Best of Namibia Luxury Self-Drive, 15 nights

Our Best of Namibia Luxury Self-Drive itinerary follows the classic Namibian highlights route from North to South, and focuses on the best of Namibia’s lodges, locations, and experiences.  Some guided activities and most meals are included.  Utilising a 4×4 double cab vehicle, perfect for our rugged terrain, this adventure starts & ends in Windhoek and includes Okonjima/ AfriCat, Etosha National Park, Ongava private reserve, Swakopmund, Twyfelfontein & Damaraland, the NamibRand Nature Reserve, and Sossusvlei.


Day 1

You will be met in the arrivals hall of Windhoek Hosea Kutako Airport by one of our chauffeur drivers who will transfer you into town in an ATI luxury vehicle. After taking some time to shower, relax (and maybe have a quick nap), your hire car will be delivered to your guest house or hotel around 4pm. If you’re landing late in the day, it will be delivered around 8am the following morning. One of our representatives will meet you at the same time to offer a thorough briefing of your whole holiday and go through your marked road map, vouchers, and itinerary with you. We’re also on hand to book a restaurant for tonight, should we not have already done so.


Day 2 – 3

Today you will drive north out of Windhoek towards Otjiwarongo. Enjoy a short drive from the main road through the Okonjima reserve, looking out for wildlife, before you arrive at the lodge. The drive should take you around 3 hours excluding stops.

Enjoy inclusive activities during your time here including perhaps a leopard experience and a general game drive. The Leopard ‘experience’ will take you out into the Okonjima Nature Reserve and will allow you to spend more time with the experienced guides whilst participating in the research data collection for the long-standing leopard project and newly introduced brown hyaena program. Experienced guides will entertain you with their knowledge, sharing interesting and enlightening information about the history of the Okonjima Nature Reserve and the research gathered over the past 30 years of conservation on Okonjima.


Day 4 – 5

Today you will drive northwards from Okonjima to the eastern side of Etosha National Park. You will travel through the towns of Otjiwarongo and Tsumeb which both offer opportunities for lunch or a quick break. The drive should take you around 4 hours excluding stops.  You may choose to take an optional guided game drive into the Park, or enjoy a leisurely self-drive excursion.


Day 6 – 7

After breakfast you will depart on your journey through Etosha, perhaps stopping at the central Rest Camp of Halali for some lunch and a break. The Park opening and closing times vary depending on sunrise and sunset, and your lodge will be able to advise on the current time. You will need to complete a form at the Park entrance, and pay Park fees at the closest Rest Camp. Park Fees cost N$150 per adult per 24-hour period, N$100 per child aged 9-16, no cost per child aged 0-8, plus N$50 per vehicle. Allow a whole day for this drive as you will want to make the most of the wildlife viewing. Your destination is the Ongava Reserve bordering Etosha National Park, Namibia’s prime wildlife area. During your time here you may enjoy optional guided game drives into Etosha and on the private Ongava reserve, guided walks, wildlife viewing at the lodge waterhole, and perhaps a visit to the fascinating Ongava research centre to learn more about the important scientific work being done here.


Day 8 – 9

Today you will drive south from Southern Etosha to Damaraland, a boulder-strewn ancient landscape. The drive should take you around 4.5 hours excluding stops. During your two nights at Mowani, you can enjoy an inclusive desert elephant nature drive and a guided visit to the World Heritage site of Twyfelfontein with its fascinating San Bushman rock art.


Day 10

Today you will drive south, travelling past the mighty Brandberg Mountain before turning south along the coast at Henties Bay. Perhaps make a detour to visit the seal colony at Cape Cross if time allows. The drive should take you around 4.5 hours excluding stops or detours.


Day 11

Today you have time to explore the town of Swakopmund, maybe enjoying an ice cream or coffee at one of the many cafes. We also love the aquarium which has a walk-through viewing tunnel and daily feeding  in the large tank at 15h00. On Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays the feeding is done by a diver which is great to watch, especially for children. Other attractions include the snake park, a brilliantly informative way to learn about Namibia’s reptiles, and the ‘Kristall Galerie’ which houses one of the world’s largest quartz crystals. And at the end of a busy day, we recommend champagne and oysters on the deck of The Jetty restaurant to watch the sunset.


Day 12

Today you will drive southwards from Swakopmund to the Sesriem area. Solitaire is the perfect rest stop with a fuel station, café, shop, and the best apple pie in the Southern Hemisphere. You may like to stop briefly in Walvis bay to see the lagoon and look out for flamingos, pelicans, and other birdlife. The drive to Sesriem should take you around 5.5 hours excluding stops.


Day 13

Join a professional guided tour to Sossusvlei today to discover this ancient desert landscape. Your guide will escort you to the highlights of this area which may include Dune 45, Deadvlei, Sossusvlei, and Sesriem Canyon depending on your exact schedule.  Scaling ‘Big Daddy’ (one of the highest dunes in the world) is a standard challenge for fitter guests. Enjoy the amazing scenery of the desert, usually departing your lodge before sunrise and returning in time for lunch.


Day 14

Relax and enjoy the stunning desert scenery, or take part in some of the inclusive activities such as a guided dune walk to learn about the tiny desert adapted animals which make this place their home. Quad biking is on offer for the more adventurous, as well as a beautiful sundown nature drive.


Day 15

Today you will drive northwards to the capital city of Windhoek. The drive should take you around 5.5 hours excluding stops. Enjoy a relaxing final day, and maybe some last-minute present shopping!


Day 16

You will continue your drive, ending at Windhoek’s Hosea Kutako International Airport to drop your hire car off in time to connect with your onward flight.  The drive to the airport from Windhoek city centre takes around 45 minutes, and you should arrive no later than 2.5 hours before your flight departs in order to drop your car off and check in.


Transfers as specified

4×4 vehicle hire as specified

Accommodation on the meal & activity basis specified

Tourism levies, VAT, Park Entry fees, & community conservation contributions

24/7 on the ground support


International flights

Vehicle fuel

Personal insurance

Any drinks, meals, or activities not specified in the itinerary

Any visa costs

Gratuities and personal items