Namibia is a country of undeniable beauty, plentiful sunshine, and a feeling of liberated space. With its virgin landscapes and large variety of game, Namibia is one of the larger countries in Africa, and what a better way to savour this incredible natural beauty and experience an amazing wildlife than on a self-drive journey which gives you the liberty to organize yourself as you please. This safari starts in Windhoek with an overnight stop to relax and unwind before the start of your adventure the following morning. Then travel to Sossusvlei, the best of Namibia’s sand dunes situated in the Namib Naukluft Park, the heart of an age-old desert, where the dunes are taller, and the stars are brighter than you have ever imagined. Amazingly, even with the harsh desert conditions, there is a wide variety of plants and animals that have adapted to survive here. Leaving the dunes behind head to Swakopmund, the largest coastal town in Namibia offering such a variety of activities: water, land …. Then proceed to Damaraland and explore Twyfelfontein extensive rock-art galleries as well as the mountainous scenery of the Gross Spitzkoppe and Brandberg. Your next stop takes you to Etosha National Park, Namibia’s prime wildlife sanctuary with unique and varied landscape. Round off this trip with a visit to The Central Highlands to Okonjima to learn about the rehabilitation of the big cats by the AfriCat Foundation
Summary of your trip
- 1 Night – Olive Grove Guest House (Windhoek) | Namibia
- 2 Nights – andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge (Namib-Naukluft National Park) | Namibia
- 2 Nights – Beach Hotel Swakopmund (Swakopmund)| Namibia
- 2 Nights – Damaraland Camp (Damaraland) | Namibia
- 2 Nights – Ongava Tented Camp (Etosha National Park) | Namibia
- 2 Nights – Okonjima Bush Camp (Central Highlands) | Namibia
Day 1 Arrival in Windhoek
Arrive at OR Tambo International Airport and board on a morning flight to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. On arrival at Hosea Kutako Windhoek International airport, you will be met by our representative who will assist with picking up your car rental. During a detailed briefing our representative will answer all questions related to the trip. Then drive to Windhoek City to Olive Grove Guest House located in a quiet, peaceful suburb and the perfect place to stay pre or post safari. The rest of the day is at leisure and may be spend exploring the city. Windhoek is a city of many contrasts. Modern skyscrapers blend with historic buildings dating from the turn of the century. Several buildings from the German colonial era have been preserved and restored to fulfil useful functions in the community today.
Included: Bed & Breakfast
Day 2 – 3 Sossusvlei & Sesriem
After a good night rest, today is an early start because Sossusvlei is a 6- hour drive from the city. Departing from Windhoek after breakfast in a southerly direction through the mountains of the Khomas Hochland into the low plains of the Namib Desert to andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, your base for the next 3 days from which you will explore the Namib Naukluft and the surroundings areas. Your arrival is around lunch time. During your stay, climb the dunes; go hiking, quad biking and Stargazing at a sophisticated observatory;
indulge in an array of wellness treatments;
- Set off on a guided walk through the desert, stopping to admire the tiny miracles of nature that make up the unique plants and wildlife of this arid yet beautiful region
- Set out on a quad bike adventure trail through the Namib dunes, gliding across the smooth, silk-like texture of the tawny desert sand, in sharp contrast to the bright, cerulean sky above, and the russet, rugged mountain ranges of the Namib escarpment in the distance.
- An incredible half-day adventure will take guests across the awe-inspiring sand dunes of Sossusvlei, largely known as one of the Namib Desert’s most scenic and spine-tingling attractions. A breathless climb to the top of the massive ‘Big Daddy,’ the tallest dune in the Sossusvlei area, at 325 metres, rewards adventurers with a spectacular view over the peaks and troughs of the sand sea, down to Deadvlei. End the spectacular day off with a daring run down the vertical slopes and steep sand dunes, with the wind enlivening your hair and caressing your glee filled face.
- Exceptional stargazing, with a highly sophisticated telescope and professional astronomer
- Specially adapted desert wildlife – oryx, springbok, Burchell’s zebra and the endemic Hartmann’s mountain zebra, bat-eared foxes, as well as a variety of insects and lizards
Meal Plan: Fill Board and activities, Soft drinks, house wine, local brand spirits, local beer, teas and coffees (excludes premium brands, champagne & cigars)
Day 4 – 5 Swakopmund
This morning drive to Swakopmund on the Atlantic coast. Drive north for around 6 hours via the Kuiseb Canyon. Highlights en route include a drive to the “Moon Landscape” and the ancient desert plant, “Welwitschia mirabilis”.
Swakopmund is known as activity centre of Namibia, nowhere else in the country travellers will find such a variety of possible activities. For the following 3 days, go Skydiving; Spend an Afternoon at the Swakopmund Jetty Soaking Up the Pier (There are two excellent restaurants at each end of the long pier and a view that is to die for. Come back for the big African sunset in the evening, as it is one of the most romantic places to visit in Swakopmund); Spend the Day Dolphin and Whale Watching or take a 30- minute to Walvis Bay for a boat tours with a seal whisperer and more.
Accommodation is at Beach Hotel Swakopmund on Bed & Breakfast.
Day 6 -7 Damaraland
Back to the road this morning – keep driving along the Atlantic Coast towards the North to Damaraland. The drive takes 4 to 6 hours depending on your stops en route. Damaraland has a wild and rugged landscape and is one of Namibia’s least populated areas. This area is renowned for its dramatic landscapes and free-roaming wildlife, including the elusive desert-adapted elephants that traverse the ephemeral river valleys during the dry season. You may be lucky enough to see these gentle giants on guided 4 x 4 nature drives, and you’ll discover a myriad of flora and fauna on guided walks. See ancient rock paintings at Twyfelfontein.
Twyfelfontein, means “doubtful fountain” resembles a large, open-air art gallery. This treasure house of rock engravings left by stone-age artists is regarded as one of the richest collections of rock engravings in Africa
Accommodation is at Damaraland Camp on Full Board (all meals) & Activities
Day 8 – 9 Etosha National Park (South & East)
This morning you are driving to Etosha National Park South and the drive takes around 5 hours depending once again on the stops made en route. This is to break the drive to Etosha East. Therefore, the first night is at Etosha South and the second night at Etosha East.
On your way to Southern Etosha National Park you may decide to visit the Himba community which continues to live their traditional semi-nomadic way of life like their ancestors did centuries ago. Learn how these inhabitants still survive despite the harsh conditions in which they live. Afterwards continue your drive Ongava Tented Camp, a small luxury camp with a homely atmosphere and a productive waterhole so that guests can enjoy the game from their doorstep. The Camp is located in the Ongava Private Game Reserve on the southern border of Etosha National Park. Your stay is in Full Board (all meals) and activities.
Activities around Ongava Game Reserve are offered throughout the day. There are morning and afternoon 4×4 game drives in Ongava. You can also join a night game drive. The nature walks are very popular at here and the perfect opportunity to explore and learn about fauna and flora. During these walks, you can also track white rhino with a qualified guide.
What makes Ongava Tented Camp unique is that it offers an exclusive experience within beautiful and natural surroundings. Because only a few guests can stay here at a time, it ensures a personal experience. You want to stay away from bustling crowds that disturb the wildlife. This is very much a Hemingway-style safari. Particularly exciting activities at Ongava are nature walks, rhino tracking and night game drives. You can also enjoy drives at the Etosha National Park or inside Ongava Game Reserve.
After a leisurely breakfast the following morning, drive to Etosha East, spend the day on safari. Relax at the waterhole and delight in the comings and goings of a variety of game
Despite being one of Africa’s largest national parks, Etosha is easy to drive around yourself as all roads lead back to the main road. This means you can take your time visiting the many different waterholes, where animals gather to quench their thirst. Vegetation elsewhere provides habitat for giraffe, zebra and oryx. Exit the park via the eastern von Lindequist Gate and spend this night in a Lodge outside the Park at Mushara Outpost.
Included: Dinner, Bed & Breakfast.
Day 10 – 11 The Central Highlands.
Following 3 days of blissful game drives in and around Etosha, your final stop on this self-drive iconic journey takes you to Okonjima in The Central Highlands. This is the home of Africat Foundation which is committed to researching and rehabilitating Namibia’s threatened wild cat population. Spend your days learning about conservation and the survival of Namibia’s Large Carnivores in their natural habitat. Track big cats such as Leopards and Cheetahs on foot with two very experienced tracker guides.
Accommodation is at Okonjima Bush Camp on full board and activities.
Day 12 Departure
After a leisurely breakfast it is time to bid farewell to the staff at Okonjima Luxury bush camp and to the African wildlife because your iconic self-drive comes to an end as you embark on a 3-hour drive back to Windhoek via Okahandja.
Drop the car hire and board on a road transfer to Windhoek International Airport for your onward flight.
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Some interesting facts
Namibia is also home to the AfriCat Foundation, which is committed to researching and rehabilitating Namibia’s threatened wild cat population.
Etosha National Park, Namibia’s prime wildlife sanctuary, celebrated for sustaining an abundance of wildlife not withstanding its scorched surroundings.
Take the B2 road baby and chug alongside the South Atlantic Ocean. After about 35km, there it is, Swakopmund, the largest coastal town in Namibia. You thought Walvis Bay was the business but it’s actually Swakopmund. Known as the activity centre of Namibia. It’s a popular holiday resort so have coffee, beer, milkshakes, whatever you fancy before you head back into the car and drive on to Usakos. A place originally built as a railway station between Swakopmund and Windhoek.
Among these vast ancient vistas, a thousand tiny miracles play out each day, as fascinating desert animals and plants make dozens of unique adaptations that allow them to thrive in this arid environment. Proceed to Damaraland and explore Twyfelfontein extensive rock-art galleries as well as the mountainous scenery of the Gross Spitzkoppe and Brandberg. Round off this trip with a visit to Etosha National Park, Namibia’s prime wildlife sanctuary, celebrated for sustaining an abundance of wildlife not withstanding its scorched surroundings.