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Conservation Safari Tour in Namibia - 10 Days

Conservation Safari Tour in Namibia

Namibia Conservation Safari and Wildlife Tour

Be part of a unique conservation experience when you join us on this 10 day, expert-guided conservation safari, giving you the chance to spot some of Namibia’s most characteristic wildlife species and witness the country’s innovative and successful conservation measures first hand. Apart from stunning scenery and fantastic wildlife, you will go behind the scenes and visit some of the country’s leading conservation and eco-tourism organisations and reserves on this tour-of-a-lifetime conservation safari in incredible Namibia.

This conservation safari offers the freedom of doing night drives in certain areas and exploring some of the habitats on foot. Night drives and walks are an excellent opportunity to spot nocturnal animals in their natural habitat and learn more about their conservation in general.

Namibia has become a world leader in conservation and was the first African country to incorporate protection of the environment into its constitution. An astonishing 42% of the country’s land area is dedicated to wildlife conservation initiatives under private or public ownership.

Namibia’s conservancy movement and other enviro-conservation efforts include eco-tourism, sustainable farming practices, conservation education programmes and habitat protection policies. These efforts have restored populations of iconic animals like Lions, Cheetahs, Black Rhinoceros, zebras and other native wildlife of one of the world’s most arid but dramatically beautiful countries.

Namibia now boasts the largest free-roaming population of Black Rhinoceros and Cheetahs in the world and is the only country with an expanding population of free-roaming lions. Be a part of this success story on our conservation safari and make a difference!

Top 5 Highlights

  • Namib Naukluft National Park: boasting some of the highest dunes of the planet and also including iconic Sossusvlei
  • Etosha National Park: undoubtedly one of the greatest wildlife reserves on the planet and home to 4 of Africa’s Big Five
  • Namib Sand Sea: a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you will take some of the most dramatic desert landscape photos imaginable
  • Okonjima Nature Reserve (AfriCat): another top conservation organisation and carnivore sanctuary
  • Making a real contribution towards ensuring the survival of Namibia’s rare and unique fauna and flora by joining this conservation safari.

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Day 1
Day 1 - Windhoek to Sossusvlei

Welcome to Namibia! You will be met at the airport by your guide. After loading your luggage in the vehicle, we will set off for Sossusvlei. We will make regular stops along the way to take photographs of the beautiful landscape. Mid-morning we will stop for a coffee break at a perfect lookout point and enjoy the vast beauty of the Namibian vista. If time allows we will stop for the "famous Apple Pie" in Solitaire, a true Namibian tradition that cannot be missed.

This journey will take approximately 4 to 5 hours and we will arrive at our lodge located close to the entrance gate of Sesriem in time for watching the beautiful sunset and enjoying some drinks while we discuss the plans for tomorrow's early start. Situated in the largest conservation area in Africa (the Namib-Naukluft National Park), Sossusvlei is possibly Namibia’s most spectacular and best-known attraction.

Day 2
Day 2 - Sossusvlei

We will be up before the sun rises to get ready for our Sossusvlei visit. We will enjoy a quick cup of coffee/tea and then wait for the entrance gates of the park to open. (The gates open at sunrise) We will drive for about 30 minutes while appreciating the beauty of the sun that is rising over the amazing red dunes. The dunes in this area are some of the highest in the world, reaching almost 400 meters, and provides an opportunity to capture wonderful images in the beautiful morning and evening light. For the adventurous you have the option of climbing the dunes, sliding down them or enjoy a brisk walk to Dead Vlei.

You will have plenty of time to enjoy the many highlights that surround Sossusvlei itself.

• Dune 45, the most photographed dune on earth (situated 45 km past Sesriem on the road to Sossusvlei)

• Hiddenvlei, perfect if you are looking for solitude in the desert

• The magnificently tall Big Daddy dune

• Deadvlei, a paradise for photographers, as it is punctuated by blackened, dead acacia trees, in vivid contrast to the shiny white of the salty floor of the pan and the intense orange of the dunes

We will take a break halfway and enjoy a picnic breakfast while enjoying the surrounding landscape. After a full morning's activity, we will return to the lodge for lunch and some free time. Late afternoon we will join the lodge on a sundowner drive. Another perfect end to our day on safari in Namibia.

Day 3
Day 3 - Swakopmund

This morning we can enjoy a relaxed breakfast and for those that are interested, there is the option to do an early morning Balloon Ride (please enquire about this option). We will slowly make our way to our next destination, Swakopmund. We will again stop along the way for a coffee break as well as taking photographs of the ever-changing landscape.

We will arrive in Swakopmund late afternoon and have time to settle in before we all meet up for sundowner drinks and enjoy dinner at one of the many wonderful restaurants in town. (Please note that dinner is for you own account, we can arrange all bookings beforehand)

Day 4
Day 4 - Living Desert Tour and Walvis Bay

We wake up to another Namibian sunrise and enjoy our coffee while getting ready for our adventure this morning. After breakfast, you will be picked up for your Living Desert Adventure. You will return to the hotel at around 13h00 and after enjoying lunch we will make our way to Walvis Bay where we will marvel at the thousands of waterbirds that call the Walvis Bay Lagoon their home.

We will head back to Swakopmund where will enjoy dinner at one of the restaurants in town. There are various optional activities you can partake in while you are in Swakopmund. These range from scenic flights, quad-biking, fat bike tours, horse riding, skydiving and Catamaran Cruises. Please enquire should you be interested in any of these options.

Day 5
Day 5 - Rare and Endangered Species Trust (REST)

This morning, after breakfast we will make our way to Outjo where we will spend the afternoon at the Rare and Endangered Species Trust (REST)

You have the option to partake in the following activities:

• Observing the treatment of wildlife at the Rare and Endangered Species Trust (REST) sanctuary – current resident species include Cape Vulture, Common Duiker, Pangolin, Bateleur, Western Barn Owl, Honey Badger, Warthog etc

• Assist in conservation projects and research

• Bush Walks with one of the resident biologists: he/she will guide and assist to identify various fauna, animals, etc that they will come across on the walk.

• Observing and documenting various animals’ behaviour

• Assisting with or watching training sessions with animals during their training.

• Assisting with preparing special diets and feeding of animals

Late afternoon we check into our lodge and enjoy a wonderful dinner together.

Day 6
Day 6 - Etosha National Park

From here we will depart for Etosha National Park where will spend the next 2 nights. Etosha is one of Africa’s biggest and best National Parks and one of the main tourist attractions in Namibia. Etosha is known for its spectacular game viewing and the waterholes attract huge numbers of game in the dry season when all the open water has dried up. 114 Species of mammal are found in the park and it is the best place in the world to see Black Rhinoceros.

Other games include Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Hyaena, Giraffe, Honey-Badger, Black-Faced Impala, Kudu, Common Eland, Kirk’s Dikdik, Common Warthog and big herds of Springbok, Zebra, Common Wildebeest, Red Hartebeest And Gemsbok. More than 300 species of birds are found here and it is brilliant for finding raptors. After arriving at our lodge and freshening up we will do an afternoon game drive in our own vehicle. We will enjoy dinner at our lodge.

Day 7
Day 7 - Etosha National Park

We will explore the southwestern side of world-famous Etosha park today, going for a morning drive in our own vehicle after breakfast and returning to our lodge for lunch and a break in the heat of the day. In the drier months of the year, almost all the animals tend to congregate around the waterholes dotted around the massive park. They come to drink water and are inevitably followed by predators; this allows us to sit and wait at some of the waterholes and wait for the action to come to us. This is what sets Etosha apart from other parks in southern or east Africa; unique indeed! We will return to the lodge after our afternoon game drive in our own vehicle to enjoy dinner. Remember to look up before settling into your bed tonight – the African night sky, undisturbed by city lights out here in the bush, is truly amazing.

Day 8
Day 8 - Okonjima Nature Reserve

This morning we will leave the Etosha area and make our way to Okonjima Nature Reserve. The 22 000 ha nature reserve is home to AfriCAT, a carnivore sanctuary, which gives the captive cats a second chance to be released back into the wild and become completely independent hunters in a protected area right in the middle of commercial cattle farmland. We will spend two nights here while enjoying some of the many conservation activities on offer here. After lunch and settling in at the camp, we will meet up for tea/coffee and then do an afternoon Leopard Tracking drive. We return to camp for sundowners and dinner.

Day 9
Day 9 - Okonjima Nature Reserve

This morning we will visit Africat, where we will get some background information on the conservation done here. We will return to camp for lunch and do another tracking drive late afternoon. Our last dinner in Namibia will be enjoyed at our camp, a perfect way to end our Conservation Safari

Day 10
Day 10 - Departure to Windhoek

This morning after breakfast you will be transferred to Hosea Kutako International Airport, or extend your visit with a night in Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia.

Optional Extensions/Additions:

• Palmwag Rhino Tracking

• Damaraland Desert Adapted Elephant Tracking

• Naankuse Foundation Visit

On this Namibia Conservation safari tour, we expect to see a very good mix of mammals and birds.

Mammal highlights include African Elephant, Black and White Rhinoceros, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Gemsbok, Black-faced Impala, Giraffe, Greater Kudu, Springbok, Spotted Hyaena, Zebra (2 species), Common Warthog, Honey Badger, Common Wildebeest, Brown Hyaena, Temminck’s Ground Pangolin, Kirk’s Dikdik, Common Eland, Common Rock Hyrax, Yellow Mongoose, Cape Porcupine, Southern Lesser Galago, Southern African Spring-hare, Aardvark, Black-backed Jackal and Caracal.

Some of the top bird species could include: Kori Bustard, Secretarybird, Ruppell’s and Northern Black Korhaan, Burchell’s Courser, Damara Red-billed and Monteiro’s Hornbill, Sociable Weaver, Rosy-faced Lovebird, Common Ostrich, Pale Chanting Goshawk, Blue Crane, Violet Woodhoopoe, Ruppell’s Parrot, Pygmy and Red-necked Falcon, Bare-cheeked and Southern Pied Babbler, Double-banded Courser, Crimson-breasted Shrike, Martial Eagle and Tawny Eagle

What is included?

  • Private Air-conditioned Vehicle
  • Accommodation on a double sharing basis.
  • All meals except dinner in Swakopmund
  • All park entry fees
  • Airport transfer fees
  • Provision of drinking water inside the vehicle only.
  • Activities as specified on the itinerary
  • Private vehicle and conservation guide

What is not included?

  • International Flights
  • Visa Fees
  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance
  • Dinner in Swakopmund
  • Extra optional activities not specified in the itinerary
  • Laundry
  • Drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Other unspecified cost in the itinerary.
Wildlife Reviews
5 stars
- based on 3  reviews
  1. Excellent
    Wayne Brown08 Jun 2019







    While this is not the exact same trip , we have travelled with Nature Travel Namibia twice before and both trips were exceptional. The review that follows was a save the Rhino expedition in 2019, In 2018 we were approached by Nick Buys of Nature Travel Namibia to see if we would be interested in participating in a unique new safari opportunity - Save the Rhino Walking Safari. The safari would give us the opportunity to track one of the most endangered African Mammal Species, the black Rhino, and to learn first hand the conservation measures being undertaken in Namibia. Having travelled with Nature Travel Namibia a few years ago, and experiencing a great safari at that time, we did not hesitate sign up for this journey, and again we had an exceptional experience. In preparation for the trip, the team at Nature Travel Namibia, were very prompt in responding to any questions we had, assisting us with booking pre and post accommodation in Windhoek and providing a good summary of the safari. On arrival in Windhoek the transfer process was seamless our guesthouse. We were picked up as scheduled on the first day of the safari and had a pleasant day drive to the Palmwag Lodge where two nights were spent prior to the start of the safari. The lodge is quite comfortable with great staff and tasty food. While at the lodge we visited the Save the Rhino Trust office location to learn more about their activities and history. The next six days were spent in the Palmwag Concession, in which the itinerary would be varied and could change depending upon what we encountered. We would occasionally walk, a few times we came across fresh tracks, would then track the Rhino, and were successful in locating the Rhinos. From a safe distance would observe this grand animal in its natural habitat. At other times during the day we would be on a game drive in the open air Toyota Land Cruiser. We came across, lions, elephants, springbok, zebra, oryx, giraffes, during our drives and walking experiences. The accommodation for six nights was camping - absolutely stellar - under the light of a full moon! For 4 of the nights we were completely alone, on the last couple of nights the campsite was more traditional with showers(!) and only a couple of other campers. The bedding provided was comfortable and it was easy to sleep. Breakfasts and lunches were straightforward and the dinners were always prepared over an open campfire and consisted of a variety of meats / game or chicken - always very delicious. The team that accompanied us on the journey was all great. This small group adventure was a memorable experience and Nature Travel Namibia did not disappoint!
  2. Adventure and Conservation In One? Sign Me Up!
    Sam Scott08 Apr 2019







    Though I haven't done this particular trip (yet!), I have been on two Nature Travel Namibia tours, and I am convinced they are the best in the business. Last year, I contacted Nick Buys, the founder of Nature Travel Namibia and told him exactly what I hoped to do and he created an itinerary specifically designed to my desires that far exceeded my expectations. Nick and his entire team were so professional and easy to work with, and they gave me the adventure of a lifetime camping in the Caprivi Strip. Traveling with Nick was like getting shown around a new part of the world with an old friend who knows everything about the place. I could have spent months in the Caprivi and never found some of the off-the-beaten-track places Nick took us straight to. Nick is so knowledgeable about African wildlife, and he is an especially talented ornithologist. I will never forget the eight days I spent with Nick in the Caprivi Strip for as long as I live. The NTN team is passionate about conservation, so this trip is sure to provide both an unforgettable adventure, as well as a great way to do your part to protect African wildlife. I couldn't recommend them more.
  3. Excellent trip
    Liz Richardson08 Jun 2019







    We had a fabulous time in Namibia exploring the wilder parts of the country. It wasn't the exact trip that is on offer here (I went ion a trip in June 2019) so this is a general review of Nature Travel Nambia. Our trip was really a once in a lifetime experience and Nick, our leader, was amazing. His knowledge of, and passion for, Namibia and its wildlife, made the trip a truly memorable one. Excellent arrangements, equipment, vehicles etc etc. Couldn't find fault with any of it. If you're going to travel with Nature Travel Namibia you are in for a treat. If the photo is still on the slideshow I can see as I write this, I'm the one with the green rucksack taking a photo of the indentation in the sand created by a sleeping rhino!

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Why should I book the Conservation Safari Tour in Namibia?

If you are as passionate about Wildlife and Conservation as we are in Namibia, this behind-the-scenes Conservation Safari tour is for you! Our expert Conservation guide will be with you during the full duration of the safari, giving you a look into Conservation efforts and how you can get involved. This tour is offered as a private as well as group tour.

What sort of accommodation and vehicles do you supply?

All accommodation is mid-range with en-suite ablutions. Depending on availability, the vehicles used for this safari are either an air-conditioned minivan (Toyota Quantum or similar) or a safari vehicle.

What forms of travel are involved in this tour?

All travel is done via road (tar and dirt road) and some activities could be in open safari vehicles. Tracking activities are done by vehicle and on foot.

What are your group sizes?

Our groups have a maximum of 6 travellers to ensure an exclusive safari experience. Private tours can be arranged for 2-6 travellers.

Do you arrange airport pick up/drop off?

Yes we can arrange airport pick up and drop off.

What time do I need to arrive in Windhoek to start my safari from the airport

If your flight arrives on the morning of departure, please arrange that the flight does not arrive later than 11am. If your international flight arrives after 11am, we suggest that you overnight in Windhoek. Flights arriving after 11am becomes a challenge to reach our destination on time.

Is there a specific time I need to book my departure flight for?

On the final day of your safari you will need to travel for about 3-4 hours to get to the airport. Please do no book a flight that departs before 14h00 in order for you to reach the airport in time.

Do you ever change the tour leader or itinerary? If so, what sort of notice do you give?

We allocate a specialist guide to your safari at the time of booking. We only change guides should something happen at short notice i.e illness or emergency and will let the client know immediately. Itineraries are normally not changed except if a lodge or reserve is closed for a specific reason (renovations etc). Should this happen, we will contact the client immediately with the updated itinerary.

Do you offer a single supplement option? Can you accommodate a third person/family?

All our safaris have a single supplement option. Some lodges have rooms that can accommodate three adults in a room (depending on availability). We will advise on which lodges can accommodated three adults in one room at the time of booking. Should a lodge not offer triple accommodation, two rooms will be booked and the single supplement will be applicable Most lodges can accommodate two adults and 1 child under the age of 10 in one room. Please enquire about this option at the time of booking.

Do you include meals?

All meals are included on this safari except for dinner in Swakopmund. Our office and your guide will assist with arranging dinner reservations in Swakopmund.

When is the best time to travel and why?

The best time for game watching in Etosha National Park is generally in our winter months when animals congregate at the waterholes. Our Conservation safari is however offered all year long as the areas we visit include some behind the scenes activities which is good all year round.

Do you need a minimum fitness level to join this safari?

The tour is not strenuous but a basic level of general fitness is needed as some of the days are long and a basic level of fitness can be helpful.

Would this safari be appropriate for someone with limited mobility?

We can accommodate clients with limited mobility, please let us know in advance to make the necessary arrangements.

Do you have any age restrictions to join this safari?

Children under 6 years are not allowed on open safari vehicles. We can however make a plan should a family fill the group and we can arrange a private vehicle (at an extra cost) for the group. We can also arrange a private safari for families with smaller children.

What will be the level of connectivity or WiFi access during this safari?

Most lodges offer Wi-Fi but it cannot be guaranteed as it is not very reliable. A local simcard can be obtained at the airport on arrival. A package with airtime and data can be bought with the simcard. Please note that there are areas on this safari where there is no phone reception or Wi-Fi.

Can you book accommodation for us prior to the start of or after the safari?

Yes, we can arrange accommodation as well as day trips/extension as part of your tour.

Do you provide travel and/or medical insurance (incl. repatriation)?

It is compulsory for each client to obtain comprehensive travel insurance for their tour at the time of booking. Nature Travel Namibia offers emergency evacuation (E-med Rescue) to all of our clients in Namibia. This service does not include repatriation. We highly recommend that you purchase comprehensive travel insurance at the time of paying a deposit. The policy should provide cover for loss of deposit, cancellation and additional expenses, medical expenses and repatriation and loss or damage to baggage and valuables. You are responsible for making any special or increased insurance arrangements which you deem are necessary.

How do I pay, and what are the terms, for this safari?

A 30% deposit is needed to confirm the safari. Payments can be made by bank transfer or credit card. (Mastercard and Visa) Please note there is a bank charge applicable to all credit card payments. The final payment is due 60 days before the safari starts.

What should I pack for this safari?

We will send a comprehensive packing list once the tour has been booked but to give you an idea of the general items to bring, see the list below. General packing: • Neutral coloured clothing • Warm jacket for early morning activities • Sturdy closed walking shoes (trainer type shoes are fine) • No need for any formal clothing, most dinners are casual and informal • Binoculars • Camera • A small daypack • A refillable waterbottle • Suncreen • Insect Repellant Medical: • Please bring some basic medication for headache, nausea etc with you as well as any prescription medication you might need during your safari. • All of our guides carry a basic first-aid kit with them but it is best to bring your personal medication with you. • Please contact your closest travel clinic for information on malaria and other medical information you might need. • Currently no yellow fever certificate is needed to travel to Namibia except for clients travelling from a country where yellow fever is prevalent.

Do I need a visa for this safari?

Citizens of some countries need a visa to enter Namibia. Please enquire at the time of booking for up to date information on visa requirements.

Do I need to bring my own food and drink during the day?

Drinks are not included (except for drinking water in the vehicle) but your guide will assist you with arranging to buy some drinks during the day en-route. Lunches are usually either packed or your guide will stop at a small restaurant/deli en-route where you will be able to enjoy a meal of your choice. The only meals that are not included are the two dinners in Swakopmund.

Can you cater for special dietary requirements?

Most lodges cater for special dietary requirements, please let us know at the time of booking and we will let each lodge know in advance. Should you have a severe food allergy, please carry the necessary medication with you at all times in case this is needed.

Should we bring credit cards and/or cash?

Credit Cards (Mastercard and Visa) are accepted at most lodges but we advise to bring a small amount of cash should this facility not be working as well as for smaller purchases like drinks, tips etc. Your guide can also assist with arranging a stop at an ATM in the bigger towns should this be necessary. For this tour you will need Namibian Dollar (NAD) or South African Rand (ZAR)

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10 Days

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NAD46,500 / per person
Single Suppliment NAD 5200
This tour is operated by: Nature Travel Namibia
4.98 based on 21 reviews

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Tour Facts

  • Namibia
  • Multi-Day Tour
  • On Request
  • Mammals
  • 10 Days
  • 2 to 6 pax
  • English
  • All year round
  • Hosea Kutako International Airport, Windhoek Namibia
  • Hosea Kutako International Airport, Windhoek Namibia