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Namibia Guided Specialist Wildlife and Photography Safari

Join Kathryn Haylett, founder of Your Safari and author of “The Photographer’s Guide to Etosha National Park” on this 10 night photographic tour of Namibia’s iconic National Park and the Africat Foundation.

Safari tour package: A set-date, set-itinerary, group safari
Prices: $4847 - $5285
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 11 days
Best months: May - October
Countries visited: Namibia Namibia
Parks visited: Etosha
Activity level: Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
Safari type:
  • Big five
  • Night drive
Join Kathryn Haylett, founder of Your Safari and author of “The Photographer’s Guide to Etosha National Park” on this 10 night photographic tour of Namibia’s iconic National Park and the Africat Foundation. Etosha is like no other African National Park with its dramatic scenery, stark beauty and spectacular wildlife. With her in-depth knowledge she will help you get the most out of your safari and with a maximum of 4 photographers in our specially adapted vehicle you will have all the space you need to get the images you are looking for.

Day One – Windhoek Airport - Trans Kalahari Inn – 1 Night

 

Overnight: Trans Kalahari Inn, near Windhoek

 

Accommodation Type: Luxury Room

 

Meal Basis: Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
 

You arrive at Windhoek’s Hosea Kutako Airport where will be met by your guide and driven the short distance to your overnight accommodation at the Trans Kalahari Inn where you can meet the other members of the group over dinner and relax on your first night.  The Inn has lovely thatched rooms, friendly staff, a swimming pool and bar and one of the best restaurants in Windhoek - a perfect first night stop over before your adventure begins the following day.

 

Day Two - Okaukuejo Camp – Etosha National Park - 2 Nights

 

Overnight: Okaukuejo Camp

 

Accommodation Type: Waterhole Chalet

 

Meal Basis: Lunch, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

 

After an early breakfast we set off north on the main tar road out of Windhoek stopping en- route for lunch.  By mid-afternoon we will arrive at the Andersson Gate in Central Etosha where we begin the start of your safari in this world-famous wildlife sanctuary.  This huge park is home to an amazing diversity of wildlife and the Okaukuejo area is known for its open plains and wide vistas where vast herds of herbivores trek endlessly to the camp’s floodlit waterhole followed by the ever-present carnivores looking for their next meal.


Day Three - Okaukuejo Camp – Etosha National Park

 

Overnight: Okaukuejo Camp

 

Accommodation Type: Waterhole Chalet

 

Meal Basis: Lunch, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

 

Okaukuejo Area Highlights: the camp’s own floodlit waterhole is a real highlight which has nightly visits by black rhino and elephant.  The whole area is dominated by vast open plains where large herds of herbivores graze.  The Okondeka waterhole on the pan’s edge is often frequented by one of the largest lion prides in the area and to the east of the camp are three further productive waterholes known for elephants, lion, leopard, spotted and brown hyena, zebra, gemsbok, springbok, wildebeest, ostrich and occasionally aardwolf.  The open plains are also good for the larger birds of prey such as vultures, several eagle species and peregrine falcons.

 

Day Four - Halali Camp – Etosha National Park – 2 Nights

 

Overnight: Halali Camp

 

Accommodation Type: Bush Chalet

 

Meal Basis: Lunch, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

 

This morning we travel into the wooded area surrounding Halali Camp.  This diverse sector has both Mopani woodland and dry savannah that rolls down to the very edge of the giant salt pan.  The floodlit waterhole is a real highlight of this camp with black rhino and huge herds of elephants often seen along with porcupines, honey badgers and even the ever elusive leopard.

 

Day Five - Halali Camp - Etosha National Park

 

Overnight: Halali Camp

 

Accommodation Type: Bush Chalet

 

Meal Basis: Lunch, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

 

Halali Area Highlights: the camp’s own floodlit waterholes is another real highlight.  The viewing area looks down on the pool giving a real sense of theatre as animals come to drink.  Halali sits amongst Mopani woodland and there are several waterholes near camp that are surrounded by trees and are frequented by woodland species such as red hartebeests, black faced impala, kudu, eland as well as elephant, lion, leopard, zebra, oryx and giraffe.  On the pan’s edge there are several key waterholes that are home to large herds of zebra and springbok who are preyed on by several lion prides and cheetah.

 

Day Six - Namutoni Camp – Etosha National Park – 3 Nights

 

Overnight: Namutoni Camp

 

Accommodation Type: Bush Chalet

 

Meal Basis: Lunch, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

 

We head east once more today towards Namutoni Camp and the wildlife rich acacia woodland around Fischer’s Pan.  Not only is this area home to some of Etosha’s largest lion prides, leopard sightings here are frequent, this area is home to the majority of the park’s giraffe and it is one of the best places in Africa to see the world’s smallest antelope, the diminutive Damara Dik-Dik.

 

Day Seven - Namutoni Camp – Etosha National Park

 

Overnight: Namutoni Camp

 

Accommodation Type: Bush Chalet

 

Meal Basis: Lunch, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

 

Namutoni Area Highlights: within a few kilometres from camp there are several excellent waterholes and two in particular are productive all day.  There is a very large hyena clan near one of the waterholes and the members are often seen returning to their den early in the morning.  All the main carnivores are spotted in this area and cheetah are often seen hunting around Fischer’s Pan.  Good area for lion, hyena, leopard, cheetah, elephants, black rhino, damara dik-dik, all plains game, warthogs and mongooses.  Flamingos and pelicans can be seen in Fischer’s Pan after the rains.

 

Day Eight - Namutoni Camp – Etosha National Park

 

Overnight: Namutoni Camp

 

Accommodation Type: Bush Chalet

 

Meal Basis: Lunch, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

 

On our third day we can loop back to the central area around Halali Camp or travel to the north of the park to the open grasslands of Andoni. Despite being near to the northern gate this area has a very productive waterhole and the woods en-route are often home to browsing elephant

 

Day Nine - Okonjima / Africat - Otjiwarongo – 1 Night

 

Overnight: Okonjima / Africat

 

Accommodation Type: Plains Camp; Standard Room

 

Meal Basis: Lunch, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

 

After a final game drive we leave the peace and quiet of Etosha and head south on the tar road until we reach the gates to Okonjima.  The lodge lies a further 24km into the middle of the mountains and it is here we will spend our last night searching for some of the Africa’s biggest carnivores.  On our game drives out in the 54,000 reserve we will have the opportunity to track leopard and hyena with the aid of a telemetry and visit the Africat Foundation.  With its magnificent rooms, excellent cuisine and genuine conservation story, Okonjima is always a highlight of any trip to Namibia. 
 

Okonjima / Africat                           Afternoon Reserve Activity

 

This afternoon we can go out into the 54,000 acres in search of Okonjima’s big carnivores. Known for its leopard sightings and both brown and spotted hyena a thrilling ride through the bush with a top class guide followed by a sundowner before returning for a sumptuous meal is always a firm favourite of our guests.

 

Day Ten – Windhoek Airport - Trans Kalahari Inn – 1 Night

 

Overnight: Trans Kalahari Inn

 

Accommodation Type: Luxury Room

 

Meal Basis: Lunch, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

 

Okonjima / Africat Morning Reserve Activity

 

Mornings are sometimes best for leopard tracking as the cats have often hunted overnight or are in search of prey in the early hours.  However, your guides are the experts and will make the decision on the day to maximise your sightings.

After your trail we return to the lodge for a hearty breakfast before retracing our steps back to the capital and out to the Trans Kalahari Inn for our last night in the country

 

Trans Kalahari Inn                            Luxury Room; Dinner, Bed & Breakfast (1 night)
 

Day Eleven

 

After a relaxed morning you will be transferred to the nearby airport in good time for your flight home.

Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • Okaukuejo Camp
  • Halali Camp
  • Namutoni Camp
  • Okonjima, Namibia

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