16-DAY BEST OF NAMIBIA WITH SOUTHERN LOOP SELF-DRIVE *

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Day 1: Windhoek

  • You will be met by the car rental company representative on arrival and transferred to their offices in Windhoek to complete all rental procedures or we will book a transfer and you receive your vehicle the next morning.
  • The remainder of the day can be spent relaxing at your own leisure
  • For dinner tonight, you can head into town for a bite to eat at one of Windhoek’s well known restaurants
  • Also depending on your Flight Arrival/Departure Details we might have to add or leave out a night in Windhoek at the beginning or the end.

    We can customise your holiday and add more nights or amend your accommodation to budget or luxury to suit your personal preferences, interests or needs.  Just chat to us and we are happy to assist.

Day 2: Intu Afrika Kalahari Game Reserve

  • After breakfast, you can still pop into town for anything you might need and then depart heading south from Windhoek to the red sand dunes of the Kalahari
  • Spend the remainder of the day at leisure in this beautiful setting
  • Optional activities here include game and nature drives as well as a Bushman experience

Day 3: Fish River Canyon

  • Head south via Mariental and Keetmanshoop to the Karas region, the Fish River Canyon area.
  •  Detour en-route to Giant's Playground and Quiver Tree Forest, a beautiful site where three large aloes grow between rocks.
  • If time permits, visit the Fish River view point at sunset to end the day

Day 4: Luderitz

  • Enjoy a morning canyon view before heading west through harsh but beautiful terrain which changes to wide open desert plains as you make your way to the coast
  • Your drive will take you via Aus, where you may be lucky to view the wild desert horses in the area
  • 1 full day is set aside to enjoy the historic town of Lüderitz and visit the amazing Kolmanskop Ghost Town
  • Lunches and dinners can be enjoyed at any of the local restaurants in town

Day 6: Sossusvlei

  • After breakfast, you will depart to the "sea of sand" backtracking to Aus and then heading north via Helmeringhausen
  • Take the scenic route (D707) if time permits!

Day 7: Sossusvlei

  • Wake up early for breakfast and then head to the entrance to Sossusvlei, the Sesriem Gate
  •  Spend the whole day in the beautiful Sossusvlei area, exploring the highlights: Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei, Dune 45, Big Daddy, Elim Dune and the Sesriem Canyon
  • Return to the lodge for lunch or arrange a lunch pack to enjoy in the dunes and return late afternoon for a well-earned rest
  • Optional extra activities: Guided Sossusvlei excursion, Hot air balloon safari, Nature drives

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Recommended

Day 8: Swakopmund

  • Depart after breakfast and head north to Solitaire, then west crossing the Tropic of Capricorn, through the Gaub and Kuiseb Canyons via the Namib Gravel Plains to the coast
  • Either via Walvis Bay to Swakopmund, or (recommended) detour via Ganab to the Welwitschia Plains and Moon Landscape
  • Lunches and dinners can be enjoyed at a café or restaurant overlooking the sea
Kuiseb Canyon Aerial Distant View

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Day 9: Swakopmund

  • The Namibian coastline is generally known as The Skeleton Coast due to the barren areas, ship wrecks and, in days gone by, whale skeletons left on the beach
  • 1 full day is set aside for this lovely area where Swakopmund and Walvis Bay offer a wide range of activities such as: Dolphin cruise, Sandwich Harbour excursion (a real Skeleton Coast experience), Dune quad biking, Sand boarding, Sea kayaking, Lots more…
Lizard

Day 10: Damaraland

  • Head north along the Skeleton Coast, via Henties Bay to visit the Cape Cross seal colony. Along the way, stop at the Lichen Fields as well as the ship wreck between the colourful small town of Wlotskasbaken and Henties Bay
  • Backtrack to Henties Bay and head inland through wide open plains to Uis, then north to the Twyfelfontein area

Day 11: Damaraland

  • Visit to Namibia's Open Air Museum, the Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings as well as the interesting Organ Pipes rock formations and Burnt Mountain
  • Take a drive west (4x4 needed) to the Huab River to look for desert adapted elephants as well as other game such as oryx, springbok, ostrich and more (recommended with a lodge guide)
  • Visit the Damara Living Museum for a hint of culture

Day 12: Etosha South

  • After breakfast, drive east along the tar road to Outjo and then north to your lodge which is situated very close to the southern entrance of Etosha, the Andersson Gate
  • If time permits, enter Etosha for an afternoon game drive. Depending on how often you stop today, you should arrive at your lodge in time for lunch (optional extra)
  • On entering the park, the first stop would be Okaukuejo where you pay your entry fee and I suggest you pop in at the local shop to purchase some drinks and snacks and most importantly, a map of Etosha which will show you all the waterholes along the way
  • Etosha is one of Africa's great game parks. With 114 species of mammal and 340 species of birds you are sure to see a great variety of wildlife on your safari

Recommended

Day 13: Etosha East

  • From one side to the other side of the park is a full day game drive as you head slowly east stopping at numerous waterholes along the way
  • Take a slow drive in the morning and then enjoy a packed lunch (optional extra) overlooking one of the waterholes before continuing on through the park to the eastern side

Day 14: Etosha East

1 full day is set aside for game viewing, either all day or alternate with morning and afternoon drives. These are self-drive game drives but you can arrange at the lodge to go with their open safari vehicle and guide (optional extra)

Day 15: Windhoek

  • Head south via Otavi and Otjiwarongo back to Windhoek and spend your last day at leisure or we can alterntively book a little guestfarm in close proximity should you not want to enjoy a last in the Capital.

Day 16: End of Itinerary, Central Namibia

  • Transfer /Vehicle Drop off to the airport to catch your departure flight. (Keep in mind that you need to be at the airport 2 hours prior and the airport is still a 45 minute to 1 hour drive from town)
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