Day 1 – Windhoek
Today you will arrive at Windhoek international airport where you will be met and greeted by one of our guys on the ground, you will collect your fully equipped double cab 4×4 (or similar) and make your way to the The Olive Grove Guesthouse for 1 night in a standard room on a bed and breakfast basis. Here you can relax and take it easy after your long journey and get ready for the adventure ahead.
Day 2 – Sossusvlei
This morning head out of the city and into the Namibian deserts, your first stop is the Namib-Naukluft National Park, home of the famous Sossusvlei and Deadvlei dunes. The drive to the Sesriem area is about a 4.5hr drive, you will stay at the Sesriem camp site. Depending on your arrival time you might like to explore the dunes this afternoon.
Day 3 – Sossusvlei
This area is simply amazing and is what most people think of when they think of Namibia. today you have the whole day to explore, make your way to the pans and if you are feeling energetic climb the dunes.
Day 4 – Swakopmund
Today you will head to what was the main trading post on the whole of the Namibian coast and beyond during its time as German West Africa. Swakopmund is around 4.5hrs drive from the Sesriem area and an iconic stop on any journey through Namibia. Here you will stay at Villa Margherita a brilliant owner run Bed and Breakfast in the heart of this fascinating little town.
Day 5 – Swakopmund
Swakopmund has so much to offer, from adventure activities such as quad biking, kyaking and even sky diving to fantastic living desert tours in the dunes and visits to the Walvis Bay seal colony. These activities can be arranged on arrival but with limited time here it is advisable to book anything you are really keen on before travelling.
Day 6 – Damaraland
Leaving the coast you will head to Damaraland, the drive from Swakopmund to Damaraland is absolutely stunning and there are several routes that are some of the most scenic in the country. You will head to the Mowani Campsite, the journey is around 5 hours so you can chose to either relax and enjoy a bit of down time or explore some of this amazing landscape this afternoon.
Day 7 – Damaraland
Exploring this vast and rewarding area can be done easily independently, it is important to read the roads and the conditions at the time of travel, talk to fellow self drivers about good spots and where they might have seen game, equally pass on what you know, this makes the whole experience both easier and more fun.
Day 8 – Etosha
Once again you will head north, this time on your way to what is undoubtably Namibia’s premier wildlife destination, Etosha, this drive is approximately 4hrs and takes you to into this incredible national park, you will stay for the next 2 nights at the Okaukuejo Resort campsite. This campsite is known for its incredibly productive waterhole that attracts wildlife from far and wide, you may decide to stake out this today after your drive.
Day 9 – Etosha
This is a great area to explore, in the dry season it is far easier to spot wildlife and to predict where it is going to be based on the permanent water sources. If this is your first self drive trip there will be others here that can point you in the right direction but it is fun to get out and do some independent adventuring…
Day 10 – Etosha
Heading through Etosha National Park itself you will have a chance to explore at your own pace, game driving your way through the park to Mushara Bush Camp where you will spend the next 2 nights on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. Located on the eastern edge of Etosha this gives you a new area to explore as well as giving you a nice break from camping for a few nights with nice accommodation and someone else to cook your meals.
Day 11 – Etosha
Today you can head back into the main Etosha park to search for Lion, Elephant, Kudu and the many other species that wander from watering hole to watering holes, if you would like to try a guided activity to give you a break from driving and utilise a guides local knowledge then this can be arranged with the lodge
Day 12 – Okonjima
Heading south now and towards the capital you will stop off at the home of the AfriCat foundation and spend 2 nights at Okonjima where you will stay at the campsite. This is an incredibly unique destination offering a chance to get up close to big cats and to be part of a great conservation project. The drive here is between 2.5-3hrs.
Day 13 – Okonjima
It is well worth spending a full day here and taking part in some of the activities such as large Carnivore tracking, the Cheetah project and nature trails. These activities can be booked on arrival but for the popular ones such as tracking it is advisable to book in advance or to include the activities in a fully inclusive package if you decide to stay in one of the Okonjima properties.
Today you will have some time at Okonjima before once again heading south to Windhoek where you will meet you onward arrangements. The drive to the airport is around 3hrs although some time should be left in case of traffic around the city.