16-Day Classic Namibia Safari Self-drive

In 16 days, the Classic Namibia Safari visits most of the highlights of Namibia: Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert, with its great sand sea, the charming town of Swakopmund and the Skeleton Coast; Damaraland, with its fascinating rock formations, Bushman rock art and desert-adapted wildlife; Kaokoland, the last frontier of true wilderness and the realm of the nomadic Himba people; Etosha National Park - one of Africa's great game parks; and ends with a visit to the AfriCat Foundation, a scenic haven for Namibia's rare and endangered species.
(Standard & Luxury Options available)

Itinerary

Day 1 - Windhoek

  • You will be met by the car rental company representative on arrival and transferred to their offices in Windhoek to complete all rental procedures
  • You will then meet with our representative to hand over your travel documents
  • The remainder of the day can be spent relaxing at your own leisure
  • For dinner tonight, you can head into town for a bite to eat at one of Windhoek’s well known restaurants

Day 2 & 3 - Namib Desert

  • After breakfast, you can still pop into town for anything you might need and then depart heading south from Windhoek to your lodge for the next 2 nights
  • The route will take you either via the beautiful Spreetshoogte or Remhoogte Pass, both showcasing the natural beauty of Namibia
  • Wake up early for breakfast (Day 3) and then head to the entrance to Sossusvlei, the Sesriem Gate
  • Spend the whole day in the beautiful Sossusvlei area, exploring the highlights: Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei, Dune 45, Big Daddy, Elim Dune and the Sesriem Canyon
  • Return to the lodge for lunch or arrange a lunch pack to enjoy in the dunes and return late afternoon for a well-earned rest

Optional extra activities: Guided Sossusvlei excursion, Hot air balloon safari, Nature drives

Day 4 & 5 - Swakopmund

  • Depart after breakfast and head north to Solitaire, then west crossing the Tropic of Capricorn, through the Gaub and Kuiseb Canyons via the Namib Gravel Plains to the coast
  • Either via Walvis Bay to Swakopmund, or (recommended) detour via Ganab to the Welwitschia Plains and Moon Landscape
  • The Namibian coastline is generally known as The Skeleton Coast due to the barren areas, ship wrecks and, in days gone by, whale skeletons left on the beach
  • 1 full day is set aside for this lovely area where Swakopmund and Walvis Bay offer a wide range of activities such as: Dolphin cruise, Sandwich Harbour excursion (a real Skeleton Coast experience), Dune quad biking, Sand boarding, Sea kayaking, Lots more...
  • Lunches and dinners can be enjoyed at a café or restaurant overlooking the sea

Day 6 - Damaraland

  •  Head north along the Skeleton Coast, via Henties Bay to visit the Cape Cross seal colony. Along the way, stop at the Lichen Fields as well as the ship wreck between the colourful small town of Wlotskasbaken and Henties Bay
  • Backtrack to Henties Bay and head inland through wide open plains to Uis, then north to the Twyfelfontein area
  • Visit to Namibia's Open Air Museum, the Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings as well as the interesting Organ Pipes rock formations and Burnt Mountain
  • Visit the Damara Living Museum for a hint of culture

Day 7 & 8 - Damaraland - remote areas

  • Spend the morning at leisure enjoying the incredible area, either visiting the Twyfelfontein highlights or on a nature drive
  • Head north through open plains and mountain ranges to the veterinary control fence close to Palmwag Lodge
  • The lodge guide will collect you from the pick-up point with his safari vehicle and take you to the lodge from here. It is not that far to the lodge, but the road is quite rough and therefore the afternoon will be spent on a nature drive to get there. A great way to see the beautiful scenery, not to mention all the wildlife
  • 2 nights, a full day is set aside in this incredible area with activities such as a nature hike or game drive to enjoy this remote and harsh, but beautiful landscape

Day 9 - Kaokoland

  • Transfer back to your vehicle after breakfast and then head north crossing the Hoanib River, up and over Joubert Pass to Opuwo, the centre of Kaokoland
  • Opuwo is a small typical African town, where a range of different people live, from the traditional Himba tribes to Herero, Damara and Owambo cultures
  • Along the way stop at various villages to interact and photograph the local people
  • Depending on arrival time, enjoy a Himba village visit this afternoon. It is recommended to arrange a local guide to go with you (lodge reception can assist with this)

Day 10 - Etosha National Park - West

  • A morning visit to 1 or 2 authentic Himba villages would be recommended as that is when there is the most "activity"
  • Head east and then south towards the west side of Etosha
  • Arrival here will be in the early afternoon and if you wish, join an afternoon or evening game drive (optional extra)

Day 11 & 12 - Etosha National Park - South

  • After breakfast, enter the park for a full morning game drive to Okaukuejo and exit Etosha at the southern gate, Anderson gate
  • On entry, pay your entrance fee and I suggest you pop in at the local shop to purchase some drinks and snacks and most importantly, a map of Etosha which will show you all the waterholes along the way
  • Return into Etosha for an afternoon drive or arrange with the lodge for a guided game drive (optional extra)
  • 2 nights gives a full day for this lovely area and you can do a full day's drive, or alternate with morning and afternoon drives into Etosha
  • Etosha is one of Africa's great game parks. With 114 species of mammal and 340 species of birds you are sure to see a great variety of wildlife on your safari

Day 13 & 14 - Etosha National Park - East

  • From one side to the other side of the park is a full day game drive as you head slowly east stopping at numerous waterholes along the way
  • Take a slow drive in the morning and then enjoy a packed lunch (optional extra) overlooking one of the waterholes before continuing on through the park to the eastern side
  • 1 full day is set aside for game viewing, either all day or alternate with morning and afternoon drives.
  • These are self-drive game drives but you can arrange at the lodge to go with their open safari vehicle and guide (optional extra)

 

 

Day 15 - Central Namibia

Head south via Otavi and Otjiwarongo to Okonjima, which is home to the AfriCat Foundation. Aim to arrive here by 14h00 latest in order to enjoy the afternoon tea/coffee and cakes before heading off on your afternoon excursion

 

Day 16 - Windhoek

  • Early morning rise for a quick snack before joining the morning activity, which will be to visit the AfriCat Foundation or for a drive in the animal enclosure, which is more a game reserve
  • Back to the lodge for a hearty Namibian breakfast before departure
  • Head back to Windhoek today, where the vehicle is dropped off and your holiday comes to an end
  • Transfer to the airport to catch your departure flight. (Keep in mind that you need to be at the airport

2 hours prior and the airport is still a 45 minute to 1 hour drive from town)