Namibia Self Drive Itinerary:
Coastal and Etosha National Park
- Day 1 – Arrive Windhoek. Collect vehicle. Galton House (B&B)
- Day 2 – Windhoek to Swakopmund – approximately 356km or 4 hour drive Cornerstone Guesthouse (B&B)
- Day 3 – Swakopmund. Cornerstone Guesthouse (B&B)
- Day 4 – Swakopmund to Damaraland –approximately 350km or 4 ½ hour drive. Camp Kipwe (D,B&B)
- Day 5 – Damaraland to Etosha National Park – approximately 256km or 3 hour drive. Dolomite Camp (D,B&B)
- Day 6 – Etosha National Park. Okaukuejo Camp (D,B&B)
- Day 7 – Etosha National Park to Otjiwarongo. Okonjima Bush Camp at the Africat Foundation (FI)
- Day 8 – Depart Namibia for home
Details and Costs
Cost: Safari Cost $1,997 per adult sharing*
*In Namibia, accommodation as stated above, 4×4 vehicle with zero excess insurance, meals as stipulated above, afternoon activities at Okonjima Bush Camp, transfer between Windhoek and airport, welcome pack and detailed safari briefing upon arrival.
Not Included Out of Pocket Costs to Consider
- International Air to and from Windhoek, Namibia.
- Park fees
- Additional game activities
- Meals not stated in the itinerary above
- All beverages
- Travel Insurance – The camps require that you have comprehensive travel insurance with medical coverage. We sell Travel Guard and can provide a quote or you are welcome to purchase it from another provider.
- Health – visit to a Travel Clinic and any medications or vaccines needed.
*NOTE: Price quoted is a pay by check or bank wire price. We can process credit card payments but the bank charges a processing fee of 4% that we must add to any charge payments.
Introduction to Namibia
Namibia is a vast country, even by African standards, covering an area approximately four times the size of the United Kingdom but with a population of a mere 2 million – one of the lowest densities in the world. It is also an ‘ageless land’; visible through our heritage of rock art created by stone-age artists and geological attractions such as the petrified forest where fossilized tree trunks have lain for over 280 million years. Added to the space and silence, these all contribute to a feeling of antiquity, solitude and wilderness.
The climate is typical of a semi-desert country. Days are warm to hot and nights are generally cool. Temperatures are modified by the high plateau in the interior and by the cold Benguela Current that runs along the Atlantic coastline. Except for the first few months of the year, the country is generally dry with very little rain.
This private guided Namibia safari affords you the chance to experience this magnificent and memorable country in a very personal way. You will have your own professional and experienced safari guide who will enhance your enjoyment of this unique country by making it a fascinating and stress-free journey of discovery amidst very dramatic scenery. The knowledge, experience and attitude of our guides are critical to a successful safari which is why we ensure that they are both personable and very professional.
Galton House, Windhoek – 1 Night
Galton House is Windhoek’s newest accommodation establishment. Named after the famous explorer Sir Francis Galton, it has a relaxed but efficient style which creates a very welcoming atmosphere. Impressive wildlife photography adorns the walls while the rest of the interior is a combination of modern minimalistic and understated chic.
A mere ten minute drive from the centre of town and perched on the edge of Windhoek’s northernmost affluent suburb of Eros, guests staying here will be ensured of peace and tranquility. There is Wi-Fi throughout the property and the eight guest rooms all have wired internet connectivity and satellite television.
There is a coffee/tea station available in the reception area and these can also be provided in the rooms on request. The communal areas consist of a large lounge, indoor and outdoor dining areas, a swimming pool, an early arrival/late departure day room (including toilet, shower, changing and re-packing facility) as well as understated garden areas.
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Cornerstone Guesthouse, Swakopmund – 2 Nights
Located within easy reach of the town centre of Namibia’s premier seaside resort is the delightful Cornerstone Guesthouse. This small, private and peaceful bed and breakfast establishment is set in the old part of Swakopmund, near the aquarium and the old brewery. It combines ‘all the modern amenities of a luxury hotel, with the charm and intimacy of a family-run business’.
Within a few minutes from Cornerstone is a pleasant walk to the beach, as well as a decent range of cafés, restaurants and lively pubs. Swakopmund’s tourist attractions include a variety of interesting shops, markets, with modern banking and medical facilities for your enjoyment. Cornerstone Guesthouse is a member of the Hospitality Association of Namibia.
Facilities include a lounge area, complete with satellite TV channels, a private garden, in-house wireless Internet connection, secure off-street parking and a same-day laundry service. Airport transfers can also be arranged.
Accommodation at Cornerstone Guest House is in 5 double or twin rooms, each unit has a private entrance and patio with table and chairs. En-suite bathrooms, solar-assisted showers, wall-mounted LCD flat-screen satellite TV, mini-fridge, kettle, tea/coffee station, digital safe, hair-dryer, and wireless Internet access are standard.
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Camp Kipwe – 1 Night
Camp Kipwe, situated within the Twyfelfontein Conservancy in the Damaraland area of Namibia is only 4kms from it’s sister lodge of Mowani Mountain Camp. The closest towns are Uis (130km to the south) and Khorixas (130kms to the east). Damaraland is renowned for its geology, unusual rock formations, rock paintings, and rare desert-adapted flora and fauna.
Camp Kipwe is built amongst large granite boulders, and these are cleverly incorporated in the overall design and layout of the lodge. Accommodation is in 9 thatched dome-shaped bungalows & 1 suite; these rooms are built from natural materials including mopane branches and the local red basalt stones, giving a natural and organic feel.
An advantage of the small size of the Camp Kipwe is a relaxed and tranquil camp environment. The rooms each have a private verandah which overlooks the rugged Damaraland scenery, while the partially open en-suite bathroom has hot water heated by an old fashioned wood burning ‘donkey’. The general atmosphere here is one of rustic luxury!
The main lodge areas comprises of a lounge, a meeting place to discuss travel and safari experiences with other guests, curio shop, bar, restaurant & reception area. The views from here (over the mountains and Aba-Huab River) are breathtaking as are the stunning sunsets. There is also a swimming pool, where many guests head straight after a day’s activities, and a laundry service.
As the lodge is situated close to the Aba-Huab River Activities from Camp Kipwe include elephant nature drives, These guided trips include exploring the surrounding area in a 4×4 vehicle, in search of Namibia’s remaining 600 desert dwelling elephant.
The Twyfelfontein excursions last for around 2 ½ hrs, starting in the afternoon. The drive includes visits to the Burnt Mountain, the Organ Pipes, as well as to the fascinating Bushman Engravings.
There are a number of guided nature walks that will cover trails in and around Camp Kipwe, the durations will depend on the guests.
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Dolomite Camp, Western Etosha National Park – 1 Night
Dolomite Camp is located in western Etosha National Park, near the Dolomietpunt waterhole. It is the first camp to be built on this side of Etosha, opening up a section of the park previously not accessible to mainstream tourists. Wildlife here includes Hartmann’s zebra which does not occur in the eastern section of the park. The surrounding vegetation of mainly karstveldt and mopane shrubland is different to the rest of the park.
The camp is set amongst dolomite formations, ensuring game drives are conducted in one of the park’s most scenic locations. The dolomite hill, the setting of the camp, boasts hundreds of seasonally blooming plant species, a lure for botanists and photographers alike.
The western section now open to the public measures approximately one-third of the total area of Etosha Park itself. Although the main wildlife spectacles occur in and around the waterholes and vegetation of the Etosha Pan, game viewing is also very good in this area. There are no fewer than 15 waterholes in the vicinity of Dolomite Camp (although unlike other sections of the park here the access roads to many of these waterholes are not clearly marked). The hilly and rocky terrain here also becomes a wildlife retreat for the entire park during the wet season.
The emphasis at Dolomite Camp is on a more exclusive experience with a focus on personal service and smaller numbers. The staff is friendly and well trained. Dolomite Camp offers excellent value for money.
On arriving at Dolomite Camp guests are required to park their vehicles in the parking area at the foot of the hill. From this area you, and your luggage, are then transported (by golf cart) up the hill to reception. From here you will be shown around the camp and to your room. As Dolomite Camp is an unfenced camp, guests are not allowed to walk around after dark, and a member of staff will escort you to and from your room (all rooms are equipped with a phone – which can be used to request an escort).
The camp’s interior blends and harmonizes with the immediate environment. Facilities include a reception, guest lounge, fireside boma, laundry service, 2 restaurant areas, swimming pool and secure parking. A fairly long and steep path from the bar and restaurant area leads to the accommodation, this distance and uneven surface can lead to issues for some older or less fit visitors (although golf carts are available to ferry people around the camp). There are 20 elevated thatched en-suite chalets, nestled amongst dolomite rocky outcrops. Privacy and dramatic panoramic landscape views are guaranteed.
Large herds of zebra, giraffe and antelope wander the plains around Dolomite Camp. Black and white rhino are present in numbers, often at Klip-pan waterhole. Previously endangered species such as the black rhino and black-faced impala have been successfully bred here. Wildlife excursions are conducted by professional and knowledgeable tour guides. Apart from the normal Etosha game viewing a special attraction of the Otjiovasondo area is the opportunity to see both the Plains Zebra and the Mountain Zebra drinking or grazing side by side and spotting the rare Sable Antelope.
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Okaukuejo Camp, Etosha – 1 Night
Okaukuejo Camp is 114kms north of Outjo on the C38. This road leads you right to Etosha Park’s Andersson’s Gate – and from here it is only a few ‘game viewing’ kilometers to Okaukuejo. It is the oldest tourist camp in Etosha and it currently functions as the administrative hub of the park as well as being home to the Etosha Ecological Institute. It is situated at the western end of the Etosha Pan.
The main attraction of this camp is that it overlooks a permanent waterhole, which is floodlit at night. Here a wide diversity of wildlife congregates and interacts. The spectacle starts at dawn, with animals coming in large numbers to quench their thirst. The excitement continues throughout the day and deep into the night. In the early evenings, it is not uncommon to have black rhinoceros, elephant and lion, all drinking at the same time.
There is a bar, shop, swimming pool and a kiosk. The restaurant provides a choice of a buffet or ‘a la carte’ menus.
Okaukuejo is the main area of tourist activity inside Etosha, but visitors can also choose to stay at either Halali, Namutoni or Onkoshi Camp. All four of these camps are operated by Namibia Wildlife Resorts and have the advantage of being inside the Etosha National Park. Alternatively, you might like to enquire about several other private lodges around Etosha.
Join one of the morning, afternoon or night game drives around Etosha. Game viewing is best done in the cool of the early morning or late afternoon. Most people choose to game drive themselves around the park – stopping at the various waterholes en-route.
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Okonjima Bush Camp – 1 Night
Okonjima is home to the AfriCat Foundation, a wildlife sanctuary which focuses on the research and rehabilitation of Africa’s big cats, especially injured or captured leopard and cheetah. Close encounters with leopard and cheetah are an unforgettable highlight. Activities include leopard tracking by vehicle, a visit to the cheetah welfare project and a visit to the night hide where nocturnal animals such as porcupine, caracal, honey badger and even leopard may be seen.
Okonjima Bush Camp is run separately from the main camp, and offers an up market alternative to the ever popular Okonjima Main Lodge. It is situated on a wilderness area approximately 3km from the main camp and consists of nine luxurious thatched African Chalets. Accommodation at Okonjima Bush Camp is in charming thatched African style chalets linked by walkways to a main Lapa area shaped like a camelthorn pod where meals are taken and activities begin. Each exclusive chalet is completely private and the green canvas ‘walls’ can be rolled up to give you an 180 degree view so you can lie in bed and watch life in the bush going on around you whilst you relax in total comfort.
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