Highlights of Namibia Self-Drive
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See the true highlights of Namibia on this 14 day self-drive journey across this remarkable country. You’ll see the burnt orange sand dunes of Sossusvlei, marvel at the pretty natural sights of Walvis Bay and enjoy fun-packed game drives in Etosha National Park. (ATI)
You’ll be met on arrival at Windhoek’s Hosea Kutako Airport by a representative who will hand over your travel documents, brief you on your routing and assist with any queries you may have.
Overnight: The Elegant, Windhoek
Day 2 & 3
Your journey begins with a trip to Sesriem, with the Hoodia Desert Lodge set on the banks of the Tsauchab River. Explore the dunes while you’re here and perhaps enjoy a walk to the renowned Deadvlei where you’ll find a strange but fascinating collection of ancient camelthorn trees – amazing for photo opportunities. On day three, you will wake early and drive to Sossusvlei via the national park area of Sesriem, after which you can enjoy a trip to the Sesriem Canyon before returning to the lodge.
Overnight: Hoodie Desert Lodge, Sesriem
Day 4 & 5
Continue your drive to Walvis Bay where you can stop to see the famous lagoon, home to many bird species including greater flamingos. After, enjoy a pleasant drive onto Swakopmund for adventure activities such as sand boarding, tandem parachuting, fishing and quad biking. On day five, you will depart from the Walvis Bay Yacht Club to enjoy a Catamaran Tour of this amazing Bay. Enjoy the diversity of bird species as well as the occasional turtle and whale are just some of the attractions along this tour. This tour takes around three and a half hours and is complete with champagne, oysters and beverages – a really relaxing way to see the sights!
Overnight: Cornerstone Guesthouse, Swakopmund
Drive to the mountainous region of Damaraland and maybe make an excursion to the Twyfelfontein rock etchings. You’ll drive past the famous Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain, and then onwards to the Huab River. The wildlife and scenery along this route is breath-taking – be sure to keep a look out for the rare desert elephants. The activities available here are great, including elephant nature drives, visits to Burnt Mountain and the amazing bushman engravings. The accommodation at Camp Kikwe is unique igloo-shaped bungalows which have a private veranda overlooking the grounds.
Overnight: Camp Kipwe, Damaraland Area
Day 7 & 8
Make the short journey today to one of the most scenic areas in Damaraland – Grootberg. The Grootberg Lodge boasts an exclusive game watching area, giving you the opportunity to see the world’s most amazing creatures in a very private environment. The lodge encompasses a fantastic 12000 hectare area which boasts an array of flora and fauna, including black rhino, desert elephants and lions. This is a fantastic base for exploring the wonderful sights in Damaraland.
Overnight: Grootberg Lodge, Damaraland
Drive to the world famous Etosha National Park today where you can enjoy a range of activities to see the abundance of wildlife. This is a highlight for many people, not just for the wildlife but also the beautiful scenery. During the dry season, there are great opportunities to see a range of wildlife, including black rhino and jackals, as well as elephants and lions.
Overnight: Olaukuejo Rest Camp, Southern Etosha
Day 10 & 11
Today’s drive is a whole day’s game drive – it’s well worth stopping at Halali for lunch and a dip in the pool, before continuing further east. On day 11, you will stop at the Mushara Outpost for the day where you can enjoy the facilities and take in the surrounding views. The lodge is styled like an old farm house and has a wonderfully friendly atmosphere.
Overnight: Mushara Outpost, Eastern Etosha
Day 12 & 13
Your journey back to Windhoek starts today when you make your way to Otkiwarongo, home to the Africat foundation which conserves the big cat species in Namibia. The unique and inclusive activities here include lion viewing, nature walks, cheetah and leopard tracking, and bushman walks. When you arrive, you will be given the opportunity to visit a night hide which plays home to honey badgers, leopards and porcupines. On day 13, you will be able to go on a morning drive to see cheetahs and view feeding.
Overnight: Okonjima Main Camp, Otjiwarongo Area
Return to Windhoek today, a drive of approximately three hours, in time to connect with your onward flight.
Please note, all visitors will be required to pay Park Fees (locally in cash) when entering the National Parks in Namibia. Full details will be provided with your information pack on arrival into Windhoek, however, as a guide, the current rate is 80 Namibian Rand per person per day (approximately £5 per person). This rate is subject to change without notice.
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