Namibia Self-Drive Journeys

5 Day Namib Desert Self-Drive from Windhoek

The perfect weekend getaway from Windhoek with car rental included, you will enjoy this 5 Day Namib Desert Self Drive taking you into the heart of the surreal and towering red dunes of Sossusvlei.

Explore the oldest desert in the world on this Namib Desert self-drive journey for a picturesque adventure consisting of salt and clay pans surrounded by endless of high red dunes found in the southern part of the Namib Desert. Enjoy stays in comfortable lodges and a guesthouse offering unspoiled views over the desert landscapes and surrounding mountains. Visit the famous attractions of Sossusvlei, Deadvlei and Sesriem Canyon or even possibly book from the many activities on offer in Namibia's popular tourist playground.

This 5-day self-drive option welcomes families with children and honeymooners alike looking for an exciting break away from the thundering city life into an extraordinary weekend of relaxation with a wide range of sightseeing activities for local and international leisure travellers.

This truly fascinating Namib Desert self-drive package starts in Windhoek and can fit the budget of any traveller. The packaged deal includes a 2 nights' stay at accommodation in the Sesriem area and Swakopmund with a pre-night in the capital city of Windhoek in a friendly family-owned guesthouse.

Windhoek - De Vagebond Hotel Pension Hotel (B&B) - Download B&B Factsheet
Sossusvlei - Namib Desert Lodge - Download Lodge Factsheet
Swakopmund - The Delight Swakopmund (4-star) - Download Hotel Factsheet

The 5 Day Namib Desert Self Drive is ideal for: Family vacations, honeymoon breaks or international traveller's looking to explore the region.

As an online South African travel agent, we can tailor fly-in packages to suit the budget of any traveller including self-catering, luxury lodges or camps and airfares in Sub-Saharan Africa (incl. Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town). Contact us for any additional services required in order to make your Namibian holiday even more spectacular!

Self-drive itineraries are also available in fully equipped and customizable pre-packaged camping formats for travellers that prefer a more adventurous trip.


Breakfast Daily

5 Days / 4 Nights


Day 1 - Arrival at Windhoek Airport
Upon arrival at Windhoek Airport, you will collect your vehicle and drive to the capital city.

Windhoek city is the starting point for most tourists visiting Namibia and is a melting pot of cultures where all ethnic groups can be found. The city's architecture is a mix of German colonial and modern design. The city centre is relatively compact, which allows tourists to explore much of it by foot.

Some of the major attractions include the Namibia Craft Centre, National Botanical Garden, N/a'an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary, Alte Feste & Owela Museums, Christus Kirche, Tintenpalast (Parlaimant House), Heroes Acre, Independance Memorial Museum and Joe's Beerhouse.

Day 2 - Drive to the Sossusvlei Region
Departing the city, drive towards the coast, possibly via the Kupferberg Pass. Along the way you will see much of the Namibian country life including cattle farms and farmhouses. The landscape is hilly, and you can enjoy some beautiful views over the fertile valleys. As you continue west, the vegetation changes with the farmland changing to sheep and goat farming. For a great experience we recommend driving via the scenic  Spreetshoogte Pass. Check into your lodge upon arrival. 

Optionally you can enjoy a sundowner dune drive this evening to discover the red dunes above the plateau and the many other wonders of the Namib Desert. This 2-hour activity can be booked with the lodge directly or pre-arranged with your travel agent.

Day 3 - Sossusvlei, Deadvlei and Sesriem Canyon
An exciting day lays ahead! We recommend an early rise to enter the reserve and enjoy the beautiful sunrise over the sandy ocean of dunes.

Sosssuvlei is a clay pan covered in a crust of salt-rich sand. The pan was shaped over time by the Tsauchab River. The flooding of the pan is a relatively rare event. Try climbing one of the towering red sand dunes for a stunning view of the desert landscape.

Driving a little further into the desert you can follow the signage to the Deadvlei, a clay pan with several acacia trees located in what was once an oasis about 500 million years old. Drive to the Sesriem canyon, about 4km's outside of Sesriem for a relaxing stroll through the natural canyon carved by the Tsaucheb River.

Optionally you can enjoy these sights on a guided tour offered by your lodge. Other tours and activities available include a morning dune drive, hiking trails, scorpion night walk or e-bike rentals.

Day 4 - Drive to Swakopmund (via Walvis Bay)
Today you will make your way north to Namibia's resort town of Swakopmund, however along the way you will also pass the town of Walvis Bay. Walvis bay is a major harbour town and a hub of Namibia's fishing industry. The town is situated next to the Walvis Bay lagoon, an important wetland area and birding paradise. Optionally you can visit the lagoon to view the flamingo colony.

Check into your hotel upon reaching the town of Swakopmund. The town is sandwiched between the hot Namibian Desert and the cold Atlantic Ocean and is characterized by its many well-preserved German colonial buildings. A multitude of activities, interesting shops and restaurants are on offer.

Day 5 - Full Day in Swakopmund
Today you have the day at your own leisure to partake in some of the activities available. 

Swakopmund and Walvis Bay are considered the adventure capitals of Namibia. Some of the activities include historical town tours, seal and dolphin cruises, birding trips, 4x4 excursions to Sandwich harbour. The more adventurous traveller might also enjoy skydiving, quad biking, fishing, sand boarding, ballooning or a scenic flight.

Day 6  - Return to Windhoek Airport
Check out of your hotel this morning and drive back to Windhoek airport to meet your onward flight back home.

5 Day Namibia Self-drive

Based on 2 adults traveling SA Rand
Inter-changeable with NA$
Subject to ROE
01 Jan 2023 - 31 Oct 2023 R 12,250 pp sharing
US$ 730 pp sharing

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Package Includes:

  • 6 Day Vehicle Rental - 4x4 Nissan X-Trail (Auto) incl. Standard Cover & Unlimited km's
  • 1 Night in Windhoek at the De Vagebond Hotel Pension
  • 2 Nights in Sossusvlei Region at the Namib Desert Lodge
  • 2 Nights in Swakopmund at the Delight Swakopmund Hotel
  • Breakfast Daily


  • Travel Insurance (highly recommended)
  • Flights & Fuel
  • Meals not specified
  • Optional Activities
  • Items of personal nature

Optional Extras:

  • Sossusvlei Region - Sundowner Dune Drive - R 720 pp
  • Sossusvlei Region - Guided Sossusvlei Excursion - R 2,291 pp
  • Sossusvlei Region - Scorpion Night Walk - R 230 pp
  • Sossusvlei Region - E-bike Rentals - R 300 pp 
Prices are subject to change due to airfare increases, currency exchange, fluctuations and any unforeseen circumstances, without prior notice.

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