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12 nt Open Roads Self Drive

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices: $2984 - $3270
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 13 days
Best months: April - October
Countries visited: Namibia Namibia
Parks visited: Etosha, Namib-Naukluft
Activity level: Moderate - Game walks, Cultural visits
Safari type:
  • Big five
  • Camping
  • Self-drive
- Freedom to explore! Your own Namibia safari in either 2x4 or 4x4 - Diverse landscapes, spectacular destinations, great wildlife - Boutique luxury accommodation including some Wilderness Safaris camps (see video) - 24/7 customer care to ensure your safety and needs at all times
Day 1: Arrival

Arrive into Windhoek International Airport. Clear customs and immigration (no visa required) and collect your bags. Proceed to the rental car counter and pick up your 2x4 Nissan X Trail or upgrade to a 4x4 Toyota Double Cab. Head off with your map to Olive Grove Guesthouse for 1 night in a luxury room with breakfast included.  Spend the afternoon exploring Independence Avenue with its diamond jewellers and open air curio markets. As the sunsets head to the hillside bars to enjoy the evening city views.

Day 2: Travel to Namib Desert, Desert Homestead

After breakfast, check out and begin your 2x4 or 4x4 adventure. Depart Windhoek and drive out on tarmac road towards the Naukluft Mountains via Rehoboth. Here roads become gravel and you'll head into the Naukluft Mountains and onwards into the Namib Desert, this is a great opportunity to appreciate the outstanding natural environment Namibia has to offer.  Arrive at Desert Homestead in the late afternoon and spend two nights here with dinner and breakfast daily plus a guided Sossusvlei excursion.

Day 3: Sossusvlei Excursion

It's an early start today as you venture out for a guided safari through Sossusvlei. The sand dunes of Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert are often referred to as the highest dunes in the world. Located in the Namib Naukluft park, the largest conservation area in Africa, and fourth largest in the world - the sand dunes at Sossusvlei are just one excellent reason to visit Namibia. The best time to view Sossusvlei is close to sunrise and sunset; the colours are strong and constantly changing, allowing for wonderful photographic opportunities.

Climbing to the top of the Sossusvlei, is well worth every bead of sweat. Catch your breath, take a drink and try to avoid camera shake before capturing some unique moments in your life. From the top you can see Naravlei, Cessna Pan is to the east and the rocky ridges of Witberg have proved to be a valuable landmark for adventurers over the years. Dead Vlei is at it's foot. Its' dead camelthorn trees, some over 800 years old, stand helplessly as photographers worldwide attempt to capture that unique, ageless desert shot. Out of view from the 2x4 car park, tucked behind a dune, is Hiddenvlei. Many species of bird shelter here on both dead and live camelthorn trees. For most of the year all 3 vleis are little more than huge hollows in the ground with no water whatsoever.

The second attraction of the area is Sesriem Canyon, which begins as an almost imperceptible but nevertheless deep cleft in level, stony ground, and then widens until it finally flattens out onto the plain. Because it is so deep and sheltered, it often holds water well into the dry season - an invigorating sight in such a barren and stark environment.

Day 4: Travel to Swakopmund, Central Guesthouse

After breakfast, it's time to shake out the dust from your leather boots for a rumble to the Atlantic coastal town of Swakopmund. Desert meets ocean here, which means plenty for you to see and do, hence we have 2 nights here at Central Guesthouse with breakfast daily. Swakopmund tells of a bygone era full of German colonial history and architecture.

Day 5: Swakopmund

Day to explore Swakopmund and surrounds.

Day 6: Travel to Damaraland, Doro Nawas

After breakfast, it's time to check out and continue your journey to Damaraland. Driving through Damaraland is possible with any car that has a reasonable ground clearance, but we recommend sticking to the 2x4 or 4x4.  A stop at Twyfelfontein is a must. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Twyfelfontein has one of the largest concentrations of petroglyphs in the world with over 2500 engravings. Believed to be up to 2000 years old, the sandstone engravings depict elephants, giraffe, lion, rhino, hunters and bizarrely, seals and penguins providing insight into the life of ancient San. From here you continue south past the Brandberg, the world’s second largest monolith.

You'll arrive in the afternoon at the stunning Doro Nawas Camp for two nights with dinner and breakfast included daily.

Day 7: Damaraland

We recommend after breakfast you head out for a game drive in search of the desert dwelling elephants.

Day 8: Travel to Etosha National Park

After breakfast, check out and continue your self drive adventure as you head to Etosha National Park.  Spend one night at Andersson's Camp with all meals included.  You have plenty of time to explore the network of waterholes and looped drives along the main park road. The roads are in good condition and are a mixture of gravel and tar. As you traverse the park you have the opportunity to stop and make use of the dining and basic shopping services at both Namutoni and Okaukuejo. These historical forts are owned and managed by the parks board and make handy rest stops.

Day 9: Travel to Mushara Bush Camp

After breakfast, head off for a full day game viewing in your own vehicle.  It's a stunning landscape rich with wildlife. Arrive then at Mushara Bush Camp located on the Eastern side of Etosha National Park where you have two nights with dinner and breakfast included.

Day 10:  On safari
Day 11: Travel to Okonjima

After breakfast, check out and head south for a 3 - 4 hour drive through open farmland and towns of Tsumeb, Otavi, Otjiwarongo before arriving at Okonjima. You will be met by the security guard and the camp informed of your imminent arrival before you enter 22,000 hectares of exclusive protected big cat habitat. Shaded Acacia bush, sandy river beds and open plains at the foot of the Omboroko Mountains are home to the beautiful and precious charges of the AfriCat Foundation. The Foundation is a pioneering charity committed to researching and rehabilitating Namibia’s threatened big cat population. They have been at the cutting edge of Namibian predator conservation since 1993 and are a leading model for eco-tourism sustained conservation.

Spend two nights at Okonjima Main Camp with dinner and breakfast included daily. Your stay at Okonjima directly supports the foundation and leaves a conservation legacy which remains active long after you depart.

Day 12: On safari
Day 13: Travel to Windhoek

After breakfast, it's time to check out and return to Windhoek. You'll pass through the small town of Okahandja where you have the opportunity to see the famous wood carvers at work in their market. Enter the pretty hills of Windhoek and drop off the car at the airport for your onward flight out.

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  • Okonjima Main Camp
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  • Andersson's Camp
  • Doro Nawas Camp

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