunset and the pristine stars of the Milky Way, including the spectacular Southern Cross.
Day 14
This morning we leave Etosha and drive 4-hours southwards through central Namibia to Okonjima.
 
This is the home of the Africat Foundation dedicated to the preservation of Namibia’s large carnivores, but especially leopards and brown hyena. Leopards can be radio-tracked from the game viewing vehicle. After being dropped off at the lodge by your guide, enjoy an afternoon game activity in the reserve.
 
Note: Ensure you arrive at your lodge in good time, as they stop serving lunch at 2 pm.
Day 15
Enjoy an early morning game activity in the Africat Reserve.
 
Afterwards transfer 3.5-hours to Windhoek Airport for your flight home.