Namibia Self Drive Abundant Wildlife Tour – 17 Days
Start your thrilling self-drive adventure through Namibia’s treasures. Begin in Windhoek and delve into the mesmerizing landscapes of Sossusvlei’s red dunes. Explore the coastal charm of Swakopmund, uncover ancient secrets at Twyfelfontein, and encounter desert elephants in Palmwag. Experience the wildlife wonders of Etosha South before indulging in luxurious safari moments at Onguma Game Reserve and concluding your journey amidst big cats at Okonjima Nature Reserve. Namibia’s beauty awaits your exploration.
Welcome to Namibia! You have arrived at one of the world’s most contrasting landscapes covering 824 269 km2, ranging from the world’s oldest desert to rugged mountains, dense woodlands and lily-carpeted waterways. You will arrive at Hosea Kutako International Airport, where you will be met by the car hire shuttle service.
DAY 2 - Windhoek
During the two and half hour drive you will visit our baboons, caracals, lions, cheetahs, wild dogs and leopards. Watch them being fed by our experienced guides while they explain how these carnivores came to live on this reserve. Followed by a scenic drive with a good chance of spotting some of the other wildlife. This is not just a great way to learn about these amazing animals and how they behave in the wild, it is also a great up-close photo opportunity.
DAY 3 - Sossusvlei
You will be transferred to the car hire depot, in the capital at 08H00 for vehicle hand-over. From here you will start your self-drive safari to Sossusvlei, sometimes written Sossus Vlei. It is a salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes, located in the southern part of the Namib Desert and in the Namib-Naukluft National Park of Namibia. The name “Sossusvlei” is often used in an extended meaning to refer to the surrounding area (including other neighbouring vleis such as Deadvlei and other high dunes.
DAY 4 - Sossusvlei
This is one of the major visitor attractions of Namibia. You will be staying inside the park, making it very convenient to visit the Vlei at sunrise or sunset.
DAY 5 - Swakopmund
Today you are heading to the quaint and small coastal town of Swakopmund. (German for “Mouth of the Swakop”) Stop over at Solitaire, a small settlement in the Khomas Region of central Namibia near the Namib-Naukluft National Park. It currently features the only gasoline station, post office, bakery, and the only general dealer between the dunes at Sossusvlei and the coast at Walvis Bay, as well as to the capital Windhoek.
Get an early start, as you will be heading to the Damaraland today. From Swakopmund, you will drive north up the Skeleton Coast. You could detour north and visit the Cape Cross seal colony if you have not already visited the seals from Swakopmund. The road will lead you to Twyfelfontein via Brandberg Mountain which is Namibia’s highest mountain. You can stop and hike up to the White Lady rock Painting (this is about a 2-hour detour). A visit to the Twyfelfontein Rock engravings is highly recommended. Other attractions in the area include the Petrified Forest, Organ Pipes and Burnt Mountain. This landscape is best viewed as the sun begins to set.
DAY 8 - Twyfelfontein
Activity from lodge lead by a guide. Elephant Tracking.
DAY 9 - Palmwag
After a scrumptious breakfast on the veranda of the restaurant with the Black Eagles hovering around the cliffs, the guests who prefer an early start to the day will depart at around 7.30 AM for a 3-hour walk on top of the plateau.
DAY 10 - Palmwag
Our knowledgeable guide will enable guests to enjoy the local flora, the amazing rock formations of the Etendeka Mountains and the shy wild animals, long inhabitants of this plateau. For the afternoon walkers, departure is around 4.30 PM after coffee and tea, served with home-made cakes for extra energy for the hike.
DAY 11 - Etosha National Park South
Today you will head to Etosha National Park.
DAY 12 - Etosha National Park South
You can self-drive your game drives or pre-book guided game drives (at extra charge) from the lodge.
DAY 13 - Onguma Game Reserve
Onguma Game Reserve is situated on the eastern side of the Etosha Park in Namibia, bordering Fischer’s Pan. Onguma Bush Camp is one of five lodges set inside this Reserve and is signposted from the Namutoni Gate opposite Mokuti Lodge.
DAY 14 - Onguma Game Reserve
Onguma Game Reserve covers more than 20,000 hectares of protected land and wildlife. Their nature reserve boasts over thirty different animal species. Predators such as lion, cheetah and leopard are common residents of the area. The latest addition to the already abundant wildlife at Onguma Nature Reserve is a family of black rhinos!
DAY 15 - Okonjima Nature Reserve
Okonjima Plains Camp is situated halfway between Windhoek and Etosha National Park. The lodge is home to The AfriCat Foundation, a non-profit organization, committed to the long-term conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores, notably cheetahs and leopards.
DAY 16 - Okonjima Nature Reserve
Activities offered by the lodge. Large Carnivore tracking on foot, Nocturnal Game Drives
DAY 17 - Return to Windhoek
Today you will drive back to Windhoek and return the rental vehicle, to the car hire depot, about three (3) hours prior to departure flight, unless the flight leaves after 18H00, then the vehicle has to be returned at the latest, at 16H00.