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

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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

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