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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.

  • Windhoek
  • Sossusvlei
  • Swakopmund
  • Twyfelfontein
  • Ongava Private Game Reserve
  • Etosha East
  • Okonjima Nature Reserve
  • 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 $2520

Day 1 - Windhoek Day 1 - Windhoek

Staying at the Olive Grove Guesthouse B&B; basis. Pick up your 4x4 self-drive hire vehicle, Toyota Hilux double Cabin or similar. Explore cosmopolitan Windhoek, a safe, clean city with colonial legacy.

Days 2-3 Sossusvlei Days 2-3 Sossusvlei

Drive to Sossusvlei with red dunes rising to almost 400 m! Stay 2 nights at Desert Homestead Horse Trails. Wildlife includes Oryx, springbok, ostrich and a variety of reptiles. Opt for a hot air ball

Days 4-5 Swakopmund

Drive to the coast and stay 2 nights at the Swakopmund Guesthouse, 5 mins from the beach! Seaside town with colonial architecture,. We recommend the Walvis Bay Dolphin and Sea cruise with seafood!

Days 6-7 Twyfelfontein

UNESCO World Heritage Site, Twyfelfontein in Damaraland, home to one of the largest collections of rock-art engravings found in Southern Africa. Stay 2 nights at Twyfelfontein Country Lodge.

Day 8 - Ongava Private Game Reserve Day 8 - Ongava Private Game Reserve

Stay at Andersson's At Ongava- an interactive hub for guests to be a part of conservation science. top attractions is its rhino population. Activities include day and nights game drives, guided walks.

Days 9-10 Etosha East

Stay at the family friendly Mushara Bush Camp, complete with complimentary childminders, kids pool and play area. Abundant wildlife- lions, elephants, black rhinos and giraffes, Great birding too!

 Day 11 - Okonjima Day 11 - Okonjima

Head to Okonjima Plains Camp. The AfriCat Foundation with focus on carnivore conservation and rehabilitation. Excellent for wildlife photography with cheetah, brown hyena and leopard sightings.

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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