Example of a self-drive lodge safari in Namibia:

Based on 2 adults sharing: Windhoek - Kalahari Namibia - Fish River Canyon - Aus - Sossusvlei - Swakopmund - Twyfelfontein - Damaraland - Kaokoland - Etosha National Park - Otavi Mountain Region - Waterberg Region - Windhoek. 21 Days / 20 Nights.

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Overview

 

Destination

Accommodation

Nights

Basis

Room Type

Windhoek

Guesthouse Tamboti

1

B&B

1x Double Room

Kalahari Namibia

Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch

1

D, B&B

1x Double Room

Fish River Canyon

Fish River Lodge

2

D, B&B

1x Double Room

Aus

Klein-Aus Vista - Desert Horse Inn

2

D, B&B

1x Double Room

Sossusvlei

Sossus Dune Lodge

2

B&B

1x Double Room

Swakopmund

Beach Hotel Swakopmund

2

B&B

1x Double Room

Twyfelfontein

Twyfelfontein Country Lodge

1

B&B

1x Double Room

Damaraland

Grootberg Lodge

1

D, B&B

1x Double Room

Kaokoveld

Opuwo Country Lodge

2

B&B

1x Double Room

Etosha National Park

Dolomite Camp

1

B&B

1x Double Room

Etosha National Park

Okaukuejo Camp

1

B&B

1x Double Room

Etosha National Park

Namutoni Camp

1

B&B

1x Double Room

Otavi Mountain Region

Roy's Rest Camp

1

B&B

1x Double Room

Waterberg Region

Okonjima Plains Camp

1

D, B&B

1x Double Room

Windhoek

Guesthouse Tamboti

1

B&B

1x Double Room

 

Key
RO: Room only
SC: Self Catering
HB: Half Board
B&B: Bed and breakfast
D, B&B: Dinner, bed and breakfast
FB: Dinner, bed, breakfast and lunch
FB+: Dinner, bed, breakfast, lunch and activities daily
FI: Fully inclusive

 

Day 1: Guesthouse Tamboti, Windhoek.

 

Windhoek

Windhoek is Namibia’s capital, home to an international airport and a plethora of restaurants, shops, entertainment venues and accommodation options. The city is clean, safe and well-organised, with a colonial legacy that is reflected in its many German eateries and shops, and the widespread use of the German language. Windhoek has an interesting mix of historical architecture and modern buildings, many of which are worth a look, including the Alte Feste (Old Fort), the 1896 Christuskirche (Christ Church), and the more contemporary Supreme Court.

 

Overnight: Guesthouse Tamboti            

Guesthouse Tamboti, one of the first registered B&B's in Windhoek, is looking back on many years of experience in the accommodation sector. We are situated in a quiet residential area, within walking distance to the City centre.

We have 15 en-suites non- smoking rooms (2 Singles; 10 Doubles & 3 Family Rooms) all with air-conditioning, television, telephone and fridge.

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Included

Bed & Breakfast

 

Day 2: Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, Namibian Kalahari.

 

Kalahari Namibia.

The Kalahari is an exceptionally beautiful living desert a large semi-arid sandy savannah draped over a gently rolling inland sea of sand covering most of Botswana and large parts of Namibia and South Africa.  It is also the last bastion of the San people with the modern world having enveloped all the other areas they once roamed. 
Here in Namibia it is typically red sands covered in thin, wispy, mostly golden grass and dotted with acacia trees and wide ranging wildlife including gemsbok, impala, jackals and cheetah.

 

Overnight: Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch   

The lodge lies on the edge of the Southern Kalahari in the mixed tree and shrub Savannah.
The ranch is characterised by huge red sands dunes running parallel, and in a northern-westerly to south-easterly direction. This ‘Spirit of Africa’ atmosphere, coupled with service, delivered with graciousness and charm, in an unashamedly luxurious setting, will be the hallmarks of this establishment, providing excellent value and unforgettable memories for the discerning traveller.

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Included

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

 

Day 3: Fish River Lodge, Fish River Canyon.

 

Fish River Canyon

The intermittent Fish River has created Africa’s largest and the world’s second largest canyon. Hot, dry and stony the 160 km long, at times 27 km wide and 550m deep canyon is awe inspiring.  At the southern end is the renowned hot springs of Ai-Ais.

 

Overnight: Fish River Lodge       

Fish River Lodge in southern Namibia is the only lodge perched directly on the rim of the Fish River Canyon offering guests breathtaking views of the canyon from sunrise to sunset. Experience firsthand the geological forces that unfolded 300 million years ago, when the Fish River began to etch its way through hard quartzite forming a Canyon 90 kilometres long, 549 metres deep and 28 kilometres wide in some places, making it the world's second largest Canyon. The 45 000 hectare Canyon Nature Park is a natural sanctuary for Karoo succulent flora and endemic wildlife.
Incredible hiking trails meander down into the heart of the canyon affording guests spectacular scenery combined with 75 km river frontage made up of permanent water holes and rock pools that attract Hartman's Zebra, Kudu, Oryx, Springbok and many other smaller wildlife species and endemic birdlife.

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Included

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

 

Day 4: Fish River Lodge, Fish River Canyon.  

 

Included

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

 

Day 5: Klein-Aus Vista - Desert Horse Inn, Aus.

 

Aus

This region is typified by the Succulent Karoo. The distinctive climatic characteristics of the Succulent Karoo make it different from all other deserts in the world. Rainfall is reliable and predictable, falling mostly in winter, and prolonged droughts are rare. The Succulent Karoo’s botanical diversity is unparalleled by any other arid region on earth and is the world’s only plant hotspot that is entirely arid. This eco-region is home to greater than 5,000 higher plant species, nearly 40 percent of which are endemic, and 18 percent of which are threatened. It has the richest succulent flora in the world, harbouring about one-third of the world’s approximately 10,000 succulent species. Other unique features include the diversity of miniature succulents (435 spp.) and geophytes (bulb-like plants 630 spp.). The eco-region is also a centre of diversity and endemism for reptiles and many invertebrate taxa, especially monkey beetles (Rutelinae: Hoplinii). The Namib Desert eco-region to the north is characterized by extremely low and variable summer rain (less than 50 mm per year), and extremely sparse plant cover, dominated by ephemerals. To the east lies the Nama Karoo eco-region, a low open shrub-land with variable grass cover and highly variable rain that falls mainly in the late summer months.

 

Overnight: Klein-Aus Vista - Desert Horse Inn.

Located in the Aus Mountains at 1,400 metres above sea level, Desert Horse Inn affords grand vistas of mountain scenery and sweeping desert plains. It consists of 24 spacious and tastefully decorated en suite rooms.

Relax with sundowners on the wooden deck before enjoying a 3-course meal in the restaurant. Exchange travel experiences and recommendations at the evocative Wild Horse Bar or at the cosy fireplace in the lounge.

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Included

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

 

Day 6: Klein-Aus Vista - Desert Horse Inn.    

 

Included

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

 

Day 7: Sossus Dune Lodge, Sossusvlei.   

 

Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib.  The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red sand dunes to make this one of the natural wonders of Africa and a photographer’s heaven. Aside from the attractions at Sossusvlei - Dune 45, Hiddenvlei, Big Daddy and Deadvlei - other attractions in the area include the Sesriem Canyon and Namib-Naukluft National Park, where the mountains of the Namib meet its plains.

 

Overnight: Sossus Dune Lodge.   

Namibia Wildlife Resorts launched the first lodge in the Namib-Naukluft Park, the Sossus Dune Lodge, in June 2007. Built in an environmentally sensitive manner, primarily from wood, canvas and thatch, in an attractive 'afro-village' style, Sossus Dune Lodge offers guests an evocative and life changing experience. Situated within the park, guests benefit from being able to reach Sossusvlei before sunrise, and stay until after sunset, and on their return after an exhilarating day, relax in the tranquillity and splendour of the Namib Desert, under the spectacular African sky. Sossus Dune Lodge offers professional guided tours, fully unleashing the beauty and biological diversity of the desert environment to visitors, and offers the best beds in the desert.

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Included

Bed & Breakfast

 

Day 8: Sossus Dune Lodge, Sossusvlei.   

 

Included

Bed & Breakfast

 

Day 9: Beach Hotel Swakopmund, Swakopmund.   

 

Swakopmund

Founded in 1892 as the main harbour for German South West Africa, Swakopmund is often described as being more German than Germany. Now a seaside resort, Swakopmund is the capital of the Skeleton Coast tourism area and has plenty to keep visitors happy. The quirky mix of German and Namibian influences, colonial-era buildings and the cool sea breeze make it very popular.

 

Overnight: Beach Hotel Swakopmund

Whether you are on a business trip, visiting our charming town Swakopmund, having a conference, a romantic weekend or holiday trip, Beach Hotel Swakopmund is a perfect place to stay and to feel comfortable.

The ideal location of Beach Hotel Swakopmund, just 50 m from the Atlantic Ocean and within walking distance to the centre of Swakopmund, allows you to experience the flavour of our charming town, while providing you the opportunity to explore the surrounding areas.

Beach Hotel Swakopmund offers the largest ranges of categories at the Namibian coast. From an upper market luxury apartment to an economically family unit! All rooms have a balcony and only 4 without sea views.

Facilities on site include our Restaurant, "Anchor Point" which is open all year round as well as a lounge with Sun-downer bar, a roof terrace with panoramic view and where you can enjoy some Sundowners or relax in the swimming pool. After a long day out you can enjoy a professional massage or head to the gym for the fitness enthusiasts.

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Included

Bed & Breakfast

 

Day 10: Beach Hotel Swakopmund, Swakopmund.    

 

Included

Bed & Breakfast

 

Day 11: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge, Twyfelfontein.          

 

Twyfelfontein

Twyfelfontein is a site of ancient rock engravings in the Kunene Region of north-western Namibia.

 

Overnight: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge.        

The Lodge is situated in the heart of the Twyfelfontein Uibasen Conservancy and boast 56 en-suite twin rooms, reception, lounge, curio shop, open dining room, bar and swimming pool. In construction utmost care was taken to reduce the visual impact on the environment and to blend into the mountainside with the use of thatch roofs, natural stone and paint colours toning in with the surrounding rock formations.

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Included

Bed & Breakfast

 

Day 12: Grootberg Lodge, Damaraland.

 

Damaraland

Huge, untamed and ruggedly beautiful Damaraland is an exceptionally scenic landscape of open plains and spectacular rock formations. The major attractions are Spitzkoppe, the Brandberg, Twyfelfontein, Vingerklip and the Petrified Forest.

 

Overnight: Grootberg Lodge       

14 Twin and 2 family rock and thatch chalets gaze out over the Klip River Valley, where Black Eagles hunt just below your private deck. Two family units provide enough space for parents and two children to share comfortably.

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Included

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

 

Day 13: Opuwo Country Lodge, Kaokoland.

 

Kaokoland

The Kaokoland is a dry, mountainous and relatively undeveloped region that takes in the harsh beauty of the Skeleton Coast and the coppery sands of the northern Namib Desert. The area is inhabited by three main ethnic groups – the Damara, Herero and Himba people – each with their unique customs, traditions and rituals.

 

Overnight: Opuwo Country Lodge         

Opuwo Country Lodge is situated on a northwest facing hilltop just outside the town of Opuwo.
An awe-inspiring 360º view of the surrounding area gives visitors a spectacular vantage point of the surrounding area. With luxury and standard accommodation, air conditioning, as well as well-appointed camping sites— the Lodge is the ideal base from which to explore the Kaokoland. Deck chairs and umbrellas set the scene for a relaxed day around the pool or a welcome respite from the heat after a hard day's drive. Next to the pool is the Bar and Restaurant where guests can enjoy ice cold refreshments and mouth-watering meals. The lodge is within easy reach of Kaoko-Otavi, Epupa Falls and Swartbooisdrift, popular destinations for visitors to the area. Road conditions between Kamanjab and Opuwo are in excellent condition (tarmac). The 85 km to Ruacana is also a tarmac road and in excellent driving condition.
Fly-in guests are welcome. Please be sure to arrange for pickup before your arrival. The lodge is unfortunately not suitable for guests in wheel chairs.

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Included

Bed & Breakfast

 

Day 14: Opuwo Country Lodge, Kaokoland.

 

Included

Bed & Breakfast

 

Day 15: Dolomite Camp, Etosha National Park.

 

Etosha National Park

The Etosha National Park is Namibia's premiere game viewing experience, situated in the northwest of Namibia and is an area well known for its wildlife.  Vegetation ranges from dense bush to open plains attracting a diversity of wildlife. In the heart of the Park is The Etosha Pan - a shallow depression that covers an area of 5000sq kilometres. Dry and shimmering for most of the year, the pans fill up with water after good rains to a depth which is seldom deeper than 1m.  In the dry season wildlife is attracted to perennial springs and waterholes that make for excellent game viewing. Within the park are three large public rest camps catering for the more budget orientated traveller. There are several smaller establishments on the outskirts of the park on private land offering a more intimate and comprehensive experience. All of these establishments offer excellent value for money.      

 

Overnight: Dolomite Camp          

Dolomite Camp consists of a spacious reception, lounge, bar and restaurant area with a walkway leading to thatched, en suite chalets nestled amongst the rocky outcrops, which provide privacy with dramatic and panoramic landscape views. The camp’s interiors are designed to harmonize the natural surroundings, characterized by weathered dolomite rock formations, Mopane, moringa trees and savannah woodland.  With no fewer than 15 waterholes in the surrounding areas, Dolomite Camp presents great wildlife viewing opportunities. Specially arranged Game drives, operated by knowledgeable guides, take you to parts of the Park previously only known to Conservationists.

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Day 16: Okaukuejo Camp, Etosha National Park.

 

Etosha National Park

The Etosha National Park is Namibia's premiere game viewing experience, situated in the northwest of Namibia and is an area well known for its wildlife.  Vegetation ranges from dense bush to open plains attracting a diversity of wildlife. In the heart of the Park is The Etosha Pan - a shallow depression that covers an area of 5000sq kilometres. Dry and shimmering for most of the year, the pans fill up with water after good rains to a depth which is seldom deeper than 1m.  In the dry season wildlife is attracted to perennial springs and waterholes that make for excellent game viewing. Within the park are three large public rest camps catering for the more budget orientated traveller. There are several smaller establishments on the outskirts of the park on private land offering a more intimate and comprehensive experience. All of these establishments offer excellent value for money.      

 

Overnight: Okaukuejo Camp      

Okaukuejo is located 17 km from the southern entrance of the park, and famous for its flood-lit waterhole, where visitors can observe at close quarters a spectacle of wildlife congregating and interacting. Accommodation is provided to suit every need, in premier bush chalets overlooking the waterhole; bush chalets and double rooms; or family chalets. Other facilities include a restaurant, bar, shop, swimming pool, kiosk and camping facilities.

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Included

Bed & Breakfast

Day 17: Namutoni Camp, Etosha National Park.

 

Etosha National Park

The Etosha National Park is Namibia's premiere game viewing experience, situated in the northwest of Namibia and is an area well known for its wildlife.  Vegetation ranges from dense bush to open plains attracting a diversity of wildlife. In the heart of the Park is The Etosha Pan - a shallow depression that covers an area of 5000sq kilometres. Dry and shimmering for most of the year, the pans fill up with water after good rains to a depth which is seldom deeper than 1m.  In the dry season wildlife is attracted to perennial springs and waterholes that make for excellent game viewing. Within the park are three large public rest camps catering for the more budget orientated traveller. There are several smaller establishments on the outskirts of the park on private land offering a more intimate and comprehensive experience. All of these establishments offer excellent value for money.      

 

Overnight: Namutoni Camp        

The lodge centres on an old German Fort overlooking the King Nehale waterhole; an elevated decked walkway provides excellent opportunities for enjoying the surrounding scenery, wildlife and the spectacular sunsets. The Fort has been developed into a hub of activity, offering two restaurants, a relaxation lounge, a bar, crafts boutique, curio shop, jewellers and bookstore. Accommodation is provided in comfortable double rooms or bush chalets. Camping is also available.

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Included

Bed & Breakfast

 

Day 18: Roy's Rest Camp, Otavi Mountain Region.

 

Otavi Mountain Region

The Otavi Mountain Region is sometimes referred to as the "Golden Triangle", or as the "maize Triangle".  Features of interest include the Hoba Meteorite and sink holes and underground lakes. The Hoba Meteorite is the largest meteorite in the world, and the largest naturally occurring piece of iron on the Earth's surface.  It is made of nickel-iron and weighs about 60 tonnes. Lake Otjikoto and Lake Guinas are sinkholes the depths of which are not really known and nearby is the Dragon’s Breath one of the largest and deepest underground lakes in the world.
It was here just outside Otavi that World War I ended in southern Africa on July 1, 1915.

 

Overnight: Roy's Rest Camp       

Roy's Rest Camp is only a small part of the farm Elandslaagte, which consumes a space of 2800ha in total. Roy's Rest Camp was started in 1995 and was built for Cattle Farming and Tourism as the main industries.
Elandslaagte is one of the oldest farms in the district of Grootfontein, and has been here since 1930. It belonged to the Alberts family and originated from the Dorslandtrek. Roy’s Camp is perfectly situated on the B8 main road from Grootfontein to Rundu, 55 km north of Grootfontein.  At ideal stop over to Northern Namibia, Caprivi and bushman land. There are 5 standard rooms and 2 family rooms all with en-suite facilities and private braai areas.  Bungalows of unique rustic designs.  All rooms have air-conditioning and mosquito nets. There's also 16 camp sites with braai facilities and hot water at the ablution block and bush kitchen.  All rooms within walking distance of the swimming pool and dining area.

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Included

Bed & Breakfast

 

Day 19: Okonjima Plains Camp, Waterberg Region.

 

Waterberg Region

The Waterberg Region incorporates the Waterberg Plateau National Park and the farming districts from Outjo and Otjiwarongo in the west to Grootfontein and Tsumeb in the west. 

 

Overnight: Okonjima Plains Camp        

Not only is Okonjima a luxury lodge, but it is also home to The AfriCat Foundation, a non-profit organisation, committed to long-term conservation of Namibia's large carnivores, especially cheetahs and leopards. A visit to Okonjima will give you an opportunity to witness some of AfriCat's work. The NEW, Plains Camp design honours the Okonjima cattle-farming history. In the early 1920’s, Okonjima became a cattle farm and was bought by Val (VJ) & Rose Hanssen in 1970. They were well-established Brahman breeders and continued to farm cattle until the need for solutions to increasing livestock losses became pertinent and post-independence interest in Namibia as a tourist destination, escalated. In 1993, the herds of Brahman and Jersey cattle were sold, changing the face of Okonjima as well as that of Carnivore Conservation! STANDARD ROOMS: Each of the 14 Standard Rooms enjoys a view across the Okonjima grass plains! VIEWROOMS: The 10 exclusive and spacious View Rooms all have a view across the Okonjima grass plains! The OKONJIMA activities include tracking rehabilitated carnivores on foot; visiting the AfriCat Carnivore Care & Information Centre; tracking leopards from a game–viewing vehicle. OKONJIMA also offers a guided Bushman Trail. Birding and Game drives are offered on request and if guests stay longer than 2 days.

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Included

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

 

Day 20: Guesthouse Tamboti, Windhoek.

 

Windhoek

Windhoek is Namibia’s capital, home to an international airport and a plethora of restaurants, shops, entertainment venues and accommodation options. The city is clean, safe and well-organised, with a colonial legacy that is reflected in its many German eateries and shops, and the widespread use of the German language. Windhoek has an interesting mix of historical architecture and modern buildings, many of which are worth a look, including the Alte Feste (Old Fort), the 1896 Christuskirche (Christ Church), and the more contemporary Supreme Court.

 

Overnight: Guesthouse Tamboti            

Guesthouse Tamboti, one of the first registered B&B's in Windhoek, is looking back on many years of experience in the accommodation sector. We are situated in a quiet residential area, within walking distance to the City centre.

We have 15 en-suites non- smoking rooms (2 Singles; 10 Doubles & 3 Family Rooms) all with air-conditioning, television, telephone and fridge.

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Included

Bed & Breakfast

 

Day 21: Departure.

 

Today you will be transferred to the airport in time for your departure flight back home.

Alternative accommodation may be used

This is only a quote and if we should use alternative accommodation this quote may change

 

Based on above routing  

 

Namibia holiday Costing:

 

Costing based on 2 Adults in a 4x4 Toyota Double Cab Rental Vehicle:                 

Please note this quote is based on Double/Twins accommodation.

 

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Included:

2 x Road transfer from the airport to Guest house (vice versa). Accommodation and meals as indicated in the routing/itinerary. Transport will be in a 4x4 Double Cab – Super Cover – Zero Excess. All activities and sightseeing as in above routing/itinerary. Luggage to be in soft-type bags only. VAT + Tourism Levy. Info Pack+ Meet and greet.

Excluded:

Fuel All beverages and alcoholic drinks. All Park, Entrance Fees and sightseeing Fees. Vehicle includes: Insurance. Additional meals not indicated in routing, Optional Excursions and Activities, Gratuities. All extra other Lodge Activities as in above routing/itinerary, Travel Insurance. International Flights and Airport Taxes, All items of a personal nature such as laundry, phone calls. Visas – please ensure all visas are obtained prior to arrival, Gateway Africa Safaris will not be held responsible for arrangements of guest arriving without the correct visas.