With the immense distances involved in touring Namibia, this extended self-drive is designed to give you the time to properly immerse yourself in all the must-sees of Namibia.
After spending the first night in Windhoek, you will drive south towards one of Namibia's most iconic areas, the Sossusvlei dunes of the Namib Desert, a photographer's dream. A sea of endless sand dunes will great you, some of which reach almost 325m. You can walk along their winding crests and at the top will be greeted with incredible views. We recommend that you visit Deadvlei, once an oasis, now a barren clay pan scattered with dead, blackened acacia trees or Sesriem Canyon, a natural gorge carved millions of years ago by the once mighty Tsauchab River. Sossusvlei can be viewed from the air in a hot air balloon or on the ground with game drive vehicles or quad bikes.
Once you have had your fill of the dunes you will head north to another part of the Namib Desert, the coastal city of Swakopmund. Swakopmund resembles a small German town (Namibia was once a German colony) where you can expect palm-lined streets, seaside promenades, cafes, restaurants, art galleries and museums. The more adrenalin-fuelled activities happen in the desert surrounding Swakopmund including quad-king, sand-skiing, sand-boarding, parasailing and many more. At the nearby Walvis Bay you can also join a dolphin cruise or explore the lagoon on a kayak tour.
The next part of your journey involves a stop at the untamed Skeleton Coast where you will stay at Cape Cross Lodge. Surrounding the lodge lies an infinite ocean and desert, littered with the eerie remains of shipwrecks and whale bones. The lodge is very close to the Cape Cross Seal Reserve where the rocky outcrops are the perfect playground for a large colony of Cape Fur Seals. Lodge guests can drive or even walk to the colony.
Damaraland is next on your itinerary where your 4 nights here will be split between 2 properties to maximise your time in the area and to show you the contrasting scenery of this incredible landscape. Damaraland is one of Namibia's most scenic areas where you will look upon distant mountain ranges, wide open plains and huge granite formations. It is home to giraffe, ostrich, unique desert elephant, springbok and one of Damaraland's more famous inhabitants, the rare and critically endangered black rhino.
Geographically the region is a goldmine of discovery: explore the vast Haub River system with guided nature drives and walks and, if you're up to it, climb the mighty Brandberg, Namibia's highest peak. The mountain is home to thousands of Bushman artworks. To see more of this cultural artwork, visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein. The site has more than 2,500 engravings and various paintings made by Bushmen thousands of years ago. Another highlight are the trees of the Petrified Forest which were uprooted some 200 million years ago, swept along by rivers in flood, covered by sediments and then subsequently uncovered by erosion.
The next stop is further north, the famous Etosha National Park, an area which gets its name from the large Etosha pan which is almost entirely within the park. Etosha is home to hundreds of species of mammals, birds and reptiles including endangered species such as the black rhino. What is special about Etosha is the concentration of waterholes that occur around the edges of the pan. Particularly in the dry season these draw huge numbers of wildlife and the best way to watch animals in this park is often to simply sit in your vehicle by a waterhole and wait. Your will enjoy the park on early morning and late afternoon/evening game drives, while spending midday relaxing. Our itinerary has you spending 5 nights in the park but split between 2 different areas to maximise your experience of the contrasting landscapes.
Your last night will be spent in Windhoek after the long drive back. Should you have the time spare before your flight home, you may wish to explore this small city of curious architectural contrasts; blending modern skyscrapers with historic German buildings from the turn of the century. Go shopping, enjoy some sight-seeing, or simply dip into Namibian café culture and sample some interesting delicacies.
Whatever your budget, our travel experts will work with you and give expert advice to make the very most of your available time and funds. They will guide you on the best time of year to travel, select the best value destinations and secure the little ‘add-ons’ that will make your tailor-made trip that extra bit special.
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Catch your overnight flight from Philadelphia International Airport to Windhoek International
Upon arrival at Windhoek International Airport you will make your way to the car hire desk to collect your hire car. From here you will drive yourself to Windhoek city.
Today you will take the drive to the Sossusvlei & the Namib Desert.
Today you will take the drive to the Swakopmund.
Today you will take the drive to the Skeleton Coast.
Today you will take the drive to the Damaraland.
Today you will take the drive to another area of the Damaraland.
Today you will take the drive to the Etosha & Surrounds.
Today you will take the drive to another area of Etosha.
Today you will take the drive back to the Windhoek.
Today you will take the drive to Windhoek International Airport where you will drop off your hire car and connect with your onward flight home.