11 Day Namibia Highlights – Luxury – Self-drive

You could spend a lifetime exploring Namibia. Here we’ve assembled the highlights in the 11-day Namibia Highlights Safari – a journey of fascinating discovery that includes the Sossusvlei in the Namib-Naukluft Park, the Skeleton Coast, Damaraland and Etosha National Park.

The Namib Desert covers the entire Namibian coastline of over 1,500km and sweeps up to 200km inland. It is the planet’s oldest desert and has an astonishing diversity of landscapes and habitats including the Great Sand Sea of Sossusvlei and the surreal Skeleton Coast north of Swakopmund.

Damaraland’s scenic rocky outcrops and sandy riverbeds form a vast undulating landscape that shelters a variety of desert-adapted wildlife including elephant, rhino, lion and some rather hardy plains game.

Etosha National Park’s plains game come to drink during the middle of the day when predators are most lethargic; thus it’s not uncommon to have a collage of several different species in the same frame. Lions, elephants and several endemic species of antelope and birds – including 46 raptors – add to the game viewing excitement.

Day 1   Arrival Windhoek 

On arrival at Windhoek Airport,  you  will be met by the car rental company representative  and transferred to their offices in Windhoek to complete all rental procedures, after which you will meet with our representative and handed over all your travel documents.

The remainder of the day can be spent relaxing at your own leisure

For dinner tonight, you can head into town for a bite to eat at one of Windhoek’s well known restaurants

Overnight:  The Olive Exclusive  – Junior Suite  – Bed & Breakfast 

Day 2 & 3  Namib Desert 

Windhoek – Sossusvlei              350km – approximately 5 to 6 hours

After breakfast, you can still pop into town for anything you might need and then depart heading south from Windhoek to your lodge for the next 2 nights

The route will take you either via the beautiful Spreetshoogte or Remhoogte Pass, both showcasing the natural beauty of Namibia

Wake up early for breakfast (Day 3) and then head to the entrance to Sossusvlei, the Sesriem Gate. Spend the whole day in the beautiful Sossusvlei area, exploring the highlights: Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei, Dune 45, Big Daddy, Elim Dune and the Sesriem Canyon

Return to the lodge for lunch or arrange a lunch pack to enjoy in the dunes and return late afternoon for a well-earned rest

Optional extra activities: Guided Sossusvlei excursion, Hot air balloon safari, Nature drives

Overnight: Desert Homestead Outpost – Dinner, Bed & Breakfast 

Day 4 & 5  Swakopmund

Sossusvlei – Swakopmund          350km – approximately 5 to 6 hours

Depart after breakfast and head north to Solitaire, then west crossing the Tropic of Capricorn, through the Gaub and Kuiseb Canyons via the Namib Gravel Plains to the coast Either via Walvis Bay to Swakopmund, or (recommended) detour via Ganab to the Welwitschia Plains and Moon Landscape

The Namibian coastline is generally known as The Skeleton Coast due to the barren areas, shipwrecks and, in days gone by, whale skeletons left on the beach

1 full day is set aside for this lovely area where Swakopmund and Walvis Bay offer a wide range of activities such as: Dolphin cruise, Sandwich Harbour excursion (a real Skeleton Coast experience), Dune quad biking, Sand boarding, Sea kayaking, Lots more…

Lunches and dinners can be enjoyed at a cafe or restaurant overlooking the sea

Overnight: The Strand Hotel – Luxury Room  – Bed & Breakfast

Day 6 & 7   Damaraland

Swakopmund – Damaraland       445km – approximately 7 to 8 hours

Head north along the Skeleton Coast, via Henties Bay to visit the Cape Cross seal colony. Along the way, stop at the Lichen Fields as well as the ship wreck between the colourful small town of Wlotskasbaken and Henties Bay

Backtrack to Henties Bay and head inland through wide open plains to Uis, then north to the Twyfelfontein area

Visit  Namibia’s Open Air Museum, the Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings as well as the interesting Organ Pipes rock formations and Burnt Mountain

Take a drive west (4×4 needed) to the Huab River to look for desert adapted elephants as well as other game such as oryx, springbok, ostrich and more (recommended with a lodge guide)

Visit the Damara Living Museum for a hint of culture !

Overnight: Mowani Mountain Camp –  Superior View Room  – Dinner, Bed  & Breakfast

Day 8   Etosha National Park ( South )

Damaraland – Etosha (south)             325km – approximately 4 to 5 hours

After breakfast, drive east towards Khorixas stopping at the Petrified Forest en-route

From Khorixas head further east along the tar road to Outjo and then north to your lodge which is situated very close to the southern entrance of Etosha, the Anderson Gate

If time permits, enter Etosha for an afternoon game drive. Depending on how often you stop today, you should arrive at your lodge in time for lunch (optional extra)

On entering the park, the first stop would be Okaukuejo where you pay your entry fee and I suggest you pop in at the local shop to purchase some drinks and snacks and most importantly, a map of Etosha which will show you all the waterholes along the way

Etosha is one of Africa’s great game parks. With 114 species of mammal and 340 species of birds you are sure to see a great variety of wildlife on your safari

Overnight:  Ongava Lodge  – Dinner, Bed  & Breakfast 

Day 9 & 10  Etosha National Park  ( East ) 

Etosha (south) – Etosha (east)   a full days game drive through the park

From one side to the other side of the park is a full day game drive as you drive slowly east stopping at numerous waterholes along the way

Take a slow drive in the morning and ending for lunch at the Halali Resort which is half way between Okaukuejo and the eastern exit gate or take a picnic lunch along and stop off at a waterhole

One full day is set aside for game viewing, either all day or alternate with morning and afternoon drives. These are self-drive game drives but you can arrange at the lodge to go with their open safari vehicle and guide (optional extra).

Overnight: Mushara Outpost  – Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Day 11   Windhoek  – End 

Etosha (east) – Windhoek          490km – approximately 6 hours

Head back to Windhoek today, where the vehicle is dropped off and your holiday comes to an end

Transfer to the airport to catch your departure flight. (Keep in mind that you need to be at the airport 2 hours prior and the airport is still a 45 minute to 1 hour drive from town.)

Optional extension – Add on a few nights in Cape Town, visiting this beautiful city with its mountains, winelands and beaches.

Contact us for more information.

Our itineraries are “recommended itineraries” and may be booked as suggested. However, they also serve to inform you, as a possible first time traveller to Africa, an idea of what can be done. If you find that the recommended itineraries do not suit you entirely, we will tailor make a program to best meet your individual requirements.

Valid 01 January – 30 June 2021 ( Low Season ) 

Based on 2 travellers     ZAR 53,500  per adult

Based on 4 travellers     ZAR 46,480  per adult

Single Supplement    + ZAR 16,360

Valid 01 July – 31 December 2021 ( High Season ) 

Based on 2 travellers     ZAR 52,680  per adult

Based on 4 travellers     ZAR 60,390  per adult

Single Supplement    + ZAR 19,110

Costs inclusive of :

  • Accommodation as indicated – can change depending on availability and request at time of booking
  • Meals as indicated
  • Meet and greet upon arrival
  • Car hire as below
  • Airport transfers on arrival and for departure
  • Tour file with detailed itinerary, map with route descriptions, vouchers etc.
  • 24 hour personal and friendly support
  • Fast and efficient response to service providers

Vehicle hire as included:

Suggested vehicle type:                     

4X4 Toyota Fortuner – Automatic Transmission

Includes:         

GPS, ZERO excess – maximum insurance, tyre & windscreen cover, unlimited mileage, 2nd spare tyre, additional driver, cell phone with local sim

Costs exclusive of:

  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional extra activities
  • International flights
  • Holiday or personal insurance
  • Staff gratuities
  • Park entry fees
  • Fuel for vehicle rental
  • Visas and visa applications

What happens next ? 

  • Please have a look at my suggested route, recommended itinerary and the various price options
  • Contact me with any questions or requests
  • Together we determine a final route, itinerary and price
  • Once you are happy with the route and suggested accommodation establishments, I will make the necessary reservations as well as any other ground arrangements
  • When all reservations are secured, I will send you an invoice for the 20% deposit to secure the package
  • As per our company policy, the balance to be paid no less than 42 days before arrival

Subject to availability at the time of confirmation and our Standard Terms and Conditions

There are no set departure dates. Please inform us of your preferred travel dates 

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