Adventurous self-drive tour from and to Windhoek. Enjoy the highlights of Namibia at your own pace. This suggested itinerary offers insight into the wonders of Namibia. Experience Etosha National Park, rock-art at Twyfelfontein, the old German town of Swakopmund and finally the red sand dunes of the Namib Desert.
A self-drive tour through Namibia that offers insight into the wonders of this beautiful location, starting and ending in Windhoek, Namibia – 12 Days
Windhoek – There are a variety of highlights that can be seen in Windhoek during a Namibian safari. One such highlight is the Alte Festung, or the ‘old fortress’. Once the military headquarters of Windhoek, it stands today as a state museum and retains the title as the oldest building in Windhoek, with foundations that were laid in 1890.
Etosha National Park – Etosha means ‘huge white area’ or ‘place of dry water’, and the National Park certainly lives up to this description! It’s a vast shallow pan, which shines brightly in the African sun due to crystallized salt on the surface of the ground. The Etosha National Park features several waterholes that provide some of the best game viewing opportunities during the dry season, when the surrounding lands are dry and arid.
Damaraland – Bordered by Windhoek, the Kalahari Desert, the Namib Desert and Ovamboland, Damaraland is a unique Namibian attraction to witness whilst on safari with Jenman. It contains some of the most scenic areas in the country, and a Namibian safari to Damaraland will brings tourists into the company of desert elephants, black rhinos, ostriches and springbok.
Swakopmund – When it comes to having fun, you’ll be able to choose from an exciting range of activities to enjoy whilst on your Namibian safari! From sand boarding to quad biking, fishing to beach angling and diving to hot air ballooning, there is something for everyone no matter your age!
Sossusvlei – The Sossusvlei area is fed by a river called the Tsuachab River – the dunes actually prevent the entire pathway of this river. The Tsuachab River only flows right through Sossusvlei every 5 to 10 years, making it a rare sight to see.The Sossusvlei dunes are about 6 0km from the Sesriem gate which is about an hours drive.
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Avis Car Hire, group B (VW Polo Vivo or similar) for 12 days
This self-drive safari includes car rental from Avis Car Hire, group B (VW Polo Vivo or similar), with premium insurance cover. Premium insurance includes: Theft and collision damage waiver, personal accident insurance, unlimited mileage, location surcharge, third party liability insurance, general public liability insurance, tourism levy, VAT and claims admin fee, tyre, rim and hubcap damage, windscreen damage/repair, sandblasting damage, water and undercarriage damage.
Excludes: Fuel, refundable rental deposit, rental contract fee, one-way drop off charges, delivery and collection fees, traffic fine administration fee, additional driver, child safety seats, GPS navigation, additional spare tyre rental and deposit.
Breakfasts will be in restaurants at the various accommodation establishments. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements in advance.
The onus is on the client to organize all visas required to visit Namibia prior to departure.
Please note that travel and cancellation insurance is mandatory for every guest travelling with Jenman African Safaris. All insurance is solely the responsibility of our guests. Please ensure you arrange your own insurance with protection for the full duration of your journey to cover personal injury, damage and loss of personal items including but not limited to camera equipment and other electronic items, medical expenses, repatriation expenses and loss of luggage, etc. Please speak to your travel agent if you require assistance.
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Day 1 - Windhoek
On arrival at Hosea Kutako International Airport in Namibia’s capital, Windhoek, please proceed to the Avis Car Hire depot to collect your hire car and drive to your accommodation. The rest of the afternoon is yours to spend at leisure.
Day 2 - Okonjima Game Reserve
After breakfast leave Windhoek and drive north to your first destination, Okonjima Game Reserve in the Otjozondjupa Region. Okonjima is nestled among the “Omboroko Mountains” and roughly translated means “Place of the baboons”.
In the afternoon you have the option to visit the Cheetah Project and learn more about these endangered animals.
Day 3 - 5 - Etosha National Park
Today you will travel to Namibia’s well-known Highlight of the North – Etosha National Park. Your accommodation is just outside Etosha Park. You will be able to embark on optional game drives through the park hopefully spotting a variety of wildlife during your stay. The resorts also offer fabulous floodlit waterholes, which provide excellent game viewing at night.
Day 6 - Omaruru
This morning bid farewell to the wild animals of Etosha and head to Kamanjab where you have the opportunity to visit a local Himba village to find out more about their traditions and lifestyle. Experience the milking ceremony and the smoke bath, and learn about their beliefs surrounding the holy fire, their ancestors and herbal medicine. Continue on to the town of Omaruru where you stay overnight. Once a mission station, the settlement has great historic significance and has evolved into an artistic hub for local crafts and small industries.
Day 7 & 8 - Swakopmund
After breakfast, continue to Spitzkoppe – an iconic group of curved, granite mountains with vivid colours. We suggest taking a walk amongst the boulders to view the ancient Bushmen paintings and engravings. After this, continue south west from the dry interior of Namibia to the charming coastal town of Swakopmund. Here you will have the opportunity to partake in the many optional activities on offer. Alternatively, just soak up the atmosphere of this quaint German town and enjoy its beauty and beaches. In the evening, perhaps enjoy a typical Namibian meal in one of the many restaurants (own expense).
Day 9 & 10 - Sossusvlei
An early morning start takes you from Swakopmund south through Walvis Bay on your way to the Namib Naukluft National Park. On the way there why not make a stop at the small settlement of Solitaire where you will have a chance to sample their world renowned Apple Crumble. That evening you have the opportunity to embark on a wild cat walk at the lodge. The next morning it is advisable to wake up early in order to visit the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. We also recommend a stop to view the Sesriem Canyon, which was carved millions of years ago by the Tsauchab River.
Day 11 - Windhoek
Today you leave the desert behind you and travel back to Windhoek, through the beautiful countryside. Once you arrive the rest of the afternoon can be spent at leisure, and dinner can be enjoyed in one of the many fabulous restaurants in the city.
Day 12 - Tour ends in Windhoek
This morning after breakfast, drive to Windhoek International Airport to drop off your hire car in time for your departure flight.
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