Extended Classic Namibia Self Drive

AT A GLANCE
This 11-day safari will take to you to three of Namibia’s must see natural wonders. We will visit the Namib Desert and Sossusvlei which is home to some of the highest sand dunes in the world. Then we move on to Swakopmund where the desert and the coast come together. We will then make our way up along the Skeleton Coast and turn inland into the dramatic and scenic Damaraland. Last but not least we will move on to Etosha which is one of Africa’s best game viewing destinations.
ITINERARY – EXTENDED CLASSIC NAMIBIA SELF DRIVE SAFARI
DAY 1:Windhoek to Sossusvlei
Our representative will meet you at Windhoek hotel where you will receive your vehicle for the next 11 days and quickly finish off the paperwork. You will receive a briefing about the vehicle and a hamper with all your travel information, accommodation vouchers, map and a travel guide will be in the vehicle. You are now ready to depart for Sossusvlei. You will drive through the Khomas Hochland and down the escarpment via one of the scenic mountain passes into the Namib Desert. This journey will take about 4 hours depending on the number of stops for photographs. After lunch and settling in at the lodge you will have the option to depart for a late afternoon scenic nature drive or an excursion to Sesriem Canyon. Dinner and accommodation will be at one of the best lodges in the area perfectly situated to explore the surrounding desert and its attractions.
The Namib is the oldest desert and boasts the highest sand dunes in the world. This region is one of the most spectacular areas of Namibia and always one of the highlights of any safari. The name Sossusvlei refers to the vlei or pan into which the seasonal Tsauchab River flows in years of exceptional rainfall. The neighbouring Dead Vlei with the ancient dead Camel Thorn trees is one of the most photographic sites in good early morning light. The Sesriem canyon is a narrow gorge about 1 km long and is well worth a visit. Several desert adapted wildlife like oryx, springbok, black-backed jackal, ostrich, sociable weavers and plenty of reptiles and small mammals call this place home.

DAY 2: Sossusvlei
We recommend you have an early departure for a morning excursion to Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. There will be scenic stops at the scenic Dune 45 along the way and you will spend a couple of hours at both Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. Some of the dunes in the area are a few hundred meters high but the view from the top for those that dare is one you will never forget.

DAY 3: Sossusvlei to Swakopmund
After breakfast, you will depart for Swakopmund via the Namib Naukluft National Park. You will spend the night at a Guesthouse in Swakopmund.
Swakopmund is a very popular holiday destination for many Namibian’s and will probably be the only place that you will visit on the Namibian safari that has a real town feel to it. Wedged between the Namib Desert and the cold Atlantic Ocean, Swakopmund which is known for its very relaxed atmosphere has something for everybody. There are plenty of great restaurants and bars, good shopping and the fascinating architecture. For the adventurous there’s quad biking, sand-boarding, skydiving, beach angling and scenic flights over the coastline and Sossusvlei to name a few. The nearby Walvis Bay, Namibia’s major harbour town is well known for the lagoon and its prolific birdlife.

DAY 4: Swakopmund
After breakfast, you will have the day available to explore this charming town. We can recommend some fantastic activities and will be more than happy to assist you with the bookings as well.
Optional Activities:
• Living Desert Tours
• Catamaran Charters
• Namibia Desert Explorers
• Scenic Desert Flights

DAY 5: Swakopmund to Brandberg
Today you continue your safari northwards along the Skeleton Coast. After visiting a shipwreck and the massive Cape Fur Seal colony at Cape Cross Seal Reserve you will turn inland towards Damaraland. You will drive past the Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain with the highest peak at 2573 meters. Your Lodge for tonight are situated amongst the Granite rock formations and it’s the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding Damaraland.

DAY 6: Brandberg
After breakfast, you will have the day available to visit the Twyfelfontein rock engravings (Namibia’s only world heritage site), burnt mountain and organ pipes rock formation and the Petrified Forest or you can embark on an morning drive looking for the desert adapted elephants.

DAY 7: Etosha National Park
After breakfast, you will drive to Etosha National Park where you will spend the next 4 nights. Etosha is one of Africa’s biggest and best National Parks and one of the main tourist attractions in Namibia. It is 22 912 km 2 in size of which the Etosha Pan, a shallow depression that only holds water after good rainy seasons, is 5000 km 2 in size. Etosha is known for its spectacular game viewing and the waterholes attract huge numbers of game in the dry season when all the open water has dried up. During the rainy season the park is transformed into a green oasis and this is the time you find young of various animal species in huge numbers. 114 Species of mammal are found in the park and it is the best place in the world to see Black Rhino. Other game include elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, giraffe, honey-badger, black-faced impala, kudu, eland, damara dik-dik, warthog and big herds of springbok, zebra, blue wildebeest, red hartebeest and oryx. More than 300 species of birds are found here and it is brilliant for finding raptors. You will do morning and afternoon games drives and relax at the pool or camp waterhole between drives.

DAY 8: Etosha National Park
You will do morning and afternoon games drives and relax at the pool or camp waterhole between drives.

DAY 9: Etosha National Park
From here you will make your way across the park in a full morning game drive to your lodge on the eastern boundary where you will spend the next 2 nights. One of the highlights of the park is the flood-lit waterholes at the 3 main camps where game viewing continues long after the sun has set.

DAY 10: Etosha National Park
You will do morning and afternoon games drives and relax at the pool or camp waterhole between drives.

DAY 11: Etosha National Park
After an early morning breakfast, you will depart for Windhoek where you will catch your connecting flight or spend another night in Windhoek.

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