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Ultimate Namibia Self Drive

Inspirational self drive holiday to Namibia

This epic adventure is just over a fortnight road tripping the most awe-inspiring of Namibia's landmarks from the red dunes of the Sossusvlei in the south to the animal-filled waterholes of Etosha in Namibia's north. There will be long drives, but the dramatic scenery will make it all worth it and, every stop along the way will offer a luxurious sanctuary in which to shake off the dust. It’s a trip where desert, mountain and bushveld ecosystems combine and provide for fabulous photo opportunities.  You will encounter intriguing desert-adapted flora and fauna, including the Big 5 in Etosha, desert-adapted elephant and critically endangered black rhino in Damaraland, and the bizarre welwitschia plant. 

As well as this, there’s the chance to see ancient Bushmen rock paintings as well as a Petrified Forest, millions of years old. Activities range from dune picnics, hot air ballooning, sand boarding and rhino trekking to hiking, star gazing and horse riding.  

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Day by Day summary

  • Starts - Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Windhoek International
  • 1 night - The Olive Exclusive All-Suite Hotel, Windhoek & Surrounds, Namibia
  • 3 nights - Wolwedans Boulders Camp, Sossusvlei & the Namib Desert, Namibia
  • 2 nights - Little Kulala, Sossusvlei & the Namib Desert, Namibia
  • 2 nights - Strand Hotel Swakopmund, Swakopmund & Walvis Bay, Namibia
  • 2 nights - Sorris Sorris Lodge, Damaraland, Namibia
  • 2 nights - Desert Rhino Camp, Damaraland, Namibia
  • 3 nights - Little Ongava, Etosha & Surrounds, Namibia
  • 1 night - Okonjima Luxury Bush Camp, Central Highlands, Namibia
  • Ends - Transfer to Windhoek International for your international flight home

At a glance

  • Country Icon Namibia
  • Nights Icon 16 Nights
  • Safari Icon Safari
  • Scenic Icon Scenic

Tailor-made itineraries

Every Mahlatini trip is custom created to your exact travel wishes – no readymade tours or set departures. Get in touch with our experts to start creating your bespoke itinerary.

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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The olive exclusive all suite hotel ensuite bathroom 1280
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Day 1

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

  • 1 night

The Olive Exclusive All-Suite Hotel
Bed & Breakfast | Junior Suite
Namibia

The olive exclusive all suite hotel guest suite 1280
Wolwedans boulders camp plunge pool 1280
Wolwedans boulders camp sundowner drinks on the rocks 1280
Wolwedans boulders camp private dining 1280
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Day 2 - 5

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

  • 3 nights

Wolwedans Boulders Camp
All Inclusive | Tent
Namibia

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Little kulala candlelit private dining 1280
Little kulala main lounge area 1280
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Day 5 - 7

Today you will take the drive to Sossusvlei region.

  • 2 nights

Little Kulala
Full Board | Chalet
Namibia

Little kulala lodge suite 1280
Strand hotel swakopmund bar and lounge area 1280
Strand hotel swakopmund beachfront dining 1280
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Day 7 - 9

Today you will take the drive to the Swakopmund.

  • 2 nights

Strand Hotel Swakopmund
Bed & Breakfast | Standard Room
Namibia

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Day 9 - 11

Today you will take the drive to the Damaraland region.

  • 2 nights

Sorris Sorris Lodge
All Inclusive | Standard room
Namibia

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Day 11 - 13

Today you will take the drive to another area of Damaraland.

  • 2 nights

Desert Rhino Camp
All Inclusive | Standard Room
Namibia

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Little ongava game viewing and dining deck 1280
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Day 13 - 16

Today you will take the drive to the Ongava Private Reserve bordering the Etosha National Park.

  • 3 nights

Little Ongava
All Inclusive | Suite
Namibia

Little ongava lodge bedroom suite 1280
Okonjima luxury bush camp main lounge and dining area 1280
Okonjima luxury bush camp game drive experience 1280
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Day 16

Today you will take the drive to the Central Highlands.

  • 1 night

Okonjima Luxury Bush Camp
All Inclusive | Standard Room
Namibia

Okonjima luxury bush camp camp bedroom 1280

Day 17

Today you will take the drive to Windhoek Airport where you will drop off your hire car and catch with your flight home.

We've got you covered

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 or similar) including full cover, unlimited km, GPS 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.

  • Big 5 Safari Icon Big 5 Safari
  • 4 WD Safari Icon 4WD Safari
  • 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
  • Rhino Tracking Icon Rhino Tracking
  • Whale Watching Icon Whale Watching
  • Helicopter Flights Icon Helicopter Flights
  • Hot Air Balloon Flights Icon Hot Air Balloon Flights
  • Quad Biking Icon Quad Biking
  • Scenic Flights Icon Scenic Flights
  • Conservation Experience Icon Conservation Experience
  • Cultural Experience Icon Cultural Experience
  • Cycling Icon Cycling
  • Fishing Icon Fishing
  • Golf Icon Golf
  • Hiking Icon Hiking
  • Horseriding Icon Horse Riding
  • Desert Tours Icon Desert Tours
  • Kids Bushcraft Icon Kids Bushcraft
  • Food Experience Icon Food Experience
  • Photographic Safari Icon Photographic Safari
  • City Sights Icon City Sights
  • Star Gazing Star Beds Icon Star Gazing/Star Bed
  • Natural Wonders Icon Natural Wonders
  • Wellness Spa Icon Wellness/Spa
  • Cycling Icon Cycle Tour
  • Guided Walking Safari Icon Guided Walk
  • Conservation Experience Icon Wildlife Rehabilitation
  • Photographic Safari Icon Wildlife Hide
  • 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.

  • White Rhino
    White Rhino
  • Springbok
    Springbok
  • Spotted Hyena
    Spotted Hyena
  • Southern Giraffe
    Southern Giraffe
  • Sable
    Sable
  • Rock Hyrax
    Rock Hyrax
  • Ostrich
    Ostrich
  • Oryx
    Oryx
  • Meerkat
    Meerkat
  • Lion
    Lion
  • Leopard
    Leopard
  • Kudu
    Kudu
  • Kori Bustard
    Kori Bustard
  • Flamingo
    Flamingo
  • Elephant
    Elephant
  • Cheetah
    Cheetah
  • Cape Fur Seal
    Cape Fur Seal
  • Brown Hyena
    Brown Hyena
  • Bottlenose Dolphin
    Bottlenose Dolphin
  • Black Rhino
    Black Rhino
  • Southern right whale
    Southern Right Whale
Sample Itineraries

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