Discover Namibia – Self-Drive Tour 21 Days | Windhoek to Windhoek
Experience the world’s largest sand mass in the Kalahari Desert to the 2nd largest Canyon on earth.
Let yourself be captivated by the surreal dunes at Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. Discover UNESCO and RAMSAR World Heritage sites and the ancient San and Damara cultures. Encounter the rich and diverse Wildlife of the Etosha National Park.
World’s largest sand mass – Kalahari Desert
World’s highest dunes at Sossusvlei & Dead Vlei
2 unesco & 1 Ramsar World Heritage Sites
Experience the cultures of 2 Namibia tribes
Wildlife discovery in the Etosha National Park
|Days / Nights||20 / 21|
|Recommended vehicle (Not included)||Fully equipped 4×4 camping vehicle|
|Combinations||EZ , WD|
After arriving at the international airport, you proceed via mountainous terrain to Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. Your lodge is situated close to the city centre with its afro-European flair and peaceful atmosphere. In the evening enjoy typical Namibian cuisine in one of the numerous restaurants in the city (not included).
Day 2 | 280 km
Travelling south, you will soon see the red sand of the Kalahari interspersed with yellow grasses, shepherd’s trees and acacia’s. Your camp site is situated on a private game reserve in close proximity to a frequented waterhole where oryx, springbok, zebra and a variety of smaller game species abound. In the afternoon experience the Kalahari and its symbiotic components on a sundowner / nature drive (optional).
Auob Country Lodge Campsite – Breakfast
Day 3 & 4 | 250 km
KGALAGADI TRANSFRONTIER PARK
Continue your journey further east to Mata Mata on the border of Botswana. Your lodge is a mere 18km from the Mata Mata Gate to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, making this an ideal day-trip excursion. You can choose to drive yourself or have a guided day tour through the Park.
Kalahari Game Lodge Campsite
Day 5 | 300 km
QUIVER TREE FOREST
You travel further south into endless plains dotted with dolerite hills and desert-adapted vegetation. You overnight in a place of contrasts and diversity, with Earth’s history written clearly in the beautiful rock formations. The Mesosaurus is probably one of the most convincing examples to prove the drifting of continents, as the fossils you witness here are also present in Southern America. Further points of interest are the quiver tree forest and the Giant’s Playground, which you can photograph during sunset.
Mesosaurus Fossil Campsite
Day 6 | 200 km
FISH RIVER CANYON
After breakfast, travel the short distance to the magnificent Fish River Canyon. Enjoy this natural phenomenon, the second largest of its kind on Earth, with its awesome splendour and adapted fauna and flora on a scenic walk along the ridge of the canyon.
Day 7 & 8 | 160 km
Proceed via a scenically magnificent road to the Orange River, demarcating the natural border between Namibia and South Africa. Here the dry desert landscape changes to a green oasis facing the black basalt mountain massifs of South Africa. Your bungalow is situated on a ledge above the river, giving you an amazing view over the lushly vegetated waterway. The next day is at leisure. Enjoy a canoeing trip, take a swim in the pool or relax in the pristine nature.
Norotshama River Lodge – Breakfast
Day 9 | 500 km
Following the course of the Orange River, travel along the edge of the Sperrgebiet National Park through the world’s most diverse desert. Over 6000 different succulent species are found here, which, during winter rains, light up the endless plains with a diversity of colours. Your campsite is situated on the grounds of an enigmatic castle, built by a German nobleman in the beginning of the last century. Explore the castle and the surrounds on foot, before preparing dinner around the camp fire.
Duwisib Castle Campsite – Breakfast
Day 10 & 11 | 170 km
After breakfast you travel along stretches of grass plains interspersed with huge mountain ranges into the area of Sossusvlei, where your camp site is situated as the only one within the Namib Naukluft Park. In the afternoon visit Sesriem Canyon, a 30-meter deep gauge eroded into the desert floor by the forces of the mighty Tsauchab River. The next morning calls for an early rise. Here, sunrise paints the highest sand dunes on Earth into an artwork of awe-inspiring proportions. After taking a walk along or even up some of the majestic dunes, visit the spectacular Dead Vlei. Travel back to your camp, where the rest of the day is spent at leisure.
Sesriem Campsite / Oasis Campsite
Day 12 & 13 | 350 km
After breakfast, travel through two rugged passes and via the Welwitschia plains and the Moon landscape to Swakopmund. Better known as Namibia’s playground, this idyllic town is wedged between the sweltering Namib Desert and the cold Atlantic Ocean, and enjoys a distinct German architecture and atmosphere. Swakopmund has numerous activities to offer, some of which include scenic flights, boat trips, desert tours and quad biking adventures.
Orange House Guest house
Day 14 | 170 km
Leaving the Atlantic Ocean, depart for Spitzkoppe, a massive granite Inselberg also referred to as the “Matterhorn of Namibia”. After setting up camp, you have the opportunity to climb some of the magnificent boulders, enjoying the vistas across the desert. Alternatively, explore the desert floor on foot to adore the amazing rock formations created by erosion over millions of years. Here you will also find age-old Bushman paintings. Your guest farm is situated at the edge of the Erongo Mountains.
Ameib Guestfarm Campsite – Breakfast
Day 15 | 230 km
After breakfast, travel deeper into Damaraland, where some of the most exciting geological attractions on the African continent are found. Close to your overnight camp, you can visit a traditional Damara village, the original inhabitants of Namibia, who arrived at about the same time as the legendary Bushmen thousands of years ago. Your camp is situated along the banks of the Aba Huab River, where seasonally the desert elephants can be seen.
Day 16 | 300 km
ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
Visit Twyfelfontein, a World Heritage Site and an “open air art gallery” that boasts over 2500 different Bushman rock engravings and rock paintings. On your way to your lodge visit the Petrified Forest where pre-historic tree trunks jut out between patches of Welwitschia. En-route to your lodge visit a traditional Himba village, and experience one of the last truly nomadic tribes on Earth. Your camp is situated very close to the gate of the world renowned Etosha National Park.
Etosha Safari Camp
Day 17 & 18 | 300 km
ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
Enter the Etosha National Park, and enjoy the next two days game driving through one of the most specie diverse game sanctuaries on Earth. A multitude of waterholes along the edge of the Etosha Pan, a vastly expanding white salt depression that shimmers with mirages during the heat of the day, support over 110 different animal and over 300 different bird species. Your camp is situated within the National Park, enabling you to view game species at the flood lit watering hole throughout the night.
NWR Etosha Campsite – Breakfast
Day 19 | 380 km
Travel south to the Waterberg Plateau, rising like an enormous fort above the surrounding plains. This is one of the most scenic locations in Namibia; perfect for undertaking scenic walks along the plateau.
Day 20 | 275 km WINDHOEK
Enjoy a pre-breakfast walk along one of the scenic mountain trails before traveling south towards Windhoek, where you are accommodated close to the city centre.
Day 21 | 50 km
In time for your outbound flight, travel the short distance to the international airport, where you return your rental vehicle and where your tour ends.
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