101 Namibia Self-Drive

101 Namibia Self-Drive

101 Namibia Self-Drive

Namibia is undoubtedly one of Africa’s top adventure destinations. Grab a group of friends and taste the freedom and unlimited space of this sparsely populated country, yet rich in wildlife and culture. Escape the tourist crowds and explore untouched corners that only few have visited before.
OVERVIEW

This is your chance to leave it all behind and go on your very own African safari: load your 4×4 and the diverse and seemingly endless landscape of Namibia awaits. The first stop of this adventure extravaganza from Windhoek is the Namib desert, where you get to admire the most photographed dunes in the world around Sossusvlei. After the dry heat inland, it’s time for more chilled vibes in Walvis Bay, a place for relaxation and the freshest seafood. You leave the wild Atlantic behind and venture into Namibia’s most distinct landscape, the Damarland. Get ready to be enchanted by the other colours and light palette, and with a bit of luck by the last desert-adapted elephants.

Another refreshing break awaits on the Skeleton coast, named after the many shipwrecks stranded along the shore, where the breeze of the Atlantic Ocean will cool you down. A few hours north lies the flagship of Namibia’s national parks, surrounding a huge salt pan. Etosha National Park might not be home to the Big Five (there are no buffalo here) but boasts rare species like the cheetah or the Black Rhino. As the perfect stopover, the Waterberg Plateau, halfway between Etosha and Windhoek, will spoil you with stunning views and more safari adventures, before you are heading back home.

SUMMARY
Windhoek
1 Night
Namib-Naukluft
2 Nights
Swakopmund/Walvis Bay
2 Nights
Damaraland
2 Nights
Skeleton Coast
2 Nights
Etosha National Park
2 Nights
Waterberg
1 Night
YOUR JOURNEY
Windhoek City Centre
Exterior Omaanda Lodge

Windhoek

1 Night

Arrive in the capital of Namibia and get some rest before you head off into this natural wonderland. Should you want to discover this mini-hub in the middle of the desert, just go for a walk in the city centre, discover old German-style churches or enjoy a typical Namibian meal in one of the exquisite restaurants with a view over Windhoek. Architectural highlights are the historic “Christuskirche”, the ‘Tintenpalast’ (the seats of the Namibian Parliament, the National Council and the National Assembly).

Penduka, 8km northwest of the city is a nonprofit project, where you can purchase baskets, needlework and fabrics by local women. Get into the real Namibian spirit at Joe’s Beerhouse, the city’s version of a typical Wild Wild West pub. Depending on where you are staying you can also get a first taste of a real Namibian safari in reservers like Zannier just outside town.

Accommodation

Room interiors at Omaanda
Omaanda Lodge
Exterior Omaanda Lodge
Omaanda Lodge

Experiences

German Architecture in Windhoek
City Excursions
Game Drive at Omaanda
Omaanda Game Drive
Dunes from the air
Oryx in Namib Desert
Namib desert Wolwedans
Tree Wolwedans
Two birds in the Namib

Namib-Naukluft

2 Nights

Venture onto the Namib-Naukluft National Park, the oldest desert in the world and home to some of the highest sand dunes on this planet. Sossusvlei is one of the most picturesque destinations in Africa, get ready to be enchanted by fine lines and the beautiful light. This unique region can be explored in many ways, whether you trek up 300-metre high dunes on foot, you race through the sand on an e-bike or a enjoy aerial views from a hot air balloon.

If you think there is not much to see apart from the arid landscape, think again: the Namib is full of life with desert-adapted insects, reptiles, birds and plants – and of course the occasional Oryx antelope. Look forward to the sunset and the metamorphosis of this tantalising landscape into a black beauty with a glittering dress of a million stars. This vast, sparsely populated region is a hotspot for stargazing in the Southern Hemisphere.

Accommodation

Wolwedans Dune Lodge Exterior
Wolwedans Dune Lodge
Wolwedans Dune Lodge Dinner
Wolwedans Dune Lodge
Terrace Kulala Desert Lodge
Kulala Desert Lodge

Experiences

Wolwedans Activities Sundowner
Sunsets in the desert
Two birds in the Namib
Nature Walks
Arial View of Pelican Point Lodge
The Wreck at Pelican Point
Exterior Pelican Point Lodge

Walvis Bay

2 Nights

After visiting the oldest desert in the world, we are sure you’re ready for a cool breeze on the ocean. Welcome to the picturesque seaside towns of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. Witness the wild Atlantic Ocean, indulge in fresh seafood and learn more about the history and architecture of Namibia. Two very unlike landscapes clash here with the cold waves of the ocean and the hot sands of the desert, but yet a beautiful blend of both emerges.

This is where you can walk along the wild coast for miles and get up close to huge seal colonies or explore the ‘Little Five’ of the desert – chameleons (who would’ve thought, right?), spiders, lizards, snakes and geckos. For the adventurers among our clients there is a whole variety of other experiences to choose from including sand boarding, nature drives, cycling and quad biking.

Accommodation

Exterior Pelican Point Lodge
Pelican Point Lodge
Guest Room Pelican Point Lodge
Pelican Point Lodge
Interiors Guest Room Pelican Point Lodge
Pelican Point Lodge

Experiences

Seal Colony at Pelican Point Lodge
Seal Colony
Jackal resting on the beach
Wildlife
Fresh Seafood Pelican Point Lodge
Fresh Seafood
Beautiful landscape in the Damaraland

Damaraland

2 Nights

The Damaraland is Namibia’s dreamland and boasts the country’s most surreal landscapes. Make sure you make frequent stops to enjoy the stunning nothingness of this region and listen to the sound of silence. If you like history and ancient rock paintings, this is the place to be.

You can admire giraffes and lions engraved in beautiful orange rocks in Twyvelfontein or go for a 90-minute walk through a little desert oasis up to the paintings of the ‘White Lady’, one of our favourite experiences. If you want to go even further back in time, visit the ‘Petrified Forest’, a 260-million-year-old conglomeration of petrified trees. While you explore the area, don’t forget to look out for the rate desert-adapted elephants and black rhinos that still roam these lands freely.

Accommodation

Beautiful evening atmosphere at Camp Kipwe
Camp Kipwe
Inside the rooms at Camp Kipwe
Camp Kipwe
Beautiful views at Camp Kipwe
Camp Kipwe

Experiences

Beautiful sunset at Camp Kipwe
Sundowner
Spotting rare desert elephants
Desert Excursions
Arial view of Shipwreck Lodge
Beautiful views of the Atlantic
Beautiful dunes near Shipwreck Lodge

Skeleton Coast

2 Nights

Named after the hundreds of shipwrecks scattered on the shores of the wild Atlantic coast, the Skeleton Coast is home to a rather odd blend of scenery. Find large sand dunes flowing into the sea, brown hyenas preying on seals and some of the most beautiful lodges in the country. If you didn’t get enough of the surreal landscapes of the Damaraland or long for the cool breeze of Walvis Bay, the Skeleton Coast will bring both back for you in one.

Here you can enjoy game drives looking for the rare brown hyena, visit yet more seals on the beach, sip on a cool drink in the sunset or even go for a scenic flight high above, counting all the shipwrecks. The hinterland awaits with dry riverbeds and mountains and is also home to the famous Hoanib Valley as featured on the Sir David Attenborough’s ‘Planet Earth’ series.

Accommodation

Unique Exteriors Shipwreck Lodge
Shipwreck Lodge
Modern interiors at Shipwreck Lodge
Shipwreck Lodge
Cosy atmosphere at Shipwreck Lodge
Shipwreck Lodge

Experiences

Sundowners in the dunes
Sundowner
Quad Biking
Wildlife
Sandboarding
Game drive in Etosha National Park with Ungava
Elephants congregate at a waterhole at Etosha Heights

Etosha National Park

2 Nights

If you’re lucky enough to be on a plane bound for Namibia from a northern direction, you will be met with the most exquisite view: the Etosha salt pan. This forms the centre of the country’s largest and most famous national park by the same name. Home to the Big Four (there are no buffalo), open grasslands, bush and the famous waterholes, which can attract hundreds of animals at a single moment – especially in dry season.

This is a safari heaven where you venture out onto 3- to 4-hour-long game drives and try to spot a pride of lion stalking a herd of springbok, the huge lone elephant bull covered in salty white mud or a grumpy black rhino with its young. Once the sun sets, take a seat at one of the waterholes and watch the action of the night unfold. Should nothing happen, which is quite unlikely, gaze at the thousands of stars above you and just enjoy the sounds of the bush.

Accommodation

Onguma The Fort
Onguma The Fort
Onguma The Fort
Mushara Lodge
Villa Mushara

Experiences

Game Drives
Guided Walks

Waterberg

1 Night

The Waterberg area is the perfect stop on your way between Etosha National Park and Windhoek. It doesn’t get very busy here and you can spot quite a good amount of wildlife. Hike up the Waterberg Plateau to enjoy views all the way to the Kalahari and listen to stories of famous battles fought here. Some say the plateau is Namibia’s very own Table Mountain, the shape does resemble the famous landmark in Cape Town, but here you can expect to see rhinos, antelope and even the occasional leopard.

* Price per person sharing, excluding flights, rental car & transfers
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