The 8-day self-drive safari is built with our choice of accommodation, but you can search all the area’s and recommend us accommodation where you would like to stay instead as well.
With this safari you will be able to see some of our country’s major highlights.
The tour starts with a long drive to Etosha National Park. It is well worth drive; you are visiting one of the world’s most exciting game viewing destinations. You will start seeing wildlife as you enter the park. You will enter the park on the eastern side and exit it on the western side. The habitat differs immensely. Driving from waterhole to waterhole will offer you to see all that Etosha offers.
Swakopmund offers you a change of scenery. Here you will be able to take it relaxed, and enjoy the German architectural buildings and great restaurants. For the more thrill seekers, there is also plenty to do. From dune-boarding to skydiving and Quad biking. You can also do camel riding, catamaran cruising. The Welwitschia drive is also a great drive. You will just need to get a permit at the Ministry of Environment and Tourism.
From Swakopmund to the Namib Desert its gravel road again. Here you will be able to enjoy the spectacular scenery and climbing of the dunes, Deadvlei and the Sesriem Canyon.
All our itinerary’s is customisable to suit your self-drive safaris. Days could be added of deleted. Accommodation is 100% your choice. You can browse the area and suggest where you would like to stay instead. We strive to make your stay as memorable as possible.
Windhoek - Etosha – Swakopmund - Sossusvlei - Windhoek
|Day 0||Arebbusch||Windhoek||BB||1 Night|
|Day 1||Namutoni||Etosha||DBB||1 Night|
|Day 2||Halali||Etosha||DBB||1 Night|
|Day 3||Okaukuejo||Etosha||DBB||1 Night|
|Day 4 & 5||Alte Brucke||Swakopmund||BB||2 Night|
|Day 6 & 7||Sossus Dune Lodge||Sossusvlei||DBB||2 Night|
The following is included:
See the individual lodges for detailed inclusions.
The following is excluded:
See the individual lodges for detailed exclusions.
Leaving Windhoek, you will have 540 kilometers to travel to Namutoni, entering the Park at the Von Lindquist gate, which is the eastern gate into Etosha. The drive will take you around 5 hours.
There is a variety of lodges to choose from our map ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK, to stay outside the park. Inside we would suggest a night’s stay at Namutoni Resort, a night at Halali Resort and the last evening at Okaukuejo. Due to the size of the park, the habitat differs from the Eastern side to the Western side.
Benefit of staying inside the park is: The waterholes in the evenings, and you get to drive around with the first light in the morning till sunset.
Namutoni would be a great choice of accommodation. You can also see more places on our map ETOSHA.
Driving form Halali Resort to Okaukuejo resort. Exploring the nature and animal life. Seeing as much waterholes as you can.
Okaukuejo would be a great choice of accommodation. You can also see more places on our map ETOSHA.
It is worth waking early and heading out on your game drive as soon as the gates open at sunrise. Animals are most active in the cool of the day (early morning & late afternoon) and in order to maximize your chances of good viewings it is worth imitating their behavior.
The roads in Etosha are unsealed gravel roads but are in reasonable condition - and the general tourist behavior is to drive between various waterholes searching for animals. As the day gets hotter head for shade, and lunch, at one of the parks three camps, Okaukuejo, Namutoni or Halali. When things start to cool down again head out for another game drive. With two full days in the park, you should have sightings of most of the parks inhabitants (although be warned the cats are notoriously hard to find - and of course what you see is determined by luck and more importantly your ability to spot wildlife.)
Today we travel to the German town Swakopmund. We suggest driving via Otjiwarongo to the town of Omaruru, which in recent years has become something of an artist’s retreat, there are several places here to stop and enjoy lunch before continuing via Karibib and Usakos and then across the Namib Desert to Swakopmund. On arrival in Swakopmund check into your accommodation before heading out for a drink, dinner and a night on the town.
On arrival to Swakopmund we recommend you go and do your check in at your accommodation for your two nights, before you head out for a cold drink and a bite.
Alte Brucke would be a great choice of accommodation. You can also see more places on our map WEST COAST.
Fun filled day. Swakopmund offers you a host of adventure activities:
Activities could be booked beforehand, or one could book it on arrival in Swakopmund.
Swakopmund offers you great food and fantastic Beer!
As you leave Swakopmund towards Walvis Bay, you can explore the lagoon where you will able to view the pink flamingos.
Your drive will be around 350 kilometres for the day, which will take around 4-5 hours. You will drive through the Kuiseb & Gaub pass to reach Sossusvlei. The contras is spectacular.
We would recommend staying in Sossus Dune lodge. Advantage staying with them is, you are already in the park so with first light you can head down to the dunes.
There is a wide variety of other lodges to stay. Please see our map NAMIB NAULKUFT PARK
Wake up early and leave your lodge, heading for the Sesriem entrance gate to the Namib Naukluft Park. This gate only opens at sunrise, so there is no point arriving earlier, but driving the 60 kilometres from Sesriem through the dunes towards Sossusvlei while the sun rises is a real pleasure. The first major dune you will encounter goes by the imaginative name of Dune 45 - many people choose to stop and climb this dune, but we suggest you continue onwards towards Sossusvlei. Park at the 2x4 car park (unless you have a 4x4 vehicle this is as far as you can drive), Sossusvlei is a further 4km from here, but you are already amongst fairly large dunes. The walk along the dry riverbed into Sossusvlei is lovely but for the very unfit or terminally lazy there are 4x4 shuttles from the car park to Sossusvlei. Deadvlei, so named because it is a large pan with sculptural dead trees, is close by and worth a visit. When you have had enough sand - head back to your vehicle (there really is no shame in taking the shuttle back - the sand is likely to be hot, and the walk less pleasant than the one in the cool of the morning.) On your way back to the lodge stop at the Sesriem Canyon - follow the signs from the Sesriem Campsite.
A flight in a hot air balloon over Sossusvlei is spectacular if you want to do something different if you would like to do something early.
Today we drive back to Windhoek. Enjoy your breakfast and the last part of Namibia’s gravel roads. If you are not flying out today, we could recommend you accommodation, see our map WINDHOEK REGION, and book it for you.
We have a wide option of vehicles to rent on our site. We will also be able to advise you on the best possible vehicle for your tour, and to arrange the rental for you.
Windhoek - Etosha – Swakopmund - Sossusvlei - Windhoek
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