Self-drive Safari | 13 nights / 14 days |

Day 1: Arrival in Windhoek and Elegant Guesthouse

Upon arrival at the Hosea Kutako International Airport you will pick up your rental vehicle and drive the +-40km to Windhoek. Check in at the guesthouse and the rest of the day is at your own leisure. This gives you the opportunity to relax at the guesthouse after the long flight.

Windhoek

Namibia’s capital Windhoek is often described as a city with a continental atmosphere. This can be ascribed to its architecture, cuisine, culture, dress codes and educational institutions. Windhoek combines the modern city architectural style with that of the German colonial era. Historic sites to visit in the town centre are the ‘Christuskirche’, ‘Alte Feste’ (Old Ford), ‘Tintenpalast’ (Parliament Buildings), Zoo Park, ‘Reiterdenkmal’, Museum and the Craft Centre.

With 280 000 inhabitants, Windhoek is the biggest city in the country and also the commercial centre of the country.

Overnight: Elegant Guesthouse including breakfast

Day 2: Kalahari Farmhouse

Travel southwards into the largest sand mass on earth, the Kalahari. The bushman refer to it as the “Soul of the World”, an emotive description for this area! With its endless grass plains interspersed with Acacia’s and shrubs, it is the only form of survival for a vast amount of wildlife and migrating bushman communities. Enjoy the opportunity to experience the fauna and flora that have survived this desert environment for thousands of years in your own vehicle.

Overnight: Kalahari Farmhouse including breakfast

Day 3: Cañon Roadhouse

The trip continues further into the south of Namibia, to the Fish River Canyon. On your way you can stop over at the Quiver Tree Forest and the Giant’s Playground (at own expense). After you have checked in at the Cañon Roadhouse, the rest of the day can be spent at own leisure.

Overnight: Cañon Roadhouse including breakfast

Day 4: Fish River Canyon

You can spend the day visiting the Fish River Canyon, which is situated along the lower reaches of the Fish River and is one of the most impressive natural beauties in Namibia. With a depth of up to 530 metres, the Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world, only to be beaten by the Grand Canyon in America. If time allows you can drive down as far as Ai-Ais to visit the hot springs.

Overnight: Cañon Roadhouse including breakfast

Day 5: Namib Naukluft Lodge

Drive via Helmeringhausen to the Duwiseb Castle south west of Maltahöhe. Here you have the opportunity to the visit the open air museum (at own cost), before heading of to the vicinity of the Namib Naukluft Park to the Namib Naukluft Lodge. Arrival at the lodge in the afternoon and you can spend the rest of the day at own leisure.

Sossusvlei

The Sossusvlei is a huge clay pan, enclosed by giant sand dunes. Some of the spectacular hills of sand are, at a height of 325 metres, the highest in the world. Only after a heavy rainfall, which is a rare event in this area, does the vlei fill with water. As the clay layers hardly allow any water infiltration, a turquoise lake will remain for quite some time. The Dead Pan is a large ghostly expanse of dried white Clay, punctuated by Skeletons of ancient camelthorn trees, about 600 years old. The dunes of the Namib Desert have developed over a period of many millions of years. It is thought that the vast quantities of sand were deposited into the Atlantic Ocean by the Orange River. This material was subsequently moved northwards by the Benguela current to be dumped back onto the land by the surf. The coastal dunes developed as a result of this and were shifted further and further inland by the wind. Wind continuously reshapes the patterns of the huge dunes of the Namib Desert.

The last 5 km are only negotiable with 4×4 vehicles. Should you not have one, there are 4×4 Shuttles available if you don’t want to hike there.

Overnight: Namib Naukluft Lodge including dinner & breakfast

Day 6: Namib Naukluft Park, Sesriem Canyon and Sossusvlei

An early morning rise will be rewarded by the sight of an amazing play of colours over the spectacular dunes at Sossusvlei. At the 2×4 parking you will be transferred with a shuttle to the vlei (at own expense). Here you will have the opportunity to explore the area and then maybe climb the “Big Daddy” dune for an overwhelming sight of the dynamic and living desert. On your way back to the lodge you can stop over at the Sesriem Canyon, a 30m deep gorge dug into the rock formations.

Overnight: Namib Naukluft Lodge including dinner & breakfast

Day 7: Swakopmund and Swakopmund Guesthouse

Depart after breakfast and drive via Solitaire, Gaub Pass and Walvis Bay to Swakopmund. You will arrive in Swakopmund in the afternoon and check in at the Swakopmund Guesthouse situated in the heart of Swakopmund. The rest of the day can be spent relaxing on the beach or exploring this small coastal holiday town.

Swakopmund

Swakopmund was of major importance as a harbour during the German colonial era even though the water at the coast is actually too shallow and the bay is unprotected. But Lüderitz was too far away and the seaport of Walvis Bay was in British possession in those days. On 4 August 1892 the crew of a gunboat named Hyena erected two beacons on a large dune, probably in the vicinity of the present lighthouse. This is regarded as the founding date of Swakopmund. The first settlers were 120 Shutztruppe with equipment and 40 settlers who offloaded from the Marie Woermann using four landing boats. The settlers had to build caves on the beach to protect themselves against hostile weather. Before a breakwater was built in  1898, which later became known as the Mole, all offloading was done with special boats The 325 metre long wooden jetty was only completed in 1905 and it was in 1914 replaced by a more solid iron construction. Swakopmund became the gate to South-West Africa and the entire supply for the colony was wound up through this little town. The narrow-rail train to Windhoek started operations in 1902 while at the same time, the station was built. It was completely restored some years ago and has become an entertainment centre, a casino and a luxury hotel. It is one of the best preserved examples of German colonial architecture in the world.

The appearance of the town, with its 35 000 inhabitants, is characterised by numerous colonial buildings with the Woermann House from 1905 as its landmark. The former trading house in Bismarck Street with its 25 metre high Tower and its courtyard bordered by arcades today houses the city library and an art gallery. Swakopmund is a popular seaside resort with a slightly nostalgic atmosphere, many tourist attractions and a pleasant climate in summer.

Overnight: Swakopmund Guesthouse including breakfast

Day 8: Swakopmund and surrounding area

Today you have the opportunity to explore Swakopmund, Walvis Bay and the surrounding area. We suggest that you visit the Moonlandscape, Welwitscha Plains (please note that you need a permit for this, which is available at Namib i in Swakopmund) or take part in one of the many alternative activities (at own expense) such as:

  • Tandem Sky diving
  • Quad Biking
  • Sand Boarding
  • Ballooning
  • Paragliding
  • Seal & Dolphin Boat Cruise in Walvis Bay
  • Scenic flights

(Prices on request!)

Overnight: Swakopmund Guesthouse including breakfast

Day 9: Erongo Wilderness Lodge

Drive via Usakos and Karibib to the Erongo Wilderness Lodge situated in the Erongo Mountains. Arrival at the lodge at around noon and the rest of the day is at your own leisure.

Overnight: Erongo Wilderness Lodge including dinner & breakfast

Day 10: Erongo Wilderness Lodge

Another day spent at the Erongo Wilderness Lodge. The entire day can be spent at your own leisure. You will have the opportunity to explore the area in your own vehicle, or you can join some of the activities offered by the lodge (at own expense), such as:

  • Guided nature walks – there are two types of guided nature walks. One starts in the early morning and is about 2-3 hours long and leads up the mountain. The other walk leads to a nearby lofty granite outcrop and starts in the late afternoon, to see the sun setting over the beautiful Erongo Mountains.
  • Join a nature drive in an open 4×4 vehicle, where you will be introduced to the fauna and flora in this area.
  • The lodge also offers hiking trails, which you can explore on your own.

Overnight: Erongo Wilderness Lodge including dinner & breakfast

Days 11 & 12: Waterberg

Leave the Erongo Wilderness Lodge behind you and drive via Otjiwarongo to the Waterberg Plateau Park. Here you will be staying the next two days. The park has following activities (at own expense) to offer:

  • Guided morning and afternoon game drives
  • Guided and self-guided trails on the plateau
  • Nature walks within the camp

Overnight: Waterberg Wilderness Lodge including dinner & breakfast

Day 13: Elegant Guesthouse

Depart the park and drive via Okahandja to Windhoek. In Okahandja you can stop over at the Kavango woodcarvers market, have a look around or buy some last souvenirs. You will arrive in Windhoek at around noon. After check in you have some time to do some shopping in the city centre.

Overnight: Elegant Guesthouse including breakfast

Day 14: Departure

After breakfast you will still have time before heading to the Hosea Kutako International Airport, where you check in for the onward or homeward flight.

  • Windhoek
  • Kalahari Desert
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Namib Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon
  • Swakopmund
  • Erongo Mountains
  • Waterberg Plateau Park
  • Windhoek

Prices

Valid (01.07.2017 – 31.10.2017)

  • 2 persons:
    • N$ 73 120.00 per person sharing a double room
  • N$ 2 4878.00 Single Room Supplement

Prices are nett and include VAT.

Prices include:

  • 09 x overnight on a Bed & Breakfast basis
  • 04 x overnight on a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis
  • Complete Information package, including maps, route description and vouchers
  • Should you book your vehicle through us we will also provide you with a GPS (with programmed route)

Entrance fees included:

N/A

Prices exclude:

  • All activities and entrance fees
  • All meals not mentioned above
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses (Telephone call, souvenirs etc)
  • Car Hire (Please see car hire)