Southern Namibia Self–Drive
This Namibian self–drive covers the picturesque landscapes of the southern region of Namibia and is ideal for those who enjoy the tranquillity and solitude of wide–open spaces, as well as providing great photographic opportunities! Visit the Kalahari and Namib Naukluft deserts full of mountains, plains and spectacular dunes, the second–largest canyon in the world and the sheer cliffs of the imposing Naukluft Mountains. Walking can be enjoyed at many of the destinations along with other activities. As with all self–drive safaris, they can be tailored to suit you, this trip is shown as a camping, or mid–range accommodation option but further accommodation upgrades can be made.
Kalahari Desert; Fish River Canyon; Namib wild horses; Luderitz and Kolmanskop Ghost Town; Namib–Naukluft Park–Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei, Dune 45, Sesriem; Naukluft Mountains for hiking.
Map & Short Itinerary:
Day 1 Kalahari Anib – Camp
Day 2&3 Canyon Roadhouse Camp for Fish River Canyon
Day 4&5 Klein Aus Vista – Camp
Day 6&7 Sesriem or Sesriem Oshana Camp near Sossusvlei
Day 8 Naukluft Mountains Rest Camp – Camp
Day 9 Return to Windhoek
Day 1 Kalahari Anib Lodge
Day 2&3 Fish River Lodge
Day 4&5 Klein Aus Vista
Day 6&7 Le Mirage near Sossusvlei
Day 8 Naukluft Mountains Rest Camp accommodation
Day 9 Return to Windhoek
|Safari Type||Self Drive Safari|
|Price From||NAD 14553|
|Group Size||Minimum 1 people|
|Please Note||Subject to availability of accommodation|
Day 1 Kalahari Anib
Your first day takes you in a southerly direction into the Kalahari Basin, it’s not a true desert but a fossil one and where deep–orange rolling linear dunes are interspersed with grassy and tree–lined valleys. Desert–adapted wildlife including meerkats, oryx, springbok and ostrich may be spotted
Day 2&3 Fish River Canyon
Leave Kalahari Anib after breakfast and drive south to Fish River Canyon, perhaps stop and wander around the Quiver Tree Forest, part of the branches were traditionally used by the Bushman to hold their quivers– hence the name) and Giants Playground–a large group of granite boulders, before continuing onto the Fish River region, a harsh, rocky landscape that without warning plunges into a canyon reaching 550m deep and where the Fish River meanders over boulders and sandy shores. Sit and take in the vastness and solitude
Day 4&5 Klein Aus Vista, Aus
Onward to the best kept secrets of Namibia– Klein Aus, a truly beautiful spot, situated on the edge of the desert with endless views of open plains and mountains. Recommend visiting the coastal and historic town of Luderitz along with nearby Kolmanskop Ghost Town, where gem–quality diamonds were picked the ground before being abandoned – the shifting sands now engulf many of the houses but it makes for great photography and maintains an ethereal feel
Day 6&7 Sossusvlei area
Enjoy the diverse scenery in this sparsely populated region as you drive north towards Namib Naukluft. It’s worth the early morning start to catch first light as early sun rays transform the dark shadows into a deep orange glow and the dunes transform in front of you. Without doubt, Sossusvlei is one of Namibia’s most iconic sights and you can ascend the dunes to witness the endless sand sea. Visit Dead Vlei, where ancient camel–thorn trees sit on the shimmering baked pan, with a backdrop of towering dunes and bright blue sky.
Day 8 Naukluft Mountains
A leisurely morning today before a short drive to the imposing Naukluft Mountains to enjoy excellent walking trails in this beautiful region of fresh–water pools and streams set amongst the ravines and towering cliffs. If you are lucky you may spot Hartmann’s mountain zebra, kudu, rock dassie, or the agile klipspringer bounding over rocks. You can also visit nearby Neuras winery to sample some of Namibia’s wine or visit their conservation programme.
Day 9 Windhoek
Return to Windhoek today, driving through the small town of Rehoboth and dropping off your rental vehicle this afternoon, today’s drive is around 3.5–4 hours to the city and additional time to drop off car and continue to airport – therefore we do not recommend flight before mid–afternoon. End of services