Namibia Self-Drive to Victoria Falls Tour – 21 Days
Begin your journey in Windhoek, the vibrant capital, and dive into the mesmerizing dunes of Sossusvlei. Feel the coastal breeze in Swakopmund, uncover ancient mysteries in Twyfelfontein, and witness the wild wonders of Etosha National Park, both in the south and east. Traverse the picturesque landscapes of the Otavi Mountain Region, follow the winding Okavango River, and soak in the Zambezi Region’s natural splendour. Experience the wildlife paradise of Chobe River Front before concluding your expedition at the majestic Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. This self-drive exploration promises diverse landscapes, thrilling encounters, and enduring memories.
You have arrived at Hosea Kutako International Airport for your Namibian Self-Drive Adventure. Your transfer shuttle will be waiting for you. Should time permit we can arrange for a Windhoek City and Township Tour. Alternatively you can spend the rest of the day at leisure, relaxing by the hotel pool and recovering from your flight.
DAY 2 - Sossusvlei
Enjoy a scenic drive from Windhoek to Sesriem. This route will offer you plenty of photographic opportunities so make sure you have your camera batteries charged. You will be spending two nights in the Namib Desert, so there will be plenty of time to explore the surrounding area by your-self or with pre-booked guided excursions. Watch the sun set over the oldest desert in the world and witness the amazing colour changes over the towering dunes.
DAY 3 - Sossusvlei
Sossusvlei, a mesmerizing desert destination within the Namib-Naukluft National Park, invites travelers to a world of surreal red sand dunes, ghostly camel thorn trees in Deadvlei, and rugged terrain of Sesriem Canyon. This iconic desert spot offers unparalleled opportunities for exploration, from ascending towering dunes like Dune 45 to capturing the stark beauty of black trees against white clay pans. Visitors can enjoy hot air balloon rides, stargazing under clear night skies, and encountering resilient desert wildlife. Sossusvlei is a haven for nature enthusiasts, photographers, and adventure seekers, providing an unforgettable desert experience.
DAY 4 - Swakopmund
Today you will head to the small sleepy town of Swakopmund. Rich in German architecture and history, this town offers a range of activities and excursions.
DAY 5 - Swakopmund
From romantic catamaran dolphin cruises to adrenaline-filled dune boarding and quad biking, there is something to do for everyone. Try Tandem Sky Diving or join a full day exploring the Sandwich Harbour and surrounding areas. Visit the Cape Cross Seal Colony or explore Swakopmund on foot. We also recommend visiting the Karakul Weavers, with plenty of souvenir shops to choose from too.
DAY 6 - Southern Damaraland
You will make your way to Southern Damaraland. This area offers some spectacular scenery and wildlife. In Namibia's Southern Damaraland, the meeting of the Namib Desert and the ancient Erongo Mountains creates a captivating landscape. Here, travelers encounter a striking blend of vast orange dunes and granite formations shaped over millennia. Must-see attractions include the UNESCO-listed Twyfelfontein with its ancient rock engravings, showcasing early human history amidst the desert backdrop. The region also hosts unique desert-adapted wildlife, including elephants and lions. Guided safaris offer intimate encounters with these resilient animals, making Southern Damaraland an essential stop for nature enthusiasts seeking an extraordinary Namibian adventure.
DAY 7 - Northern Damaraland
Boasting with stunning landscapes and wildlife, you can explore the Grootberg Plateau, with most of the lodges in the area offering guided excursion and activities. The Grootberg Plateau in Namibia stands as a testament to nature's grandeur. Perched on the edge of this majestic plateau, visitors are treated to panoramic vistas of rugged canyons, deep valleys, and dramatic cliffs that seem to stretch endlessly. The plateau, located within the communal conservancy area, offers a unique opportunity for travelers to witness the harmony between tourism and local communities. Guests can embark on guided nature walks led by knowledgeable local guides, delving into the region's diverse flora and fauna. The Grootberg Plateau is not just a geographical wonder but a testament to sustainable eco-tourism, inviting visitors to experience Namibia's natural beauty while supporting local conservation efforts.
DAY 8 - Etosha National Park
Today you will head north towards Etosha National Park, home to four out of the big five (Elephant, Rhino, Leopard & Lion). The park itself is well laid out so it will be pretty easy to navigate. There are many different waterholes where you can stop at for some excellent game viewing and photographic opportunities.
DAY 9 - Etosha National Park
Spend the day game-driving inside the park with the scheduled game drives offered from the lodge. Stopover at the different watering holes and observe the sometimes-large number of different animals quenching their thirst. If you are lucky, you get to see and snap a photo of the endangered white or black rhinoceros.
DAY 10 - Etosha National Park
Watch herds of springbok antelope, along with zebras, wild dogs, giraffes, elephants and lions, to name just a few. There are hundreds of different species of animals, not to mention birds and insects, that roam this part of Namibia.
DAY 11 - Etosha National Park
Etosha is home to four of the BIG 5 species. The buffalo is the only mammal not found in the park.
DAY 12 - Grootfontein Region
Today you will leave Etosha National Park heading north-east towards the Caprivi Strip. This is a great area for a stop-over en-route from Etosha National Park.
DAY 13 - Grootfontein Region
Nestled in Namibia's heart, Grootfontein beckons with its diverse attractions. Discover the ancient Hoba Meteorite, Earth's largest, and explore the natural wonders of Waterberg Plateau Park. Immerse yourself in Damara culture at the Living Museum and marvel at the folklore-rich Otjikoto Lake. For adventure, hike Otavi Mountains or explore Waterberg Plateau's trails. Grootfontein, a gateway to Namibia's north, promises a blend of history, nature, and cultural delights for every traveler.
DAY 14 - Western Caprivi Strip
Taking the scenic route from Etosha to the Western Caprivi Strip, travelers are in for a treat of diverse landscapes and captivating wildlife. As you venture southward, the terrain gradually transforms from the arid plains of Etosha to the lush greenery of the Caprivi. Along the way, encounter herds of elephants and other wildlife at Mudumu National Park and Mahango Game Reserve. Witness the stunning Kwando River, a lifeline for numerous animal species, offering picturesque boat safaris and bird-watching opportunities. The journey also includes visits to traditional villages, allowing you to immerse in the rich cultures of the local communities. Don't miss the mesmerizing Popa Falls, a series of cascading waterfalls that add to the region's natural allure. This leg of the trip promises an unforgettable self-drive experience through Namibia's diverse wilderness.
DAY 15 - Western Caprivi Strip
From here you can explore Popa Falls and the Bwabwata National Park. Popa Falls, nestled in Namibia's Caprivi Strip, is a captivating natural site featuring cascades and rapids on the Kavango River. Visitors enjoy scenic walks along elevated pathways, offering breathtaking views of the falls and lush surroundings. Bird enthusiasts revel in diverse avian species, creating a serene retreat for nature lovers.
Bwabwata National Park in Caprivi is a biodiverse wonderland encompassing riverine forests, wetlands, and savannas. Safari-goers can embark on thrilling game drives, spotting elephants, buffalo, hippos, and a variety of antelopes. Boat safaris along the Kwando River provide unique wildlife encounters, while cultural experiences with local communities enrich the journey. Bwabwata offers a harmonious blend of wildlife and cultural exploration.
DAY 16 - Eastern Caprivi Strip
You will head to the River Kwando set in the Eastern Caprivi Strip. The perfect base to explore Mudumu and Nkasa Rupara, formerly known as Mamili National Park. This area is rich in wildlife, expect to see Buffalo, Elephants, Crocodiles and many different species of Antelope. This area makes for amazing bird watching as there are more than 300 different bird species that live here.
DAY 17 - Chobe National Park
Today you will be crossing the border to Botswana and make your way to Chobe National Park. This area rich in bird and wildlife. Chances are good that you get to see large herds of elephants, drinking at the rivers’ edge.
DAY 18 - Chobe National Park
Head out and explore Chobe National Park at your leisure. Guided game drives are available and need to be pre-booked.
DAY 19 - Victoria Falls
Your rental vehicle will be collected from the lodge. A road transfer to Kasane is arranged in order to avoid a complicated and pricey border crossing.
DAY 20 - Victoria Falls
We can arrange for a variety of activities and excursion based on and around the falls; such as helicopter scenic flights, white water rafting, bungee jumping and elephant rides.
DAY 21 - Victoria Falls Airport or Kasane Airport
DAY 21 - Your self-drive adventure ends today. We have arranged for an airport transfer for your onward journey.