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Self drive in Namibia

Dramatic scenery and rugged landscapes…  Namibia is an extraordinary wilderness with free-ranging black rhino, desert-adapted lions and elephants, rare plants and birds.

It’s steeped in history too! So, just pick up your 4×4 and do-it-yourself with our Namibia self-drive safari.

  • Sossusvlei
  • Swakopmund, Skeleton Coast
  • Etosha
  • Damaraland
  • Kaokoland
  • 12 days/11 nights

Highlights of  the Namibia self-drive safari…

  • fabulous game drives. Sighting include springbok, gemsbok, jackal, rare desert elephants and Zebras Nocturnal hides to view porcupine, honey-badgers and caracal
  • visit the AfriCat Centre to radio track leopards from game viewing vehicles
  • visit the red dunes at Sossusvlei and the Sesriem Canyon
  • climb the ‘Big Daddy’ dune and ‘Dead Vlei Pan’ see the skeletal trees and mud cracked floor of the basin.
  • beach-life at Swakopmund and half day kayaking expedition to see pelicans and flamingos.
  • Walvis Bay Dolphin and Sea Cruise with fabulous seafood picnic
  • visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Twyfeltontein for the famous rock art

Best time to self-drive in Namibia?

Namibia is a year round destination – Pick up this exceptional journey any day of the week at any time of year.

  • May to December – Best time for game viewing in Etosha. The weather is very hot but if you can stand the heat the game viewing is excellent!

ItineraryFrom $3410

Day 1 - Windhoek Day 1 - Windhoek

Staying at the Olive Grove Guesthouse, take delivery of your 4x4 self-drive hire vehicle, Toyota Hilux double Cabin or similar with zero excess. Breakfast.

Day 2 -  Sossusvlei Day 2 - Sossusvlei

Drive to Sossusvlei (red dunes) stay 2 nights in Namib - staying at the Desert Homestead with breakfast.

Day 3 - Sossusvlei Day 3 - Sossusvlei

See the red dunes opt for a hot air balloon ride over the dunes.

Day 4 - Swakopmund Day 4 - Swakopmund

Drive to Swakopmund. Stay at the elegant Swakopmund Guesthouse, a 5 minute walk from the beach for 2 nights.

Day 5 - Swakopmund Day 5 - Swakopmund

We recommend the Walvis Bay Dolphin and Sea cruise with fabulous seafood snacks, oysters and champagne or quad biking on the dunes.

Day 6 - Skeleton Coast Day 6 - Skeleton Coast

Drive up the Skeleton coast as far as Damaraland and Camp Kipwe.

Day 7 - Damaraland Day 7 - Damaraland

Book a morning game drive at the lodge for sightings of Springbok, jackal and rare desert dwelling elephants

Day 8 - Etosha National Park Day 8 - Etosha National Park

Leave Camp Kipwe. Stop off at Twyfelfontein and view the 6,000 year old rock engravings. Drive to Dolomite Camp (approx. 5 hours)

Day 9 - Etosha National Park Day 9 - Etosha National Park

Leave Dolomite Camp head east to Okaukuejo Camp staying at the famous Okaukuejo waterhole.

Day 10 - Etosha National Park Day 10 - Etosha National Park

Enjoy a full days driving in the Etosha National Park, head towards the Halili Rest Camp for lunch, Etosha Look out post for views of the Pan and on to Mushara Bush Camp.

Day 11 - Okonjima Day 11 - Okonjima

Leave Mashara after breakfast for a 3-4 hour drive to Okonjima Plains Camp, home of the AfriCat Centre.

Day 12 - Depart Day 12 - Depart

Last day in Namibia. Visit the AfriCat Centre to see the rescued leopards and cheetahs. Drive to the airport approximately 3 hours

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Tips and notes

Car Hire included in rate
Suggested vehicle type: 4X4 Toyota Fortuner (manual or automatic transmission)

Includes: GPS, tyre & windscreen insurance, maximum insurance, unlimited mileage, 2nd spare tyre,

How to get there

The trip starts and ends at the Windhoek International Airport where you’ll be greeted on arrival and transferred to your first hotel. The keys for your 4×4 together with map will be handed over to you, you’ll also be talked through the route to follow throughout your trip and advice and tips of where to find fuel.


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