Classic Namibia Self-Drive
10 Nights from £1,989 per Person Including Flights
- Flights & taxes
- Checked baggage
- ATOL protection
- In resort assistance & 24 hour contact centre
Namibia is one Africa’s most diverse and naturally-beautiful destinations, plucking images of rolling sand dunes and wildlife-rich landscapes, scattered with glorious mountains and attractive seaside towns. This spectacular 10-night self-drive adventure offers the opportunity to take in some of the continent’s most famous scenery, including the likes of Etosha National Park, Sossusvlei, Damaraland and the Central Highlands, whilst also exploring the gorgeous coastal oasis of Swakopmund, where pastel colonial buildings line picture-perfect beaches with breath-taking views across the Atlantic.
This tour truly is unlike any other, and we think it’s a great option for seasoned safari travellers, as well as those who are looking to explore this amazing continent for the first time, offering the perfect blend of adventure, relaxation and of course, phenomenal wildlife-viewing opportunities.
We feature a number of fantastic family-friendly camp options, in addition to a luxurious selection of accommodation for this tour. Check out the 'What's Included' section to find out more.
- Discover a plethora of historical buildings, unique architecture and fantastic shops in Windhoek, Namibia’s capital
- Soak up the magnificent scenery of towering sand dunes in Sossusvlei, some of which reach skyscraper heights with spectacular sunrise and sunset views
- Explore the coastal oasis of Swakopmund, a unique city home to beautiful colonial buildings, sandy beaches and amazing views
- Spend three days in the world-famous Etosha National Park, offering utterly phenomenal wildlife-viewing experiences
- Visit the AfriCat Foundation in Okanjima, rehabilitating cheetahs and leopards
- Spend your last night in the Central Highlands, surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery with charming towns and markets throughout
Arrival in Windhoek
On arrival in Windhoek you'll be met at the airport on arrival and transferred to your hotel. You'll have some time to relax before your car is delivered and our representative's briefing on your itinerary. You then have the rest of the day to explore the craft shops, museums and historical buildings of Windhoek, the capital of Namibia.
Windhoek to Sossusvlei
You’ll drive to Soussusveli today, which should take around five or six hours. A large ephemeral pan adorned by towering red sand dunes, some of which reach heights of up to 325 metres, Soussusveli is home to some of the highest dunes in the world, featuring a wonderful selection of attractions and scenery to enjoy.
The best way in which to experience this breath-taking region is to climb a dune, with Dune 45 and Big Daddy being some of the most popular ones. Sossusvlei is also a photographers’ paradise, and is one of the planet’s most photographed spots – you’ll see why as the sun rises or sets across the vast landscapes; the reflections of the dunes from the lakes are utterly beautiful.
Sossusvlei to Swakopmund
It’s a scenic five to five hour drive to the coastal city of Swakopmund today, a unique destination home to stunning beaches and beautiful colonial architecture; Views across the Atlantic Ocean can be admired from all around the city. After the long drive, you’ll probably feel like relaxing for the rest of the day, so we recommend spending some time exploring this coastal oasis, stumbling upon a perfect sandy beach to admire the scenery.
Namibia’s adventure capital and a surreal colonial remnant in one, Swakopmund offers a surplus of things to do and see, from the German architecture and picturesque seaside promenade, to the multidimensional African touches and rich culture throughout the city. Landmarks include the Swakopmund Lighthouse, the elegant Railway Station and the Old Sea Wall, whilst Swakopmund Museum exhibits a great collection of Namibia’s cultural, geological and historical artefacts.
Swakopmund to Damaraland
It’s another five-hour drive today as you journey through gorgeous national park scenery to Damaraland. Adorned by magnificent red-rock formations, desert mountains and palm-fringed valleys, Damaraland is home to some of Namibia’s most dramatic and spectacular landscapes, as well as incredible wildlife-watching areas. You could head out on a game excursion to perhaps catch a glimpse of the desert elephants, black rhino, oryx, springbok and kudu, with the chance to maybe even see cheetahs or lions, which are occasionally spotted in the area.
Damaraland to Central Etosha
You’ll make the four-hour drive to Etosha today, where you’ll then make your way to the ancient salt pan located in the centre of the park. The largest salt pan in Africa, this jaw-dropping area is home to four members of the Big Five, excluding buffalo, and you’ll even have the chance to experience incredible sightings of black rhino, which are seldom seen in most safari destinations.
You’ll be more-than-likely to see lions as you explore this expansive land, home to over 300 of these majestic creatures, which are very relaxed around the game vehicles. You may also catch sightings of the sneaky leopards that occupy Etosha, which are harder to see but can sometimes be viewed around waterholes. Other wildlife sightings may also include cheetahs, zebra, elephants, hyena, antelope, giraffe, wildebeest and breath-taking flocks of flamingos.
It’s your last day in Central Etosha today, so make the most of the extraordinary photography opportunities and phenomenal wildlife-watching experiences.
Central Etosha to Central Highlands
Today, you will make the final leg of this trip from Etosha National Park to the Central Highlands, located just north of Windhoek. This drive should take around three hours on the C38 and B1 roads. This magnificent mountain region runs down the spine of Namibia, and separates the Kalahari Desert from the Namib dunes. Aside from the spectacular scenery, you’ll find a handful of small towns in the area; we suggest visiting Okahandja to explore its charming community and several markets.
In this area, you will also find several large game farms – the most famous one is Okanjima, home to the AfriCat Foundation. Your overnight stay in the Central Highlands will be particularly beautiful, with the chance to take in more of Namibia’s wild, exotic scenery and wildlife.
End of Tour - Departure
Your phenomenal self-drive adventure will come to an end today. Depart from your accommodation, and make your way to Windhoek International Airport (1h 30m drive) to drop off your rental car and catch your departing flight.
- Your choice of hotel for the duration of the itinerary, based on 2 people sharing
- International flights
- Car rental with fully-comprehensive insurance
What’s Not Included
- Park fees, where applicable
- Road Tolls
Our suggested hotels for this itinerary are:
Classic - Rivendell Guest House
4 Star Plus - Villa Vista
Luxury 5 Star - The Olive Exclusive
Classic - Elegant Desert Lodge
4 Star Plus - Desert Homestead Outpost
Luxury 5 Star - Desert Homestead Outpost
Classic - Namib Guesthouse
4 Star Plus - Cornerstone Guesthouse
Luxury 5 Star - Strand Hotel
Classic - Camp Kipwe
4 Star Plus - Camp Kipwe
Luxury 5 Star - Mowani Mountain Camp
Classic - Etosha Village
4 Star Plus - Ongava Lodge
Luxury 5 Star - Little Ongava
Classic - Mushara Bush Camp
4 Star Plus - Onguma Tented Camp
Luxury 5 Star - Mushara Outport
Classic - Okonjima Plains Camp
4 Star Plus - Okonjima Bush Suite
Luxury 5 Star - Okonjima Villa
Departure Dates & Prices
|Departure Dates||Prices From|
|20 May - 30 Jun 19||£1989|
|01 Jul - 08 Oct 19||£2379|
|09 Oct - 30 Nov 19||£2089|
|01 Dec - 03 Dec 19||£2199|
|Departure Dates||Prices From|
|04 Dec - 11 Dec 19||£2229|
|12 Dec - 24 Dec 19||£3359|
|25 Dec - 31 Dec 19||£2589|
Prices correct as at 6pm on 19 May 2019. Please call for final price. Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing a room. Other durations available - call for quote. Daily departures . Different hotels of a similar standard may be used on certain departures. Supplements may apply on dates within certain dates during peak travel periods. (ATI)
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|Business Class (one way)||£1119|
South African Airways flights are available from Heathrow (via Johannesburg). Regional connecting flights are also available. Air fares vary considerably so a variety of airlines may be included in your quote to ensure you are presented with the best available price. If you would prefer to fly from a different airport or with a different airline, our Travel Consultants will be happy to adjust this at the time of enquiry and a supplement may apply. Alternative airlines with flights to Windhoek include British Airways and Air Namibia.
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