Safari Ranking: 1 = Ok, 5 = Excellent
- Road Conditions
Good tarmac, well graded gravel tracks and sand tracks in areas. Very fun driving.
Some of the best in the world. Great variety, locations and well looked after. Facilities at most.
- Lodges & Hotels
A wonderful selection, from exclusive tented camps to 5* Lodges.
- Route Finding
Very straight forward. Especially with our Sat Nav. Plus well signposted.
Generally very good. Namibia is known as an all year destination.
Please note that the above is an indication of the general conditions
Namibia - a great introduction to self drive safaris
Namibia is a perfect starting point for anyone who wants to tour independently in Africa. It has everything for a perfect self drive holiday, from good roads to epic wildlife and landscape viewing. The destination is best travelled by vehicle, as it allows you to make your way through the regions, seeing every view as it comes. You wouldn't get half the experience if you were to do it any other way.
Namibia has therefore embraced this and has done a huge amount to make itself home to the perfect self drive adventure, which it has achieved. The country has a fantastic road network in place, a stunning collection of lodges and campsites, and is a very safe place to travel. The people here are very friendly too. So whether it's your first time self driving and you're nervous, Namibia will welcome you warmly, or whether you're an adventurer wanting to go into the unknown, Namibia will deliver.
We carefully plan your itinerary to avoid covering huge distances which are very tiring on a self drive in Namibia and we always make sure that we create very manageable itineraries, allowing plenty of time for rest and relaxation in each place before your exciting journey continues.
The Safari Drive Namibia Office
Namibia is one of our longest-standing destinations and we have our own Windhoek office and team of three there, lead by a very experienced guide Mike Whitelock. Having them there means that Safari Drive clients get the best possible local briefing, service and back up (24 hours a day) before heading into the bush in their 4x4.
This video is a collaboration between Safari Drive and Time-lapse photographer and adventure film maker Rufus Blackwell. The film was shot in Damaraland, the Skeleton Coast, the Namib Rand and Namibia's deep south. It was shot on Canon 5D's and GoPro's.
The film was recently awarded 2nd prize in the moving image category of the annual Travel Photographer of the Year competition.
A Few Highlights of Namibia
Here is a list of just some of our favourite places to visit in Namibia. They are all places that we would recommend for a self drive safari. This is not a comprehensive list and there are many other superb locations which we we'll be happy to discuss with you.
Etosha National Park
One of Africa's best National Parks, Etosha is a must see! Here you will have the enjoyment of driving over Etosha's Pans whilst viewing a incredible array of Wildlife.
The Damaraland’s semi-desert wilderness is simply stunning. It is also home to the country’s famous desert-adapted elephants and black rhino.
The Kaokoland is an area which is difficult to reach for most tourists, but not self drivers! It's vast, unspoilt and eye opening. A real favourite for the photographers!
The hauntingly beautiful big dunes of the Namib are a must for any visit to Namibia and a sunrise trek us the largest dune reveals spectacular vistas of the desert.
Famously known for it's ship wrecks and dense fogs, the Skeleton Coast is one of the most unique and authentic attractions in Africa.
Fish River Canyon
Africa's 'Grand Canyon', Fish River Canyon is the largest canyon in the southern hemisphere. This vast rock formation is one of Africa's most fascinating attractions.
14 nights / 1,375 Miles / Suitable for beginners
A Safari Drive favourite, this route allows you to visit the famous Etosha National Park, the eye-catching dunes at Sossusvlei, the mysterious Skeleton Coast, the beautiful Damaraland and Okonjma's Leopard & Cheetah reserve whilst staying in a fantastic selection of lodges, tented camps and campsites as you go. It's debatably the best way to see Namibia in a two week period. A real classic!
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Namibia in Depth
21 nights / 2,080 Miles / Suitable for beginners
This itinerary is designed for those who have the time to really see the ins and outs of Namibia. On this trip you will spend 4 weeks driving through Naukluft Mountains, The Naukluft Desert, Fish River Canyon, Klein Aus Vista, Namib Rand, Soussusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland, Kaokoland, and Etosha National Park. Namibia offers a different view everyday, be prepared to be amazed by its beauty!
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14 nights / 1,370 Miles / Suitable for beginners
This route takes in the best of the lodges in Namibia over our classic route, taking in the highlights of Etosha and Sossusvlei. You will spend your days alternately driving through spectacular landscapes and then spending a full day in a luxury lodge. Each night you will enjoy great food, great service and comfy beds and each day wake up to a vista of landscapes before you.
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