On this 7-day Self-Drive Tour of Namibia, we supply you with a rental vehicle (4x4) and lay out a desert-oriented itinerary that takes in the Mariental area to the south of Windhoek, then continues to the red dunes of Sossusvlei. From here you head to the Atlantic Ocean town of Swakopmund steeped in history and offering a host of exciting activities. The itinerary starts and ends in Windhoek. We also offer a guided version of the same route.

Map Overview of the Itinerary

Day 1 & 2 - Windhoek to Kalahari Camelthorn Lodge

Travel Time: Windhoek - Kalahari 245km - approximately 3 to 4 hours

Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge, Pool

• 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
• You can still pop into town for anything you might need and then depart heading south from Windhoek to the red sand dunes of the Kalahari
• Spend the remainder of the day at leisure in this beautiful setting
• Enjoy the Bushman walk as included on a 2-night stay
• Optional activities here include game and nature drives

Breakfast at the pool
Boma dinner, Camelthorn Lodge, Namibia

Day 3 & 4 - Namib Desert Desert Homestead Lodge

Travel Time: Kalahari - Sossusvlei 390km - approximately 6 to 7 hours

Desert Homestead Lodge, Namibia

• Today you will make your way from the Kalahari to Sossusvlei. The route will take you via Maltahöhe and the Tsaris Pass, showcasing the natural beauty of Namibia
• Wake up early for breakfast (Day 4) 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

Room Interior, Desert Homestead Lodge
Desert Homestead Lodge

Day 5 & 6 - Swakopmund Swakopmund Luxury Suites

Travel Time: Sossusvlei - Swakopmund 350km - approximately 5 to 6 hours

• Depart 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
• 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

Swakopmund Luxury Suites Interior
Swakopmund Luxury Suites

Day 7 - Swakopmund to Windhoek

Travel Time: Swakopmund - Windhoek 350km - approximately 4 to 5 hours
• Head back to Windhoek today, where the vehicle is dropped off and your holiday comes to an end
• Transfer to the airport to catch your departure flight. (Keep in mind that you need to be at the airport 2 hours prior and the airport is still a 45-minute to 1-hour drive from town)

Tour Cost

Jul - Dec 2023
R24,524 per person sharing (based on 2 adults)
R19,320 per person sharing (based on 4 adults)

Jan - Jun 2024
R24,440 per person sharing (Based on 2 adults)
R18,835 per person sharing (Based on 4 adults)
R5,170 Single supplement

Jul - Dec 2024
R27,900 per person sharing (Based on 2 adults)
R21,670 per person sharing (Based on 4 adults)
R6,200 Single supplement

** Prices are quoted in ZAR (South African Rands)

Price Includes
Accommodation as indicated - can change depending on availability and request at the time of booking
Meals as indicated
Meet and greet upon arrival
Car hire as below
Airport transfers on arrival and for departure
Activities as indicated
Tour file with detailed itinerary, map with route descriptions, vouchers etc.
24-hour personal and friendly support
Fast and efficient response to service providers

Vehicle Hire:
4X4 Toyota Fortuner – Automatic Transmission, which includes GPS, ZERO excess - maximum insurance, tyre & windscreen cover, unlimited mileage, 2nd spare tyre, additional driver, cell phone with local sim

Price Excludes
Additional meals
Additional Excursions / Activities
All Park Entrance & Admission Fees
Any items of a personal nature i.e. telephone, laundry, curios, gratuities/tips / porterage, etc
Personal and Baggage Travel Insurance
All Flights
Visa applications
Change of Itinerary anytime after confirmation
Anything else not specified as included

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