Namibia 23-day Self-Drive

Namibia 23-day Self-Drive

This comprehensive self-drive itinerary takes in the many highlights of Namibia, from the semi-desert of the Kalahari in the south to the spectacular Waterberg Plateau in the north. You’ll be able to discover these vast landscapes at your own pace, with the added flexibility that comes with a self-drive holiday. The itinerary is fully flexible and can be adapted to suit your interests. If you do not have the time available for this extensive route, then an abbreviated version is possible.

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Arrive Windhoek

    On arrival in Windhoek, collect your vehicle (Ford Ranger Double Cab 4x4 or similar) and drive to Villa Violet, where you stay one night (B&B basis). Remainder of day at leisure; you can explore Windhoek at your own pace or relax at Casa Piccolo.

  2. Day 2: Kalahari

    After breakfast, depart Windhoek and travel south via Rehoboth to the Kalahari Desert. Check in at Kalahari Anib Lodge for two nights (half-board basis).

  3. Day 3: Kalahari

    You can choose to explore the Kalahari region in your own vehicle today, or alternatively, Anib Lodge offers nature drives led by experienced guides (at additional cost).

  4. Day 4: Aus

    After breakfast, depart the Kalahari and drive west to the small town of Aus. En-route you can choose to visit the Quivertree Forest, near Keetmanshoop. On arrival in Aus, check in for two nights at Desert Horse Inn (half-board basis, standard chalet).

  5. Day 5: Aus

    Today is at leisure to explore Aus and the surrounding region.

  6. Day 6: Sossusvlei

    Depart from Aus after breakfast and drive to the Sossusvlei area, where you spend two nights at Desert Quiver Camp on half-board basis (breakfast and dinner).

  7. Day 7: Sossusvlei

    Today is free for you to explore the Namib-Naukluft National Park independently in your vehicle, or, if preferred, you can arrange for a guided tour through Sossusvlei Desert Lodge.

  8. Day 8: Naukluft

    After breakfast at Sossusvlei Lodge, check out and self-drive to Camp Gecko. En-route you can stop at the small bakery in Solitaire, famous for their homemade apple pie. Check in for one night at Camp Gecko (self-catering basis).

  9. Day 9: Swakopmund

    Depart Camp Gecko in the morning for Swakopmund. On arrival, check in at Cornerstone Guesthouse for two nights (B&B basis).

  10. Day 10: Swakopmund

    You can explore the town of Swakopmund this morning on foot or by car. Alternatively, you may like to book an excursion. There’s a huge range of activities available in and around Swakopmund.

  11. Day 11: Damaraland

    Check out of your Swakopmund Hotel and journey north into the picturesque region of Damaraland. En route you can choose to visit many sights in the Damaraland region, including Twyfelfontein and the Petrified Forest. Late afternoon, check in at Grootberg Lodge for two nights (half-board basis).

  12. Day 12: Damaraland

    You can choose to explore the Grootberg Plateau on your own today or you may prefer to book one of the many activities on offer at Grootberg (some at additional cost).

  13. Day 13: Damaraland

    Check out of Grootberg Lodge and drive further north to the Sesfontein Area. Just outside Sesfontein you will check into Khowarib Lodge for two nights on a half-board basis (breakfast and dinner) in chalets.

  14. Day 14: Kunene

    Today is at leisure for you to explore Damaraland independently or arrange an activity through Khowarib (payable direct).

  15. Day 15: Kunene

    Continue your journey north to the small town of Opuwo, where you overnight at Opuwo Country Hotel (half-board basis, luxury room).

  16. Day 16: Etosha West

    Journey to Dolomite Camp, in Western Etosha, where you stay two nights (half-board basis). Entrance fees to Etosha to be paid locally.

  17. Day 17: Etosha West

    Explore Western Etosha at your own pace and in your own vehicle today.

  18. Day 18: Central Etosha

    Depart Dolomite Bush Chalets after breakfast, and journey western Etosha National Park to the centrally located Okaukuejo Camp, where you stay two nights (half-board basis).

  19. Day 19: Central Etosha

    Explore central Etosha area in your own vehicle.

  20. Day 20: Waterberg

    Depart Etosha and drive south to the stunning Waterberg Plateau, where you stay two nights at Waterberg Wilderness Lodge (half-board basis).

  21. Day 21: Waterberg

    Start the day with a guided walk on the Waterberg Plateau, returning to the lodge for lunch.

  22. Day 22: Return Windhoek

    epart Waterberg and drive back to the capital, Windhoek. On arrival, check-in at Casa Piccolo for one night (B&B basis). Evening at leisure.

  23. Day 23: Departure

    Transfer to the Windhoek Airport, returning your hire car before checking in for your international flight home.

Price guide

Price based on two travellers in shared double/twin accommodation and subject to availability at the time of booking.

23 days from £3845pp


23 days from £3845pp

Namibia Safari with Self Drive

We do not have enough superlatives that we can use to express how wonderful the last three weeks have been.

Ian and Susan

An adventure-filled and unforgettable holiday

The team who took us up Kilimanjaro were quite simply outstanding