Namibia Self Drive Christmas Family Safari from £1560 per person - 11 Days

Namibia Self Drive Christmas Family Safari 2020

Tour Overview

Forget the beach! Take your family on a wild Christmas Adventure to see the elephants, zebra, giraffe and lions in Etosha National Park. Enjoy the big cats at Okonjima and try and reach 76 km/hr on a sand board in Swakopmund on this Namibia – Self Drive – Christmas Family Safari 2020.

Swakopmund is a quirky seaside town in Namibia, on the famous Skeleton Coast. There is plenty here to do for all ages including quad biking and wildlife trips into the Namib Desert, seal and dolphin tours and sea kayaking from nearby Walvis Bay, skydiving and plenty more. After your daytime adventures, Swakopmund has a wealth of restaurants and cafes to suit all tastes and budgets.

For an unforgettable wildlife experience, Etosha National Park is unique in Africa. The park is dominated by a giant salt pan so large it can be seen from space, yet there is abundant wildlife that congregates around the waterholes, giving you almost guaranteed game sightings. At the same time Etosha National Park is one of the most accessible game reserves in Namibia and Southern Africa. The park is malaria free and has a good, well-signed road system for a self drive safari. The park fees are very reasonable and the rest camps provide a range of accommodation as well as restaurants, waterhole viewing decks, shops, fuel and swimming pools – perfect for an independent family safari.

As a touch of luxury at the end of your trip you will spend 2 nights at Okonjima, home of the Africat Foundation which is a major conservation story in the country and gives you the opportunity to witness some of Namibia’s iconic and rarely seen animals, wild and free in 54,000 acres of pristine African bush

Tour Highlights

1 night near Windhoek – Namibia’s Charming Capital City
3 nights in Swakopmund – the Adventure Capital of Namibia
Namib Desert Tour in search of Desert Dwelling Wildlife
Quad Biking along the Skeleton Coast
Seal and Dolphin Tour from Walvis Bay Harbour
4 nights in Etosha National Park the jewel of Namibia’s wildlife parks. Home to lions, elephants, rhinos, cheetahs, giraffes, leopards, zebras and many other species
2 nights at Okonjima Nature Reserve,home of the Africat Foundation
Leopard and hyena tracking at Okonjima
Visit to the Carnivore Care Centre at Africat
4×4 Double Cab Vehicle included

If you require any further information about this Namibia Self Drive Christmas Family Safari, or any of out fabulous safari holidays please contact us here.

Day 01:
Day One - Windhoek Airport - Trans Kalahari Inn - 1 Night

Overnight: Trans Kalahari Inn, near Windhoek

Accommodation Type: 2 x Luxury Thatched Room

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

You arrive at Windhoek’s Hosea Kutako Airport where will be met by your car hire representative and driven the short distance to the depot where you will be given a comprehensive introduction to your vehicle. A Toyota Hilux 4×4 double cab with lockable rear canopy. You will be covered automatically for standard insurance, further insurance options to cover your excess are available upon request.
From here you drive the short distance to your overnight accommodation the Trans Kalahari Inn where you can relax on your first night. The Inn has lovely thatched rooms, friendly staff, a swimming pool and bar and one of the best restaurants in Windhoek a perfect first night stop over before your adventure begins the following day.

Day 02:
Day Two - Cornerstone Guesthouse - Swakopmund - 3 Nights

Overnight: The Atlantic Sicht Luxury Apartment

Accommodation Type: Luxury 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, sea facing apartment with full kitchen

Meal Basis: Self Catering ( a wide variety of shops and restaurants are available in Swakopmund )

You leave the Inn this morning for your journey over to the coast.
The road is tar all the way and the Namibia heartland soon gives way to the desert and finally the coastal dunescape appears before you glimpse the ocean. Here you will find this quirky coastal town which is considered the adventure capital of the country. There is so much to do in Swakopmund but our personal favourites include a day out in the dunes with legendary desert expert Tommy Collard and a marine tour in nearby Walvis Bay where you have the chance to see dolphins, whales and with luck the pelicans and cape fur seals often join you on the boat for a close up and personal encounter. An afternoon out in the Namib on quad bikes is always fun and Swakopmund has restaurants to suit all tastes and your luxury apartment opposite the beach makes for a relaxed time at the coast.

Highlights: pretty coastal town with a good selection of shops and a wide variety of cafes and restaurants. Great choice of activities on offer from skydiving to horse riding.

Day 03:
Day Three - Cornerstone Guesthouse – Swakopmund

Overnight: The Atlantic Sicht Luxury Apartment

Accommodation Type: Luxury 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, sea facing apartment with full kitchen

Meal Basis: Self Catering ( a wide variety of shops and restaurants are available in Swakopmund )

Living Desert Tour – Half Day

The Living Desert Tour is a unique 4×4 adventure drive through the dunes outside Swakopmund, Namibia. Just the drive in the dunes is an amazing experience, but your guide will show you a lot more than sand! The tour takes you from the vegetated, life-rich eastern side of the desert, right through the dunes to the Atlantic Ocean.
You will be searching for many of the Namib’s desert dwellers including Sidewinder Adders, Namaqua Chameleons, Palmato Geckos, Sand Diving Lizards and Scorpions.
Pick up and drop off at your accommodation and drinks and nibbles are available throughout the tour
Quad Bike Tour through the Namib Dunes – 1 hour
A sunset quad bike tour out into the coast dunes is a perfect way to round off your day. Full instruction is given and all safety equipment is provided along with an expert guide to ensure you have a thrilling and safe journey into the desert

Day 04:
Day Four - Cornerstone Guesthouse – Swakopmund

Overnight: The Atlantic Sicht Luxury Apartment

Accommodation Type: Luxury 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, sea facing apartment with full kitchen

Meal Basis: Self Catering ( a wide variety of shops and restaurants are available in Swakopmund )

Seal and Dolphin Tour – Half Day with buffet lunch and fresh oysters
This morning finds you out on the water on a seal and dolphin tour around Walvis Bay Harbour. Highlights include 2 species of dolphins, Pelicans, Flamingos, and Cape Fur Seals, who sometimes join you on the boat for a close up experience. A light lunch is served on board along with fresh oysters and fizz.
Upon your return to Walvis Bay Harbour you can enjoy the myriad of waterbirds on the lagoon or drive out to the salt flats and look for black-backed jackals and springbok

Day 05:
Day Five - Etosha Village – Central Etosha National Park - 2 Nights

Overnight: Etosha Village, 2kms from Andersson Gate, Etosha NP

Accommodation Type: 2 x Luxury Tented Chalet

Meal Basis: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Positioned just outside the gates to the National Park, Etosha Village uniquely combines affordability with comfort and delivers the perfect safari style experience in a private and protected reserve.
The individual luxurious units offer a spacious air-conditioned bedroom and a modern en-suite bathroom with shower. They each have a patio and outside seating area which creates an ideal space to sit back and relax and the lodge has a swimming pool, a bar and restaurant.
With its close proximity to the entrance gate Etosha is right on your doorstep and you can spend as much time as you want exploring the park’s central region with its vast open plains, huge herds of herbivores that are tracked by the ever present lion prides looking for their next meal

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 and many more species.

Day 06:
Day Six - Etosha Village - Etosha National Park

Overnight: Etosha Village, 2kms from Andersson Gate, Etosha NP

Accommodation Type: 2 x Luxury Tented Chalet

Meal Basis: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

You have another full day to enjoy the central area of Etosha today. Check the sightings book in Okaukuejo’s reception to see which area to visit and enjoy your day investigating the waterholes in this highly productive sector of the park.

Day 07:
Day Seven - Namutoni Resort - Etosha National Park - 2 Nights

Overnight: Namutoni Camp, Eastern Etosha National Park

Accommodation Type: 2 x Bush Chalet

Meal Basis: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast (additional meals can be taken in the onsite restaurant

You head east once more today through Etosha 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 and many more 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 08:
Day Eight - Namutoni Resort - Etosha National Park

Overnight: Namutoni Camp, Eastern Etosha National Park

Accommodation Type: 2 x Bush Chalet

Meal Basis: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast (additional meals can be taken in the onsite restaurant )

Your last day in Etosha can be spent searching the nearby waterholes for wildlife. This area is dominated by acacia woodlands and most of the waterholes are within a few kilometres of each other so if you have no luck at one – then try the next one.

Day 09:
Day 9 - Okonjima / Africat Foundation - 2 Nights

Overnight: Plains Camp

Accommodation Type: 2 x Standard Room (anything but! )

Meal Basis: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast and 1 afternoon activity per person

After a final game drive, you leave the peace and quiet of Etosha and head onto the tar road and south once more until you reach the gates to Okonjima. The lodge lies a further 24 km into the middle of the mountains and it is here you will spend your last 2 nights searching for some of the Africa’s biggest carnivores. Options include tracking leopard and both spotted and brown hyena from an open vehicle with the aid of a telemetry and visiting the Carnivore Care Centre, headquarters of the Africat Foundation. With its magnificent rooms, excellent cuisine and genuine conservation story, Okonjima is always a highlight of any trip to Namibia.

This afternoon you have the opportunity to spend time out with your specialist guide in 54,000 acres of pristine bush tracking the resident carnivores who live wild and free, hunting for themselves.

Highlights: Leopard, Brown and Spotted Hyena tracking in 54,000-acre reserve. Visits to the Africat Foundation’s famous cheetah, night hides and hiking.

Day 10:
Day 10 - Okonjima / Africat Foundation

Overnight: Plains Camp

Accommodation Type: 2 x Standard Room ( anything but! )

Meal Basis: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast and 2 activities per person

Today you continue your search for Africat’s predators with both a morning and afternoon activity. Mornings are sometimes best for leopard tracking as the cats have often hunted overnight or are in search of prey in the early hours. However, your guides are the experts and will make the decision on the day to maximise your sightings.
A visit to Africat’s Carnivore Care Centre is also a must where you can learn about Africat’s amazing conservation work to save Namibia’s carnivores.

Day 11:
Day 11 – Return to Windhoek Airport

After a hearty breakfast you return to Windhoek’s Hosea Kutako International Airport for your onward journey or your return flight home.

Price Includes.

  • Your Safari Self Drive Pack delivered to your home prior to departure
  • Meet and greet at Windhoek Airport
  • 4x4 Double Cab vehicle
  • Standard vehicle insurance
  • 24/7 Breakdown and Assistance
  • En-suite accommodation as described in the itinerary
  • Meals 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
  • Activities as described in the itinerary
  • 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
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Fees for passports, immunisation, visas and insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Soft and alcoholic drinks unless itemised in the itinerary

We do the work for you:
• 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!”

What our Customers are saying to Us ..

“Thank you again for a perfect holiday”

We wanted to thank you so much for an absolutely fabulous trip to Namibia. It seems very difficult to pick out a highlight because we were so impressed by just everywhere we stayed. You really took on board what we said about liking the birds, the wildlife, wanting somewhere quirky/...

Pam & Paul Boller

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2020-02-18T13:33:03+00:00

Pam & Paul Boller

We wanted to thank you so much for an absolutely fabulous trip to Namibia. It seems very difficult to pick out a highlight because we were so impressed by just everywhere we stayed. You really took on board what we said about liking the birds, the wildlife, wanting somewhere quirky/ unusual to stay. Everywhere you selected was just perfect and we met some lovely people.

“I suspect you’ve already been told about Super Saturday”

We just wanted to say thank you for such a great holiday. We had a tremendous time. I suspect you've already been told about Super Saturday, but we had a great time every day; lots of variety and very busy viewing. The group got on well and I think we...

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2020-02-18T13:47:13+00:00

Beryl & Peter Comrie

We just wanted to say thank you for such a great holiday. We had a tremendous time. I suspect you've already been told about Super Saturday, but we had a great time every day; lots of variety and very busy viewing. The group got on well and I think we all enjoyed it. We had lots of fun with Ian ensuring that he caught the front legs of lions in the correct  Kathryn position. The guide - Sam - was excellent. He really loved Super Saturday and will spend for ever telling his mates about it. He was on a huge roll!

“A huge thanks for making this experience possible”

First of all, thank you so much for taking on board our requirements and bolting this trip together. Your detail investigating Okakambe and the golf course is greatly appreciated. We have had a truly memorable time. I can’t believe we started planning this trip over a year ago and now...

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2020-02-18T13:14:32+00:00

Veronica Willard

First of all, thank you so much for taking on board our requirements and bolting this trip together. Your detail investigating Okakambe and the golf course is greatly appreciated. We have had a truly memorable time. I can’t believe we started planning this trip over a year ago and now we have done it! Cornerstone: David and Peter had a fun game of golf. A perfect start to the trip (and easy to find). Okakambe: I know I mailed about this but Eddi, Kathrin, the horses and everyone who looked after me made a lasting impression. Erongo: A perfect peaceful place for us to settle into the trip after my riding etc. The trails are a great way to explore. Okaukuejo: Amazing! We did have some fantastic game sightings from here. Namutoni: On the way here we had great sightings of a family of 13 elephants and much more. This end of the pan seemed greener and offered more opportunities for us. Okonjima: This place is a haven and captivating. The enthusiasm of the guides and people are an inspiration. We watched a pangolin being tagged one night and saw three white rhino whilst hiding behind a bush on foot!
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We have been customers of Your Safari before and enjoyed a fantastic experience in Namibia, so when the opportunity came to take a tour with them to India on the quest for wild tigers, we jumped at it. Again the experience was fantastic. In conjunction with local guides we had...

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2020-02-18T13:12:10+00:00

Vince & Tracy Groome

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We have been customers of Your Safari before and enjoyed a fantastic experience in Namibia, so when the opportunity came to take a tour with them to India on the quest for wild tigers, we jumped at it. Again the experience was fantastic. In conjunction with local guides we had a fantastic two weeks, taking in the cultural melting pot of Delhi, the elegance of Jaipur - including the imposing Amer Palace and the breath-taking majesty of the Taj Mahal. But of course the prime reason for the tour was the safari drives in the National Parks and this did not disappoint. We had excellent sightings of tigers in all three parks that we visited and took some great photographs. But there was so much more to see than tigers and we spent time in the forests observing the deer, the magnificent Gaur (largest bovines in the world), the fascinating behaviors of the Langur Monkeys and birds of all varieties, including eagles and vultures. As a special bonus, we also had sightings of the elusive Sloth Bear. India is an incredible country and you have to embrace the organised chaos at times. But the people are fantastic and friendly and we felt very safe throughout. All in all, another wonderful experience from Your Safari. (and next stop for us a self drive tour of British Columbia, arranged of course by... Your Safari.

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2020-02-18T13:40:13+00:00

Norma Clarke

Hi We are back - all in one piece. We had an absolutely wonderful time - so many many thanks for putting it all together. Once more thank you for a fantastic experience.

“a fantastic trip, saw tons of wildlife”

We have had a fantastic trip, saw tons of wildlife and just wanted to say a big thank you for all your help. The baby in the zebra pic had been born on the road less than five minutes before we got there and Bob took this as it got...

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2020-02-18T13:51:55+00:00

Bob & Theo Johnson

We have had a fantastic trip, saw tons of wildlife and just wanted to say a big thank you for all your help. The baby in the zebra pic had been born on the road less than five minutes before we got there and Bob took this as it got up for the first time. One and a half hours later we saw it running with its mum to catch up to the herd. Magic! There were about 30 of these elephants at the water hole just as we arrived at Okaucuejo – they even came back for another show the next night - a bit before the two rhinos were squaring up for a tussle. We have so many great memories and are just getting 360, (of the 1500+ total we took), printed to make up an album. We absolutely loved walking at both Etendeka and Okonjima. We never thought you could get so close to a cheetah without being eaten alive!!! Bob got some lovely pictures of very relaxed cats! We are saving our pennies so we can go and do it all again.

“It was everything and more than what we expected”

After a year and a half of planning and building excitement we finally had our safari this November. It was everything and more than what we expected. From the initial contact with Kathryn, through all the planning, to the safari itself, everything went very smoothly, the accommodations were above and...

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2020-02-18T14:07:35+00:00

Gerry and Sam Wilson

After a year and a half of planning and building excitement we finally had our safari this November. It was everything and more than what we expected. From the initial contact with Kathryn, through all the planning, to the safari itself, everything went very smoothly, the accommodations were above and beyond , each one unique and interesting. We couldn't wait for the end of the day to see where we would be next! We toured Namibia plus did an animal safari which will be one of the highlights of our lives. To see wild beasts in their natural environment is truly something to treasure and appreciate. Our guides John and Jules Birch were so helpful from the minute they picked us up until they deposited us at our flight home . John's help and hints with photos enabled us to get some really great shots , his knowledge of the animals and their habits was invaluable in sightings. He and Jules were very caring and we had a lot of fun and laughs, we left as life time friends. I purchased a pair of small binoculars before we left and so happy I did. If you don't mind getting dirty, love adventure and fun and want a small group of people on your trip this is the company for you. When we return to Africa we will definitely be using Your Safari again

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2020-02-18T14:09:30+00:00

Debbie & Stephen Primmer

We Just wanted to say thank you again for a wonderful holiday, it truly was a holiday of a lifetime for Steven and I we have some wonderful memories and photos, you guys were just great and it was also lovely meeting you all and sharing the experience with yourselves and Chrissie and James, it is a holiday we will never forget, and we still can not believe all that we saw, I am sure a lot of it was due to your experience Kathryn, and we certainly learnt a great deal.

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I think you may still be in Namibia but I just wanted to say a very big thank you for the most amazing visit to Namibia. Everything went like clockwork thanks to your brilliant organising. We were lucky not to have any breakdowns or punctures. Everywhere we stayed was of...

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2020-02-18T14:25:10+00:00

Ann Morgan & Sue Austin

I think you may still be in Namibia but I just wanted to say a very big thank you for the most amazing visit to Namibia. Everything went like clockwork thanks to your brilliant organising. We were lucky not to have any breakdowns or punctures. Everywhere we stayed was of the best and all were so friendly and hospitable.

“Everywhere you booked us was exceptional”

Nick and I both had a fantastic holiday both with you and afterwards on our self drive adventure. Being without a camera on a specialist photographic safari might sound crazy but you, John and Trish, all made me feel happy and comfortable. Everywhere you booked us was exceptional in terms...

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2020-02-18T14:28:08+00:00

Nick & Alison Eastcott

Nick and I both had a fantastic holiday both with you and afterwards on our self drive adventure. Being without a camera on a specialist photographic safari might sound crazy but you, John and Trish, all made me feel happy and comfortable. Everywhere you booked us was exceptional in terms of location, comfort and experience - thank you so much! We will return!
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