A Safari Drive favourite, this route allows you to get the most out of Namibia in a two week holiday. It has you visit some of Namibia's most famous attractions; including Etosha National Park, the dunes of Sossusvlei, The Skeleton Coast, the Damaraland and Okonjima's Africat Foundation. Accommodation ranges between a great selection of lodges, tented camps and campsites. It’s also a very good route for first time self-drivers in Africa.
“The perfect first self drive journey. It might be our second too!”
Arrive in Windhoek, transferred to Olive Grove Guesthouse for your first nights stay. Later in the afternoon you will be taken to our base and introduced to your vehicle, plus briefed on the vehicle, its equipment, the driving conditions, route and safety issues.
On this day, after breakfast, you will have a short driver safety course. After which you will be shown where to stock up on food supplies for your camping nights before embarking on your trip. You will then set off to the Okonjima Reserve, home to the AfriCat Foundation.
Today you drive north to the Onguma Reserve on the edge of Etosha National Park. You will stay in one of Onguma's campsites, either Leadwood campsite or Tamboti. Either is great and provides you with your own site with a private ablution block. As a camper you are also able to use the facilities of the lodge for meals.
This morning you will head into the famous Etosha National Park. You will game drive your way across the park and stay at the lovely Etosha Safari Lodge.
Today you will drive to Olifantsrus Campsite, which is located in Western Etosha. This is a part of Etosha not often seen; only guests of Dolomite and Olifantsrus Campsite are allowed to enter.
You will exit Etosha and take the scenic drive to Etendeka Mountain Camp (a Safari Drive favourite), which is set in the north of Damaraland. This remote eco tented camp has an incredible offering. The guides, the walks, the story, all make your stay very special. They also have rare sightings of giraffe, mountain zebra, oryx, springbok, lion and even desert elephant and black rhino.
Today you will start to head south into the heart of Damaraland where you will be staying at the campsite that belongs to Mowani. This is a scenic area, famous for rock art.
Today you will drive to Spitzkoppe, which we think is one of the most beautiful areas in Namibia, consisting of an imposing granite rock formation set in the plains. Here you can walk in the area and climb up to Bushman’s Paradise, a small basin tucked between the domes of rock, where you can view the rock paintings done by Bushman of the past and gaze at the amazing view.
You will drive to the coastal town of Swakopmund. With palm-lined streets, seaside promenades and fine accommodation. This is also Namibia's activity centre, here you can do a range of activities, including seal excursions, kayak tours, quad biking (on sand dunes), scenic flights (up the skeleton coast), desert tours and more.
You have quite a long drive as you continue south to Sossus Dune Lodge and the magnificent dunes of Sossusvlei.
Your next destination is Bullsport Guest Farm, one of the oldest farms in Namibia. They have their own game, cattle and sheep and they also breed Namibian horses which you can ride in this spectacular region.
You will head to Eningu Clayhouse Lodge for your final night in Africa. The lodge is stunning, peaceful and is without doubt one of the most relaxing and tranquil lodges you will encounter on your journey.
You will head back to Windhoek airport in time for your flight home. You will hand back your vehicle and have your trip debrief at the airport, prior to boarding your flight.
Over the years we have researched and refined the list of vehicle equipment that we provide. The equipment is identical in every vehicle but we always ensure you have the essentials for each country and its respective driving conditions.
All our itineraries are tailor made, but here are some of our favourite routes and camp combinations.