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Four Day Etosha Park Self-Drive

Our four day Etosha Park self-drive safari offers you the opportunity to visit Namibia’s most renowned game reserve at your own pace. Etosha is ideally suited for a Namibian self drive holiday; the roads are in good condition and well-marked, and game viewing is plentiful throughout the year.

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices: $170 - $283
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 4 days
Best months: All year
Countries visited: Namibia Namibia
Parks visited: Etosha
Activity level: Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
Safari type:
  • Big five
  • Self-drive
Game viewing in Etosha is generally best during the early morning and late afternoon. Around mid-day, it is customary for wildlife to find a shady tree and take a siesta. We like to do the same. Drop into one of the rest camps, grab a bite to eat (and a Windhoek Lager) and have a few hours rest before heading out on a pre-sundown game drive. As night falls a whole new set of animals emerges from the veld. Etosha does not allow self-driving after dark but does offer guided night-drives. These have minimal spaces and require pre-booking. Our preference is to find a comfy place at a spotlit waterhole. Okaukuejo & Halali have particularly good ones. Open a bottle of wine and sit quietly as a myriad of animals come to drink.

Day 1: 

Start your Etosha self-drive by leaving Windhoek, heading north on the B1. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife and birds. You should make good time as the road is tarred all the way to Okaukuejo.

Enter Etosha through the Andersson Gate and  head to Okaukuejo and check-in to your accommodation for the night.

If there is time head out for an afternoon game drive. Remember the Okaukukejo gate closes at sunset so plan accordingly as sleeping in your car outside the gates is no fun! Alternatively, walk to the Okaukuejo waterhole and let the animals come to you. After dinner, we highly recommend grabbing a bottle of port (or whatever tickles your fancy) and settling in to enjoy the procession of animals at the spot-lit waterhole. Elephants and rhino are frequent visitors throughout the night.

Day 2 & 3: 

Explore Etosha Park at your leisure. The best game viewing is generally at the waterholes, but occasionally you will come across incredible sightings next to (or in the middle of) the road. One never knows what is waiting to surprise you just around the next corner.

Part of the joy of self-driving in Etosha is that you get to choose how to spend your days. There are two basic approaches to game viewing in Etosha. The first involves driving between as many waterholes as you can in the hope that your arrival will coincide with a fantastic sighting. The second more leisurely approach is driving to a waterhole and patiently waiting to see what arrives.   The strategy you choose probably says a lot about your personality.  But one thing is inevitable when you speak to fellow travellers they will have adopted the other method and seen something way more spectacular than you did!

Day 4:

By now you should hopefully have seen all there is to see in Etosha (if not you will have to visit again soon!).  Pack up your possessions, do a last game drive, and begin the long journey back to Windhoek.

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

  • Okaukuejo
Wildebeest, Etosha National Park, Nam...
Wildebeest, Etosha National Park, Namibia by Sandscapes Namibia
Elephants, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Elephants, Etosha National Park, Namibia by Sandscapes Namibia

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