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Southern Namibia self-drive explorer

13 days from £2,500pp

Includes flights
What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

    Places visited:

  • Windhoek
  • Southern Kalahari
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Aus
  • Luderitz
  • Sossusvlei
  • Naukluft Mountains
  • Sit on the edge of the Fish River Canyon and enjoy the spectacular views.

  • Explore the diamond ghost town of Kolmanskop.

  • Climb the dunes at Sossusvlei.

Audley Travel specialist James

What our specialists say...

This is an adventurous self-drive trip around Namibia's southern highlights. The trip begins with a night in Windhoek where you can relax after your international flight and perhaps enjoy a meal out at one of the city's excellent restaurants. After a good night's sleep you set off for the Fish River Canyon in Namibia's deep south. The Fish River Canyon receives few visitors and you can often sit at the top of the gorge and enjoy the spectacular views to yourself. From here you head west to explore the ghost towns of Kolmanskop and wild horses at Aus. After a night in a lodge perched on a granite outcrop in the desert you head north to Namibia's most famous sight, the dunes at Sossusvlei. From your base at a small guest farm you can climb a dune at Sossusvlei, explore the Sesriem Canyon and enjoy stunning sunsets over the desert. A leisurely drive through mountain scenery takes you out of the desert and high up into the Naukluft Mountains. Here you'll stay at Corona, one of our most popular guest farms and enjoy gentle hikes in the fresh mountain air. A final drive brings you back to Windhoek where you will catch your international flight back to the UK.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Windhoek
  • Southern Kalahari
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Aus
  • Luderitz
  • Aus
  • Sossusvlei
  • Naukluft Mountains

Itinerary idea in detail

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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Windhoek.

Day 2 Windhoek


On arrival into Windhoek you will be greeted by a driver who will transfer you to your guest house in Windhoek. Your car will be dropped off direct to your guest house where a representative will also meet you with a welcome pack, cool box, phone and driving directions as well as answer any questions. The rest of the afternoon is then yours at leisure to relax.

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Day 3 Southern Kalahari

Windhoek , Southern Kalahari

Leaving Windhoek today, start your journey south, driving towards the Southern Kalahari where you will spend the night.

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Day 4 Fish River Canyon

Southern Kalahari , Fish River Canyon

Today, after breakfast, drive to Fish River Canyon. Arriving at the lodge some time this afternoon you will have the chance to enjoy a sundowner drive or perhaps some walking in the area.

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Day 5 Fish River Canyon

Fish River Canyon

Today you will have a full day to explore the dramatic Fish River Canyon. You may like to arrange some hiking down into the canyon with a guide.

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Day 6 Aus

Fish River Canyon , Aus

From Fish River Canyon you will drive to the small town of Aus. Close by to your lodge are the wild horses the area is famous for.


Day 7 Aus

Luderitz , Aus

Today you can explore Luderitz and enjoy a tour around the old mining town of Kolmanskopp. This is a great area for photography - the houses are the last remaining memory of 'Millionaires Avenue' which are now derelict and filled with sand.


Day 8 Sossusvlei

Aus , Sossusvlei

You will head north towards the Namib Desert today. On your way to the lodge you will pass through the spectacular NamibRand nature reserve where the dunes change from light yellow to rich red.

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Day 9 Sossusvlei


Today you can visit the giant dunes at Sossusvlei and explore the area on foot. Excursions can be arranged through the lodge or you can drive yourselves to the dunes and then take a shuttle for the remaining distance on the sand.

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Day 10 Naukluft Mountains

Sossusvlei , Naukluft Mountains

Drive from Sossusvlei north to the Naukluft Mountains. Here you will be able to relax and enjoy some of the self-guided hiking trails in the mountains.

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Day 11 Naukluft Mountains

Naukluft Mountains

A day to relax and explore the Naukluft Mountains.

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Day 12 International return flight

Naukluft Mountains , International return flight

You will drive from the Naukluft Mountains back to Windhoek today to meet your onward flights.

Day 13 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

Audley Travel specialist Déanna
Audley Travel specialist Iain

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Southern Kalahari
Fish River Canyon
Sossusvlei & Sesriem
The Naukluft Mountains

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