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19-day Ultimate Namibia Camping & Lodging Combo Safari (Self-drive)

The very best of Namibia in a 19-day tailor-made self-drive tour that starts and ends in Windhoek with all of Namibia's highlights in between. As a camping and lodging combo tour to give you an incredible adventure of an amazing country.

Price from USD 1,647 pps
Duration 19 days
Tour Type Self-drive
Highlights Damaraland, Etosha National Park, Fish River Canyon, Kalahari, Kaokoland, Luderitz, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Waterberg
Includes

Accommodation; Meals for lodging nights only (SQ); Camping Equipped Vehicle hire; Meet and Greet; Airport Transfers; 24-hour support; Comprehensive tour file with detailed itinerary, map, route descriptions, booking vouchers, contact numbers and useful information

Excludes

International flights; Personal travel insurance; Entry visas; Fuel; Park entry fees; Staff gratuities

Visit the highlights of Namibia in just short of three weeks: The red sands of the Kalahari , Fish River Canyon , Luderitz , Sossusvlei , with its gigantic dunes, Swakopmund on the Skeleton Coast ; Damaraland for its desert adapted wildlife and rock engravings; Kaokoland, a harsh wilderness and home to authentic Himba people; and Etosha National Park - Namibia's top wildlife destination.

Itinerary Details

On arrival you will be met by a representative of the car rental company and they will transfer you into town to complete the handover of the vehicle. You will then be met for your Meet & Greet for the handover of your travel documents. Spend the remainder of the day at your own leisure, exploring town and doing your necessary grocery shopping. For dinner this evening, head out for a meal at a local restaurant in town or close to the guesthouse.

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This morning after breakfast and any last minute shopping you still wish to do for your next few nights camping, you will drive about three hours south of Windhoek on tarred roads for most of the way to your first campsite in the red dunes of the Kalahari.

When you're there: Set up camp and simple enjoy the quietude. Enjoy a nature walk to take in the surrounds. Additional activities can be booked with the lodge on arrival. Perhaps a nature drive or Bushman activity.

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Today you head a further 500km south on paved roads to the Fish River Canyon. An incredible view from the viewpoint being one of the world's most impressive canyons. Makes you feel so small.

On the way: Visit the Quiver Tree Forest not far from Keetmanshoop or the geological phenomenon of Giant's Playground. You can also stop in Keetmanshoop for any supplies you may need.

When you're there: Visit the Fish River Canyon viewpoint or set off on a hiking trail

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Today you'll mostly be on the road. Take in the ever changing landscapes. You'll make your way to Aus and then further west to the coastal town of Luderitz. If you plan to leave early you'll arrive around lunch time and you can head into town for a bite to eat.

On the way: Stop at the northern viewpoint for an excellent early-morning picture of the canyon; near Aus, look out for the wild desert horses of the area.

When you're there: Spend a full day in the area exploring Luderitz and the Kolmanskop Ghost Town; Diaz point; a boat trip to Halifax Island; Bogenfels rock arch; bird watching; coastal and historical tours of the area

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After breakfast you backtrack to Aus and then make your way to the incredible sea of sand known as Sossusvlei. Stock up on supplies in Luderitz or Aus before you continue on. The Namib Desert is the world's oldest desert.

On the way: Visit Duiwseb Castle near Maltahöhe; take in the incredible landscapes and stop from time to time to snap a panoramic photograph of the incredible views you'll come across; look out for desert adapted wildlife.

When you're there: You'll have a full day to explore the highlights of this area with the main attraction being Sossusvlei. Enter the gate at Sesriem at sunrise and make your way down to Dead Vlei and Sossusvlei first before the sun is up. Then enjoy the other highlights and a chance to climb Dune 45 if you're brav or meander through the Sesriem Canyon.

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Today you depart the heat of the desert and make your way to the coastal town of Swakopmund which brings cooler temperatures. A drive that will take most of the day on gravel roads but with incredible scenery and view points to stop at along the way, it's really about the journey.

On the way: Stop in Solitaire (80km from Sesriem) to refuel and grab a snack for the road. Your drive will take you through the scenic Gaub Pass and Kuiseb Canyon before the last stretch to Walvis Bay and then a further 30km to Swakopmund. You could also take a detour to view the Welwitschias if you wish and be on the look out for springbok, ostrich and Hartmann's mountain zebra.

When you're there: Enjoy any of the many activities on offer from Swakopmund or Walvis Bay. Visit the lagoon in Walvis Bay to view the flamingoes and pelicans and numerous other bird species. Both towns offer great local restaurants, curio shopping and the cool coastal breeze.

Of the activities, we always recommend a dolphin boat cruise, sea kayaking, sand boarding, quad biking, a Living Desert Tour and a tour to Sandwich Harbour which takes you to where the dunes meet the sea - a real Skeleton Coast experience.

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After breakfast you head north to the harsh and rugged landscapes of Damaraland. You can either head inland via Uis or along the coast via the Springbok Water Gate. There's plenty to see and lots to take in so it's a good days worth of driving on mostly gravel roads.

On the way: Visit Cape Cross. A spectacle of over 100,000 seals. En-route stop to view the lichen fields. Look out for the enormous Brandberg Mountain. If you arrive early enough in the Twyfelfontein area you can already do some of the highlights here this afternoon.

When you're there: Enjoy the highlights of this area that include the Twyfelfontein rock engravings, Burnt Mountain and Organ Pipes. Visit the open-air living Damara Museum for a hit of culture and be sure to head out for a nature drive in search of the desert adapted elephants that inhabit these parts.

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Heading further north into the depths of Damaraland and into Kaokoland you reach Opuwo. It's not much to marvel at but here you find the nomadic Himba tribes.

When you're there: If time allows you can visit a nearby Himba village although this is best done in the mornings. Really just an overnight stop and after a few longer days driving, why not just relax in the pool and enjoy the sunset?

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Heading towards the northern border of Namibia, you will make your way to the remote are of the Epupa Falls. An area of authentic Himba people, hikes, Kunene River excursions and of course the Epupa Falls themselves.

On the way: Visit a few Himba villages you may come across and enjoy the incredible remote scenery of an area almost uninhabited.

When you're there: Hike along the river; visit Epupa Falls; enjoy an excursion to visit the local Himba villages

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Depart and backtrack to Opuwo before you head east and then further south towards the western side of Etosha National Park. Enter at the Galton Gate and game drive through the park to your campsite.

On the way: Enjoy a game drive in Etosha National Park and be on the look out for widlife on this side of the park.

When you're there: With only an overnight stop here, set up camp on arrival and enjoy the waterhole and hide. Take a drive on some of the nearby routes to see what animals you can find. Plains game in numbers, lions, rhino and elephants to name a few.

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A full day is set aside to spend on a game drive in the park as you head to the southern side. This night is spent close to the Andersson's Gate inside the park.

When you're there: Enjoy game drives on the southern side of the park. You could also look to do a night drive with the camp and a camp guide. Spend time at the waterhole, probably the most photographed one in Namibia.

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Another full day to venture through the park as you head east towards the Von Lindequist Gate. Be sure to stop at the view point over looking Etosha Pan.

On the way: From Okaukuejo to Namutoni you'll find some of the most popular waterholes so make a day of it and just park off enjoying watching the game come and go.

When you're there: Game drives in Etosha National Park. Spend as much time as you can game viewing and in between simply relax at camp.

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Today your make your way east and south towards the incredible scenery of the Waterberg. A shorter day travelling on mostly paved roads. Arrive before lunch and enjoy the area.

On the way: Make a detour to view the Ghaub Cave and Hoba Meterotie. Otavi is a possible stop along the way if you want to stock up on some supplies for your last night camping. Arrive early enough to take a hike in the area and be sure to enjoy the sunset.

When you're there: The Waterberg Plateau Park is a scenic area offering great hiking trails. The view is incredible and along with that you can take in the wildlife and a vast number of birds. At Okonjima you can take any one of the number of walking trails into the bush to explore and visit the day centre of the AfriCat Foundation.

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The drive to Windhoek is short and comfortable on paved roads. The journey should take about three to four hours, so you've got time for an early wildlife activity and a leisurely breakfast if you wish, depending on your departure details to drop the vehicle and be transferred.

On the way: Stop in Okahandja to view the largest local wood carvers market in Namibia.

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Prices

Guests Accommodation Season (2020) Amount
2 Camping Low Season USD 2,421 pps
2 Camping High Season USD 2,611 pps
4 Camping Low Season USD 1,647 pps
4 Camping High Season USD 1,755 pps
  • As a rough guide Low Season throughout the region is from 1 January to 30 June and High Season is from 1 July to 31 December.
  • We give indicative Low and High Season rates on our website and exact prices in your quote when your travel dates are set.
  • These prices are based on two adults sharing accommodation unless otherwise stated.
  • Please treat all pricing as a guide only. Read more about our pricing.
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