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- Self-Drive Namibia
Highlights of this Safari
- Self-drive convenience & flexibility
- Ideal for families & independent-minded couples
- Easy-paced itinerary with iconic destinations
- Superb wildlife & landscape photography
Day 1: An Elegant Beginning
The journey begins when you collect your rental car at Windhoek Airport. Your first accommodation is just a short drive away, Elegant Guesthouse, an owner-run boutique establishment set close to the city centre. The friendly staff will make you feel at home, and if you don’t want to explore the city, simply kick back at the guesthouse pool and a bit of Namibia’s generous sunshine.
Days 2 – 3: Big Game in the Waterberg
The Waterberg region is conveniently located on the way to Etosha National Park but this is no idle stopover: your destination – Frans Indongo Lodge – lies on a private reserve with both black and white rhinos as well as many species of antelope. You can explore on foot, by 4X4 with a guide, and enjoy watching cheetahs running at full speed at the nearby conservation centre. There is a vulture ‘restaurant’, cultural excursions and even the chance to go on a game drive on the Waterberg Plateau itself.
Accommodation is in the form of air-conditioned double rooms and chalets – and there are family units available too.
Days 4 -5: A Private Etosha Safari
Drive north to the Etosha National Park, Namibia’s heavyweight game-viewing destination. Your destination for 2 nights however is Onguma, a private reserve set on the eastern border of Etosha. Here you’ll check in at Etosha Aoba Lodge and plan your activities. There are game drives offered in the 34 000 hectare Onguma Reserve as well as in Etosha itself. Back in the reserve you’ll also have the chance to go on spot-lit night drives and guided bush walks for an insight into the smaller and more elusive nature of Etosha’s wildlife.
The lodge has a range of accommodation suitable for privacy-seeking couples as well as 4-sleeper units for families. The lodge’s pool and communal areas overlook a busy waterhole.
Days 6 -7: Waterhole Game Viewing
Take a slow, westerly game drive across Etosha to Okaukuejo Bush Chalets, one of the larger camps in the park but with an extra bonus: if you thought waterhole game viewing was good at Aoba Lodge, wait until you settle down at this one.
The Okaukuejo waterhole, packed with plains game during the day is perhaps the most productive and rewarding single water source in Africa. Flocks of doves, sand-grouse and finches rattle in constantly. It’s not unusual to see zebra, kudu, giraffe, springbok and impala drinking together during the day, often scattered by arriving elephants or lions. Floodlit at night, black rhino, jackal and hyena are often seen.
There is a wide range of chalet accommodation and the camp offers many facilities – swimming pools, shops, restaurants and a petrol station.
Days 8 – 9: Discover Damaraland
Leaving Etosha behind, you drive into Damaraland. A region of astonishing natural beauty, the harsh and unforgiving nature of the landscape may surprise you but there is wildlife here too – including the much sought-after desert-adapted elephants. Your accommodation for 2 nights, Camp Kipwe, is well positioned for you to sit back and marvel at the scenery. Their expert guides will introduce you to other Damaraland secrets too such as the nearby Twyfelfontein rock art site –one of the best and most accessible in Africa – as well as geological marvels such as Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes.
Your suite is air-conditioned and the lodge has a pool as well as a comfortable lounge and bar.
Days 10 -11: Namibia’s ‘Adventure Centre’
The road takes you to Namibia’s wave-thumped Atlantic coast and the country’s favourite holiday destination – Swakopmund. A curious blend of colonial Germany and modern design, this town is the perfect place to stock up on supplies, and there’ll be time to fit in a few adventures too. From your conveniently-located base at Namib Guesthouse, you can choose between adrenalin-fixers such as hot-air ballooning, quad-biking and marine tours to bird watching and botanical forays to find the Namib’s Welwitschia plant, surely among the oddest on the planet.
Days 12 – 13: The Giant Dunes of Sossusvlei
The road heads back inland and deep into the Namib Desert. Crumbled mountain ranges and wind-scoured plains flash past as you head for Desert Camp, set under old thorn trees and just a few miles from the entrance gate to the Namib Nauklauft Park and its giant sentinels, the red dunes of Sossusvlei.
Here you’ll explore the dunes as well as their nearby neighbours – Dead Vlei and Sesriem Canyon – and can even head out on your own on self-guided trails. Be sure to check out the lodge’s adventure centre where you can book anything from a hot-air balloon flight and quad-bike tour to archery lessons and 4X4 sundowner trips.
Days 14 – 15: A Taste of the Kalahari
Swop the Namib Desert for the Kalahari today. Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge is an ideal stopover on the long drive back to Windhoek and such is the beauty of the place that we feel 2 nights there is worth it. There are hiking trails, mountain biking and running tracks, and even game drives on offer, thanks to the fact that the lodge sits on its own private game reserve. Keep a lookout for the ever endearing meerkats of the Kalahari here as well as gemsbok antelope, jackal and many birds of prey.
Day 16: The Journey Ends
It’s a relatively short (200km) drive back to Windhoek where you’ll return your car at the airport and connect with your onward journey. It’s only a short hop from Windhoek to Victoria Falls, Johannesburg and Cape Town so if you’d like to extend your Namibia safari then simply let us know and we’ll take care of it.
These rates are per person sharing & single supplements may apply. Please treat all pricing as a guide only & the rates are subject to availability & may change slightly without notice. Request a quote from us.
Accommodation mostly on DBB basis (exept in cities), Meals as specified, Honda CRV 2×4 Basic Car Rental, Activities car rental vehicleExcludes:
Flights to & from Windhoek (Namibia), Meals & Drinks not specified, Lodge Activities can be booked at lodge if desired, Gratuities, Meals that are not Specified, Items of personal nature, Park fees, Travel Insurance, Car Rental additionals