Self-drive Safari | 19 nights / 20 days

Day 1: Arrival in Windhoek

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. You have time to explore Windhoek and visit the famous landmarks of Windhoek or shop in the vibrant Independence Avenue.

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: Guesthouse Tamboti including breakfast

Day 2: Spreetshoogte Pass and Namib Desert

Departing from Windhoek you will be crossing the spectacular Spreetshoogte Pass on your way to the gates of Sossusvlei. Upon arrival you can spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing and enjoying the view of the surrounding areas. Quadbiking and hot air ballooning can be organized beforehand if you like (optional extras). Alternatively you can already explore the Sossusvlei & Sesriem Canyon.

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: Sossus Oasis Camp (Camping)

Day 3: Namib Naukluft Park and Sossusvlei

Today you can visit the Sossusvlei. On the way you can see the first rays of sunshine paint the mountains of sand into a variety of apricot, red and orange, contrasted against a crisp blue skyline, provoke your senses, and award you the opportunity to capture this awesome landscape on camera. From here you make your way to the 2×4 parking area, where you can make use of the 4×4 shuttle (not included, cost N$120.00 per person), which will take you the last few kilometres to the Sossusvlei. You can climb some of the breath taking dunes to adore the sea of sand from above.

Overnight: Sossus Oasis Camp (Camping)

Day 4: 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 guesthouse, situated close to the beach. The rest of the day can be spent to explore the town and / or (time permitting) visit the the Moonlandscape, Welwitscha Plains (please note that you need a permit for this, which is available at Namib i in Swakopmund).

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 Schutztruppe 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 47 500 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: Orange House including breakfast

Day 5: Swakopmund and surrounding area

Today you have the opportunity to explore Swakopmund, Walvis Bay and the surrounding area. We suggest that you take part in one of the many alternative activities (at own cost) such as:

  • Tandem Sky diving
  • Quad Biking
  • Sand Boarding
  • Ballooning
  • Paragliding
  • Seal & Dolphin Boat Cruise in Walvis
  • Sandwich Harbour Half-day Tour
  • Scenic flights

Overnight: Orange House including breakfast

Day 6: Twyfelfontein

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. The evening is spent at leisure and could be used to either relax at the campsite or maybe take part on an optional activity (at own expense).

Overnight: Aba Huab Camp (Camping)

Day 7: Etosha National Park

Dive via Outjo to the Etosha National Park. The rest of the day can be spent at own leisure. You can either take part in one of the activities offered by the lodge or explore the animal kingdom of the Etosha Park on your own. Your accommodation for tonight will be inside the park, which gives you the opportunity to experience Etosha’s nightlife at the floodlit waterhole.

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: Okaukuejo Camp (Camping)

Days 8 & 9: Etosha National Park

Today you will make your way to the eastern side of the park. Here the dense stands of Mopane forests support a large variety of antelopes and predators such as leopards, while it offers a variety of migratory as well as non-migratory bird species safe cover and nesting sites. With a bit of luck you will also be able to spot some lions. These two nights you will spend outside the park.

Overnight: Onguma Tamboti Camp (Camping)

Day 10: Rundu surrounds

Today you leave the Etosha National Park and travel to the western part of Rundu to arrive at the Hakusembe Lodge. Late in the afternoon you can join a sundowner cruise (at own expense) or just relax on the banks of the river.

Overnight: Hakusembe Lodge (Camping)

Day 11: Bwabwata, Mudumu National Park

Set off this morning travelling onto the Mudumu National Park via the Bwabwata National Park. On your way there, you might encounter Elephant herds and various other animals with a bit of luck. The Kwando River is known for it vast birdlife, which you can enjoy from the comfort of your camp.

Overnight: Camp Kwando (Camping)

Day 12: Mudumu National Park

Today is open to explore the Mudumu or Mamili National Park or take part in the optional activities (at own expense) offered at the lodge. You also have the opportunity to join a cultural tour at the Living Museum, fishing tour or take part on a game drive on open 4×4 vehicles. (All activities are optional and at own expense.)

Overnight: Camp Kwando (Camping)

Days 13 & 14: Chobe National Park

In the morning you will drive to Kasane to the Chobe Safari Lodge where you’ll be staying the next two nights – at the campsites. This area is known as the meeting point of the four countries, Namibia, Zambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe which makes the lodge a perfect gateway to the surrounding attractions. The Chobe National Park close by boasts the largest concentration of elephant in Africa and the game drives and boat cruises offer visitors the opportunity to witness this amazing spectacle. Enjoy a serene sunset cruise on the Chobe River this evening.

Overnight: Chobe Safari Lodge (Camping)

Day 15: Elephant Sands Lodge

Continue to the Elephant Sands Lodge. After check-in the rest of the day is at leisure and could be used to explore the surrounding area in own rental vehicle or to take part on an optional activity (at own expense), such as a sundowner drive or you can simply relax on the pool deck and spot a variety of birds.

Overnight: Elephant Sands Lodge including breakfast

Days 16 & 17: Moremi National Park

After breakfast you will drive to the Moremi National Park. The national park, although not one of the largest parks, presents insights and views even for the most experienced of travellers. It is home to nearly 500 species of bird (from water birds to forest dwellers), and a vast array of other species of wildlife, including buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, jackal, impala, and red lechwe. Here you will spend two nights which will give you the opportunity to do game drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles and to explore the Xakanaxa Lagoon and surrounding Okavango channels by motorboat, which affords excellent bird watching opportunities.

Overnight: Southgate Campsite (Camping)

Day 18: Kalahari Bush Breaks Lodge

Today you will drive to the Kalahari Bush Breaks Lodge. Upon arrival at the lodge you can either relax or take part on one of the following offered activities (at own expense):

  • Game drives (pre book before 15h00)
  • A 20km Self drive 4×4 Route
  • 3 walking trails, some leading to the ancient bushman engravings
  • observing game from a hide overlooking a waterhole
  • Horse riding (on request for experienced riders and must be booked in advance)

Overnight: Kalahari Bush Breaks Campsite (Camping)

Day 19: Windhoek

After breakfast you will continue to Windhoek and the guesthouse. After check in you can use the free time to drive around Windhoek and look at some of the famous landmarks. Also Windhoek has a variety of good restaurants where you could dine this evening (at own expense).

Overnight: Guesthouse Tamboti including breakfast

Day 20: Depart

Today you will head to the Hosea Kutako International Airport in time for your home- or onwards flight. This tour ends here.

  • Windhoek
  • Spreetshoogte Pass
  • Namib Naukluft Park & Sossusvlei
  • Swakopmund and surrounds
  • Twyfelfontein
  • Etosha National Park
  • Rundu surrounds
  • Mamili & Mudumu National Park
  • Chobe National Park
  • Nata
  • Moremi National Park
  • Windhoek

Prices:

(01.11.2016 – 31.10.2017)

  • 2 adults:
    • N$ 22,755.00 (per person sharing in a double room / camping)
    • BWP 1,225.00 (per person sharing in a double room / camping)

Please Note:

  • The NAD portion is for the Namibian part of the tour.
  • The BWP portion is for the Botswana part of the tout.
  • The rates are calculated according to the current US$ exchange rate. These rates may decrease or increase, depending on the exchange rate at time of booking.

Prices are nett and include VAT.

Prices include:

  • 14 x camping
  • 05 x overnight on a 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:

  • Optional activities and excursions
  • Drinks and meals (unless otherwise stated)
  • Personal expenses (Telephone call, souvenirs etc)
  • Car Hire (Price on request)
  • International flights
  • Travel insurance

Car rental prices include (super cover):

  • Unlimited Kilometres
  • Super Collision Waiver (SCDW)
  • Super Theft Loss Waiver (STLW)
  • Stamp Duty
  • Value Added Tax
  • Airport Surcharge
  • National and Regional Maps
  • Inbound Guide/ Useful Information
  • Second Spare Wheel (where applicable)
  • Additional glass and tyre insurance

Car rental prices exclude:

  • Refundable Deposit – +-N$ 4 200.00
  • Contract fee – N$ 65.00
  • Additional Driver
  • Fine Handling Fee
  • Office Admin Fee
  • One Way fees
  • Cross Border Fee
  • Delivery / Collection fee (Please request quote if not listed below)
  • Claim Administration fee
  • Water and Undercarriage Damage
  • Towing Charges (If not due to a mechanical fault)