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Namibia self-drive family safari

13 days from CAD4,385pp

What is tailor made? 100% custom | Exceptional experiences | Hand-picked guides | Lodging with character | Designed to your schedule, budget & interests

Itinerary highlights

  • Climb up the famous sand dunes of Sossusvlei.

  • Kayak amongst the hundred-strong seal colony at Pelican Point.

  • Sit up late into the night around the floodlit waterhole in Etosha and watch the animals come to drink.

Price includes

Fully insured vehicle rental
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  • Windhoek
  • The Naukluft Mountains
  • Sossusvlei & Sesriem
  • Swakopmund and Pelican Point
  • Damaraland
  • Etosha National Park
  • The Central Highlands

Itinerary idea in detail

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Day 1 Windhoek

Windhoek

On arrival at Windhoek Airport you will be met and driven to your hotel. Here our ground agent will meet with you, run through your trip, hand over your mobile phone, cool box and driving directions. They will also be present whilst your hire car is delivered to answer any questions you may have.

Day 2 The Naukluft Mountains

Windhoek , The Naukluft Mountains

You will drive into the Naukluft Mountains this morning to the Corona Guest Farm. Corona has lots of space for children to play and you can enjoy a short nature walk if you choose.

Day 3 Sossusvlei & Sesriem

The Naukluft Mountains , Sossusvlei & Sesriem

You will continue your journey on to Sossusvlei today. Here you'll stay in the relaxed and family friendly Desert Quiver Camp. You can explore under your own steam this afternoon or take a guided nature drive before relaxing with a swim back at the camp and a BBQ on your patio under the stars.

Day 4 Sossusvlei & Sesriem

Sossusvlei & Sesriem

Spend today clambering among the sand dunes at Sossusvlei - the views from the top are worth the hike and it's great fun to slither back down again! Walking into Deadvlei is a highlight for spectacular scenery.

Day 5 Swakopmund and Pelican Point

Sossusvlei & Sesriem , Swakopmund and Pelican Point

Today you'll set off for Swakopmund. Walvis Bay is a good place to stop and stretch your legs and there are flamingos and often pelicans to see in the lagoon. Depending on what time you arrive into Swakopmund you might want to spend the afternoon on the beach, at the aquarium or exploring the town.

Day 6 Swakopmund and Pelican Point

Swakopmund and Pelican Point

A fun way to spend a couple of hours is on a fat bike, peddling through the streets of Swakopmund, along the sandy beach and then up through the dunes. An alternative is the Living Desert Tour which shows children lizards, geckos and more in the desert.

Day 7 Damaraland

Swakopmund and Pelican Point , Damaraland

Drive north into Damaraland today keeping your eyes out for wildlife along the road. Spend the afternoon relaxing at Camp Kipwe which has a large pool to enjoy or you could explore and see some of the nearby rock engravings on the short walking trail nearby.

Day 8 Damaraland

Damaraland

This morning you could visit the rock carvings if you didn't manage to get there yesterday or spend time exploring more of the area, visiting the burnt mountain and organ pipes, or taking a day trip from the lodge in search of desert adapted elephant.

Day 9 Etosha National Park

Damaraland , Etosha National Park

This morning you will head out for Etosha and Okaukuejo Rest Camp. The rondavels here are close to the waterhole and are great for families. There is a good sized pool and the camp is fenced so well suited to children. In the centre of camp is a floodlit waterhole, surrounded by benches where you can sit and spot game throughout the day and into the night.

Day 10 Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park

A full day to explore Etosha in your own car. We provide you with a map of the park and you can choose which waterholes to head for and how long you'd like to go game viewing for. Returning to camp in the middle of the day you can enjoy a buffet lunch, picnic or BBQ and spend some time in the pool before setting out for another game drive.

Day 11 Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park

Another day of game viewing. It is possible to book a guided safari if you want to learn more but we enjoy self-driving through Etosha and spending time at a waterhole of your choice. If you like you can set off for Halali and stop there to stretch your legs, have lunch and use their pool before heading back to Okaukuejo.

Day 12 The Central Highlands

Etosha National Park , The Central Highlands

Today you will be heading south to Okonjima, nestled in the beautiful Omboroko Mountains within the Central Highlands. As today's drive is relatively short you will have time for a final self-driven safari in Etosha this morning before hitting the road. Okonjima offer an incredible range of activities, for those interested in spotting the big cats we suggest opting to join one of their expert guides and trackers in search for cheetah and leopard.

Day 13 Return home

The Central Highlands

Today you will depart Okonjima and head back to the International airport, the total drive time is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.

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Windhoek
 
 
 
The Naukluft Mountains
 
 
 
Sossusvlei & Sesriem
 
 
 
Swakopmund and Pelican Point
 
 
 
Damaraland
 
 
 
Etosha National Park
 
 
 
The Central Highlands
 
 
 

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