Namibia Highlights with Southern Extension Self Drive

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Day 1 : Windhoek

You will be met by the car rental company representative on arrival and transferred to their offices in Windhoek to complete all rental procedures. You will then meet with our representative to hand over your travel documents. The remainder of the day can be spent relaxing at your own leisure. If you would like to do a guided city tour (3 hours) then we can make these arrangements for you.

For dinner tonight, you can head into town for a bite to eat at one of Windhoek's well known restaurants. We recommend Joe's Beerhouse as it is popular with locals and tourists alike.

Day 2 : Mariental

After breakfast, you can still pop into town for anything you might need at the local supermarket. It is then time to depart heading south from Windhoek to the red sand dunes of the Kalahari. The journey today should take around 4 hours. 

On arrival in the Kalahari you have the  remainder of the day to spend at leisure in this beautiful setting.

Optional activities here include game and nature drives as well as a Bushman experience

Activities and Services

Day 3 : Fish River Canyon

Today head south via Mariental and Keetmanshoop to the Karas region, the Fish River Canyon area.

If you choose to you can take a detour en-route to Giant’s Playground and Quiver Tree Forest, a beautiful site where large aloes grow between the rocks.

We highly recommend you enjoy the beautiful view from the lodge at sunset to end the day

Optional

Quiver Tree Forest

Days 4 - 5 : Luderitz

Enjoy a morning canyon view before heading west through harsh but beautiful terrain which changes to wide open desert plains as you make your way to the coast

Your drive will take you via Aus, where you may be lucky to view the wild desert horses in the area

1 full day is set aside to enjoy the historic town of Lüderitz and visit the amazing Kolmanskop Ghost Town

Lunches and dinners can be enjoyed at any of the fabulous local restaurants in town

Entrance of the ghost town

Activities and Services

Aus

Days 6 - 7 : Sossusvlei

After breakfast, you will depart to the "sea of sand" backtracking to Aus and then heading north via Helmeringhausen. The drive today will take up to 8 hours, so you will most likely just want to relax on arrival at the lodge.

The next day we suggest you wake up early for breakfast (Day 7) and then head to the entrance to Sossusvlei, the Sesriem Gate. Spend the whole day in the beautiful Sossusvlei area, exploring the highlights: Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei, Dune 45, Big Daddy, Elim Dune and the Sesriem Canyon. Return to the lodge for lunch or arrange a lunch pack to enjoy in the dunes and return late afternoon for a well-earned rest

Optional extra activities: Guided Sossusvlei excursion, Hot air balloon safari, Nature drives

Sesriem Canyon Dead vlei

Activities and Services

Days 8 - 9 : Swakopmund

Depart Swakopmund after breakfast and head north to Solitaire, then west crossing the Tropic of Capricorn, through the Gaub and Kuiseb Canyons via the Namib Gravel Plains to the coast. We suggest your route is either via Walvis Bay to Swakopmund, or (recommended) detour via Ganab to the Welwitschia Plains and Moon Landscape

The Namibian coastline is generally known as The Skeleton Coast due to the barren areas, ship wrecks and, in days gone by, whale skeletons left on the beach

1 full day is set aside for this lovely area where Swakopmund and Walvis Bay offer a wide range of activities such as: Dolphin cruise, Sandwich Harbour excursion (a real Skeleton Coast experience), Dune quad biking, Sand boarding, Sea kayaking, Lots more...

Lunches and dinners can be enjoyed at a café or restaurant overlooking the sea

Days 10 - 11 : Twyfelfontein

Head north along the Skeleton Coast, via Henties Bay to visit the Cape Cross seal colony. Along the way, stop at the Lichen Fields as well as the ship wreck between the colourful small town of Wlotskasbaken and Henties Bay. You will then backtrack to Henties Bay and head inland through wide open plains to Uis, then north to the Twyfelfontein area.

Why not visit Namibia’s Open Air Museum, the Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings as well as the interesting Organ Pipes rock formations and Burnt Mountain. You can also visit the Damara Living Museum for a hint of culture.

In this area you can also take a drive with your guide, west (4x4 needed) to the Huab River to look for desert adapted elephants and other game such as oryx, springbok, ostrich.

Day 12 : Etosha South

After breakfast, drive east towards Khorixas stopping at the Petrified Forest en-route, for an interesting talk on these ancient trees. From Khorixas head further east along the tar road to Outjo and then north to your lodge which is situated very close to the southern entrance of Etosha, the Anderson Gate.

Depending on how often you stop today, you should arrive at your lodge in time for lunch (optional extra). If time permits, enter Etosha for an afternoon game drive. On entering the park, the first stop would be Okaukuejo where you pay your entry fee (included) and I suggest you pop in at the local shop to purchase some drinks and snacks and most importantly, a map of Etosha which will show you all the waterholes along the way

Etosha is one of Africa's great game parks. With 114 species of mammal and 340 species of birds you are sure to see a great variety of wildlife on your safari

 

Days 13 - 14 : Etosha East

From one side to the other side of the park is a full day game drive as you head slowly east stopping at numerous waterholes along the way. Take a slow drive in the morning and then enjoy a snack or lunch overlooking one of the waterholes before continuing on through the park to the eastern side. 

 

Day 15 : Okonjima Nature Reserve

Head south via Otavi and Otjiwarongo to Okonjima, which is home to the AfriCat Foundation. Aim to arrive here by 14h00 latest in order to enjoy the afternoon tea/coffee and cakes before heading off on your afternoon excursion.

You have 2 activities included during your stay.

Day 16 : End of Itinerary

Early morning rise for a quick snack before joining the morning activity, which will be to visit the AfriCat Foundation or for a drive in the animal enclosure, which is more a game reserve. Then head back to the lodge for a hearty Namibian breakfast before departure.

Head back to Windhoek today, where the vehicle is dropped off and your holiday comes to an end. The journey back to Windhoek takes approximately 4 hours so ensure you leave plenty of time to catch your flight. If you would prefer to book an extra night in Windhoek this can be easily arranged.

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