Self-drive Safari | 11 nights / 12 days |
Day 1: Arrival in Windhoek and drive to Guestfarm Okomitundu
Upon arrival at the Hosea Kutako International Airport you will pick up your rental vehicle and drive the +-40km to Windhoek. From here you travel via Okahandja to the guest farm Okomitundu. The rest of the day is at leisure. The farm offers a variety of activities (not included in the price). For the children there is a playground, called “Sparrow place “.
Overnight: Guest farm Okomitundu including dinner & breakfast
Day 2: Swakopmund
Today will take you via Karibib and Uakos to a small coastal town, called Swakopmund. After check-in at the guesthouse the rest of the day can be spent at leisure. This could be used for a city tour in own vehicle or you could take the children for a walk on the beach to spent some time at the ocean.
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: Swakopmund Guesthouse including breakfast
Day 3: Swakopmund and surrounding area
Today you will depart to Walvis Bay to join a dolphin & seal cruise. Sailing along the coastal lines, while seals occasionally get onto the boat for some fresh fish, pelicans may circle the boat and with luck you’ll see dolphins surfing in the waves. At lunchtime, refreshments will be served at sea. Enjoy fresh oysters, champagne, juices and a wide variety of snacks in the smooth seabreeze of the Walvis Bay lagoon. After returning to the harbour you return to Swakopmund where you can use the rest of the afternoon to either rest or take a stroll on the beach.
Overnight: Swakopmund Guesthouse including breakfast & dolphin & seal cruise
Day 4: Damaraland
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. In the evening you have the opportunity to take part in a star gazing excursion and taking a closer look at the southern cross- and orion star formations (excursion at own expense).
Overnight: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge including breakfast
Day 5: „Vingerklip“
After an early breakfast you will depart lodge and 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 6: South side of the Etosha National Park
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 or explore the animal kingdom of the Etosha Park on your own.
Covering over 8,000 square miles, the park encompasses a vast salt pan. These conditions make the game viewing in Etosha so special and exclusive. You can visit various waterholes where you can relax and watch the animals as they drink and play. Etosha is famous for excellent game viewing and game, such as giraffe, impala, springbok, zebra and wildebeest can be seen in vast numbers.
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 at the Toshari Lodge including dinner & breakfast
Days 7 & 8: The Eastern part of 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. In the late afternoon you will exit the park through the eastern gate. Just outside the gate you will find the Mushara Bush Camp.
Übernachtung: Mushara Bush Camp including dinner & breakfast
Day 9: Waterberg area
After breakfast, drive via Tsumeb and Otavi to Frans Indongo Lodge. Here you can take part in one of activities offered by the lodge, such as:
- Walking Trails of different lengths
- Day trips to the Cheetah Conservation Fund, where you will be able to see the cheetahs only a few meters away from the open 4×4 game drive vehicle
- Excursions to the Waterberg, which consists of almost subtropical plant species and is also home to various kinds of animal species
Overnight: Frans Indongo Lodge including breakfast
Days 10 & 11: Okahandja area
Today you will drive via Otjiwarongo, the Elegant Farmstead. On the way to the Farmstead you will have the opportunity to visit the woodcarvers market in Okahandja. Here you could get some souvenirs for your friends back home. After arriving at the Farmstead the rest of the day as well as the following day is at leisure. This time can be used to take part on a scenic drive (at own expense).
Overnight: Elegant Farmstead including dinner & breakfast
Day 12: Depart
After breakfast you will drive back to Windhoek. From here you will continue to the airport. At the Hosea Kutako International Airport you will drop off your rental vehicle and check in for the onward or homeward flight.
- Guest farm near Windhoek
- Swakopmund and surrounds
- Damaraland & Twyfelfontein
- Etosha National Park
- Waterberg area
- Okahandja surrounds
Prices (01.07.2017 – 31.10.2017):
- 2 Persons:
- N$ 17 660.00 (per person sharing)
- 2 Children (3 – 11 years):
- N$ 16 756.00 (per child sharing a room with two adults)
Prices are nett and include VAT.
- 2 x overnight including breakfast
- 9 x overnight including dinner & breakfast
- 1 x dolphin & seal cruise
- Complete Information package, including maps, route description and vouchers
- Pre programmed GPS
- 4×4 Double Cab or similar (Group 1M)
Entrance fees included:
- All activities and entrance fees
- Personal expenses (Telephone call, souvenirs etc)
- International flights
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$ 1650.00
- Contract fee – N$ 55.00
- Baby Seat
- Additional Driver
- Fine Handling Fee
- Young Driver Surcharge (18 -20 years)
- One Way fees (Please request quote)
- Delivery / Collection fee (Please request quote if not listed below)
- Claim Administration fee +- N$ 500.00
- Water and Undercarriage Damage
- Towing Charges (If not due to a mechanical fault)