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Porcupine Self Drive - Namibia

This 12 day self-drive safari is designed to take in the best of central & northern Namibia. Big cat conservation, wildlife activity, archaeology, a few days at the seaside and a trip into the desert are the main highlights

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices: $2938 - $5877
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 12 days
Best months: All year
Countries visited: Namibia Namibia
Parks visited: Etosha, Namib-Naukluft
Activity level: Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
Safari type:
  • Big five
  • Self-drive
A self drive itinerary visiting the major highlights of central and northern Namibia. Highlights of the itinerary include viewing cheetah & leopard at Africat. Several days of game viewing in the Etosha National Park followed by a visit to the world heritage site at Twyfelfontien (famous for San rock engravings). A few nights at Swakopmund, on the Skeleton Coast, is followed by a visit to the magnificent sand dunes of the Namib Desert at the iconic venue of Sossusvlei.

Day 1 & 2: Windhoek - Okonjima

Today you have about a three hour drive north of Windhoek on the B1 road. Your destination is Okonjima and the AfriCat foundation. Apart from the beautiful location, stunning accommodation and wonderful meals the main reason for visiting Okonjima is to view cats. Your activities here are included in this package and centre around viewing leopard & cheetah, visiting a night hide and generally learning about what the AfriCat foundation is doing to preserve these wonderful animals.
Meals: Brunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Okonjima Bush Camp

Day 3 & 4: Okonjima - Etosha Park

From Okonjima it is only a short drive to Etosha. Animals are most active in the cool of the day (early morning & late afternoon) and in order to maximise your chances of good viewings it is worth imitating their behaviour. The roads in Etosha are unsealed gravel roads but are in reasonable condition - and the general tourist behaviour is to drive between various waterholes searching for animals. 
As the day gets hotter head for shade, and lunch, at one of the parks three camps, Okaukuejo, Namutoni or Halali. When things start to cool down again head out for another game drive. With two full days in the park you should have sightings of most of the parks inhabitants (although be warned the cats are notoriously hard to find - and of course what you see is determined by luck and more importantly your ability to spot wildlife). These nights will be spent at Okaukuejo Camp, the western most camp in Etosha, it is famous for a very popular (both with tourist and the local animal population) spot-lit waterhole.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Okaukuejo

Day 5: Etosha - Damaraland

Hopefully by now you will have seen everything the park has to offer and are ready to move on. From today onwards the geographical features you encounter will become more striking as you head into the Namib Desert.
Leaving Etosha via the Andersson gate head south to the Town of Outjo and from there westwards to Khorixas. Those interested in geological matters may be inclined to take the short detour from the main road to visit the Vingerklip (Rock Finger). From Khorixas continue westwards until you reach the Petrified Forest, here you will need to pay for a local guide to show you the remains of million year old petrified tree trunks (interesting, if not exactly riveting stuff). Luckily the highlight of this part of the trip is still to come - from here head to Twyfelfontein, this world heritage site has an extremely high density of bushmen rock engravings. After hiring a local guide you will be shown some of the more striking of these petroglyphs.
Your accommodation tonight is at a lodge close to Twyfelfontein
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Doro Nawas Lodge

Day 6 & 7: Damaraland - Erongo

Today you have a short drive towards the town of Omaruru. Just west of the town nestled amongst the granite Erongo Mountains is a small part of paradise called Erongo Wilderness Lodge. You will spend two nights here allowing you a full day to experience the tranquility that the lodge has to offer. This is not a lodge that offers a multitude of activities but you are free to walk around the surrounding veld or just sit on your verandah with a cold beverage and enjoy Namibia. The early morning guided walk offered by the lodge is excellent - with an attentive guide, and the sundowner drives are good value for money and frequently stop at the rock art in Paula's caves.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Erongo Wilderness Lodge

Day 8 & 9: Erongo - Swakopmund

Leaving Erongo there is a short drive on a tarred road through the towns of Karibib & Usakos towards Swakopmund. As you head further westwards you will notice things becoming drier as you are now entering the gravel plains of the Namib Desert. There are a host of adventure activities to participate in while in Swakopmund. These range fromsandboarding through quad biking to sky-diving. No activities are included in this package but they can be pre-arranged when you book this itinerary or left for you to arrange on arrival is Swakopmund

Being a German inspired town good food and beer is never hard to find, so we are sure you will find something productive to do!
Meals: Breakfast 
Accommodation: Sams Giardino

Day 10: Swakopmund - Sossusvlei

Leave Swakopmund towards the harbour town of Walvis Bay, the lagoon here attracts a lot of marine & birdlife and is well worth a visit to view the pink flamingos. You may decide to take a catamaran cruise on the lagoon (not included in package price). Today you have a drive of around 300km's which will take you around 4-5 hours. Your route will take you across the gravel plains of the Namib Desert and through the Kuiseb & Gaub passes. Aim to arrive at your accommodation in the late afternoon
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Sossusvlei Lodge

Day 11: Swakopmund - Sossusvlei

Wake up early and leave your lodge, heading for the Sesriem entrance gate to the Namib Naukluft Park. This gate only opens at sunrise, so there is no point arriving earlier, but driving the 60km from Sesriem through the dunes towards Sossusvlei while the sun rises is a real pleasure. The first major dune you will encounter goes by the imaginative name of Dune 45 - many people choose to stop and climb this dune but we suggest you continue onwards towards Sossusvlei. Park at the the 2x4 car park (unless you have a 4x4 vehicle this is as far as you can drive), Sossusvlei is a further 4km from here but you are already amongst fairly large dunes. The walk along the dry river bed into Sossusvlei is lovely but for the very unfit or terminally lazy there are 4x4 shuttles from the car park to Sossusvlei. 
Deadvlei, so named because it is a large pan with sculptural dead trees, is close by and definitely worth a visit. When you have had enough sand - head back to your vehicle (there really is no shame in taking the shuttle back - the sand is likely to be hot, and the walk less pleasant than the one in the cool of the morning)
On your way back to the lodge stop at the Sesriem Canyon - follow the signs from the Sesriem Campsite. 
Meals: None
Accommodation: Sossusvlei Lodge

Day 12: Sossusvlei - Windhoek

If you are looking to completely blow your budget you could consider joining a balloon flight over Sossusvlei this morning. Otherwise after breakfast, pack up and head back to Windhoek.Consider a lunch stop and a bit of wine tasting at the Neuras Winery & Wildlife Estate on the way back. If you are not flying out today we can book you suitableaccommodation in Windhoek for tonight.

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

  • Okonjima Bush Camp
  • Okaukuejo Rest Camp
  • Doro Nawas Lodge
  • Erongo Wilderness Lodge
  • Sams Giardino
  • Sossusvlei Lodge
Deadvlei - near Sossusvlei in the Nam...
Deadvlei - near Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert by The Cardboard Box Travel Shop
Springbok in the Namib
Springbok in the Namib by The Cardboard Box Travel Shop
Leopard at Okonjima
Leopard at Okonjima by The Cardboard Box Travel Shop
The Erongo Mountains
The Erongo Mountains by The Cardboard Box Travel Shop

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