This self-drive Tour starts and ends in Windhoek and takes you to many of Namibia's famous regions.
The distances are short which makes it suitable for everybody, this tour really gives you an overview of many very different regions of Namibia. On the bottom of this page you find a map to help
you locate the destinations.
Uponarrival at the airport you make your way to the car rental terminal to collect your 4x4 rental car. From here it is a short drive to your guesthouse in Windhoek where you spend the night. Depending on your arrival time you can explore Windhoek.
From Windhoek you wind your way through the magnificent Namib Naukluft Desert to the world famous dunes of Sossusvlei. You want to stay here as close at possible to the gates into the National Park, and your lodge is at the gate! This allows you to drive in before the sun comes up and catch the sunrise over the dunes. The sunsets are also not to be missed. The area is truly magical and simly not to be missed when travelling through Namibia!
You make your way north towards the coast, where Skwakopmund offers a peek into bygone German colonial times. Swakopmund is also Namibia's adventure centre, offering boat trips, quad biking, sky diving and much more. It is an interesting little town, and just walking around is very entertaining. There are plenty of German pubs and restaurants to choose from at walking distance from your guesthouse.
Your stay here will be unlike any other place you have ever been to! In the foothills of the Grootberg massif, Etendeka is all about nature. Your days here are spent exploring the area on foot and in open game drive vehicles with the exceptionally knowledgeable guides in search of the rare desert elephants, rhino's, cheetahs and lions. This is not a fast paced safari, but rather a privileged introduction to an environment that holds many of Namibia’s unique natural attractions.
From where you leave your vehicle to stay at Etendeka, it is about 5 hours to Okaukuejo Camp, where you spend your first night in Etosha National Park. The eastern section of the Park is where all the animals congregate around the waterholes in winter, and so the best time to visit this park is between June and October., and self-driving is very easy. At Okaukuejo, the most western camp of the eastern section, they have a very productive waterhole that is lit at night. If you are willing to stay up a bit longer than normal during the evening you are almost guaranteed to see the endangered Black Rhino, lions and many more animals coming for a drink from the comfort of your own patio!
From Okaukuejo you wind your way along the Pan towards the east, and Halali is the next camp. Along the way you will see astonishing amounts of animals around the places that still hold water. Your last camp is Namutoni, right on the eastern border of the Park.
From Namutoni you will have to start making your way south to Windhoek again, and the Waterberg Plateau Park is the perfect stop-over. The Plateau, which towers 200 meters over the surrounding landscape, is managed as a breeding area for rare and endangered species, such as the Cape Vulture, Black Rhino and disease-free Buffalo. You can do guided or self-guided wilderness trails, or book guided game drives, or just relax at the pool!
It is about a 4 hour drive back to Windhoek, where you spend your last afternoon and night. (Same Guest House as the first night)
Depending on your flight arrangements, you may still have the whole morning to explore a bit more around Windhoek.