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14 Days Self-Drive Safari in Namibia

  • Windhoek - Rehoboth - Mariental - Maltahohe - Namib Naukluft Park - Swakopmund - Opuwo - Etosha National Park - Okonjima - Okahandja

Overview

Amazing Etosha National Park Safari

  • Self-drive safari
  • Local people meeting
  • Etosha National Park safari
  • A visit to the largest known meteorite
  • Daily breakfast and 7 dinners
  • 13 nights’ lodging

Join Namibia Travel Connection in this amazing 14 days self-drive safari where you can explore Namibia and its fascinating wildlife and natural beauty. From coastal town of Swakopmund to the world famous Etosha National Park, there is nothing to miss in this unforgettable journey. The sights, scents, and tastes of Namibia’s diverse landscapes and the different cultural experiences all make for an unrivaled journey that surely will leave you hungry for more adventure!

  • 13 activity days
  • English
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During the safari, you will be staying at these accommodations:

  • Utopia Boutique Hotel
  • Intu Afrika Game Reserve Zebra Lodge
  • Sossusvlei Lodge
  • Hotel Zum Kaiser
  • Twyfelfontein Country Lodge
  • Opuwo Country Lodge
  • Taleni Etosha Village
  • The Plains Camp at Okonjima Private Nature Reserve

Day 1

On arrival at the Windhoek International Airport, you will be welcomed by Namibia Travel Connection representative who will present you with your travel vouchers and assist you with the collection of your rental vehicle. From there you will drive to the capital city, Windhoek, and the remainder of the afternoon will be at leisure here where you can view historical landmarks of the cosmopolitan city or do some shopping.

  • Accommodation: Utopia Boutique Hotel / similar
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 2

After breakfast, you will depart from Windhoek and head south through the Khomas Region towards the town of Rehoboth. Continue south towards the small settlement of Kalkrand before heading in an easterly direction towards the western Kalahari Basin and the Intu Afrika Game Reserve.

  • Accommodation: Intu Afrika Game Reserve Zebra Lodge / similar
  • Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Day 3

After a leisurely breakfast, you will depart to the central Hardap Region and the town of Mariental. From Mariental continue in a westerly direction past the southern edge of Namibia’s largest dam, the Hardap Dam, towards the small town of Maltahohe. From Maltahohe, your journey will continue on a gravel road descending the spectacular Tsarishoogte Pass into the Namib Desert, before reaching the Namib Naukluft Park.

  • Accommodation: Sossusvlei Lodge / similar
  • Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Day 4

This morning, Namibia Travel Connection suggest a visit into the Namib Desert to the Namib “Sand Sea” and the Sossusvlei Dune Belt. In the afternoon, you can visit Sesriem Canyon, where the erosion of centuries has incised a narrow gorge about 1 kilometer in length.

  • Accommodation: Sossusvlei Lodge / similar
  • Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Day 5

After a leisurely breakfast, you will depart in a northerly direction towards the settlement of Solitaire. From here you continue north, on the route following the gravel plains of the Namib Desert through the spectacular Gaub and Kuiseb Canyons, before crossing the Namib Desert towards the commercial harbour town of Walvis Bay.

The drive from Walvis Bay to Swakopmund leads you between the dramatic coastal dunes and the ocean. Alternatively, you may wish to travel via the erosional feature of ‘Moon Valley’ and Namibia’s ancient plant species, the ‘Welwitschia Mirabilis’.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Zum Kaiser / similar
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 6

Today can be spent exploring the picturesque coastal towns of Walvis Bay and Swakopmund, or taking part in some of the interesting activities on offer. An optional extra “Dolphin Cruise” excursion may be conducted from the Walvis Bay Harbour. Highlights of the excursion include close encounters with Cape Fur Seals and bow riding Dolphins, as well as seeing the lagoon and flamingo colonies.

Additional excursions into the desert include quad biking, dune boarding, visits into the Namib Naukluft Park to the Moon Valley formation and the “Welwitschia Plains”, or a Living Desert Tour where a guide will introduce you to a variety of weird and wonderful creatures which call the desert their home.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Zum Kaiser / similar
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 7

Early morning departure from Swakopmund in a northerly direction through the National West Coast Recreational Area towards the small fishing town of Henties Bay. An optional visit to the Cape Fur Seal Colony at Cape Cross can be done today. Shortly after Henties Bay continue in an easterly direction, crossing the “Gravel Plains” onwards to the abandoned mining town of Uis.

From Uis, continue in a northerly direction towards the Damaraland Region. This route passes Namibia’s highest Mountain Range, The Brandberg (highest point of 2573m), renowned for its famous work of bushmen art, “the White Lady”.

While in the Twyfelfontein area optional excursions can be done to the Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings, one of the richest areas of rock engravings and Bushmen paintings in Namibia, and the geological formations of the “Burnt Mountain” and the dolomite columns known as the “Organ Pipes”.

  • Accommodation: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge / similar
  • Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Day 8

After a leisurely breakfast depart in a northerly direction through the town of Kamanjab towards Opuwo.

  • Accommodation: Opuwo Country Lodge / similar
  • Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Day 9

Today you can participate in an optional activity to the Himba, offered by the Lodge, or you can arrange your own local guide from the Opuwo Information Centre.

  • Accommodation: Opuwo Country Lodge / similar
  • Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Day 10

This morning you will leave Opuwo and travel south via the towns of Kamanjab and Outjo, and then on to the renowned Etosha National Park. Entrance into the Etosha National Park is via the southern Anderson Gate (Ombika Gate). You could arrive by midday, allowing for sufficient time in the afternoon to drive to some local waterholes to view game.

The entrance gates to the park and the rest camps are open strictly between sunrise and sunset so please plan your day’s activities accordingly and ensure that you return to the rest camp before the gates close.

  • Accommodation: Taleni Etosha Village / similar
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 and 12

Early morning departure for a full day of self-driving through the Etosha National Park, visiting the numerous waterholes and the edge of the majestic Etosha Pan. Each camp reservations office has an “animal sightings” book.

This should be consulted to determine the current movement of the game in the area and to optimize your game viewing experience. Detailed maps of the park are also available at each camp curio shop or filling station.

  • Accommodation: Taleni Etosha Village / similar
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 13

After a leisurely breakfast depart Namutoni Restort and head south towards the mining town of Tsumeb, continuing on through the towns of Otavi and Otjiwarongo in the direction of Okahandja.

On the way, you can visit the sinkhole Lake Otjikoto, which to this day has an uncanny mystery attached to it. Or, you could visit Hoba, the largest known meteorite, located near the town of Grootfontein.

  • Accommodation: The Plains Camp at Okonjima Private Nature Reserve / similar
  • Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Day 14

Today you travel south towards the town of Okahandja. Then, continue to the Windhoek International Airport for your scheduled departure flight. Please note that check-in times for departures is two hours prior to the flight departure time.

Windhoek

Windhoek is often described as a city with a “continental” atmosphere due to its architecture (historical buildings dating back to the German colonial rule), cuisine, culture, dress and educational institutions. Windhoek portrays the color, sounds, and tempo of a modern African city with its displays of African drums and woodcarvings on the pavements, which contrast with the elegant shops offering sophisticated SWAKARA garments and Namibian gemstones.

Sidewalk cafes offer Namibian style breakfasts (Fruhschoppen) which can be enjoyed with a glass of sparkling wine or locally brewed draught beer. In addition to steak houses and coffee bars serving snacks, the city has a wide range of a la carte restaurants offering German, French, Taiwanese, Portuguese, Italian, African and Chinese cuisine.

Rehoboth

Rehoboth is home to the “Baster Community” a fiercely independent group of people who are the descendants of a group of farmers of mixed European and Khoisan blood. These people first migrated to the area from the Cape in 1870 where they established a settlement at the site of an abandoned Rhenish Mission Station.

Mariental

Despite Mariental’s quiet success, it is not the most exciting or interesting place in Namibia. Wind-swept and dusty in spring and autumn, ferociously hot in summer and bitterly cold in winter, Mariental is home to a large number of Nama-speaking people, descendants of the early Khoi inhabitants of Namibia. The town, however, does provide essential services in the area, including fuel stations, grocery stores, and banks.

Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei is a word from Nama descent, which directly translated means a place with many endings. Many visitors to Namibia say that no part of the desert is more stunning than Sossusvlei, with its monumentally high dunes, the shadows of their sinuous crests continually changing as the day waxes and wanes.

Gigantic star-shaped mountains of sand, with the highest estimated at 325 meters. The warm tints of the sand, ranging from pale apricot to brick orange and deep red, contrast vividly with the dazzling white surfaces of the deflationary clay pans at some of their bases.

Swakopmund

Swakopmund is considered Namibia’s premier coastal resort and is a popular destination with Namibians as a welcome respite from the heat of the interior. The town is also noted for its old-world charm and relaxed atmosphere. Founded in 1892 during the period of German colonial rule it served as the territory’s main harbor for years.

Today, this quaint town nestled between desert and ocean is enhanced by lush green lawns, palm trees and carefully tended gardens. There is a good selection of restaurants and coffee shops selling traditional German cakes and pastries, while the coastline and the desert respectively offer many options for adventure or relaxation.

Opuwo

Surrounded by low-lying hills, Opuwo, which means “the end” in Oshiherero, is a small and uninspiring town in the middle of the bush. The town grew into a permanent settlement and administrative center for the region during the bush war prior to Independence. Opuwo’s name is indeed appropriate, as it is both the first and last place offering supplies, accommodation, and telecommunications in the region.

Kaokoland

The Kunene or Kaokoland region is situated in the northwestern corner of Namibia and is bordered by Angola on the north, by Owamboland and the Etosha National Park in the east, Damaraland in the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the west.

The landscape is extremely contrasting and varies from dry dolomite hills in the south, to towering peaks with deep gorges and chasms in the central region. To the east, the sandy, flat plains of Owamboland reach into the Kunene Region.

Etosha National Park

In the heart of the park is the Etosha Pan, meaning “place of dry water”, an extensive, flat depression of about 5.000 square kilometers. This great, white expanse is a place of shimmering mirages, and seeing large herds of game in this setting makes Etosha a unique experience in Africa.

The Etosha National Park has over 114 mammal species, 350 bird species, and 21 vegetation types. The most common plains game species encountered include; burchell’s zebra, springbok, black- faced impala, blue wildebeest, gemsbok / oryx antelope, giraffe, and red hartebeest. The Etosha National Park also boasts healthy populations of lion, elephant, and black rhino.

Okahandja

Okahandja is one of Namibia’s oldest established settlements and is the administrative center of the Herero-speaking people. Many of the former Herero leaders are buried here and an annual procession through the town to the Herero graves commemorate those who died during the wars against the Nama and Germans. At Okahandja, you can visit the open-air wood carving market and the Herero Graves.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
(If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
  • 7 dinners
  • 13 nights’ accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Meet and assist services on arrival
  • Nissan X-trail 2×4 car rental with super / full cover insurance
  • Scheduled excursions and activities as described
  • Additional meals and beverages
  • Flights
  • Fuel and other vehicle related costs
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature i.e. telephone and laundry
  • Optional or extra items
  • Park entrance and admission fees
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Services of a tour guide / driver
  • Visa applications
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Lawrence White

    "We have been back in Dubai safe and well for a week now and just wanted to say a big thank you for arranging our trip which was very, very enjoyable. You did a great job, the City Lodge was good, very friendly, and good food. Accommodation and the transfer team were good, Mjejane was bloody lovely, quite superb really. Keep well, we will be sure to get in touch when next we decide to come to Africa. Should any of our friends wish to visit, we`ll be sure to pass on you details. Take care and best regards."

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  • Review by Frank Levasseur

    "Many thanks for having organized our wonderful trip through Namibia. It was beautiful and very interesting."

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  • Review by Kathy and Keith Caddy

    "We love Namibia. It is a beautiful country with such varied and wonderful scenery and wildlife. Our guide, Dayne Braine has been incredible throughout our entire trip. His knowledge is phenomenal. It is not just his knowledge that has made this trip excellent however, it is the type of person he is. Nothing has been too much trouble for him. It really was a stress-free holiday for us as his organisation and timing of everything was perfect. He was unstinting with his time. He was also great company and we will miss him when we get home. We were delighted too Sabina, with your planning and organisation of our trip, from our very first contact with you up to the day we left. You were always polite and prompt to reply to our many questions - thank you. We are very pleased we picked your company as you have been so kind and helpful all the way through. We enjoyed all the lodges / hotels / B&B’s. There were so many wonderful things about this holiday, it is one we will never forget. Thank you for everything!"

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