The 7 day Northern Namibia camping trip goes north. You will experience the cheetah and leopard at Africat. Enjoy a tour to Etosha National Park. Finish with a detour to Damaraland and beach tour to Swakopmund.
About the 7 Day Northern Namibia Camping Trip
The Northern Namibia camping trip is your chance to view exquisite feline carnivores. You will see the wild animals in their personal Eden with a tour to Etosha. The Northern Namibia camping trip tours unique mountainous vistas. You get to enjoy the elaborate carvings of Africa’s eldest human inhabitants.
This Northern Namibia camping trip can also have extensions. If you are looking for more days combine with the 7 day Southern Namibia safari. This will give you an unforgettable 14 Day Namibian safari tour Experience.
Namibia Safari Tour is a 14 Day Southern and Northern Namibia Tour Safari that takes you to Etosha national Park for wildlife, Sossusvlei to hike sand dunes and Swakopmund.
Your Namibia safari tour starts with a journey to Namibia’s southern areas. This includes Sossusvlei, the Namib Desert, Lüderitz and the Fish River Canyon.
Your Namibia safari tour will then turn north. You will experience the cheetah and leopard at Africat. Enjoy a tour to Etosha National Park. Finish the Northern tour of Namibia on this Namibia safari tour with a detour to Damaraland and beach tour to Swakopmund.
The Namibia safari tour is your chance to view exquisite feline carnivores and great landscape of Namibia. You will see the wild animals in their personal Eden with a tour to Etosha. Tour the wildlife rich drylands of Damaraland with a trip to the beach resort town of Swakopmund.
This Namibia safari tour also visits tours unique mountainous vistas. You get to enjoy the elaborate carvings and drawings of Africa’s eldest human inhabitants. Enjoy going up the big daddy on a 3 day Sossusvlei tour on this Namibia tour that starts and ends in Windhoek.
7 Days Northern Namibia Camping Trip Highlights:
Some of the highlights of this affordable African safari tour in Namibia camping trip includes:
- Interaction with big game
- Game drives in Etosha National Park
- Great landscape
- Beautiful Scenery
- Cultural experience with the Himba
- Beach Holiday in Swakopmund
- Tour the Seal colony at Cape Cross
Detailed 7 Day Northern Namibia camping trip Itinerary
Day 1: Windhoek – Okonjima Campsite, Okonjima Nature Reserve
Meet and greet for the Northern Namibia camping trip by our Namibia safari rep. This will be between 08:30 & 09:00 in the morning. Enjoy a short briefing on this 7-day Northern Namibia camping trip.
You will leave traveling north, stopping at small towns along the way. This include Okahandja, where we have time to visit Namibia’s largest wood carving market. The market is run on a local co-operative basis and is one of the best places to shop for true Namibian souvenirs.
Your Northern Namibia camping trip continue north. You will pass through farmland along the way. You will be aiming to arrive at Okonjima during the middle afternoon. This allows you time to set up the camp and to relax in the shade.
Enjoy the time in relaxation before heading out on to the property. You will take part in the afternoon’s optional activity.
Okonjima is the home of the Africat Foundation, a specialist conservation. They concern their operations on the African Big Cats, particularly cheetah.
This afternoon you will be on a tour of the foundation. During the tour you will be able to meet, close-up-and-personal, some of the cheetah. These are animals going through the Africat rehabilitation programme.
Most of the animals currently living at Okonjima have been rescued. They have been in various desperate situations including being orphans. Some were caught in a trap and rescued before bringing them here. The aim of the rehabilitation process is to attempt to re-introduce them into the wild.
After our educational tour we will return to our camp and prepare for dinner and overnight on Northern Namibia camping trip under the African stars.
The AfriCat Foundation
The AfriCat Foundation came into existence in the early 90’s. It got its official registration as a non-profit organisation in August 1993. The Foundation has since grown.
African Foundation started out as a welfare organisation. It has has over the years, identified the need to focus on education and research. This is essential to accomplishing our mission – the long-term conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores.
Your overnight on the Northern Namibia camping trip will be at Okonjima Campsite. It is halfway between the capital Windhoek and the Etosha National Park. This is in the 55,000-acre Okonjima Game Reserve which has some of the best accommodation in Namibia.
The highlight here has to be the cheetah and leopard safaris. The Campsite at Okonjima is amongst the Omboroko mountains. The 4 exclusive campsites, all share a private swimming pool. Each Private Campsite offers private shower/s with hot water and private flush toilets. There is a washing-up area under a roof with a power point to charge batteries and a light. A viewpoint for sundowners.
Each campsite has 1 fixed light per campsite for cooking. There is also 1 plug point will be available for charging of fridges, cameras, cell phones etc.
Included today is your lunch and dinner.
Day 2: Okonjima – Namutoni Campsite, Etosha National Park
The Northern Namibia camping trip will have an early start. After breakfast, your Northern Namibia camping trip continue driving north. You will pass through some small towns, making short stops for fresh supplies and fuel.
Proceed on to our East Etosha, Namutoni region camp where you will arrive in time for lunch. This allows you time to relax and take off the fatigue. later in the afternoon head into the park during the cool of the late afternoon for our first game drive.
Etosha National Park
The Etosha National Park is Namibia’s premiere game viewing experience. This Namibia national park is in the northwest of Namibia and is an area well known for its wildlife.
Vegetation ranges from dense bush to open plains attracting a diversity of wildlife. In the heart of the Park is The Etosha Pan – a shallow depression that covers an area of 5000sq kilometres. The pan is dry and shimmering for most of the year. They fill up with water after good rains to a depth which is seldom deeper than 1m.
In the dry season wildlife comes to the perennial springs and waterholes. This makes for excellent game viewing around the pan.
Within the park are three large public rest camps. They cater for the more budget orientated traveler. There are several smaller establishments on the outskirts of the park. These are on private land offering a more intimate and comprehensive experience. All these establishments offer excellent value for money.
You will have your night on the Northern Namibia camping trip in Namutoni Campsite. This was built into an old German Fort Namutoni Campsite has a unique atmosphere. Within the fort you will find ample facilities.
From the walls of the fort you can enjoy an elevated view of the King Nehale Waterhole. This allows for great game viewing without leaving the camp. The walls of the fort are also and excellent spot for sundowners. There is no better way to end a day in the bush and Namibia than to marvel at the colors of the setting sun.
The Camp is in the eastern part of Etosha National Park and is accessible via the Von Lindequist Gate. Its nearer to Fisher’s Pan which makes Namutoni a hotspot for birders. There are two restaurants, a craft shop, a pool and a viewing deck. the latter overlook King Nehale Waterhole. This make the fort a great place to relax at lunchtime or after evening game drives.
The African Fusion restaurant will introduce you to local flavours. The Steakhouse offers popular western dishes. The campsite has a mini supermarket, a curio shop and petrol station. These allow you to stock up on everything that is necessary and nice.
The camping area has generous spaced sites with plug point. There is a communal ablution facility on either side of the campsite.
Today you will have breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 3: Namutoni – Okaukuejo Campsite, Etosha National Park
Today your Northern Namibia camping trip transits through Etosha National park. You will br heading to East Etosha region – Okaukuejo. This will be a full day’s game driving.
You will begin your Northern Namibia camping trip early. After breakfast enjoy the cool morning air with game drive through Etosha to Halali camp. The camp location is in the middle of the park.
Along the way you will visit several waterholes. Look forward to have some splendid views of the massive Etosha Pan. The game viewing on Northern Namibia camping trip here is usually excellent and you have the chance to tick off a few new species. These are those that are not easy to see on the Namutoni side of the park.
upon arrival make a stop at Halali for a rest and some relaxed lunch. There is time to visit the Halali waterhole and to make use of the swimming pool and bar facilities. This is before your Northern Namibia camping trip continues. On your way, enjoy more game drive a you go down to Okaukuejo. This is Etosha’s main rest camp and resort where you will check in and set up camp.
Okaukejo was the site of a German fort built in 1901. This now houses the Etosha Ecological Institute. the institute was founded in 1974; the round watchtower is a remnant of the fort.
After your evening meal there are still more chances to see Etosha’s big game at a floodlit waterhole. It is on the boundary of your camp and reachable within a minute or two on foot.
The waterhole is one of the “best game viewing opportunities in Southern Africa”. It is the ideal venue to witness peculiar animal politics. Black rhino, Africa’s tallest elephants, lion and many species of antelope are regular visitors. This is during the cool, dry season as they come to quench their thirst.
All your meals and overnight will be at the Okaukuejo Campsite. Okaukuejo is 17 km from the southern entrance of the park, Anderson Gate. Okaukuejo is the oldest tourist camp in Etosha. It also functions as the administrative centre of the park.
Okaukuejo is also home to the Etosha Ecological Institute. It is at the western end of the Etosha Pan. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, shop, swimming pool, kiosk and camp sites.
The camp overlooks a permanent waterhole which is floodlit at night. Here a wide diversity of wildlife congregates. You will interact from lion to rhino to elephant and antelope.
The spectacle starts at dawn as animals coming in large numbers to quench their thirst. The activity continues throughout the day until late at night. In the early evenings, it is not uncommon to have black rhino, elephant and lion all drinking at the same time.
You will have all your meals from breakfast, lunch and dinner included today.
Day 4: Etosha National Park – Hoada Camp Site, Damaraland
This will be another long drive on your Northern Namibia camping trip. You will leave Etosha and begin the journey south with a short drive to the small town of Kamanjab.
Within this area your Northern Namibia camping trip has the opportunity of visiting a Himba Village. it is the only traditionally functioning Himba community here. Others are in the far north Kaokoland region of Namibia.
These tribes-people have migrated here with lifestyle and customs intact. They are following their traditional way-of-life in their village on a farm. The exact location of the site varies as the Himba are nomads and will roam to a new location.
You will learn about marriage customs and traditional food. Dont forget to learn abot the mysteries of the “Holy Fire” religion.
From here it is a short drive on to The Hoada Community Campsite. This is among beautiful granite hills and mopane trees. Here the hot water system works in combination with the barbecue area. So, whilst your meal is getting ready, your water will be warming up for your shower!
Otjikandera Himba Village
A visit to the Himba village is also a visit to the first registered Orphan Trust Fund in Namibia. The money received for tours to the Himba Village goes into a trust. This is used for food and other necessities for the village members. The project tries to give the local tribe a chance to survive in the western world. It tries to depict the proudness of the people, Himba lifestyle, tradition and culture. This is to ensure that future generations will live and thrive at Otjikandero. It is also to enable the project can continue to grow.
Your overnight will be at the Hoada Campsite. This is 25km east of Grootberg Lodge or 75km on the C40 west from Kamanjab. The campsite is among beautiful granite hills and Mopani trees. Each campsite has its own shower, washbasin and toilette with running water.
You will have breakfast, lunch and dinner today.
Day 5: Hoada Campsite – Madisa Campsite, Damaraland
Today your Northern Namibia camping trip starts early. You will head into one of the most beautiful desert regions in Namibia, Damaraland. Start your Northern Namibia camping trip by taking a drive west. This goes via the Grootberg Pass.
You will then take a detour to the ancient Bushman rock engravings at Twyfelfontein. At this location we will have a local guide to conduct us on a short-guided tour before we set up camp for the night.
Damaraland is described as huge, untamed and ruggedly beautiful. Damaraland is a scenic landscape of open plains and spectacular rock formations.
Twyfelfontein Rock Art
Twyfelfontein is a World Heritage Site. It boasts one of the richest rock art concentrations in Africa. Thousands of tourists come to this site each year to view some 2, 500 Stone Age rock engravings. The area is home to 17 rock art sites, which collectively encompass 212 engraved stone slabs. There are 13 more sites displaying rock paintings.
Your overnight will be at Madisa Campsite. Madisa Camp is on the D2612 road to Twyfelfontein, a popular route. The camp is hidden between amazing rock formations. The rocks have Bushman Paintings and has privy to an ancient Desert Elephant route. They often get visited by these beautiful giants.
the camp is ideal for the traveler who wishes to camp without compromising the experience. Here you will enjoy exclusivity in this vast and magnificent area of Damaraland Namibia.
Madisa is a good base camp to explore from. There are interesting sites in the area such as Twyfelfontein and Brandberg. here you can eget to the Petrified Forest and much more. These are all a easy drive and after a day of exploring what better to finish with a swim. You can enjoy your campsite under a blanket of stars.
Each spacious campsite has an exquisite view of the Gauntegab River bed. You can also have a good view of the rock formations. The campsites have individual ablution facilities situated on stilts hidden in the tree tops. The braai facilities also double up as a heater – donkey system. This is for hot running water at each open-air shower.
The camp sites are shaded by large Mopane trees. They have a low rock wall around each site. The swimming pool and bar area are quite welcoming. This is quite true after a long day and give you a chance to rejuvenate and enjoy your surroundings.
It’s also a nice place to meet fellow travelers and share tales. This you can do around a communal camp fire at night while the sky puts on a breath-taking show of stars.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner is in today’s menu.
Day 6: Damaraland – Swakopmund
Today your Northern Namibia camping trip head deeper into the desert. You will pass Namibia’s highest mountain, The Brandberg, (2573 m). You also got to enjoy more beautiful Damaraland scenery.
You will make a stop in the small town of Uis. This is an old mining town, and one of the best places to buy semi-precious stones, for which Namibia is famous. Here, rough Amethyst, Tourmaline etc. can are at bargain prices.
Your Northern Namibia camping trip turn west. You will cross the gravel plains on your way to the Atlantic Ocean and the Skeleton Coast. You will meet the ocean at Henties Bay. Your Northern Namibia camping trip first heads north. This is along the coast to visit the seal colony at Cape Cross. At certain times of the year as many as 100,000 Cape Fur seals congregate.
The next destination on the Northern Namibia camping trip is Swakopmund, following the Skeleton Coast into Namibia’s premier seaside town. You will aim to arrive in the late afternoon giving us time to explore the town on foot before sunset.
Tonight, we take the chance to sample one of the excellent restaurants. The seafood in Swakopmund is superb. Your guide will offer to organize a group meal in a local restaurant for this evening. Participation is recommended but by no means required.
Dinner is for the client’s own account.
Swakopmund began in 1892 as the main harbour for German South West Africa. It is often described as being more German than Germany. It is now a seaside resort and the capital of the Skeleton Coast tourism area. It has plenty to keep visitors happy. It has a quirky mix of German and Namibian influences. There are colonial-era buildings and the cool sea breeze make it popular.
Cape Cross Seal Colony
This colony of Cape Fur Seals is one of the largest in the world. It is home to approximately 80 000 to 100 000 of these so-called ‘seals’, which are in fact a species of sea lion. Day trips to the colony are offered and the seals can be viewed from a walkway at a distance of roughly 200 metres.
Your overnight on Northern Namibia camping trip today will be at Prost Hotel Swakopmund. Prost Hotel is in the heart of Swakopmund. This gives access to the town’s various and excellent restaurants. Our accommodation consists of 28 en-suite rooms, ranging from luxury, family to standard rooms. All rooms have 43” flat screen TV and own DSTV decoder. you got an electronic laptop safe, tea/coffee station, telephone and hair dryer.
Today you have breakfast and lunch is in.
Day 7: Swakopmund – Windhoek
This is the last day of your Northern Namibia camping trip. You will be driving back from Swakopmund to Windhoek. The drive back to Windhoek today will take about 4 and a half hours.
Your Northern Namibia camping trip will leave around lunch-time. This gives you time to spend the morning relaxing in Swakopmund. Swakopmund has many superb shops and a good stretch of beach though the Atlantic here is quite cold. There is also an open-air curio market. There is also a good museum and the Namibian National Marine Aquarium in Swakopmund.
There are various optional activities on your Northern Namibia camping trip that you can have here. These include aeroplane and microlight flights over the desert. There are scenic drives, fishing trips both from the beach or in a boat. You can enjoy four-wheel motorcycle (quad bike) trips into the desert. this can also go over the sand dunes around Swakopmund.
Go sand boarding trips also in the dunes, skydiving or surfing. Avian lovers can enjoy bird-watching and many other activities are available.
The guide on Northern Namibia camping trip will discuss all the possible options with you before you reach Swakopmund. He will offer to make bookings in advance of your arrival on your Northern Namibia camping trip. (N.B. All extra activities and excursions in Swakopmund are subject to availability. They are at the client’s own risk and expense).
This is the last day of the Northern Namibia camping trip and after lunch we will transfer back to the capital city. You will have a drop off at your accommodation in the late afternoon / early evening.
Included today in your meal plan on Northern Namibia camping trip is breakfast and lunch.
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7 Day Northern Namibia Camping Trip Cost
Included in the 7 Day Northern Namibia Camping Trip Cost
- Transport in a custom-built safari vehicle (no air-conditioning)
- Accommodation and camping as per itinerary
- National park & site entry fees
- Activities as per the program
- Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast L=lunch D=dinner)
- Services of an English-speaking guide & camp assistant
- Pick up/drop off within Windhoek city limits
Not Included in 7 Day Northern Namibia Camping trip
- Drinks snacks
- Sleeping bag
- Optional activities
What to Carry on 7 Day Northern Namibia Camping Trip
- light and heavy clothing
- sun glasses
- Sun screen
- comfortable hiking shoes
Related African Safaris in Namibia
Namibia Safari Tour Destinations
The Northern Namibia camping trip starts with a tour to the Kalahari Desert. This is a large semi-arid sandy savannah in Southern Africa extending for 900,000 square kilometres.
It occupies almost all of Botswana, the eastern third of Namibia, and the northernmost part of Northern Cape province in South Africa. In the southwest it merges with the Namib, the coastal desert of Namibia.
The Kalahari’s longest north–south extent is roughly 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometres), and its greatest east–west distance is about 600 miles
The Kalahari Desert that covers much of Botswana, and parts of Namibia and South Africa. The Kalahari sand dunes compose the largest continuous expanse of sand on earth.
The dunes are covered with a relative abundance of vegetation because of a rainfall of between 5 and 10 inches annually, of which over four hundred species of plants have been identified in the Kalahari Desert.
The Kalahari Desert is formed in a region of subsidence in the Hadley cell known as the “horse latitudes” and also its continentality. But, the cause of the Namib desert is the cold Benguela current in the Atlantic ocean.
There are small amounts of rainfall and the summer temperature is very high. It usually receives 3–7.5 inches (76–190 mm) of rain per year. As a result the Kalahari supports some animals and plants because most of it is not true desert.
The Desert was previously havens for wild animals from elephant to giraffe, and for predators such as lion and cheetah. On your Namibia safari tour to the riverbeds are now you will mostly have grazing fauna.
With luck your Namibia safari tour may come across leopard or cheetah.
Fish River Canyon
The Northern Namibia camping trip will continue further south to Fish River Canyon. It is the largest canyon in Africa, as well as the second most visited tourist attraction in Namibia.
Your Namibia Safari Tour will enjoy the Fish River Canyon tour. This features a gigantic ravine, in total about 100 miles long, up to 27 km wide and in places almost 550 meters deep.
The Canyon forms part of the state-run Ais-Ais Richtersveld Transfontier Park. Entrance to the Park is situated 10 kilometres from the well-known view point Hell`s Bend at the Hobas Restcamp.
All visitors including those on Namibia safari tour have to report here. It is important to know that during the summer month the Canyon hike is closed due to the heat.
The Fish River Hiking Trail can be conducted during the months April – September. The hike can be completed within 4 to 5 days, depending on fitness.
It covers a length of 85 km and the descent into the Canyon is only allowed for hikers doing the trail. Because Namibia safari tour is not on Fish River Hiking Trail, you will not climb into the Canyon.
The history of some of the oldest rocks in Namibia (gneiss) cut by the Fish River started over a billion years ago. A might mountain range eroded down to a vast plain flooded by the ocean about 650 million years ago.
Then about 350 million years ago the biological formation of the Fish River Canyon started. A vast graben formed along old tectonic faults. It formed the broad ancient valley of the Fish River.
The edges of this graben that are more than 20 km apart today form the upper edges of the canyon. After the formation of the graben structure 300 million years ago the riverbed was still 300 metres higher than it is today.
With the so-called Gondwana-Glaciation glaciers further deepened the graben. Today ice in the canyon is completely unimaginable.
There was the separation of the continent Gondwana about 120 million years ago. Combined with the uplifting of the African continent the gradient of the Fish River increased allowed it to erode even deeper into the rock. Today the deepest point of the canyon is 549 metres deep.
Your Northern Namibia camping trip then makes a detour to Lüderitz. This is a coastal town in southwestern Namibia. It’s known for its German colonial buildings, including the art nouveau Goerke Haus, built into the rock face on Diamond Hill.
Nearby, Felsenkirche is a hilltop church with panoramic bay views stretching around to Robert Harbor. The Lüderitz Museum has displays about the town’s diamond-mining past as well as local and natural history.
Lüderitz, formerly Angra Pequena, town on the Atlantic coast of Namibia (formerly South West Africa). The Portuguese navigator Bartolomeu Dias stopped there in 1487 and named the bay Angra Pequena.
Long neglected, it became the first German settlement in South West Africa. This is when a Hamburg merchant, Franz Adolf Lüderitz, began trading operations here. He persuaded the German government in 1883 to place the territory under German protection.
In 1908, during construction of a railway, diamonds were discovered in the Namib desert hinterland. Lüderitz then became a booming mining town in what the German colonial government.
It later established as a huge prohibited zone, Sperrgebiet, where no one may enter without permit, for diamond mining was strictly controlled.
The Northern Namibia camping trip will proceed to Aus, a settlement in the ǁKaras Region of southern Namibia. It lies on a railway line and the B4 national road, 230 km west of Keetmanshoop. This is about 125 km east of Lüderitz and belongs to the ǃNamiǂNûs electoral constituency.
The region around the little village of Aus and the Huib Plateau was originally inhabited by nomadic hunter-gatherer groups of the Nama. They already gave the town its present name.
!Aus means snake fountain and it was the last reliable fountain before the start of the 120 km wide waterless Namib. Until the year 1882 the region remained spared from European influence, only a few missionaries visited the snake fountain.
The history of Aus goes back to the end of 1904 the war between the Nama and the Germans erupted. More German soldiers had to be brought into the country for the “protection of the peoples”.
For this reason the construction of a railway connection between Lüderitz and Aus was authorized by the German government. Until today the construction work is praised – within one year the complete distance of 120 km was completed.
If it wasn’t for the wild herds also the reason for the Northern Namibia camping trip coming here, Aus could be described as the original one-horse town. This small village is located on the B4 national road and is a popular pit-stop for tourists. It is ideally located as a scenic and tranquil base for discovering Namibia’s southern interior.
The most unique feature of Aus is the resident wild horses. They are most likely descended from South African and Namibian horses which threw off the bonds of domestication during World War I.
These unique animals are capable of going without water for up to five days. They seem willing and able to survive the harsh conditions on the edge of the Namib Desert.
Alongside the horses are ostriches and oryx which are endemic to this area, with no ill effects. A hide has been erected at Garub Pan so that those on Northern Namibia camping trip can view these amazing creatures at their favorite watering hole.
Sossusvlei is a salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes. Northern Namibia camping trip here will take you to the southern part of the Namib Desert, in the Namib-Naukluft National Park of Namibia.
The name “Sossusvlei” is often used in an extended meaning to refer to the surrounding area, which is one of the major visitor attractions of Namibia.
Sossusvlei is possibly Namibia’s most spectacular and best-known attraction, a top choice for Northern Namibia camping trip. It is characterised by the large red dunes. Sossusvlei is a large, white, salt and clay pan and is a great destination all year round.
The dunes in this area are some of the highest in the world, reaching almost 400 meters. They will provide photographic enthusiasts with wonderful images in the beautiful morning and evening light.
Sossusvlei literally translates to “dead-end marsh”. This is the place where the dunes come together preventing the Tsauchab River to flow any further, some 60km east of the Atlantic Ocean.
However, due to the dry conditions in the Namib Desert the River seldom flows this far and the pan remains bone-dry most years.
During an exceptional rainy season the Tsauchab fills the pan, drawing visitors from all over the world to witness this spectacular site.
Photographic enthusiasts are spoilt with a glassy “lake” holding reflections of the surrounding dunes. When the pan fills it can hold water for as long as a year.
Many endemic animal and plant species call the Namib their home. They have adapted perfectly to the heat. Many desert inhabitants make use of the fog which every now and then emerges from the Atlantic Ocean. This is often the only source to humidity and vital for the survival of many.
Those on Namibia safari tour may see oryx antelope. They often can be found deep in the desert has developed a unique system to cool down its blood.
They have fine network of blood vessels to cool the brain. This enabled the animals to handle a body temperature of more than 40°C for longer periods.
Windhoek is the capital of Namibia, in the country’s central highlands and the starting point of your Northern Namibia camping trip. South of the city, the sprawling Heroes’ Acre war memorial commemorates Namibia’s 1990 independence.
On a hilltop in the city center are the 1890s Alte Feste, a former military headquarters with historical exhibits, and Independence Memorial Museum. Colonial influences are visible in nearby buildings like the sandstone Lutheran Christus Church.
Windhoek is a bustling metropolis and on the Northern Namibia camping trip, you will unexpectedly neat and orderly. It is perhaps less surprising when one considers it was a German territory for many years.
This is the main port of call for most tourists including those on Namibia Safari Tour, and all travellers pass through the city at least once. Situated in a pretty valley, Windhoek boasts buildings very much in the German architectural style.
The German presence can be strongly felt in the food, restaurants – and, of course, the beer. The Namibian beer is said to be the best in Africa and is brewed in Windhoek.
Okonjima Nature Reserve
Your Northern Namibia camping trip starts by heading to Okonjima. Okonjima was born of the desire to find balance for cattle farmers and predators. It is now a game reserve home to the beloved AfriCat foundation.
The Northern Namibai tour safari goes half way between Windhoek and Etosha to the well-known Okonjima Nature Reserve. The 96 kilometre fence surrounding the 22 000 ha Okonjima private, Nature Reserve was finally completed in 2010.
Okonjima is home of The AfriCat Foundation, was established as a small ‘guest farm’ in 1986. For many years, this was a cattle haven but increasing livestock losses and post-independence interest changed it to a tourist destination.
The Okonjima Nature Reserve sprawls over 200 square kilometres of undulating plains. There are mountainous outcrops, and riverine thickets. It is here that leopard (Panthera pardus), the most adaptable of all the wild cats, thrive. Read more about our Leopard Research.
These intelligent, solitary predators occur in high density in the expanse of Okonjima Nature Reserve’s multi-faceted topography.
The Reserve’s predator research programme has spanned three decades. Its findings have provided great insight to leopard behavioral patterns as well as offered an upbeat prognosis for a sustainable future for the species in today’s Africa.
A two-day Okonjima stay on Northern Namibia camping trip offers the best chance to view wild leopard in Namibia. There are also other collared for research purposes, in their natural habitats.
Research programme leopard are actively tracked, and their collars are an invaluable resource for locating, and then returning to the Reserve. Cats which have migrated to surrounding farmland where they are perceived as threats to livestock.
The Okonjima Nature Reserve, a huge protected area set amongst the rugged commercial farmlands of central Namibia. It comprises a diversified ecosystem representative of both the larger and small mammals of Namibia, as well as most of the country’s endemic birds.
There are game drives and guided bush walks on Northern Namibia camping trip here. These offer visitors an intimate, up-close perspective of Namibia’s wildlife and, especially, its most protected species.
Etosha National Park
The Northern Namibia camping trip heads to the easiest and safest safari destinations in Africa, Etosha National Park is Namibia’s best game viewing destination.
Etosha is one of Africa’s great wildlife parks and Namibia’s prime wilderness conservation area. This Namibia national park span a vast 22 300 square kilometres (8 610 square miles).
Etosha National park consists mostly of grassy plains around a huge salt pan, which becomes a beautiful lake after heavy rains and attracts large flocks of pink candy-floss-coloured flamingo.
Etosha holds one of the largest, and perhaps the most stable, population of black rhino in the world, as well as giraffe, and rare and unusual species like the black-faced impala, Hartmann’s mountain zebra or the smallest antelope in the world, the Damara dikdik.
It is home to savannah animals and desert specialists, Etosha is where elephant, giraffe and zebra mix with springbok, black rhino and the scimitar-horned gemsbok antelope.
It’s also a predator paradise: lions, leopards and hyenas are resident in healthy numbers and it’s a top destination for cheetah sightings.
Within easy reach of the capital Windhoek, Etosha is as suitable for families with children on safari to Africa. It is also suitable for couples and honeymooners.
The risk of malaria is low, the climate usually warm and dry, and, thanks to simple logistics Etosha is a can-do self-drive destination.
The relaxed nature of the wildlife means an Etosha safari offers excellent photographic opportunities, especially during dry season. Great numbers of animals are concentrated at water and there are many busy waterholes to watch from the shade.
At night you’ll dine under dazzling stars, keeping an eye on a flood-lit waterhole and an ear out for the wavering contralto of the black-backed jackal.
This Northern Namibia camping trip will the head to the north-central part of what later became Namibia, inhabited by the Damaras. It was bounded roughly by Ovamboland in the north, the Namib Desert in the west, the Kalahari Desert in the east, and Windhoek in the south.
This will be a great stop on your Northern Namibia camping trip. Damaraland lies in between the dunes of Sossusvlei and the wildlife sanctuary that is Etosha National Park. It is home to the Himba Tribe.
It is a lesser-known treasure – the wild, untamed landscapes of northwestern Damaraland. This semi-desert region is one of the country’s most spectacular, with vast, arid plains intersected by sudden towering outcrops of rust-colored granite.
The first taste of Damaraland’s alien rock formations comes as the flat, arid scrubland. This is on either side of the road gives way without warning to the jaw-dropping granite peaks of Spitzkoppe.
They are often referred to as the “Matterhorn of Namibia”, Spitzkoppe is more than 120 million years old. The tallest of its many outcrops stands 5,853 feet/1,784 meters high against the blue sky.
To be discovered on your Northern Namibia camping trip are culture and an assortment of desert-adapted wildlife. They include elephant, rhino, zebra and lion, which eke out an existence in this near-barren landscape.
A not-to-be-missed attraction is the picturesque Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain, which is home to thousands of ancient rock paintings – most notably the White Lady.
The rocky outcrops of Twyfelfontein feature exceptional Bushmen engravings. They are considered to be some of the best-preserved etchings on the continent.
Your Northern Namibia camping trip may visit the Petrified Forest. It dates back millions of years and offers a haunting landscape of gigantic fossilised trees.
Your Northern Namibia camping trip then heads to Swakopmund is the capital of the Erongo Region and has about 34,000 inhabitants. Swakopmund is known as activity centre of Namibia, nowhere else in the country on your Northern Namibia camping trip will you find such a variety of possible activities.
The city’s German origins are quite pronounced in beautiful old German Colonial buildings throughout the city, making an even starker contrast for this town sitting at the edge of the Namib Desert.
One artifact of the German colonization includes an old museum/store, selling genuine artefacts from the 19th century. Cover a child’s eyes, because some of what is on sale is aesthetically–and historically–difficult to look at.
Swakopmund was used as the setting for The Village in the 2008 production of The Prisoner by AMC and ITV. Its quaint buildings and unusual appearance made a perfect replacement for Portmeirion where the original 1960’s series of The Prisoner was set.
Swakopmund Skydiving Club, founded in 1974, operates 7 days a week from Swakopmund Airfield, and organises the Desert Skydiving Boogies.
Lying directly due west of Windhoek, Swakopmund offers the closest coastal access to the capital. It attracts thousands of domestic holidaymakers over the peak Christmas season.
But it’s not hard to see why this pretty little port is also popular with foreign visitors. The town centre has retained much of its colonial character. It also boasts some of the best tourist facilities in the country.
In addition, Swakopmund is the main springboard for exploration of the dramatic Skeleton Coast. The more immediate attractions include the bird-rich lagoon at nearby Walvis Bay and at Sandwich Harbour.
The adventure activities operating along the dunes that separate the two ports, and Welwitschia Drive in the nearby northern Namib. So your Northern Namibia camping trip has a lot of activities to choose from while in Swakopmund.