9 Day Self Drive Namibia
NAMIBIA’S BEAUTIFUL SOUTH
The south of Namibia is a region of great natural beauty and unusual wonders. This self-drive trip will enable you to cover a large amount of ground in this sparsely populated country and go off the beaten track, if it suits you. Overnighting in Namibia’s capital, Windhoek, you will first head north for Okonjima, where you will have the opportunity to get up close to some of Namibia's big cats. Then you will head to the coast and the town of Swakopmund, which is situated between the sands of the Namib Desert and the Atlantic Ocean. The town is known for its examples of old German architecture, great seafood and the huge seal colony at Cape Cross. The lagoon at Walvis Bay is home to pelicans, avocets and flamingos and is also a great spot for kayaking. The highlight of the trip is certain to be the massive sand dunes at Sossusvlei, which most people elect to climb at dawn to experience the sunrise. Your accommodation on the trip is a mixture of bush camp, hotel and guesthouse and the itinerary that we’ve put together for you means that you will experience a large part of this beautiful country and its magnificent wildlife.
1 Night Olive Grove Guesthouse
2 Night’s Okonjima Bush Camp
2 Night’s Hansa Hotel
2 Night’s Taleni Desert Camp
1 Night Olive Grove Guesthouse
Arrive at Windhoek International Airport and road transfer to car rental company offices in Windhoek. Approximately 30-40min drive. Collect vehicle and drive to Guesthouse.
Day 2 to 3
Depart for Okonjima, Home of the AfriCat Foundation. Approximately a 3 hour drive.
Day 4 to 5
Depart for Swakopmund on the Namibian coast. Approximately a 4 hour drive.
Day 6 to 7
Drive south through the Namib Desert to Sossusvlei area. Approximately a 6 hour drive if including stop at Solitaire for lunch.
Depart for Windhoek which is approximately a 5 hour drive.
Return rental vehicle to car rental company offices in town. You will then be road transferred to Windhoek International Airport.
North-west of South Africa, on the Atlantic Coast
Situated in the largest conservation area in Africa (the Namib-Naukluft National Park), Sossusvlei is possibly Namibia’s most spectacular and best-known attraction. Characterised by the large red sand dunes that surround it, Sossusvlei is a large, white, salt and clay pan and is a great destination all year round. The dunes in this area are some of the highest in the world, reaching almost 400 metres and provide photographic enthusiasts with wonderful images in the lovely morning and evening light. Etosha National Park - in northern Namibia - is unique in Africa; the park’s main characteristic is a salt pan so large it can be seen from space. Yet there is abundant wildlife that gathers around the waterholes, giving you almost guaranteed game sightings. There’s a great chance of seeing the endangered Black Rhinoceros and the salt pan attracts thousands of flamingos after heavy rains.
Luxury safari lodges
Time: Two hours ahead of GMT and seven hours ahead of EST.
Money: The Namibian Dollar is the currency.
Health: There is no risk of Yellow Fever in Namibia and the government of Namibia requires proof of Yellow Fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. It is recommended that visitors are vaccinated against Hepatitis A, Polio, Diphtheria, Typhoid and Tetanus.
Water: Tap water in Namibia's major towns and borehole water used in remote locations is fine to drink. However, it’s probably best for visitors to stick to bottled water to prevent any stomach upsets.
Climate: Namibia's climate is typical of semi-desert terrain, with hot days and cool nights. Summer is from October to April when temperatures can reach 40º C during the day, falling sharply at night. Winter is from May to September with warm days and very cold nights, with temperatures often dropping to below freezing.