Namibian Highlights Family Self–Drive

16 Day Self Drive Safari

Safari Description:

This family–orientated self–drive itinerary takes you to the “deep south” of Namibia and includes the magnificent Fish River Canyon & Sossusvlei dunes. At Swakopmund perhaps join adventure activities geared for all ages, then to ancient Damaraland to meet with local communities or track wild animals, before entering Etosha for extraordinary game viewing, return via wonderful AfriCat Foundation to complete a circuit – the route takes in vast landscapes and Namibia’s natural beauty, great game viewing and a top conservation programme.   Camping and mid–range versions of this itinerary are offered; and the route can be reversed or adapted to suit your family.

Safari Highlights:

Kalahari Basin; Fish River Canyon; Namib Naukluft National Park – Dead Vlei, Sesriem, Dune 45 & Sossusvlei; Swakopmund for adventure activities and coastal town; Damaraland for rhino or elephant tracking; Etosha National Park – game viewing; Okonjima for AfriCat Foundation.

Main Attractions:

Namibia: Etosha Park, Sossusvlei, Fish River, Damaraland, Swakopmund, Namib Desert, Africat, Kalahari

Map & Short Itinerary:


Day 1 Chameleon Backpackers & Guteshouse
Day 2 Kalahari Anib Campsite
Day 3&4 Canyon Roadhouse Campsite
Day 5&6 Sesriem Campsite for Sossusvlei
Day 7&8 Brigadoon Guesthouse Swakopmund,
Day 9 Madisa Campsite Damaraland
Day 10&11 Palmwag Campsite northern Damaraland
Day 12&13 Okaukuejo Campsite Etosha National Park
Day 14 Onguma Bush Camp Etosha National Park
Day 15 Okonjima Omboroko Campsite & AfriCat
Day 16 Return to Windhoek/end

Map & Itinerary

Day 1 Villa Vista Guesthouse
Day 2 Kalahari Anib Lodge
Day 3&4 Canyon Roadhouse Lodge
Day 5&6 Desert Homestead Lodge for Sossusvlei
Day 7&8 Brigadoon Guesthouse Swakopmund
Day 9 Twyfelfontein Country Lodge Damaraland
Day 10&11 Palmwag Lodge northern Damaraland
Day 12&13 Okaukuejo Rest Camp Etosha National Park
Day 14 Onguma Bush Camp Etosha National Park
Day 15 Okonjima Plains Camp & AfriCat
Day 16 Return to Windhoek/end

Map & Itinerary
Length 16 days
Safari Type Self Drive Safari
Price From NAD 70140
Countries Namibia
Accommodation Accommodation, Camping
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

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1 Windhoek

Upon arrival, collect your vehicle and drive to your accommodation, here you’ll meet a tour consultant who will go through your travel plans, hand over the welcome park and answer any last–minute questions you may have. Depending on the time of your arrival you may choose to wander into the city centre, relax by the pool, perhaps join a township tour, sunset horse ride or even head out for a birding trip.

Day 2 Kalahari Anib, Kalahari Desert

This morning (after breakfast), head south onto the red dunes of the Kalahari Basin, where you’ll overnight in the midst of the Kalahari among the red sand, this fossil desert with its undulating red sand dunes and inter–dunes valleys covered in grass, shrubs and trees homes a surprising amount of game. Perhaps join an optional sun–downer drive take a short nature walk, or head out on an e–bike tour to explore further

Day 3 & 4 Canyon Roadhouse, near Fish River Canyon

Your drive takes you to the far south to lands of stark beauty, en–route you can stop at the Quiver Tree Forest and Giant’s Playground before continuing to Canyon Roadhouse. The Fish River Canyon is ranked the second largest canyon in the world and absolutely magnificent and breath–taking in its immensity, where within this spectacular chasm a canyon lies within a canyon! Take a walk along the rim, or join a guided tour

Day 5 & 6 Namib Naukluft National Park for Sossusvlei

Enjoy the stunning scenery north in this sparsely–populated and hostile region taking you towards the Namib Naukluft National Park and home to the oldest desert in the world. The following day rise early venturing into the dune fields where you can wander around on foot, climb a sand dune overlooking Sossusvlei and run or slide down the slip side – great fun for everyone! Ensure you visit nearby Dead Vlei, where the ancient and skeletal camel thorn trees stand on the white pan with the backdrop of orange sand dunes and blue sky – with this amount of sand to play in it’s guaranteed to keep children amused.

Day 7 & 8 Swakopmund

Drive through the desert to Swakopmund today, en–route perhaps stop at Walvis Bay to visit the lagoon, a protected RAMSAR wetland site. It is a short coastal drive to the historic and adventure seaside town of Swakopmund, 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 and enjoy fresh oysters and champagne on the cruise – a great activity for the family. Other family–orientated activities include kayaking where seals frolic close by, sand boarding, quad biking, along with sky diving, or a desert tour where you’ll have a chance to meet the “little 5” and see how smaller critters survive in this environment

Day 9 Twyfelfontein area, Damaraland

Today drive north along the Skeleton Coast, just south of Henties Bay stop at a shipwreck close to the shore before continuing north – perhaps stop at Cape Cross Seal Colony en–route, where thousands of seals congregate on the beach before retracing your steps to Henties Bay and turning inland to the plains to Twyfelfontein, this is a very vulnerable and delicate ecosystem, renowned for some of the best examples of rock paintings and engravings in Southern Africa. There is time to relax by the pool if you explore Twyfelfontein tomorrow

Day 10 & 11 Palmwag Lodge/Campsite, Northern Damaraland

A local guide will help you explore Twyfelfontein rock etchings and explain a little of the history of the etchings and area, and you may wish to visit Living Damara Museum where the family can interact with some of the local community and learn about some of the Damara tradtions. From here, drive to Palmwag, located close to a natural oasis that attracts game such as desert elephant. The Palmwag concession is home to free–roaming game such as black rhino, mountain zebra, giraffe, lion and much more.  Join optional activities such as nature drives, rhino tracking and more.

Day 12–14 Etosha National Park – Day 12&13 Okaukuejo/Halali  Day 14 Onguma Bush Camp

Today depart for Etosha, one of the best reserves in Southern Africa and enter the park through the south at Andersons Gate – and onto Okaukuejo, renowned for its active waterhole and chance to see black rhino (dry season) and a host of other animals. The rest camps are fenced so it’s a safe environment for children and each has a swimming pool, restaurant and floodlit waterhole to sit and watch the animals come to drink – these waterholes are normally active around sunset. You can game drive around the park, visiting various waterholes and searching for the many species of game during the day, perhaps relaxing during the hottest part of the day at your rest camp. This park rarely disappoints. A final night is spent just outside the park on the east aspect and is very family–friendly.  A Sundowner drive (ideal for teenagers) or a Young Explorers Walk (perfect for the younger kids) has been included. The guided walk is a fact–filled and fun adventure and the excursion will ensure the kids find out aboute nature. Adults are welcome to join or perhaps relax on your own by the waterhole or pool

Day 15 Okonjima for AfriCat Foundation

Head south to Okonjima, home of the AfriCat Foundation, learn about the conservation of predators in Namibia and see cheetahs at close quarters – a fantastic family–friendly way to end your trip and ensure incredible memories

Day 16 Windhoek/Departure

Return to Windhoek, perhaps stop at Okahandja, for some last–minute souvenir shopping at the craft markets where you can barter come gifts before returning to Windhoek International Airport and connect with your onward flight back home. No flights prior to mid/late afternoon. End of services

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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