The Etosha Safari tour in Namibia is a 3 day camping safari. This African budget safari in Namibia takes you to Etosha National Park. This Etosha Safari tour 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.
About The 3 Day Etosha Safari Tour
The Etosha Safari in Namibia 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.
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.
If you don’t have a lot of time but would like to enjoy a weekend in Etosha National Park this is the tour for you. The Namibia tour includes two nights of camping in Etosha National Park. , and on the third day you will comeback to your accommodation in Windhoek.
During your tour in Etosha you’ll be able enjoy game viewing across different locations. One of these locations is a floodlit waterhole that is close to the base camp. This waterhole is as one of Southern Africas best game viewing locations. Apart from game viewing at the waterhole you will also go on a game drive to see all the beautiful wildlife of Etosha.
Etosha National Park is Namibia’s premier game reserve and home to hundreds of species of Flora and fauna. They include mammals, birds and reptiles, making it the perfect safari destination.
Etosha safari tour heads to Etosha situated in northern Namibia. This park spans an area of 22,270 square kilometres and is largely covered by a salt pan.
Get ready to enjoy abundant wildlife congregates around the waterholes, allowing for superb game viewing opportunities on this 3 day Etosha safari tour.
Etosha safari tour begins and ends in Windhoek. This mostly all-inclusive tour allows you to relax and enjoy three days in one of the most beautiful regions of Namibia.
This 3 day Etosha Tour has been designed to give you a quick “wildlife snapshot” to one of the best game viewing areasin Namibia, the Etosha National Park.
If you are looking for a weekend of game viewing in the stunning Etosha Park, then book with us now!
3 Day Etosha Safari Tour Highlights
The highlights of the 3 day camping safari to Etosha National Park includes:
- Track 4 of the big 5
- Great game drives
- Superb desert landscape
- Authentic camping under the African sky
Find your 3 Day Etosha camping safari tour itinerary below:
Detailed 3 Day Etosha Safari Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Windhoek – Okaukuejo
meet and greet will be upon arrival at the airport in the morning. You can also start the Etosha Safari tour from your Windhoek hotel. The pick up will be by our Namibia safari tour representative in the morning.
Enjoy a short briefing on the 3 day Etosha Safari tour in Namibia. This is before departure at 0830hrs. Today your Etosha tour safari will have a long drive north (550km) on day one. The drive passes through many farm land.
Along the way, you will have several stops for refreshment and at small towns along the way. You will have time to here about the history and the people of the places. Expect to arrive at the Etosha National Park in the mid afternoon.
The term Etosha has been translated differently by different people. The most common is ‘The Place of Emptiness’. This refers to the vast salt pan.
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 well situated on the boundary of the camp. It can be reaches with ease just on foot.
Here, Black rhino, elephant, lion and several species of antelope are frequent visitors. Dinner and overnight will be at Okaukejo Camp.
About Etosha National Park
Etosha National Park is unique in Africa. The park’s main characteristic is a salt pan so large that one can see it from space. Yet there is abundant wildlife that congregates around the waterholes. This allows you almost guaranteed game sightings. At the same time Etosha National Park is one of the most accessible game reserves in Namibia.
This is one of Africa’s top safari destinations with over 22 000 SQ KM of wilderness. Etosha National Park is a top highlight for many travelers to Namibia.
Etosha National park is made up of grasslands and woodland savanna. It is dominated by a giant salt pan. This is home to 114 species of mammals, including four of the Big Five. Etosha has the world’s largest concentration of black rhino.
The park is malaria free and accessible in a regular sedan car. There are rest camps provide a range of accommodation. It Etosha you will find restaurants, viewing decks, shops and petrol stations. There are alos luxurious camps in Etosha’s remote areas. These have now added top end accommodation to the park’s offerings.
Day 2: Etosha National Park (Okaukejo – Namutoni)
You’ll spend full day of your 3 Day Etosha Safari Tour on game drive. This will begin with breakfast before your 3 Day Etosha Safari Tour leaves Okaukejo. The drive will skirt along the rim of the pan. You will have a selection of water holes to visit as your Etosha Safari Tour proceeds. 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 not so rushed lunch. You will also have enough time to visit the waterhole for game.
Cool off from the hot afternoon sun in the swimming pool. You can buy refreshments at the bar before your 3 Day Etosha Safari Tour continues. Your 3 Day Etosha Safari Tour will be heading to the eastern side of the park. Tonight, you have your dinner and overnight stop at Namutoni Camp.
Day 3: Etosha National Park – Windhoek
This will be another long drive on Etosha Safari in Namibia. Today, your 3 Day Etosha Safari Tour will be heading back to Windhoek. You cannot leave before one last game drive on your way out. The purpose it to find the wild that you may have missed.
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 a true Namibian souvenirs and curios.
Arrival time in Windhoek will be at around 1600 hrs. End your 3 Day Etosha Safari Tour with a drop off at your respective budget accommodation in Windhoek. For those departing, you will head to the airport in time for your departure flight.
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3 Day Etosha Safari Tour Destination
Etosha National Park
Etosha safari tour goes to Etosha National Park is Namibia’s premier wildlife destination. At almost 9000 square miles, it is also one of Africa’s largest national parks.
Etosha, meaning “Great White Place”, is dominated by a massive mineral pan (the Etosha pan). The pan covers more than 5000 square miles and covers 25% of the park.
The pan is part of the Kalahari Basin, the floor of which was formed around 1000 million years ago. During the drier months, between June and November, water points exert a magnetic pull on the big game herds.
You will see a concentration of game around waterholes can be an incredible sight, including everything from elephant, giraffe and zebra to rare and endangered species such as the black rhino, black-faced impala, tssesebe and gemsbok.
Etosha National Park supports 114 species of mammal and over 340 species of bird including numerous endemics and rarities.
At the heart of the park is a salt pan that is surrounded by sparse shrubs and grassy plains that become hilly mopane woodlands as you move away from the sunken saline desert.
As vegetation in most areas is sparse, the animals have learnt to drink during the day when predators are inactive. It is the safest time to be out in the open. It is not uncommon to see up to 7 different species of game at any waterhole.
Like everything in Namibia, the pan is ancient – 2 million years or so. It was formed when a great continental upheaval diverted the Kunene River towards the sea, leaving a massive inland lake that soon dried up.
Usually a shimmering white horizon, the pan fills with water after a good rainy season and becomes a vast knee-deep lake.
About 30 springs and waterholes along the pan’s southern edge attract large concentrations of every representative species in the park. This is especially in the dry season, which runs from April to September.
When to go to Etosha National Park
The best time to go to Etosha National Park on the 3 day Etosha safari tour is etween May and December for general game viewing. The rainy months from January to March are amazing in their own way and almost worth a second visit.
With eight months of peak game viewing, Etosha National Park, like the rest of Namibia, is almost a year-round destination.
Etosha, by contrast, even in the short wet season offers great game viewing opportunities all year long as there are no rivers. The bush is not as dense and wildlife concentrations, in general, are higher in Etosha.
Rain falls in short powerful storms allowing plenty of game viewing and photographic activities on your Etosha safari tour. It being summer, the rains also bring a welcome cool to the air; and there’s nothing quite like a summer thunderstorm.
March and April are good for seeing game on the plains and observing wildlife activity. Whereas August and September is when one can see large herds and numerous species at the waterholes.
For general wildlife viewing and photography, the drier times would be the best. This would be from about May to December every year.
Etosha is probably the one place in Africa where the best time to view game would be during the hotter parts of the day when the animals come to drink.
That means you don’t have to arise at the crack of a freezing dawn, you can amble out for a leisurely game drive mid-morning instead.
The reason for this unique behaviour is a matter of survival. It is too hot for predators to hunt during the day and, water sources being so central in the dry season.
Predator and prey alike must drink from the same places so the plains herds come to the waterholes when the predators are least likely to hunt them.
The reason this is the better time for game viewing is because there is little to no water available in the “veld” and the animals have to trek every day to water holes.
What to See on the 3 Day Etosha Safari Tour
On the 3 Day Etosha safari tour, you are likely to see quite a number of wildlife at close quarters. You will spend some time at the waterholes.
Some of the animals that may be seen on the 3 day Etosha safari tour includes a growing number of rhino both black and white. Others include the endemic black-faced impala and Damara dik-dik.
The Namibian trademarks, gemsbok and springbok, are common. There are good numbers of southern Africa’s big game to be seen on your Etosha safari tour.
The big game include elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, caracal, brown and spotted hyena. Others are eland, roan, kudu, wildebeest, red hartebeest, Hartman’s mountain (only in the west), Burchell’s plains zebra, and black-backed jackal.
Birding in Etosha National Park is excellent. This is particularly after good rains when up to a million flamingos may congregate in the pan.
Etosha is one of only two places in southern Africa where blue cranes and greater and lesser flamingos breed. On your Etosha safari tour raptors are common with 46 species recorded.
The bird species likely to be seen on your Etosha safari tour include the Bateleur, martial, Wahlberg’s and tawny eagles and Egyptian.
We have theAfrican white-backed and lappet-faced vultures. Ostriches, secretary birds, kori bustards and black korhaans are easily spotted when you visit the pan on your Etosha safari.
There are several specials including violet wood-hoopoe, Rüppell’s bustard, Caspian plover, pygmy and red-necked falcons, three varieties of babbler and the pink-billed lark.
Accommodation on 3 Day Etosha Safari Tour
Your Etosha safari tour will find value for money Etosha National Park camping at Okaukuejo Camp. The camp is located in the park and only 17 km from the southern entrance, the Anderson Gate.
Evidently, it is the oldest tourist camp in Etosha and the administrative centre of the park. Okaukuejo is also home to the Etosha Ecological Institute. There is a selection of accommodation available to provide you with a high level of comfort on the Etosha safari tour.
The most popular of the accommodation options are the premier waterhole chalets. These overlook the floodlit waterhole at Okaukuejo and is the main attraction of this camp.
The area is floodlit at night so guests on Etosha safari tour can enjoy the wide variety of wildlife surrounding the Okaukuejo Camp. The wildlife congregates and interacts; from lion to rhino, elephant and antelope.
The spectacle starts at dawn, with animals coming in large numbers to quench their thirst. Then the activity continues throughout the day until late at night. Thereafter, in the early evenings, it is not uncommon to have black rhino, elephant, and lion all drinking at the same time!
The 3 day Etosha safari tour will also have you spend a night in Namutoni. Namutoni Camp is on the eastern side of Etosha and derives its name from the old German fort on the property.
Owing to the presence of the fort, Namutoni has more character than the other rest camps in Etosha. Furthermore, Namutoni is the closest accommodation to Fisher’s Pan.
The pan is a renowned spot for water birds on the Etosha safari tour. The birds include flamingos, who come here so that they can breed during the wet season.
The fort overlooks the King Nehale waterhole. It is a hub of activity in Namutoni given that there are two restaurants, a relaxation lounge, a bar, crafts boutique, curio shop, and bookstore.
Besides these views on the Etosha safari tour, there is an elevated decked walkway along the water-hole. This provides views of the surrounding scenery, wildlife, and spectacular sunsets.