Grand Namibia & Skeleton Coast Self Drive & Fly-In

15 Day Self Drive Safari

Safari Description:

A luxury self–drive and fly–in safari in Namibia incorporating some of the best lodges and locations in the country. Explore the diverse landscapes from the dunes of Sossusvlei, drive to the coastal and quirky town of Swakopmund then onward to Etosha region for premier game viewing. You’ll leave your vehicle in Damaraland to fly to the stunning and highly–recommended Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp for 3nights with a final 2nights in the remote north overlooking Angola and where the river meets the desert. A varied trip offering stunning landscapes, captivating game viewing and exclusive destinations.

Safari Highlights:

Kulala Wilderness Reserve, Namib Naukluft National Park for Sossusvlei sand dunes and Dead Vlei, Swakopmund coastal town for traditional architecture and optional activities; Ongava Private Game Reserve & Etosha National Park for game drives; Damaraland for nature drives, cultural interaction and ancient rock art; Hoanib Skeleton Coast: stay at one of the most highly remote camps in Namibia, explore the coastline and oasis – a true highlight; Serra Cafema where oasis meets desert.

Main Attractions:

Namibia: Etosha Park, Sossusvlei, Damaraland, Swakopmund

Map & Short Itinerary:


Day 1 Olive Exclusive All–Suite Hotel
Day 2&3 Little Kulala for Sossusvlei
Day 4&5 Strand Hotel Swakopmund
Day 6&7 Ongava Lodge at Ongava Private Reserve Etosha National Park
Day 8&9 Damaraland Camp Damaraland
Day 10–12 Hoanib Skeleton Coast National Park
Day 13&14 Serra Cafema Camp
Day 15 Return to Windhoek

Map & Itinerary
Length 15 days
Safari Type Self Drive Safari
Price From NAD 253718
Countries Namibia
Accommodation Luxury
Group Size Minimum 1 people
Single Supplement Yes
Please Note Subject to availability of accommodation
Departures On Request

Comfort Level:

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1 Olive Exclusive All–Suite Hotel, Windhoek

Upon arrival in Namibia’s capital city, collect your vehicle and make your way to the stylish Olive Exclusive, where you’ll overnight in a beautiful suite. Relax by the pool, have a massage, enjoy a drink at the bar and dinner at the restaurant or perhaps explore the city a little, and have dinner at famous nearby Joe’s Beer House.

Days 1&2 Little Kulala, Kulala Wilderness Reserve

Your Namibian Self Drive begins as you drive via Rehoboth to Kulala Wilderness Reserve, where you are based for 2nights with convenient and superb access to the towering red dunes of the Namib. This afternoon your activity will explore the private reserve and the following morning enter the Namib Naukluft via a private gate where your guide will escort you to the apricot dunes and ancient desert landscapes of Sossusvlei and surrounding areas – there’s the chance to climb a dune, take endless photos of Dead Vlei with its skeletal camel thorn trees, a testament to when water supported the region. Nowadays, the Tsauchab River only occasionally flows but when it does the desert comes to life with flowering desert plants and grasses and an oasis is created in the desert. You’ll return to Little Kulala later in the morning before the heat of the sun is too intense and after lunch perhaps have a massage (extra cost) or relax by your private plunge pool, to simply soak up the atmosphere and quietness of the desert. Emphasis is laid on the smaller desert fauna, spectacular scenery and the incredible night sky. Larger desert–adapted wildlife such as ostrich, springbok and gemsbok flourish here with carnivores such as bat– eared fox, Cape fox, cheetah and black–backed jackal often seen. Two nights are spent here on a fully inclusive basis to enjoy this remarkable desert region.

Day 4&5 Strand Hotel, Swakopmund

This morning drive to Swakopmund passing gravel plains and crossing over Gaub and Kuiseb Passes through the desert to Walvis Bay, where you can stop at the lagoon, a RAMSAR protected wetland site, home to many different aquatic birds such as flamingo, pelicans, cormorant, avocets, and endemic Damara tern before continuing along the coastal road to Swakopmund. Join optional activities such as an afternoon scenic flight over the dunes of Sossusvlei, to the coast to see shipwrecks, old diamond mines, dunes falling into the ocean as well as seal colonies, flamingos, this flight really gives a different perspective of the area you have already seen from land. The following day is free to relax, explore this charming colonial town or join optional activities – there’s a huge range for all ages and interests

Days 6&7 Ongava Game Reserve and Etosha National Park

Drive to the private Ongava Game Reserve bordering Etosha National Park, join game drives, during the day and night to see an abundance of animals including endangered species and a wealth of bird life in this vast arena. Home to elephant and rhino, leopard and lion, and a plethora of plains game, game viewing is rewarding. Perhaps head out with an armed guide should you choose to go on foot within this reserve and experience the vast array of life, small and large. Ranking as one of Africa’s largest parks, Etosha is renowned for its impressive white pan of over 6,000km2. It boasts one of the few growing populations of black rhino in the world and affords excellent mammal and bird sightings. Experience fine dining under thatch overlooking the reserve’s great plains and continue with still more breath–taking views across the reserve from the comfort of your own private balcony.

Days 8&9 Damaraland Camp

This morning join another activity before departing Ongava and driving west into Damaraland to overnight. This classic camp is located in the ancient lava fields of the region where activities revolve around the rugged landscapes of this harsh but beautiful area and you can take a chance to relax or join activities from nature drives to search for game found wandering in the area such as desert elephant, guided walks to community and cultural interactions.

Day 10–12 Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

This morning you can relax for a while before you are transferred to the airstrip and take a scheduled (seat–rate) flight to Hoanib Skeleton Coast, where you will be based for 3nights on a fully inclusive basis. Explore this diverse and fascinating part of the Palmwag Concession as well as the legendary Skeleton Coast National Park. Game drives and nature walks within this rugged landscape reveal wildlife such as desert–adapted elephant. desert lions to Hartmann’s mountain zebra and giraffe to name a few. A real highlight of your stay (weather permitting) is a visit to the iconic Skeleton Coast – travelling by air or by land, this fascinating journey takes you via the Hoanib River and floodplain, the dune fields and Klein Oasis, ending at the dramatic rocky coastline itself with its huge Cape fur seal colony. This is a beautiful luxury camp located in a highly restricted area so few visitors have the chance to explore it. Video link of desert lion found in the region and a chance to appreciate this outstanding landscape and the nature within:–U

Day 13&14 Serra Cafema Camp

Fly by light aircraft to the vast Marienfluss Conservancy in the extreme north of Namibia for a three–night stay at Serra Cafema. The camp is poised along the lush banks of the Kunene River, a rejuvenating band of green, surrounded by the lunar–like landscape of the Namib Desert and the Cafema mountain range to the north. Informative nature drives and eco–friendly quad–bike excursions allow guests to experience this vast, fascinating area. Boating on the river reveals the resident crocodiles and water birds living in this riverside oasis. Walking in the remote mountain and river valleys is also a highlight, as is a visit to a Himba settlement. The intriguing fairy circle phenomenon is best viewed in the Hartmann Valley.

Day 15 Windhoek

Taking a flight return to Windhoek, arriving at the airport just before 14h00– ensure you allow sufficient connection time.

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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