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Highlights of Namibia - 12 day self-drive

  • Game viewing in Etosha National Park
  • The UNESCO World Heritage Site … Twyfelfontein
  • The German atmosphere of Swakopmund
  • Crossing the Tropic of Capricorn
  • Deadvlei and Sossusvlei in the Naukluft Park

Overview

Namibia is a land of wide open spaces, beautiful sunsets, friendly people and amazing experiences.  On this self-drive tour you can determine your own pace and savor the beauty of the dunes at Sossusvlei, go game viewing at a waterhole in the Etosha National Park or spend some time taking a closer look at the natural features of Damaraland.  Your accommodation will be pre-booked, but you can fill your days as you please.  You will be able to visit the following highlights when following this route:  Etosha National Park, the Twyfelfontein rock engravings; the Petrified Forest; Swakopmund with its German influence, Solitaire and Sossusvlei in the Naukluft Park.

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart

Depart from Cape Town or Johannesburg for Windhoek.
Arrive in Windhoek and collect your hired vehicle at the airport.
Drive to Windhoek to check-in at your accommodation
O/N Safari Court or similar (Windhoek) (BB)

Day 2: Etosha Area

Breakfast and check-out.
Depart in a northerly direction towards the Etosha National Park. Your accommodation will be close to the Okaukuejo entrance gate of Etosha
Check-in at your accommodation.
You can either relax the rest of the day or do an afternoon game drive.
O/N Etosha Safari Lodge or similar (near Etosha) (BB)

Day 3: Etosha National Park

Breakfast at the lodge
Rest of the day at leisure to do game drives in Etosha. Etosha is one of Africa’s best loved game parks. The word Etosha, means ‘great white pan’ referring to the flat calcrete pan. Game gathers at waterholes alongside the pan which makes for excellent sightings.
O/N Etosha Safari Lodge or similar (near Etosha) (BB)

Day 4: Damaraland

Check-out and depart for Khorixas.
The following attractions are in the area around Khorixas: Namibia’s only World Heritage Site, the Twyfelfontein engravings, the petrified forest and the organ pipes. The area around Twyfelfontein is also a habitat for the desert dwelling elephants. Be on the look-out for them.
O/N Damara Mopane Lodge or similar (near Khorixas) (BB)

Day 5: Swakopmund

Breakfast and check-out.
Today you will head for the coastal town of Swakopmund. This architecturally rich town is sandwiched between the cold Atlantic and the dunes of the Namib.
Check-in at your accommodation and decide on activities for the following day.
Optional suggestions:
~ Dolphin and Seal Cruise
~ Sandwich Harbour Tour
~ Quad biking
~ Sand boarding
~ Visiting the Crystal Gallery
~ Driving through the Moon Landscape
~ Exploring the town.
O/N The Delight or similar (Swakopmund) (BB)

Day 6: Swakopmund

Full day at leisure for activities.
O/N The Delight or similar (Swakopmund) (BB)

Day 7: Sossusvlei

Breakfast and check-out.
Depart for the Sossusvlei area. The route will take you through the magnificent Kuiseb and Gaub passes. En route you will also cross the Tropic of Capricorn. Stop for a picture. The drive from Swakopmund to Solitaire will take about 4 hours.
Before proceeding to your hotel, stop at Solitaire for their famous apple tart.
O/N Namib Desert Lodge or similar (Sossusvlei area) BB

Day 8: Sossusvlei

Early rise and shine. The park gates open at sunrise.
Get your exercise for the day and climb to the top of Dune 45. Enjoy some game viewing as you drive to the parking area from where you can walk to Deadvlei. You require a 4 x 4 vehicle for the last stretch of road to Sossusvlei. Leave your car in the parking area and take one of the NWR shuttle busses to Sossusvlei.
O/N Sossusvlei Lodge or similar (Sesriem) (BB)

Day 9: The Kalahari

Breakfast and check-out.
Depart from Sossusvlei for Marienthal. Check-in at your lodge that is situated as an oasis surrounded by the red dunes of the Kalahari. The vegetation is notable green acacias with yellow grasses that grow in the red sand … a very picturesque site.
O/N Kalahari Anib Lodge or similar (Marienthal) (BB)

Day 10: The Kalahari

Day at leisure or you can enjoy some of the optional activities offered by the lodge.
O/N Kalahari Anib Lodge or similar (Marienthal) (BB)

Day 11: Windhoek

Breakfast and check-out.
Depart on your return journey to Windhoek.
Arrive in Windhoek and check-in at your accommodation.
Suggestion: dinner at Joe’s Beerhouse
O/N Safari Court Hotel or similar (Windhoek) (BB)

Day 12 Depart

Breakfast and check-out.
Drive to Windhoek Airport where you will return your vehicle.
Check-in for your return flight.
End of Service

Rates

On request.

Cost will depend on your travel dates.

Included

  • 2 x nights accommodation in Windhoek (BB basis)
  • 2 x nights accommodation near Etosha National Park (BB basis)
  • 1 x night accommodation in Damaraland (BB basis)
  • 2 x nights accommodation in Swakopmund (BB basis)
  • 2 x nights accommodation near Sossusvlei (BB basis)
  • 2 x nights accommodation near Marienthal (BB basis)
  • Car rental

Excluded

  • Return flights
  • Fuel
  • Meals not specified
  • Travel, medical and luggage insurance
  • Excess on rental vehicle
  • Things of a personal nature
  • Excursions, park and entrance fees