3 day Etosha safari takes you to one of the most famous National Parks in Namibia. This 3 day African safari tour in Namibia is among the most sort after short Namibia safaris
About Etosha Safari in Namibia
The Etosha Safari in Namibia is a 3 day camping safari in Namibia. This African budget safari in Namibia takes you to Etosha National Park. This Etosha Safari in Namibia is one of the best short safari tours in Namibia. It is an effective ways to see one of the Namibia’s most famous parks.
Etosha National Park measures 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.
The Etosha Safari is a versatile tour of Namibia. This enables you to combine it with other Namibia safari tours. The extension will let you have a comprehensive Namibia budget safari tour.
3 Day Etosha Safari Tour Highlights
- Best Place to see the big game in Namibia
- Great and fulfilling game drives
- Wonderful landscape and scenery
- Beautiful camping accommodation
3 Day Etosha Safari Itinerary
Day 1: Windhoek – Okaukuejo
Safari travelers will be picked form their Windhoek hotels. This will be done by our Namibia safari rep. You will be brifed on the Etosha Safari in Namibia. This is before departure at 0830hrs. There is a long drive north (550km) on day one. The drive passes through mainly farmland.
The drive is punctuated with refreshment stops at small towns along the way. You’ll be expected in Etosha National Park in the midafternoon. The term Etosha has been translated differently by different people. The most common is ‘The Place of Emptiness’. This refers to the vast saltpan. You will enjoy game drive on arrival en-route to the Okaukuejo Camp. It is here that you’ll check in and set camp.
Okaukuejo is famous for its waterhole. It’s believed to be one of the best game viewing opportunities in Southern Africa. Okaukuejo means the woman who has a child every year. This may be translated as a prolific woman. You will have dinner at the camp.
There is an opportunity to view some of Etosha’s big game. This will be at the floodlit waterhole. The waterhole is conveniently situated on the boundary of the camp. You can eaily reach to it on foot. Black rhino, elephant, lion and numerous species of antelope are frequent visitors. Dinner and overnight will be at Okaukejo Camp.
About Etosha National Park
Etosha National Park is one of Southern Africa’s finest and most important Game Reserves. Etosha Game park was declared a National Park in 1907 and covering an area of 22 270 square km, it is home to 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and, surprisingly, one species of fish. The Etosha Park is one of the first places on any itinerary designed for a holiday in Namibia.
Etosha, meaning “Great White Place”, is dominated by a massive mineral pan. The pan is part of the Kalahari Basin, the floor of which was formed around 1000 million years ago. The Etosha Pan covers around 25% of the National Park. The pan was originally a lake fed by the Kunene River. However the course of the river changed thousands of years ago and the lake dried up.
The pan now is a large dusty depression of salt and dusty clay which fills only if the rains are heavy and even then only holds water for a short time. This temporary water in the Etosha Pan attracts thousands of wading birds including impressive flocks of flamingos. The perennial springs along the edges of the Etosha Pan draw large concentrations of wildlife and birds.
A San legend about the formation of the Etosha Pan tells of how a village was raided and everyone but the women slaughtered. One woman was so upset about the death of her family she cried until her tears formed a massive lake. When the lake dried up nothing was left apart from a huge white pan.
Day 2: Etosha Park
You’ll spend full day of Etosha Safari in Namibia on game drive. You will depart Okaukuejo after breakfast. The drive skirts along the rim of the pan. This will be marked by visit to a selection of waterholes en-route. The game viewing is usually excellent in these spots.
You will meet plains game like zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, springbok, impala and eland. The plain grazers often attract the predators. It is important to be on the lookout for the big cats and dogs. Herds of 50 elephants or more on the middle of the road are not unusual.
There is a scheduled stop at Halali Camp for a leisurely lunch. You will also have enough time to visit the waterhole for game. Cool off from the hot afternoon sun in the swimming pool. Refreshments can be purchased at the bar before the journey continues. You will be heading to the eastern side of the park. Tonight, you have your dinner and overnight stop at Namutoni Camp.
Day 3: Windhoek
This will be another long drive on Etosha Safari in Namibia. You will be headed back to Windhoek. You cannot leave before one last game drive on your way out. The return journey is on the main roads.
You will be passing through towns and rural areas. Your last stop will be in the small town of Okahandja. This is the home of Namibia’s largest woodcarvers market.
It is one of the best places to shop for truly Namibian souvenirs and curios. Arrival time in Windhoek is scheduled for 1600hrs. You will be dropped off at your respective budget accommodation in Windhoek.
End of 3 Day Etosha Safari in Namibia
3 Day Etosha Safari in Namibia Cost
Included in the 3 Day Etosha Safari in Namibia Cost
- Transport in a custom built safari vehicle (no air-conditioning)
- Services of an English speaking guide & camp assistant
- Camping fees inside Etosha National Park
- Entrance fees for Etosha National Park
- Game drives inside Etosha National Park
- Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast L=lunch D=dinner)
- Camping equipment (excluding sleeping bag)
- Pick up/drop off within Windhoek city limits
Not Included in Etosha Safari in Namibia
- Drinks & snacks
- Sleeping bag
- Optional activities
What to Carry on Etosha Safari in Namibia
- light and heavy clothing
- sun glasses
- Sun screen
- comfortable hiking shoes