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Guided Self Drive in Namibia

18 Days

Although we do not advise visitors to organize their own tour off the beaten tracks, we hereby propose an adapted alternative for the most independent travellers...
Discover Namibia's Etosha National Park, Twyfelfontein, the coast and the highest dunes in the world driving your own rental vehicle in total freedom. However, during your journey, we will assist you with our 4X4 support to enable you to access the wildest and most remote parts of the country. You will have the secure advantage of having a guide, avoiding any logistical inconvenience, and will be free to discover the magnificent landscapes of Namibia, its inhabitants and the free roaming wildlife of the Northwest.

Zebra at a waterhole in Etosha National Park Huab Valley, Damaraland Self Drive Tour - Dead Vlei, Sossusvlei

Tour Description

Day 1:

Windhoek

Arrival at Windhoek International Airport. Transfer to the rental agency. Meet and greet. You will be given all your necessary documents (road book, voucher, maps...) for your Namibian self drive tour. Your rented vehicle is a Toyota Hilux 4X4 or similar, fully equipped for camping. You will be staying overnight in a guesthouse on a B&B basis.

Day 2 & 3:

Etosha National Park

During these two days, you will search for wildlife in the Etosha National Park which 22 270 km2. You will camp overnight at Namutoni, Halali and/or Okaukuejo depending on the availability. Park entrance fees to be paid on arrival. You will discover aboard your vehicle the numerous waterholes where animals gather.
Optional: overnight in chalet, price on request.

Day 4:

Etosha National Park – Olifantsrus

Today you will transit through the western part of the park in search of more elusive wild animals like elands, Hartmann zebras and black rhinos. You will set up camp at Olifantsrus in the middle of the African bush.
Optional: overnight at Dolomite Camp, price on request.

Day 5:

Kaokoland – Opuwo Country Lodge

Last game drive in Etosha before you exit the park at Galton Gate. A long drive towards Opuwo takes you to Opuwo Country Lodge, situated on top of a hill. This is where you will meet with your guide who is going to escort you for a week around the wildest places of Kaokoland (refer to paragraph: logistic). Briefing while at dinner at the lodge.

Day 6:

Orumpembe Bivouac

During these two days, we will go deep into Kaokoland – the territory of the Himbas, semi nomadic herders. The progression with our 4X4's is getting more challenging. This itinerary, from the beginning to the end, crosses a grandiose semi-arid landscape before we reach the Marienfluss on the way to Hartmanns Valley.

Day 7 & 8

Hartmann's Valley

We reach Hartmann's Valley through a track crossing the mountains and discover an astonishing landscape, composed of red dunes and granite rocks. At the end of the valley, we will admire the Kunene River, which flows between the sands of the Namib Desert and the arid mountains on the Angolan side. Staying overnight in bivouac with a beautiful view over the Kunene River, the Skeleton Coast and the Serra Cafema mountains in Angola.

Optional stay in an exclusive lodge at Serra Cafema, price on request.

Day 9&10

Northern Namib – Hoarusib – Purros

We leave Hartmann's Valley driving on a track along the Skeleton Coast National Park where we may observe oryx on top of Barchans dunes cooling off in the sea breeze. We will set up camp in the desert near the Khumib River. Still heading south, we will reach the Hoarusib riverbed then drive in a beautiful canyon where we may encounter our first desert elephants. The track takes us to Purros, a village surrounded by sands where Himba and Herero have settled. We will overnight at Purros community campsite.

Day 11

Hoanib Valley

We drive through an arid plateau before Hoanib, an ephemeral river where we will be searching for the famous desert adapted elephants. This is where we have the opportunity to see the holes made by elephants in search for water. Tonight we will be camping in the wilderness for the last time.

Day 12

Palmwag Lodge

We are back on the roads near Sesfontein and the Omanda Desert & Wildlife Tours guide will return to Windhoek. On your own again you drive towards Palmwag lodge. Overnight in bungalows, dinner at the restaurant.

Day 13 & 14

The West Coast – Swakopmund

Check-in for 2 nights in a standard hotel at Swakopmund, breakfast included. Many optional activities can be booked: a visit to Cape Cross (hosting a colony of 100 000 seals), a scenic flight over the Namib Desert Dunes, marine day cruise in Walvis Bay Lagoon, fishing, quad biking and more ...
Staying in an exclusive accommodation overnight is optional (price on request).

Day 15 & 16

Sesriem – Sossusvlei

Drive across the Namib Naukluft Park via Kuiseb Canyon and Solitaire. You will stay 2 nights at Sesriem campsite located in the park. The next day is dedicated to the highest dunes in the world. Staying in the park gives you the advantage of leaving very early in the morning to discover the mystical Dead Vlei and Sossusvlei at sunrise. Park fees to be paid at the entrance.
Staying in a lodge overnight is optional (price on request).

Day 17

Windhoek

Driving back towards the capital of Namibia. Overnight in a guesthouse in Windhoek, bed and breakfast included. Staying in an exclusive accommodation overnight is optional (price on request).

Day 18

Departure

Return of the rental vehicle in Windhoek, Namibia. Transfer to the airport according to flight departure.

TOUR DETAILS

Route map for self drive tour

Please take note that most of this itinerary occurs across wild areas that are sometimes difficult to access. Some dirt roads and general conditions of travel might be tiring. Therefore, we advise participants to be in good health. For security reasons, we are equipped with satellite communication.

Transport

Rented vehicle 4X4 Toyota Hi-Lux double cab or similar fully equipped for camping, air-conditioning, CD-radio player, unlimited kilometers, 80% insurance cover. Excess and additional insurances to be settled with Visa or Master card, conditions on request.

Camping equipment for 2, 3 or 4 passengers

Roof tent/s with mattress, sleeping bags and pillows. Table and chairs. 12v fridge, barbecue grid, 1 water container, 1 gas cylinder and light. Crockery, cutlery & cooking pots.

Omanda Desert & Wildlife Tours back up logistic (day 5 to 12)

Fully equipped 4X4 vehicle driven by a professional tour leader. Full board catering. Concessions fees and camping sites included. We supply communication radios and a satellite phone in case of an emergency.

Lodging-Accommodation

This 18 days / 17 nights tour is composed of:

  • 1 night in a comfortable standard lodge, day 5
  • 4 nights at hotel / guesthouse, day 1, 13, 14 & 17
  • 8 nights camping in campsites with toilets and showers, day 2, 3, 4, 7, 10, 12, 15 & 16
  • 4 nights camping in wild Namibian bush camps, day 6, 8, 9 & 11

Meals & Drinks

Meals at your own expenses day 1 to 5 then 12 to 18
Breakfast included day 1, 13, 14 & 17. Dinner included day 5 with your guide.
Your guide will serve you well-cooked fresh meals on a full board basis during back up logistic day 6 to 11.
Continental breakfast
Lunch supplied with salads, cold meat, cheese, bread and fruits ...
Excellent meals prepared and cooked on the fire for dinner.
We will supply drinkable water, tea and coffee while camping. Table and extra drinks (as well as mineral water) are at your own cost.

PRICE:

(South African Rand, ZAR)

BASE 4 PASSENGERS ZAR 37 900 PER PERSON
BASE 2 PASSENGERS ZAR 62 700 PER PERSON

Single Supplement ZAR 1000

Please contact us for special requests at info@omandatours.com, Namibia

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Price includes:

  • Transfers from and to the airport
  • Meet and greet, road-book, prepaid vouchers, maps
  • Rental of fully equipped 4X4 vehicle with unlimited mileage
  • Accommodation and meals as mentioned in the program
  • 4X4 back up logistic and tour leader day 6 to 12
  • All excursions and visits as mentioned in the program
  • All entrances and concession fees during logistic
  • Satellite connection during logistic (prices of communication not included)
  • VAT 15% and Bed Levy 2%
  • We support Desert Lion Conservation. NAD 100 pp. are transfered to the association http://www.desertlion.info/ via http://tosco.org Tourism Supporting Conservation

The price does not include:

  • International Air flight ticket
  • Rented vehicle Excess cover (conditions applied by rental company)
  • Petrol (rented vehicle only)
  • Camping site day 12 (to be settled on arrival)
  • Namibia Park entrance fees (passengers & vehicle) day 2, 3, 4, 15 & 16
  • Meals except those mentioned
  • Beverages except drinkable water, coffee & tea during logistic
  • Optional activities
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Cancellation insurance, repatriation and lost luggage's cost