Namibia Premier Self-Drive Safari
This High-End Luxury Self Drive Safari includes a superb vehicle and takes in some of Namibia's best locations, all with a map and full direction pack on arrival.
A Self-Drive Namibia Safari is one of the best ways to see this incredible country as the roads are excellent in quality and require no extra skills or specialist vehicles. This high-end safari takes in some of the best luxury accommodation available starting in Windhoek at the stunning Am Weinberg's Boutique Hotel. Your second destination is Hoodia Desert Lodge located in the Namib Desert at Sossusvlei. Following this your drive to Swakopmund and the Strand Hotel, right on the beach. Following this you will go to Damaraland and the stunning Mowani Mountain Camp in search of the Desert Elephants. Next you drive to the Ongava Reserve in the south of Etosha at Little Ongava for 2 nights and then to the eastern side of Etosha for 1 night at The Fort in the Onguma Reserve. Finally on your way back to Windhoek Airport you stay at the Okonjima Reserve and their rehabilitation centre for your final night giving a much more manageable drive to the Airport on your final morning.
11 nights/12 days
Why You'll Love It
- • Superb Luxury Accommodation
• Excellent Hire Vehicle
• Superb Wildlife
• The best locations
• Some Activities included
- • All Accommodation
• Hire Vehicle
• Personalised Travel Pack
• Fully Inclusive at some lodges
• Full support
Days 1 to 2: Windhoek
Am Weinberg Estate's Boutique Hotel
Situated in Central Namibia, the cosmopolitan city of Windhoek serves as the capital of the country. It is home to an international airport and a plethora of restaurants, shops, entertainment venues and accommodation options. The city is clean, safe and well-organised, with a colonial legacy that is reflected in its many German eateries and shops, and the widespread use of the German language. Windhoek has an interesting mix of historical architecture and modern buildings, many of which are worth a look, including the Alte Feste an old fort, the 1896 Christuskirche Christ Church, and the more contemporary Supreme Court.
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On arrival at Hosea Kutako International Airport (Windhoek), you will be met by a Wilderness Safaris representative, who will hand over your travel documents.
Days 2 to 4: Sossussvlei
Hoodia Desert Lodge
Located in the scenic Namib-Naukluft National Park, Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red dunes to make this one of the most scenic natural wonders of Africa and a photographer's heaven. This awe-inspiring destination is possibly Namibia's premier attraction, with its unique dunes rising to almost 400 metres-some of the highest in the world. These iconic dunes come alive in morning and evening light and draw photography enthusiasts from around the globe. Sossusvlei is home to a variety desert wildlife including oryx, springbok, ostrich and a variety of reptiles. Visitors can climb 'Big Daddy', one of Sossusvlei’s tallest dunes; explore Deadvlei, a white, salt, claypan dotted with ancient trees; or for the more extravagant, scenic flights and hot air ballooning are on offer, followed by a once-in-a-lifetime champagne breakfast amidst these majestic dunes.
Depart from AM Weinberg Boutique Hotel
Arrive at Hoodia Desert Lodge
DISTANCE: via Kupferberg Pass approx. 295 km; most is gravel road
TRAVEL TIME: approx. 5 hours 15 minutes without apple crumble
Days 4 to 6: Swakopmund
The Strand Hotel, Swakopmund
Set along Namibia's spectacularly scenic coast, the seaside town of Swakopmund is known for its wide-open avenues, colonial architecture, and its surrounding otherworldly desert terrain. Founded in 1892 as the main harbour for German South West Africa, Swakopmund is often described as being more German than Germany. Now a seaside resort town, Swakopmund is the capital of the Skeleton Coast tourism area and has plenty to keep visitors happy. The quirky mix of German and Namibian influences, adventure options, laid-back atmosphere and cool sea breeze make it a very popular Namibian destination. Visitors can look forward to a number of exciting activities including: quad biking, horse riding, paragliding, fishing, sightseeing and fascinating desert tours.
Depart from Hoodia Desert Lodge
Arrive at Strand Hotel Swakopmund
DISTANCE: approx. 345 km; approx. 45 km tarred road, the rest is gravel road
TRAVEL TIME: approx. 5 hours 30 minutes without apple crumble
Days 6 to 8: Damaraland
Mowani Mountain Camp
Set in the Kunene Region of northwestern Namibia, Twylfelfontein is a spectacularly scenic area, featuring one of the largest and most important concentrations of rock art in Africa. The name ‘Twyfelfontein’ translates to ‘Fountain of Doubt’, which refers to the perennial spring situated in the impressive Huab valley flanked by the slopes of a sandstone table mountain. It was this spring that attracted Stone Age hunters over six thousand years ago, and it was during this time that the extensive group of rock engravings and paintings were produced. Visitors can look forward to basing themselves at some wonderfully shady campsites along the Aba-Huab riverbed, while exploring over thirty different sites of these sacred records of ritual practices relating to traditional hunter-gatherer communities.
Depart from Strand Hotel Swakopmund
Arrive at Mowani Mountain Camp
DISTANCE: approx. 315 km; 365 in rainy season, most salt or gravel road
TRAVEL TIME: approx. 5 hours 15 minutes
Days 8 to 10: Ongava Reserve, Etosha National Park
Sharing the southern boundary with Etosha National Park, the prolific 30 000-hectare private Ongava Game Reserve is considered one of the top private game reserves in the region, enjoying global recognition for exceptional conservation, groundbreaking research and exciting safari experiences. The landscape is characterised by vast open plains dotted with salt plans and abundant wildlife. Visitors can easily access Etosha through Andersson’s Gate in the south.
Known for its luxury lodges made out of natural materials, Ogava is a popular destination for those looking to immerse themselves in nature. The reserve offers visitors the perfect combination of wildlife safari experiences within and around the Etosha National Park. One of Ongava’s top attractions is its rhino population and guests can experience the thrill of getting close to these majestic creatures. Popular activities include: night game drives, guided nature walks, bird watching and 4x4 guided game drives.
Depart from Mowani Mountain Camp
Arrive at Little Ongava
DISTANCE: approx. 390 km; approx. 120 km gravel road, the rest is tarred road
TRAVEL TIME: approx. 4 hours 30 minutes
Days 10 to 11: Onguma Reserve, Etosha National Park
Onguma The Fort
Situated east of Etosha, bordering Fisher's Pan, Onguma Game Reserve is one of Namibia's best-kept secrets. The reserve offers visitors the opportunity to experience Africa in all her beauty and diversity. Onguma Game Reserve features over 34000 hectares of protected land scattered with a variety of wildlife including plains game, black rhino, kudu, giraffe, zebra, lion, cheetah, leopard and more than 300 bird species. The seasonal rains attract thousands of migrating birds to the Fisher’s Pan wetland area. The neighbouring Etosha National Park is home to a rich array of wildlife, including four of the Big 5. Visitors can enjoy game drives, guided walks and rhino research drives within the private reserve as well as wildlife safaris into Etosha National Park to view abundant game in the largest national park in Namibia.
Depart from Little Ongava
Arrive Onguma the Fort
Days 11 to 12: Okonjima Reserve
Midway between the spectacular Etosha National Park and the capital city of Windhoek, lies the well-known Okonjima Nature Reserve. The 22 000 ha nature reserve is home to AfriCAT, a carnivore sanctuary, which gives the captive cats a second chance to be released back into the wild and become completely independent hunters in a protected area right in the middle of commercial cattle farmland. Visitors can enjoy a stay at a variety of excellent accommodation options including everything from luxury villas to secluded camping. Enjoy thrilling cat tracking guided safaris, leopard-spotting, off-road night drives and learn about local San culture along the Bushmen trail.
Depart from Onguma The Fort
DISTANCE: approx. 365 km; approx. 35 km gravel road, the rest is tarred road
TRAVEL TIME: approx. 3 hours 45 minutes
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