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Desert and Safari Namibia Self Drive

Inspirational self drive holiday to Namibia

This self-drive is a 'northern circuit' itinerary with a particular focus on Namibia's wildlife. In your own 4x4, the drives will be long, but the scenery will be otherworldly and the animal encounters truly exceptional.

Highlights of the trip include Swakopmund, Damaraland and Etosha. Swakopmund offers gorgeous beaches, palm-lined streets, cafes, museums, and seaside promenades. The area is famous for its adrenalin-fuelled activities such as sandboarding, hot air ballooning, quad biking, parachuting, deep sea fishing and many more. Damaraland is one of Namibia's most scenic areas. Here, you can get your first taste of the wildlife to come, with desert-adapted elephant, giraffe, ostrich and critically endangered black rhino all present.

Etosha National Park’s large waterholes attract abundant wildlife giving you almost guaranteed game sightings of wildlife such as elephant, buffalo, giraffe, white rhino, black rhino, lion and many antelope species. This itinerary splits your time in Etosha between 2 contrasting areas in terms of landscape, allowing you to maximise your experience of this incredible park.

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Day by Day summary

  • Starts - Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Windhoek International
  • 1 night - Galton House, Windhoek & Surrounds
  • 2 nights - Hansa Hotel, Swakopmund & Walvis Bay
  • 3 nights - Doro Nawas Camp, Damaraland
  • 2 nights - Etosha Safari Lodge, Etosha & Suroounds
  • 2 nights - Onguma Tented Camp, Etosha & Surrounds
  • 1 night - Waterberg Plateau Lodge, Central Highlands
  • Ends - Transfer to Windhoek International for your international flight home

At a glance

  • Country Icon Namibia
  • Nights Icon 11 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


Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Windhoek International

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Day 1

Arrive at Windhoek Airport where you will collect your hire car and drive to your guesthouse in the city.

  • 1 night

Galton House
Bed & Breakfast | Luxury Room

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Day 2 - 4

Today you will take the +-4-hour drive to the city of Swakopmund.

  • 2 nights

Hansa Hotel
Bed & Breakfast | Standard Room

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Day 4 - 7

Today you will head further north for +-4.5-hours to your camp in the Damaraland region.

  • 3 nights

Doro Nawas Camp
All Inclusive | Suite

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Day 7 - 9

The drive today will be +-4-hours north-east to the border of the Etosha National Park.

  • 2 nights

Etosha Safari Lodge
Bed & Breakfast | Standard Room

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Day 9 - 11

Today you will journey through the Etosha National Park towards the eastern border of the park to your camp in the private Onguma Reserve.

  • 2 nights

Onguma Tented Camp
All Inclusive | Safari Tent

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Day 11

Head south today to the Waterberg region which should take around 4-hours.

  • 1 night

Waterberg Plateau Lodge
Half Board | Chalet

A waterberg plateau lodge chalet

Day 12

Journey today back to Windhoek Airport, +-4-hours and catch your international 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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  • International flights as detailed
  • Meals and accommodation as detailed
  • Drinks (excluding premium brands) at Doro Nawas and Onguma Tented
  • Twice daily scheduled safari activities
  • National Park Fees
  • Group U Hire Car (Toyota Fortuner or similar) + GPS
  • Carbon-offsetting with One Tree Planted
  • Conservation donation to Save the Rhino
  • Community projects contribution with Uthando
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  • Entry visas and fees
  • Gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Any sightseeing activities mentioned
  • Petrol
  • Additional Driver’s Fee
  • Beverages with the exception of Doro Nawas and Onguma Tented Camp
  • Additional activities or options on offer
Indulge your passions


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
  • Guided Walking Safari Icon Guided Walking Safari
  • Night Drive Icon Night Drive
  • Cultural Experience Icon Cultural Experience
  • Desert Tours Icon Desert Tours
  • City Sights Icon City Sights
  • Star Gazing Star Bed Icon Star Gazing/Star Bed
Enriching encounters


Whether you want to tick off the Big Five or encounter specific safari species and sea creatures on your safari and coastal stay, our expert guides reveal the typical wildlife sightings to expect on this sample trip.

  • Zebra
  • White Rhino
    White Rhino
  • Spotted Hyena
    Spotted Hyena
  • Southern Giraffe
    Southern Giraffe
  • Ostrich
  • Oryx
    Beisa Oryx
  • Lion
  • Leopard
  • Kori Bustard
    Kori Bustard
  • Elephant
  • Cheetah
  • Cape Fur Seal
    Cape Fur Seal
  • Buffalo
  • Brown Hyena
    Brown Hyena
  • Black Rhino
    Black Rhino
  • Roan Antelope
    Roan Antelope
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