11 Days from$1660 p/p in USD
Independent, Self Drive
Experience many of Namibia’s breathtaking natural wonders on this self-drive safari. Exploring at your own pace, experience the remarkable natural landscapes Namibia has to offer; vast Etosha National Park teeming with abundant wildlife, the Namib Desert stretching for over 2,000 km along the magnificent Atlantic Coast, Damaraland with its spectacular granite boulders as well as the lovely coastal town of Swakopmund which boasts remnants of the country’s German influence, reflected in the architecture, culture, cuisine, and the capital city Windhoek with its mix of history and modern architecture.
Safari types:Desert Safari, Family Safari, Self Drive Safari, Wildlife Safari
You will visit:Etosha, Namib-Naukluft National Park
Activities:Game Drive, Trekking
Getting around:Transfer Vehicle
Start/end:Start in Windhoek, end in Windhoek
RATES – PER PERSON – NAMIBIAN DOLLAR
November 2018 – June 2019
From NAD 23,300 per person, based on 2 people sharing
From NAD 4,400 single supplement
July – October 2019
From NAD 26,650 per person, based on 2 people sharing
From NAD 5,200 single supplement
- Rental car SUV category with manual transmission, unlimited kilometer, a/c and full insurance cover
- 10 nights accommodation including 10 breakfasts and 4 dinners
- Meals not mentioned and drinks
- Activities and park fees
- Visa and travel insurance
Day by Day Overview
After arrival at the airport, pick-up your car and make your way to Villa Violet, where you spend your first night.
Situated in Central Namibia, the cosmopolitan city of Windhoek serves as the capital of the country. It is home to an international airport and a plethora of restaurants, shops, entertainment venues and accommodation options. The city is clean, safe and well-organised, with a colonial legacy that is reflected in its many German eateries and shops, and the widespread use of the German language. Windhoek has an interesting mix of historical architecture and modern buildings, many of which are worth a look, including the Alte Feste an old fort, the 1896 Christuskirche Christ Church, and the more contemporary Supreme Court.
Overnight: Villa Violet, B&B basis
With just six rooms, you’ll be lucky to get a booking at Villa Violet – one of the top rated B&B guesthouses in Windhoek. If you are lucky enough to get a booking, you’ll see why this small guesthouse is so popular: Ben and Heidi, with years of hospitality industry experience between them and speaking English, German, French and Flemish/Afrikaans, are the consummate hosts. With contagious enthusiasm, they have made Villa Violet into the very definition of a bed and breakfast guesthouse where you get a personal welcome from the owners, friendly and intimate service and exceptional value for money. Villa Violet is a smart and attractive guesthouse tucked away in a quiet neighborhood of northern Windhoek and is a great place to start or end your safari or self-drive holiday in Namibia. You will easily find Villa Violet coming from the airport; it is close to the central areas of Windhoek and you are within stumbling distance from the legendary Joe’s Beerhouse. The rooms at Villa Violet open onto small patios making an ideal spot to relax and read a book or have a cup of tea while you chat with Ben and Heidi. Rinse your travel-weary bones in the swimming pool or retreat to your air conditioned room with a book from the small library. The décor as simple, elegant and modern with hotel-like amenities including wireless internet, flat-screen cable TV, climate control, tea/coffee, personal safe, honesty bar and hair dryers. If you are looking for a warm welcome, genuine hospitality, convenience and comfort, we cannot recommend VillaViolet highly enough: we have yet to have an unhappy customer and, so long as Ben and Heidi are at the helm, we doubt we ever will.
After breakfast make your way to Sossusvlei, where you will stay for 2 nights at Desert Camp. The drive will take about 5 hours on a good gravel road.
Located in the scenic Namib Naukluft National Park, Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red dunes to make this one of the most scenic natural wonders of Africa and a photographer’s heaven. This awe-inspiring destination is possibly Namibia’s premier attraction, with its unique dunes rising to almost 400 metres-some of the highest in the world. These iconic dunes come alive in morning and evening light and draw photography enthusiasts from around the globe. Sossusvlei is home to a variety desert wildlife including oryx, springbok, ostrich and a variety of reptiles. Visitors can climb ‘Big Daddy’, one of Sossusvlei’s tallest dunes; explore Dead Vlei, a white, salt, claypan dotted with ancient trees; or for the more extravagant, scenic flights and hot air ballooning are on offer, followed by a once-in-a-lifetime champagne breakfast amidst these majestic dunes.
Overnight: Desert Camp View, B&B basis
Desert Camp is situated just 5 km from the entrance gate to Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon in the Namib Nauklauft Park. Nestled under centuries old camel thorn trees, Desert Camp offers unsurpassed views over the desert landscapes and surrounding mountains – an absolute must for the nature lover and photographer! The 28 affordable self-catering accommodation units are equipped with an en-suite bathroom, shaded veranda with a fitted kitchenette, barbeque, power points and an adjacent parking area. Each air-conditioned room features twin beds and a fold-out sleeper couch to accommodate 2 small children (under 12) free of charge when sharing with 2 full paying adults. Utility boxes with most utensils needed are available at reception and fresh food supplies can be ordered daily. Facilities at the main building include a fully stocked and serviced bar with big screen television, a sparkling swimming pool and 2 communal bomas with cooking and wash up facilities which are perfect for groups travelling together. Meals can be enjoyed at the nearby Sossusvlei Lodge restaurant and their Adventure Centre offers a range of exciting desert activities to explore the area. A fully stocked shop, fuel and an internet café is available at the Sossus Oasis Service Station.
Wake up early and drive into Namib Naukluft National Park, just as the sun rises, to see the spectacular colour change of the dunes as the sun climbs higher in the sky. After the sun is up, climb Dune 45 and visit Big Mama, Dead Vlei and maybe also Sesriem Canyon on the way back (you will have to take a 4×4 shuttle from the parking space in the park to get all the way to Dead Vlei – those shuttles do not have to be prebooked and can just be picked up on the spot).
After breakfast, check-out and drive up further up north, through those ever-changing landscapes, all the way to the coast, where you will stay for one night in the German town of Swakopmund. On your way, stop at the giant Welwitchia. The drive will take about 4 hours, without stops. Have a stroll through town and maybe along the beach, looking out onto the rough and cold Atlantic Ocean. In the evening enjoy a German meal in one of the many restaurants.
Set along Namibia’s spectacularly scenic coast, the seaside town of Swakopmund is known for its wide-open avenues, colonial architecture, and its surrounding otherworldly desert terrain. Founded in 1892 as the main harbour for German South West Africa, Swakopmund is often described as being more German than Germany. Now a seaside resort town, Swakopmund is the capital of the Skeleton Coast tourism area and has plenty to keep visitors happy. The quirky mix of German and Namibian influences, adventure options, laid-back atmosphere and cool sea breeze make it a very popular Namibian destination. Visitors can look forward to a number of exciting activities including: quad biking, horse riding, paragliding, fishing, sightseeing and fascinating desert tours.
Overnight: Cornerstone Guesthouse View, B&B basis
Cornerstone Guesthouse is a small, private and peaceful bed and breakfast an easy walk to the sea and the town centre of Swakopmund on Namibia’s fascinating Skeleton Coast. Occupying a quiet corner of Swakopmund’s old town near the marine museum and the old brewery, Cornerstone Guesthouse offers the charm and intimacy of a family-run B&B combined with the modern amenities of a luxury hotel. Within a few minutes from the guest house you can walk to beaches, cafés, restaurants, lively pubs, Swakopmund tourist attractions and a variety of interesting shops and markets in the town.
Leave Swakopmund early (around 8am) and drive up the Skeletton coast to Cape Cross, to have a quick look at the world’s largest seal colony, before you turn around to drive inland to Twyfelfontein area. The driving time will be about 6 hours.
Set in the Kunene Region of northwestern Namibia, Twylfelfontein is a spectacularly scenic area, featuring one of the largest and most important concentrations of rock art in Africa. The name ‘Twyfelfontein’ translates to ‘Fountain of Doubt’, which refers to the perennial spring situated in the impressive Huab valley flanked by the slopes of a sandstone table mountain. It was this spring that attracted Stone Age hunters over six thousand years ago, and it was during this time that the extensive group of rock engravings and paintings were produced. Visitors can look forward to basing themselves at some wonderfully shady campsites along the Aba-Huab riverbed, while exploring over thirty different sites of these sacred records of ritual practices relating to traditional hunter-gatherer communities.
Overnight: Camp Kipwe, Half Board basis
Camp Kipwe is an intimate and remote bush lodge located in Namibia’s arid yet starkly beautiful Twyfelfontein region, home to many ancient Bushman etchings. The 9 specially-designed rooms are unique and private, with an outdoor bathroom, thatched roofs and spectacular views over the surrounding area. A luxury thatched suite with a lounge equipped with air-conditioning, a satellite television, a double room with en-suite bathroom, laundry service and a mini-bar. Special offers available for longer stays! Camp Kipwe offers guided nature walks around the Twyfelfontein Conservancy, as well as trips to see the Bushman etchings, the mysterious Organ Pipes and Burnt Mountain. For a very special experience, an Elephant Nature Drive is a must-do; explore the terrain in search of these elusive desert-dwelling elephants who have adapted to the dry and sandy conditions of northern Namibia.
In the morning go on a nature drive in search of the desert elephant and in the afternoon explore the rock paintings, Burnt Mountain, the Organ pipes and the petrified forest. Our recommendation is to prebook the nature drive with the lodge.
Today you will enter Etosha National Park through the western Galton Gate and go on your first game drive, all the way to Okaukuejo Camp, where you will spend 2 nights. Spend the afternoons/evenings watching the best waterhole in the country, which is lit up at night.
Located just south of the boundary of Etosha National Park in northwestern Namibia, Etosha South makes up the southern region of this wild paradise. Ongava Private Game Reserve shares the southern boundary with Etosha National Park and offers an array of luxury lodges overlooking picturesque landscapes dotted with abundant wildlife. The national park can be accessed via the southern entrance at Andersson’s Gate. Visitors can catch a glimpse of a variety of wildlife including: lion, giraffe, elephant, white and black rhino, and a multitude of plains game. Popular activities include: game drives, tracking rhinos on foot, guided nature walks, watching the sunset over this magnificent landscape.
Overnight: Okaukuejo Resort, B&B basis
Okaukuejo is located 17 km from the southern entrance of the park, and famous for its flood-lit waterhole, where visitors can observe at close quarters a spectacle of wildlife congregating and interacting. Accommodation is provided to suit every need, in premier bush chalets overlooking the waterhole; bush chalets and double rooms; or family chalets. Other facilities include a restaurant, bar, shop, swimming pool, kiosk and camping facilities.
After breakfast, check-out and drive towards the east of the park, along the vast salt pans, which is a good area to find lions. You will stay for 1 night at Mushara Bush Camp.
Located in Northwestern Namibia, Etosha East is a protected sanctuary in the eastern part of the world-renowned Etosha National Park, known as one of the most accessible game reserves in Southern Africa. Etosha East boasts vast open plains scattered with semi-arid savannah grasslands dotted with watering holes and secluded bush camps. An impressive 5,000 sq km Etosha salt pan makes up a large area of the eastern side of the park and can even be seen from space. This remote area teems with abundant wildlife such as lions, elephants, black rhinos and giraffes, as well as a variety of birdlife featuring flamingos, ostriches, eagles, hornbills and owls.
Overnight: Mushara Bush Camp, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis
Mushara Bush Camp is the ideal establishment for families visiting the Etosha National Park, as it is the first totally child friendly lodge in the area with complimentary child-minders, kiddies pool and kiddies corner. The main Bush Camp area is thatched with the true bush camp feel to it. Your days can be spent absorbing the peaceful bush surroundings or exploring Etosha National Park, while the early evenings see a camp fire lit where you can exchange stories of the day’s wildlife sighting. Dinner, lunch and breakfast are served on the thatched verandah with the bush being a mere step away. The 16 custom made en-suite tents are built from a combination of canvas, wood and local limestone. With their own 8 square metre private verandah and roof to floor windows, theses rooms are spacious and airy. Each large bathroom has an oversized window and shower looking into the surrounding bush. The brushed cement floors and lime stone walls keep the rooms cool from the afternoon sun. Four of these tents are ideally suited for families with small children as they have a sleeper couch for two children.
Go on a last early morning game drive in the park, before you make you way back south to Okonjima Plains Camp. You will stay here for 1 night and enjoy a leopard tracking in the afternoon. The driving time will be about 4 hours from Mushara Bush Camp.
Midway between the spectacular Etosha National Park and the capital city of Windhoek, lies the well-known Okonjima Nature Reserve. The 22,000 ha nature reserve is home to AfriCat, a carnivore sanctuary, which gives the captive cats a second chance to be released back into the wild and become completely independent hunters in a protected area right in the middle of commercial cattle farmland. Visitors can enjoy a stay at a variety of excellent accommodation options including everything from luxury villas to secluded camping. Enjoy thrilling cat tracking guided safaris, leopard-spotting, off-road night drives and learn about local San culture along the Bushmen trail.
Overnight: Okonjima Plains Camp, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis
Plains Camp honours the Hanssen’s family cattle-farming heritage with its three-tier accommodation facility of 10 spacious View Rooms, 14 spacious Standard Rooms and six affordable Garden Rooms. It is family-friendly and wheelchair accessible. The Plains Camp is 700m from the airstrip within the secluded wilderness area of Okonjima Nature Reserve and has majestic sunset views. Its design honours the Hanssen’s family cattle-farming history with its three-tier accommodation facility of 10 large View Rooms, 14 spacious Standard Rooms and six affordable Garden Rooms. It is family-friendly and wheelchair accessible. Okonjima was a cattle farm since the early 1920s that was bought by Brahman breeders Val (VJ) and Rose Hanssen in 1970. By the time Namibia gained its independence in early 1990, they needed to address increasing livestock losses and growing interest in Namibia as a tourist destination. Three years later their herds of Brahman and Jersey cattle were sold and Okonjima’s attention turned to recovering the grass plains and transforming it into a nature reserve, with a primary focus on carnivore conservation through The AfriCat Foundation. Today it’s a luxurious African safari destination in the heart of Namibia that’s ideal for wildlife photography and famed for its cheetah, brown hyena and leopard sightings.
After breakfast, make your way to the airport, drop off your car and board your flight home.