SELF DRIVE: Top Namibia Route - 11 Days - 10 Nights
We are delighted that you have chosen our company to arrange a memorable holiday for you and we hope that you will enjoy it as much as we planned it. Below you will find a detailed description of your journey and to tease your adventurous spirit. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you should have any questions, suggestions or problems along the way. We strive to provide a good service and to provide an unforgettable time so that you may come back in the future to explore our beautiful landscape and people!TOUR DESCRIPTION
DAY 1: - Welcome to the land of sun, sand and smiles!
You will arrive at Hosea Kutako International airport Windhoek Namibia. The airport might be small but it is more important that you start your adventurous journey. One of our friendly representatives from All Round Namibia Tours will welcome you at the airport - look out for your name on our welcoming sign. We will gladly assist you with your luggage and shown your to the foreign exchange counters. Although there are many have electronic banking points available at lodges and hotel we advise that you take some cash along for curio shopping along the way.
From there on you will be transferred to the stunning N/aankuse Lodge and Conservancy which is approximately 40-minutes drive from the airport. Keep your camera ready as you might see some wildlife along the way. You will be welcomed by N/aankuse Lodge`s friendly staff and shown to you beautiful rooms where you can relax after a long flight and enjoy the spectacular bush veld and sounds of Namibia nature. N/aankunse is renowed for its delicious food prepared by the in-house chef and you can enjoy a light lunch with some ice cold drinks.
The afternoon a representative of All Round Namibia or the car rental company will deliver you 4x4 D/Cab (Bakkie as we call it) at Naankuse Lodge where you will do all paperwork for the duration of the rental period.
The representative of All Round Namibia will go through your it nary with you and explain all the musts and musts not do on the road and give all your vouchers for your stay at lodges. Please take note that we do recommend our clients to leave early from lodges in the morning at around 08h00 so you have enough driving time and also to arrive mid afternoon at your new destination for activities at the lodges.
DAY 2: - WINDHOEK - NEURAS WINE ESTATE (OUR OWN NAMIBIAN WINE FARM)
Today you have a drive of around 400km`s which will take you around 4-5 hours. Your route will take you across the gravel plains of the Namib Desert and through. Aim to arrive at your accommodation in the late afternoon.
Nueras Wine Estate is part of the N/aankuse Group. This is the only place in Namibia - and also in the middle of desert! - that produces wine due to a constant underground fountain that supply water to the vineyards. On arrival at Neuras Wine Estate ther friendly staff will welcome you with a nice, ice cold drinks to cool as temperatures in the desert can reach up to 45 degrees Celsius in summer time and 27 degrees Celsius during winter. Sunscreen and hats are thus very important items in your traveling bag!
You will be taken around the Neuras farm where the staff will take you on an unforgettable wine tour and where you can do some wine tasting - the best part of the day! You can also buy some bottles of wine to take back home as gifts for your friends and family.
Late afternoon you can take some time to relax next to the swimming pool and enjoy some drinks and while marvelling at the lovely colours the sky take one during sunsets in the southern part of the country.
DAY 3 - NEURAS - SOSSUSVLEI LODGE
Enjoy a lovely breakfast early to depart on the next leg of your trip further into the desert. Today you have a short drive of around 180km to Sossusvlei lodge. Your route will take you deeper through spectacular landscapes that are estimated to be millions of years old. Open plains and wide open spaces is what Namibia is knows for! You will stop at Solitaire Guest farm. Solitaire is known for its famous bakery and Apfelstruddle. Enjoy a cup of coffee and chat to the owner of the bakery, Moose. A light lunch and refreshments at Solitaire is for your own account.
Depart from Solitaire and head deeper into the Southern part of Namibia to Sossusvlei. The afternoon you can visit Sesriem Canyon and take some time to walk around the canyon. . Be careful at all times and keep your camera close to take snap shots of the amazing scenery.
From Sesriem Canyon you will depart to where you will be staying over for the night. Take some time to relax at the pool and cool down after a warm day.
DAY 4: - SOSSUVLEI - SWAKOPMUND
Wake up early and leave your lodge, heading for the Sesriem entrance gate to the Namib Naukluft Park. This gate only opens at sunrise, While the sun rises is a real pleasure. The first major dune you will encounter goes by the imaginative name of Dune 45 - many people choose to stop and climb this dune to take some amazing photo snapshots of the lovely sunrise over the beautiful dunes of Namibia but we suggest you continue onwards towards Sossusvlei. Park at the the 2x4 car park (unless you have a 4x4 vehicle this is as far as you can drive), Sossusvlei is a further 4km from here but you are already amongst fairly large dunes. The walk along the dry river bed into Sossusvlei is lovely but there are 4x4 shuttles from the car park to Sossusvlei.
After you lovely morning in the Dunes please keep in mind your time you and start your way to Swakopmund. Today`s drive will be approximately 4 to 5half hours long. Your route will take you through the Kuiseb & Gaub passes. Keep in mind the time and try to arrive at your accommodation in the late afternoon. After checking in at your hotel for the evening you there is several seafood restaurants to choose from. Please find in your travel package all the brochures we gave you at your arrival or several activities you can do. Please ensure that you book your tours you wish to go on a day in advance specially the boatcruise in Walvisbay. No activities is included in your price.
Deadvlei, so named because it is a large pan with sculptural dead trees, is close by and definitely worth a visit. If you walk early morning morning through the dry river bed you can always take a shuttle back as it will be a bit hotter than in the morning. Please keep in mind this will be at extra cost.
DAY 5 - SWAKOPMUND
There are a host of adventure activities to participate in while in Swakopmund. From Dune climbing to Sand boarding and boatcruise to much to mention.
Enjoy your day at the coast with a traditional German Beer.
DAY 6 - SWAKOPMUND - DAMARALAND - TWYFELFONTEIN
Today`s drive will be around 4 to 5 hours so please plan your day carefully that you arrive at your lodge at mid afternoon.
An early start in the morning will take you along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean towards the holiday resort of Henties Bay. Continue through the Namib Desert past the Brandberg Mountain to Twyfelfontein (meaning doubtful fountain). At Brandberg you will find Bushman paintings of years ago when the San Community were travelling through Namibia. Also if you drive over the Ugab River on your way you can start looking around maybe you will be lucky to see some Desert Elephants around. Try to be mid afternoon at your lodge to be in time for a afternoon activity please note that activities is for you own account.
DAY 7: - DAMARALAND - ETOSHA
Today`s drive will be over gravel roads a short way and from there you will have a very good tarmac road. Your driving time today will be 5 hours.
Etosha is truly a Namibian jewel! The name Etosha means "Great White Place", and the name suits the landscape, which is dominated by a massive mineral pan. The pans coves around 25% of the National Park, and was originally a lake fed by the Kunene River. However the lake dried up when the course of the river changed thousands of years ago. The pan is now a large dusty depression of salt and dusty clay which fills only if the rains are heavy and even then only holds water for a short time during good rainy seasons.
Subject to availability in the park it could be that you have to stay just outside the gate of Etosha Anderson Gate and have to drive in that takes you approximately 15minutes. Etosha Park is a vast (23,000 sq. km) contains wide, open grass planes and veld bushes that surround the pan area. There are a number of waterholes, spread out in strategic locations along the edges of the pan attract large concentrations of wildlife and birds, and are the prime spots for viewing game. The park is host to 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 16 reptiles - and countless insect - species. Keep your camera close as you do not want to miss a single detail!
DAY 8 - ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
Your driving time today will be the whole day viewing all different type of game species.
Today is yet another exciting day we will recommend to have breakfast early. The best time of day is early morning and late afternoon as animals come to the waterholes to drink and graze. You may also visit the three tourist centres, Okakuejo, Halali and Namutoni . All three of these areas are fenced and you may explore the grounds or purchase some refreshments. After an exciting day you will exit Etosha National Park on the Namutoni side. Your (LODGE NAME> will be just view minutes drive from the gate where you can check in.
DAY 9 -WATERBERG PLATUA
In order to arrive on time today at Waterberg Platua you will have to plan your driving time. Driving time is approximately 6 to 7hours. Today`s road conditions is very good where you will be travelling all the way on Tarmac Road just the last 50km to Waterberg will be sand road again. Expect to arrive late afternoon at Waterberg Platua.
From your lodge you will be driving to Tsumeb about a 2hours drive from your lodge where you can refuel and do a check up on your 4x4 wheel pressure and oil check. Onwards you will go pass through Otavi a little farm town driving time between 2 towns 1 hour. Onwards you will arrive in Otjiwarongo where you can have lunch at one of the restaurant`s.
From Otjiwarongo you will continue onwards to Waterberg please follow the map carefully driving time to the lodge 2hours. On arrival check in at your lodge you can have a walk around the platua and explore the beautiful landscape and mountains.
DAY 10 - WATERBERG PLATUA - WINDHOEK
This will be a relaxing morning where you can enjoy a delicious breakfast - Namibian style buffet. If you like you can enquire at your lodge and do a short activity around Waterberg Platua.
Plan your day around mid morning to depart to Windhoek. From Waterberg your driving time to Okanhanja will be approximately 2 half hours. In Okanhanja do a stop at the Wooden Craft market along the road where you can buy some souvenir`s to take along for family and friends.
On your arrival in Windhoek you can check in at the Hotel and explore Windhoek the afternoon.
DAY 11: Saying goodbye!
Today is the last day in Namibia. Enjoy a delicious breakfast. Please arrange with your lodge or our company for check out time depending on your flight departure time. If you wish to make use of a room for a couple of hours before departing for the airport please arrange this in advance which will be at an additional cost. Your guide or transfer company will pick you up for your transfer to the airport at a pre-arranged time. Please remember that you should be at the airport 2 hours before the flight departs.
It was a pleasure having you as our valued guests and Al Around Namibia would like to thank you for you valued support and hope you had enjoyed your trip with us in Namibia. We would appreciate any feedback from you so please feel free to contact us back via email or you can fill in a questionnaire form supplied by us with your welcoming pack.NOTES
You will drive a comfortable 4x4 Double Cab vehicle perfect for the Namibian off-road conditions. If you choose the camping option then the vehicle will be equipped with all your camping equipment. An off-road trailer is also available.
All accommodation will be in top quality lodges and in a guest-house in Windhoek and Swakopmund. If you prefer the camping option you will camp at carefully chosen campsites except for Windhoek, Swakopmund. If you like to extend your days on some lodges you can book this when you finalize your trip with us.
All accommodation is on a Bed and Breakfast basis. No lunch or Dinner is included. For the camping option breakfast is included in Windhoek and Swakopmund.
Activities and park fees:
Since this is a self-drive safari which you will be doing at your own pace no activities and park fees are included. We would be happy to recommend which activities mentioned in the itinerary to do and we will book them for you.
Travel to and from Namibia:
This is not included in the price
Price on request. Please email enquiry and indicate number of people in the party. Also please indicate whether you prefer the camping or lodge option.