This 10 day self-drive Namibia Highlights Safari Tour is the perfect way to see and experience the diversity of Namibia’s landscape and wildlife at your own leisure. From sand dunes and dramatic mountains to lush plains and wild coastlines. This self-drive tour of Namibia is a road trip like no other.
What you can expect from this Namibia Highlights Safari Tour
Stretching along the west coast of Southern Africa in Namibia, a hauntingly beautiful country with wide open spaces, deserts, wildlife, big skies and friendly people. On this 10 day self-drive Namibia safari tour you will drive through beautiful and dramatic landscapes at your own leisure allowing you to explore some of Namibia’s more popular highlights. Experience the sunrise over the desert dunes and see African wildlife roam the plains of Etosha. Visit the Bushman rock art at Twyfelfontein and watch thousands of Cape Fur Seals at Cape Cross.
Namibia Tour Highlights
- See the highlights of Namibia including Sossusvlei, Walvis Bay, Swakopmund, Skeleton Coast, Twyfelfontein, Damaraland and Etosha National Park
- Experience a variety of unique landscapes from dunes and desert to tempestuous coastline and open grasslands
- See a variety of Africa’s Big 5 wildlife including the desert adapted elephant
- Self-drive and explore Namibia at your own leisure allowing for time to stop en-route
- Excellent road networks and well sign-posted
- Number of days and type of accommodation is easily customisable to suit your needs and budget
Day 1: Drive from Windhoek to Sossusvlei
An early start has you heading south to the Namib Desert for the next two nights. Changing scenery reveals the transition from Kalahari thornveld to the desert dunes of the Namib.
After an estimated 4-hour drive arrive at your desert oasis near the Namib-Naukluft National Park. Enjoy panoramic views of the desert landscape from the main house that is set on a hill. Escape the midday heat with a refreshing dip in the pool.
(300 km / approx. 4-5 hours driving time)
Day 2: Explore the Sossusvlei dunes
Spend the day exploring the classic desert scenery of Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert. Dunes, canyons, vast gravel plains and mountains ranges are some of the striking scenery that you can expect.
Walk to Dead Vlei with its large expanse of bleached cracked clay and skeletal camel thorn trees scattered around, contrasting with a backdrop of huge orange-red dunes that make for superb photographic opportunities.
Optional activities include guided horse trail rides in the Namib Desert. Return to camp in the evening and enjoy a drink at the bar as you watch the sun set over the Namib Desert.
Day 3 - 4: Discover the coastal town of Swakopmund
Depart Sossusvlei stopping en-route at Solitaire before continuing through the desert across the gravel plains to the port town of Walvis Bay in Namibia. Visit the lagoon, which is a protected wetland site, where you may see the many species of birds including flamingos, pelicans and the endemic Damara tern.
Continue onto the quaint town of Swakopmund, full of historic buildings. Your accommodation for the next two nights is situated in the town centre, a five minute walk from the beach and main shopping areas. Several optional activities available from sand boarding, quad biking, scenic flight over the Skeleton Coast and a dolphin boat cruise to name but a few.
(360km / approx. 5 hours driving time)
Day 5 - 6: Open skies and granite domes of Damaraland
This morning on your Namibia self-drive tour you can drive north up the Skeleton Coast to the Cape Cross Seal Colony where you can spot up to 100 000 Cape fur seals. Other stops en-route include a visit to Twyfelfontein to see ancient rock paintings, the Petrified Forest and Organ Pipes.
After a 6-hour drive with multiple stops relax at your Damaraland accommodation. At the end of the day ascend down the hill to a viewing platform with sweeping views where with a drink in hand you can watch the sun set across the mopane woodlands. Your accommodation for the next two nights is a good base from which to explore the rich sandstone treasure of Damaraland.
(330km / approx. 4-5 hours driving time)
Day 7: Drive to Etosha
Today you head east towards Etosha, of Africa’s greatest wildlife destinations. This massive park is a haven for wildlife and supports one of the most important ecological and wildlife systems on the continent. The drive is about 4 hours and your accommodation for tonight is just outside the western section of Etosha National Park.
You can choose to relax in the afternoon around camp or head towards the park on an optional guided safari or go on your first self-guided drive in the park.
(190km / approx. 2 hours driving time)
Day 8 - 9: Game viewing in Etosha National Park
After breakfast enter the Etosha National Park via the Anderson Gate and spend the day exploring the park en-route to your accommodation for the next two nights near the eastern part of Etosha. You will spot several water-holes on your self-guided game drives in Etosha National Park and see an abundance of wildlife.
Spot elephant, lion, rhino, kudu, giraffe as well as the large herds of springbok, zebra and wildebeest that survive in this region. The park is well laid out and easy to navigate.
(180km / approx. 3-4 hours driving time)
Day 10: Drive back to Windhoek
After breakfast, you will slowly drive back to Windhoek via Okahandja. Stop at the craft market for those last minute gifts and reminders of your amazing memories of your self-drive Namibia safari tour.
(490km / approx. 6-7 hours driving time)
- Namibia car rental for 10 days with premium insurance cover and unlimited mileage
- 2 nights classic accommodation in Sossusvlei / Namib Naukluft
- 2 nights accommodation in a Swakopmund guesthouse
- 2 nights chalet accommodation in Damaraland
- 3 nights accommodation near Etosha National Park
- Daily breakfast and dinner on day 8 - 9
- Information pack with maps and general information covering the places you will be visiting
- Park fees and optional activities
- Meals and drinks not specified and all other extras to be settled direct
Map showing the routing of the Classic Self-Drive Namibia Highlights Safari Tour.