What to expect

Namibia is a destination unlike any other in Africa. With its almost otherworldly dune landscapes, ancient deserts and incredible game viewing opportunities, Namibia is the ultimate African road trip destination for intrepid explorers.

Our 12-Day Namibia Self-Drive and Guided Safari starts just outside Namibia’s capital city, Windhoek, and takes you on the road trip of a lifetime from the spectacular dunes of Sossusvlei to the ocean and lagoon at Swakopmund. We will then have a 3-Day Wild Camping trip where you can feel the spectacular Namibia desert right between your toes. Then we will visit Etosha National Park and its beautiful wildlife for about 3-Days. On the last day we will head back to Windhoek where you can do your final souvenir shopping before your departure.

12-Day Namibia Self-Drive and Guided Safari

  • starts and ends in Windhoek
  • self-drive (rental car and transfers rates on request)
  • info pack upon arrival with maps, routes, contact numbers and accommodation vouchers
  • many optional activities to choose from (rates on request)
  • cultural encounters with ancient peoples
  • customized departure dates
  • minimum 2 pax

COST & VALIDITY1st April – 31st May 2021
WHAT TO BRING Comfortable shoes
Warm jackets
Sunhat and sunglasses
Sun cream
Cameras
Personal belongings
Personal medication
IMPORTANT NOTE Namibia emergency number: +264 81 127 0564
INCLUDED Meet & Greet by English-speaking Transfer Service at Hosea Kutako International Airport, for transfer to the Vehicle Rental Company Depot.

11 x Breakfast, 3 x Lunch and 9 x Dinner
Air-Conditionered Rooms/Chalets at Lodges and Hotel
Game Drives as specified in the Itinerary
All Namib Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei/Sesriem and Etosha National Park Entrance Fees

Porterage
15% VAT

2% Tourism Levy

NOT INCLUDEDMeals not stated as Included in the itinerary, plus all beverages are for own account

All Flights plus Visa Fees if required
Entrance fees and excursions not stated as included in itinerary
Expenses of a personal nature
Travel insurance
Tips for Porters, Guides and Restaurant Staff are not included

Optional Activities:

Hot-Air Balloning in the Sossusvlei Region
Guided Historical City or Dune Landscape Fat Bike Tours in Swakopmund
Catamaran Dolphin and Seal Boat Cruise from the Walvis Bay Harbour
Little 5 Desert Excursion, Camel Rides, Desert Quad-Biking or Tandem Sky-Diving in Swakopmund
Visit to the World-famous Crystal Gallery in Swakopmund
Afternoon or Evening Guided Game Drives in the Etosha National Park, in an Open Vehicle

Please note

Over two-thirds of Namibian roads are gravel. We recommend renting a 4×4. Because Windhoek – where most rental car companies are situated – is 45 km to the west of Hosea Kutako International Airport, you will need to arrange a transfer from the airport to Windhoek with your rental car company. Alternatively, please speak to us and we will arrange a rental car and transfer for you. Rates on request.

1

Day 1

Meet-and-Greet at Hosea Kutako International Airport – Namib Desert Region

On arrival at the Hosea Kutako International Airport situated just 40 kms outside Windhoek, you will be met by your English-speaking Transfer Service before you proceed on the short journey to the Rental Vehicle Depot

At the Depot you will receive a comprehensive vehicle handover with safety and operating instructions.

Thereafter you set off on the first leg of your Namibian Safari, heading southwards into the Kalahari and Namib Desert Regions. En-route you will travel through the towns of Rehoboth, Mariental and Maltahöhe.

As you leave Maltahöhe, your journey continues on gravel roads for the following few days. Most of the roads are fairly well maintained, however do stick to the speed limits and take extra care if there is or was recent rain in the area. The landscape morphs fluidly from grassy plains to spectacular valley views, as you drive over the Zaris Pass (1,672m above Sea Level) and descend into the Namib, amidst rocky valleys flanked by flat-topped mountains. Once the valleys flatten out onto grassy plains, the ever-changing scenery will almost certainly reveal a number of the animals that inhabit this desert area, including the majestic Oryx Antelope. Finally a collection of well-spaced, round thatch-roofed buildings becomes visible in the distance and you turn off the main road onto the We Kebi Safari Lodge driveway.

A hearty welcome to expansive shady wooden decks, green lawns, sparkling blue pool and spacious, individually decorated chalets will undoubtedly invigorate you. From the deck or the hidden Hide with eye-level views of the waterhole, you can watch the Rhinos as they are fed twice daily, accompanied by Eland, Giraffe, Zebra, Lechwe and Waterbuck to name but a few. In the evening, dinner is sure to be delicious and can be accompanied by your selection from the Wine Cellar, with a view that stretches to the Horizon. On cooler evenings, a large fire warms the lounge and the night sky above you is lit by a myriad of stars seldom seen elsewhere as clearly as in the Namib desert.

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast, We Kebi Lodge

2

Day 2

Namib Desert

Following your first night in Namibia, wake up to enjoy a delicious, leisurely breakfast in the cool morning. Spend this day at your leisure, observing the morning Rhino feed and watching them roll in the mud pool created in front of the lodge for their pleasure. The children can swim and play, while you enjoy the comfortable ambience of the lodge – We Kebi is owner managed and has been beautifully and artistically decorated. The afternoon lends itself to an included Nature Drive on the property to see the ‚family‘ Zebras and their ‚adopted, orphan calf, plus many other interesting animals including Jackal, Bat-Eared Foxes and numerous antelope and bird species.

At the lodge you can once again enjoy the panoramic view of the plains and far-off mountains, while you enjoy a cold drink and watch the burning sun sinking in the west.

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast, We Kebi Lodge

3

Day 3

Sossusvlei, Sesriem Canyon – Swakopmund

This morning you rise very early for coffee/tea before you bid We Kebi farewell and embark on a pre-dawn journey towards the sand sea that is Sossusvlei. Entering the Park as it opens at dawn, you will see and have the opportunity to climb some of the highest sand dunes in the world. Rest in the shade of the trees that magically survive on the edge of the dry Vlei and enjoy a delicious picnic breakfast packed by the lodge, before you tackle the 1.1km walk to see the famous and eerily beautiful Dead Vlei. Finally as you exit the dune landscape you visit Sesriem Canyon. Here you can quite easily climb down into the depths of the canyon and wander along the winding water and wind eroded channels. Perhaps you will even still find water in some of the deeper pools.

Thereafter you drive on, through the Namib Naukluft Park towards the west coast of Namibia. The drive takes you via Solitaire and Walvis Bay and the cooler, moist coastal air is a welcome relief after a day in the dry desert terrain.

Solitaire refers to a single solitaire diamond, the other being the solitude or loneliness of the area and the two meanings combined create the image of a distinctive, precious and solitary place. This small settlement features a gas station, post office, shop and a restaurant which is widely known for its delicious apple pie. Solitaire is the perfect stop-over to break the journey between the Sesreim and Sossusvlei area and Swakopmund.

The road that runs between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund offers a fascinating contrast, flanked on one side by the soaring yellow sand dunes of the Namib Desert and on the other by the sea and the cold Benguela Current. The mists that cover the dunes and beaches in the early mornings are equally as eerily beautiful as the wind-blown sands that drift over the dune ridges, driven by the on-shore winds in the late afternoon.

Arrive in the late afternoon in Swakopmund and check in to your Hotel on the beach, where you will be welcomed warmly and you can sink into cool comfort, following a dusty day on sandy roads and rocky mountain passes. Hereafter you can get to know this quaint and lovely town on foot at your leisure, or enjoy a refreshing drink and delicious meal (not included) in one of Swakopmund’s fine Restaurants.

Overnight and Breakfast Strand Hotel Swakopmund

4

Day 4

Coastal Town Swakopmund

Enjoy a relaxing morning in this fascinating town. In Swakopmund there are many activities to choose from, such as a Catamarancruise in the Walvis Bay lagoon with oysters and sparkling wine served underway, the famous ‘Living Desert tour’, or a Quad Bike excursion into the dunes. Alternately, visit the Crystal Gallery to see the largest crystals in the world, or join a guided Fatbike Tour through town or into the dunes. In the late afternoon you will meet up with your Guide for the next four days, and indulge in some exhilarating dune driving. Round off a perfect day with a Sundowner high up on the dune face as you watch the sun set over the Atlantic ocean. The view is often coloured in brilliant hues of red and orange, and appears to stretch all the way to eternity.

Dinner can once again be enjoyed at any one of Swakopmund’s renowned and very popular Restaurants (not included.)

Swakopmund is much loved by Namibians as a welcome respite from the inland heat. It is also popular amongst visitors for its old-world charm and relaxed atmosphere. Founded in 1892 during the period of German colonial rule, it served as the territory’s main harbour for many years. The distinct German colonial character has been well preserved and today many of the old buildings serve a useful purpose. The Woermann House (1905) now houses an art gallery and the Woermann Tower was used in earlier times to watch ships entering the harbour. Other old interesting buildings include „Die Alte Kaserne“, the „Hohenzollern Haus” and the Railway Station Building.

Overnight and Breakfast Strand Hotel Swakopmund

5, 6 & 7

Day 5, 6 & 7

Wild Camping “Off the Beaten Track”

Day 5: Depart from Swakopmund towards the Brandberg West Mine, following your Guide in his own vehicle. You enter the Desolation Valley en-route to Gai – As and finally arrive as your selected Wild Camp where you will spend the night.

Day 6: Depart from Desolation Valley towards Twyfelfontein. During the journey search for the elusive and beautiful Desert Elephants and Lions and at night, you once again set up a wild camp.

Day 7: Depart to Ongongo Hot Springs. This beautifully maintained camp site offers hot showers and private ablution blocks . Enjoy a relaxing day at leisure at the hot springs.

Day 8: Depart from Ongongo to travel up and over the Grootberg Pass with its unmatched, endless views. Once you reach the small town of Outjo you bid farewell to your Guide as he returns to Walvis Bay, while you continue your drive on to the Etosha region on the western side of the Park.

4 Days 3 Nights Full Board excluding Drinks 

8

Day 8

Warmquelle – Etosha National Park Region

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and perhaps a last dip in the clear waters of the rock pool before continuing on an exhilerating drive over the Grootberg Pass (1540m above Sea Level.)

In the early afternoon you reach the renowned Etosha National Park Region. Arrival and check-in at your beautiful, comfortable Lodge built around lucious green gardens and offering an extraordinary contrast to the bush savannah of this area. You can undertake a short journey into the Etosha National Park and spend a while observing the game from your Vehicle, or from the comfortable shady benches overlooking the Okaukuejo Camp waterhole. Leave the Park before sunset and spend the early evening at leisure, enjoying a swim in the cool sparkling pool, or enjoying sundowners as you watch the sun sink in the west.

Dinner, Overnight and Breakfast Toshari Lodge

9

Day 9

Etosha National Park West to the Eastern Side

After breakfast you board your vehicle once more and journey onwards, travelling right through the Etosha National Park from the west side to the east.

Marvel at the vastly differing landscape and vegetative areas you will travel through, with the variety of fascinating wildlife that inhabits each area as observed from your vehicle.

The Etosha National Park, consisting of 22 270 sq km of saline desert, savannah and woodlands, is one of the largest parks in Africa. Its definitive feature is the Etosha Pan, a vast, shallow depression of approximately 5000 sq km. For the greater part of the year, the pan is a bleak expanse of white cracked mud which shimmers with mirages on most days. Seeing vast herds of game with this eerie „great white place of dry water“ as a backdrop makes the Etosha experience unique. Approximately 114 mammal species are found in the park, including several rare and endangered animals such as black rhino and black-faced impala. Many bird species occur in the park too, of which approximately one third are migratory, including the European bee-eater and several species of waders.

Lunch can be enjoyed en-route in the form of a hearty Lunch Pack ordered from the Lodge before departure, or at the Halali Camp restaurant just over midway through your day’s drive. Follow up with a cooling swim in the pool. Later, exit the Park and check in to Onguma. The evening promises yet another beautiful sunset and delicious dinner.

Dinner, Overnight and Breakfast Onguma Bush Camp

10

Day 10

Etosha National Park Region East

Following a relatively early breakfast you travel 94 kms to the mining town of Tsumeb, where you vist Pathcare to undertake a regulatory Covid-19 PCR Test. Return thereafter to Onguma Bush Camp, where you can participate in an optional (not included) activity offered by the Lodge. The afternoon is yours to spend as you please – enjoy the Camp facilities at leisure or select from further optional (not included) activities offered by the Lodge. Our special activity recommndation is that you book a Night Drive into the Etosha National Park, to observe the nocturnal animals that one would not usually see during the day. Alternately in the afternoon drive into the Park in your own vehicle, to visit the many waterholes, follow the winding drives or relax at the Namutoni Restcamp Waterhole to observe the wildlife. The heat of the day can also be relieved with a cool swim in the Rest Camp pool.

Shortly before nightfall, the evening is sure to be beautiful as the last rays of the day colour the dust in the African sky, and a myriad of stars become visible in the encompassing dark of the night.

Dinner, Overnight and Breakfast Onguma Bush Camp

11

Day 11

Etosha National Park Region East

Following a relatively early breakfast you travel 94 kms to the mining town of Tsumeb, where you vist Pathcare to undertake a regulatory Covid-19 PCR Test. Return thereafter to Onguma Bush Camp, where you can participate in an optional (not included) activity offered by the Lodge. The afternoon is yours to spend as you please – enjoy the Camp facilities at leisure or select from further optional (not included) activities offered by the Lodge. Our special activity recommndation is that you book a Night Drive into the Etosha National Park, to observe the nocturnal animals that one would not usually see during the day. Alternately in the afternoon drive into the Park in your own vehicle, to visit the many waterholes, follow the winding drives or relax at the Namutoni Restcamp Waterhole to observe the wildlife. The heat of the day can also be relieved with a cool swim in the Rest Camp pool.

Shortly before nightfall, the evening is sure to be beautiful as the last rays of the day colour the dust in the African sky, and a myriad of stars become visible in the encompassing dark of the night.

Dinner, Overnight and Breakfast Onguma Bush Camp

10

Day 10

Etosha National Park Region East

Following a relatively early breakfast you travel 94 kms to the mining town of Tsumeb, where you vist Pathcare to undertake a regulatory Covid-19 PCR Test. Return thereafter to Onguma Bush Camp, where you can participate in an optional (not included) activity offered by the Lodge. The afternoon is yours to spend as you please – enjoy the Camp facilities at leisure or select from further optional (not included) activities offered by the Lodge. Our special activity recommndation is that you book a Night Drive into the Etosha National Park, to observe the nocturnal animals that one would not usually see during the day. Alternately in the afternoon drive into the Park in your own vehicle, to visit the many waterholes, follow the winding drives or relax at the Namutoni Restcamp Waterhole to observe the wildlife. The heat of the day can also be relieved with a cool swim in the Rest Camp pool.

Shortly before nightfall, the evening is sure to be beautiful as the last rays of the day colour the dust in the African sky, and a myriad of stars become visible in the encompassing dark of the night.

Dinner, Overnight and Breakfast Onguma Bush Camp

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Day 10

Etosha National Park Region East

In the morning you board the Onguma Camp open Safari vehicle for a professionally Guided 4.5 hour Game Drive in the Etosha National Park. Explore the eastern part of the 22 750 km2 wildlife sanctuary with an experienced and knowledgeable ranger, hopefully you will see some of the ‘Big 5’ at a waterhole or in the bush. A stop is made mid-morning at one of the picnic sites in Etosha, for a light snack and refreshment break. The afternoon is yours to spend as you please – enjoy the facilities or further optional (not included) activities offered by the Lodge.

As the day draws to a close, watch a final sun set over the savannah horizon before the African night sky is lit by a million stars.

Dinner, Overnight and Breakfast Onguma Bush Camp

10

Day 10

Etosha National Park Region – Hosea Kutako International Airport, Windhoek

Enjoy breakfast and the first hours of the early morning, followed by a leisurely departure back to Windhoek via Okahandja. On arrival in Windhoek, complete any last souvenir shopping in this vibrant city before you return your rental vehicle at the Depot and transfer to the Hosea Kutako International Airport outside Windhoek. Once there, check in for your onward-bound flight.

We hope that this will one of many visits to our vastly contrasting, exceptionally fascinating and beautiful land and that you have made memories that will last you for a lifetime!

Dinner, Overnight and Breakfast Onguma Bush Camp

1 & 2

Day 1 & Day 2

Sossusvlei | 2 Nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

We Kebi Safari Lodge

We Kebi means invitation, in the almost forgotten language of the San Bushmen. To remain true to the heritage of the San people of the desert, who for thousands of years roamed the plains and mountains surrounding We Kebi. We welcome you to come to the We Kebi Safari Lodge and experience peace, privacy and tranquility.

Other facilities include

  • an outdoor swimming pool
  • Airport transportation
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • BBQ facilities
  • Hiking
  • Free breakfast
  • free WiFi
  • free parking
3 & 4

Day 3 & Day 4

Swakopmund | 2 Nights Bed & Breakfast

Strand Hotel

The Swakopmund Strand Hotel is the ideal place for travelers who want to explore Swakopmund.The Strand Hotel Swakopmund is located directly on the mole (promenade) in Swakopmund, surrounded on three sides by the Atlantic Ocean, with direct access to the main beach in town.

Other facilities include

  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Restuarant
  • Bar
  • Beachfront
  • Family Rooms
  • free WiFi
  • free parking
5 & 6

Day 5 & Day 6

Desolation Valley | 2 Nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast and Lunch

Wild Camping

You enter the Desolation Valley en-route to Gai – As and finally arrive as your selected Wild Camp where you will spend the night.

Other facilities include

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Day 7

Sesfontein | 1 Nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast and Lunch

Ongongo Camp

Indeed, it is a genuinely magical spot, if not amazing. You can find permanent water just oozing out of the mountain in a small canyon
in the far northwest of Namibia, a completely barren landscape with few villages near by.

Other facilities include

  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Hiking
  • Restrooms
  • Restuarant
  • Shop
8

Day 8

Etosha National Park West | 1 Nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Toshari Lodge

Toshari Lodge provides affordable but captivating accommodation close to Etosha National Park, one of Namibia’s main attractions, nestled on an outcrop of dolomite rocks, under a canopy of Mopane and white Seringa trees.

Other facilities include

  • Free Parking
  • Pool
  • BBQ facilities
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Gift Shop
  • Free internet
  • Babysitting
9 & 11

Day 9 & Day 11

Etosha National Park East | 3 Nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Onguma Bush Camp

Onguma Safari Camps is located on the eastern border of Namibia’s pleasant Etosha National Park. Onguma provides excellent viewing of game, romance, tranquility, adventure and many more! Onguma has an accommodation alternative that is just perfect for you, with 5 lodges, two campsites and 34 000 hectares of private wilderness to discover!

Other facilities include

  • Pool
  • Gift Shop
  • Dry cleaning
  • Mosquito net
  • Laundry service
  • Free Internet
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Dry cleaning

PLEASE NOTE
Accommodation is subject to availability. If we are unable to book accommodation as stated, we will look for a similar alternative and advise you accordingly.

Payment Terms

  • 20% pre-payment at time of booking.
  • Balance to be settled 30 days prior to travel.
  • Payment to be made in ZAR (South African Rands).
  • The customer is liable for any bank charges.
  • Should the booking be cancelled due to Covid-19 Regulations or Infection , the full amount will be refunded less a Handling Fee of 8%

Banking Details

Account holder: Africa Focus Tours Namibia (Pty) ltd
Bank: Nedbank Namibia
Account number: 110 000 707 52
Branch code: 461 617
Swift code: NEDSNANX

Cancellation Policy

  • Special cancellation terms may apply for certain products and services.

Terms & Conditions

General Terms

  • Price quoted per person.
  • Minimum of 2 pax required for tour departure.
  • The hotels mentioned in the itinerary will depend on availability at the time of making the booking and any alternatives will be of a similar standard.
  • This is merely a quotation and not a confirmed booking.

Health

Seek your doctor’s advice with regards to vaccinations and malaria prophylaxis.

Travelling with Children

  • Parents travelling with children must provide an unabridged birth certificate which includes details of the child’s father as well as the mother for all travelling children. This applies even when both parents are travelling with their children.
  • When children are travelling with guardians, these adults are required to produce affidavits from the children’s parents proving permission for the children to travel.The above applies to foreigners and South Africans travelling to or from South Africa as well as travellers in transit.
  • Please note that the child must be the appropriate age (according to accommodation stipulated) at the time of travel.
    Unless otherwise specified, children under 12 years of age qualify as a child rate and over 12 years of age as an adult rate.
    Rates and policies for children under 12 years of age on request.
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