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17 Day Namibia Self Drive Safari
- Fish River Canyon
- Explore the main attractions in Namibia at your own pace
- Namib Desert
- Etosha National park
This 17-day Namibian Self-drive itinerary allows you to explore the best of what Namibia has to offer at a leisurely pace.
You will experience 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 to view the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein and track some elephants on foot at Grootberg Lodge.
Spend some time at Etosha National Park before wrapping up your trip at Okonjima, home of the Africat Foundation.
- 16x nights accommodation
- 10x Breakfast; 5x Dinner
- Vehicle (Group W - Ford Ranger 4 x 4 DBL cab)
- Vehicle includes:
- Theft and Collision Damage Waiver
- Personal Accident Insurance
- Unlimited mileage
- Airport Surcharge - Tourism Levy
- Value Added Tax at 14%
- Carbon Emissions Tax
- Additional Driver charge per rental, per driver
- Damage due to Sandblasting
- Tyre and rim damage, hubcaps
- GPS Unit Accommodation as noted, Activities as stated
- Meals other than specified
- Additional activities
- Entrance fees to national parks
- Alcoholic beverages
- Soft drinks & bottled water
- Personal travel insurance and personal expenses
- International flights
- Airport taxes
- Not included in the vehicle rate:
- 2ND Additional Driver
- Young driver surcharge per day, per driver
- One way drop-off charges
- Delivery and Collection fees
- Cross Border Charges
- Document Administration Fee
- Traffic Fine Handling Fee
- Claim Handling Fee
- Assessor's Fee
- Water and under-carriage damage to vehicles
- Living Desert Tour pick-up time: 08h00 – 13h00 N$700.00 / person
- Township Tour pick-up time: 10h00 and 15h00 N$500.00 / person
- Kayaking tour pick-up time: 07h45 – 13h30 N$800.00 / person
- Dolphin & Seal Tour check-in: 08h15 - 12h30 to Walvis Bay N$700.00 / person
- 1 Hour Quad Bike Tour – a short dune tour
- 20km guided tour (approx. 1 hour) N$450.00 / person
Example Trip to customize
Welcome To Namibia!
On your arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your guesthouse in Windhoek. Situated in Central Namibia, the cosmopolitan city of Windhoek serves as the capital of the country.
It is home to a plethora of restaurants, shops, entertainment venues and accommodation options.The city is clean, safe and well organized, with a colonial legacy that is reflected in its many German eateries and shops, and the widespread use of the German language.
Windhoek has an interesting mix of historical architecture and modern buildings, many of which are worth a look, including the Alte Feste, an old fort, the 1896 Christuskirche Christ Church, and the more contemporary Supreme Court.
Head to The Bagatelle Kalahari Gameranch
After collecting your vehicle, depart for the Kalahari Desert. Situated in South Central Namibia, fringing the Kalahari Desert, the city of Mariental lies along the TransNamib railway and serves as the Hardap Region’s commercial and administrative capital.
It provides an important petrol stop before heading west to Sesriem to view the red-orange dunes of Sossusvlei. Mariental is located close to the magnificent Hardap Dam, which is the largest reservoir in Namibia.
The Hardap Irrigation Scheme has restored life in this arid terrain, which is now fertile with farmlands covered in various fruits and flowers, and dotted with ostrich farms. The dam is a popular holiday resort and offers a wide array of water sports, scenic walks, and abundant wildlife in a 20000-hectare nature reserve set on its western bank.
Tour The Stunning Fish River Canyon Area
This morning, make your way to the Fish River Canyon area. Carving out an epic rocky wonderland in the south of Namibia, the Fish River has created Africa’s largest and the world’s second largest canyon.
Hot, dry and stony, the Fish River Canyon this ancient geological wonder draws visitors from all the world. For those looking for adventure, the intense Fish River Hiking Trail through1.5 billion years of geological history will definitely live up to their expectations, and for visitors looking to relax, head over to the canyon's southern end to soak in the mineral waters of the renowned hot springs of Ai-Ais.
You can also just take in the spectacularly scenic views from Hobas Restcamp, as well as numerous other viewpoints along its rim. Other popular activities include scenic flights, horse riding, nature drives and seasonal kayaking.
See The Unique Namib Desert
This morning you may visit the Fish River Canyon viewpoints before departing. Perched above the plains of the Namib Desert and tucked away in the rocky Aus Mountains, the small village of Aus is located in the Karas Region in southern Namibia.
The arid surrounding landscape is known for its unique botanical diversity. Aus serves as an excellent base from which to explore the area and to view the main attractions: the feral horses of the Namib Desert. Catch a glimpse of these wild desert-adapted creatures at the water trough at Garub just twenty kilometres away from the village.
Visitors can explore the Succulent Karoo with a visit to the beautiful Gondwana Sperrgebiet Rand Park, home to the most biodiverse desert in the world, and take a scenic hike to discover fascinating indigenous fauna and flora. Don't miss the opportunity to camp under the clear Namibian night sky!
See Penguins In The Wild!
Today, set off towards Luderitz, set in an incredibly unique geographical setting. This seaside town is something of an anomaly frozen in time – a piece of 19th-century Bavaria bordering the pinkish sand dunes of the Namib Desert.
Tour this unique town and head to the ghost town of Kolmanskop. Amongst the sands of the Namib, the crumbling buildings of a small, once-luxurious town emerge from the drifting dunes. This ghost town is Kolmanskop, a reminder of the wealth of a time when diamonds could be picked by hand from the desert, and a remarkable photographic opportunity with few equals anywhere on earth.
The Luderitz Nest Halifax Island Catamaran Tour features one of Africa's largest Marine Protected Areas. Halifax Island is home to Namibia's second largest African Penguin colony and the only spot in Namibia to see penguins in the wild.
Be Awe-Struck By The Red Sand Dunes At Sossusvlei
Get ready for a long day on the road. Located in the scenic Namib-Naukluft National Park, Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. You'll drive on mainly gravel roads.
The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red dunes to make this one of the most scenic natural wonders of Africa and a photographer's heaven. This awe-inspiring destination is possibly Namibia's premier attraction, with its unique dunes rising to almost 400m - among the highest in the world.
These iconic dunes come alive in morning and evening light and draw photography enthusiasts from around the globe.
Visitors can climb 'Big Daddy', one of Sossusvlei’s tallest dunes; also, explore Deadvlei, a white salt claypan dotted with ancient trees. For the more extravagant, hot air balloon rides are also available!
Explore The Surreal Landscapes At Sossuvlei
Make an early start today, so that you can get to the dunes as early as possible. You will have the whole day to explore Sossuvlei.
If you are not keen on the strenuous hike to Big Daddy, Dune 45, named for its location 45 km past the town of Sesriem, is a great alternative. Renowned for its elegant shape, which – along with its position close to the road – have earned it the distinction of ‘most photographed dune in the world’.
The ancient Dead Vlei clay pan was once an oasis, studded with acacias and fed by a river that suddenly changed course, leaving the earth to dry up along with the trees it previously supported. The trees remain desiccated and blackened to create a surreal contrast against the backdrop of the red-pink sand dunes. Sesriem Canyon, a deep chasm carved through the rocks by water, is a striking natural feature of the area that is best explored on foot.
Travel To Coastal Swakopmund
Depart for the coastal town of Swakopmund. Set along Namibia's spectacularly scenic coast, the seaside town of Swakopmund is known for its wide-open avenues, colonial architecture, and it is surrounded by otherworldly desert terrain.
Founded in 1892 as the main harbor for German South West Africa, Swakopmund is often described as being more German than Germany. Now a seaside resort town, Swakopmund is the capital of the Skeleton Coast tourism area and has plenty to keep visitors happy.
The quirky mix of German and Namibian influences, adventure options, laid-back atmosphere and cool sea breeze make it a very popular Namibian destination. Visitors can look forward to a number of exciting activities including quad biking, horse riding, paragliding, fishing, sightseeing and fascinating desert tours.
Relax And Have Fun in Swakopmund
Swakopmund and Walvis bay have a number of activities on offer. Alternatively, you could just spend some leisure time on the beach in Swakopmund or do some bird watching at the Walvis Bay lagoon.
You can go on a tour to Pelican Point and Walvis Bay’s beautiful bay area by catamaran, where the chances of encountering dolphins, whales, turtles, seals and mola are really high.
Or you can take a quad bike tour to explore the desert.
Witness Amazing Rock Art At Twyfelfontein
Make your way to Twyfelfontein in the morning. A part of your drive will be along the coast before you turn away towards the Damaraland area.
Set in the Kunene Region of northwestern Namibia, Twyfelfontein is a spectacularly scenic area, featuring one of the largest and most important concentrations of rock art in Africa. The name ‘Twyfelfontein’ refers to the perennial spring situated in the impressive Huab valley flanked by the slopes of a sandstone table mountain.
Visitors can look forward to basing themselves at some wonderfully shady campsites along the Aba-Huab riverbed while exploring over thirty different sites of these sacred records. Day trips to the Cape Cross Seal Colony are also offered and the seals can be viewed from a walkway at a distance of roughly 200 metres.
Explore The Stunning Sites Around Twyfelfontein
Continue exploring the otherworldly landscapes at Twyfelfontein. Today you can visit the Petrified Forest, go on the Ephemeral River Drive, and you can also get educated at the Damara Living Museum.
In the Petrified Forest, situated approximately 50km west of the town of Khorixas, in an area of an open field, lies a large deposit of massive tree trunks that have "turned to stone" through a process of diagenesis. It’s believed that the trees were washed down by an ancient river to the site in a massive flood.
As you drive on the ephemeral river, marvel at the rich vegetation, with the possibility to encounter desert-adapted elephants in the dry Aba-Huab River bed. Finally, observe and experience the traditional Damara way of life right in the heart of their traditional homelands at the Damara Living Museum. This is a unique opportunity to see a way of life that is slowly dying out.
Drive To Majestic Etosha National Park
Move on to the epic Etosha National Park. Located just south of the boundary of Etosha National Park in northwestern Namibia, Etosha South makes up the southern region of this wild paradise.
The Ogava Private Game Reserve shares the southern boundary with Etosha National Park and offers an array of luxury lodges overlooking picturesque landscapes dotted with abundant wildlife. The national park can be accessed via the southern entrance at Andersson’s Gate.
Visitors can catch a glimpse of a variety of wildlife including lion, giraffe, elephant, white and black rhino, and a multitude of plains game. Popular activities include game drives, tracking rhinos on foot, guided nature walks, or watch the sunset over this magnificent landscape. If you fancy, visit a Himba village en route and learn about their culture.
Go Game Viewing At Etosha National Park
Today you can spend the entire day game viewing. Situated in northwestern Namibia, the Etosha National Park offers a premier game viewing experience. The park’s diverse vegetation ranges from dense bush to open plains attracting a variety of wildlife.
Located in the heart of the park is the Etosha Pan - a shallow depression that covers an area of 5000 sq km. Dry and shimmering for most of the year, the pans fill up with water after seasonal rains, making it the perfect habitat for wildlife. In the dry season, the wildlife is attracted to the perennial springs and waterholes that makes for excellent game viewing.
Visitors can look forward to world-class game viewing, including a variety of large mammals such as lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, zebra, giraffe, and a diversity of bird life such as flamingoes and pelicans.
Explore Etosha East On A Full Day Of Game Viewing
Today will be a full day game viewing while you make your way to the northeastern side of the park. You can stop at Halali resort for lunch and a swim before continuing your Namibian adventure.
Located in Northwestern Namibia, Etosha East is a protected sanctuary in the eastern part of the world-renowned Etosha National Park, known as one of the most accessible game reserves in Southern Africa.
Etosha East boasts vast open plains scattered with semi-arid savannah grasslands dotted with watering holes and secluded bush camps. An impressive salt pan makes up a large area of the eastern side of the park and can even be seen from space. This remote area teems with abundant wildlife such as lions, elephants, black rhinos, and giraffes, as well as a variety of birdlife featuring flamingos, ostriches, eagles, hornbills, and owls.
View The Amazing Wildlife At The Etosha Pan
Aeons ago, the Etosha Pan was the bed of a vast lake; today what remains is a glittering, silvery-green salt pan that stretches across roughly 5000 sq km. Etosha is protected by the Etosha Pan National Park, surrounded by savannah plains and woodlands supporting large herds of elephants.
When dry, the pan sustains little life except for the algae that gives it its distinctive color, and migratory birds that use it as a pit stop, but with heavy rain it becomes a shallow lake where flamingos breed, pelicans wade and feed, and a variety of mammal species come to quench their thirst, including leopards, lions, white rhinos, hunting dogs and antelopes.
Head To Okonjima Nature Reserve
It's time to leave the Etosha National Park to Okonjima, part of the Africat foundation. Halfway between the spectacular Etosha National Park and the capital city of Windhoek, lies the well-known Okonjima Nature Reserve.
The 22 000-ha nature reserve is home to AfriCAT, a carnivore sanctuary, which gives the captive cats a second chance to be released back into the wild and become completely independent hunters in a protected area right in the middle of commercial cattle farmland.
Visitors can enjoy a stay at a variety of excellent accommodation options including everything from luxury villas to secluded camping. Enjoy thrilling cat-tracking guided safaris, leopard-spotting, off-road night drives and learn about local San culture along the Bushmen trail.