Self Drive through Namibia

Embark on a remarkable 13-day self-drive adventure through Namibia and discover an off-the-grid experience like no other. Your itinerary will take you through the rugged terrain of NamibRand Nature Reserve and its boundless sand dunes, then on to Swakopmund, before culminating in the awe-inspiring wilderness of Etosha.

Day by day program

Day 1: Arrive Windhoek

Welcome to Windhoek International Airport, where your adventure through Namibia begins. Follow the signs to your designated car rental company and pick up your vehicle. Embark on a scenic drive to your hotel for the night and take advantage of the remaining hours of the day at your leisure. Namibia is a land of enchanting vistas, sun-kissed terrain, and an unmistakable sense of boundless expanse. Boasting unblemished landscapes and a diverse range of wildlife, Namibia is one of the largest countries in Africa, drawing an ever-increasing number of travelers from around the world seeking to explore its many marvels.

Day 2: Windhoek - NamibRand Nature Reserve

After enjoying a hearty breakfast, start your day early for an unforgettable journey to Kwessi Dunes. The drive to this magical destination will take approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes, but the awe-inspiring views along the way will make the time fly by. Tucked away in the heart of Namibia's magnificent NamibRand Nature Reserve, which spans over 200,000 hectares, Kwessi Dunes is a sanctuary of rugged beauty. Surrounded by endless desert plains and framed by jagged mountains and iconic red sand dunes, this is a place where time seems to stand still and the possibilities for exploration are boundless. Here, you won't be chasing big game, but rather reveling in the breathtaking hues of the landscape, observing the graceful antelope that roam the sands, and stargazing beneath a glittering night sky.

Day 3 - 4: NamibRand Nature Reserve

Prepare to immerse yourself in the spellbinding wonders of NamibRand and Sossusvlei, as you spend the next few days exploring this enchanting area. Whether you choose to partake in all the exhilarating activities or simply revel in the sheer magic of the surroundings, this will be a day to treasure forever. In Namibia, the landscape is just as captivating as the wildlife, and the view from above is even more breathtaking. But don't forget to bring your binoculars, as there's a remarkable variety of wildlife camouflaged amidst the desert plains, waiting to be discovered. With each passing moment, you'll fall deeper under the spell of this bewitching land, where the beauty of the earth is an attraction in its own right.

Day 5: NamibRand Nature Reserve - Swakopmund

Savor a delicious breakfast before setting off on a scenic drive to Swakopmund. Prepare to be entranced by the endless vistas of Namibia as you journey through this legendary landscape. After five hours on the road, you'll arrive at your destination: Swakopmund, a captivating coastal city located to the west of the capital, Windhoek. Nestled on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, Swakopmund is renowned for its sandy beaches, German colonial architecture, and lively local pubs. Spend a leisurely afternoon at the hotel, soaking up the unique ambiance of this alluring city.

Day 6: Swakopmund - Etosha Heights Private Reserve

Rise and shine for an early departure to your next destination: Etosha Heights Safarihoek Lodge. It's going to be a long drive, spanning approximately six hours. Located in the heart of northern Namibia's captivating and arid savannah, Safarihoek Lodge borders the world-renowned Etosha National Park. Sitting atop a hill and offering panoramic views of the plains below, Safarihoek is a chic and elegant destination. You'll be accommodated in thatched chalets, complete with private decks, while the lodge boasts a double-storey photography hide and a swimming pool that offers stunning 180-degree views of the surrounding savannah. Get ready to be enthralled by the breathtaking scenery and luxurious amenities of this remarkable lodge.

Day 7-8: Etosha Heights Private Reserve

As you drive through the plains of the reserve, keep a watchful eye out for the incredible array of animals that call it home. From majestic white rhinos to agile kudus, and from Hartmann's mountain zebras to graceful springboks, the Etosha Heights Private Reserve is home to a fascinating range of desert-adapted wildlife. You might even catch a glimpse of a lion, cheetah, or leopard in their natural habitat. The real star of the show, however, is the magnificent white rhino. These endangered giants roam freely between the private reserve and the nearby Etosha National Park, their imposing presence and unmistakable footprints leaving a lasting impression. Take a moment to enjoy a sundowner in the wild, soaking up the natural beauty of this remarkable place, before returning to the lodge for a delicious dinner..

Day 9: Etosha Heights Private Reserve - Ongava Private Game Reserve

After breakfast, set off for a scenic drive to Ongava Game Lodge. Nestled in the heart of the private Ongava Game Reserve, which borders the southern boundary of the renowned Etosha National Park, this lodge offers an exceptional safari experience. As you approach the lodge, the stunning views from its hilltop location will take your breath away, overlooking a popular waterhole where wildlife frequently gather. Keep your camera at the ready to capture the incredible scenery and wildlife sightings. After checking in, settle into the lodge and prepare for an unforgettable safari adventure.

Day 10 - 11: Ongava Private Game Reserve

A day in Ongava Private Reserve is a thrilling adventure full of incredible wildlife sightings and unforgettable experiences. You'll wake up early in the morning to the sounds of nature and enjoy a delicious breakfast before embarking on your first game drive of the day. Your expert guide will take you on a journey through the reserve in search of the Big Five - lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, and buffaloes, as well as a variety of other fascinating species such as giraffes, zebras, and hyenas. As the day progresses, you can choose to relax and unwind at the lodge, take a refreshing dip in the pool, or head out on a guided nature walk to discover the smaller flora and fauna that call this reserve home. In the afternoon, head back out on a game drive for another chance to spot wildlife, and enjoy a picturesque sunset over the savannah. After returning to the lodge, enjoy a delicious dinner under the stars and swap stories with fellow travelers about your exciting wildlife sightings of the day. As night falls, you can even go on a thrilling night game drive to spot nocturnal animals like porcupines, aardvarks, and genets. Overall, a day in Ongava Private Reserve is an unforgettable experience that will leave you with a newfound appreciation for the beauty of nature and the incredible diversity of wildlife in Namibia.

Day 12: Ongava Private Game Reserve - Windhoek

After enjoying your final breakfast in Namibia, it's time to bid farewell to the beautiful landscapes and wildlife and head back to Windhoek. The journey takes around 4 hours and 30 minutes, so sit back and enjoy the scenery one last time. Once you arrive in Windhoek, check in to your hotel and take some time to relax and reflect on your incredible journey through Namibia. Perhaps you might like to explore the city, visit some local markets or enjoy a delicious meal at one of the many restaurants. With a night to unwind, you can pack your bags at your own pace before heading to the airport the following day, feeling rejuvenated and with a heart full of memories.

Day 13: Departure

After enjoying your last breakfast in Namibia, it's time to say goodbye and head to Windhoek Airport for your flight back home. Take one last look at the beautiful landscapes and the unique wildlife you encountered during your trip. Namibia's stunning scenery, warm hospitality, and unforgettable experiences will leave a lasting impression on you. Board your flight with memories that will stay with you forever.

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    What is included in the trip?

    The price includes
    • Private Airport road transfers
    • 02 nights at Olive Grove Guesthouse is on Bed & Breakfast basis
    • 03 nights at Kwessi Dune lodge is on a All-inclusive basis
    • 01 night at Swakopmund on Bed & Breakfast basis
    • 03 nights at Etosha Heights Safarihoek Lodge is on a All-inclusive basis
    • 03 nights at Ongava Lodge is on a All-inclusive basis
    • Shared daytime game drives in 4x4 game drive vehicles
    • Bush breakfast & Sundowners
    • All guest conservation contributions and park fees
    • Entrance and park fees
    • Taxes and tourism levies & VAT
    • Medical Emergency Evacuation Insurance
    The price does not include
    • Visa
    • Travel insurance
    • Cancellation of trip
    • Any items of personal nature
    • Spa treatments and purchases
    • International flights
    • Gratuities