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10 Nights Namibia North to South Self-Drive Explorer

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Tour Details

Choose your own pace on this Self-drive journey as you explore to Namibia’s most iconic locations from the North to the South: Etosha National Park, Damaraland, Twyfelfontein, Swakopmund and Sossusvlei.
Travel in comfort from the wild north to the magical south. Starting from the capital Windhoek, your first stop is Okonjima Nature Reserve, home to the AfriCat Foundation to learn more about the long-term conservation and survival of Namibia’s Large Carnivores in their natural habitat.
From here, proceed to the renowned Etosha National Park where you have the opportunity to experience exhilarating game drives that bring you up-close encounters with several of the 114 mammal species and 340 bird species residing in the park.
Leaving behind the iconic National Park, you travel this morning to Palmwag, a private concession in Damaraland protecting endangered fauna and flora species such as the
the desert-adapted rhinos, elephants, and mountain zebra … as well as the amazing endemic Welwitschia mirabilis.
Your next stop on this epic journey is the coastal town of Swakopmund, known as the adventure capital of Namibia. Explore the old town with its colonial architecture on foot
and enjoy some marine adrenaline activities.
Round off this safari with a visit to the Namib Naukluft Park, a National Park situated between the coast of the Atlantic Ocean and the edge of the Great Escarpment. Here you will visit the world-acclaimed Sossusvlei and Sesriem to explore tall dunes, canyons, gorges …

Summary of your Trip
  • 1 Night - Olive Grove Guest (Windhoek) | Namibia
  • 1 Night - Out of Africa Town Lodge (Otjiwarongo) | Namibia
  • 1 Night - Namutoni Rest Camp (Etosha National Park (East) | Namibia
  • 1 Night - Okaukuejo Rest Camp (Etosha National Park (South) | Namibia
  • 1 Night - Palmwag Lodge (Palmwag- Damaraland) | Namibia
  • 1 Night - Twyfelfontein Country Lodge (Twyfelfontein-Damaraland) | Namibia
  • 2 Nights - Swakopmund Hotel (Swakopmund)| Namibia
  • 2 Nights - Sossusvlei Lodge (Sossusvlei) | Namibia
Price Includes
  • Accommodation and meals as specified
  • Premium Cover insured vehicle rental.
  • Tour file with detailed itinerary, map, booking vouchers, contact numbers and useful information
  • 24-hour support
Price Excludes
  • International Flights and Airport Taxes
  • Drinks
  • National Park entrance fees
  • Fuel costs for duration of tour
  • Vehicle Hire deposit
  • Entry visas
  • Porterage and Gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • All items of a personal nature
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Windhoek

On arrival at Hosea Kutako Windhoek International airport, you will be met by our representative and assisted with picking up your car rental. During a detailed briefing, our representative will answer all questions related to the trip. Then, drive to Olive Grove Guest House located in a quiet, peaceful suburb considered the perfect location for guests’ stopover on their way to OR from their Namibian safari. The rest of the day is at leisure and may be spent exploring the city.
Windhoek is a city of many contrasts. Modern skyscrapers blend with historic buildings dating from the turn of the century. Several buildings from the German colonial era have been preserved and restored to fulfil useful functions in the community today.
For dinner tonight, you can head into town for a bite to eat at one of Windhoek’s well-known restaurants.

Accommodation: Olive Grove Guest House
Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

Day 2Windhoek - Otjiwarongo

After a leisurely breakfast at the guest house, drive north towards Okahandja. Stop at the large open Craft Market showcasing crafts from all over southern Africa, including Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa. Then drive to Otjiwarongo, your final destination for the day.
Accommodation is at Out of Africa Town Lodge ideally situated to visit the Otjiwarongo Crocodile Park, Cheetah Foundation Fund a full-scale conservation NGO working to save the cheetah and its ecosystem. The Cheetah Foundation Fund Research and Education Centre overlooks the picturesque Waterberg Plateau with many opportunities for photographing the surrounding wildlife.

Accommodation: Out of Africa Town Lodge
Meal Plan: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 3Otjiwarongo – Etosha National Park (East)

This morning we continue our trip north into the Etosha National Park, which spans an area of 22 270 square km and whose large part is taken up by a vast salt pan. This beautiful barren and often haunting landscape is surprisingly abundant in game, which often congregates around the various waterholes scattered around the park, allowing for some spectacular game viewing. The park is home to hundreds of species of mammals, birds and reptiles, including several threatened and endangered species such as the black rhinoceros. Visitors can expect to see many buck species, elephants, giraffes, rhinos and lions. If you are lucky you will see leopards and cheetahs. After good rains, the salt pan fills with water attracting a mass of flamingos. More than 340 bird species have been counted in the park.

Accommodation is at Namutoni Camp situated in the eastern part of Etosha National Park and accessible via the Von Lindquist Gate. The camp is famous for its elevated view of the King Nehale Waterhole allowing for great game viewing without leaving the camp. Arriving at the Camp is around lunchtime. Seat for lunch and later in the afternoon take off for your first game drive in the national park for your first African wildlife experience. Return to the camp for a delicious dinner.

Accommodation: Namutoni Rest Camp
Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

Day 4Etosha National Park (South)

Today is dedicated to a full-day game drive in the park allowing plenty of opportunities for good sightings and spectacular photographs. Pause for lunch in the park and afterwards proceed with your afternoon game drive. As the evening approaches drive to Okaukuejo Rest Camp, the administrative centre of Etosha National park – famous for its floodlit waterhole, a hub of animal activity starting in the early hours of the morning. After sunset floodlights illuminate the waterhole. This is the best time and place to see the endangered black rhino. This archaic mammal can often be seen drinking alongside a lion and elephant. The number and interaction of the animals are the major drawcards of Okaukuejo Rest Camp in Namibia.

Accommodation: Okaukuejo Rest Camp
Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

Day 5Etosha National Park – Palmwag

After breakfast at the lodge, we head north to Palmwag, a nature reserve in north-western Damaraland, halfway between Swakopmund and Etosha National Park.
On your way to Palmwag, make sure to visit the Otjikandera Himba Village for some cultural interaction to get an insight into the daily life of the Himba people.
Wildlife species in Palmwag include leopard, lion, cheetah, mountain zebra, Angolan giraffe, springboks, kudus, and African bush elephants. The reserve also has the largest population of southwestern black rhinos in Africa. If you are lucky, you might catch a sighting of the famous Namibian desert elephants.

Accommodation is at Palmwag Lodge a paradise located on the Uniab River in north-western Namibia, just a few kilometres from Damaraland – the best location for Rhino trek as well as to see resident Elephants. We suggest that you go on a guided walk in the nearby riverbed.
In the concession area around Palmwag Lodge, there are large populations of Hartman’s Mountain Zebra, giraffe, oryx, springbok and kudu. The predator population is the largest outside of the Etosha National Park, with over 100 lions, cheetahs, leopards, and brown and spotted hyenas. Bird life is prolific and diverse with most of Namibia’s endemics present

Accommodation: Palmwag Lodge
Meal Plan: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 6Damaraland – Tywfelfontein

Today we embark on a scenic drive through the unspoiled vistas of Twyfelfontein situated in the southern Kunene Region of Namibia, an area formerly known as Damaraland. We may see some of its varied wildlife which ranges from the largest land mammal – the elephant, to the smallest southern African antelope, the Damara Dik Dik. A beautiful sight when set against this stark landscape.
Enjoy lunch on the road or at a restaurant before continuing your drive and arriving at the lodge around the end of the afternoon. Accommodation is at Twyfelfontein Country Lodge located close to the Twyfelfontein rock engravings site.

Accommodation: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge
Meal Plan: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 7Twyfelfontein – Swakopmund

After a hearty breakfast at the lodge, it is time to visit the celebrated rock engravings of Twyfelfontein.
Twyfelfontein is the site of one of the largest concentrations of rock petroglyphs (engravings) and rock paintings in Africa. It consists of a spring in a valley flanked by the slopes of a sandstone mountain. Over 2,500 engravings and paintings make up the collection, many of which were created up to 6,000 years ago by hunter-gatherers’ communities in the area. It was approved in 2007 by UNESCO as Namibia’s first World Heritage Site.

Back on the road again, and travel past Namibia’s highest mountain (Brandberg), which reaches about 2573 metres above sea level.
Lunch will be enjoyed on the road, at a restaurant or Uis, before continuing your journey to the coast.
Accommodation is at Swakopmund Hotel, a Beach front property which puts the best of Swakopmund at your fingertips, making your stay both relaxing and enjoyable.
Dinner is at one of Swakopmund’s many fine restaurants.

Accommodation: Swakopmund Hotel
Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

Day 8Swakopmund

This day is dedicated to exploring Swakopmund and its surroundings.
Sandwiched between the ocean and the Namib Desert, Swakopmund, a coastal town in central Namibia, is one of the most popular places in the country for travellers to visit. The laidback town has charm by the bucketload with its colonial architecture, oceanfront promenades, historical sights, cosy guesthouses, and excellent restaurants and beer houses where you can sample traditional German food and beer

Swakopmund is a perfect base for exploring the coast, we suggest the below activities:
1. Drop from the Sky on a Skydiving Adventure
Swakopmund has one of the most unique environments on the planet, meaning you’ll surely get an experience free-falling that is unlike any before — and this will be at a fraction of the cost as other places.

2. Spend an Afternoon at the Swakopmund Jetty Soaking Up the Pier
One of the most popular things to do in Swakopmund is to check out the Swakopmund Jetty!

3. Spend the Day with the Dolphins and Whale Watching
The Southwestern African coast is known for some of the most plentiful whale and dolphin sightings in the world, making this one of the most popular things to do in Swakopmund Namibia.
From encounters with pelicans and feeding seals to a chance to see leaping dolphins and fluttering whale tails — this is an opportunity you cannot pass up.

4. Ride a Camel at the Swakopmund Camel Farm
Quite an experience – be assisted by friendly and helpful guide

5. Explore the small town on foot. We also recommend visiting the Karakul Weavers with plenty of souvenir shops to choose from.

Dinner is at a restaurant of your choice in Swakopmund.

Accommodation: Swakopmund Hotel
Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

Day 9Sossusvlei Lodge

After breakfast, drive for 30 minutes to the other side of the highway: Walvis Bay.
On your way there, you may pass flamingos and pelicans feeding on the surrounding wetland. On arrival join a half-day kayak trip to Pelican Point (departure at 08h30), a sand bar near Walvis Bay, where you share the sheltered lagoon with playful Cape fur seal colonies. If you’re lucky, you may also spot some dolphins. The trip is rounded off with fresh oysters, snacks and sparkling wine. The cruise lasts between 2 ½ – 3 hours.

Back on the road, travel South towards Sossusvlei. Lunch will be enjoyed on the road or at a restaurant. The journey takes you through beautiful, scenic landscapes, including passing by the Kuiseb Canyon and across the Tropic of Capricorn. You may even spot wildlife, including mountain zebra, springbok, ostrich and even suricate.
Arrival at your lodge is during the late afternoon.
Accommodation is at Sossusvlei Lodge situated at the Entrance Gate to the Namib Naukluft Park, with direct access to the towering red dunes, the famous pan of Sossusvlei, the scorched black trees of Dead Vlei and the remarkable depths of the Sesriem Canyon.

Accommodation: Sossusvlei Lodge
Meal Plan: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 10Sossusvlei Lodge

Rise early and enter the park. Witness the beautiful colours change as the sun rises over the towering red dunes. Sossusvlei itself is a large, white, salt and clay pan located in the midst of this ancient, red wilderness and provides wonderful photographic opportunities. Occasionally the pan fills up with water offering a fantastic spectacle as the glassy lake reflects the surrounding dunes. Conquer Dune 45, considered the highest in the world reaching 300m and look out over a sea of sand.
Despite the harsh desert conditions in the area, one can find a wide variety of plants and animals here which have adapted to survive.

Lunch will be enjoyed at the lodge before setting off again to Sesriem Canyon. The canyon has been shaped over millions of years by the Tsauchab river and is one of the few places in the area that holds water all year round. It is up to 30 metres deep at points and about 1km long with a width of between 1 and 3 metres. The canyon is a fun and interesting place to visit and walk through its narrow passageway viewing the different rock formations and exposed layers along the way.

Accommodation: Sossusvlei Lodge
Meal Plan: Lunch, Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 11Sossusvlei to Windhoek

After a hearty breakfast at the lodge, it is time to bid farewell to the African landscape and wildlife as you begin the six-hour drive back to Windhoek via the great escarpment mountain range and then over the Khomas Hochland. Enjoy Lunch en route. Arrival in Windhoek is in the afternoon.

Accommodation: Olive Guest House
Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

For dinner tonight, you can head into town for a bite to eat at one of Windhoek’s well-known restaurants.

Day 12Departure

Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast before you make your way back to Hosea Kutako International Airport where you will return your rental vehicle before boarding your flight back home.

Please note that check-in times for departures are at least 2 hours before the flight departure time. Kindly deliver your car to the car rental company beforehand, from where you will be transferred to the airport

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