Self-drive Camping Safari | 19 nights/ 20 days |

Day 1: Arrival in Windhoek and drive to the Kalahari Desert

Upon arrival at the Hosea Kutako International Airport you will pick up your rental vehicle and drive the +-40km to Windhoek. Continue southwards via Rehoboth to Kalkrand. As you continue further south, you will observe the slow change in landscape until you reach the Kalahari Desert, characterized by the red dunes and Camel thorn trees.

Overnight: Kalahari Anib campsite

Day 2: Mesosaurus Fossil Camp

Your next destination is the Mesosaurus Fossil Camp. We highly recommend the fossil tour (not included in the price). This tour will take you passed three outcrops, where you will see the remains of the prehistoric Mesosaurus. Furthermore you will visit the Quiver Tree Forest, as well as the giant’s Playground. Alternatively you can explore the area on your own and take some pictures of the beautiful rock formations and amazing landscape.

Overnight: Mesosaurus Fossil Camp

Days 3 and 4: Fish River Canyon and Ai-Ais camping

The trip continues further into the south of Namibia, to the Ai-Ais resort, which is situated at the south end of the Fish River Canyon.    Ai-Ais means “burning water” in one of the local languages and gets its name from the thermal hot springs found in the area.

On these two days you can explore the Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world with a depth of up to 530 metres.

Overnight: Ai-Ais campsite

Day 5: Klein Aus Vista camping

Depart the camp and continue to Aus, where there’s the possibility to see some desert adapted horses, which are believed to left here by the Germans in the first world war. The campsite is situated in a small valley of the Aus Mountains. Here you will find several hiking trails, which you can explore at own expense. For dinner you have the choice of either preparing your own meal at the camping spot or you could have dinner at the Inn Restaurant (not included in price).

Overnight: Klein Aus Vista campsite

Day 6: Day trip to Lüderitz

Today you have the opportunity to visit 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

Return to the Klein Aus Vista Campsite sometime in the late afternoon and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Klein Aus Vista campsite

Day 7: Farm Namtib Camping

After a short drive you will reach the Namtib Biosphere Reserve in the Tiras mountains. Here you will have the opportunity to some breathtaking views of some fascinating landscape. Oryx, springbock, kudu, klippspringer as well as the scarce steenbock can be found in this area. Discover the fauna and flora on one of the hiking trails offered (at own expense).

Overnight: Farm Namtib campsite

Day 8: Sesriem camping

You depart the camp and drive along the Namib Desert to Sesriem. After arrival at the campsite, the rest of the afternoon can be spent at your own leisure. This gives you the opportunity to visit the Sesriem Canyon (at own expense).

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 at Sossus Oasis campsite

Day 9: Namib Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei

Today you can visit the Sossusvlei. 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. Alternatively you can walk the 4km to the vlei. See the sun rise in the massive dunes and enjoy the coolness of the morning to maybe climb up the “Big Daddy” Dune.

Overnight at Sossus Oasis campsite

Day 10: Orange House

On your way to Swakopmund you will drive along the Swakop riverbed, and passed the Moonlandscape and the Welwitchia plains. The Welwitschia Mirabilis is an ancient plant endemic to the Namib Desert. After you have checked in at the Orange House, which is within walking distance from the beach, you can spend the rest of the afternoon at own leisure. You have the opportunity to either explore this coastal holiday town on your own or simply relax at the beach.

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 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: Orange House 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 (a own expense) such as:

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

(Prices on request)

Overnight: Orange House including breakfast

Day 12: Spitzkoppe camping

Your trip continues into a more arid area, the Spitzkoppe (also referred to as Matterhorn, due to its shape). The campsites are located in all types of interesting rock formations, with different trails leading around them. Guided climbs and abseiling can be arranged at an additional fee. These should be booked in advance.

Overnight: Spitzkoppe campsite

Day 13: Brandberg camping

Depart the camp and drive via Uis into the Damaraland. After check in at the Brandberg White Lady Campsite, you have the opportunity to explore the surrounding area at own expense. Nearby attractions include the bushman paintings at Twyfelfontein, Valley of Organ Pipes and Petrified Forest. A visit to the “White Lady” and an elephant drive can be booked at an additional cost.

Overnight: Brandberg White Lady campsite

Day 14: Okaukuejo camping

Via Outjo you drive to the southern gate of the Etosha National Park. The park measuring approx. 22 270 sq. km is home to most species of typical African wildlife. Lions, elephants, rhinos and various sorts of antelope which freely roam the plains around the vast salt pans, saline desert, savannah and woodlands. Your accommodation on this night is situated in the park, which gives you the opportunity to experience the Etosha nightlife at the Okaukuejo 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 campsite

Day 15: Namutoni camping

The whole day is dedicated to exploring the national park and game viewing. You will have time to stop at various waterholes while making your way to the eastern side of the park. An elevated walkway along the King Nehale waterhole gives you once again the opportunity to experience the surrounding scenery and wildlife while watching the sun set.

Overnight: Namutoni campsite

Day 16: Namutoni camping

Today you can explore 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.

Overnight: Namutoni campsite

Days 17 & 18: Waterberg Wilderness Lodge Camping

Leave the Etosha National Park behind you and drive via Otjiwarongo to the Waterberg Plateau Park area. Here you will be camping the next two days. The establishment has following activities to offer (at own expense):

  • Guided Plateau Hike
  • Rhino Drive
  • Game tracking

Overnight: Waterberg Wilderness Lodge (Camping)

Day 19: 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.

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 20: 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.

  • Kalahari Desert
  • Messosaurus Fossil Camp
  • Ai-Ais & Fish River Canyon
  • Lüderitz and wild horses in Aus
  • Namtib Biosphere Reserve
  • Namib Naukluft Park, Sesriem Canyon  & Sossusvlei
  • Swakopmund
  • Spitzkoppe
  • Brandberg
  • Etosha National Park
  • Waterberg Plateau Park
  • Windhoek

Prices (valid until 31.10.2017):

  • 2 persons:
    • N$ 5,480.00 (per person sharing a double room)
  • N$ 565.00 Single Room Supplement

Prices are nett and include VAT.

Prices include:

  • 16 x camping on a self-catering basis
  • 03 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:

  • All activities and entrance fees
  • All meals not mentioned above
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses (Telephone call, souvenirs etc)
  • Car rental (See car rental prices)