Self Drive from Windhoek

15 Day Family Fun Namibia Self Drive

Travelling with kids is a worthwhile challenge in logistical planning. The 15-Day Family Fun Namibia Self-Drive Tour ensures that juniors stay occupied, parents get their break and the entire family can enjoy some of Namibia’s most fascinating, fulfilling, and fun destinations.

Start your journey off in Windhoek where the family can explore the relics from Namibia's colonial history or stroll along the quaint streets lined with craft markets. Experience the red dunes of the Kalahari Desert where you can take a nature drive or walk with the bushmen on a desert walk.

Next on the Family Fun Namibia Self-Drive Tour is the Namib Desert, where you will be in awe of the surreal beauty of the Deadvlei and some of the highest dunes on earth. Proceed to Swakopmund, the 'playground of Namibia', where the family can enjoy a wide range of adventure activities.

Proceeding further north on the Family Fun Namibia Self-Drive Tour you will reach the Erongo region and visit the Living Museum of the San to learn and participate in some of their ancient skills. The final stop is Etosha National Park where you can enjoy game drives in search of Africa's Big 5, 4 of which make their home in this park (elephant, lion, leopard, and rhino).

Vehicle recommendation: SUV or 4x4 Double Cab


  • Experience the ancient ways of the bushman culture
  • Nature drives in the Kalahari and Namib Deserts
  • Climb a dune in the Namib Desert and visit the surreal DeadVlei pan
  • Join in on a wide range of adventure activities in Swakopmund
  • Go on Safari in Etosha in search of African wildlife

This tour excludes vehicle rental, however, this can be added to your package (on request). Contact Getaway Africa's experienced travel experts for packages including flights and vehicle rentals.

See also our 13 Day Cape Town to Windhoek Self Drive


14 Breakfasts & 4 Dinners

15 Days / 14 Nights
Self Drive


Day 1 Windhoek
After you arrive at the international airport you are met by a local travel consultant who will go through your safari and assist with any questions you may have (optional – not included). After collecting your rental vehicle (not included) you continue onwards to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. Your guesthouse is situated in a quiet residential suburb and it is close to the city centre with its Afro-European flair and peaceful atmosphere. After checking in and settling down you have ample time to explore what Namibia’s capital has to offer, from the iconic “Christus Kirche”, “Tintenpalast”, and “Alte Feste” just some of the relics from the country's colonial history or stroll along the quaint streets lined with craft markets. In the evening enjoy typical Namibian cuisine in one of the numerous excellent restaurants in the city.
Accommodation: The Elegant Guesthouse

Day 2 - 3 The Kalahari Desert
After a leisurely breakfast, you head out south into the enormous sand mass on Earth, the Kalahari Desert. The Kalahari is a vast semi-desert of wind-blown sand held by a sparse mantle of thorn scrub making it the most extensive continuous stretch of sand covering 9 African countries. Unlike other true deserts, the Kalahari does receive erratic rainfall. For many, therefore "thirstland” is a more fitting description. Lacking permanent surface water, the Kalahari is a challenging place to live except for those who have adapted to not only survive but flourish here. The Bushmen refer to it as the "Soul of the World", an emotive description for this area! With its deep red dunes and endless grass plains interspersed with acacia and shrubs, it is still home to a surprisingly large amount of specially adapted wildlife. During your two-day stay, enjoy the opportunity to experience the red dunes, wildlife, and plants and the unique opportunity to experience traditional farm life in Namibia. In this desert environment an optional nature drive is a must experience for young and older.
Accommodation: Jansen Kalahari Guestfarm
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 4 Namib Desert
Enjoy a hearty breakfast while viewing meerkats playing on the laws before you head off west to towards the second desert on your safari. You travel across vast open plains, stopping for an optional light lunch in the countryside town of Maltahöhe before continuing further along the Tiras Mountain range to your lodge in the Namib Desert. The lodge is located close to Sesriem the gateway to Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei and Sesriem Canyon, with some of the highest dunes on Earth towering over the white desert plains. The afternoon can be spent relaxing at the sparkling pool, enjoying the vast open desert plains, or taking part in optional activities offered at the lodge.  
Accommodation: The Elegant Desert Lodge
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Sossusvlei
The morning demands an early start. Entering the Namib Naukluft National Park shortly after sunrise, the first rays of sunlight paint the mountains of sand into a variety of apricots, red and orange, contrasted against a crisp blue skyline, enrapturing your senses, and providing an opportunity to capture this impressive landscape on film. You will be captivated by the surreal Deadvlei surrounded by some of the highest dunes on earth and Sossusvlei, where the dry Tsauchab River ends abruptly amongst dunes. Take the opportunity to walk up one of these majestic dunes to admire the desert landscape beneath. After this thrilling experience, you visit the Sesriem Canyon, a life-sustaining natural phenomenon in the heart of the Namib Desert before returning back to your lodge and cooling off along the swimming pool or with a refreshing drink on one of the quiet retreats located all around the lodge.
Accommodation: The Elegant Desert Lodge
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 - 8 Swakopmund
After another spectacular sunrise, travel alongside rugged yet liberating scenery to Swakopmund. Your family-friendly guesthouse is situated in a quiet residential suburb of Swakopmund. Swakopmund is thus fondly referred to as the “playground of Namibia”, it has numerous activities such as exploring the rugged, sweltering desert on a day tour or viewing this awesome, environment from the air on a scenic flight. Find your inner child and push adrenaline to its limits with extreme adventures such as skydiving over the desert or quad-biking and sandboarding on the dunes. Take time to get the feel of this quaint town with its historic buildings, museums, shopping arcades and beach bar that has transformed into its personality by the vibrant use of colour and the bohemian lifestyle.
Accommodation: Hansa Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 Erongo Mountain
Our journey continues into the Erongo Region. En route, you can divert your trip via the Erongo Mountain range. From our Lodge, we can follow a short walking trail to visit a living museum of the San to learn and participate in some of their ancient skills. Ai Aiba Lodge forms part of the 200,000-hectare Erongo Mountain Nature Conservancy. This pristine wilderness area straddles the Erongo Mountains: a natural reserve within a vast volcanic crater complex, which boasts unparalleled biodiversity. Ai Aiba Lodge allows guests to relax and take the time to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the Erongo Mountains and the Bushveld. It is a perfect place to spend the day by the pool with a good book, or if the energy of the granite mountains inspires you, to take a walk or drive with one of our experienced guides through the mountains.
Accommodation: Ai Aiba The Rockpainting Lodge
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 - 11 Etosha National Park
After breakfast, you head north for an unforgettable wildlife adventure awaiting us over the following days. Reaching the Etosha National Park through the Andersson Gate, you can immediately head out onto your first game viewing experience, exploring the natural and manmade waterholes in the vicinity of Okaukuejo before leaving the park at sunset to check into your lodge close to the park's border. The Etosha National Park is roughly the size of Switzerland, and one of Namibia's most prized possessions and a real jewel when it comes to game viewing.
Accommodation: Etosha Safari Camp
Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 - 13 Etosha National Park
The next two days are devoted purely to the abundant wildlife found in the Etosha National Park, which surrounds a parched salt desert known as the Etosha Pan. The park is home to 4 of the Big Five - elephant, lion, leopard and rhino. The Park was proclaimed as Namibia's first conservation area in 1907 by the then Governor, von Lindequist. Despite the size of the Etosha National Park, only the southern edge of the pan is accessible to visitors. Game viewing in the park is primarily focussed around the waterholes, some of which are spring-fed and some supplied from a borehole, ideal places to sit and watch over 114 different game species, or for an avid birder, more than 340 bird species. Popular game species such as giraffe, blue wildebeest, plains and mountain zebra, hyena, lion, leopard, antelopes such as kudu, oryx, eland, as well as some of the endangered species such as Black rhino, cheetah and the black-faced impala are all found here. An extensive network of roads links the over 30 water holes allowing visitors the opportunity of a comprehensive game-viewing safari throughout the park as each different area will provide various encounters. Your family-friendly lodge offers special guided bush walks focusing on children, educating them on all highlights of environmental protection and conservation.
Accommodation: Mushara Bush Camp
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 14 Okhandja/Otjihavera Mountain
After breakfast, travel south passing Tsumeb, Otavi, Otjiwarongo and Okahandja towards the foot of the Otjihavera Mountain that borders the northern outskirts of Windhoek. The lodge is home to a vast variety of animal species, that can comfortably be viewed from your room's terrace or the spacious restaurant deck. Here you and your family can participate in optional nature drives and scenic walks, while the tranquil garden and sparkling pool serve as an excellent hang out during the heat of the day.
Accommodation: Okapuka Safari Lodge
Meals: Breakfast

Day 15 Depart Windhoek
After a relaxed breakfast, you travel back to Windhoek, where you can also visit the craft markets that line the streets before returning to the airport or your individually booked guesthouse.
Meals: Breakfast

Family Fun Self-Drive

  South African Rand
(Subject to ROE)
(Subject to ROE)
01 Nov 2023 -
30 Nov 2023
R 21,950 pp sharing
R 28,480 pp single
R 11,635 per child
US$ 1,150 pp sharing
US$ 1,490 pp single
US$ 610 per child
€ 1,085 pp sharing
€ 1,405 pp sharing
€ 575 per child
01 Dec 2023 -
30 Jun 2024
R 20,935 pp sharing
R 26,950 pp single
R 9,250 per child
US$ 1,095 pp sharing
US$ 1,410 pp single
US$ 485 per child
€ 1,035 pp sharing
€ 1,330 pp sharing
€ 455 per child
01 Jul 2024 -
31 Oct 2024
R 21,255 pp sharing
R 27,695 pp single
R 10,125 per child
US$ 1,115 pp sharing
US$ 1,450 pp single
US$ 530 per child
€ 1,050 pp sharing
€ 1,370 pp sharing
€ 500 per child

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Rates in South African Rand are fixed. Rates in US$ and Euro are subject to exchange rates.
Private Tours are available on request.
*Children u/3yrs free of charge
Vehicle recommendation - SUV or 4x4 Double Cab
Rates are based on a Family of 2 Adults & 1/2 kids travelling

Package Includes:
  • 14 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners
  • All meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Activities as specified
  • Accommodation as specified
  • Tourism levy and government Taxes where applicable
  • Deluxe Travel planner

Package Excludes:

  • All International / Domestic Flights & taxes
  • Rental Vehicle (available on request)
  • Visas
  • Travel and personal accident insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Excursions / Activities not specified
  • Gratuities
Prices are subject to change due to airfare increases, currency exchange, fluctuations and any unforeseen circumstances, without prior notice.

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