Tailor Made: Discover Namibia Self-Drive

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The scenic beauty of Namibia is only matched by its diversity. Deep canyons, towering sand dunes, otherworldly rock formations and vast salt pans merge seamlessly in an endlessly shifting landscape. The sky seems particularly big here with spectacular sunsets and, at night, the sight of billions of stars twinkling overhead. This is the backdrop for healthy wildlife populations which congregate around Etosha’s watering holes and a melting pot of different communities from traditional tribes to the descendants of German colonialists.

Highlights

Two full days in Etosha National Park

World's highest sand dunes

The spectacular Namib-Naukluft Park Desert

Brandberg, Namibia's highest mountain

Key information

  • 12 night lodges, chalets or hotels
  • Travel by car
  • Some long drives

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 5 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Tourism can be a real help to local communities, providing income, positive cultural exchanges and a financial incentive to protect their natural environment. Ours is a 'total approach' to responsible tourism, covering everything from the way we plan and operate our trips to the practices of Exodus as a company. 

All accommodations for both lodge and camping departures, employs local staff and uses local produce and supplies wherever possible, benefiting the wider community. Energy saving bulbs and water conservation signs are utilised in the lodges whilst for the camping it is a great way to reduce environmental impact in itself but we are still careful about managing waste, litter and noise pollution.

On our wildlife safaris and game drives, twenty-five percent of all park entrance fees paid is reinvested into essential infrastructure and services related to tourism in Namibia’s parks. This is done through the Game Products Trust Fund by the MET (Ministry of Environmental and Tourism). In addition, by running game drives in Etosha National Park, we are also contributing to local community initiatives and helping to fund the protection of the wide range of species which live there.

This trip includes a visit to the Namib Carnivore Conservation Centre which is used to assist the long-term conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores through research, education and rehabilitation. We will meet the resident cheetahs and learn about the conservation efforts to protect the majestic creatures. However, the cheetah enclosure has now been reduced in size as the centre is making improvements to its fencing. It is due to be completed in April/May 2019 but an exact date is yet to be confirmed. Exodus does not wish to stop supporting the project during the transitional period so we decided to continue to include it in our itinerary. However, it does mean seeing the cheetahs in a smaller enclosure than normal.

In March 2019, Exodus Travels launched the Exodus Travels Foundation where we support initiatives all around the world. But it cannot exist without travellers who care. Get involved or learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus here

Itinerary

Windhoek
to
Windhoek
  • Day 1

    Start Windhoek.

    The tour starts in Windhoek. The afternoon can be spent exploring or relaxing.
    Arebbusch Lodge or similar

  • Day 2

    Drive through Namib Nuakluft to Sesriem.

    Today you head southwest through the spectacular scenery of the Namib-Naukluft Park to Sesriem. This national park, one of the largest in the world, is home to one of the driest and oldest deserts on earth. It contains the finest desert scenery in Africa, if not in the world, with towering jagged rock formations and an incredible lunar landscape so be prepared for some great photo stops. (driving 300-350kms/7hrs)
    Solitaire Desert Farms or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    Sossusvlei and the Namib Carnivore Conservation Centre

    Rising early you can catch the tallest sand dunes in the world in the best light and have the opportunity to climb one of the dunes as the sun rises, truly one of Africa’s greatest sights. Following this it is possible to either walk to Hiddenvlei or catch a transfer (optional extra) to Deadvlei where ancient acacia trees in the desert form an eerie scene. If you’re lucky you may see gemsbok or ostrich among the sand dunes. In the afternoon you visit Sesriem Canyon before joining a guide to see the cheetahs at the Namib Carnivore Conservation Centre (please see Responsible Travel section) - depending on time, you can go tomorrow morning. (driving 200kms/ 3hrs) 

    Solitaire Desert Farms or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 4

    To Swakopmund via Walvis Bay.

    A long but very scenic drive through the Namib-Naukluft Park to Swakopmund. En route you can stop at Walvis Bay for lunch and to see local flamingos. Swakopmund is a small German colonial resort town with quaint cake shops and coffee houses and a centre for adrenaline activities. (driving 300kms /5.5hrs).
    Brigadoon Guesthouse or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Free day for optional activities.

    Today is a free day to enjoy one of the many optional activities on offer in and around town. At sea you can go deep-sea fishing and dolphin watching, in the desert you can go sand-boarding and quad-biking and in the sky you can fly over the skeleton coast. Or if none of these appeal you can spend the day enjoying the fantastic Viennese style cakes, walk along the beach or in the nearby dunes or just enjoy watching the world go-by in this town which seems strangely out of place in Africa.
    Brigadoon Guesthouse or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Brandberg

    Leaving the cool breeze of the Atlantic Ocean behind you head inland towards Namibia’s highest mountain, Brandberg, in Damaraland. The Damaraland area is famous for the desert elephants which roam in the Ugab River. Star gazing is normally spectacular from this remote area (240kms / 3.5hrs).
    Brandberg Whilte Lady Lodge or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    White Lady Painting & Vingerklip

    After a short drive to Brandberg, you can enjoy a walk through valley 45 for approximately 1.5 hours. Along the way you will view beautiful, granite rock formations and a variety of birdlife. The valley takes you to the famous ‘White Lady’ rock painting which, along with a number of other small paintings and engravings, are thought to have been left by Bushmen at least 2000 years ago. You then drive towards the Khorixas area passing various Himba and Herero women selling crafts from the roadside. There is also the possibility of spotting Desert elephants and meerkats on the way. In the afternoon you can view Vingerklip, a striking pinnacle of rock balancing vertically on its own (driving 250kms / 4.5hrs).

    Vreugde Guestfarm or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    To Etosha N.P.

    Today you begin with a short drive to Etosha and should be in time for a late afternoon game drive before arriving at your accommodation for the night. The itinerary allows plenty of time to really enjoy this fabulous game park. (driving 150kms / 2hrs)

    Okaukuejo or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Days 9-10

    Two days gameviewing in Etosha.

    Etosha is a huge park of mixed forest and grassland centred around a large salt pan. Etosha is home to a great variety species, which are generally easy to find as the animals congregate at different times around the waterholes. Wildebeest, zebra, impala, springbuck, kudu, elephant, giraffe, lion and even rhino are all common sights here. Take plenty of camera memory and lots of patience and you will be rewarded by one of the greatest game spectacles in Southern Africa. Etosha is also a good place for birds, with plenty of water birds on the lakes (when filled with water), and weaverbirds and hornbills in the trees. While in Etosha you typically stay within the park on some or all of the nights (subject to availability) and some of these are located next to waterholes. These camps also offer optional night drives which you can book and pay for on arrival.
    Namutoni or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 11

    On to the Waterberg Plateau. Optional 4x4 game drive.

    Leaving Etosha behind, you head towards the Waterberg Plateau. This 200 metre high gigantic flat-topped plateau with bushveld on top is one of Namibia’s most fertile areas. There are several walking trails, including one leading to a spectacular viewpoint near the top of the plateau offering a great view of the surrounding area. It is also possible to do an optional 4x4 game drive. (driving 300kms / 5hrs)
    Waterberg or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 12

    Waterberg Plateau and on to Windhoek

    You have some free time this morning to relax or explore the Waterberg Plateau a little further. Later you head back to Windhoek stopping at a crafts market on the way. (driving 320kms / 4.5hrs).
    Utopia Boutique Hotel or similar

  • Day 13

    End Windhoek.

    The trip ends after breakfast. Free time can be spent relaxing at the accommodation or exploring Windhoek where there are museum and shopping opportunities. Alternatively, a township tour of Windhoek can be arranged and Okapuka and Daan Viljoen game reserves are close by (see Optional Excursions section).

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Namibia

Visas for Namibia are not required for UK or Commonwealth passport holders. Other nationalities should check before travelling. Please ensure you have a one full blank page in your passport. If you are transiting through South Africa and are a non UK passport holder you may require a transit visa. Please check before travelling. Please note that if flying via South Africa you will probably have to pass immigration there.

Please note that new regulations relating to travel with children means that in addition to valid passports, parents travelling with children (under 18) should at all times carry the original or certified copy of the unabridged birth certificate (listing the child’s and both parents’ details).

Adults travelling with children where they are not the biological or legal guardians of those children, should be in possession of an affidavit statement from the child’s parents giving consent for their travel. If a child is travelling with only one parent, the other parent should give consent for travel in the form of an affidavit.

Vaccinations

Namibia

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

Malaria prophylaxis is essential and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 5 dinners included.

In the itinerary we state which meals are included on which day. Please allow approximately £10/US$15 per meal per person for meals not included. The standard of food is generally good in Namibia. Breakfasts generally include cereals, coffee, yoghurt, muesli, fresh fruit or the occasional fried breakfast. Braais (BBQ) and potjie (stew) are popular in Namibia and are worth trying.

Vegetarians are catered for on this trip though sometimes options might be limited.

Weather

Swakopmund

Is this trip for you?

80% of Namibian roads are good gravel roads. However, the road conditions are completely dependent on how they are being maintained at the time and on occasion conditions can be poor. This can have an impact on journey times as well as comfort, and can be punishing on the vehicles. The total distance covered on the trip is about 2,800kms. Drive times below are only approximations and do vary with road conditions and the number of stops. Times should rarely exceed 6 hours driving in one day.

All activities done on tour are moderate, such as climbing Dune 45 and visiting the White Lady rock painting at Brandberg. The walks on the Waterberg Plateau can be classified as moderate to strenuous as it can get a bit steep and rocky.

Please note that due to the limited amount of accommodation within Etosha National Park, it may be necessary to sleep outside the park on some or all of the nights that you are there. 

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Camps & Guesthouses

In Swakopmund we use a hotel with a bar and Wi-Fi and in Windhoek we stay in a lodge and a hotel which both have swimming pools. On all other nights we will be camping in two-person tents. Camping is undeniably a great way to experience Africa and the campsites in Namibia are generally well cared for, clean and tidy with facilities of a reasonable standard. All communal camping gear is provided, including spacious dome tents, thick foam mattresses and folding stools, although you will need to take your own sleeping bag. Most hotels do not provide mosquito nets. The tents have mosquito mesh across the windows.

Please note that due to the limited amount of accommodation within Etosha National Park, it may be necessary to sleep outside the park on some or all of the nights that we are there. This will not impact on the number of game drives that we have within the park.

Single accommodation (available on request)

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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