7 Days With Himba People & Etosha Camping In Namibia Safari

Author: Nidhi Sood

Namibia is a land of wonders, where ancient traditions meet raw wilderness. This 7-Day itinerary will guide you through an unforgettable adventure, allowing you to connect with the Himba people, witness the abundant wildlife of Etosha National Park, and explore the hauntingly beautiful Skeleton Coast. Brace yourself for an extraordinary journey!

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Windhoek

Upon your arrival in Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia, you will be greeted by your private guide who will transfer you to your accommodation. After relaxing, go on a guided city tour to explore iconic structures such as the Christuskirche and the mesmerizing Parliament Gardens. End your day by making a visit to the first-ever building in Windhoek, "Alte Feste" and rendezvous with the rich history of Namibia. Return to your hotel for dinner. 

Day 2: Journey to the Himba Village

Embark on a scenic three-hour drive to the Kunene region, where the fascinating Himba people reside. Immerse yourself in their rich culture, traditions, and way of life. Witness their distinctive ochre-covered skin and intricate hairstyles, symbolizing their customs and beliefs. Learn about their age-old traditions. From jewelry making to traditional cooking, this immersive experience will provide you with a deep understanding of the Himba culture. Stay in the cozy campsite before departing for an adventurous day tomorrow.

Day 3: Exploring Etosha National Park

Leave the Himba village behind and journey to Etosha National Park (one hour drive from Himba), one of Africa's premier wildlife destinations. Settle into your campsite and get ready to embark on thrilling wildlife encounters. Etosha is a haven for nature enthusiasts and wildlife photographers. Witness the park's diverse ecosystem, where you'll have the opportunity to spot majestic elephants, graceful giraffes, stealthy lions, and a myriad of other fascinating animals.

Day 4: Game Drive At Etosha National Park

Start your game drive early in the morning when wildlife is most active. As the sun sets, head back to your lodge or campsite inside the park and relish the tranquility of the African wilderness.  Visit waterholes, which act as vital gathering points for wildlife, offering excellent opportunities for spotting various animals in their natural habitat.

Day 5: Skeleton Coast Adventure

Start your day in the wee hours and prepare for an awe-inspiring adventure as you venture to the enigmatic Skeleton Coast.  During your eight-hour-long journey, you will make short stops at local villages to engage with the local culture, purchase unique souvenirs, and capture memorable photographs with tribes dressed in traditional attire. Along the route, you will come across the Nama, Himba, and Herero tribes. Notably, the Herero tribe members, in particular, adhere to the traditional lifestyle of the Bushmen, often wearing minimal clothing.

 

Marvel at the rugged beauty of this desolate coastline, where the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean meets the sweeping dunes of the Namib Desert. Discover shipwrecks, colonies of seals, and unique desert-adapted wildlife. A visit to the Skeleton Coast is incomplete without experiencing the unique marine life. Take a boat tour or join a guided kayaking excursion to witness seals, dolphins, and even whales frolicking in the Atlantic waters. This otherworldly destination will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark on your travel memories.

Day 6: Visit Swakopmund

Hop on a private 2-3 hours drive that takes you through Walvis Bay, where thousands of Flamingos grace the lagoon and wetlands. We pass the immense Salt Mine and head south to Sandwich Harbor where the Dune belt meets the sea. Witness the waves reshaping the dunes at high tide, an inaccessible yet captivating area. From this viewpoint, be mesmerized by the vast sea of sand and unique dunes. Our knowledgeable guides lead adrenaline-soaked dune drives and reveal the desert's remarkable adaptations. It's an awesome, and must-do on Namibia Safari Adventure.

Day 7: Farewell and Departure

Bid farewell to the wonders of Namibia as you return to Windhoek. Take the time to reflect on the incredible experiences you've had and the memories you've made. Depart with a heart filled with the beauty of Namibia.

 

Top Things To Do In Namibia

Namibia offers a diverse range of experiences, from stunning desert landscapes to incredible wildlife encounters and cultural immersion. Embark on an unforgettable journey through this captivating country and create memories that will last a lifetime. 

 

  • Explore the Namib Desert: Marvel at the towering sand dunes of Sossusvlei and the surreal beauty of Deadvlei.
  • Visit Etosha National Park: Embark on a thrilling safari and spot diverse wildlife, including elephants, giraffes, and lions.
  • Discover Swakopmund: Experience the coastal charm of this German-influenced town and enjoy adventure activities like sandboarding and quad biking.
  • Experience Damaraland: Explore the rugged landscapes, ancient rock formations, and encounter desert-adapted wildlife such as elephants and rhinos.
  • Discover the Skeleton Coast: Witness the hauntingly beautiful coastline, explore shipwrecks, and encounter unique marine life.
  • Meet the Himba People: Engage with the indigenous Himba tribe, learn about their culture, and witness their distinctive customs and jewelry.
  • Climb the Brandberg Mountain: Take on the challenge of hiking Namibia's highest peak, and enjoy ancient rock art and breathtaking views.
  • Enjoy Wildlife in Caprivi Strip: Take a boat safari along the Zambezi or Chobe River, and spot hippos, crocodiles, elephants, and diverse bird species.

For more Namibia Safari Itinerary options, visit: https://www.leisure.com/african-safaris/namibia-safaris

 

Top Places To Stay In Namibia

When exploring Namibia, you'll find a range of incredible accommodations. Here are the top places to stay, offering comfort, unique experiences, and breathtaking settings:

 

Sossusvlei Lodge: Located near the iconic dunes, this lodge offers luxurious chalets and breathtaking desert views.

Ongava Lodge: Situated on a private reserve near Etosha National Park, it provides elegant chalets and thrilling wildlife encounters.

Wolwedans Dunes Lodge: Immerse yourself in the NamibRand Nature Reserve with stylish eco-friendly chalets and panoramic desert vistas.

Okonjima Plains Camp: Stay in comfortable African-style chalets and join leopard tracking and cheetah safaris at this renowned lodge.

The Delight Swakopmund: Enjoy a comfortable and centrally located stay in Swakopmund, offering modern amenities and easy access to attractions.

Mowani Mountain Camp: Nestled among boulders, this camp offers stunning views, luxury tents, and a chance to explore Damaraland.

Nambwa Tented Lodge: Experience the tranquility of the Caprivi Strip in elegant tents nestled amidst trees, with wildlife encounters at your doorstep.

Shipwreck Lodge: Located on the Skeleton Coast, this unique lodge features shipwreck-themed chalets and a remote, otherworldly atmosphere.

Choose these exceptional accommodations to enhance your Namibian journey with comfort, hospitality, and unforgettable surroundings. 

 

Top Tips When For Traveling To Namibia

Plan Ahead: Research and plan your itinerary in advance, considering distances, travel times, and availability of accommodations.

Pack Accordingly: Namibia can have extreme temperature variations, so pack layers, sun protection, sturdy footwear, and essentials like a hat and insect repellent.

Carry Sufficient Water and Supplies: While Namibia has towns and facilities, remote areas may have limited resources. Ensure you have enough water, food, and basic supplies during long drives.

Respect Nature and Wildlife: Follow guidelines, maintain a safe distance from wildlife, and adhere to conservation practices. Help preserve Namibia's natural beauty for future generations.

Embrace Cultural Sensitivity: When interacting with local communities, respect their traditions and customs. Seek permission before taking photos and be mindful of cultural sensitivities.

Be Prepared for Remote Areas: Some destinations are isolated, so ensure you have a reliable GPS, spare tires, extra fuel, and emergency supplies for peace of mind.

 

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Is Namibia safe for travelers? 

Namibia has a reputation for being one of Africa's safest countries. However, it's always wise to take necessary precautions and stay informed about local conditions.

 

Do I need a visa to visit Namibia? 

Depending on your nationality, you may require a visa to enter Namibia. Check with the Namibian embassy or consulate in your country for the most up-to-date information.

 

What is the best time to visit Namibia?

 Namibia has a dry climate, making it a year-round destination. The cooler months from May to October are ideal for wildlife viewing, while the rainy season from November to April brings lush landscapes and birdlife.

 

Can I self-drive in Namibia? 

Self-driving is a popular option in Namibia. Ensure you have a valid driver's license, rent a suitable vehicle, and familiarize yourself with the local traffic rules and driving conditions.

 

Are there medical precautions for visiting Namibia? 

It is recommended to consult with your doctor or a travel health clinic for up-to-date advice on vaccinations and any necessary precautions before traveling to Namibia.

 

What currency is used in Namibia?

The official currency is the Namibian Dollar (NAD), although South African Rand (ZAR) is also widely accepted. Credit cards are generally accepted in larger establishments, but it's advisable to carry cash for smaller vendors and remote areas.

 

These tips and FAQs will help you navigate your Namibian adventure smoothly and make the most of your time in this incredible country.

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