from NAD37216.00 Per Person Sharing14 Days

This accommodated, self-drive safari not only takes you to the well-known highlights of the Namibian landscape, but to some of the often over-looked, but no less spectacular sights which make Namibia so unique.

From Windhoek you head in a northerly direction, towards Namibia’s striking brick-red sandstone Waterberg plateau, which rises some 420m above the surrounding plains.

This area is home to buffalo and black rhino, as well as a number of other game species.

From here you visit the world renowned Etosha National Park, which is home to the other Four of the Big Five, as well as an additional 110 species of mammal and over 340 species of bird, your journey then continues on travel to the geographical wonder that is Twyfelfontein, home to Namibia’s first UNESCO World Heritage site and the site of the largest concentration of Bushman paintings and rock engravings in Southern Africa.

Swakopmund is where you touch base with civilisation, before heading off to the oldest desert in the World, home to some of the highest sand dunes on the Planet.

Explore the eerily named dead vlei, and the dunes at Sossusvlei, then continue on to the deep south of Namibia.

Visiting the historical town of Aus, with its Namib Horses, POW camps, WW1 grave yards. This is where the colonial history of Namibia began.

From here you vist the second largest canyon in the World, as the Fish River has cut deep gorges through the Earth, like a serpent carving its way, before starting the journey back towards Windhoek and returning to the airport for your onward journey.



  • Waterberg
  • Etosha National Park
  • Twyfelfontein
  • Damaraland
  • Swakopmund
  • Sesriem
  • Sossusvlei
  • Aus
  • Fish River Canyon.

Full Day by Day Itinerary


Day 1 – Windhoek

Sunsets over the Capital

Land in Windhoek, here you will be met by a transfer driver holding a sign in the arrivals hall who will escort you to the city centre.

A representative of ATI will meet you here to hand over your vouchers, road map and itinerary and will answer any last minute questions you may have.

Your hire vehicle will be delivered this afternoon. Rivendell Guest House is located in a quiet suburb close to the city centre and has just ten guest rooms.

Relax around the swimming pool or lounge area, and maybe take the afternoon to explore the shops and restaurants of the city.

Facilities include satellite TV lounge, swimming pool, self-catering kitchen, small bar, internet & guest phone and safe parking. Breakfast included.

Destination: Namibia, Windhoek
Accommodation: Rivendell Guest House

Day 2 – Waterberg Plateau

The chance to explore the brick-red plateaus

Drive towards Otjiwarongo and Waterberg Park today. 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 characterises the area.

The plateau summit is home to many rare species including rhino, leopard & 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. Breakfast included.


Day 3 – Etosha National Park

Namibia’s Wildlife Kingdom

This well positioned lodge offers 19 air-conditioned thatched bungalows, a campsite, swimming pool and open restaurant. The bird life in this area is outstanding with over 300 species having been recorded.

The farm is also home to the largest breeding colony of white-backed vulture in Namibia.

Etosha in general offers excellent game viewing opportunities while simply driving. The Park is dominated by the vast Etosha salt pan, and many water holes exist, joined by a network of well maintained gravel roads to enable visitors the best chance of seeing the many inhabitants of Namibia’s premier wildlife reserve.

Species present in the Park include lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, rhino, giraffe & zebra in addition to many antelope and bird species. Dinner & breakfast included.

Accommodation: Onguma Bush Camp

Day 4 – Okaukuejo

Stunning floodlit waterholes

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.

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. Dinner & breakfast included.

Accommodation: Okaukuejo Resort

Day 5 – Twyfelfontein

World renowned Bushman rock art

Continue your journey this morning, driving towards Damaraland via Outjo & Khorixas.

You may like to take a look at the Petrified Forest on your way, a bizarre collection of largely intact gymnosperm trees that have been preserved and transformed into stone by ongoing anaerobic conditions. You will arrive at Twyfelfontein Country Lodge this afternoon.

The scenic bar and restaurant overlooks the dry, boulder-strewn plains and you may enjoy relaxing around the swimming pool this afternoon. Alternatively you could take part in an optional nature drive searching for desert elephant, or perhaps hire a mountain bike to explore the nearby area.

Maybe make an excursion to the Twyfelfontein rock etchings and paintings today, a local guide will escort you around the ancient hillsides which are open for guests between 08:00 and 17:00. This area is covered in numerous fascinating examples of San rock art and is well worth a visit where a local guide will explain the area to you.

The ‘Burnt Mountain’, an interesting area of volcanic rock, is also close by as are the dolomite ‘Organ Pipes’. Dinner & breakfast included.

Destination: Namibia

Day 6-7 – Swakopmund

Namibia’s summer playground

Drive onwards to the coast this morning. The scenery changes from the mountains of Damaraland to endless, gravel plains towards the coast.

If time allows, you may like to make a detour to Cape Cross fur seal colony. 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.

Cornerstone Guesthouse is a small, private and peaceful bed and breakfast an easy walk away from the sea and the town centre of Swakopmund on Namibia’s fascinating Skeleton Coast.

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.

On day 7 you will enjoy a morning boat cruise from Walvis Bay. Check in at the Catamaran offices in Walvis Bay by 08h45. This trip takes around 4 hours and will introduce you to the fauna of Namibia’s coast, including many water bids (flamingos, pelican & cormorants included), playful Cape fur seals & hopefully dolphins.

Before heading back to the jetty you will enjoy fresh oysters, snacks and sparkling wine. Breakfast + catamaran cruise included.

Destination: Swakopmund
Accommodation: Cornerstone Guesthouse

Day 8-9 – Sossusvlei & Sesriem

The oldest desert in the World

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.

Wake early on the morning of day 9 to drive the 70km through the dune fields to Sossusvlei. Most of this road is on tar, the last 5km are sandy 4×4 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 photographer’s dream. Dinner & breakfast included.

Accommodation: The Desert Homestead

Day 10-11 – Klein Aus Vista

Rich World War II History

Klein Aus is a beautifully positioned private farm located on the edge of the Namib Desert with spectacular views from the boulder strewn hillsides across wide open plains.

The Desert Horse Inn offers luxury rooms with spacious, en-suite bathrooms close to the main restaurant and reception area.

Relax with a sundowner on the wooden deck overlooking the farm before savouring your delicious meal in the restaurant or sipping your drink in the bar with its cosy fireplace for chilly winter evenings.

There are self-guided walks that can be taken on the farm as well as optional nature drives to view the Namib wild horses, or you may decide to just relax in the peaceful surroundings.

You may like to drive to Luderitz for the day where you could enjoy an optional boat cruise (this can be booked through Luderitz tours & safaris who have an office on the high street), or a drive out to Diaz Point where you may see some of the many bird species that can be found here.

Nearby is the ghost town of Kolmanskop, abandoned to the desert when the diamond mining became unfeasible in this area. Dinner & breakfast included.


Day 12 – Fish River Canyon

The Second largest canyon in the World

Drive east today, on the B4 road to Seehiem and then the C12 to Canon Roadhouse, situated at the northern end of Fish River Canyon and close to the many viewpoints over this magnificent landmark, the second largest canyon in the world.

If time allows, visit the viewpoints at Hobas and take a short walk along the Canyon edge to watch the spectacular sunset.

Canon Roadhouse is a friendly lodge with en-suite rooms, private campsites, a bar, restaurant and swimming pool.

Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and excellent Italian flavour of the restaurant tonight. Dinner & breakfast included.


Day 13 – Kalahari Desert

The rolling red dunes of the Kalahari Desert

Anib is a pretty air conditioned lodge, situated on the edge of the Kalahari Desert and the perfect place from which to explore and experience the rare beauty of this region.

Some of the species that may be found in this area include Springbok, Oryx and Ostrich as well as Jackal, Springhare and Porcupine. The lodge offers self-guided walking trails for which maps are provided, morning nature drives or afternoon sundown drives on their private 10,000ha reserve.

In the evening you can enjoy a gourmet meal in the restaurant. Dinner & breakfast included.


Day 14 – Fly out of windhoek

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

Destination: Namibia, Windhoek


  • Transfers as per the itinerary
  • Meals, accommodation and activities as per the itinerary
  • 4×4 Vehicle with a second spare tyre for the duration of the trip