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11 Days Extended Classic Self-Drive Safari in Namibia

Namib Desert Lodge, Sossusvlei, Namibia

Self-Drive Safari in Namibia

This self-drive safari is ideal for couples, friends, and families who want to determine the pace of their own safari and take their time to savor the experiences that Namibia has to offer. On this safari, you will be provided with a vehicle that you will use for the duration of your safari. You will also be supplied with a map and GPS and you will follow your own personalized route around Namibia. The highlights for this safari will be Sossusvlei, hosting the famous dunes of Namibia, the coastal town Swakopmund, the contrasting scenery of Damaraland and end in Etosha National Park.

Key information

  • Private safari
  • Maximum group size: 8 persons
  • Children policy: Children of all ages are welcome on this safari
  • Starting and ending point: Windhoek
  • Park fees are not included.

Highlights

  • Spot elephants, rhinos, and more
  • 5 game drives at Etosha National Park
  • Visit the Twyfelfontein rock engravings
  • Explore Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland, and Etosha
  • Trip to Namib Desert, Dune 45, and Skeleton Coast
  • Use of a private vehicle throughout the safari
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals

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10 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

All the accommodation used on this safari are mid-range accommodation and all meals are included as per the itineraries. Nature Travel Namibia can however change any of the suggested accommodation options on the itineraries according to your preferences. During this safari, you will be staying in the following accommodations:

  • Namib Desert Lodge
  • Swakopmund Sands Hotel
  • Twyfelfontein Country Lodge
  • Etosha Safari Lodge
  • Mushara Lodge

Program

Day 1: Windhoek - Sossusvlei

Arrive at Windhoek and drive through the Khomas Hochland and down the escarpment via one of the scenic mountain passes into the Namib Desert. This journey will take about four hours depending on the number of stops for photographs.

Day 2: Sossusvlei

After an early breakfast and coffee, you will depart for a morning excursion to Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. Make a stop at the scenic Dune 45 along the way and spend a couple of hours at both Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. Some of the dunes in the area are a few hundred meters high but the view from the top for those that dare is one you will never forget.

Day 3: Swakopmund

After a relaxing breakfast, depart for Swakopmund via the Namib Naukluft National Park. You will spend the next two nights at a hotel and have dinner at some of the top restaurants in Swakopmund.

Day 4: Swakopmund

After breakfast, depart for a living desert adventure where you will encounter and learn more about the fascinating wildlife of the Namib Desert. Look for gecko's, scorpions, side-winder snakes, lizards, and beetles as well as the incredible plant life that survives in this harsh environment.

Once you are back in Swakopmund, you will enjoy lunch and then have the afternoon available to explore the town or perhaps finish the day with a quad-biking and dune-boarding adventure. Other optional activities that could be arranged include scenic flights over the coast and dunes.

Day 5: Damaraland

After breakfast, continue the safari northwards along the Skeleton Coast. After visiting a shipwreck, turn inland towards Damaraland. You will drive past the Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain with the highest peak at 2573 meters.

Day 6: Damaraland

After breakfast, visit the Twyfelfontein rock engravings (Namibia’s only world heritage site), burnt mountain, and organ pipes rock formation and the Petrified Forest or you can embark on a morning drive looking for the desert adapted elephants.

Day 7: Etosha National Park (West)

Today our journey continues to Etosha National Park where will spend the next four nights. Etosha is one of Africa’s biggest and best national parks and one of the main tourist attractions in Namibia.

Day 8: Etosha National Park (West)

You will do morning and afternoon games drives and relax at the pool or camp waterhole between drives.

Day 9: Etosha National Park (East)

From here, make your way across the park in a full morning game drive to the eastern boundary where you will spend the next two nights.

Day 10: Etosha National Park (East)

You will do morning and afternoon games drives and relax at the pool or camp waterhole between drives.

Day 11: Departure

After an early morning breakfast, depart for Windhoek where you will catch your connecting flight.

Location

This self-drive safari will take you from Windhoek to Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland, and Etosha National Park in Namibia.

Food

During this safari, your daily breakfast and dinner (except during your stay in Swakopmund) is included in the price. Drinking water is available inside your car.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Private vehicle (4-seater Double Cab Bakkie for two to three travelers, Volkswagen Kombi for four and more travelers)
  • GPS device
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast and dinner (with the exception of dinner in Swakopmund)

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodation if required
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Dinner at Swakopmund
  • Lunch
  • Park fees (average of 100 NAD per person per day and 10 NAD per vehicle per day)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Children information

At most lodges, children under the age of 6 years old are free of charge. Children between the ages of 7 to 13 years are charged 50% of adult rate while children older than 13 years are charged an adult rate.

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