Namibia's most beautiful Highlights
15-day self-drive safari to the central highlights of Namibia
Discover Namibia's most beautiful highlights on an unwinding safari and let the spectacular, diversified country in south-western Africa put you at awe. This decelerating self-drive tour allows you much time to explore the highlights of Namibia and is suitable for both – Africa greenhorns and the „old hands”, who love to be inspired by the rough charm of Namibia time and again.
Travel along good gravel roads in a superb 4x4 rental vehicle through one of the most fascinating countries on our planet. Whether as a lodge tour or as a combination of camping / lodge safari, you will probably not forget this vacation soon.
Duration: 15 days
But do take care: Once Namibia - Always Namibia!
Safari Overview - "Namibia’s most beautiful Highlights"
- Day 1: Windhoek - Arrival, city tour through Namibia’s capital
- Day 2-3: Kalahari - Connect, game drive and relaxing
- Day 4-5: Sossuvslei - The grand dune sea of the Namib, Sesriem Canyon
- Day 6-7: Swakopmund - Atlantic flair and seal cruise or desert excursion
- Day 8: Erongo - Volcanic ruin with breath-taking landscapes
- Day 9-10: Damaraland - Surreal rock formations and unique solitude
- Day 11-13: Etosha - Fascinating fauna
- Day 14: Waterberg - Historic and geological highlight
- Day 15: Departure - Good-bye Namibia!
Tour overview- "Namibia's most beautiful highlights"
Day 1: Arrival in Namibia ~ 45 km
After your arrival at the Hosea Kutako International Airport approx. 45 km east of Windhoek, you will be welcomed by the car rental company and taken to Windhoek where you will take over your vehicle with all the necessary instructions and information. Afterwards you will drive to your accommodation where you are able to freshen up and rest. In the afternoon you will be picked up by your guide from Bwana Tucke-Tucke for an interesting Windhoek city tour, during which you will get to know historical buildings and the township of Katutura. In the evening you can go out for a relaxing dinner. We can recommend Joe's Beerhouse, Cape Town Fish Market or The Stellenbosch.
Day 2: On the way into the Kalahari ~ 270 km (4h)
After breakfast you stock up at a supermarket, before leaving town and driving south into typical African bush landscapes. You can choose between the faster tarred road via Rehoboth and Kalkrand or the more scenic drive past Dordabis and Uhlenhorst. On the road you will discover sociable weaver bird’s nests and the first dunes of the Kalahari Semi-Desert. You will reach your accommodation in the early afternoon. Enjoy a refreshing jump into the pool or take a walk into the wonderful Kalahari landscape during the cooler hours of the afternoon.
Day 3: Kalahari ~ 0 km
Today is completely at your own leisure. Feel free to take part in the numerous activities offered by the lodge or take some time on your own to explore the surrounding. We recommend a guided nature drive to get some insight knowledge on its fascinating flora and fauna.
Day 4: Into the Namib Desert ~ 320 km (4h 30min)
After a hearty breakfast it’s time to leave the Kalahari and to venture towards the Namib Desert. Mariental is a good spot for some more shopping if needed, before continuing west through rugged landscapes into the Namib Desert. The top of the Tsaris Pass is a nice spot for a lunch break. Along the NamibRand Nature Reserve you travel on towards Sossusvlei. The landscape changes into its true desert character.
Your accommodation is reached in the afternoon. We recommend you to buy you entry permit for the Namib Naukluft Park this afternoon and to visit the first dune, the Elim Dune, for a sundowner. Here you can enjoy spectacular views over the dune ocean of the Namib to the west and the mighty Naukluft Mountains to the east.
Day 5: Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei and Sesriem Canyon ~ 130 km (2h)
Today an early rise (approx. 1 hour before sunrise) is advisable. Guests of the Sesriem Camsite, Dead Valley lodge and Sossus Dune Lodge are able to drive to the Sossus and Dead Vlei earlier than guests staying outside the park. The spectacle of colours of this natural wonder is best seen during sunrise with the additional advantage of cooler temperature than later in the day. You drive 80 km through dune landscapes on good tar road. The last 4 kilometres take you through thick sands where you will have to engage your 4x4.
The Dead Vlei with its numerous dead camelthorn trees as well as the famous Sossusvlei offer an unbelievable impressive natural setting. Take your time to just let your soul stray whilst climbing the Big Daddy, the tallest dune in the surrounding. Depending on your state of fitness and sand conditions the climb will take about 1 – 2 hours. The way down is usually much quicker and the more adventures can run down the steep slip face into Dead Vlei – this takes less than a minute.
Before the heats starts burning your soles away you should start to make your way back. At the park entrance we recommend a visit to the Sesriem Canyon before returning to your accommodation to spend the afternoon in the cool swimming pool.
Day 6: From the desert to the Atlantic ~ 350 km (5h)
Enjoy your last desert breakfast for now, before you depart in a northern direction. In the little one-horse-town Solitaire you can get fuel and basic stuff from the little shop. Solitaire’s apple crumble is quite popular and people liking apple crumble claim “rightly so”. Strengthened you continue through the sparse rocky desert of the northern Naukluft National Park. The gravel roads may be quite bumpy here so take your time and get out of the car every now and then and enjoy the complete solitude.
After a long drive you will reach the Atlantic harbour town Walvis Bay. The scenic road to Swakopmund takes you along the Namib Desert to your right and the Atlantic Ocean to your left. Once arrived you check in into your accommodation, where you should ask the reception to make a dinner booking for you at one of the many restaurants in town (we recommend The Tug, the Jetty-Restaurant or one of the restaurants at the Strand Hotel). The late afternoon can be spent exploring the city centre with its interesting architecture. The “Tiger Reef” directly on the beach, is ideal for a spectacular sundowner before dinner.
Day 7: Swakopmund ~ 60 km (1h)
Unless you prefer to relax, to take a stroll at the beach or to enjoy the flair of this German influenced town, you have a whole lot of activities you can choose from today. Most of the activities take place early in the morning either from Swakopmund or from Walvis Bay: Here a list of our recommendations:
- Little Five Desert Expedition (Swakopmund)
- Scenic Flight over the Namib (Swakopmund)
- Catamaran tour (Walvis Bay)
- Historian Quad Bike Tour (Walvis Bay)
- Kayaking with Seals (Walvis Bay)
- Seal and Dolphin tour (Walvis Bay)
- Sandwich Harbour Tour (Walvis Bay)
Activities should be booked in advance. Let us know what you are interested in and we gladly take over the booking for you.
Day 8: Short detour to the Erongo Mountains ~ 250 km (3h)
Before you leave Swakopmund, make sure to stock up on supplies and refuel if need be. Today's comfortable drive takes you past the picturesque Spitzkoppe. A short visit to this so-called Inselberg is recommended – maybe for a nice picnic stop over. During the rainy season you can find natural rock pools here inviting you for a quick dip. You carry on to the Erongo Mountain, an old volcanic ruin with dramatic landscapes. In the evening you can enjoy a nature drive or you just enjoy the wonderful surrounds from your terrace
Day 9: Into the rugged Damaraland ~ 220 km (3h)
We advise an early start towards the “Wild West”. Soon you will start to see the silhouette of the Brandberg Massif with Namibia’s highest peak in Namibia – the Königsstein. If time allows and temperatures are not too high a two-hour guided walk to the “White Lady” rock painting should be on the to-do list. Enjoy a lunch break afterward, before continuing to your accommodation in Damaraland. Keep your eyes open on your way through Damaraland. You are passing communal conservancy areas and with a bit of luck you might get to see some wildlife!
Day 10: Damaraland activities ~ 60 km (1h)
Today's focus is with the possible activities in the area. As it can get very hot during our summer months you should start early in the morning. We of course recommend a visit to the rock engravings of Twyfelfontein. They are part of the UNESCO world heritage site and are unparalleled worldwide. Also very interesting is a visit to the Damara Living Museum, where a self-managed group of Damara started this project to safe some of their forgotten traditional culture and to generate an income for their community.
In the afternoon you can book a guided drive with the lodge – this area is often frequented by the rare desert-dwelling elephants and the guides normally know where to find these fascinating pachyderms. The late afternoon should be spent on top of one of the many granite hills. The Damaraland is known for its most spectacular sunsets and most lodges have short hikes up one of the hills.
Day 11: Towards Etosha National Park ~ 350 km (4h)
Via Khorixas and Outjo (shopping possibilities) the road leads away from the Damaraland towards the Etosha National Park, teaming with wildlife. Most of the road today consists of good tarmac making the drive easy with enough time left to enter the park for an afternoon game drive. During the hot season most animals remain hidden in shady spots from 10:00 - 16:00. Early and late afternoon drives are thus well worth it, whilst the hottest parts of the day can be spent at the lodge or camp pool.
Day 12: Etosha National Park ~ 150 km (6h)
The morning and afternoons you will spend exploring the park always on the lookout for the wild animals of Namibia. The Etosha National Park hosts more than 110 mammals, some of which are elephants, white and black rhino, lion, leopard, hyena, several smaller predators, giraffe, zebra and uncountable antelopes. Furthermore more than 340 different bird species are found here. During the hot midday you can relax in the rest camp or return to your accommodation.
A stop at the Pan’s edge is as recommendable as exploring the different waterholes in the area. Especially during the dry season, which is from Mai to November/December, large herds of game gather at the waterholes to quench their thirst. In the visitor’s books at the restcamp receptions one can sometimes find hints about interesting sightings of rather rare species like leopards and predator kills.
Depending on the season one should focus on the central parts of the Etosha National Park around Okaukuejo or the eastern area around Namutoni, as the larger herds and with them the predators move between the areas during the course of the year. We will of course take this into consideration, depending during which season you book your safari and will advise accordingly.
Day 13: Etosha National Park ~ 150 km (6h)
Another whole day for exiting game viewing. You cross the park from the central area to the east. Experience new impressions on the way like a drive around the beautiful Fisher’s Pan.
Enjoy your last day in the Etosha National Park!
Day 14: Drive to Waterberg ~ 400 km (5h)
After one last early game drive you exit the Etosha National Park. Hint: Before leaving, make a turn at Chudop and Klein Namutoni waterholes. This is often well worth it....
On the way to the Waterberg via Tsumeb and Otavi two small highlights can be visited: the Otjikoto Lake (a collapsed kast cave, into which the German troops dumped a large amount of weapons and ammunition from the Frist World War) and the Hoba Meteorite, the largest meteorite ever found until today.
You reach the Waterberg in the early afternoon. Enough time to go for a walk on one of the marked hiking trails or to book a guided game drive offered by your accommodation.
Day 15: Back to Windhoek – Farewell from Namibia ~ 250 km (2,5h)
Today is the last day of your journey. Time to say farewell to the Waterberg and Namibia. Depending on your flight schedule you can either spend some more time at the Waterberg or you can so some more souvenir shopping in Windhoek.
The drive back to the capital takes about three hours. You drop off your vehicle at the car rental and they will take you to the airport, as arranged at the beginning of your tour.
Good-bye Namibia !
As with single bookings, our price guarantee also applies when booking a complete safari, meaning that you pay exactly the same amount as you would when booking the tour yourself (exception goes for campsite bookings).
- The price indicated is based on bookings for two people.
- For groups of four the rate will decrease as the rental car costs will be divided by the number of persons. This will be taken into account upon your booking request.
Low season 2021
01.01.2021 - 30.06.2021
From N$ 17.500 (Camping/Lodge)
From N$ 34.500 (Lodge - Comfort)
From N$ 51.500 (Lodge - Luxury)
High season 2021
From N$ 22.350 (Camping/Lodge)
From N$ 42.000 (Lodge - Comfort)
From N$ 56.000 (Lodge - Luxury)
The standard rates of the tours are approximate costs to give you an idea of the budget you can work with. The price is subject to availability of the accommodation and the rental vehicle and might change slightly if we have to book alternatives. We prefer working with smaller, more personal accommodation facilities and car rental companies, guaranteeing a consistent quality of service. Thus it is advisable to book at least one year in advance, especially when planning to travel during Namibia's touristic high season. Should we need to book alternative accommodation / rental vehicle we try to stick to this policy.
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- Accommodation, activities and meals as per itinerary
- 4x4 rental vehicle with the lowest excess
- Airport transfers
- 24 hour backup support
- Detailed tour description with insider hints, telephone list for emergencies, vouchers – all sent in advance by e-mail for you to print and to familiarise yourself with.
- International flight
- Personal travel insurances
- Fuel costs
- Park and entrance fees
- Drinks and missing meals in the itinerary
Namibia is a safe country to travel in and with its good infrastructure it is ideal for self-drive safaris. Especially those, who like to get an individual impression of the country a tour in a rented vehicle is highly recommendable. You’ll have the opportunity to learn a lot about the country and people and also to experience a lot off the beaten track.
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