Self-drive Safari | 16 nights / 17 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 hotel pension 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: Windhoek

On this day you can explore Windhoek and visit the famous landmarks. 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 Fort), ‘Tintenpalast’ (Parliament Buildings), Zoo Park, ‘Reiterdenkmal’, Museum and the Craft Centre.

Overnight: Elegant Guesthouse including breakfast

Day 3: Kalahari Desert

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 Anib Lodge including breakfast

Day 4: 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 roadhouse, the rest of the day can be spent at own leisure.

Overnight: Cañon Roadhouse including breakfast

Day 5: 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 530m, 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 to Ai-Ais and visit the hot springs.

Overnight: Cañon Roadhouse including breakfast

Day 6: Klein Aus Vista

Depart the roadhouse and continue to Aus where there is the possibility to see some desert adapted horses, which are believed to left here by the Germans in the first world war. The rest of the day can be spent relaxing at the lodge or you can take part in the optional activities offered by the lodge (at own expense).

Overnight: Klein Aus Vista – Desert Horse Inn including breakfast

Day 7: Lüderitz Nest Hotel

Today you will drive to Lüderitz, a small harbour town known for its colonial architecture. You can either explore the town on your own or take part in one of the following activities (at own expense):

  • Trip to Kolmanskop – a ghost town in the Namib Desert
  • Sedina boat trip – starting from Lüderitz harbour, passing the Diaz Point, lighthouse and cape fur seals

Overnight at Lüderitz Nest Hotel including breakfast

Day 8: Desert Homestead

On your way to the Desert Homestead, you will have the opportunity to visit the Duwisib Castle. In spite of its fortress-like appearance, Duwisib Castle has never been anything else but a private home of an extravagant German-American couple who endured many hardships to make their dreams of freedom, large-scale land ownership, and recognition within a wealthy colonial society come true – the 19th-century masters of Duwisib, Hansheinrich von Wolf and his wife Jayta.

Overnight at Desert Homestead including breakfast

Day 9: 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: Desert Homestead including breakfast

Day 10: Swakopmund

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.   

Overnight: Swakopmund Guesthouse including breakfast

Day 11: 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 12: Cape Cross Lodge

The trip continues via Wlotzkasbaken and Henties Bay to Cape Cross. Here you can visit one of the largest seal colonies in Namibia (optional and at own expense).

From Cape Cross it’s only a short drive to the Cape Cross Lodge, where after check in you have the opportunity to sit outside on the beach and enjoy a sun downer drink (at own expense), while the sun set in the Atlantic Ocean.

Overnight: Cape Cross Lodge including dinner & breakfast

Day 13: Ai-Aiba – The Rockpainting Lodge

Drive to the beautiful set Ai-Aiba Lodge situated in the Erongo Mountains. Here you can enjoy an overwhelming panoramic view while relaxing at the pool. Alternatively you can take part in one of the activities offered by the lodge (at own expense), such as:

  • Unguided hiking trails or nature walks
  • A sundowner drive to the famous rock paintings of which some are more than 2000 years old

Overnight: Ai-Aiba – The Rockpainting Lodge including breakfast

Days 14 & 15: Waterberg

Leave Ai-Aiba 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 16: 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 17: 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
  • Klein Aus Vista
  • Lüderitz
  • Duwisib Castle
  • Namib Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon
  • Swakopmund
  • Cape Cross
  • Rockpaintings at Ai-Aiba
  • Waterberg Plateau Park
  • Windhoek

Prices: (01.11.2016 – 31.10.2017)

2 persons:             N$ 18 515.00 per person sharing a double room

N$ 3 430.00 Single Room Supplement

Prices are nett and include VAT.

Prices include:

  • 13 x overnight on a Bed & Breakfast basis
  • 03 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)