Zebras in Etosha National Park
Trip idea in Namibia

Namibian Self-Drive Safari

Trip cost ex. international flights
from £2,140 per person
Duration
17 days
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The 17 Day Namibian Self-drive allows you to explore the best of what Namibia has to offer at a leisurely pace. You will experience the magnificent Southern Namibia, the breathtaking Fish River Canyon, the Ghost Town of Kolmanskop, the Dunes of Sossusvlei, and the coastal town of Swakopmund. Spend time in Damaraland by viewing the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein and track some Elephants on foot at Grootberg Lodge. Spend some time in the Etosha National Park, before ending off at Okonjima, home of the Africat Foundation.

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Mariental
Day 1
Mariental
  • Self-drive from Windhoek International airport to Kalahari Desert
Keetmanshoop, Fish River Canyon
Day 2
Keetmanshoop, Fish River Canyon
  • Self-drive from the Kalahari Desert to Fish River Canyon, via Keetmanshoop
  • Stop at Mesosaurus Fossil Site and Quivertree Forest
Fish River Canyon, Aus
Day 3
Fish River Canyon, Aus
  • Visit Fish River Canyon
  • Self-drive Fish River canyon to Aus
Luderitz, Aus
Day 4
Luderitz, Aus
  • Cruise of Luderitz Bay (Optional)
  • Visit Kolmanskop - Namibia's 'Ghost Town' (Optional)
Sossusvlei
An area of rare and astonishing beauty lies hidden in the south of the Namib desert. Red, pink and orange dunes rise high towards the sky, surrounding the bleached white salt pans left by millennia of trickling water. This area is known as Sossusvlei. Two different languages have given rise to the name Sossusvlei, which joins the Nama word ‘sossus’ (meaning dead end) with the Afrikaans word ‘vlei’ (marsh). So the name is literal, as Sossusvlei can fairly accurately be described as a dead end marsh, as the path of the seasonal river is blocked here by the dunes. It is rare today for the waters of the Tsauchab river  to reach this far into the desert, but when the rains are exceptional the salt pans are filled and the landscape is even more beautiful. Sossusvlei is one of namibia’s iconic sights, beloved of photographers for the mesmerising colours that accompany dawn and dusk, and beloved of anyone who enjoys the beauty of the wilderness. The famous dead acacia trees of Deadvlei make a really striking image with the salt white pan, the red dunes, the blue sky and the black silhouettes of the skeleton trees.
Day 5
Sossusvlei
  • Self-drive from Aus to the Namib Desert
Sossusvlei
Day 6
Sossusvlei
  • Self-drive from hotel to 'Sea of Sands', Sossusvlei
  • Visit Dune 45, Sossusvlei, Deadvlei and Sesriem Canyon
Swakopmund
Day 7
Swakopmund
  • Self-drive from Sossusvlei to Swakopmund, via Walvis Bay
Walvis Bay, Swakopmund
Day 8
Walvis Bay, Swakopmund
  • Visit Walvis Bay Lagoon
  • Dolphin and seal-spotting cruise of Walvis Bay (Optional)
  • Explore Swakopmund
Damaraland
Day 9
Damaraland
  • Self-drive from Swakopmund to Damaraland
Damaraland
Day 10
Damaraland
  • Self-drive from Camp Kipwe to Grootberg Lodge
  • See the Rock Engravings at Twyfelfontein
Kamanjab, Damaraland
Day 11
Kamanjab, Damaraland
  • Scenic drives on the Etendeka Plateau - Grootberg Lodge (Optional)
Etosha National Park
Day 12
Etosha National Park
  • Self-drive from Grootberg to Etosha National Park (Okaukuejo)
Etosha National Park
Day 13
Etosha National Park
  • Game drive at Etosha National Park
Etosha National Park
Day 14
Etosha National Park
  • Self-drive from Okaukuejo side to Namutoni side, via Halali
Etosha National Park
Day 15
Etosha National Park
  • A further Etosha National Park drive
Okonjima Nature Reserve
Day 16
Okonjima Nature Reserve
  • Self-drive from Etosha National Park to Okonjima Reserve
  • Visit the Africat Foundation (optional)
Okahandja
Day 17
Okahandja
  • Self-drive from Okonjima to Windhoek, via Okahandja
  • Okahandja wood carvings and Herero graves
  • Transfer from Windhoek to the airport