Namibia Green Season Safari

Wildlife Encounters from AfriCat to Etosha, Damaraland, and the Legendary Skeleton Coast

Overview

Namibia is one of the most hauntingly beautiful safari destinations in the world, brimming with astounding landscapes and exotic species found nowhere else. We discover this epic land during the “green season” as we track leopards at AfriCat, explore World Heritage-listed Etosha National Park from its less traveled eastern gate, search for desert-adapted elephants in ethereal Damaraland, and adventure from Shipwreck Lodge, perched on the dunes of the legendary Skeleton Coast (green season is the best time of year to visit the Skeleton Coast). We enjoy all this with an expert Trip Leader who is one of Namibia’s best known naturalist guides. Green season (January to March) is Namibia’s summer and a time of bounty, bringing the desert to life to reveal carpets of buttercup-yellow devil’s-thorn flowers and swaths of yellow and pink cleomes. It is calving season for plains game such as springbok and zebra, peak birdwatching season for flocks of migratory species, and an ideal season for photography, with clear, dust-free skies and striking cloud formations. Rain is usually confined to a short and spectacular daily afternoon thundershower, which brings the plains alive with new green grass. To top it off, this journey comes at a savings of more than $1,500 per person compared with high season safaris. Join us to explore the very best places to be during this special season!

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2, Feb 15-16, 2022
Windhoek / Okonjima Bush Camp / AfriCat

From Windhoek, head to Okonjima Nature Reserve, home to the AfriCat Foundation, founded in 1991 and dedicated to conserving Namibia’s large carnivores. At charming Okonjima Bush Camp, set in pristine wilderness, we'll track leopards by vehicle. We might spot them resting in the trees after their night of hunting.

Galton House
Windhoek, Namibia
Day 1 (1 night), Day 11 (1 night)
Okonjima Bush Camp
Omboroko Mountains, Namibia
Day 2 (1 night)
Days 3-4, Feb 17-18, 2022
Etosha National Park

From our deluxe lodge in the remote eastern section of Etosha, we head out by 4WD vehicle across vast grasslands and shimmering salt pans. Elephant, lion, giraffe, blue wildebeest, rhino, leopard, and an array of plains game frequent the numerous springs and waterholes of this UNESCO-listed gem, one of Africa’s greatest game reserves.

Onguma-the-Fort
Etosha National Park, Namibia
Days 3 to 4 (2 nights)
Days 5-7, Feb 19-21, 2022
Damaraland / Twyfelfontein

Amid the magnificent table-top mountains of Damaraland, land of desert-adapted wildlife, we explore by 4WD vehicle along the rugged Aba Huab River Valley on the lookout for elusive desert elephants and desert black rhinos. Hartmann’s mountain zebra and gemsbok can often be spotted, and the utter remoteness and solitude of this area is spellbinding. One afternoon, we visit nearby Twyfelfontein, a treasury of rock engravings on slabs of red sandstone that indicate hunter-gatherers lived here as long as 7,000 years ago.

Camp Onduli
Damaraland, Namibia
Days 5 to 7 (3 nights)
Days 8-12, Feb 22-26, 2022
Shipwreck Lodge / Skeleton Coast Park

Shipwreck Lodge in Skeleton Coast Park is an absolutely unique accommodation set in a slice of remote wilderness where relics of ships and towering dunes are swept by the ocean breeze. At this striking lodge, our choices include beachcombing for sun-bleached whale bones, exploring by 4WD vehicle to marvel at geological wonders and desert-adapted plants, visiting the huge Cape fur seal colony at Mowe Bay, and enjoying sundowners atop the dunes. Return to Windhoek on Day 11 and depart on Day 12.

Shipwreck Lodge
Möwe Bay, Namibia
Days 8 to 10 (3 nights)
Galton House
Windhoek, Namibia
Day 11 (1 night)

Highlights

Highlights

Safari in the company of one of Namibia’s best naturalist guides
Enjoy spectacular lodges and remote camps that get you close to the wildlife
Explore the wonder of Skeleton Coast Park from stunning Shipwreck Lodge
Track leopard at AfriCat and desert-adapted rhino in Damaraland
Search for rhino, leopard, lion, and elephant in eastern Etosha National Park
Witness the calving season of plains game including springbok and zebra

Details

Length: 12 days
Cost From: $6899  
Arrive: Windhoek, Namibia
Depart: Windhoek, Namibia
Lodging: 2 nights hotels, 9 nights deluxe wildlife camps and lodges
Meals: All meals included as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Safaris
Trip Level:

4WD game viewing, easy to moderate hiking