After a night in the capital city, start your Namibia Self-Drive Safari by driving north to Okonjima where you can get up close and personal with rehabilitated cheetah and leopard. Continue north to Etosha National Park, one of the largest game reserves in Africa. Encapsulating the very essence of Namibia, the wide open pans of Etosha stretch to the horizon. In the dry season, the many waterholes act as magnets to huge congregations of game animals – and of course the predators that follow them! Experience the amazingly diverse desert flora and fauna including rhino, giraffe, elephant and lion.

Visit the San rock etchings at the Twyfelfontien World Heritage Site before heading west and meeting the wild Atlantic coastline. Enjoy a night on the infamous Skeleton Coast where you can pay a visit to a vast seal colony. Continue down the coast to the sleepy town of Swakopmund, its colourful Germanic buildings an architectural throw-back to colonial times. Enjoy a boat-cruise and sample some delicious seafood before heading east into the rolling red dunes of the Namib Desert. From here head north towards Windhoek and your flight home, pausing for a final sundowner surrounded by the majestic scenery of the Gamsberg Pass.

Highlights

  • Okonjima
  • Etosha National Park
  • Damaraland
  • Twyfelfontein
  • Swakopmund
  • Sesriem & Sossusvlei
  • Gamsberg

Full Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1: Sunset over the city

Windhoek

Land at Windhoek International Airport today where you will be met by a transfer driver holding a sign in the arrivals hall. He will then escort you to the city centre.

A representative of ATI will meet you at Rivendell to go through your itinerary and hand over your map & vouchers. Rivendell Guest House is located in a quiet suburb close to the city centre. Relax around the swimming pool or lounge area, and maybe take the afternoon to explore the shops and restaurants of the city.

Facilities include TV lounge, swimming pool, self-catering kitchen & small bar. Breakfast included.

Destination: Namibia, Windhoek
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Day 2: Close encounters with big cats

Okonjima

Your 4×4 hire car will be delivered to Rivendell this morning, after which you can set off for your drive north.

Okonjima is home to the AfriCat Foundation, which works with farmers and the public to conserve the big cat species of Namibia. Here you can visit the AfriCat clinic and education centre and learn more about their amazing work if you choose to.

Other unique optional activities here include cheetah & leopard tracking, wild dog or hyena tracking, bushman walks or self-guided nature walks.

On your afternoon of arrival you will have the chance to take part in an inclusive activity, and the following morning you can chose to join another activity before departing if time allows (pay direct at the lodge for the morning activity). Dinner, breakfast and an afternoon activity included.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Okonjima Plains Camp
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Day 3: Iconic Etosha

Etosha National Park

The latest addition to the Mushara Collection of exquisite accommodation establishments is Mushara Bush Camp, situated a mere 10 kilometres from the Von Lindequist gate of the world famous Etosha National Park.

Mushara Bush Camp offers a down-to-earth tented bush camp experience which is well suited as an affordable base for independent travellers 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 campfire lit where guests can exchange stories of the day’s wildlife sightings. Dinner, lunch and breakfast are served on the thatched veranda with the bush being a mere step away. Dinner & breakfast included.

Accommodation: Mushara Bush Camp
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Day 4-5: Iconic Etosha

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.

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.

Etosha in general offers excellent game viewing opportunities by either day, while simply driving, or by night from floodlit waterholes. The Park is dominated by the vast Etosha salt pan and many waterholes exist, joined by a network of well-maintained gravel roads, enabling 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. Accommodation is in a Waterhole Chalet. Dinner & breakfast included.

Accommodation: Okaukuejo Resort
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Day 6: Wildlife and landscapes

Twyfelfontein

Make your way via Outjo and Khorixas to your next stop in the beautiful Damaraland region.

In construction, utmost care was taken to blend into the mountainside with the use of thatch roofs, natural stone and paint colours toning in with the surrounding rock formations. 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, or perhaps hire a mountain bike to explore the nearby area.

Maybe drive yourselves to the Twyfelfontein rock etchings and paintings this afternoon, 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: Damaraland, Namibia
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Day 7: Wild Skeleton Coast

Cape Cross

Drive past the Brandberg Mountain to the desolate coast road today to Cape Cross.

This area is home to one of the largest fur seal colonies in Southern Africa, and this area of coast is also home to black backed jackal and the rare brown hyena.

Literally meters from the fertile Atlantic Ocean, Cape Cross Lodge presents a unique and serene stop for travellers along this vast untamed, seldom explored wilderness on the Skeleton Coast. Situated alongside the biggest breeding cape fur seal colony in the world, but well out of the “smell” zone, the lodge is 60km north of Henties Bay and 120km north of Swakopmund.

Accommodation is provided in beautifully furnished luxury sea-facing rooms. Dinner & breakfast included.

Accommodation: Cape Cross Lodge
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Day 8-9: Coastal wildlife and scenery

Swakopmund

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. 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 Guesthouse, you can walk to beaches, cafés, restaurants, lively pubs, tourist attractions and a variety of interesting shops and markets. Breakfast included.

On day 9 you will enjoy a morning boat cruise from Walvis Bay. This trip takes around 4 hours and will introduce you to the fauna of Namibia’s coast, including many water birds (flamingos, pelicans & cormorants included), playful cape fur seals & and hopefully dolphins. Before heading back to the jetty you will enjoy fresh oysters, snacks and sparkling wine.

Destination: Swakopmund, Namibia
Accommodation: Cornerstone Guesthouse
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Day 10-11: Ancient desert

Sesriem

Set off this morning for the dunes of the Namib Desert, near Sesriem and Sossusvlei.

Desert Homestead is a beautifully decorated and friendly establishment with a bar, restaurant and pool. Optional horse riding, guided Sossusvlei excursions, or nature drives within this spectacular area can be arranged.

On the morning of day 11 you can wake early and drive yourselves into the National Park area of Sesriem, and onwards towards Sossusvlei, around 70km from the Park entrance. Enjoy the amazing scenery of the desert and maybe take a short walk to Deadvlei, a bizarre collection of ancient camelthorn trees, or climb the nearby dunes.

Return to Sesriem and perhaps take a look at Sesriem Canyon before returning to the lodge. Dinner & breakfast included.

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Day 12: Spectacular scenery

Gamsberg Pass

Corona is situated just off the C26, on the D1438 halfway between Windhoek and Walvis Bay. Combined with the two adjoining farms “Piccadilly” and “Swartkranz”, both forming part of the same estate, it offers the visitor truly majestic and unspoilt wildlife scenery.

Surrounded by a mountain range, Corona is positioned right in the centre of a plateau at the foot of the imposing “Gamsberg”, at 2347 metres being one of the highest mountains in Namibia. Corona offers guests pleasant accommodation in deluxe family-sized suites as well as well-appointed double rooms, each having a private and individually decorated bathroom.

The lodge offers verandas, cool lounges, a small bar plus separate television lounge, reading corner and the refreshing pool where visitors can devote themselves to sunbathing or lounging in the shade beneath ancient Jacaranda trees. An optional sundowner nature drive is available. Dinner & breakfast included.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Corona Guest Farm
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Day 13: Departure from Windhoek

Fly out of Windhoek

Return to Windhoek today, a drive of approximately 4 hours, in time to connect with your onward flight.

Destination: Windhoek

Included

  • 4×4 hire vehicle with zero excess
  • Meals & activities as specified

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