Self-drive Safari | 13 nights / 14 days |

Day 1: Arrival in Windhoek and drive to GocheGanas

Upon arrival at the Hosea Kutako International Airport you will pick up your rental vehicle and drive the +-40km to Windhoek. Should your flight land in the morning you could use this opportunity to have breakfast at one of the restaurants in Windhoek and do a little sightseeing (at own expense). From Windhoek you drive to GocheGanas, in the Auas Mountains. After check-in you can either relax at the Pool or the Spa.

Overnight: GocheGanas Lodge including dinner & breakfast

Day 2: Kulala Desert Lodge

After breakfast you will start your trip in southern direction. On your way to the Kulala Desert Lodge you will pass the Spreetshoogte Pass, where you have the opportunity to stop at the view point from which you will have an amazing view over the Namib Desert. Leaving the pass behind you, the landscape becomes more barren and you can see farther into the distance. After arriving at the lodge you can either relax or take part in the alternative activities offered.

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: Kulala Desert Lodge including all meals, local drinks and activities

Days 3: Namib Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei, Sesriem Canyon and Kulala Desert Lodge

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. The rest of the afternoon can be spent at leisure. You can either relax or take part in one of the alternative activities offered at the lodge’s adventure centre.

Overnight: Kulala Desert Lodge including all meals, local drinks and activities

Day 4: Swakopmund and Hotel Zum Kaiser

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 hotel, situated in the middle of Swakopmund. The rest of the day can be spent relaxing 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: Hotel Zum Kaiser including breakfast

Day 5: Swakopmund Hotel Zum Kaiser

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 such as:

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

(Prices on request!)

Overnight: Hotel Zum Kaiser including breakfast

Day 6: Petrified Forest and Doro !Nawas Camp

Today you drive along the coastline via Henties Bay and Uis to the vast regions of the Damaraland. You pass Namibia’s highest Mountain the Brandberg, before checking in at your lodge in the heart of the Damaraland. This is most probably the most pristine area in Africa, with home to the Desert Elephant and Black Rhino.

Overnight: Doro !Nawas Camp including all meals, local drinks and activities

Day 7: Damaraland, Twyfelfontein and Damaraland Camp

Today you will have the opportunity to visit the famous open air museum at Twyfelfontein, the Organ Pipes and the Burnt Mountain, before making your way to the Damaraland Camp.

Overnight: Damaraland Camp including all meals, local drinks and activities

Day 8: Damaraland Camp

Today is open to explore the area, relax at the camp or to take part in one or more of the activities offered by the camp. Some of this activities include, guided nature drives, walks and mountain biking. You can also take part in morning and afternoon drives, in search for desert-adapted elephant. Gemsbok, greater kudu, springbok, and occasionally lions, cheetah as well as the black rhino can be spotted during these drives.

Overnight: Damaraland Camp including all meals, local drinks and activities

Day 9: Etosha National Park and Ongava Lodge

Today, you will drive via Outjo to the Etosha National Park. After you have checked in you will have some time to relax before taking part on a game drive on the Ongava Reserve. Here you will discover a large variety of plants and vegetation, including the Mopane woodlands.

Etosha National Park

Etosha was declared a game reserve by the German colonial administration back in 1907 and covers an area of more than 22 000 km². At a stage it covered a vast area of 93 240 km² and was the largest game reserve in the world.

For various political reasons, the park was progressively diminished in size until by 1975 it had been reduced to its current size.  In its centre lies a vast saltpan surrounded by grass and thorn savannah, Mopane bushland in the west and dry forest in the north-east. About two million years ago, this area was an enormous lake, fed by the Kunene River. However the lake slowly dried up because over time, the river changed its course. Today the pan is a shallow depression and has an approximate size of 5000 km².

Of the 114 mammals species found in the park, several are rare and endangered, such as the black Rhino and cheetah. Etosha’s current population of +- 600 Black Rhinos represents one of the few growing populations in the world.

The National Park has three Rest camps Okaukuejo, Halali and Namutoni. These all have restaurants, stores and swimming pools. The main entrance to the park is called the Andersson Gate at Okaukuejo in the south and the Von Lindequist Gate in the east near Namutoni.

Overnight: Ongava Lodge including all meals, local drinks and activities

Day 10: Ongava Lodge

After breakfast you will be taken on a game drive to the Etosha National Park which is one of the major sanctuaries of wildlife in Africa, exploring the animal kingdom of Etosha, which in the tribal language of the Owambo means “Place of dry water”. For the greater part of the year the Etosha Pan is a bleak expanse of white cracked mud which shimmers with mirages on most days. Seeing vast herds of game against this eerie backdrop makes the Etosha game viewing experience unique.

The afternoon once more is open for you to take part in the activities offered at the lodge, such as the night drive or a guided walk. The Ongava Reserve holds one of the largest rhino custodianships for the Namibian Government and is one of the few private game reserves in southern Africa that give one the chance to see both black and white rhino.

Overnight: Ongava Lodge including all meals, local drinks and activities

Day 11: Okonjima Bush Camp

Travel via Otjiwarongo to the Okonjima Bush Camp. Check in at the luxurious Bush Camp. You will have some time to settle in, before lunch is served. After lunch you will take part in a game drive. A radio tracking device is used to locate the leopards, which move freely on the 4 500 ha Game Reserve. You will return to the camp in time for dinner.

Overnight: Okonjima Bush Camp including lunch, dinner, breakfast and activities

Day 12: Okonjima Bush Camp

After breakfast you can take part in the bushman trail, where you will learn more about the tradition of the San, their arts and how they have adapted to the harsh weather conditions. Alternatively, you can take part in the radio-tracking of the rehabilitated Spotted Hyenas.

You will return to the camp for a light lunch, before joining the next walking trail. On this trail you will be able to see some of the 250 species of birds, which live in this area. Some of the birds that can be spotted with a bit of luck are the Carp’s Black Tit, Hartlaub’s Francolin and the Damara Rock Runner.

After a coffee/tee break at the camp you will visit the AfriCat Foundation, where you will learn more about the programme to protect endangered species, like cheetahs and leopards. You will also learn more about the ways and lives of these amazing and beautiful animals.

Overnight: Okonjima Bush Camp including lunch, dinner, breakfast and activities

Day 13: Windhoek

Today you depart the camp 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: Hotel Heinitzburg including breakfast

  • GocheGanas
  • Namib Naukluft Park, Sesriem Canyon & Sossusvlei
  • Swakopmund
  • Petrified Forest, Damaraland & Twyfelfontein
  • Etosha National Park
  • Okonjima Reserve & AfriCat Foundation
  • Windhoek

Prices:

Low Season (07.01 – 04.06.2015):

2 persons:            N$ 44 580.00 per person sharing a double room

N$ 14 070.00 Single Room Supplement

High Season (05.06 – 31.10.2015):

2 persons:            N$ 56 940.00 per person sharing a double room

N$ 14 640.00 Single Room Supplement

Prices are nett and include VAT.

Prices include:

  • 03 x overnight on a Bed & Breakfast basis
  • 01 x overnight on a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis
  • 02 x overnight on a Full board basis
  • 07 x overnight on a Fully inclusive basis (local drinks included)
  • 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:

  • Optional activities and excursions
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses (Telephone call, souvenirs etc)
  • Car hire (Please see car hire)