3 day Etosha Safari


Etosha is Namibia's premier game viewing destination. Its magnificent Salt Pan and unique topography makes it one of the country's must-see locations. The park is home to black and white rhino, elephants, lion and leopard, plus more than 100 other mammal species.

This 3 day / 2 night Etosha Safari is designed to give you a quick wildlife snapshot of Namibia’s bigest and best big game location. It is one of the most time-effective ways to see Namibia's most famous park. Measuring over 22,000km², it is home to 114 species of mammals and 340 species of bird life. Etosha is one of Africa's largest and most impressive game parks.

You can combine this trip with either the 3 day Sossusvlei Safari, or the 7 day Southern Namibia Safari, to experience even more highlights of Namibia.

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Quick Facts

Who can join: Anyone aged 18 years and over
Duration: 3 days (2 nights)
Accommodation: Camping or Accommodated (mid-range lodges - supplement)
Pick up from: Tours depart from Windhoek
Meals: 3 meals a day included unless otherwise stated
Group size: No minimum group size, up to 14 people
Start dates: weekly Saturday departures
How much: Prices start from US $485 per person sharing


Day 1

Windhoek – Okaukuejo camp, EtoshaNational Park (450 km) (LD) (camping)

You will be collected from your Windhoek accommodation between 08:00 and 08:30

Travelling north, you pass through some of the country’s best established commercial farmland and stop at quaint towns along the way, arriving at Anderson Gate by mid-afternoon.  After entering Etosha you will game drive your way through to Okaukuejo, Etosha’s main rest camp where you will set up camp. Originally the site of a German fort built in 1901, Okaukuejo now houses the Etosha Ecological Institute, founded in 1974.

After your evening meal there are chances to see Etosha’s big game at Okakuejo's famous floodlit waterhole, situated on the boundary of your camp and easily reachable within a minute or two on foot.  The waterhole has been described as one of the “best game viewing opportunities in Southern Africa” and is the ideal venue to witness peculiar animal politics. Black rhino, Africa’s tallest elephants, lion and numerous species of antelope are regular visitors.

Day 2

Okaukuejo – East Etosha, Namutoni region (BLD) (camping)

A full day’s worth of game driving awaits and you will leave camp early to enjoy the cool morning air, making your way to Halali camp, situated in the middle of the park.   Along the way you will visit several waterholes and will have magnificent views of the massive Etosha Pan, a shallow depression that is dry for the greater part of the year, but fed by moisture from perennial springs on the fringes. The pan covers about 25% of the park.  The game viewing is excellent throughout the year.

You will stop at Halali camp for a rest and a leisurely lunch, plus pay a visit to the waterhole and make use of the swimming pool, before continuing to the eastern side of the park and your next camp next to Fort Namutoni.

Day 3

East Etosha – Windhoek (500km) (BL)

Be prepared for the long, scenic transit back to Windhoek. We pass through towns and rural areas, stopping in the small town of Okahandja, the home of Namibia’s largest wood carving market.  The stalls operate on a local co-operative basis and offer a vast array of truly Namibian souvenirs.

You are due back in Windhoek late afternoon/ early evening and will be dropped off at your accommodation.

Safari Tour Overview – Camping

1     Windhoek – Etosha National Park Okaukeujo Camping L, D
2     Etosha National Park Namutoni Camping B, L, D
3     Etosha National Park – Windhoek  B, L

Safari Tour Overview – Accommodated

1     Windhoek – Etosha National Park Okaukeujo Restcamp L, D
2     Etosha National Park Namutoni Restcamp B, L, D
3     Etosha National Park – Windhoek  B, L

B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner

On the accommodated option lunches and dinners are taken with the group at their respective campsite.

Rates & Dates

Departure Dates 2018:

Camping safaris depart from Windhoek every Saturday morning throughout the year (except over Christmas Day and Boxing Day).

Accommodated safaris depart from Windhoek every Wednesday morning throughout the year (except over Christmas Day and Boxing Day).

2019 Pricing:

3 days camping (no single supplement available):

  • 1st April 2018 - 31st March 2019: N$6,850 (approximately US$485)
  • 1st April 2019 - 31st March 2020: N$7,200 (approximately US$510)

    This tour is "Limited Participation Camping" where you may only be required to assist with putting up your tent. You will not be expected to help with cooking or other camp duties. Once the tent is up, sit back and relax!

    3 days accommodated:

    • 1st November 2018 - 30th June 2019: N$13,170 (approximately US$930)
      • Single supplement N$310 (US$22)
    • 1st July - 31st October 2019: N$15, 675 (approximately US$1,105)
      • Single supplement N$700 (US$50)

    Prices include:

    • Meals as indicated plus tea and coffee in camp
    • Accommodation (either camping or accommodated) including all camping equipment
    • All transfers and fuel
    • Professional guide and camp assistant
    • All transport
    • Park entrance fees and camping /
    • Pick up and drop off from accommodation in Windhoek

    What's excluded:

    • Transfers or flights to Windhoek
    • Visa fees
    • Personal medical and travel insurance, which must cover the entire duration of your tour and should include cover for repatriation, air evacuation and any activities you may undertake or plan to undertake
    • Any pre or post tour accommodation in Windhoek
    • Airport transfers
    • Sleeping bag (can be hired if required) and pillow
    • Souvenirs, snacks and fizzy / alcoholic drinks (bottled mineral water is not provided, but safe, clean drinking water is included)
    • Optional excursions, meals or activities
    • Telephone calls and wifi


Namibia is one of the most visually diverse countries in Africa; from never-ending red sand dunes to deep mysterious canyons, spectacular sunsets and dry desert landscapes, the country has something to intrigue and excite every visitor. View immense herds of elephant and buffalo in Etosha National Park, sand-board down the dunes in Swakopmund or visit ancient rock paintings - there’s plenty to entertain you!

For more information about Namibia (history, currency etc), please click here.

Sossusvlei Dunes are home to the highest sand dunes in the world and Namibia’s most outstanding scenic attraction. Part of the Namib Desert, these dunes have developed over millions of years, the wind continuously shifting the sand further and further inland, reshaping patterns in distinctive warm tints. Climbing to the top of one of these dunes provides breathtaking views of the whole area, including Deadvlei, a large ghostly expanse of dried white clay punctuated by skeletons of ancient camelthorn trees, carbon dated between 500-600 years old. For tours including Sossusvlei, please click here.

Etosha National Park is Namibia’s first conservation area, designated in 1907. Undoubtedly one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth and one of Africa’s best game reserves, Etosha is home to huge herds of elephant, black-maned lions, cheetah and the world’s largest population of the rare black rhino.  Etosha owes its unique landscape to the Etosha Pan, a vast shallow depression of approximately 1,930 square miles which forms the heart of the park. This white, chalky expanse colours the park, and with the waterholes, creates the characteristic atmosphere of the Etosha of today.

For the greater part of the year (the dry season) Etosha’s animals and birds are dependent on about 30 springs and waterholes. These provide incredible game viewing and photographic opportunities.

To the west of Khorixas in North-West Namibia is Twyfelfontein, a massive open-air art gallery with paintings carved into red rock by ancient Bushmen overlooking an expansive valley below. The engravings, some estimated to be 6,000 years old, record the wildlife seen in area - giraffe, rhino, elephants, ostrich and even a lion. The area has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2008.

The Fish River Canyon is Africa’s deepest gorge and second largest in the world - with a 500m vertical drop. The canyon is a spectacular natural phenomenon; a harsh dusty plain dotted with distinctive Quiver trees. For tours including Fish River Canyon, please click here.

Swakopmund is Namibia’s playground - a holiday haven away from the dusty heat of the interior. While there is plenty to do within the city, the real action takes place in the desert surrounding the town. Quad-biking, sand-boarding, sand-skiing, parasailing and other adrenaline actives are available from any of the adventure operators in the area. Visit Walvis Bay and join a dolphin cruise or explore the lagoon on a kayak. For tours including Swakopmund please click here.

What will the weather be like?

During the Namibian summer (November - January) temperatures average 30°c and often go to over 40°c. You should bring light cotton clothing, a wide-brimmed hat or cap, polarised sunglasses, a 2 litre water bottle, plenty of high factor sunscreen (and after-sun!), strong mosquito spray and closed shoes. A light waterproof jacket is also essential for sudden downpours! Average lows are around 17-20°c. Summer is an amazing time of year where you can watch thunderstorms approach from miles away and witness incredible electric storms and light shows!

During winter (April - August) daytime temperatures average 25-27°c with no rainfall at all. Temperatures during the night and in the mornings and evenings regularly go below 0°c and we advise you to bring lots of layers including fleeces and a warm hat for nighttime camping, with a wide-brimmed hat or cap and loose light clothing for daytime.

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