Namibia Safari Holiday
Namibia Safari Holiday OverviewDuration: 14 days & 13 nights
This tour starts at Windhoek and ends at Windhoek.
- Waterberg Plateau with over 200 different bird species
- Game drive in Hobatere
- Navigate your way around the spectactular Epupa falls
- Guided Village tour with the native Himba Tribe
- View the seldom seen Desert Elephants in Hoanib
- Travel through the rugged Damaraland and seek out the famous bushmen paintings
- DAY 1 - Windhoek
- DAY 2 - (350km) - Waterberg
- DAY 3 - (350km) - Hobatere
- DAY 4/5 - (350km) - Epupa
- DAY 6 - Epupa to Van Zyls Pass
- DAY 7 - (200km) - Otjinhungwa
- DAY 8 - Purros
- DAY 9 - Hoanib Fluss
- DAY 10 - Sesfontein - Palmwag
- DAY 11 - (180km) - Palmwag/Reserve day
- DAY 12/13 (250km) - Southern Damaraland - Twyfelfontein/Brandberg
- DAY 14 - (400km) Return to Windhoek
When to travel:
Although an excellent all year round travel destination, Namibia is at its best from April to June when the skies are blue and daytime temperatures hover around 25 degrees. Nights are cool and conducive to a good nights sleep.
July to September are the dry winter months, still a good time to visit the desert country with daytime temperatures staying above 20 degrees, but the nights can get very cold, particularly on the Central Plateau and in the Namib Desert.
The route can be changed slightly to include the alternative options mentioned on the itinerary. The guide may also recommend changing the route due to game movements, water shortages or road closures.
- The price for the guided self-drive tour is for a minimum of 8 people. Where less people are booked the departure and trip will remain the same but the guide may join you in the vehicle. You are still able to drive.
- Minimum age is 6 years old.
- Advanced booking is essential.
- Cancellations with less than 60 days notice would result in a loss of the full booking deposit.
- Drivers will be required to have valid drivers license and be over the age of 24 years.
From August to October
The Namibia 4x4 self-drive tour starts and ends in Windhoek, an easily accessible international airport hub. Over the course of two weeks you will experience a taste of what Namibia offers explorers and adventures.
From Windhoek visit the scenic Waterberg area before heading up towards the very north of Namibia crossing some of the most rugged scenery in Africa. To experience this vast, unspoilt, awe-inspiring wilderness is truly humbling.
Although a 4x4 vehicle is recommended, prior 4x4 driving experience is not essential. A thorough briefing prior to departure and guidance throughout the route will adequately equip you to handle the terrain and trails of this self-drive 4x4 holiday.
Namibia Safari Holiday Itinerary
DAY 1 - Windhoek
You are met at the airport by the your guide(s) and transferred to your hotel where a discussion about the trip and introduction to the vehicle will take place over a cup of coffee or refreshments of your choice. Enjoy a relaxing evening and dinner in Windhoek.
DAY 2 (350 KMS) - Waterberg
Pick up your vehicles and move north towards the Waterberg region. While visiting the Waterberg Plateau take time to observe the large variety of bird species, numbering over 200.
The scenery here is spectacular with a number of short, self guided bush walks. The area has several species of indigenous small antelope on the lower slopes of the mountain, while the larger animals found here have been relocated to Waterberg for protection.
DAY 3 (350kms) - Hobatere
After an early morning game drive and English breakfast we continue north towards the Hobatere area, this portion of Namibia consists of rolling granite hills and koppies interspersed with open valleys, plains and watercourses. This is another excellent birding area and situated on the edge of the Etosha National Park it offers great game viewing.
DAY 4, 5 (350kms) - Epupa
To quote the Bradt Travel Guide, "Epupa Falls don't compare to Victoria Falls in scale, they are all the more beautiful for occurring in such an arid region." Nowhere else in the world do you find a waterfall contrasted with such wild, arid desert landscape. Watching the Epupa Falls and its white mists of water against the red colours of the surrounding desert and mountains during sunset, with a sundowner drink in one hand is likely to compose one the most beautiful and memorable experiences during your trip to Namibia. Join one of the local Himba guides as they take you through one of the small Himba villages in the region and learn how these fascinating nomadic people live, work, think and worship. You will also be escorted on a private visit to a traditional Himba Graveyard. Photography of the Himba people and their culture is permitted.
DAY 6 - Epupa to Van Zyl's Pass
The Van-Zyl's pass is regarded as the most difficult mountain pass in Namibia. The narrow track leading through the rugged Otjihipa mountains consists of coarse scree and jagged rocks. The gradients are quite extreme and for this reason, it takes about three hours to cover a distance of 10 kilometres by 4x4. Only well-equipped four-wheel drive vehicles with powerful engines and good ground clearance are able to manage the trip. The utopian landscape of the Marienfluss Valley, surrounded by shimmering purple mountains embraces travellers as they complete the decent.
DAY 7 (200kms) - Otjinhungwa
The abundant space of Marienfluss Valley is one of Namibia’s most magnificent settings, cloaked in peace and tranquility this area promotes relaxation and quiet reflection, all caressed by a river carving its way through the valley floor. Experience this area walking or by simply sitting back and soaking up the environment.
DAY 8 - Purros
The small settlement of Purros lies in the middle of Kaokoveld, a land of vast plains, dry river courses and harsh mountains. An arresting place to experience Namibia’s scenic beauty and untamed wildlife, a journey to Purros is unforgettable. The Kunene Region is a game viewing adventure away from national parks, affording a quintessential wild life experience. The dry riverbed of the Hoarusib is frequented by several species of game including elephant, giraffe, rhino, kudu, zebra and ostrich.
DAY 9 - Hoanib Fluss
The Hoanib river is one of the best places to see the desert elephant. We will focus our attention on finding these amazing desert adapted elephants. Desert lions, once thought to be extinct, still occur in this area. Occasionally we hear their distance roars when camping in the Hoanib region.
DAY 10 - Sesfontein - Palmwag
Sesfontein is situated in the northwestern part of Namibia, close to the Hoanib river, on the southern side of Kaokoveld. A gap in the mountains gives access to the valley basin on Sesfontein (six fountains) where lush green gardens give the landscape its prominent oasis character.
DAY 11 (180 kms) - Palmwag/Reserve day
On the edge of a huge concession, Palmwag is beautifully situated next to a palm-lined tributary of the Uniab River, which often flows over-ground here. As water is very scarce in this area, the river's presence regularly draws elephants close to the camp. The road we take winds through open plains, dune fields as well as mountainous areas affording good opportunities to see the desert adapted elephants. Set in a vast wilderness, Palmwag is one of the better game areas in Namibia, you can expect to encounter giraffe, oryx, springbok, mountain zebra, kudu and, if luck smiles on you, the endangered Black Rhinoceros
DAY 12 - DAY 13 (250 kms) - Southern Damaraland - Twyfelfontein/Brandberg
Travel north to the rugged and scenic area of Southern Damaraland. This area is notable for its many geological and historical attractions set amongst the slow rising escarpment where volcanic peaks break up the endless plains. Here you’ll find Spitzkoppe and the Brandberg Massif, Namibia’s highest peak and home to ancient rock art and bushmen paintings.
DAY 14 (400 kms) Return to Windhoek
Price per person subject to availability. Minimum 8 people per tour. Price is subject to 4 people travelling together in 1 vehicle.
Includes & Excludes
- Meet and greet service at Windhoek Airport
- Experienced guide
- All food and soft drinks with meals
- Meals as stipulated in the itinerary
- Game reserve entry fees
- All self-catering accommodation and campsite fees
- Fully equipped Bushlore camping vehicle
- All fuel / diesel for the duration of the trip
- Clothes and items of a personal nature
- Excess alcohol and soft drinks
- 2 restaurant meals
- Visa costs
Selecting Your Vehicle
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