Namibia Self Drive Safari Namibia Highlights from £2795 per person sharing - 14 Days

Namibia  Self Drive Safari  Namibia Highlights 2020

Tour Overview

Namibia is a diverse and beautiful country with stunning scenery, friendly people and incredible wildlife. This 14 night Namibia  Self Drive Safari  Namibia Highlights self-drive adventure, gives you the opportunity to enjoy many of Namibia’s highlights at your own pace, from the dunes at Sossusvlei to the wildlife in Etosha National Park.

Tour Highlights

1 night near Windhoek – Namibia’s Charming Capital City
2 nights near Sossusvlei in the Tsarisberg Mountains
3 nights in Swakopmund – the Adventure Capital of Namibia
1 night at the Brandberg Mountain, Namibia’s highest Mountain
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
4×4 Double Cab Vehicle included

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

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

Overnight: Trans Kalahari Inn, near Windhoek

Accommodation Type: 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 2
Day Two - The Elegant Desert Eco Camp – Tsarisberg Mountains - 2 Nights

Overnight: Tented Desert Eco Camp.

Accommodation Type: Double Eco Chalet with sun deck and indoor/outdoor shower.

Meal Basis: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast.

An early start for you this morning heading south on the main tar road before turning off onto the gravel and over the mountain passes towards the Namib Desert.

The Elegant Desert Eco Camp is situated less than an hour from the entrance to Sossusvlei and nestles into the Tsarisberg Mountains amidst stunning scenery. Here you will spend two nights enjoying the wide vistas from your camp as well as visiting the nearby National Park to marvel at the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei.

Highlights: dramatic desert scenery, high mountain passes, the world’s highest sand dunes. Oryx, ostrich, springbok, black backed jackals, dune lark, sociable weavers.

Day 3
Day Three - The Elegant Desert Eco Lodge – Tsarisberg Mountains.

Overnight: Tented Desert Eco Camp

Accommodation Type: Double Eco Chalet with sun deck and indoor/outdoor shower

Meal Basis: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast.

An early start for you today to drive to the national park for dawn to spend the day amongst the sand dunes at Sosusvlei. The ever-changing features of this unique desert landscape captivate people and throughout the day the shifting sands change colour under the Namibian sun.

Later in the afternoon there will be time for you to trek down the Sesriem Canyon with its narrowing sides and rock pools just perfect for cooling off.

Day 4
Day Four - Cornerstone Guesthouse - Swakopmund - 3 Nights

Overnight: Cornerstone Guesthouse.

Accommodation Type: Double Garden Room.

Meal Basis: Bed and Breakfast.

A long drive today but an interesting one, over the Tropic of Capricorn and on through the Kuiseb Canyon until you eventually reach the coast at Walvis Bay. From here it is just a 40 km drive along the Atlantic to Swakopmund. This quirky seaside town is Namibia’s adventure capital and over the next two days your choices of activities range from sky diving or sand boarding to quad biking. Our personal favourites are spending time on the ocean on a seal and dolphin tour where the cape fur seals often join you on the boat for a close up and personal encounter, and an adventure down to Sandwich Harbour 50 km south through the Namib where the mighty Atlantic crashes directly onto the dunes.

Highlights en route: Tropic of Capricorn, Canyons, Hartmaan’s Mountain Zebra.

Highlights at the coast: Cape Fur Seals, Flamingos, Dolphins, Mola Mola, Whales,

Desert dwellers including Namaqua Chameleons and Sand Diving Lizards.

Action packed activities, great restaurants and shopping opportunities.

Day 5
Day Five - Cornerstone Guesthouse – Swakopmund

Overnight: Cornerstone Guesthouse.

Accommodation Type: Garden Room.

Meal Basis: Bed and Breakfast.

As well as having some of Namibia’s best restaurants and interesting shops, Swakopmund is a perfect stop over between the desert landscapes of Sossusvlei and the wildlife rich areas in the north.

Two full days on the coast gives you ample time to enjoy some of the varied activities on offer locally.

Day 6
Day Six - Cornerstone Guesthouse - Swakopmund

Overnight: Cornerstone Guesthouse.

Accommodation Type: Garden Room.

Meal Basis: Bed and Breakfast.

Seal and Dolphin Tours and a thrilling drive through the dunes to Sandwich Harbour from nearby Walvis Bay. Living Desert Tours, Horse riding, Sand boarding, Quad biking and Sky diving are all possible in Swakopmund and dinner at The Tug Restaurant on the beach is highly recommended.

Day 7
Day Seven - Brandberg White Lady Lodge - Uis - 1 Night

Overnight: Brandberg White Lady Lodge.

Accommodation Type: Stone Double Cottage.

Meal Basis: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast.

After a hearty breakfast you take the salt road north before turning inland at Henties Bay onto the gravel road east past Namibia’s highest mountain, the Brandberg. Here you will head for the White Lady Lodge, a rustic but simple place to stay right at the foot of the mountain and famed for occasional visits by Namibia’s desert elephants.

Brandberg Highlights: Charming rustic cottages at the foot of the Brandberg Mountain. The lodge has swimming pools and lovely gardens that attract a myriad of birdlife. Activities include guided dune buggy drives and visits to the famed White Lady Rock Engraving. At certain times of year desert elephants browse between the cottages.

Day 8
Day Eight - Etendeka Mountain Camp, Damaraland - 2 Nights

Overnight: Etendeka Mountain Camp.

Accommodation Type: Eco Tented Chalet.

Meal Basis: All Inclusive of meals, drinks and activities

The drive from Brandberg to Etendeka is arguably one of the most stunning in Namibia. Your journey takes you over mountain passes and through sandy riverbeds before you reach the Palmwag Wildlife Concession. Here you will leave your vehicle and be met by the camp’s guide who will drive you the final 18 km into the middle of one of the most remote and beautiful areas in Namibia. Etendeka is a legendary Eco camp, here you can enjoy the total solitude, the magnificent scenery and with luck Damaraland’s famous desert lions, elephants and black rhinos along with many of Namibia’s other species. Your days will be spent in search of wildlife on foot and by vehicle and your evenings will be around the campfire discussing the highlights of the day before a million stars come out.

Etendeka Highlights: A beautiful eco camp in an area of stunning scenery. 18km off the nearest gravel road a stay at Etendeka really does give you a feeling of peace. The wildlife is also a huge bonus as desert adapted lion, elephant and black rhino are often seen here and the star studded sky is like nowhere else on earth.

Day 9
Day Nine - Etendeka Mountain Camp, Damaraland

Overnight: Etendeka Mountain Camp

Accommodation Type: Eco Tented Chalet

Meal Basis: All Inclusive of meals & drinks

After an early morning breakfast and before the day becomes too hot you set out on foot with your guide on a slow and informative walk through Etendeka’s unique landscapes. Upon your return you will enjoy lunch and a relaxed afternoon before you set off for your sundowner drive into one of the most remote areas in Africa in search of Namibia’s desert adapted wildlife.

Dinner at Etendeka is a convivial affair with everyone eating together with the hosts under a star studded sky.

Day 10
Day Ten - Okaukuejo Camp, Etosha National Park – 2 Nights

Overnight: Okaukuejo Camp.

Accommodation Type: Waterhole Chalet.

Meal Basis: Bed and Breakfast.

A long drive today, but an interesting one, try and leave the lodge as early as possible and drive over the Grootberg Pass to the one horse town of Kamanjab where you can refuel and have a spot of lunch before heading back onto the tar road 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.

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 Eleven - Okaukuejo Camp, Etosha National Park

Overnight: Okaukuejo Camp.

Accommodation Type: Waterhole Chalet.

Meal Basis: Bed and Breakfast.

Okaukuejo Area Highlights: the camp’s own floodlit waterhole is a real highlight which has nightly visits by black rhino and elephant. The whole area is dominated by vast open plains where large herds of herbivores graze. The Okondeka waterhole on the pan’s edge is often frequented by one of the largest lion prides in the area and to the east of the camp are three further productive waterholes known for elephants, lion, leopard, spotted and brown hyena, zebra, gemsbok, springbok, wildebeest, ostrich and occasionally aardwolf. The open plains are also good for the larger birds of prey such as vultures, several eagle species and peregrine falcons.

Day 12
Day Twelve - Namutoni Camp, Etosha National Park - 2 Nights

Overnight: Namutoni Camp.

Accommodation Type: Bush Chalet.

Meal Basis: Bed and Breakfast.

You leave the open plains surrounding Okaukuejo this morning and head east 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.

Day 13
Day Thirteen - Namutoni Camp, Etosha National Park

Overnight: Namutoni Camp.

Accommodation Type: Bush Chalet.

Meal Basis: Bed and Breakfast.

Namutoni Area Highlights: within a few kilometres from camp there are several excellent waterholes and two in particular are productive all day. There is a very large hyena clan near one of the waterholes and the members are often seen returning to their den early in the morning. All the main carnivores are often spotted in this area and cheetah are often seen hunting around Fischer’s Pan. Good area for lion, hyena, leopard, cheetah, elephants, black rhino, damara dik-dik, all plains game, warthogs and mongooses. Flamingos and pelicans can be seen in Fischer’s Pan after the rains.

Day 14
Day Fourteen - Africat / Okonjima, Otjiwarongo - 1 Night

Overnight: Okonjima.

Accommodation Type: Plains Camp, Standard Room ( which is anything but… ).

Meal Basis: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast.

After a final game drive, you leave the peace and quiet of Etosha and head south on the tar road 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 night searching for some of Africa’s biggest carnivores. Activities in the game reserve include tracking leopard and hyena from an open vehicle with the aid of a telemetry and visiting the Africat Foundation. With its magnificent rooms, excellent cuisine and genuine conservation story, Okonjima is always a highlight of any trip to Namibia.

Okonjima Highlights: A wonderful luxury lodge with a real conservation base. Leopard and hyena tracking and cheetah conservation. 54,000 acre nature reserve, night drives, night hides, expert guiding.

Day 15
Day – 15 Return to Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport

After Breakfast you return to 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
  • 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

What our Customers are saying ..

All in all, another wonderful experience from Your Safari

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...

Vince & Tracy Groome

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

Vince & Tracy Groome

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.

Everything went like clockwork thanks to your brilliant organising.

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...

Ann Morgan & Sue Austin

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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.

It truly was a holiday of a lifetime for Steven and I

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...

Debbie & Stephen Primmer

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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.

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...

Gerry and Sam Wilson

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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

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...

Bob & Theo Johnson

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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.

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...

Beryl & Peter Comrie

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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!

Once more thank you for a fantastic experience

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.

Norma Clarke

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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.

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.

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...

Veronica Willard

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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!

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...

Nick & Alison Eastcott

5
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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