Desert Excursion

Iconic Namibia Highlights Self Drive

Windhoek, Namibia

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Prices From: $1,748 per person

Discover the iconic natural landmarks of Namibia with this 12 day self-drive itinerary. We will provide you with all of the resources necessary to have a true leisurely adventure while exploring this wonderful country. With high class eco friendly accommodations and access to some of the best wildlife viewing in Africa, this trip embodies the ideal of what Namibia has to offer.

This trip can be completely customized based on your interests, travel style and preferred accommodation level, so please let your agent know if you would like to make any alterations. Pricing will fluctuate based on seasonality and chosen accommodation level.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Windhoek Arrival

Land in Windhoek, where you will be met by a transfer driver holding a sign in the arrivals hall who will escort you to the city center. Our in-country representative will meet you here to hand over your vouchers, road map and itinerary and to answer any last minute questions you may have. Your hire vehicle will be delivered this afternoon.

Situated at number 72 Amasoniet Street in the upmarket residential area of Eros Park, Windhoek, Galton House offers quiet charm and exceptional comfort. Each of the eight guest rooms features a direct dial telephone, air conditioning, satellite TV, safe, 100% cotton linen with down duvets and coffee/ tea making facilities on request. The central lounge area is perfect for relaxing in while the swimming pool and gardens offer a welcoming respite from the sun. Free of charge wireless internet is available as well as laundry facilities, guest lounge and full bar service, a la carte light lunches and dinners which are served daily. Guests are also welcome to use the dedicated bathroom facilities for early check in or late checkout, and secure on-site parking is available with remote access.

Overnight: Galton House (Breakfast included)

Day 2 - Windhoek - Sossusvlei

Set off this morning for the dunes of the Namib Desert, near to Sesriem and Sossusvlei. The drive should take approximately 5 hours and you will arrive at Desert Homestead this afternoon. This lodge is a beautifully decorated and friendly establishment with a bar, restaurant and pool, optional horse riding or nature drives within this spectacular area can be arranged. The lodge is designed in a rustic, farm style and is located just 27km from the entrance to Sesriem & Sossusvlei. Enjoy home cooked meals and friendly service.

Overnight: Desert Homestead (Breakfast, Dinner included)

Day 3 - Sossusvlei

Begin the day early today to drive the 70km through the dune fields to Sossusvlei. Most of this road is on tar, the last 5km are sandy 4x4 roads. Explore the dunes around the salt pan of Sossusvlei, and maybe walk across the sand to Deadvlei, a bizarre collection of ancient camelthorn trees and a photographers dream.

Overnight: Desert Homestead (Breakfast, Dinner included)

Day 4 - Sossusvlei - Swakopmund

Drive onwards to the coast this morning. Swakopmund itself is a fascinating and intriguing resort town, complete with German half wooden architecture, monuments, historic buildings, well maintained gardens and palm lined avenues, coffee bars and great seafood restaurants. The weather is unpredictable here, but temperatures rarely drop below 15C and rainfall is practically zero, the town is subjected to 9 months of morning fogs each year. These damp and grey conditions often result in cool temperatures persisting the whole day, but this mist band, stretching up to 30km inland, gives water and life to the deserts plants and animals giving rise to 80 types of lichen and ancient Welwitschia plants.

The many ingenious adaptations to water collection, like the Tok-Tokki beetle which condenses vapor on its raised back, make for fascinating walks and drives in the ‘Moon Landscape’ or ‘Welwitschia Drive’, located close to the town.

Please ask us for advice on restaurants, the more popular ones should be booked in advance and we are happy to do this for you.

Overnight: Cornerstone Guesthouse (Breakfast included)

Day 5 - Swakopmund Free Day

Enjoy this free day in Swakopmund at your leisure. Cornerstone Guesthouse is a small, private and peaceful bed and breakfast an easy walk away from the sea and the town center of Swakopmund on Namibia's fascinating Skeleton Coast. Occupying a quiet corner of Swakopmund’s old town near the marine museum and the old brewery, Cornerstone Guesthouse offers the charm and intimacy of a family-run B&B combined with the modern amenities of a luxury hotel. Within a few minutes from the guest house you can walk to beaches, cafés, restaurants, lively pubs, Swakopmund tourist attractions and a variety of interesting shops and markets. All rooms have en suite bathrooms with large solar-assisted showers and modern fittings.

Overnight: Cornerstone Guesthouse (Breakfast included)

Day 6 - Swakopmund - Damaraland

Continue your journey this morning, driving towards Damaraland. Camp Kipwe is situated within the Twyfelfontein Conservancy in the Damaraland area, only 4kms from its sister lodge of Mowani Mountain Camp. Damaraland is renowned for its geology, unusual rock formations, rock paintings, and rare desert-adapted flora and fauna.

Relax and unwind in the lounge – the mountain views from here are breathtaking as are the stunning sunsets. There is also a swimming pool, where many guests head straight to after a day's activities, and a laundry service.

Accommodation is in 8 igloo-shaped double bungalows, allowing a maximum of 16 guests at a time, emphasizing the peace and quiet of the camp. Outside each bungalow is an en-suite bathroom with a shower, as well as a private veranda, overlooking the surrounding plains. They all have an in-room safe.

Activities include elephant nature drives lasting 3-6 hours, starting in the morning. These guided trips include exploring the surrounding area in a 4x4 vehicle, in search of Namibia's remaining 600 desert dwelling elephant. The Twyfelfontein excursions will last for around 2.5 hrs, starting in the afternoon. The drive will include visits to the Burnt Mountain, the Organ Pipes, as well as to the fascinating Bushman Engravings. There are a number of guided nature walks that will cover trails in and around Camp Kipwe, the durations will depend on the guests. Dinner, breakfast and Conservation levy included.

Overnight: Camp Kipwe (Breakfast, Dinner included)

Day 7 - Damaraland - Etosha National Park

Spend today making your way slowly across the Park to the western most rest camp of Okaukuejo. You may like to stop at the central, Halali camp for lunch and a rest during the heat of midday before continuing later this afternoon.

During 2007 the three Etosha rest camps saw extensive renovations and major improvements to their facilities. All of the old rooms now sport beautiful new interiors and many have been completely re-built to cater for the changing demands of international tourism. Spend the evening relaxing with a drink at one of the seats overlooking the floodlit waterhole. Watch the theater unfold as predators and prey alike take their place in the shadows for the chance to get a refreshing drink. The rooms are just a short walk from the restaurant, bar and small shop. Each room contains an en-suite bathroom, small bar fridge and tea & coffee station. Some also have an outdoor BBQ area.

Overnight: Okaukeujo Rest Camp (Breakfast included)

Day 8 - Etosha National Park

Enjoy a day in Etosha National Park. Namibia Wildlife Resorts is now offering, for the first time in the 100 year history of the park, guided day and night drives from the three rest camps. These drives, and especially the night excursions, provide visitors with an opportunity to experience an entirely different side of Etosha’s wildlife treasures. All guided drives are conducted in specially modified land-rovers and the experienced guides will help you discover the wonders of nature, both large & small.

Okaukuejo was the first tourist camp to open in Etosha and it currently functions as the administrative hub of the park, and home of the Etosha Ecological Institute. It is situated at the western end of the pan, and about 120km north of Outjo. The Okaukuejo waterhole is often voted as the best of all the rest camp waterholes and enjoys an amazing array of wildlife.

Animals that come appear to be oblivious of the camp – unaware of the bright lights or the people sitting on benches just behind the low stone wall. The light doesn't penetrate into the surrounding bush. It creates something of a stage - with the water at its center - focusing the attention on the animals that come to drink. During the dry season, you're bound to see something of interest by just sitting here for a few hours in the evening - so bring a couple of drinks, binoculars, and some warm clothes to settle down and wait. Among the regulars are elephants and jackals, while lion and black rhino often visit in the dry season.

Overnight: Okaukeujo Rest Camp (Breakfast included)

Day 9 - Etosha National Park - Mushara Bush Camp

Enjoy driving from Okaukuejo eastwards towards Namutoni. This is a whole day’s game drive and we’d advise stopping at Halali for lunch and a dip in the pool, before continuing farther east. Leaving Etosha through the Namutoni Gate, continue for about 12km before turning right following the signs to the Mushara Bush Camp.

Overnight: Mushara Bush Camp (Breakfast included)

Day 10 - Mushara Bush Camp

Mushara Bush Camp is the third addition to the outstanding Mushara Collection and is only 1km away from, and on the same reserve as, The Mushara Lodge. The Villa and The Mushara Outpost complete the group. The Bush Camp offers a more down-to-earth tented camp experience, and is a suitable and an affordable base for travelers, including families, who wish to explore Etosha National Park.

The main thatched Bush Camp area houses a restaurant, bar and guest lounge. There is disabled access, Internet connection and secure parking. A hot and cold breakfast style buffet, light lunches and a set dinner menu are served on the verandah, with the bush as your closest companion. The swimming pool is ideal for a splash and a dip after a day's activities as well as a chill out zone. The true bush camp impression is enhanced by the evening campfire, a great chance to exchange wildlife sightings, travel stories and plans, with fellow guests.

The 16 custom-made luxury tents are built from a combination of canvas and local limestone. They are all equipped with an en-suite bathroom and shower, (and oversized window to view the bush) a fan, mosquito nets, tea/coffee station and an in-room safe. Every tent has its own 8 square meter private verandah, with roof to floor window. The brushed cement floors and lime stone walls, are designed to keep the rooms cool from the hot afternoon sun. Four of these tents are ideally suited for families, as they have a sleeper couch, ideal for two small children.

Overnight: Mushara Bush Camp (Breakfast included)

Day 11 - Mushara - Waterberg Plateau Park

Drive towards Otjiwarongo and Waterberg Park today. Waterberg is a National Parks rest camp and you will need to pay entry fees of approximately N$80 per person and N$10 for the vehicle.

The area is dominated by an impressive, sandstone plateau with many self-guided walking trails and a beautiful spring-fed swimming pool. The porous nature of the sandstone allows many natural springs to rise through the plateau, accounting for the lush vegetation, which characterizes the area. The plateau summit is home to many rare species including rhino, leopard and roan antelope which can be visited with National Park guides and vehicles only and can be booked as an optional activity upon arrival. There is also a restaurant and small shop here.

The National Park chalets at Waterberg are situated mid way up the 200m escarpment that represents Waterberg Plateau, towering above the surrounding countryside. Accommodation is provided in comfortable premier bush chalets, two and four bed bush chalets and double rooms, all nestled along the base of the Waterberg Plateau cliffs among towering trees.

Overnight: Waterberg Plateau Park (Breakfast included)

Day 12 - Waterberg - Windhoek Departure

Return to Windhoek today, a drive of approximately 3.5 hours, in time to connect with your onward flight.

Accommodation Information

Galton House

Situated at number 72 Amasoniet Street in the upmarket residential area of Eros Park, Windhoek, Galton House offers quiet charm and exceptional comfort. Each of the eight guest rooms features a direct dial telephone, air conditioning, satellite TV, safe, 100% cotton linen with down duvets and coffee/ tea making facilities on request. The central lounge area is perfect for relaxing in whilst the swimming pool and gardens offer a welcoming respite from the sun. Free of charge wireless internet is available as well as laundry facilities, guest lounge and full bar service, a la carte light lunches and dinners which are served daily. Guests are also welcome to use the dedicated bathroom facilities for early check in or late check out, and secure on site parking is available with remote access.

Desert Homestead

The Desert Homestead lies three kilometers northwest of the C19 and D854 roads junction, approx. 32km southeast of Sesriem. The wide grassy valley is sheltered by the Nubib, Tsaris and Naukluft mountains with a view reaching the distant dunes of the Namib Desert in the west. In this exquisite position, it offers simple but stylish accomodation in thatched chalets which were designed with the fragile beauty of this remarkable environment in mind. The Desert Homestead will ensure you an unrivalled respite from the desert extremes. Tranquil surroundings, Alfresco dining, delectably fresh farm cuisine, refreshing dips in the pool, stunning sunsets and sunrises are the basic pleasures at this lodge.

Cornerstone Guesthouse

Cornerstone Guesthouse is a small, private and peaceful bed and breakfast an easy walk to the sea and the town center of Swakopmund on Namibia's fascinating Skeleton Coast. Occupying a quiet corner of Swakopmund's old town near the marine museum and the old brewery, Cornerstone Guesthouse offers the charm and intimacy of a family-run B&B combined with the modern amenities of a luxury hotel.

Camp Kipwe

Designed to creatively embrace the granite boulders, the camp embodies its Swahili meaning as it blesses the mind, body and soul of every traveler that makes the journey. Taking advantage of the nearby Aba Huab River and all consuming expansive landscape, Kipwe offers a refreshing perspective on traditional safari life.

Accommodation is in 8 igloo-shaped double bungalows, allowing a maximum of 16 guests at a time, emphasizing the peace and quiet of the camp. Outside each bungalow is an en-suite bathroom with a shower, as well as a private veranda, overlooking the surrounding plains. They all have an in-room safe.

Here is where your uncluttered sense of self emerges redefined, as you enjoy the simplistic elegance of the camp and appreciate the attention to detail in everything you touch. At Kipwe, your blessings find you again.

Okaukeujo Rest Camp

Okaukeujo Rest Camp, Premier Waterhole Chalet, Etosha National Park During 2007 the three Etosha rest camps saw extensive renovations and major improvements to their facilities. All of the old rooms now sport beautiful new interiors and many have been completely re-built to cater for the changing demands of international tourism. Spend the evening relaxing with a drink at one of the seats overlooking the floodlit waterhole. Watch the theater unfold as predators and prey alike take their place in the shadows for the chance to get a refreshing drink.

The Premier Waterhole Chalets have two storys with a double bedroom at the top and a twin at the bottom. Both have en-suite bathrooms and the double bedroom has a balcony for superb wildlife viewing throughout the day and into the night. Each of the Premier Waterhole Chalets has a prime view over the waterhole itself.

Mushara Bush Camp

The latest addition to the Mushara Collection of exquisite accommodation establishments is the ” Mushara Bush Camp”, situated a mere 10 kilometers from the Von Lindequist gate of the world famous Etosha National Park. The Bush Camp accommodates 32 guest and 8 children in custom made tent like structures. The Mushara Bush Camp offers a down-to-earth tented bush camp experience which is well suited as an exceptional affordable base for independent travelers and families exploring the magical Etosha Pan National Park. The main Bush Camp House is thatched and has a true bush camp feel to it. The early evenings see a camp fire lit where guest can exchange stories of the day’s wildlife sightings. Dinner, lunch and breakfast are served on the thatched verandah with the bush being a mere step away. The Mushara Bush Camp is your optimal family destination on the doorstep to the magical Etosha National Park.

Waterberg Plateau Park

The Waterberg Camp underwent extensive upgrading in 2007. It is nestled along the base of the cliffs of the Waterberg Plateau, inside the National Park of the same name. It towers some 200m above the surrounding landscape, and the plateau with its sheer cliffs and fascinating rock formations, serve as a breeding area for endangered animal species.

Accommodation is in a combination of double rooms, premier (bush) and family chalets. Each room has an en-suite bathroom, with wrought iron vanity units and ceramic basins. A big sliding door leads into a private porch area, complete with table and chairs.

Location

Region: Africa - Eastern and Southern

Address:
Windhoek
Namibia

Amenities/Activities

Breakfast Breakfast

Day Tours Day Tours

Ecologically Responsible Ecologically Responsible

Hiking Trekking Hiking Trekking

Wildlife Wildlife

General Information

Price Includes

  • Accommodation, meals & activities as per the itinerary
  • Entrance fees for all inclusive activities
  • Rental vehicle (zero excess 4x4 airconditioned Hilux)
  • One way drop off fee
  • Personal detailed itinerary and information package with marked road map
  • Emergency Medical Accident and Serious Illness Evacuation and Hospitalisation insurance cover whilst in Namibia
  • 24 hour mobile phone emergency support number

Price Excludes

  • Fuel for rental vehicle
  • Fuel deposit and second driver charge + any additional extras such as a baby seat
  • Entrance fees to all National Parks/ sightseeing attractions except for inclusive activities. Most park fees entrance will be between N$60.00 – N$80.00 per person per day. They do charge entrance for the vehicles as well. This will be between N$20.00 – N$40.00.
  • Tips and Gratuities
  • International flights and airport taxes
  • Travel insurance for cancellation, curtailment and medical emergencies/ treatment
  • Visas if applicable – all visas are the full responsibility of the client
  • Car hire excludes a refundable deposit of Rand/N$1500, additional driver fee of Rand/N$230 per driver, young driver surcharge of Rand/N$180 per day per driver (age 1820 with a full licence for at least 2 years), Rand/N$270 per rental for a baby seat, Rand/N$220 traffic fine handling fee, Rand/N$550 claim handling fee.