Namibia Highlights Self–Drive

14 Day Self Drive Safari

Safari Description:

This self–drive takes you to the south of the country, renowned for huge open spaces and vistas, the endless sand dunes of the Namib, 2nights in Swakopmund to enjoy the many optional activities on offer, then onto Erongo mountains /Central Damaraland known for its conservation and stunning landscape. Continue to northern Damaraland for the chance to join rhino or elephant tracking before heading into Namibia’s premier tourist destination – Etosha National Park and spectacular game viewing with a final night at Waterberg Plateau (or wonderful Okonjima if you upgrade). Camping, mid–range and luxury accommodation versions are be offered along with a family adventure and all options tailored to suit you.

Safari Highlights:

Kalahari Desert; Namib–Naukluft Park – Sossusvlei, Sesriem, Dead Vlei & Dune 45; Swakopmund for adventure activities; Erongo Mountains/Damaraland; Northern Damaraland for rhino or elephant tracking or local community visit; Etosha National Park for game viewing or Private Reserves bordering Etosha – Ongava Private Reserve & Onguma Private Reserve; Waterberg Plateau or Okonjima

Main Attractions:

Namibia: Etosha Park, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Africat, Kalahari

Map & Short Itinerary:


Day 1 Chameleon Backpackers & Guesthouse
Day 2 Kalahari Anib Campsite  Kalahari
Day 3&4 Sesriem Oshana or Sesriem Campsite for Sossusvlei
Day 5&6 Brigadoon Guesthouse Swakopmund
Day 7 Spitzkoppe Campsite Southern Damaraland
Day 8&9 Palmwag Campsite Northern Damaraland
Day 10  Dolomite Camp Etosha National Park
Day 11&12 Okaukuejo /Halali Campsite Etosha National Park
Day 13 Waterberg Guest Farm Waterberg
Day 14  Return to Windhoek

Map & Itinerary

Day 1 The Elegant Guesthouse Windhoek
Day 2 Kalahari Anib Lodge Kalahari
Day 3&4 Desert Hills Lodge for Sossusvlei
Day 5&6 Swakopmund Sands Hotel
Day 7 Ai Aiba Rock Painting Lodge Erongo Mountains
Day 8&9 Palmwag Lodge Northern Damaraland
Day 10 Dolomite Camp Etosha National Park
Day 11&12 Okaukuejo Resort Etosha National Park
Day 13 Okonjima Plains Camp & AfriCat Foundation
Day 14  Return to Windhoek

Map & Itinerary

Day 1 Olive Exclusive
Day 2 Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge
Day 3&4 Kulala Desert Lodge
Day 5&6 Strand Hotel Swakopmund
Day 7 Mowani Mountain Camp  Central Damaraland
Day 8&9 Damaraland Camp Northern Damaraland
Day 10&11 Ongava Lodge/Ongava Tented Camp Etosha
Day 12 Onguma The Fort Onguma Reserve for Etosha
Day 13 Okonjima Bush Camp
Day 14  Return to Windhoek

Map & Itinerary
Length 14 days
Safari Type Self Drive Safari
Price From NAD 22333
Countries Namibia
Group Size Minimum 1 people
Single Supplement Yes
Please Note Subject to availability of accommodation
Departures On Request

Comfort Level:

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1 Windhoek

Upon arrival in Windhoek collect your vehicle and drive your accommodation, you’ll meet with a tour consultant where you’ll be able to answer any questions you may have. The remainder of the day is free to relax or explore the capital city

Day 2 Kalahari

Today your Namibian self drive safari heads to the deep–red dunes and rolling sandy hills of the Kalahari basin, join a recommended optional guided nature drive around the reserve to look out for some of the desert–adapted wildlife from entertaining meerkats to ostrich and oryx, and enjoy a sundowner drink amongst the linear dunes and grassy valleys.

Day 3–4 Sossusvlei

Onward to a landscape of haunting beauty and the desert region of the Namib Naukluft, a national park of nearly 50,000sq km. The following day rise early to venture into the dune fields and catch first light as the sun lifts over the bright red dunes and evocative shadows emerge. Ensure you visit nearby Dead Vlei, where the ancient and skeletal camel thorn trees stand on a white pan with the backdrop of orange sand dunes and blue sky.

Day 5–6 Swakopmund

Drive through the desert to Swakopmund today, en–route stop at Walvis Bay to visit the lagoon, a protected RAMSAR wetland site, where you may see the many species of birds including greater and lesser flamingos, pelicans, avocets, plovers and the endemic Damara tern before a short stop at the salt farm. From here, it is a short coastal drive to the historic and adventure seaside town of Swakopmund, where you can join optional activities, perhaps take part in a morning marine cruise watching out for seals, dolphins, whales and some of the other marine life found off the Skeleton Coast and Atlantic shores.

Day 7 Spitzkoppe/Erongo/Central Damaraland region

Today drive north along the Skeleton Coast road, stopping at a shipwreck close to the shore south of Henties Bay, visit the Cape Cross Seal Colony where thousands of seals congregate on the beach before retracing your steps back to Henties Bay turning inland onto the Erongo Mountains the many facets of the mountains and the astounding array of fauna and flora present

Day 8–9 Northern Damaraland

Journey to the heart of Damaraland, perhaps stop at Twyfelfontein rock etchings where some 2,500 prehistoric engraving depict animal spoor, wildlife and strange motifs before continuing further north, where plateaus reach high on the skyline and strange plant life dominates the surroundings. Enjoy optional activities such as nature/game drives, tracking black rhino – the last place on earth they are found roaming free, searching for desert elephant in this dramatic and rugged terrain, or experiencing cultural activities and interaction

Day 10 Etosha National Park

Onward to Etosha one of the greatest wildlife havens, enter the park through the western gate a region attracts other species not found in other areas of the park such as Hartmann mountain zebra and baboon.

For the luxury option, Ongava Private Reserve bordering southern Etosha is used, for superior accomodation, standards and game viewing

Day 11–12 Etosha National Park

Game drive across to the centre of the park. Around sunset it’s common for herds of elephant, as well as the endangered black rhino to enter the fray. Lion and other predators are of course, frequent visitors as well. Time is spent game driving early in the morning and late afternoon, when the animals are most active. It’s worth a detour to the magnificent Etosha Pan that can be seen from space!

For the luxury option, private reserves bordering Etosha to the south and east are used for superior service and accommodation – both offer excellent quality and standards

Day 13 Waterberg Region

After a final game drive; head to Waterberg Plateau region – depending on the route you take the drive will be around 4hours – perhaps visit nearby Cheetah Conservation Fund on the way and see how human/animal conflict is overcome. This afternoon, explore the reserve and head to a vantage point to enjoy the view, watching out the for diminuitive Damara dik–dik or join a game drive run by the guest farm

Day 13 Luxury Accommodated version – Okonjima Bush Camp

For those wishing to upgrade accommodation a final night is spent at the beautiful Okonjima Bush Camp, set in the veldt and enjoy activities – search for radio–collared leopard or see cheetah at close quarters, perhaps join tracking on foot where you can look out for wild dog, hyena or cheetah. A superb way to finish your tour in Namibia

Day 14 Departure

Perhaps visit the AfriCat Foundation and find out about predator conservation or stop at Okahandja Craft Centre to barter for any last–minute gifts before returning to the capital city and onward to airport for late flight, alternatively add a further night nearer Windhoek

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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