Gemsbok Self-drive Safari

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15 days, from £1979
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Description

This self-drive safari includes 15 days in Namibia, travelling at a relaxed pace to allow time to explore some of Northern Namibia's less visited sites in greater detail. Enjoy the coastal town of Swakopmund, drive along the aptly-named Skeleton Coast, discover the vast and untamed wilderness of Northern Damaraland, and be captivated by wildlife antics in Etosha National Park.

Itinerary


 Day 1 1 night at Olive Grove (bed & breakfast) | Windhoek, Namibia

Collect your rental car at Windhoek Airport and make the easy 45-minute drive into the capital city of Windhoek. Although the modern architecture, shops and restaurants give this city a cosmopolitan feel, it also retains its African atmosphere with its many street markets and local cuisine. Whilst here, stay at a recommended guesthouse such as the Olive Grove.


 Days 2-3 2 nights at The Stiltz (bed & breakfast) | Swakopmund & Walvis Bay, Namibia

After breakfast, depart for Swakopmund, a friendly and fun town with a variety of things to see and do. We have included a magical full day trip to Sandwich Harbour with Turnstone Tours. For the adventurous, try sand-boarding in the coastal dunes or skydiving; or take a relaxed boat cruise around Walvis Bay harbour and visit the wonderful lagoon with its huge number of flamingos, pelicans and other water birds. Stay at the uniquely designed and comfortable The Stiltz.


 Day 4 1 night at Terrace Bay (half board) | Skeleton Coast & Kaokoland, Namibia

From Swakopmund, drive north up the haunting Skeleton Coast and make a stop at Cape Cross to see the enormous colony of Cape fur seals. This extraordinary coastline feels increasingly barren and remote as you leave civilisation behind. You'll drive for about six hours today, crossing into the Skeleton Coast National Park, before you finally reach the isolated and simple restcamp accommodation at Terrace Bay.


 Days 5-6 2 nights at Etendeka Mountain Camp (full board & activities) | Damaraland, Namibia

Enjoy superb scenery throughout your drive into Northern Damaraland. Leave your hired vehicle at Palmwag and join a 4WD road transfer into the rugged terrain of Etendeka Concession. A local guide will treat you to memorable nature drives and walks in this breathtaking wilderness area - giving you a close look at its unique flora and fauna. The three nights here allow you to truly return to nature, staying in furnished tents with bucket showers at the eco-friendly Etendeka Mountain Camp.


 Days 7-8 2 nights at Hobatere Lodge (half board) | Etosha National Park, Namibia

You'll be transferred back to your hired vehicle this morning and continue on your self-drive adventure. Situated between Damaraland and Etosha, Hobatere is a great platform to visit western Etosha or their own concession with similar game densities. Professional guides lead walking safaris and drives (day and night).


 Days 9-10 2 nights at Anderssons Camp (half board) | Etosha National Park, Namibia

This morning you drive to Galton Gate and enter less visited western side of the famous Etosha National Park. Etosha is renowned for its prolific game and the vast Etosha Pan, a shallow bowl of silvery clay roughly the size of Holland. During the day you can explore in your hired car along the park's various sand roads, searching for game and stopping at waterholes to view the wildlife that comes in to drink. Leaving the park though Anderson Gate to the south you reach Andersson's Camp by sunset and spend enthralling evenings by the floodlit waterhole.


 Days 11-12 2 nights at Mushara Lodge (half board) | Etosha National Park, Namibia

Enjoy another full day of game viewing as you drive across Etosha National Park to its eastern side. On your way, pass the vast Etosha Pan and varied habitats that attract different combinations of wildlife. Upon exiting the eastern gate it's a short way to your next lodge. These two nights provide an excellent base from which to discover eastern Etosha, whilst staying at the charming Mushara Lodge.


 Days 13-14 2 nights at Erongo Wilderness Lodge (half board) | Central Highlands, Namibia

The drive today takes you through Namibia's Central Highlands to the base of the impressive Erongo Mountains. The surrounding granite outcrops are home to diverse birdlife, including some of Namibia's endemic species. It is a beautiful spot to explore the many walking trails on your own or with a local guide. Spend a final two nights in the relaxing surroundings of Erongo Wilderness Lodge. Guided walks are included in your stay here.


 Day 15 Depart this morning in good time for the drive back to Windhoek Airport, perhaps stopping at Okahandja or Windhoek craft market for any last minute curios. Once at the airport, return your rental car and join up with your onward arrangements.