With the adventure capital Swakopmund, the wildlife of Etosha National Park, the stunning Sossusvlei dunes and the Himba Village at Kamanjab – this self drive holiday takes in the best of Namibia. Combine tremendous wildlife, culture and natural wonders on this exciting self drive tour of Namibia which includes car hire and accommodation and allows you to enjoy your own private Namibian adventure.
Namibia is much less-travelled than some of it’s southern African neighbours, however it has an incredibly diverse landscape, which offers experiences from climbing the world’s highest sand dunes in the Namib Desert, through to visiting authentic African townships and epic safaris in the Etosha National Park. With a huge network of some of the best paved roads in Africa, Namibia is also an incredible destination to explore with a hire car at your own pace.
The below itinerary is a suggested itinerary and is completely interchangeable. If you want to stay longer somewhere, upgrade the hotels, increase the duration etc. then we can build the perfect itinerary for you.
Upon arrival at Windhoek Hosea Kutako Airport collect your rental vehicle and drive to your hotel in Windhoek.
Windhoek is the bustling capital of Namibia, located in a picturesque valley bordered by the Eros Mountains and the Auas mountains. The influence of the German colonial rule is still evident in the city, which has a unique blend of colonial and modern architecture. The city centre can be easily navigated on foot and places of interest include the Namibia’s National Museum, the Ink Palace and historic Christ Church.
Windhoek – Okonjima Game Reserve. After breakfast leave Windhoek and drive north to your first destination, Okonjima Game Reserve in the Otjozondjupa Region. Okonjima is nestled among the Omboroko Mountains and roughly translated means ‘Place of the baboons’. In the afternoon you have the option to visit the Cheetah Project and learn more about these endangered animals.
Overnight: Okonjima | Breakfast, Dinner
Okonjima Game Reserve – Etosha National Park. On day 3 travel on to Etosha which was Namibia’s first conservation area and is one of the world’s finest game parks, home to many rare and endangered species. The Etosha Pan dominates the park which is usually dry, but fills with water briefly in the summer months, attracting pelicans and flamingos in particular. Periannual springs attract a variety of game and birds throughout the year, including the endangered black rhino and the endemic black face impala. Etosha is renowned for its wonderful floodlit waterholes, which are great for game viewing at night.
Your accommodation is just outside Etosha National Park. You will be able to embark on optional game drives through the park hopefully spotting a variety of wildlife during your stay. The resorts also offer fabulous floodlit waterholes, which provide excellent game viewing at night.
Overnight: Etosha National Park | Breakfast x 3
Etosha National Park – Omaruru. This morning bid farewell to the wild animals of Etosha and head to Kamanjab where you have the opportunity to visit a local Himba village to find out more about their traditions & lifestyle. Experience the milking ceremony and the smoke bath. Learn about their beliefs around the holy fire, ancestors, and herbal medicine. In the afternoon continue to Omaruru. A once famous mission statement with great historical significance is is now a hub for local arts and crafts.
Overnight: Omaruru | Breakfast, Dinner
Omaruru – Spitzkoppe – Swakopmund. On the morning of day 7 you’ll continue to Spitzkoppe, an impressive group of granite mountains, with bold and exciting colours. You might wish to take a walk among the boulders at this point where you’ll be able to view some of the ancient Bushmen paintings and engravings. Heading south west out of the dry interior of Namibia make your way down to the charming coastal town of Swakopmund, where you will have the opportunity to partake in a few of the many optional activities that are offered. Alternatively you can just soak up the atmosphere of this little German Town and enjoy its beauty and beaches.
Overnight: Swakopmund | Breakfast x 2
Swakopmund – Sossusvlei. An early morning start takes you from Swakopmund south through Walvis Bay on your way to the Namib Naukluft National Park, which is considered to be the oldest desert in the world. On the way there why not make a stop at the small settlement of Solitaire where you will have a chance to sample their world renowned Apple Crumble – only served without cream! That evening you have the opportunity to embark on a wild cat walk at the lodge.
The next morning it is advisable to wake up early in order to visit the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. At sunrise and sunset these dunes, which can reach heights of over 300m, are absolutely spectacular and provide for a fantastic photo opportunity. With luck, there may even be water in the vlei (lake). We also recommend a stop to view the Sesriem Canyon, which was carved millions of years ago by the Tsauchab River.
Overnight: Sesriem | Breakfast x 2
Sossusvlei – Windhoek. Today you leave the desert behind you and travel back to Windhoek, through the beautiful countryside. Once you arrive the rest of the afternoon can be spent at leisure and dinner can be enjoyed in one of the many fabulous restaurants in the city.
Overnight: Windhoek | Breakfast
This morning after breakfast, drive to Windhoek International Airport to drop off your hire car in time for your departure flight.