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Southern Explorer Self Drive

Inspirational self drive holiday to Namibia

This road trip is an exploration of Namibia's southern circuit and includes the highlights of the Fish River Canyon, Kolmanskop Ghost Diamond Town and the Kalahari and Namib Deserts.  There will be long drives, but the dramatic scenery will make it all worth it and, every stop along the way will offer a sanctuary in which to shake off the dust. Day hike or drive through the world’s second largest canyon, the Fish River Canyon, and photograph Quiver Trees and meerkats in the Kalahari Desert.

See the feral desert horses of Aus and explore the German art-nouveau buildings of the harbor town of Luderitz. The nearby Kolmanskop Ghost Diamond Town is a must-see, as well as the Cape Fur seals.   Breathe in the awe-inspiring Namib Desert from luxury tents and climb some of the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei. Other-worldly, eerily isolated, and infinitely vast, Namibia is more than a vacation, it is a spiritual journey.  

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Day by Day summary

  • Starts - Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Windhoek International
  • 1 night - Galton House, Windhoek & Surrounds, Namibia
  • 1 night - Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, Kalahari, Namibia
  • 2 nights - Fish River Lodge, Fish River Canyon & Southern Namibia, Namibia
  • 1 night - Klein Aus Vista - Eagles Nest, Fish River Canyon & Southern Namibia, Namibia
  • 2 nights - Luderitz Nest Hotel, Fish River Canyon & Southern Namibia, Namibia
  • 2 nights - Wolwedans Dune Camp, Sossusvlei & the Namib Desert, Namibia
  • 2 nights - Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, Sossusvlei & the Namib Desert, Namibia
  • 1 night - GocheGanas, Windhoek & Surrounds, Namibia
  • Ends - Transfer to Windhoek International for your international flight home

At a glance

  • Country Icon Namibia
  • Nights Icon 12 Nights
  • City Icon City
  • Safari Icon Safari
  • Scenic Icon Scenic

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Guide Price

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Includes flights from JFK
Itinerary Details

Day-by-day

Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Windhoek International

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Day 1

Arrive at Windhoek Airport, collect your hire car and drive yourselves to your guesthouse in Windhoek.

  • 1 night

Galton House
Bed & Breakfast | Luxury Room
Namibia

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Bagatelle kalahari game ranch private jacuzzi on the deck 1280
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Day 3 - 5

Today you will take the drive to the Fish River Canyon.

  • 2 nights

Fish River Lodge
Half Board | Chalet
Namibia

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Luderitz nest hotel hotel exterior and beach 1280
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Day 6 - 8

Today you will take the drive to the town of Luderitz.

  • 2 nights

Luderitz Nest Hotel
Full Board | Deluxe Room
Namibia

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Wolwedans dune camp evening at the firepit 1280
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Day 8 - 10

Today you will take the drive to the NamibRand Nature Reserve.

  • 2 nights

Wolwedans Dune Camp
Full Board | Tented chalet
Namibia

Wolwedans dune camp tented bedroom 1280
Sossusvlei desert lodge main guest lounge area 1280
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Day 10 - 12

Today you will take the drive to Sossusvlei region.

  • 2 nights
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Sossusvlei Desert Lodge
All Inclusive | Suite
Namibia

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Day 12

Today you will take the drive back to Windhoek.

  • 1 night

GocheGanas
Half Board | Chalet
Namibia

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Day 13

Return to Windhoek Airport where you will drop off your hire car and catch your flight home.

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Our trips are unashamedly high-end but always deliver excellent value for money. Our guide price covers the majority of trip costs upfront, on a per person basis, including international flights and all transfers.

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Includes

  • Accommodation as specified
  • Meals as specified
  • All scheduled safari activities offered by the camps or lodges
  • Car hire, Group U car (Toyota Fortuner 4x4 or similar) including full cover, unlimited km and taxes
  • National Parks and conservation entry fees
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Excludes

  • Gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Additional activities not offered as scheduled by the accommodation
  • Visas and visa fees where relevant
  • Petrol
  • Beverages with the exception of all inclusive hotels
Indulge your passions

ACTIVITIES

This sample trip offers countless adventures and activities to ensure lifetime memories are made. From unforgettable thrills to indulgent relaxation, choose those that appeal most and we will curate your perfect itinerary.

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  • Birdwatching Icon Birdwatching
  • Boat Trip Icon Boat Trip
  • Guided Walking Safari Icon Guided Walking Safari
  • Night Drive Icon Night Drive
  • Ocean Safari Icon Ocean Safari
  • Whale Watching Icon Whale Watching
  • Helicopter Flights Icon Helicopter Flights
  • Hot Air Balloon Flights Icon Hot Air Balloon Flights
  • Scenic Flights Icon Scenic Flights
  • Cultural Experience Icon Cultural Experience
  • Cycling Icon Cycling
  • Hiking Icon Hiking
  • Horseriding Icon Horse Riding
  • Desert Tours Icon Desert Tours
  • City Sights Icon City Sights
  • Star Gazing Star Beds Icon Star Gazing/Star Bed
  • Wellness Spa Icon Wellness/Spa
  • Kids Club Icon Family Activities
  • Cycling Icon Cycle Tour
  • Guided Walking Safari Icon Guided Walk
  • Conservation Experience Icon Wildlife Rehabilitation
  • Photographic Safari Icon Photography
  • Photographic Safari Icon Sightseeing
  • Cultural Experience Icon Cultural Excursion
Enriching encounters

ICONIC WILDLIFE

Whether you want to tick the Big Five off your bucket list or seek out specific safari species, our expert guides reveal the typical wildlife sightings to expect on this sample trip.

  • Zebra
    Zebra
  • Wildebeest
    Wildebeest
  • Springbok
    Springbok
  • Spotted Hyena
    Spotted Hyena
  • Southern Giraffe
    Southern Giraffe
  • Rock Hyrax
    Rock Hyrax
  • Ostrich
    Ostrich
  • Pangolin
    Pangolin
  • Oryx
    Oryx
  • Meerkat
    Meerkat
  • Lion
    Lion
  • Leopard
    Leopard
  • Kudu
    Kudu
  • Kori Bustard
    Kori Bustard
  • Jackal
    Jackal
  • Brown Hyena
    Brown Hyena
  • African Fish Eagle
    African Fish Eagle
Sample Itineraries

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