drive Safari in Namibia
nights & 9 days self drive namibia
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This popular round trip combines a visit to the fascinating
dune landscapes of the famous Sossusvlei in the southern Namib
Desert, the rich coastal diversity in and around Swakopmund,
the attractions of the central and northern regions of scenic
Damaraland and the wildlife kingdom of the Etosha National Park.
1: Windhoek - Sesriem (±400 km)
After departure from Windhoek, drive along the scenic Gamsberg
Pass or via Rehoboth and the Spreetshoogte Pass to Sesriem,
gateway to the dune desert. Experience the everchanging landscapes
en route, as the terrain becomes more arid towards Solitaire
and the Namib Desert. The lodge offers spacious and tastefully
decorated bungalow-rooms with private shower/WC, built in the
style of Bedouin tents and overlooking the unusual landscapes
of the area. A huge restaurant-terrace invites you for a romantic
candlelight dinner under a star-studded sky.
Overnight Sesriem Region (Sossusvlei Lodge) - dinner, bed and
Day 2: Sesriem (±125 km for Sossusvlei excursion)
An optional self drive or guided excursion to Sossusvlei is
recommended for the early morning hours. It takes you on a journey
of discovery along the ancient riverbed of the Tsauchab River
to its end in the famous Sossusvlei. This clay pan is surrounded
by some of the highest sand dunes on earth. Climbing one of
them affords the energetic traveller the unforgettable experience
of endless vistas across a sea of apricot-coloured sand. Before
returning to your overnight accommodation, explore the impressive
sandstone gorges of the Sesriem Canyon. Enjoy the remainder
of the day at leisure around the swimming pool or join optional
Overnight: Sesriem Region (Sossusvlei Lodge) - dinner, bed and
Day 3: Sesriem - Swakopmund (±380 km)
The next leg of the journey takes you in a northwesterly direction
to the picturesque Ghaub and Kuiseb Canyons and through the
Namib Naukluft Park to the Atlantic Ocean coastline. Travel
via the harbour town of Walvis Bay and along the coastal dune
belt to Swakopmund, Namibia's foremost holiday resort. The remainder
of the day is at leisure to explore the historic town of Swakopmund.
The hotel is situated within easy walking distance of all major
attractions such as the beaches, the Crystal Gallery, the Natural
History Museum, historic buildings and handicraft shops. Your
en suite room is as spacious and tastefully decorated as the
wellknown restaurant, bar and other relaxation facilities.
Overnight Swakopmund Region (Hansa Hotel) - lunch packs, bed
and breakfast basis
Day 4: Swakopmund
morning lends itself to an optional excursion into the central
Namib Desert. Here you may familiarise yourself with the ancient
Welwitschia Mirabilis plants on the vast gravel plains, and
the Moon Valley near the Swakop River. This river is one of
the longest and broadest of the country's ephemeral watercourses.
Around midday, proceed in a northward direction, along the Skeleton
Coast with its lichen fields and salt works, to Henties Bay,
an angler's paradise. For the afternoon, an optional visit is
recommended to the Diaz Cross and Cape Cross Seal Reserve, one
of the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere.
Region (Hansa Hotel) - bed and breakfast basis
5: Swakopmund - Twyfelfontein, Damaraland (±380 km)
After an early breakfast, proceed into Namibia's northern interior,
passing the impressive Brandberg Mountain and the former tin
mine of Uis into scenic Damaraland. About one and a half hours
drive south west of Khorixas you will find the main attractions
of this area and your accommodation, a comfortable lodge with
an interestingly designed main building and spacious rooms with
en suite shower/WC. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.
Overnight Khorixas Region (Twyfelfontein Lodge) - dinner, bed
and breakfast basis
Day 6: Damaraland (±210 km)
Twyfelfontein, meaning 'doubtful spring' has been occupied for
thousands of years, with its spring attracting huge herds of
game making this an excellent base for early game viewing. The
slopes are strewn with boulders; dotted with thousands of paintings
and ancient engravings, a virtual open-air museum. Geological
features in the area include the organ pipes, angular columns
of dolerite, all of which form part of Namibia’s rich
natural history and the Petrified Forest. Proceed via Khorixas,
which used to be the old administrative capital of Windhoek
and on to the town of Outjo.
Outjo area (Etosha Garden Hotel) - dinner, bed and breakfast
Day 7: Etosha National Park (±370 km)
Enter the world famous Etosha National Park where you will enjoy
a full day’s game viewing, as you head east. The game
and birds found here are typical of the savannah plains of Southern
Africa, but include several species endemic to the western side
of the continent, adjacent to the Namib Desert. Herbivores such
as zebra, elephant, giraffe, Eland, Blue Wildebeest, Gemsbok,
springbok, kudu and steenbok abound. Among the rarer species,
Black and White Rhino (recently reintroduced). Black-Faced Impala,
restricted to Namibia and southern Angola, and the Damara dik-dik,
the park’s smallest antelope, are also found. Hundreds
of bird species have been recorded with many migrants during
the summer period. Exit the National Park and proceed to the
Overnight Etosha National Park (Mokuti Lodge) - dinner, bed
and breakfast basis
Day 8: Etosha National Park - Otjiwarango (±288
km - excluding game drives)
Further wildlife encounters are likely before you depart.
The history of Tsumeb is depicted in the Tsumeb Museum, where
a comprehensive collection of rare minerals can be viewed. The
Khorab Room displays a collection of restored cannons and other
armaments dumped into Lake Otjikoto by retreating German forces.
Proceed to your overnight’s accommodation.
Overnight Otjiwarango (Otjibamba Lodge) - dinner, bed and breakfast
Day 9: Windhoek (±250 km)
is the administrative centre for the Herero people and several
Herero chiefs are buried in the cemetery. The Kavango woodcarvers
ply their trade at a large open-air market on the outskirts
of town, one of the best places to purchase woodcarvings. Return
to Windhoek in the late afternoon and arrive at your Windhoek
hotel or the airport. Same day departures from Windhoek are
only possible for flights leaving after 18h00. Optional extra
transfers and addon overnights are available. This tour is also
available on a scheduled escorted basis.
Please contact us for a detailed quote on this safari.
Car hire for 9 days
Accommodation as per the itinerary
Meals as per the itinerary
International flights, airport and departure taxes, visa
costs, drinks, gratuities and personal expenses, comprehensive
Actiities as per the itinerary
Namibia offers exceptional wildlife and scenery all year round.
It is important to take note that certain seasons are ideal
for special interest travelers:
- Birding is best during the summer months (Nov - April) because
of the greater variety of species to be found.
- Botanical season is from December to May when most plants
are in flower.
- Photography is excellent in August and September with cloud
build-up in the afternoon that offers spectacular scenes.
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