The Ultimate Namibia Self Drive

Luxury Safari Adventure to Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland and Etosha National Park

Damaraland, Etosha National Park, Namib-Naukluft National Park & Sossusvlei, Swakopmund

Duration: 14 nights

Price: From £4,700 per person in low season based on two adults travelling together and including all flights in economy class, accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis, private transfers, transportation, experiences as stated and taxes

Namibia is the ultimate road-trip country, offering incredible scenery at every turn, and the kudos of doing something completely different. Hitting the surprisingly good roads, you’ll drive through seas of rolling sand dunes, up the windswept Skeleton Coast, and across the endless Etosha Salt Pan. Stop to track cheetah at Okonjima, hike to see the ancient rock paintings in Damaraland, and watch huge herds of elephant drink from the waterhole at Ongava Tented Camp. This is the best of Namibia in a once-in-a-lifetime self-drive safari adventure.
Perfect forThose seeking an off the beaten track desert adventure.
In the knowAdd on a few nights in the Caprivi Strip at Ntwala Island Lodge.

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Erongo Wilderness Lodge


Upon your arrival at the Windhoek International Airport, you’ll be given a detailed map and itinerary – and meet one of the representatives from Wilderness Safaris who can offer assistance on the ground throughout your journey – before hopping in your 4x4, and beginning the road-trip of a lifetime. The distance from Windhoek to Omaruru is about a 3-4 hour drive, on mostly tar roads, thus easing you in to driving in Namibia on your first day. We highly recommend setting off from Windhoek in the morning so that you arrive at the boulder fields of Erongo Mountains just in time for a guided walk, and sundowners overlooking this stunning scenery. On your first night you’ll stay at Erongo Wilderness Lodge: a captivating desert glade, which nestles amongst boulders on the outskirts of an ancient volcano. Wake up here to the incredible silence; dip in the rock-hewn pool as klipspringers hop from boulder to boulder, and enjoy more walks in this rugged but fertile terrain.

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Your Namibia self-drive continues for 3 hours into the Central Highlands, and legendary big cat country that surrounds Okonjima. Okonjima has some of the most luxurious accommodation in Namibia, so you’ll relish being able to relax here and enjoy the views over the sandy-coloured plains. The best aspect of this place though is the fact that it’s home to the famous Africat Foundation:  featured in award-winning documentaries, and protecting the largest population of free-roaming cheetah in the world. As well as learning about the foundation’s research, you’ll get to radio-track the leopard, and also have the chance to see lion, African wild cat, aardwolf, mongoose, and wild dog.
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Etosha National Park


Give way for real-life zebra crossings, and look out for families of warthog trundling across the road, as you approach the game-rich playground of Etosha National Park. With a tangled expanse of thorn-bush and woodland savannah all around it, Mushara Bush Camp is not only a stylish and atmospheric haven, but the perfect base to explore the Etosha National Park. Taking a game-drive in the early morning to see thirsty elephants, cheetah, lion, and giraffe joyously drinking from the water-holes is a really quite humbling experience – and at certain times of the year you can also see huge flocks of flamingo. Last but not least, be sure to visit the strange Sprokieswoud “upside-down trees” which according to Bushman legend were thrown out of the Garden of Eden by God, and landed roots-up in the ground.
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Break up your journey over the ‘Great White Place’ of Etosha National Park, and spend a night at Okaukuejo Rest Camp which lies in the south of Etosha next to a fantastic waterhole. We highly recommend arriving here in the afternoon so that you can sip sundowners, and soak up the mirage-like vistas of game as they feed amidst the heat-haze. The real treat here though is the unique opportunity to track both the black rhino and rare white rhino for which the region is known.
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Rhino, Damaraland


Yet again the desert scenery transforms, and offers incredible photos as you hit the gravel roads; pass over the sublime Grootberg Pass, and enter the boulder-studded scenery of Damaraland. This is a long day on the road so you’ll want to take it at a leisurely pace, and enjoy picnics against the mountain backdrop, before spending the night at the exclusive Desert Rhino Camp which is surrounded by one of the largest concentrations of rhino in the world.
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It’s just a short drive on gravel roads to Damaraland’s Torra Conservancy, which is home to the semi-nomadic Damara people, and surreal fossilised landscapes. Depending on the time of year, you’ll see an amazing variety of flora and fauna around Damaraland Camp, due to the moist air coming in from the Skeleton Coast, and yet more adapted wildlife including oryx, springbok, and ostrich. Active people may take the opportunity to go rock-climbing in the Brandberg Mountains, before visiting the prehistoric ‘White Lady’ rock painting, the fossilised “organ pipes,” and the eerie Petrified Forest just a short drive away.

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With civilisation all but forgotten on your wilderness journey, it will make a nice contrast to spend a couple of nights in the friendly coastal town of Swakopmund – best reached by driving alongside the stunning Skeleton Coast. Here you’ll stay at the characterful colonial-era hotel, Villa Margherita, and spend a relaxing couple of days popping into the Germanic bakeries, picnicking on the virtually deserted beaches, and indulging in a private dinner of the best oysters in the world. You’ll also be taken in a boat-trip to see penguins, dolphins, and seals; kayak out to Pelican Point – and if you want a bit of adventure, there are companies in the area which offer sand-boarding, wind-surfing, and sky-diving.

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A long drive awaits you (around 6 – 7 hours) but it’s well worth it as you traverse two magnificent mountain passes, before you arrive at the iconic red dunes of Sossusvlei. The scenes here are exactly what you imagine when you picture the Namib Desert, and for two nights at the exclusive Kulala Desert Lodge, you’ll awake to mesmerising sunrises amidst the oldest desert in the world. Photographers will be in their element as they climb the Big Daddy sand-dune; walk through the eerie Dead Vlei forest where the ancient fossilised trees are scorched black from the sun, and finally spend a night under the perfect night sky on your magical Kulala roof-bed.
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The final leg of your journey will take around 7 hours, but when you arrive at Windhoek you’ll have a night of relaxation at Olive Grove, and can treat yourself to a massage, spa treatment, and delicious dinner. Finally, you’ll drop off your car at Windhoek International Airport, where you’ll catch your return flight home.

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