Namibia Self Drive

In-depth exploration of one of Africa's most scenically spectacular and culturally interesting destinations. Particularly suitable for return visitors who have been on 'big game' safari before and are ready for the next level of engagement with Africa.

Safari tour package:
A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Price per person*:
Includes internal flights:
Length of safari:
7 days
Best months:
January - February, September October
Countries visited:
Parks visited:
Activity level:
Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
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This tour starts and ends in Windhoek. South African Dream Tours Ltd can book your international flights and thus arrange your full trip from home and back. In case you want to book your flight we do recommend an early morning arrival in Windhoek on the first day and a late afternoon departure from Windhoek on the last day. If not possible we can arrange pre and post tour accommodation at an extra cost.

Day 1
Arrive Windhoek International Airport - A representative will meet you at Windhoek International Airport and will go through the travel documentation with you and gladly assist you in any questions that you might have.  Collection of the rented car - Toyota Hilux Double Cab or similar - 4x4

You will then continue your journey to your first destination, Swakopmund where you will overnight at the Central Guest House the next two days.
The Central Guest House offers luxury accommodation in the heart of Swakopmund, within easy walking distance of all amenities, shops, restaurants, museums, craft markets, banks and beaches.


Day 2
Breakfast included. Day at leisure.

We recommend the following tours/escursions (at an extra nost, NOT included)

The Welwitschia Mirabilis 
The Welwitschia mirabilis plant can live for over a thousand years. It is found in parts of Namibia and Angola. The easiest place to see it in Namibia is on the "Welwitschia Drive", inland from Swakopmund. This can easily be combined, in a round trip, with the "Moon Landscape". You need to get a permit to visit the Welwitschia and one for the Moon Landscape. Although the plant seems as if it has many leaves, it has only two, but as it is so old, it gets shredded by the wind. The leaves can spread for several meters across, and their roots go about a meter down. Their scientific name comes from the first European to describe it, Friedrich Welwitsch, and mirabilis from its marvelous ability to survive in such harsh, apparently waterless conditions.

The Moon-landscape is a virtually vegetationless area and lies approximately 15 kilometers out of Swakopmund. Canyons and bizarre rock formations are characteristic of the Moonlandscape. Due to its strange appearance visitors get the impression of being on another planet. The Moonlandscape originated 450 million years ago, when the Swakop River cut its way through the softer rock layers.

Marine & Dune Day Combo Tour 
Boats depart Walvis Bay at 09h00. They cruise the harbor and pass Bird Island, before cutting across the lagoon to the moored Russian trawlers where inquisitive seals will swim up to the boats for something to eat. The boat then heads for Pelican Point where a large seal colony and occasionally schools of dolphins swim alongside. The dolphin species are the Heavyside and Bottlenose. For bird lovers, apart from seeing flamingos, cormorants, and pelicans, there are common sightings of White Chinned Petrel, Wilson’s Storm Petrel, Cape Gannet, Black Oystercatcher, and even the African Penguin. At about 11h30 the boat will drop everyone off on a deserted beach to be met by guides and 4x4 vehicles. A beach picnic will be served before driving along the beach to Sandwich Harbour, a natural freshwater lagoon surrounded by sky-high sand dunes. Walking may be necessary as the tide dictates vehicle access. The return takes in the Kuiseb River Delta, before arriving back at Walvis Bay at approx. 17h00.

Living Desert Tour 
The Living Desert Adventure begins in Swakopmund, leads across the Swakop River towards the dune belt between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund which supports an impressive wealth of fauna and flora. The drive along the foot of the dunes is slow, taking precaution not to drive on the gravel plains and cause unnecessary damage.  Conservation issues and the geological structure of the desert are discussed en route.  The guide will stop frequently to look for tracks (known locally as reading the bushman paper), to determine which animals were active the night before and wherever possible, will try to catch some of them.  Guides will share their knowledge about each desert animal, including adaptations and design for survival in the desert.  Great care is taken to ensure each animal is returned safely to its home.


Day 3
Today you will depart Central Guesthouse after enjoying a scrumptous breakfast and transferred by  a scenic drive to Twyfelfontein Country Lodge. Here you will spend an overnight in a standard room on dinner, bed and breakfast basis. (Including dinner, accommodation and breakfast), (excluding Lunch, all non-premium brand alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, laundry, and any items bought on a private capacity) Lunch can be enjoyed in their restaurant at an extra cost.

The Twyfelfontein Country Lodge is located in the Huab valley in Namibia’s Kunene region (formerly known as Damaraland). The area, known as the Twyfelfontein Uibasen Conservancy, boasts various rock engravings and paintings. These are a silent testimony to the first hunter-gatherer and subsequent Khoi-San inhabitants of 6 000 years ago, who used the area as a place of worship and shaman rituals. There are 17 different sites of rock paintings, totaling 212 stone slabs.

Translated from the original Afrikaans, Twyfelfontein means "fountain of doubt", referring to the inconsistent water supply of the area. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007, Twyfelfontein has approximately 2,500 rock engravings (petroglyphs) and rock paintings, and has become one of Namibia’s major attractions. The figures at Twyfelfontein are thought to have been created over the course of two thousand years, before 1000 AD. The hunter-gatherers who lived in the region created them as part of their rituals. The carvings represent Rhinoceros, Elephant, Ostrich, Giraffe, as well as depictions of human and animal footprints. Some of the figures notably the "Lion Man" depict the transformation of humans into animals.

Day 4
Today you will depart from Twyfelfontein Country Lodge after enjoying breakfast. En route to your next destination Grootberg Lodge you will do a Himba visit. Spend an overnight at the Grootberg Lodge in a standard room on dinner, bed and breakfast basis. (Including dinner, accommodation and breakfast), (excluding Lunch, all non-premium brand alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, laundry, and any items bought on a private capacity) Lunch can be enjoyed at the lodge    

The Grootberg Lodge has the abundance and diversity of species that can be found in the ≠Khoadi /Hoas Conservancy is a far cry from the way things were at the turn of the century. Thanks to the determined efforts and cooperation of forward-thinking conservationists, government, private concerns and the once marginalised community that live here, game numbers have made a turnaround to become a global success story. This includes endangered species such as black rhino, desert-adapted lion and elephant 

The Himba are indigenous people with an estimated population of about 50,000 people living in northern Namibia, in the Kunene region and on the other side of the Kunene River in Angola There are also few groups left of the Ovatwa, which also belong to the Himba people, but are hunters and gatherers. The OvaHimba are a semi-nomadic, pastoral people, culturally distinguishable from the Herero people in northern Namibia and southern Angola, and speak OtjiHimba, which belongs to the language family of the Bantu. The OvaHimba are considered the last (semi-) nomadic people of Namibia.

Day 5
Today you will depart from Grootberg Lodge after enjoying a delicious breakfast. Your guide will transfer you to your next destination Okaukuejo Camp situated just 17km from the Etosha National Park. You will spend 2 nights on a bed and breakfast basis including accommodation and breakfast), (excluding Lunch and dinner, all non-premium brand alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, laundry, and any items bought on a private capacity) meals can be enjoyed at the reastaurant. 

The Okaukuejo Camp located 17km from the southern entrance of the park, was the first, tourist camp to open in the Etosha. Okaukuejo is famous for its flood-lit waterhole, where visitors can observe at close quarters a spectacle of wildlife congregating and interacting. The perfect place to enjoy the beauty of what this beautiful country has to offer.

Day 6
Another wonderful day to spend inside the Etosha National Park for excellent game viewing.

Etosha National Park 
Etosha National Park is one of Southern Africa's finest and most important Game Reserves. Etosha, meaning "Great White Place", is dominated by a massive salt pan, so large it can be seen from space. Yet there is abundant wildlife that congregates around the waterholes, giving you almost guaranteed game sightings. The water holes, scattered throughout this area, are the basis of life for countless game. Be it lion, elephant, giraffe or zebra, almost all African animal species are represented in the huge nature reserve, approx. 22,000 square kilometers in size. There are an estimated number of 300 lions, 300 rhinos, 2000 giraffes and 1500 elephants in the park. Particularly numerous are the dainty springbok, of which at least 30,000 specimen can be found here. Often, they can be observed in enormous herds of several hundred animals. 

Traditionally visitors to Etosha had a choice of three rest camps - Namutoni, Halali and Okaukuejo. September 2008 heralded the opening of Onkoshi Camp a brand new lodge inside Etosha. Accommodation options inside the park where further increased with the opening of the Dolomite Camp in the previously restricted western Etosha. The main entrance to the park is called the "Andersson Gate" situated near Okaukuejo in the south. The eastern entrance is called the "Von Lindequist Gate" and is near Namutoni. The new "Nehale lya Mpingana Gate" gate, (King Nehale Gate) was opened at the beginning of 2003 in the north-east. Visitors should note that the park is only open from sunrise to sunset. Outside of these hours, visitors either have to be in one of the camps, or completely outside the park - or sleep in their cars, surrounded by sharp-toothed prowlers and the sounds of bush at night! 

Day 7
Full breakfast included.
Departure to Windhoek and car rental drop off in the afternoon.

Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • Name:Central Guest House
  • Type:Guest house
  • Website:
  • Comfort level:Mid-range
  • Name:Twyfelfontein Country Lodge
  • Type:Lodge
  • Website:
  • Comfort level:Mid-range
  • Name:Grootberg Lodge
  • Type:Lodge
  • Website:
  • Comfort level:Mid-range
  • Name:Okaukejo Rest Camp
  • Type:Chalet
  • Website:
  • Comfort level:Mid-range
  • Location:Inside park

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Parks you will visit

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Animals you will see

African buffalo
African buffalo
African caracal
African caracal
Bat-eared fox
Bat-eared fox
Dik dik
Dik dik
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Bird watching
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