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21 Days Self-Drive Safari in Namibia

  • Waterberg Plateau National Park - Etosha National Park - Damaraland - Erongo Mountains area - Swakopmund - Sossusvlei - Windhoek

Overview

Best of Namibia Safari

  • Daily game drives
  • "Big Five" game drives
  • Visit to Cheetah Center
  • Hike in the scenic Erongo Mountains
  • Dolphin & seal cruise and desert excursions
  • Daily breakfast and 7 dinners
  • Car hire with self-drive pack
  • 20 nights' accommodation

Visit the most beautiful destinations of Namibia on this delightful 21-day tour! Your holiday will begin with searching the "Big Five" with an exciting week of safari in Waterberg and Etosha National Park. Next, you'll move on to admire Namibia's exquisite landscapes and fascinating geology as you travel through Damaraland and the Erongo Mountains to Swakopmund. After 5 days of adventure in the city, it's time to visit Sossusvlei and be blown away by the majesty of this setting.

  • 19 activity days
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Below is the list of accommodation you will be staying at during this safari:

  • Day 1 to 3: Frans Indongo Lodge, Waterberg Plateau National Park
  • Day 4 to 5: Namutoni Camp, Etosha National Park
  • Day 6 to 7: Okaukuejo Camp, Etosha National Park
  • Day 8 to 10: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge, Damaraland
  • Day 11 to 12: Hohenstein Lodge, Erongo Mountains
  • Day 13 to 17: Guest house in Swakopmund
  • Day 18 to 19: Sossusvlei Lodge, Sesriem
  • Day 20: Guest house in Windhoek

Note: Accommodation can potentially differ from the establishments mentioned in this itinerary (if fully booked). In such cases, Tailormade Safaris will look for suitable and similar accommodation. Any changes will be discussed with you. Tailormade Safaris can only book accommodation after you have confirmed your booking with them.

Day 1: Windhoek - Waterberg Plateau National Park

After arriving at Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH), you will collect your rental car and drive for approximately 3 hours to reach Waterberg Plateau National Park. This park is known for its isolated location and difficult terrain, making it the perfect place to protecting endangered animal species. Here you will find peace and serenity in abundance which makes this relaxing environment an ideal first stop on your tour through Namibia.

  • Accommodation: Frans Indongo Lodge, Waterberg Plateau National Park
  • Meal(s): Dinner

Day 2: Visit to the Cheetah Centre

Today, you will meet the fastest animal on land: cheetahs! You will visit the nearby Cheetah Centre, an organization that protects cheetahs in the wild and focuses on the research and rehabilitation of this beautiful cat. You can spend the rest of the day to relax.

  • Accommodation: Frans Indongo Lodge, Waterberg Plateau National Park
  • Meal(s): Breakfast and dinner

Day 3: Waterberg Plateau National Park

It is time for your first game drive. In the early morning, you'll join a guided game drive looking for Africa's iconic wild animals. Look out for the rare sable and eland antelope. If you’re lucky, you might even see lions or wild dogs. In the afternoon, you will have time to go on a hike and enjoy the beautiful views from the plateau.

  • Accommodation: Frans Indongo Lodge, Waterberg Plateau National Park
  • Meal(s): Breakfast and dinner

Day 4: Waterberg Plateau National Park - Etosha National Park

In approximately 3.5 hours, you will travel further north to the world renowned Etosha National Park, one of the biggest reserves in Africa and the best in Namibia. The enormous saltpan in the middle of the park is a unique feature of this park attracting thousands of flamingos during the rainy season.

The next two nights will be spent at Namutoni Camp, an old fort. From the walls of this fort, you can enjoy the magnificent view of the waterhole. In the late afternoon, you will go on your first game drive at Etosha National Park looking for wild animals. Maybe, you will see one of the huge herds of springbok or zebra!

  • Accommodation: Namutoni Camp, Etosha National Park
  • Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 5: Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park is famous for its amazing wildlife sightings. There are numerous waterholes in the park which are the perfect places to go to in the early morning when predators most often come to drink. During the warmest time of the day, most animals disappear into the shade so it is a good time to relax at the camp. In the late afternoon, you will have time to go on another exciting game drive.

  • Accommodation: Namutoni Camp, Etosha National Park
  • Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 6: Namutoni Camp - Okaukuejo Camp, Etosha National Park

Today, you will travel to the next destination at Etosha National Park, Okaukuejo Camp. It may take you all day because you'll be game viewing during the journey. Half way along the drive, you'll find Halali Camp which is perfect for a lunch stop. Upon your arrival at Okaukuejo Camp, you cannot miss going to the waterhole. It is floodlit overnight so you can spend as much time as you’d like observing the wildlife with guaranteed success. Very often, the black rhino pays a visit so you will have a good chance to see this rare animal.

  • Accommodation: Okaukuejo Camp, Etosha National Park
  • Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 7: Etosha National Park

Make the most of your last full day at Etosha National Park! Search for any members of the "Big Five" you haven’t seen yet on an early morning or late afternoon game drive. In the heat of the day, you can always head back to your comfortable chalet and relax.

  • Accommodation: Okaukuejo Camp, Etosha National Park
  • Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 8: Etosha National Park - Damaraland

Before leaving Etosha National Park, you might want to visit the waterhole one last time. After that, it's time to make the 4.5-hour journey to Twyfelfontein in Damaraland. Twyfelfontein, Namibia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a wonderful place to see a large collection of ancient rock art and engravings.

  • Accommodation: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge, Damaraland
  • Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 9: Free day in Damaraland

After several days of exciting safari, it's time to relax today! Looking for something different? Some fabulous rock formations and rock paintings can be found in the vicinity of the lodge. You can discover Burnt Mountain, the spectacular Organ Pipes, Doros Crater, and the Petrified Forest.

  • Accommodation: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge, Damaraland
  • Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 10: Game drive in Damaraland

Enjoy a game drive in beautiful, semi-desert Damaraland in search of the special desert elephant. The desert elephant has fully adapted to its harsh environment and can go for days without water. Due to the lack of water and green leaves in this region, the elephants here also have longer legs to help them to cross miles of sand dunes as they search for this precious resource.

  • Accommodation: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge, Damaraland
  • Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 11: Damaraland - Erongo Mountains

Today, you will move on to a different environment, the Erongo Mountains. The drive takes about 4 hours. The Erongo Mountains was formed as a result of a huge volcano eruption more than 100 million years ago. On the east side of the area, you will find bushlands while the western side consists of desert. It is a beautiful place to go for a hike or to sit back and enjoy the views from the lodge.

  • Accommodation: Hohenstein Lodge, Erongo Mountains
  • Meal(s): Breakfast and dinner

Day 12: Hiking in the Erongo Mountains

Enjoy a hike to discover the area or, if you're not keen on walking, take a scenic drive instead. Don't forget to take a packed lunch with you so you can spend the whole day exploring this beautiful environment. Or, of course, you can also relax at the pool at your lodge.

  • Accommodation: Hohenstein Lodge, Erongo Mountains
  • Meal(s): Breakfast and dinner

Day 13: Erongo Mountains - Swakopmund

On your way to Swakopmund, be sure to stop at Spitzkoppe where a group of bald granite peaks stand out dramatically from the flat surrounding plains. After a short visit, you will continue the 1.5-hour drive to Swakopmund. Due to the colonial German history, this city has a very German feel to it and much of the architecture reflects these roots. Surrounded by desert and ocean, Swakopmund is known as the adventure capital of Namibia because of the wide range of activities available from here.

  • Accommodation: Guest house in Swakopmund
  • Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 14: Swakopmund city tour

Today, you are going on a guided tour in Swakopmund to learn more about the city. The passionate and knowledgeable guide will provide you with a lot of information about the interesting, colonial architecture in the city. You will also visit the luxury beach houses and learn more about life for the people living in the townships.

  • Accommodation: Guest house in Swakopmund
  • Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 15: Living dunes experience in Namib Desert

Join an adventure to the Namib Desert today! For half a day, together with your guide, you will focus your search on the small creatures that inhabit this harsh environment looking for tracks in the sand. You might see scorpions, chameleons, or sand diving lizards.

  • Accommodation: Guest house in Swakopmund
  • Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 16: Dolphin and seal cruise

It is time to go on the ocean in search of dolphins and seals. During the cruise, you will see a colony of Cape fur seals and there is a high chance you'll also find dolphins as well as a variety of water birds including flamingos and pelicans. You will launch on a catamaran just south of Swakopmund from Walvis Bay.

  • Accommodation: Guest house in Swakopmund
  • Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 17: Free day in Swakopmund

Today, you will have ample time to relax at your accommodation or go for a walk and explore the shops in Swakopmund. Would you rather do another activity? No problem, there is more than enough to do here! How about skydiving, kayaking, or quad biking in the desert?

  • Accommodation: Guest house in Swakopmund
  • Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 18: Swakopmund - Sossusvlei

On day 18, you will move on to your final destination, Sossusvlei in the Namib-Naukluft National Park. The drive will take roughly 4.5 hours from Swakopmund. The name Sossusvlei is derived from the Nama word 'sossus' meaning 'dead end', and the Afrikaans word 'vlei' meaning 'marsh'. The word Sossusvlei literally refers to the salt and clay pan where the Tsauchab river ends. Upon arrival, you can relax at your comfortable lodge and later in the day, you can enjoy a drink as you watch the sun go down.

  • Accommodation: Sossusvlei Lodge, Sesriem
  • Meal(s): Breakfast and dinner

Day 19: Sossusvlei

Early in the morning, you will depart on a guided tour in Sossusvlei. The first stop is Dune 45 and the views from the top will definitely reward your efforts climbing up. You'll also visit Deadvlei, a white clay pan surrounded by red dunes which are characterized by the dead acacia trees. This surreal place is among the most photographed locations in Africa and for good reason! It's worth revisiting the area in the afternoon as the colors in this area are incredible at sunset. Guided quad bike tours can be booked directly from the lodge.

  • Accommodation: Sossusvlei Lodge, Sesriem
  • Meal(s): Breakfast and dinner

Day 20: Sossusvlei - Windhoek

Sadly, it's time to leave Sossusvlei behind and return to Windhoek. The journey is fairly long but you can expect to arrive in the city by afternoon. Your comfortable lodge is the perfect place to relax and unwind after the drive.

  • Accommodation: Guest house in Windhoek
  • Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 21: Windhoek - Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH)

Depending on your flight time, you may have time this morning to visit a local craft market and buy some last souvenirs for friends and family back home. Your rental car will be returned at the airport.

  • Meal(s): Breakfast

Note: Tailormade Safaris will happily adjust the itinerary below should you wish to see any changes. Of course, it is possible to add some days or take some out. For more information, please send Tailormade Safaris an inquiry.

Car rental

Included in the car rental is Classic Max insurance cover with zero liability, unlimited kilometers, and one additional driver. Not included are the following fees though which will be charged to your credit card upon collecting the vehicle:

  • Europcar contract fee: 85 NAD (once off)
  • Second additional driver fee: 368 NAD
  • Fuel: cost of refueling if the car is not handed in full plus an additional 50 NAD refueling service fee
  • If the car is handed in late, you will be charged an extra day of rent.

Those costs cannot be paid by Tailormade Safaris and therefore will be charged on your credit card by Europcar. Europcar also requires a refundable rental deposit of 5904 NAD. This sum will be taken off your credit card at the beginning of your trip and if all is well it will be deposited back into your account at the end.

For renting a vehicle, the driver must be at least 23 years old and has had a valid un-endorsed drivers license for over 2 years which must be valid for at least a year at the start of the rental period. The driver must also be in possession of a valid passport and credit card. Please note that without a credit card, you cannot rent a car.

  • A visit to Spitzkoppe
  • Hiking in Erongo Mountains
  • Guided tour in Sossusvlei
  • Guided tour in Swakopmund
  • See a large collection of ancient rock art and engravings in Twyfelfontein

On this safari, you will visit:

  • Waterberg Plateu National Park
  • Etosha National Park
  • Damaraland
  • Erongo Mountains
  • Sossusvlei
  • Windhoek

On this safari, you will have daily breakfast and 7 dinners.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • 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)

During your stay in Swakopmund, you can enjoy a variety of activities such as:

  • Horseback riding
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Quad biking
  • Sandboarding
  • Skydiving

Massage treatment is available in Swakopmund. For more information, please send Tailormade Safaris an inquiry.

  • 1 additional driver
  • 20 nights' accommodation
  • A visit to Cheetah Center
  • "Big Five" game drives
  • Car hire with self-drive pack including GPS navigation device
  • Classic Max insurance cover with zero liability and unlimited kilometers
  • Daily breakfast and 7 dinners
  • Desert excursions in Swakopmund
  • Dolphin & seal cruise in Swakopmund
  • Game drives at Waterberg Plateau National Park and Etosha National Park
  • Game drives in Damaraland
  • Guided tour of Sossusvlei
  • Hiking in the scenic Erongo Mountains
  • Swakopmund city tour
  • Additional driver (368 NAD)
  • Additional meals and activities
  • Airfare
  • Entry fees
  • Europcar contract fee (85 NAD once off)
  • Fuel (cost of refueling if the car is not handed in full plus an additional 50 NAD refuelling service fee)
  • Gratuities for guides and local restaurants' staff
  • Parking fees
  • Road tolls
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Travel and cancellation insurance

Arrival by airplane

Please arrive at Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) where you will collect your rental car and drive for approximately 3 hours to reach Waterberg Plateau National Park.

  • 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.

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21 days / 20 nights

Availability

This safari is available until October 31, 2017. Please select an arrival date below.

 

Low season
  • November 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017

 

High season
  • July 1 - October 31, 2017
FREE cancellation

The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.

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