Namibia North & South
Namibia North and South Self-Drive Safari
16 Nights and 17 Days
This adventure safari starts in Windhoek and ends in Windhoek. It explores the Waterberg and the iconic Etosha, passing through some of the most spectacular and rugged scenery that can only be found in Namibia and home to the unique desert elephants. Journey through the Namib-Naukluft National Park encompassing part of the Namib Desert (considered the world’s oldest desert) and the Naukluft mountain range. With an overall area of 49,768 km2 (19,216 sq mi), the Namib-Naukluft is the largest game park in Africa and the fourth largest in the world, with sand dunes that are the tallest in the world.
Self Drive camping safari
High Season (01 July - 31 October 2019): $3834 per person
Low Season (01 November - 30 June 2020): $2750 per person
Minimum 2 persons - 3rd and 4th persons will receive a 20% discount
Children under 12 with parents will receive a 70% discount
The safari begins in Windhoek where you will collect your vehicle and do your shopping. Your adventure will take you North to the Waterberg for your first night in an intimate bush camp with wide vistas 200m above the surrounding thornbush savanna.
Day 1: Camping in the Waterberg
Days 2-3: EtoshaAn easy drive into the Eastern side of the world famous Etosha exploring pans full with seasonal bird life, covering a vast area of 22,270 km². Lion, elephant, black rhinos and giraffe gather at waterholes such as Halali, Okondeka and the floodlit Okaukuejo. Rough roads fringe the vast white-green salt flat of the Etosha Pan, a breeding ground for flamingos. Day 2 is spent on a leisurely game drive heading west to the Okaukuejo waterhole and camp site.
Day 4-5: KaokoveldContinuing west in Etosha one exits through the Galton Gate. From here you’ll enter into the Kaokoveld, this area is one of the wildest and least populated areas in Namibia, with a population density of one person every 2 km² (1/4 of the national average). The most represented ethnic group is the Himba people, who account for about 5,000 of the overall 16,000 inhabitants of Kaokoland. Your first night will be spent at a magnificent campsite just outside the Galton Gate.
The next day is scenic drive through the Robbie Pass Gorge, which is one of Namibia’s best kept secrets, overnighting at a community camp perched on the cliffs of the Hoanib riverbanks.
Day 6: DamaralandThe following day you’ll travel down into the Desolation Valley. The views in this area are breathe taking, entering into the Huab River and proceeding along the river bed where there is a very good chance of meeting the famous desert elephant. Here, you'll stop for the night, camping on the banks of the Aba-Huab River.
Continue on to Brandberg, world famous for its 43 000 paintings and the highest point in Namibia. The startling image in the stark Namibian sunlight is spectacular and gives the impression of a mountain on fire hence the name ‘burning mountain” in both Afrikaans and Damara “Daureb”. Spend the night at the foot of the mountain.
Day 7: Eronga
Day 8: Messum CraterBetween 132 and 135 million years old, Messum has a diameter of 18 km and is also home to the Welwitschia plant that grow up to a thousand years or more, which is well worth seeing! Drive the coastal road heading south and visit the seal colony on the way. Camp under the stars at the Spitzkoppe (“Matterhorn of Namibia”) which is nearly 700 million years old.
Day 9: SwakopmundA beach resort and an example of German colonial architecture. It was founded in 1892 as the main harbour for German South West Africa, and a small part of its population is still German-speaking today.
Day 10: SwakopmundLiesure day
Day 11: SesriemTravel south to the Namib-Naukluft National Park encompassing part of the Namib Desert (considered the world’s oldest desert) and the Naukluft mountain range. With an overall area of 49,768 km2, the Namib-Naukluft is the largest game park in Africa and the fourth largest in the world where you will find the Sesriem Canyon located approximately 4.5km from the entrance gate of the Park. The Tsauchab River has shaped the Canyon over millions of years and it is one of the few places in the area that holds water all year round.
The early Afrikaans explorers in the region named the canyon after the fact that they had to use six (“ses”) leather straps (“riem”) tied together to create a rope long enough to lower buckets into the canyon below, in order to fetch water.
Take an excursion to Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, possibly Namibia’s most spectacular and best-known attractions. Characterised by the large red dunes that surround it, Sossusvlei is a large, white, salt and clay pan and Deadvlei is a clay pan characterized by dark dead camel thorn trees, estimated to be approximately 900 years old, contrasted against the white pan floor. The dunes in this area are some of the highest in the world, reaching almost 400 meters, and provide photographic enthusiasts with wonderful images in the beautiful morning and evening light.
Day 12: Sossusvlei and Deadvlei
Day 13: SperrgebietHead south on the most scenic and spiritual road you'll find anywhere in the world, en route towards the Gondwana Sperrgebiet Rand Park near Aus, where you experience the most bio-diverse desert on earth and your home for two days. Wild Horses of the Namib roam the sparsely vegetated plains of the Namib Desert in small groups. Over the decades they have conquered the desert as their habitat, drinking from the trough at Garub, some 20 km west of Aus. Enjoy this spectacle from a hide, offering perfect picture opportunities.
Excursion day, to the harbour town of Lüderitz which Portuguese seafarers visited more than 500 years ago. When diamonds were found in 1908, a little town with grand mansions rose from the Namib Desert. The deserted diamond settlement of Kolmanskop now offers endless opportunities to take extraordinary pictures.
Day 14: Luderitz
Day 15: Fish River CanyonThe Fish River Canyon is the largest canyon in Africa, as well as the second most visited tourist attraction in Namibia. It features a gigantic ravine, stretching about 100 miles (160 km) long, with sections up to 27 km wide and 550 meters deep.
Winding down your adventure you head north to the Hardup Dam for your last night on the banks of the largest dam in Namibia, situated in the Kalahari bush veld.
Days 16: Hardup
Day 17: WindhoekReturn to Windhoek to drop off your vehicle
- Fully kitted specialised Safari vehicle
- Lodges and Camp sites
- Activities and guide as per the itinerary
- All directions
- Maps and GPS routes
- Airport transfers on day of vehicle collection and drop off
- Park fees
- Optional excursions
- Insurance to cover for cancellation and curtailment
- Emergency evacuation
- Any increase in Park Fees
- Vehicle upgrades
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