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.
- Swakopmund, Skeleton Coast
- 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!
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.
Drive to Sossusvlei (red dunes) stay 2 nights in Namib - staying at the Desert Homestead with breakfast.
See the red dunes opt for a hot air balloon ride over the dunes.
Drive to Swakopmund. Stay at the elegant Swakopmund Guesthouse, a 5 minute walk from the beach for 2 nights.
We recommend the Walvis Bay Dolphin and Sea cruise with fabulous seafood snacks, oysters and champagne or quad biking on the dunes.
Drive up the Skeleton coast as far as Damaraland and Camp Kipwe.
Book a morning game drive at the lodge for sightings of Springbok, jackal and rare desert dwelling elephants
Leave Camp Kipwe. Stop off at Twyfelfontein and view the 6,000 year old rock engravings. Drive to Dolomite Camp (approx. 5 hours)
Leave Dolomite Camp head east to Okaukuejo Camp staying at the famous Okaukuejo waterhole.
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.
Leave Mashara after breakfast for a 3-4 hour drive to Okonjima Plains Camp, home of the AfriCat Centre.
Last day in Namibia. Visit the AfriCat Centre to see the rescued leopards and cheetahs. Drive to the airport approximately 3 hours
Tips and notes
- Hosea airport transfers
- 24 hour back up service throughout the trip
- 12 days 4×4 self-drive car hire
- accommodation as outlined in the safari itinerary
- meals as outlined in the safari itinerary
- twice daily activities in the Etosha National Park
- International flights, Visa, tips and gratuities
- additional activities not stated in the itinerary
- Etosha National Park fees.
A maximum of 8 guests per departure.
Electrical points are available in all accommodations for charging camera batteries and transferring/editing pictures.
Please note you have the option to depart on this exceptional journey any day of the week at any time of year. We recommend accommodations but there are other options available including upgrades to full board facilities if preferred.
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.
"Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Johannesburg, Thornybush & Cape Town in South Africa Windhoek & Skeleton Coast in Namibia The trip was wonderful! Thank you Liz for your diligence in putting together"Ellen Deutsch read more >>
Discover iconic Namibia from the air… the dunes of Sossusvlei, rugged Damaraland and the wildlife in Etosha – all 3 of Namibia’s safari icons.
Adjacent to the Skeleton Coast Damaraland includes two prime safari areas with Southern Damaraland and the Kaokoveld in the northRead More
Etosha National Park includes the famous Pan and is the country's most popular wildlife safari destination especially between July and OctoberRead More
Kaokoland and Damaraland make up the Kaokoveld - a remote place for wild camping, spectacular scenery and rare wildlifeRead More
With fewer than 800 visitors each year Skeleton Coast Safaris offer one of Africa's most extraordinary safari experiencesRead More
The Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert has some of the best desert scenery in the world and conjures up images of huge red dunes covered in wind ripplesRead More
Swakopmund located next door to Walvis Bay, has palm lined streets, immaculate old buildings and well-kept gardens with a real holiday atmosphereRead More
Walvis Bay is a great place to eat good food and kayak on the lagoon to see large flocks of seabirds including migrant waders, flamingos and pelicansRead More