Highlights of Namibia - Self Drive Safari

Introduction: 13 day Self Drive Safari of Namibia - Accommodated
Namibia is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world and this 13-day self-drive tour will show you the vastness and breathtaking landscapes of this dry land.

Climb the dunes of the Namib Desert, see the extraordinary Erongo Mountains, marvel at ancient rock art in the Damaraland, explore the Etosha National Park on game drives and go hiking on the Waterberg Plateau.

The basics

How much: from ZAR 17 900 (see exact price info)
Single client: ZAR 5 100
How long: 13 days
Accommodation: This is an accommodated tour
Start point: Windhoek, Namibia
End point: Windhoek, Namibia
Meals: As indicated below
Countries: Namibia
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Itinerary l Highlights of Namibia l Self Drive Safari

Day 1 | Windhoek, Namibia
Distance approx. 50 km; driving time approx. 1 h
After arriving at Windhoek International Airport, you collect your rental car and drive to the prearranged accommodation, Montebello Guesthouse. The rest of the day is at leisure and you can either relax at the guesthouse or explore the city. See the National Gallery (featuring local artists), the National Museum (Namibia’s history) or take a walk in the 12-hectare National Botanic Garden. Get a taste for some Namibian beer and enjoy traditional cuisine at a local restaurant (own account). You will overnight at Montebello Guesthouse.

Day 2 | Windhoek, Namibia – Sesriem, Namibia
Distance approx. 350 km; driving time approx. 4-5 h
After breakfast you leave Windhoek and drive south via Rehoboth and the Remshoogte Pass to Sesriem. If there is time before sunset, you can enter the Namib-Naukluft National Park at the Sesriem Gate to see the late afternoon light on the dunes. You will overnight at a tented chalet at Desert Camp, situated just outside of the park where you have the chance of grilling meat on an open fire under the stars. Book a braai pack – a selection of meats and salads. Alternatively, you can go for dinner at Sossusvlei Lodge a few kilometres away.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 | Sossusvlei, Namibia
Try to get away as early as possible to see the early morning sun creating beautiful shadows on the enormous dunes of Sossusvlei. Gates to the park open at sunrise. Climb one of the famous dunes such as Dune 45 or Big Daddy for some early morning exercise. It is a breathtaking experience seeing the sea of sand around you. Continue to Dead Vlei, a very photogenic spot of ancient dead trees.  Thereafter you drive to the Sesriem Canyon where you can also do short hikes (dry season). If you want to learn more about the Namib Desert, join a guided desert walk – book at Sossusvlei Lodge. You will stay another night at the Desert Camp.
Meals: No meals

Day 4-5 | Sesriem, Namibia – Swakopmund, Namibia
Distance day 4: approx. 400 km; driving time approx. 5-6 h
Today’s journey on gravel roads takes you to the coastal town of Swakopmund where you can find beautiful pieces of colonial architecture. Swakopmund is also a base for adventure activities (all optional) in the area – join a dolphin cruise in Walvis bay, go dune boarding, skydiving, fishing, take a heli flip over the desert, go quad biking, take a day trip into the desert or to the seal colony at Cape Cross. You will spend two nights at Cornerstone Guesthouse. There is a variety of restaurants to choose from, but be sure not to miss the fresh seafood.
Meals: Breakfast (day 5)

Day 6-7 | Swakopmund, Namibia – Erongo Mountains, Namibia
Distance day 6: approx. 250 km; driving time approx. 3-4 h
After a leisurely breakfast, you leave Swakopmund and travel inland. In the distance, you will see the Spitzkoppe, one of Namibia’s most recognizable landmarks. Go for a walk and explore the imposing granite rock formations or take a guided tour and view ancient San rock art. Today’s destination will be the Otjohotozu Farm in the Erongo Mountains. Lean back and enjoy the warm farm atmosphere. Alternatively, join a game drive in the morning or afternoon. You will spend two nights at Otjohotozu Guest Farm.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 | Erongo Mountains, Namibia – Twyfelfontein, Namibia
Distance approx. 300 km; driving time approx. 4-5 h
Today you will head west past the Brandberg Mountain (2,580 metres), the highest mountain in Namibia and site of the ‘White Lady’ rock painting. En route, you may want to see the Petrified Forest, a collection of ancient mineralized tree trunks. You might also find ‘living fossils’ – centuries-old Welwitschia plants. Overnight accommodation is at the luxurious Camp Kipwe, part of a sustainable eco-tourism and community upliftment project. This unique lodge is built from natural materials from the area, almost merging into the mountain it is built on. Enjoy the view of the boulder-strewn savannah or get into an open game vehicle for a tour (optional) around the property to meet the locals, see wildlife or some rock art. The lodge is close to Twyfelfontein, the Organ Pipes and the Burnt Mountain.
Meals: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 9-10 | Twyfelfontein, Namibia – Etosha National Park, Namibia
Distance day 9: approx. 400 km; driving time approx. 5-6 h (excl. game drives)
After breakfast you depart for the world-famous Etosha National Park. Etosha (‘huge white area’) is one of the largest game parks in Africa and with its range of animals and landscapes – acacia trees, vast open plains and a massive salt pan – also one of the most interesting. Okaukuejo Camp is a good base for game drives in the western, central and eastern part of the park. During these two days, you will spend most of your time game viewing around the waterholes where elephants, giraffes and different species of antelope and birds come to drink. With a bit of luck, you might even be able to spot lions and rhinos. To see nocturnal animals, a night game drive (optional) with a park ranger is a good option or visiting the floodlit waterhole at night – very thrilling. You will overnight at the Okaukuejo Camp for two nights.
Meals: Breakfast

The large camps in the Etosha National Park are owned by the government. They are maintained and looked after by state employees who are sometimes not as enthusiastic about their work as we wish they were. Accommodation ranges from basic chalets to standard self-catering units. There are, however, more luxurious lodges outside the park from where you will do day trips into the park. Should you be interested in this option, please let us know and we will gladly amend our offer accordingly.

Day 11 | Etosha National Park, Namibia
Driving time depends on choice of route
After breakfast you will continue east, driving along the edge of the flat salt pan that extends into the horizon. You will see herds of impalas, wildebeests, zebras and oryx on the plains. Amongst the acacia trees and shrubs look out for elephants, giraffes and lions resting in the afternoon heat. Stopping at waterholes along the way, you should see a variety of birds and animals coming and going to quench their thirst. By late afternoon you will reach Von Lindequist Gate where you exit the park. Mushara Bush Camp is just a stone’s throw away. Relax on the private deck of your tent-room in the bush or warm up at the campfire of the dining area.
Meals: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 12 | Etosha Area, Namibia – Waterberg Plateau, Namibia
Distance approx. 400 km; driving time approx. 5-6 h
Today’s journey will take you past a deep lake and a meteorite. Just outside Tsumeb you can turn off to visit the bright blue Lake Otjikoto. Next on today’s list is the 60-ton Hoba Meteorite; at roughly 3×3 metres, it is the largest meteorite in the world. Your last stop is the private nature reserve Waterberg Wilderness. The Waterberg is a massive red plateau rising 200 metres above the surrounding plains. The variety of microclimates – mountain, valley and plains – accommodates a variety of vegetation ranging from massive fig trees to ferns and acacia trees. A variety of animals are found here, including over 200 bird species. As an optional activity you can join a rhino drive in the afternoon or take a walk along one of the well-marked trails. You will overnight at the Waterberg Wilderness Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 13 | Waterberg Plateau, Namibia – Windhoek, Namibia
Distance approx. 350 km; driving time approx. 4-5 h
Today you will continue south towards Windhoek. On your way, you may want to stop at a curio market in Okahandja. Here you can haggle and bargain for wood carvings, beaded jewellery, baskets and other crafts. In Windhoek, you will head to the airport to return your rental car or spend another night in the city (optional).
Meals: Breakfast

Includes

  • Self-drive tour according to the itinerary.
  • 12 nights’ accommodation in guesthouses, chalets, bungalows and lodges as indicated in the itinerary (or similar).
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary.

Excludes

  • Flights (international and domestic)
  • Rental car (please contact us for a quote)
  • Fuel
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Beverages (alcohol and soft drinks)
  • Possible toll and crossing border fees
  • National park fees
  • Optional activities
  • Visa, tips, personal expenses, travel insurance, etc.

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