Self-drive Safari | 25 nights / 26 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. 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: Elegant Guesthouse including breakfast

Day 2: The Kalahri Desert and Suricate Kalahari Tented Camp

After breakfast you depart the guesthouse and drive via Rehoboth to the Kalahari Desert, characterized by the red dunes and Camel thorn trees. You will reach the lodge at around noon and afterwards the rest of the day can be spent at your own leisure. The lodge also offers optional activities such as game and nature drives (at own expense).

Overnight: Suricate Kalahari Tented Camp including dinner & breakfast

Day 3: Cañon Village

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 lodge, the rest of the day can be spent at own leisure.

Overnight: Cañon Village 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, 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 Village including breakfast

Day 5: Lüderitz Nest Hotel

Drive via Aus to Lüderitz. When passing Aus you will be able to see some desert adapted horses, which are believed to descendants of the horses used by the Germans in the First World War. After arrival and check in at the hotel you will have the opportunity to take part in one of the activities offered in Lüderitz (at own expense), such as:

  • Day 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: Lüderitz Nest Hotel including breakfast

Day 6: Namtib Desert Lodge

Your trip continues to the Namtib Biosphere Reserve in the Tiras mountains. After arrival at the lodge you can either explore the area with its fascinating landscape, fauna and flora in your own vehicle or you can take part in various activities (at own expense), such as:

  • Nature drives
  • Guided hiking trails
  • Birdwatching
  • Guided desert trails
  • Star gazing

Overnight: Namtib Desert Lodge including breakfast

Day 7: Desert Homestead and Horsetrails

You depart the lodge and drive along the Namib Desert to Desert Homestead and Horsetrails, in midst of the Nubib, Tsaris and Naukluft mountains. Upon arrival at the lodge, the rest of the afternoon can be spent at your own leisure. (This gives you the opportunity to visit the Sesriem Canyon.) The lodge also offers several activities (at own expense), which you could take part in.

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 Desert Homestead and Horsetrails including breakfast

Day 8: Namib Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei and Desert Homestead and Horsetrails

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 Desert Homestead and Horsetrails including breakfast

Day 9: Swakopmund 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 heart 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 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: Hotel Zum Kaiser including breakfast

Day 10: 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 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 11: Cape Cross Lodge

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

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 12: Damaraland and Twyfelfontein Country Lodge

After an early breakfast you will depart the Cape Cross Lodge and drive via Uis and Burnt Mountain to the beautifully set lodge. On your way to the lodge, you can stop over at the Twyfelfontein Visitors Centre and take a walk to the Twyfelfontein Bushmen engravings (at own expense).

After arrival at the lodge you can either relax at the camp or take part in the optional nature drive (at own expense) that is offered at the lodge.

Overnight: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge including breakfast

Day 13: Vingerklip Lodge

Drive via Khorixas to the Vingerklip Lodge. On your way you will have the opportunity to stop over at the Petrified Forest (at own expense). After arrival at the lodge you can take part in a short or long walk to the Vingerklip, a 35m high sedimentary rock in the Ugab Valley.

Overnight: Vingerklip Lodge including dinner & breakfast

Day 14: Etosha Safari Lodge

Today you will drive 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 (at own expense) or explore the animal kingdom of the Etosha Park in your own rental vehicle.

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: Etosha Safari Lodge including breakfast

Day 15: Halali Restcamp

On this day you can explore the southern part of the Etosha National Park as you make your way to the Halali Restcamp, which is situated in the middle of the park. You can visit various waterholes where you can relax and watch the animals as they drink and play, like different kinds of antelopes, zebras, giraffes, elephants. With a bit of luck you can also spot lions, cheetahs and rhinos.

Overnight: Halali Restcamp including breakfast

Day 16: Mushara Lodge

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. In the late afternoon you will exit the park through the eastern gate. Just outside the gate you will find the Mushara Lodge.

Overnight: Mushara Lodge including dinner & breakfast

Day 17: Rundu and Kaisosi River Lodge

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

Overnight: Kaisosi River Lodge including breakfast

Day 18: Mahangu National Park, Popa Falls and Nunda Safari Lodge

Drive along the Trans-Caprivi-Highway to the Mahangu National Park. En route you can visit the Popa Falls. After you have reached the lodge you can explore the area in your own vehicle. In the evening you have the opportunity to take part on a boat cruise (at own expense) around sunset and enjoy the tranquillity of this area.

Overnight: Nunda Safari Lodge including breakfast

Day 19: Bwabwata, Mudumu National Park and Namushasha Country Lodge

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 lodge.

Overnight: Namushasha Country Lodge including breakfast

Day 20: 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: Namushasha Country Lodge including breakfast

Day 21: Nunda Safari Lodge

Drive back to Nunda Safari Lodge, where you can once again explore the park in your own vehicle or take part in optional activities (at own expense) offered by the lodge.

Overnight: Nunda Safari Lodge including breakfast

Day 22: Roy’s Rest Camp

Leave the Caprivi behind you and drive to Roy’s Camp near Grootfontein. After check in you can relax at the pool or explore the surrounding area. You also have the opportunity to take part in one of the activities (at own expense) offered by the camp, such as a trip to the traditional San village (bushmen).

Overnight: Roy’s Rest Camp including breakfast

Day 23: Frans Indongo Lodge

Depart via Otjiwarongo to the Frans Indongo Lodge. After check in you will have some time to settle in before lunch will be served on the terrace. The afternoon can be spent relaxing at the pool while overlooking the plains.

In the late afternoon, you have the opportunity to take part on a game drive (at own expense) on the Frans Indongo property.

Overnight: Frans Indongo Lodge including breakfast

Day 24: Okonjima Main Camp

Your last destination before returning to Windhoek is the Okonjima Main Camp.

This afternoon you will have the opportunity to be taken on an optional tour (at own expense) during which you will be able to meet, close-up-and-personal, some of the cheetah that are going through the AfriCat rehabilitation programme. Most of the animals currently living at Okonjima have been rescued from various desperate situations, being orphaned or caught in a trap. The aim of rehabilitation process is to attempt to re-introduce them into the wild.

Overnight: Okonjima Main Camp including dinner & breakfast

Day 25: Elegant Guesthouse

Today you depart the lodge 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 26: Departure

After breakfast at the boutique hotel 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
  • Lüderitz
  • Namtib Biosphere Reserve
  • Namib Naukluft Park, Sesriem Canyon  & Sossusvlei
  • Cape Cross
  • Damaraland & Twyfelfontein
  • Vingerklip
  • Etosha National Park
  • Rundu
  • Mahangu National Park and Popa Falls
  • Waterberg area
  • Okonjima Reserve
  • Windhoek

Prices (01.11.2014 – 31.10.2015):

2 persons:            N$ 25 490.00 per person sharing a double room

N$ 5 980.00 Single Room Supplement

Prices are nett and include VAT.

Prices include:

  • 20 x overnight on a Bed & Breakfast basis
  • 05 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
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses (Telephone call, souvenirs etc)
  • Car Hire (Please see car hire)