Wild Dog Safaris is one of the premier safari companies in Namibia. Our office and workshop have the advantage of many years of experience in the tourism industry and our policy has always been to run high quality safaris at a reasonable price. Our trips can be split into 3 different sections:
This is where you decide to join a group of like-minded people on a set itinerary with set dates. These trips are usually the most economical way of travelling. For our group Scheduled Safaris we offer camping scheduled safaris or accommodated scheduled safaris.
This is when you decide that you don’t want to join a group but you don’t want to drive yourselves. You have your own guide for the length of your trip and you can tailor make your trips to where and what you would like to do, and when. This can be for 1 or two people or for a group of friends that choose to travel in their own group.
This is when you choose to drive yourselves but with our 24 hour back up here in Namibia. We assist you with everything, car hire, accommodation bookings, best routes and general travel advice. There are no set dates or costs, we work with you on your plan and cost depending on your wishes.
At the end of your safari your guide will hand you an evaluation form. We encourage you to complete and return it to your guide or a representative of the company. You only need to complete your name and details if you choose to. Please remain anonymous if you prefer. We study the forms and do value your comments, both complimentary or otherwise.
If you feel that your guide or assistant have really gone the extra mile to make your safari a truly memorable experience, our tipping guideline for both guides and assistants is approximately N$20.00 to N$40.00 per assistant/guide, per client, per day of safari. Its probably easiest if you work as a group on this and collect two separate amounts in two envelopes. This avoids unnecessary complications for the guide and assistant when they try and decide what their share is!
Please remember that tipping is at your own discretion and the above is just a guideline. Tipping is only if you feel your crew deserve it.
Tap water in Namibia is either purified or comes directly from boreholes and is therefore safe to drink. We supply drinking water from the tap, but bottled mineral water is readily available at shops and restcamps should you prefer it. On the rare occasion that tap water is unsafe to drink, your guide will always advise the group before you arrive in the area.
It is forbidden to leave the vehicle in Etosha National Park unless you are in camp or other designated area. Your guide will advise.
The whole length of Namibia’s coastline is known as the Skeleton Coast. Please don’t mistake this for the Skeleton Coast National Park. Our trips visit the Skeleton Coast, where we see a Cape Fur Seal colony but we do not have enough time to travel further north to the National Park. We can arrange trips to this Park but you need an extra 3- 4 days and be prepared to fly in.
Every evening, usually at dinner time, your guide will brief you on the next day’s journey and the activities which will be available. This is also the best time to ask questions.
If you like the uniforms worn by our staff, you can purchase any of our branded clothing at the Windhoek office.
Our tents are 100% bug proof, but only when they are closed. It is your tent for the duration of the trip, and it is up to you to make sure that you do not have any uninvited guests in the middle of the night.
All our scheduled safaris will run with a minimum of two clients. If you are the first client to book, please don’t be concerned, it is very unusual for us to cancel a trip because we rarely have one booking. Our consultants will keep you notified as to the situation with future bookings and will confirm your trip as soon as the second person books.
On our combination trips we include the middle night’s accommodation in a Windhoek guesthouse. If you do not know where you are staying in between the different sections of your safari, ask your guide to check to avoid any confusion.
At the end of the safari your guide will drop you anywhere within the city limits of Windhoek. We can arrange airport transfers but please make sure you give us prior notice.
We are always on the look-out for fresh promotional photographs. If you have good shots, please feel free to share them with us, its always appreciated.
Camping safaris are one of the best and most economical ways to see Africa and the climate in Namibia is usually fantastic for camping. On occasion though, the weather conditions in Namibiacan become adverse, with heavy rain, strongwinds, hot sun or cold winters that can make life under canvas a challenging experience. Camping in the bush is not the same as sleeping in a hotel, and we can be thankful for that, (99% of the time).
Your personal belongings, including valuables, are just that, they belong to you! Please take care of them, don’t leave them lying around where they might vanish and make sure that you have everything with you when you leave the trip. They are yours, and yours to replace if they are lost.
The zips on our tents are the heaviest duty you buy, and most of the time they work perfectly. The problem with a zip is that you get no warning when it is going to fail, and occasionally during a trip, one will break. We check all the zips after each trip but Namibia’s dry and dusty climate is hard on zippers, so we would like to request your understanding if you discover a “dodgy” zip on your tent.
Travel insurance is compulsory for people travelling on our safaris and we place the onus on our clients to make sure that they are adequately insured. It is also important to realise that should you need to make a claim on your policy, (for medical expenses for example), it is most likely that you will personally have to pay any bills up front, at the time the service is provided. You will then have to make a claim against your insurance company, when you get home. With this fact in mind we recommend to all our clients that they have enough funds available to cover any unexpected costs. Usually the best way to do this is to carry a credit card with a sufficient credit limit.
The client should be in a reasonably fit, physical condition, before joining a tour. You are advised to contact your doctor for advice regarding anti-malaria and other medical precautions well in advance of your departure for Namibia. Tours offered by the company cover widely diverse areas with regards to climate and natural environment. Neither the company, its employees nor its agents can be held responsible for any injury or related incidents which occur during the course of a safari.
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