Namibia Self Drive Safari Camping From £1999 per person - 15 Days

Namibia Self Drive Safari Camping 2020

Tour Overview

Enjoy a meal cooked under the stars and the freedom of a canvas bedroom! On our Namibia Self Drive Safari Camping 2020, see the dunes at Sossusvlei, the incredible wildlife in Etosha National Park and the big cats at Africat.

Tour Highlights

1 night near Windhoek – Namibia’s Charming Capital City
2 nights near Sossusvlei at Sesriem
3 nights in Swakopmund – the Adventure Capital of Namibia
1 night near Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings
2 nights in stunning Damaraland, home of Namibia’s desert adapted elephant, rhino and lion
4 nights in Etosha National Park the jewel of Namibia’s wildlife parks
1 night at Okonjima Nature Reserve, home of the Africat Foundation
Leopard and hyena tracking at Okonjima
Visit to the Carnivore Care Centre at Africat
Fully Equipped 4×4 Double Cab Vehicle with roof top tents, fridge and all camping equipment included

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Day 1
Day 1 – Windhoek -Trans Kalahari Inn - 1 night

Overnight: Trans Kalahari Inn, near Windhoek

Accommodation Type: 2 x Luxury Thatched Rooms

Meal Basis: Bed and Breakfast ( A La Carte Restaurant on site )

You will be met at the airport by your vehicle hire representative and driven the short distance to the car hire depot, where you will be familiarised with your 4×4.

The vehicle comes with standard insurance – other insurance options are available upon request

From here you will set off to your accommodation.

From the car hire depot, it is a mere 5-minute drive to your overnight accommodation, the Trans Kalahari Inn where you can relax on your first night. The Inn has lovely rooms, friendly staff, a swimming pool and bar and an excellent restaurant so we think it is a great first night stop over before your adventure begins.

Day 2
Day 2 - Sossusvlei - Sesriem Camp Campsite - 2 nights

Overnight: Sesriem Campsite

Accommodation Type: 1 x National Park Campsite

Meal Basis: Self Catering ( Bar and Restaurant on site )

You leave the Inn this morning and travel over the Spreetshoogte Pass and on to the Namib / Sossusvlei Park to Sesriem Campsite. This beautiful camp lies within the national park and the individual pitches are situated under ancient camel thorns overlooking the red dunes.

There is a shop, a restaurant and pool at this site.

Day 3
Day 3 - Sossusvlei - Sesriem Camp Campsite.

Overnight: Sesriem Campsite

Accommodation Type: 1 x National Park Campsite

Meal Basis: Self Catering ( Bar and Restaurant on site )

A very early start is advised for you this morning to drive into the heart of this ancient desert in time to watch the sun rise over the largest sand dunes in the world. If you are still feeling energetic in the afternoon, then a walk down Sesriem Canyon is a must with its narrowing sides and rock pools just right for cooling off after your trek

Day 4
Day 4 – Swakopmund - Alte Brucke Resort Campsite - 3 nights

Overnight: Private Campsite with own ablutions and kitchen/braii area

Accommodation Type: 1 x Private Campsite

Meal Basis: Self Catering ( wide choice of restaurants available in Swakopmund )

A long drive today but an interesting one. Over the Tropic of Capricorn and through canyons until you reach the ocean.

It’s worth stopping at Solitaire to enjoy some of Moose’s famous apple crumble before heading off west through the Namib.

Located at the Swakopmund River Mouth, mere metres from the beach, Alte Brucke is a neat campsite with lovely private sites and sprawling communal lawn.

Day 5
Day 5 – Swakopmund - Alte Brucke Resort Campsite.

Overnight: Private Campsite with own ablutions and kitchen/braii area

Accommodation Type: 1 x Private Campsite

Meal Basis: Self Catering ( wide choice of restaurants available in Swakopmund )

There are so many choices of activities on offer in Swakopmund from seal and dolphin tours to exhilarating sand driving tours through the desert, quad biking, sky diving or just mooching around this quirky coastal town.

Day 6
Day 6 – Swakopmund - Alte Brucke Resort Campsite.

Overnight: Private Campsite with own ablutions and kitchen/braii area

Accommodation Type: 1 x Private Campsite

Meal Basis: Self Catering ( wide choice of restaurants available in Swakopmund )

Nearby Walvis Bay is worth a visit while staying at the coast. The natural harbour is fascinating being home to a working container port and is becoming increasingly important for marine repairs including oil rigs that come from all over the world to be serviced by Namibian specialists.

In addition to the port itself Walvis Bay has a thriving tourism market and it is from here that the seal and dolphin tours leave as well as opportunities for sea kayaking and a thrilling drive through the sand dunes to Sandwich Harbour 50 kilometres south.

Day 7
Day 7 – Twyfelfontein - Mowani Mountain Campsite - 1 night

Overnight: Private Campsite with own ablutions and kitchen/braii area

Accommodation Type: 1 x Private Campsite

Meal Basis: Self Catering

Mowani Campsite is set in one of the most beautiful areas in Namibia and is very close to the Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The individual campsites here are built into the deep red boulders that the area is known for and it is not unusual to have occasional visits by Namibia’s desert adapted elephants.

You head up the coastal road this morning until you reach Henties Bay where you turn off into the desert on the gravel road. Lunch can be taken in the one-horse town of Uis and then you continue north through the Herero heartland before you reach Mowani and the giant red boulders that define this area.

Mowani Campsite is well situated for visits to the nearby Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings, the organ pipes and petrified forest and there is always a chance of seeing desert elephants in this area.

Day 8
Day 8 – Palmwag - Palmwag Lodge - Campsite

Overnight: Private Campsite with shared ablutions and kitchen/braii area

Accommodation Type: 1 x Private Campsite with shared ablutions

Meal Basis: Self Catering ( there is a pool bar that serves food all day and a restaurant for evening meals )

The journey from Mowani to Palmwag is arguably one of the most scenic in Namibia. 

You travel over mountain passes and through sandy rivers before you reach the Palmwag Wildlife Concession.

The predator population here is the largest outside of the Etosha National Park, with over 100 lions, cheetah, leopard, brown and spotted hyena. Bird life is prolific and diverse with most of Namibia’s endemics present. This concession supports a healthy population of desert adapted black rhino and elephants as well as Namibia’s herbivore species.

Day 9
Day 9 – Palmwag - Palmwag Lodge - Campsite

Overnight: Private Campsite with shared ablutions and kitchen/braii area

Accommodation Type: 1 x Private Campsite with shared ablutions

Meal Basis: Self Catering ( there is a pool bar that serves food all day and a restaurant for evening meals )

For a small charge you can buy a permit to drive into the unfenced reserve and enjoy a day exploring this amazing area on your own or you can join one of the guided tours organised by the lodge including rhino tracking both on foot and by vehicle.

The Concession is wild and remote and is a wonderful place to enjoy Namibia’s wildlife in simply stunning scenery

Day 10
Day 10 - Etosha National Park Okaukuejo Camp - Campsite - 2 nights

Overnight: Campsite with shared ablutions and braii area

Accommodation Type: 1 x National Park Campsite with shared ablutions

Meal Basis: Self Catering ( there is a restaurant on site for lunches and dinners )

A long drive today, but an interesting one. You drive over the Grootberg Pass to the one-horse town of Kamajab and on to the Andersson Gate in Central Etosha to begin your safari in this world famous wildlife sanctuary.  

This huge park is home to an amazing diversity of wildlife and the area around Okaukuejo is known for its open plains and wide vistas where vast herds of herbivores trek endlessly to the camp’s floodlit waterhole followed by the ever-present carnivores looking for their next meal. The floodlit waterhole at Okaukuejo is a real bonus with nightly visits by elephants and black rhino along with many of Etosha’s other wildlife species.

Please note: Whilst the Camps within Etosha National Park give additional opportunities for wildlife viewing with early morning access to the reserve and floodlit waterholes by night the service at the lodges outside the park is generally of a higher standard. Please ask for alternative accommodation options if smaller, more personal lodges are an important part of your holiday experience.

Day 11
Day 11 - Etosha National Park Okaukuejo Camp - Campsite

Overnight: Campsite with shared ablutions and braii area

Accommodation Type: 1 x National Park Campsite with shared ablutions

Meal Basis: Self Catering ( there is a restaurant on site for lunches and dinners )

A second night at Okaukuejo gives you a full day to explore this diverse area. To the west of the camp the open plains are full of herbivores who trek to a few key waterholes that open out onto the pan. To the east the plains give way to Mopane woodlands where forest dwellers take over and large herds of elephant are found in abundance.

Day 12
Day 12 - Etosha National Park - Namutoni Camp - 2 nights

Overnight: Campsite with shared ablutions and braii area

Accommodation Type: 1 x National Park Campsite with shared ablutions

Meal Basis: Self Catering ( there is a restaurant on site for lunches and dinners )

You head east through the park today towards Namutoni Camp and the wildlife rich acacia woodland around Fischer’s Pan.  Not only is this area home to some of Etosha’s largest lion prides, leopard sightings here are frequent, this area is home to the majority of the park’s giraffe, and it is one of the best places in Africa to see the world’s smallest antelope, the diminutive Damara Dik-Dik.

Etosha Highlights: floodlit waterholes, Etosha Pan, elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, cheetah, zebra, oryx, giraffe, black-faced impala, wildebeest, springbok, eland, kudu, jackals, honey badgers, mongooses, raptors, vultures.

Day 13
Day 13 - Etosha National Park - Namutoni Camp

Overnight: Campsite with shared ablutions and braii area

Accommodation Type: 1 x National Park Campsite with shared ablutions

Meal Basis: Self Catering ( there is a restaurant on site for lunches and dinners )

Day 14
Day 14 – Otjiwarongo - Okonjima / Africat Camp Site

Overnight: Campsite with private ablutions and kitchen/ braii area

Accommodation Type: 1 x Private Campsite with shared pool

Meal Basis: Self Catering

The four, partially-equipped, private campsites share a swimming pool at the foot of the Ombokoro Mountains and are located in the 2000ha non-rehabilitation area. All four sites boast spectacular sundowner viewpoints.

Today you have a chance to learn about the conservation work of the Africat Foundation with a visit to the Carnivore Care Centre as well as another visit to the 54,000 acre reserve in search of the ever elusive leopard

Morning and Afternoon Activities

With its genuine conservation story, Okonjima is always a highlight of any trip to Namibia.

Day 15
Return to the Airport

Price Includes.

  • Your Safari Self Drive Pack delivered to your home prior to departure
  • Meet and greet at Windhoek Airport
  • 4x4 Double Cab vehicle with roof top tents
  • 40 litre fridge
  • Sleeping gear for two people
  • Sheets and Towels
  • Gas Stove and Gas Bottle
  • Kitchen Box
  • Braai Equipment
  • Standard vehicle insurance
  • 24/7 Breakdown and Assistance
  • Camp sites as described in the itinerary
  • Complimentary copy of Kathryn Haylett's book "The Photographer's Guide to Etosha National Park" to help you get the most out of your trip
  • Medical Evacuation Insurance within Namibia
  • Transfer to Windhoek airport on your final day

Price doesn't include

  • International or local flights
  • All park entrance fees
  • All meals and drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Fees for passports, immunisation, visas and insurance
  • Tips and gratuities

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• Consultation with a member of the Your Safari Team – no obligation
• Your bespoke itinerary is then created by our Founder and Chief Guide; Kathryn Haylett
• We provide proactive advice and guidance during the process
• We work with you to create the individual experience you are looking for
• We book the vehicle and all the accommodation for you
• Remember – this costs no more than if you were to book it all yourself – we just make it a whole lot easier for you. So why not use our 20 years of expertise to help you plan your perfect self drive safari

Before you depart, we send you your Self Drive Pack which contains:

• Your full, detailed, day by day itinerary
• Rip and water proof map with handmade notations of Your Route
• Realistic travelling times between accommodation that factor in tar and gravel driving times
• Emergency Contact Telephone Numbers
• Sunrise and Sunset Times
• Hints and Tips about Namibia
• Self Drive Do’s and Dont’s
• Namibian Immigration Arrival / Departure Forms
• Accommodation, Vehicle and Activity Vouchers
• Accommodation Contact Lists
• Medical Evacuation Insurance

Our clients say:

“The trip was completely tailored to meet our needs as a group of 4 keen amateur wildlife photographers. The brief was – a camping trip to Etosha and Damaraland with a few nights of lodges along the way. The camp sites and lodges that Your Safari arranged were perfect for us. The car was well equipped with all the camping gear we needed and the roof tents were really comfortable. The lodges of course were great too and added a welcome touch of luxury now and again! Self driving in Namibia is very easy as long as you take care on the gravel roads. The pack Your Safari provided us with ahead of the trip including a road map was a really nice touch. We had some lovely wildlife sightings and came home with all our memory cards and hard drives full of pictures! We loved it so much that within a week of being home we had already contacted Your Safari to book another Namibia self drive safari for next year! I would not hesitate in recommending Your Safari – the personal attention and care they give to making sure your trip is perfect for you is second to none!”

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