14 Day Namibia Self-drive

A wonderful self drive safari in a high clearance vehicle visiting Namibia’s highlights. Your tour takes you to the incredible Desert at Sossusvlei, the coastal town of Swakopmund before heading to the country’s northern border then onto the spectacular Etosha National Park.
Stay in beautiful lodge accommodation or enquire about a camping option for the more adventurous.

Day 1 ~ Sossousvlei

On arrival in Windhoek you will collect your rental vehicle from the airport to begin yourself drive Namibian safari.

An early start will be required as it is a 450km drive.
Reach Sossusvlei mid-afternoon.

Time permitting short visit to Sesriem Canyon.

ACCOMMODATION: Desert Camp Prepitched Ensuite Safari Tents  or Agama River Lodge

MEALS: Dinner 

Day 2 ~ Sossousvlei

Rise early today to catch the sun rising over the spectacular dunes, totally breathtaking. For energetic types you can climb dune 45, or else relax at the bottom of the dune and soak up the atmosphere. Proceed to the 4×4 parking lot and board the shuttle deeper into the desert from there continue on foot into the desert, and on to Deadvlei.

After stopping for a light lunch at Oasis service station. You continue onto the Toktokie pickup point for the start of your 3 day walking tour beginning at 2pm sharp.

ACCOMMODATION: Tok Tokkie Trail Outside camping

MEALS: Breakfast and Dinner 

Day 3 ~ NamibRand Nature Reserve

Continue on your hiking trail through the magnificent NamibRand Nature Reserve where you will see landscapes that are not to be found anywhere else in the world.

ACCOMMODATION: Tok Tokkie Trail Outside camping

MEALS: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4 ~ Swakopmund

The drive to Swakopmund today takes you through some very unusual scenery, the strangest of which being the ‘moon landscape’. Before arriving at Swakopmund we will stop off at Walvis Bay to visit the flamingo colony that is present most of the year round. On arrival in Swakopmund we will settle you in the lodge and then take an orienteering drive through the small town.

Dinner that night will be spent in a local restaurant, and if you want to experience some Namibian nightlife then your can point you in the right direction!

The following day is spent exploring the markets, shops and beaches of Swakopmund at your leisure.

The drive is 319kms today

ACCOMMODATION: Driftwood Guest House

MEALS: Breakfast

Day 5 ~ Swakopmund

There are numerous fun optional activities for the more adventurous. (Quad biking the dunes, (amazing fun) sky diving, scenic flights over the desert etc.) Your guest house will book any optional activities for you. Please ask Kate if you have any particular activity in mind, and she will forward a price guide to you.

ACCOMMODATION: Driftwood Guest House

MEALS: Breakfast

Day 6 ~ Terrece Bay

Today you only need to depart Swakopmund by 1pm so you have a free morning to explore the town or partake in optional activities.

Travel further North along the coast stopping to visit a huge seal colony we will drive up Skeleton coast a short way before reaching the last available and accessible accommodation reachable without a 4X4 and special permits, you will spot a ship wreck hopefully and stop at a Cape Cross enroute.

357kms

ACCOMMODATION: Bungalows in Terrece Bay (part of Namibian Wildlife Reserves)

MEALS: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 7 ~ Kamanjab

Today travel further North along the coast stopping to visit a huge seal colony we will drive a up Skeleton coast a short way visiting Cape Cross and the huge seal colony and hopefully spot a few shipwrecks on your drive.

Arrive late afternoon at the lodge.

410kms

ACCOMMODATION: Grootberg

MEALS: 

Day 8 ~ Ruacana

Today head for Namibia’s Northern border arriving at our lodge intime for lunch.

This afternoon a 1.5hr Himba Village visit is included.

Many of Namibia’s most striking images, recognised world-wide, show the beautiful Himba people with their glowing red skin and intricate adornments.

Kaokoland is home to a Himba population estimated at 12,000. Sadly, their traditional way of life, with its culture of strict rituals, is increasingly at risk from the attractions of 21st century technology and lifestyles, leading many to abandon their nomadic existence by moving to towns and adopting western dress, thereby becoming ‘invisible’ to travellers.

Jewellery, adornments and grooming are all important elements in Himba culture, with the women spending much of their time on beauty care – their unique full-body skin treatment which gives the flesh its characteristically intense, glowing red-brown colour. This treatment is also an effective sun-screen, and avoids frequent washing, which would waste precious water.
Historically, the Himba were pastoralist herdsmen travelling with their goats and cattle from one waterhole to another as the seasons or conditions dictated. Nowadays, their homesteads (kraals) tend to be more permanent.

The Himba people are proud yet friendly, but can take offence at well-meaning travellers who might inadvertently violate their customs. For this reason, and with their permission, we are allowed to escort small groups to a local kraal. There we can translate and help Guests to meet a family without embarrassment, revealing a unique insight into the history and culture of a centuries-old way of life which still survives, virtually unchanged, in this remote area. Photography is also allowed.

387kms

ACCOMMODATION: Kunene River Lodge

MEALS: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 9 ~ Ruacana

This morning there are a number of optional activities available.

Besides its exceptional location, accommodation and hospitality, Kunene River Lodge offers an outstanding range of activities.

  • Our White-Water Rafting Adventures are in a class of their own and unique in Namibia for the river conditions bestowed by the magnificent Kunene. They suit both novices and the most intrepid experts.
  • Kunene River Lodge is a Birders’ Paradise. The region hosts some endemic species, and several near-endemics, making it a very exciting area for bird enthusiasts to visit and explore, alone or with a guide.
  • Dawn is an ideal time to glimpse bird-life and at Kunene River Lodge we love to offer our Guests an early-morning Birding Cruise with opportunities to spot – who knows what?
  • Everyone has heard about spectacular African sunsets – but what better way of enjoying them than from the river, with a cool drink in your hand on a Sundowner Cruise?
  • The Himba people are now recognised the world over. We will be delighted to organise an escorted visit to a local family in their kraal so that you can witness their way of life for yourself.
  • As if all this weren’t enough, there is still more to do and enjoy during your stay – including Fishing, Canoeing, Hiking and Swimming in the pool.


In the late afternoon sunset cruise included.

Every visitor to Africa tells of amazing sunsets and the glowing colours they bestow upon the scenery at dusk.

At Kunene River Lodge we invite you to relax with a drink and watch the spectacle from the ideal vantage point of our riverside Bar deck.

Better still, drift lazily along the river with your favourite tipple on one of our Sundowner Cruises. Look out for wildlife and watch the ever changing hues of the scenery as they are magically transformed, amplified by reflections from the rippling water, as the sun dips second-by-second, and ever more rapidly, behind the far mountains, finally plunging the earth into darkness.

As you drift on, reminisce with your companions on the day’s events and adventures, and look forward to what tomorrow has to offer – or simply soak up the extraordinary beauty of an unforgettable evening in “One of Africa’s Last Great Wilderness Areas”.

And now, our Sundowner Cruises offer a unique and very special bonus feature – but you’ll have to come along to discover what it is . 

ACCOMMODATION: Kunene River Lodge

MEALS: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 10, 11 & 12 ~ Etosha

For the next 3 days you will be exploring the vast Etosha National Park in pursuit of interesting animals. Each rest camp has a swimming pool and bar area for you to relax and cool off in the heat of the day.

The evenings are spent in the Etosha National Park rest camps, where there is a floodlit waterhole for viewing nocturnal animals

ACCOMMODATION: Okaukuejo Chalets inside the park

MEALS: Breakfast

Day 13 ~ Otjiwarongo

Transit day only 285kms.
The central region of Namibia is known for their friendly hosts and fine cuisine. A wide variety of bird life, wild life and an unique flora, provides our visitors with excellent opportunities to enjoy their stay.

ACCOMMODATION: Aloe Grove Safari Lodge

MEALS: 

Day 14 ~ Windhoek

Today you will be passing through Okanhanja whose Wood Cavers are a major tourist attraction and offer curios at very low prices. Stone and other products are also available. Most of the items sold are truly African and are made locally. So make sure you visit the entrepreneurs and get something special to take home.

Drop your vehicle off at the airport.

Tour ends

295kms

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14 Day Namibia Self-drive

Based on 2 people sharing

ZAR 36,800 pp* 14 DAYS

INCLUDES:
Self drive lodge safari, All accommodations, Meals as specified. (B-Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner), Activities as specified. Car hire Namibia High clearance SUV ( Nissan XTrail) - Unlimited mileage, GPS
EXCLUDES:
Flights, Visas, Optional activities, Items of a personal nature, Gratuities, Personal travel insurance.

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