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Namibian Self-Drive Safari

Cost

from £2,140 pp

(ex international flights)

Duration

17 days

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)
Zebras in Etosha National Park
At over 20,000 square kilometres, Etosha National Park is around half the size of Switzerland. Its name translates as ‘great white place’ after the Etosha pan, a 4,590 square kilometre salt pan which lies entirely within the park. Etosha is home to over one hundred species of mammal, hundreds of reptiles and insects, and more than 300 species of birds. Depending on what you wish to see during your trip to Etosha, you should aim for different times of year. The dry season is best for viewing the bigger game animals as they have restricted access to water so their behaviour becomes predictable with daily visits to the water sources in the park. You can expect to see zebra, elephants, rhino, lion, springbok, oryx, hyena, giraffe, eland, jackal, and if you a lucky, leopard. There are many more interesting species present but these are the major crowdpleasers. Raptors are also easy to spot during the dry winter season, but the wet summer is best for spotting other varieties of birdlife. The salt pans fill with water and flocks of flamingo come to breed, among many other exciting species.

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