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Namibia Self Drive

12 days  |  Starts/Ends: Windhoek  |  from USD $2,549

With the adventure capital Swakopmund, the wildlife of Etosha National Park, the stunning Sossusvlei dunes and the ancient rock-art at Twyfelfontein - this self drive holiday takes in the best of Namibia. Combine tremendous wildlife, culture and natural wonders on this exciting self drive tour of Namibia which includes car hire and accommodation and allows you to enjoy your own private Namibian adventure.

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Day 1


Upon arrival at Windhoek Hosea Kutako Airport collect your rental vehicle and drive to your hotel in Windhoek.

Windhoek is the bustling capital of Namibia, located in a picturesque valley bordered by the Eros Mountains and the Auas mountains. The influence of the German colonial rule is still evident in the city, which has a unique blend of colonial and modern architecture. The city centre can be easily navigated on foot and places of interest include the Namibia’s National Museum, the Ink Palace and historic Christ Church.
Overnight: Windhoek

Day 2

Okonjima Game Reserve

Windhoek – Okonjima Game Reserve. After breakfast leave Windhoek and drive north to your first destination, Okonjima Game Reserve in the Otjozondjupa Region. Okonjima is nestled among the Omboroko Mountains and roughly translated means 'Place of the baboons'. In the afternoon you have the option to visit the Cheetah Project and learn more about these endangered animals.
Overnight: Okonjima  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Days 3-5

Etosha NP

Okonjima Game Reserve - Etosha National Park. On day 3 travel on to Etosha which was Namibia’s first conservation area and is one of the world’s finest game parks, home to many rare and endangered species. The Etosha Pan dominates the park which is usually dry, but fills with water briefly in the summer months, attracting pelicans and flamingos in particular. Periannual springs attract a variety of game and birds throughout the year, including the endangered black rhino and the endemic black face impala. Etosha is renowned for its wonderful floodlit waterholes, which are great for game viewing at night.

Your accommodation is just outside Etosha National Park. You will be able to embark on optional game drives through the park hopefully spotting a variety of wildlife during your stay. The resorts also offer fabulous floodlit waterholes, which provide excellent game viewing at night.
Overnight: Etosha N.P.  |  Breakfast x 3

Day 6


Etosha National Park - Twyfelfontein. This morning bid farewell to the wild animals of Etosha and head to Kamanjab where you have the opportunity to visit a local Himba village to find out more about their traditions & lifestyle. Experience the milking ceremony and the smoke bath. Learn about their beliefs around the holy fire, ancestors, and herbal medicine. In the afternoon move onto Twyfelfontein and view the ancient Bushmen paintings and engravings. Twyfelfontein was named a World Heritage site in 2007, the first Namibian location to receive this honour. You can also stop at the Petrified Forest, the trees of which are estimated to be 250 million years old.
Overnight: Twyfelfontein  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Days 7-8


Twyfelfontein - Swakopmund. Heading south west out of the dry interior of Namibia make your way down to the charming coastal town of Swakopmund, where you will have the opportunity to partake in a few of the many optional activities that are offered. Alternatively you can just soak up the atmosphere of this little German Town and enjoy its beauty and beaches.
Overnight: Swakopmund  |  Breakfast x 2

Days 9-10


Swakopmund - Sossusvlei. An early morning start takes you from Swakopmund south through Walvis Bay on your way to the Namib Naukluft National Park, which is considered to be the oldest desert in the world. On the way there why not make a stop at the small settlement of Solitaire where you will have a chance to sample their world renowned Apple Crumble – only served without cream! That evening you have the opportunity to embark on a wild cat walk at the lodge.

The next morning it is advisable to wake up early in order to visit the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. At sunrise and sunset these dunes, which can reach heights of over 300m, are absolutely spectacular and provide for a fantastic photo opportunity. With luck, there may even be water in the vlei (lake). We also recommend a stop to view the Sesriem Canyon, which was carved millions of years ago by the Tsauchab River.
Overnight: Sesriem  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 11

Return to Windhoek

Sossusvlei - Windhoek.
Overnight: Windhoek  |  Breakfast

Day 12


This morning after breakfast, drive to Windhoek International Airport to drop off your hire car in time for your departure flight.

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are ‘per person’, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. The single supplement price needs to be added to the twin/double price if single rooms are required. If travelling solo, an additional ‘1-person’ supplement will apply.

Single Supp.
Namibia Self Drive - 12 days
USD $2549
USD $1129

The price above is based on travel in low season in the accommodation listed. Seasonal supplements apply.


The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

Vondelhof Guest House, Windhoek

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Vondelhof Guesthouse is a small and informal retreat offering highly-personalised service. The rooms are spacious, comfortable and decorated with an African touch.

Okonjima Plains Camp, Okonjima

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

Set amidst plains and rolling hills, the Okonjima Plains Camp provides a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with tasteful accommodation and great photographic opportunities for the big cats in the area. The focal point of the Plains Camp is the large main area that houses a welcoming dining area and several sitting areas spread out over two levels. Known as 'the Barn' for its resemblance to a farm barn, it's the ideal place to meet fellow travellers and enjoy the views from the floor-to-ceiling windows. The spacious rooms are beautifully designed with splashes of colour and African artwork with woollen rugs and mats, large windows, ceiling fans and a private veranda.

Okaukuejo Resort, Etosha N.P.

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

With a popular waterhole for game viewing and a range of luxury chalets and standard rooms Okaukuejo Resort is a perfect place for relaxing and game viewing. Guest rooms range from Bush Chalets to Premium Waterhole chalets (which overlook the animals drinking place) Evenings are a great time to relax at the waterhole and watch the amazing wild life come down for their evening drinks - why not take a couple drinks of your own with you? Okaukuejo is accessed from the southern entrance of the park and is about 17km in.

Twyfelfontein Country Lodge, Twyfelfontein

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

Twyfelfontein Country Lodge is located in the picturesque Huab Valley where its thatched roof and natural stone architecture blend perfectly with the surrounding rock formations. The lodge has 56 spacious en suite rooms which all offer wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. Sit back and enjoy Namibia's beautiful sunsets from the lodge's lounge, enjoy delicious cuisine at the restaurant, sample one of Twyfelfontein's tasty cocktails by the pool and if you're lucky you may even spot a desert elephant from your veranda. The lodge also offers a range of activities including cycling tours, guided nature walks and safaris.

The Stiltz, Swakopmund

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Unique in so many aspects, the Stiltz is one of Swakopmund's best properties. Each private wooden bungalow sits on stilts looking out towards the Atlantic Ocean or towards the beautiful sand dunes. The bungalows are comfortable and eco friendly and the resort have recently been awarded two flowers for environmental awareness. Being so close to the town of Swakopmund means guests can easily take advantage of all the town has to offer including all the adrenalin activities as well as the superb selection of restaurants and bars.

Sossus Dune Lodge, Sesriem

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

Built from wood, canvas and thatch in a rustic African village-style layout to blend with its environment, the Sossus Dune Lodge creates an evocative experience. Its location within the Namib-Naukluft National Park allows guests to reach the dunes before sunrise and again in the evening once the crowds have left. Each of the 25 chalets provides views either of the dunes or the surrounding mountains and canyons with wooden walkways linking each chalet with the main lodge. It's particularly pretty at night when illuminated with electric lights and lanterns. The lodge features an outdoor swimming pool with loungers and a large, light and airy restaurant and separate lounge and bar area.

Trip Highlights

Windhoek - Namibia's vibrant capital
Etosha National Park - home to 4 of the 'Big Five'
Swakopmund - quaint German colonial town on the coast of Namibia
Okonjima Game Reserve - option to visit the Cheetah Project
Twyfelfontein - famous for Bushman rock art
Sossusvlei - stunning sand dunes including Dune 45


11 nights standard/superior accommodation (alternative hotels available upon request)
12 days car hire - Avis Group B vehicle (VW Polo or similar) with Premium insurance cover. Vehicle upgrade available.
11 breakfasts and 2 dinners

Not Included

International flights and visas
Drinks and items of a personal nature
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Tour Details
Any day of the year
Hotel Rating
Standard/Superior Accommodation
Local Payment
Tour Guide
No. This is a self drive holiday
Breakfast: 11, Dinner: 2
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