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Classic Namibia self-drive safari

15 days from £4,435pp

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Tour highlights

  • Watch an incredible sunrise and sunset over Sossusvlei’s orange dunes.

  • Kayak among hundreds of seals at the Pelican Point seal colony near Swakopmund.

  • Head out with a guide to track desert-adapted elephant in Damaraland.

  • Admire Twyfelfontein’s rock art, carved by hunter-gatherers thousands of years ago.

  • Enjoy a safari in Etosha National Park, watching lion, zebra and elephant drinking at waterholes.

Price includes:

  • Scheduled international flights
  • Fully insured vehicle hire
  • All accommodation
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Itinerary idea in detail

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

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

  • You’ll be met at the airport and driven to your guesthouse, where one of our representatives will talk you through your welcome pack, which includes a mobile phone and driving directions. Your car will be delivered to your hotel and you’ll have time to explore the capital on your own.

  • The drive to Sesriem takes you through the red dunes at the feet of the Naukluft Mountains. On arrival, you can climb to the top of a dune to watch the shifting light pass over the desert at sunset.

  • Explore the Namib Desert's largest dunes. You might take a guided walk to see some of the area's wildlife, watch the sunrise from a hot-air balloon, go quad biking, or stargaze up into the dark sky. You can also visit nearby Deadvlei, where barren acacia trees rise from the orange sand and white salt pan.

  • Drive to Swakopmund today, a picturesque seaside town where you can enjoy a leisurely afternoon exploring the town’s aquarium, museum, shops, and galleries. Or, you can join a guided tour to nearby dunes to see small creatures, like shovel-nosed lizards and cartwheeling spiders, which thrive in the heat.

  • You might spend the morning on a kayak trip to Pelican Point to see playful Cape fur seal colonies in the sheltered lagoon. In the afternoon go sandboarding or quad biking in the nearby dunes, or relax on the beach.

  • Your drive north to Damaraland takes you past mountains, open plains, and dry river beds where you might see desert-adapted elephant. If you're taking the coastal route, you could make a stop at the Cape Cross seal colony and visit a shipwreck at Durissa Bay. On arrival, settle into your hotel and admire the striking red-rock landscape.

  • You have the day to explore Damaraland independently. You might go hiking, join a guided nature drive to see desert-adapted elephant, or visit the 6,000-year-old San rock art in nearby Twyfelfontein.

  • Your drive east to Etosha National Park passes through canyons of reddish rock. In the park, you might see elephant, giraffe, lion, springbok, and wildebeest on your way to your camp for the night.

  • Despite being one of Africa's largest national parks, Etosha is easy to navigate on your game drives. You can linger at different waterholes, where giraffe, zebra, and oryx gather to quench their thirst. Your camp’s staff can recommend the best places for sightings.

  • From Etosha, head south to Okonjima Nature Reserve in the Central Highlands. Okonjima is the home of the AfriCat Foundation, which is dedicated to protecting large African carnivores, including cheetah and leopard.

  • Join Okonjima’s experienced guides on game drives and on foot to track the reserve’s leopard and cheetah, hopefully enjoying good sightings of the big cats while learning about the foundation’s work.

  • Drive back to Windhoek for a final evening exploring the city's capital.

  • You’ll be taken back to the international airport, which is a 45-minute drive away.

  • Arrive home today to complete your journey.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodation, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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When to go

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Place Daily max temperature (°C) Monthly rainfall (mm)
Windhoek
 
Sossusvlei & Sesriem
 
Swakopmund and Pelican Point
 
Damaraland
 
Etosha National Park
 
The Central Highlands
 

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