Self Drive Tours
14-Day Namibian Adventure Self-Drive Safari
|Details:||This is a fantastic itinerary which we would deem perfect for those who wish to experience Namibia’s most stunning and notable sites by themselves without an assigned tour guide. This is such a flexible itinerary that provides you with an exceptional wildlife viewing experience, as well as an archaeology, geological and historical lessons. This itinerary can further be modified to your budget, interests and time!|
|Departures:||Any day of the week.|
|Price:||Starting from as low as N$34,200 pp sharing.|
You will be collected at the airport and transferred to Windhoek, which is the capital and largest city of Namibia. It is located in central Namibia in the Khomas Highland plateau area, at around 1,700m (5,600 ft) above sea level and is almost exactly at the country’s geographical centre. Your guide will familiarize you regarding the area and provide all crucial information.
Windhoek has developed at the site of a permanent hot spring known to the indigenous pastoral communities. It developed rapidly after Jonker Afrikaner, Captain of the Orlam tribe, settled here in 1840 and built a stone church for his community.
You are booked for a lovely dinner at the Cape Town Fish Market restaurant tonight overlooking the city, where you will be met by your guide to discuss organizational matters.
We advise that you depart at 09H00 from your gorgeous hotel this morning for a lovely drive to the Erindi Private Game Reserve. The Erindi Private Game Reserve has been established along the ecotourism lines with 71 000 hectares (175445 acres) dedicated to wildlife conservation. ‘Erindi’ translates to ‘place of water’ in the local Oshiherero language.
Travellers have often ranked the Erindi Private Game Reserve as their most memorable wildlife-watching experience in Namibia. You can expect to see elephants and hippos, with lions, leopards, cheetahs, African wild dogs and black rhinos all reasonable possibilities. The incredible landscape includes vast waterholes and lakes enveloped by inselbergs and bushveld as far as the eye can see.
You should arrive in around lunch time, after your brief stopover in Okahandja to visit Namibia’s largest craft market.
Upon arrival: You can enjoy a wondeful lunch before going on your first late afternoon game drive with Erindi’s game viewing vehicles to familiarize yourself with the reserve, routes and wildlife. A beautiful African sunset and great dinner is on the cards for this evening from your beautiful lodge.
The early morning game drive is a must as the sighting are quite exceptional and after a couple of hours spent viewing a variety of game which can include Cheetahs, Elephants herds and Lion prides, you can enjoy a lovely a relaxing afternoon at Old Traders Lodge.
Erindi Private Game Reserve, with over 700sq km (270sq miles) of savannah grasslands, rocky outcrops and mountains, lacks the zoo-like feel of many other reserves and has ensured a good recovery of the ecological balance between vegetation, herbivores, and predators, so that the numbers and diversity of species lead to sustainable land utilization and socio-economic benefits for all in the area.
In the afternoon: A great opportunity for you to further familiarize yourself with the wilderness culture by embarking on the both the early morning and late afternoon game drives with Erindi’s game viewing vehicles.
Swakopmund is Namibia’s playground, a holiday destination for tourists and locals alike looking to escape the heat of the interior and to have a little adventure. In order to spend more time in this town, you are advised to depart early this morning and see this city that resembles a small German town and manages to create a feeling of timelessness with its palm-lined streets, seaside promenades, restaurants, cafes, art galleries and museums. And while there’s plenty to do within city limits, the real action however happens in the desert surrounding Swakopmund.
Quad-biking, sandboarding, parasailing and dozens of other guided adrenaline-inducing activities are available by reservation from many of the adventure companies operating in the area.
Upon Arrival: There is lots to do and tons of places to eat here, like enjoying a short walking tour around the city’s’ historical monuments, famous sites and visit the Swakopmund museum. We’ve made a reservation at a wonderful restaurant tonight overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
This coastal town is known for its variety of activities that it offers to travellers, and we’ve taken the liberty in arranging a dolphin cruise for you this morning on the catamaran. This experience affords our guests a chance to learn about the marine life on the Namibian Atlantic coast.
You will be collected from your guesthouse in Swakopmund at 08H00 for a scenic drive to Walvis Bay. The Dolphin tour will then depart at 09h00 (check-in 08h30) from the Jetty at the Walvis Bay Waterfront for a marine educational sightseeing tour in the bay area in search of the marine Big 5; Whales, Dolphins, Mola, Leatherback turtle and seals. While serving hot coffee and tea, the initial route will take you past oyster farms as we approach Pelican Point with its landmark lighthouse and 60,000 resident Cape Fur Seals. In season (July to November), larger mammals such as the Southern Right Whale and Humpback Whales are often spotted, while other whale species, such as the Gray whale and the Pygmy Right whale have made appearances. Bottlenose and Dusky dolphins are regularly seen, as are Mola Molas and Leatherback Turtles.
In the afternoon: Upon your return from Walvis Bay; you can engage in some curio shopping or just wonder the lively markets and cozy streets of this unique city. As the restaurants can get fully booked (especially during the tourism peak season) we’d have made recommendations and a booking for you tonight at a restaurant of your choice too.
You’ll make you way south from Swakopmund on a scenic drive along the coastline and mountainous landscape to your final destination of Sesriem, which also serves as the gateway to the dunes of the Namib desert, these sand dunes are of the world’s highest.
On route to the Sesriem area, you will transit via Kuiseb and Gaub mountain passes, where you can enjoy brief stops to take more of Namibia’s beauty in. Kuiseb Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 905m (2,969ft) above the sea level, located in central Namibia. Solitaire is a great stopover for your lunch and houses one of the most popular bakeries in the country, which is situated in the heart of the Namib Desert.
The Namib-Naukluft Park is so special because it’s home to the beautiful flat plains of Ganab, the spectacular Naukluft mountain range and some of the most magnificent dunes fields in the world.
In the Afternoon: Take some time to enjoy your surroundings and recover from the day’s lengthy drive with a late afternoon hike, before throwing a few pieces of the magnificent Namibian steaks and skewers on the grill.
You would need to depart as early as possible on a drive into this great sand sea this morning. This drive takes you into the famous Sossusvlei National Park which houses Deadvlei and the Sossusvlei areas; affording you the opportunity to walk amongst the great dunes and photograph this captivating landscape.
You can first stop at dune 45, before heading to Deadvlei, and we perhaps deciding to climb one of the World’s highest climbable dunes, called ‘Big Daddy’. Once done you can head to the Sesriem Canyon.
Upon arrival: You can relax and enjoy the unique and unmistaken beauty of this magical place. One should experience every bit of this nature! You can either prepare your own dinner or enjoy a huge buffet at Namib Desert lodge this evening.
You’ll have a fairly lengthy drive to Klein Aus Vista today. There is something extraordinarily special about the entire landscape around this area as well as Klein-Aus Vista in the Sperrgebiet Rand park. The Desert Horse Inn affords grand views of mountain scenery and desert plains. The Namib’s, as the free horses of the Namib Desert are called, hold a powerful fascination.
Living on the barren plains around the Garub on the eastern frontier of the Namib Desert, their origin is shrouded in mystery, yet, despite the harsh, arid landscape, the wild horses of the Namib Desert have adapted and survived against all odds.
Upon arrival: You can enjoy some downtime before driving out to the Garub in order to familiarize yourself with the wild horses of the Namib.
You are scheduled for a visit to Kolmanskop this morning. Kolmanskop used to be a small railway station in 1908, when the railway between Lüderitz and Keetmanshoop was constructed. The station derived its name from a Nama man named Coleman, who got stuck at the site with his ox wagon and consequently died of thirst.
It was in 1908 that a railway worker Zacharias Lewala found a shiny stone and took it to the chief railway foreman August Stauch. Stauch was a hobby mineralogist and had advised his workers to bring any unique stone they might find to him. He immediately assumed the find of Lewala to be a diamond, which was later confirmed, after the stone had been examined by his friend and future partner Söhnke Nissen, a mining engineer. Stauch and Nissen did not announce their special find, but rather quit their jobs and secured claims of 75 km² at Kolmanskop. They successfully continued their search for diamonds.
Recommendation: You can head out to Kolmanskop in the morning before exploring the nearby town of Lüderitz, with a must-have lunch at the Nest Hotel for some of the best oysters and prawns. A late afternoon return to Klein Aus Vista will offer some relaxation time before dinner.
The vast Fish River Region with its impressive landscapes is situated in the far south of Namibia and stretches from the South African border up to the area of Aus and further to Keetmanshoop in the south-eastern part of Namibia.
Prominent to this area are the two vegetation zones, the Succulent and the Nama Karoo that belong to the semi deserts. Moreover, some of the region stretches into the Namib Desert. Many plants can be found in the region which have adapted to the harsh environment. The best known are the picturesque quiver trees, the euphorbias and the aloes.
Many animals also managed to survive in the conditions of this hostile environment like giraffe, mountain zebra, oryx, kudu, springbok, ostrich, leopard and the fascinating feral horses of the Namib.
Upon arrival: You can relax and enjoy the unique and quirky character of this wonderful place. You can go on an afternoon hike.
It is said to be the largest canyon in Africa, and arguably the second largest in the world after the Grand Canyon in USA. It features a gigantic gorge, in total about 160km (100miles) long, up to 27km (17miles) wide and in places almost 550m (1804ft) deep.
The Fish River is the longest interior river in Namibia. It cuts deep into the plateau, which is today dry, stony and sparsely covered with hardy drought-resistant vegetation. The river flows intermittently, usually flooding in late summer; the rest of the year it becomes a chain of long narrow pools. At the lower end of the Fish River Canyon, the hot springs resort of Ai-Ais is situated.
Today you can head to the public viewpoints are near Hobas, a camp site 70km (43miles) north of Ai-Ais. This part of the canyon is part of the Ai-Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park. The other 90km (56miles) of this canyon are privately owned.
Recommendation: You can drive down to visit the nearby Ai-Ais Hot Spring Spa resort.
While Namibia is more famous for being home to the impressive dunes of the Namib Desert, its southeastern flanks are covered by another, equally remarkable desert: the Kalahari.
While you may not see the impressive sand dunes associated with Sossusvlei here, the Kalahari’s low-lying longitudinal dunes form the longest continuous stretch of sand on earth.
The Kalahari is not considered a ‘true’ desert in the traditional sense of the word. This terracotta-painted landscape is, instead a fossil desert. Its sands are the remnants of mountain ranges which have long since disappeared while its dry riverbeds hide sources of life-giving sustenance. Dispersed, are herds of oryx, springbok and ostrich which survive thanks to an existence of shepherd trees and thorny acacias of this harsh land. While rare, cheetah, lion and black-backed jackal, can be spotted here too.
Farm tours, game drives, hiking, guided San Bushman walks and cultural visits make the Kalahari a special destination, but the true appeal here lies in the Kalahari’s eerie silence and solitude. Named the “Place of Thirst” by the San Bushmen who still inhabit its sparsely grassed open spaces.
Recommendation: An early departure is recommended in order to make it in time for the late afternoon game drive at the lodge, which comes highly recommended in order to see and experience the wildlife which roam in the Kalahari thirst land.
We have come to the end of our tour and make our way back to Windhoek today. All transport links from north to south and from east to west cross in Windhoek, serving as a hub for travellers. Windhoek is surrounded by mountain ranges, which are up to 2000m (6561ft) high and which strongly limit an expansion of the town.
Numerous buildings from the colonial time can be found in Windhoek today. It is also striking how clean the town is.
The influence of the German colonial times can still be seen today: German Restaurants, several German street names, German beer, bread and sausages, especially the German carnival which is celebrated to a great extend!
You can expect to arrive back in Windhoek in the afternoon hours, and it will see the end of your lovely safari! A farewell dinner at a local restaurant with incredible city views has been reserved for you this evening.
Due to its hilly surrounding the international airport “Hosea Kutako” is situated outside the town, but southern Windhoek only has a small airport. You be transferred to the Hosea Kutako Int. airport today, bringing an end to your wonderful Namibian adventure!
|Day 2||Erindi Private Game Reserve||Lodge||FB|
|Day 3||Erindi Private Game Reserve||Lodge||FB|
|Day 6||Sesriem area||Lodge||SC|
|Day 7||Sesriem area||Lodge||SC|
|Day 8||Klein Aus Vista||Cabin||D|
|Day 9||Klein Aus Vista||Cabin||D|
|Day 10||Fish River Canyon||Lodge||B, D|
|Day 11||Fish River Canyon||Lodge||B, D|
|Day 12||Kalahari||Tented Camp||SC|
|Day 14||Hosea Kutako Int. Airport||–||–|
B – Breakfast
L – Lunch
D – Dinner
SC – Self Catering
FB – Full Board
Prices Effective From:
Nov 1, 2020 – Oct 31, 2023