Best of Namibia Self–Drive

15 Day Self Drive Safari

Safari Description:

This self–drive takes you to the sparsely populated south of Namibia with diverse landscapes from canyons, mountains and deserts. Continue to the quirky adventure town of Swakopmund and drive up to the barren and dramatic coastline to Damaraland and onto Etosha in the north completing a circuit of the country, to include great game viewing and a top conservation programme. Camping, mid–range and superior/luxury accommodation options are available and can be tailored for you.

Safari Highlights:

Kalahari Desert; Fish River Canyon; Namib–Naukluft Park – Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei, Dune 45, Sesriem; Swakopmund for optional activities; Damaraland for opportunity to track rhinos or desert elephant; Etosha National Park and Okonjima for Africat Foundation.

Main Attractions:

Namibia: Etosha Park, Sossusvlei, Fish River, Damaraland, Swakopmund, Africat

Map & Short Itinerary:


Day 1 Chameleon Backpackers & Guesthouse Windhoek
Day 2 Kalahari Anib Campsite
Day 3&4 Canyon Roadhouse Campsite for Fish River Canyon
Day 5&6 Sesriem or Sesriem Oshana Campsite for Sossusvlei
Day 7&8 A La Mer Hotel Swakopmund
Day 9&10 Hoada Campsite Northern Damaraland
Day 11&12 Okaukuejo Campsite Etosha
Day 13 Mushara Bush Camp East Etosha
Day 14 Okonjima Campsite & AfriCat Foundation
Day 15 Return to Windhoek/end of services

Map & Itinerary

Day 1 Elegant Guesthouse Windhoek
Day 2 Bagatelle Game Ranch Kalahari
Day 3&4 Canyon Roadhouse for Fish River Canyon
Day 5&6 Elegant Desert Lodge for Sossusvlei
Day 7&8 The Delight Hotel Swakopmund
Day 9&10 Grootberg Lodge Northern Damaraland
Day 11&12 Okaukuejo Resort Etosha
Day 13 Mushara Bush Camp East Etosha
Day 14 Okonjima Plains Camp & AfriCat Foundation
Day 15 Return to Windhoek/ end of services

Map & Itinerary

Day 1 Hilton Hotel Windhoek
Day 2 Bagatelle Game Ranch Kalahari
Day 3&4 Fish River Lodge for Fish River Canyon
Day 5&6 Dead Valley Lodge for Sossusvlei
Day 7&8 Beach Hotel Swakopmund
Day 9&10 Doro Nawas Camp Damaraland
Day 11 Ongava Lodge Ongava Private Reserve for Etosha
Day 12&13 Onguma Tented Camp Onguma Private Reserve for Etosha
Day 14 Okonjima Bush Camp & AfriCat Foundation
Day 15 Return to Windhoek

Map & Itinerary
Length 15 days
Safari Type Self Drive Safari
Price From NAD 23153
Countries Namibia
Accommodation Accommodation, Camping, Luxury
Group Size Minimum 1 people
Single Supplement Yes
Please Note Subject to availability of accommodation
Departures On Request

Comfort Level:

Accommodation Comfort3 Star
Camping Comfort1 Star
Luxury Comfort3 Star5 Star

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1 Windhoek

Upon arrive in Windhoek, collect the vehicle and drive to your accommodation, here you will meet one of our tour consultants, who will go through your travel plans and answer any last–minute questions you may have. The remainder of the day is free for your to explore

Day 2 Kalahari Basin

Depart after breakfast and head south onto Kalahari Basin, where you’ll find gently rolling hills of dune, grassy valleys, trees and shrubs. Not considered a true desert today, but an ancient desert of deep sand and fossil rivers. Look out for animals adapted to the harsh climate including oryx, springbok, giraffe along with the largest flightless bird – the ostrich.

Day 3–4 Fish River Canyon

Your drive today takes you to the far south of the country perhaps stop at the Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground en–route to the Fish River Canyon and is reputedly the second–largest canyon in the world only surpassed by Grand Canyon. Admire the scale of nearly 550m deep and endless views whether you wander along the rim and gazing to its base, or even from the bottom gazing up, you’ll be in awe in this hostile and stark environment

Day 5–6 Sossusvlei

Driving north towards the Sossusvlei region in the Namib Naukluft National Park. The following day rise early venturing into the dune fields of the famous Sossusvlei dunes, wander around on foot, climb to the top of one to reveal an endless sea of sand and enjoy this remarkable and unique area – it’s no wonder this is one of Namibia’s highlights and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Perhaps treat yourself to a hot–air balloon flight first thing in the morning for a completely different perspective.

Day 7–8 Swakopmund

Drive through the desert to Swakopmund today, en–route stop at Walvis Bay to visit the lagoon, a protected RAMSAR wetland site, to see some of the many water birds including greater and lesser flamingos, pelicans, avocets, plovers and the endemic Damara tern. On to the adventure seaside town of Swakopmund, where there is the opportunity to join optional activities, perhaps take part in a marine cruise and experience the thrill of dolphins leaping out of the water along the boat and feed seals by hand; enjoy fresh oysters and champagne on the cruise – a great activity to enjoy.

Day 9–10 Damaraland

An early morning start driving north along the Skeleton Coast, see a shipwreck or two; a huge colony of seals, remains of old diamond/oil mines all of this make up a dramatic stretch of barren and unique coastline. Continue to the heart of Northern Damaraland to establishments with their rooms entrenched with local communities ensuring all involved benefit and are uplifted and where plateaus reach high on skyline and strange plant life dominates the surrounds. Search for desert elephant and free–roaming rhino in this wild terrain or meet with the local tribes
Click on this link and find out more about Grootberg Lodge and its award for sustainability – used in the camping and standard accommodation option

Day 11–12 Etosha National Park

Onward to Etosha National Park, one of the best game reserves in Southern Africa and home to species of game including lion, leopard, elephant, hyena, giraffe, and many types of antelope including the endemic black faced impala. 2nights are spent in the national park where you can enjoy self–guided game drives or sit around at the floodlit waterhole watching the animals come to drink.

Day 13 Etosha National Park

Continue your game drives further east and follow the natural rhythm of the animals, generally they are more active early in the morning and late in the afternoon, resting during the heat of the day. It is also worth the stop at the great Etosha Pan – a shallow and ancient salt–lake that can be seen from space and where shimming mirages form and dust devils dance.

Day 11 Ongava Lodge Etosha National Park (superior/luxury option)

For upgraded options, your first night is spent on Ongava Private Game Reserve in one of the best reserves and lodges in Namibia, here you find a large pride of lions and can see white/black rhino in close proximity, sit and enjoy the floodlit waterhole or head out for a night drive.

Day 12&13 Onguma Tented Camp, Etosha (superior/luxury option)

Game drive across Etosha, criss–crossing the park and stopping at some of the many waterholes along the way. Look out for wildlife as it congregates at the permanent springs to drink, much of the year the only source of water. Spend 2nights at the beautiful and intimate Onguma Tented Camp, the private Onguma Reserve is adjacent to Etosha on the east aspect of the park sharing Fischers Pan. Explore this side of the park on self–drives or via the lodge in open vehicles, or perhaps take part in exciting game walks or drives on the reserve

Day 14 Okonjima Nature Reserve

After a leisurely breakfast, drive south to Okonjima, home of the AfriCat Foundation. Here you will have the chance to witness one of the best conservation programmes in Namibia and the chance to see Big Cats such as leopard or cheetah at close quarters

Day 15 Departure

Depending on the time of your flight, there may be an opportunity to join a further activity this morning (own expense), from here drive back to Windhoek to drop off your vehicle and connect with your onward flight back home.

How we rate our safaris

Namibia, Botswana and some other African destinations do not have a set star system that is familiar worldwide to many countries, however, as this is widely used, we have tried to replicate this format to give you an idea of the level of comfort during your safari. For example, a mobile camping tour in Namibia is given 1* and luxury accommodation increasing to 5*. Depending on your tour, there may be a bit of a mix of levels of comfort so please check if you are not sure.

1* or 1–2* Rated Safaris – Camping tours:

These are generally scheduled/small group or self–drive safaris (though a private–guided safari can also fall into this category if you wish to camp); the scheduled trips generally involve client participation where you may be expected to put up/take down your tent and assist with camp chores, dome tents and a ground mattress is supplied. For self–drive options this will often mean roof tents on the vehicle and all camping equipment. There may be the occasional night in simple accommodation but majority of nights are spent camping and most camp sites will have shared ablution facilities. If there is a good mix of both camping and accommodation, this may be rated at 1&2*. These are the most basic level of safaris offered and scheduled safari group sizes vary according to the trip and company – 1* tours are the most affordable option and geared for adventurous travellers who do not mind a bit of discomfort.

Accommodated Safaris

Standard/Mid–range safaris 2–3.5*

Standard accommodation style trips generally have no camping included (though on occasion with a specific activity such as a Delta or Serengeti excursion, or perhaps hiking, a couple of nights may be included). As a general rule this is not the case. With most small group/scheduled tours accommodation is generally 2/3* level – clean and affordable but generally without too many frills; rooms will have en–suite facilities, most will offer air con/fans in the rooms, swimming pools etc (not guaranteed), restaurant/bar facilities, though location can be a little further away from main place of interest this option offers excellent value for money for those seeking a bed each night! We try to indicate on each trip the level of comfort for the particular tour

Superior/Luxury Safaris 3.5–5*

A superior style of accommodation. Most lodges at this level will have air–conditioning or fans in the room though some accommodation establishments are technically “camps” as they may be partially build of canvas – these “camps” are permanent fixtures, generally built on a platform, and will have full and comfortable facilities – the occasional trip may have a more basic night or two involved depending on location to ensure clients can fully appreciate the region they are experiencing. Service is generally very good and most places (outside of towns/cities) will have just a few rooms/chalets. Tours in this bracket include very small group safaris (up to 8 clients), self–drive and private–guided options which are tailored to suit you. The luxury options offer a high standard of accommodation, facilities and service in the region with attention to detail – some “camps” /lodges will have private guides and vehicles, but all accommodation is the best available with personalized service and a quality or unique experience perhaps unavailable elsewhere or in a more moderate price bracket. Tours include fly–in safaris, self–drive and private–guided options.

Please note: this is a guideline only and each destination can vary – some areas in Southern Africa do not always have 5* accommodation (there are limited hotels outside of cities that have the same * grading accommodation) but will be best in the area, have limited volume of rooms and some of the best locations and experiences for clients that is outside of the normal “tourist/travel” route. This can include exclusive conservation regions and emphasis is place on clients having a unique experience rather than offering hairdresser type of facilities that may be found is hotels in cities in other countries. Please also remember that some of these locations can be remote so wifi may not always be available, nor a huge menu range.

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