8 Days Namibia Self Drive Safari

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8 Days Namibia Self Drive Safari

Explore Namibia at your own pace with this 8 Days Namibia Self Drive Safari. Uncover the hidden wonders of the Namib Desert, including its captivating crimson dunes, before enjoying the coastal breeze of Swakopmund as you venture along the Skeleton Coast to discover shipwrecks. Afterward, journey inland to the Erongo Mountain range to experience its rich history and resilient wildlife. Finally, conclude your adventure in the vast plains of Etosha National Park, a premier destination for wildlife enthusiasts.

8 Days Namibia Self Drive Safari

Day 1-2: Discover the Treasures of the Namib Desert

Upon arrival at the International Airport, our team will greet you and you will undergo an orientation including your itinerary and addressing any questions before embarking on your self-drive adventure. The approximately five-hour journey southwest to Sossusvlei Lodge presents two options – wine tasting at Neuras Wine & Wildlife Estate for enthusiasts or a scenic stop at Spreetshoogte Pass. Both converge at Solitaire where you can savor its renowned apple pie before the final hour’s drive. Nestled on the park’s edge, Sossusvlei Lodge offers views of the desert landscape and wildlife at your doorstep.

Upon arrival, unwind as the staff caters to your needs before enjoying a sundowner drive to the red dunes. The next day opt for an optional early morning self-drive or guided excursion to Sossusvlei, marveling blackened trees of Deadvlei. Guided excusrion comes at an additional cost. Optional activities like a hot air balloon activity can be arranged for an extra cost.

Main Destination: Namib-Naukluft National Park (Namib Desert)
Accommodation: Sossusvlei Lodge
Mid-range lodge located just outside Namib-Naukluft NP (Namib Desert)
Meals & Drinks: Breakfast & dinner (Lunch not included)
8 Days Namibia Self Drive Safari

Day 3-4: Coastal Swakopmund

Today, embark on a scenic four-hour drive to Swakopmund, a coastal town on the Atlantic Ocean at the edge of the Namib Desert. Enjoy a slice of apple pie at Solitaire, if you haven’t already, before proceeding on another three-hour self-drive, featuring fascinating optional stops like the Kuiseb Canyon, characterized by its impressive rock formations, steep cliffs, and distinctive ecosystems, and curious Vogberg. Stay at the Strand Hotel, located on Swakopmund’s coastline, offering various culinary delights and exceptional service.

Explore German colonial architecture, stroll on the jetty, and experience dune adventures on a quad bike. The next morning, wake up early for a catamaran cruise at Walvis Bay, marveling at seals, pelicans, and possibly dolphins, accompanied by sparkling wine and locally farmed oysters. Optional activities such as a 4×4 excursion to Sandwich Harbour or fatbiking through the dunes can be arranged at an additional cost.

Main Destination: Swakopmund (City)
Accommodation: Strand Hotel Swakopmund
Luxury hotel located in Swakopmund (City)
Meals & Drinks: Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)
8 Days Namibia Self Drive Safari

Day 5: Diverse Damaraland

Today’s drive offers two options: a roughly three hours and forty minutes starting with a scenic route along the Skeleton Coast, passing the Zeila Shipwreck and the angling town of Hentiesbaai, before turning inland to your destination. Alternatively, you can follow the B2 for approximately an hour before turning onto the gravel road for the last hour to reach Ai-aiba Lodge in Damaraland.

Nestled at the foot of the Erongo Mountains, with large boulders scattered throughout the landscape, the lodge is renowned for its multitude of rock paintings set in the remains of an eroded volcanic complex. Upon arrival, take time to relax and refresh before embarking on a guided walk up a granite hill to enjoy a mesmerizing sundowner with a beautiful scenic view. Optional activities during your stay include guided morning walks or a nature and bushman rock art drive, which can be arranged at additional costs.

Main Destination: Damaraland
Accommodation: Ai Aiba Lodge
Mid-range lodge located near Erongo Mountains (Mountain Range)
Meals & Drinks: Breakfast & dinner (Lunch not included)
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
8 Days Namibia Self Drive Safari

Day 6-7: The Vast Wilderness of Etosha

As you journey approximately four hours north, the landscape transforms from rocky dolomites to Mopane woodlands and open savannahs. Along the way, you have the option to stop and sample local wine at Erongo Winery in Omaruru. Consider a visit to the small town of Outjo to enjoy a bite at Outjo Bakery before the final hour’s drive to Etosha Oberland Lodge.

Located ten kilometers outside one of Africa’s largest wildlife sanctuaries, Etosha National Park, with its vast saltpan and home to most of the Big Five, the lodge offers a relaxing retreat. Indulge in exquisite meals and soak in the spectacular views of open plains and gnarled trees while cooling off in an infinity pool. During the day, explore the wonders of Etosha National Park on your own, witnessing its diverse wildlife. Alternatively, opt for an Etosha Game Drive or a Guided Walk with an experienced guide, available at additional costs and arranged at the lodge.

Main Destination: Etosha National Park
Accommodation: Etosha Oberland Lodge
Mid-range lodge located just outside Etosha NP
Meals & Drinks: All meals included
8 Days Namibia Self Drive Safari

Day 8: The Capital of Windhoek

Today signals the conclusion of your adventure as you embark on the final estimated five-hour drive south to Windhoek. Along the way, you can choose to make a stop at Etosha Corner before completing the last leg of your journey. Upon arrival, a dedicated staff member will retrieve the vehicle, conduct the handover at Hosea Kutako International Airport, scheduled three hours prior to your departure.

For individuals with sufficient time in their schedules, there are optional activities like the Windhoek City Tour available for an extra fee. Additionally, an extra night can be organized at an added cost.

Main Destination: Hosea Kutako International Airport (Windhoek)
Accommodation:No accommodation.


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: All visitors to Namibia must have a valid passport with at least 4 consecutive blanks pages.  Any applicable visa and/or relevant documentation are the responsibility of the traveller.  For further information on Visa requirements visitors are advised to contact their nearest Namibian African Embassy or Consulate.
VOLTAGE: 220 Volts/AC50Hz. Sockets are UK style, 3 pin square plugs. Power is from the government in the city/major towns and generator with inverter back up in the Safari Lodges and Camps.
CURRENCY: Foreign currency must be changed at the Bank, Bureau de Change, and Hotel/Safari lodge/Camp/Resort.   Major Credit Cards, Master card, Visa, American Express, are usually accepted throughout the country.  Where credit cards are accepted, the payment will normally be recorded in US$ regardless of the card’s default currency.
CLOTHING: Dress is mainly informal and should be comfortable as well as practical. Something warm should be brought along for early morning and evenings. Safari clothes are available from hotels/lodges/camps.
BAGGAGE: Where possible, travel light. Baggage space on safari is limited to medium suitcase or soft bag per person plus reasonable amount of hand luggage. There is 15 Kilogram per person limit on all flights to the wildlife sanctuaries. Excess luggage must be stored in your arrival hotel.
WATER: You will find many different of opinion of what is safe and what is not. We recommend for peace of mind, to drink local Bottled Mineral water. It is important to drink plenty of water especially during the hotter months. We would recommend that guests drink at least 2 to 3 liters of water per day to limit the effects of dehydration.
HEALTH; East Africa is a safe and secure destination; however, it is a good idea to take a few precautions.  Kindly consult your GP or local doctor at least 6 weeks before you travel, with regards: Malaria prophylactics. East Africa is a known malaria area and preventive measures are essential. You are advised to take one of the recommended anti-malarial drugs.  Be sure to wear long sleeved shorts and trousers after sunset and spray the exposed parts of your body with a mosquito repellent spray Remember to protect yourself from direct sun rays with sunscreen cream or safari hat.
DIETARY REQUIREMENTS: For those guests with specific dietary requirement, please ensure we are notified prior to travel
GRATUITIES: As a guideline and dependent on how happy you are, we would suggest the following: The General Hotel/Lodge/Camp Staff – Approximately U$ 10.00 per person per day Driver Guides – Approximately US$ 15.00 to US$ 20.00 per person per day.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Please be careful when photographing public buildings, airports, bridges, the national flag and people in uniform.  Ensure that you have sought permission before photographing local people and their villages.  If in doubt, please check with your guide.

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  • Rental vehicle
  • Park fees(For non-residents)
  • All activities(Unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation(Unless listed as upgrade)
  • All transportation(Unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Meals(As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks(As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • International flights(From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips(Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items(Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

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