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Wildlife and Heritage Self Drive

Inspirational self drive holiday to Namibia

This road trip of Namibia's northern regions is essentially a wildlife-centered trip, with a focus on Namibia’s famous Etosha National Park.  There’s also the chance to engage in authentic and enriching community visits in Damaraland. Be prepared for some long drives but the scenery will make it all worth it. Each stop along the way will offer provide a welcome reprieve and the chance to step out from behind the wheel. 

Stretch your legs on a rhino trekking activity from Damaraland or hike to ancient rock art sites and geological wonders of the area. The wildlife offering in the Etosha region, where you will stay in 2 different lodges, is outstanding.  It’s home to a vast array of animals including the Big 5.  Its famous waterholes attract a variety of wildlife making them a veritable feast for safari goers.  Also visit the Okonjima Reserve, home to the AfriCat Foundation, and witness carnivores and other endangered species like the aardvark, pangolin and brown hyaena in the wild and to be educated about conservation.

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Day by Day summary

  • Starts - Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Windhoek International
  • 1 night - Olive Grove Guesthouse, Windhoek & Surrounds, Namibia
  • 1 night - Epako Safari Lodge, Central Highlands, Namibia
  • 2 nights - Damaraland Camp, Damaraland, Namibia
  • 2 nights - Ongava Tented Camp, Etosha & Surrounds, Namibia
  • 2 nights - Villa Mushara, Etosha & Surrounds, Namibia
  • 2 nights - 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 10 Nights
  • City Icon City
  • Safari Icon Safari

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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Day 1

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

  • 1 night

Olive Grove Guesthouse
Bed & Breakfast | Luxury Room
Namibia

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T dining and lounge area
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Day 2

Today you will take the drive to the Damaraland.

  • 1 night

Epako Safari Lodge
All Inclusive | Deluxe Room
Namibia

A guest suite with a private verandah
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Day 3 - 5

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

  • 2 nights

Damaraland Camp
All Inclusive | Thatched Chalet
Namibia

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Day 5 - 7

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

  • 2 nights

Ongava Tented Camp
All Inclusive | Safari Tent
Namibia

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Day 7 - 9

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

  • 2 nights

Villa Mushara
All Inclusive | Villa
Namibia

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Day 9 - 11

Today you will take the drive to the Central Highlands.

  • 2 nights

Okonjima Luxury Bush Camp
All Inclusive | Standard Room
Namibia

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Day 11

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 where specified
  • Car hire, Group U car (Toyota Fortuner 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.

  • Big 5 Safari Icon Sight seeing
  • 4 WD Safari Icon 4WD Safari
  • Birdwatching Icon Birdwatching
  • Guided Walking Safari Icon Guided Walking Safari
  • Night Drive Icon Night Drive
  • Rhino Tracking Icon Rhino Tracking
  • Conservation Experience Icon Conservation Experience
  • Cultural Experience Icon Cultural Experience
  • Desert Tours Icon Desert Tours
  • Kids Bushcraft Icon Kids Bushcraft
  • Food Experience Icon Food Experience
  • Photography Safari Icon Photography Safari
  • City Sights Icon City Sights
  • Star Gazing Star Bed Icon Star Gazing/Star Bed
  • Natural Wonders Icon Natural Wonders
  • Wellness Spa Icon Wellness/Spa
  • Cycling Icon Cycle Tours
  • Guided Walking Safari Icon Guided Walk
  • Conservation Experience Icon Wildlife Rehabilitation
  • Photography Safari Icon Wildlife Hide
  • 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
  • Southern Giraffe
    Southern Giraffe
  • Sable
    Sable
  • Ostrich
    Ostrich
  • Oryx
    Beisa Oryx
  • Meerkat
    Meerkat
  • Lion
    Lion
  • Leopard
    Leopard
  • Kudu
    Kudu
  • Kori Bustard
    Kori Bustard
  • Elephant
    Elephant
  • Cheetah
    Cheetah
  • Brown Hyena
    Brown Hyena
  • Black Rhino
    Black Rhino
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