Namibian Highlights Self-Drive Safari – 14 Days

Experience a 14-day self-drive safari through Namibia’s most captivating highlights, starting in Windhoek. Encounter the majestic dunes of Sossusvlei and Sesriem, and immerse yourself in the coastal charm of Swakopmund. Journey through Damaraland, spotting desert elephants and delving into Damara culture. Explore Etosha National Park, renowned for its abundant wildlife and picturesque watering holes. Conclude your adventure with a visit to the scenic Waterberg Plateau area before returning to Windhoek. With each stop offering unique experiences, this self-drive safari promises an unforgettable exploration of Namibia’s diverse landscapes and cultural treasures.

Accommodation
Bed & Breakfast
Campsite
Lodge
Mid-range Lodges
Day Summary
  • DAY 1 - Arrival in Windhoek
  • DAY 2 - Sossusvlei
  • DAY 3 - Sossusvlei
  • DAY 4 - Swakopmund
  • DAY 5 - Swakopmund
  • DAY 6 - Damaraland
  • DAY 7 - Damaraland
  • DAY 8 - Grootberg Plateau
  • DAY 9 - Etosha National Park
  • DAY 10 - Etosha National Park
  • DAY 11 - Etosha National Park
  • Day 12 - Waterberg
  • DAY 13 - Waterberg
  • DAY 14 - Return to Windhoek
Included
  • 4×4 Air-Conditioned Vehicle Rental & Insurance
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Accommodation & Campsites
  • Airport Transfers
Excluded
  • Personal Visa Fees
  • International Airline Fees
  • Non-included Activities
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Items of personal nature
  • Gratuities & Tips

Day by day

Departure/Return Location:
Hosea Kutako International Airport
  • DAY 1 - Arrival in Windhoek
    Welcome to Namibia! Upon arrival at Hosea Kutako International Airport, your car hire company will send a shuttle driver to transfer you to town for vehicle handover. After stocking up on fuel and supplies, head to your cozy B&B for the night. Take some time to unwind and acclimatize before your adventure begins tomorrow!
  • DAY 2 - Sossusvlei
    After a hearty breakfast, gear up for your self-drive safari adventure to Sossusvlei! Along this scenic route, prepare to be mesmerized by the ever-changing landscapes of Namibia. As you traverse the vast expanses, keep your eyes peeled for glimpses of the diverse wildlife that call this desert terrain home. From graceful oryx grazing in the distance to playful meerkats darting across the plains, every sighting adds to the thrill of your journey. Be sure to make stops along the way to capture stunning photographs of the rugged mountains, expansive plains, and towering sand dunes that characterize the Namibian landscape. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the desert as you make your way to Sossusvlei, where the iconic red dunes await your exploration.
  • DAY 3 - Sossusvlei
    As you journey toward Swakopmund, Solitaire emerges as a crucial pit stop. This unassuming settlement, strategically positioned between Sossusvlei's dunes and Walvis Bay's coastal allure, serves as a practical hub.
    Solitaire is a vital stop in the desert, providing essential amenities like fuel, a post office, bakery, and general store for travellers. Don't miss the chance to taste the famous Apfel Strudel from the local bakery, a must-try treat that epitomizes the essence of Solitaire. Refuel here before continuing your journey through Namibia's captivating landscapes.
  • DAY 4 - Swakopmund
    Rise early to witness the colours change over the dunes and take in the beauty of this majestic piece of nature. Early Mornings and late afternoons make for the best photographic opportunities! Our expert guide will curate an adventure, beginning with the iconic Dune 45, where the rising sun paints the sands in vibrant hues. We continue to Big Daddy, a towering giant that offers panoramic views of the mesmerizing landscape. As you step into the ethereal realm of Sossusvlei, discover the otherworldly beauty of the Deadvlei, where ancient camel thorn trees stand as sentinels in a surreal clay pan.
  • DAY 5 - Swakopmund
    In Swakopmund, the adventure never ends! From exhilarating desert excursions to adrenaline-pumping water sports, there's something for every thrill-seeker. Sandboarding down towering dunes offers an adrenaline rush like no other, while quad biking adventures allow you to explore the vast desert landscapes at high speeds. For a more laid-back experience, take a leisurely stroll along the town's charming promenade, dotted with quaint cafes and artisan shops. Don't miss the chance to embark on a boat tour to observe playful seals and dolphins frolicking in the Atlantic Ocean, or explore the eerie shipwrecks along the Skeleton Coast. With so many exciting activities to choose from, Swakopmund promises an unforgettable adventure for every traveler.
  • DAY 6 - Damaraland
    Today's journey leads north along the Skeleton Coast to Damaraland, a region rich in landmarks and cultural treasures. Visit Cape Cross Seal Reserve, home to a vast Cape fur seal colony. Further inland, detour to see the White Lady rock painting, Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings, Petrified Forest, and Burnt Mountain. Experience Damara culture at the Living Museum, offering immersive insights into traditional life. Each stop adds depth to Namibia's captivating story.
  • DAY 7 - Damaraland
    During your two-night stay in Damaraland, join a guided game drive in search of desert elephants. Led by knowledgeable guides, venture through rugged terrain, keeping an eye out for these elusive creatures. Learn about their adaptations and conservation efforts while enjoying stunning vistas. Refresh with a light lunch and soft drinks amid the wilderness. Capture the essence of this unique landscape and wildlife, creating unforgettable memories of your Namibian safari experience.
  • DAY 8 - Grootberg Plateau
    As you continue your self-drive adventure from Damaraland to the Grootberg Plateau, prepare to be captivated by the breathtaking scenery that unfolds before you. Journey along winding roads that offer panoramic views of the rugged landscape, with towering cliffs and expansive plains stretching as far as the eye can see. Keep your camera ready to capture the dramatic vistas and unique rock formations that characterize this remote and rugged terrain.
    As you ascend to the Grootberg Plateau, you'll be rewarded with sweeping views of the surrounding valleys and mountains. Take your time to soak in the awe-inspiring beauty of the landscape, feeling a sense of tranquility and connection to nature.
  • DAY 9 - Etosha National Park
    Embark on a journey from the Grootberg Plateau to Etosha National Park, encountering diverse landscapes and remarkable wildlife. Experience thrilling game drives spotting iconic animals like elephants and lions.
    Relax at your accommodation between drives, enjoying sun-downers and dinner under the stars. Etosha promises unforgettable wildlife encounters and serene moments in Africa's wilderness.
  • DAY 10 - Etosha National Park
    Spend the full day game-driving inside the park. Stop over 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.
    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
    n Etosha National Park, watering holes are vital hubs of activity for both wildlife and visitors. These natural oases dot the landscape, providing essential water sources, especially during the dry season when water becomes scarce.

    This will be your last day inside Etosha National Park. Make sure to double-check your photos to get everything on camera before you leave the park.  
  • Day 12 - Waterberg
    As you continue your self-drive safari from Etosha to the Waterberg Plateau area, you'll enter a landscape of stunning contrasts and diverse ecosystems. The journey offers a blend of thrilling wildlife encounters, breathtaking scenery, and immersive cultural experiences.
    Along the way, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife sightings. The Waterberg Plateau area is home to a variety of species, including rhinos, buffaloes, and antelopes. Take advantage of the numerous viewpoints and lookout points to scan the horizon for any signs of movement.
  • DAY 13 - Waterberg
    While staying in the Waterberg Plateau area in Namibia, guests can indulge in a variety of activities. They can embark on guided nature walks or hikes to explore the stunning surroundings and spot wildlife such as antelopes, birds, and even the elusive leopard. Cultural experiences are also abundant, with opportunities to visit nearby communities and learn about their way of life and traditions. For those seeking adventure, activities like mountain biking and horseback riding offer thrilling ways to explore the area's diverse landscapes. Additionally, guests can enjoy scenic drives, bird-watching, and picnics amidst the natural beauty of the plateau.
  • DAY 14 - Return to Windhoek
    As your self-drive safari draws to an end, you'll navigate from the Waterberg Plateau area back to Windhoek. Remember to return the vehicle no later than 16:00, ensuring ample time for vehicle check-in and transfer to the airport. We'll arrange a transfer for you 2 hours prior to your departure flight, ensuring a seamless journey home after your unforgettable Namibian adventure.

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