Self Drive Tour in Namibia

16 Day Family Fun Namibia Self Drive

Travelling with kids is a worthwhile challenge in logistical planning. The 16 Day Family Fun Namibia Self Drive Tour ensures that juniors stay occupied, parents get their break while 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

Highlights:

  • 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 15 Day Cape Town to Windhoek Self Drive

Summary

15 Breakfasts & 4 Dinners

16 Days / 15 Nights
Self Drive

Namibia

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 might 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 get exploring what Namibia’s capital has to offer, from the iconic “Christus Kirche”, “Tintenpalast”, and “Alte Feste” just some of the relics from the countries 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 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 therefor "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’s and shrubs, it is still home to a surprisingly large amount of specially adapted wildlife. During your two days stay, enjoy the opportunity to experience the red dunes, wildlife and plants, in this desert environment on an optional nature drive. You also have the opportunity to walk with a Bushmen on a desert walk. (Optional)
Accommodation: Bagatelle Kalahari Game Lodge – Savannah Chalets
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 3 Kalahari Desert
Enjoy the day at leisure in the dune landscape of the Kalahari Desert. At a nearby waterhole, you can view different specially adapted game species or take the day off to relax and swim in the pool.
Accommodation: Bagatelle Kalahari Game Lodge – Savannah Chalets
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 with 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 apricot, 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. Having arrived in Swakopmund, the rest of the day you spent at leisure. With palm-lined streets and seaside promenades, Swakopmund is a very popular holiday destination in Namibia. Its pleasant summer climate and long stretched beaches attract anglers and surfers from all over Southern Africa. For the international guest, Swakopmund is a bohemian mix of German correctness and African time, laid back attitude with adrenalin activities, misty mornings and desert heat. It’s colourful, it’s vibrant, but most of all, it’s fun. Swakopmund is thus fondly referred to as the "playground of Namibia", it has numerous activities ranging from, adventure to exploring the fascinating features of the Namib Desert and the animals and plants that occur and survive here. Embrace the relaxed pace of this idyllic coastal town while enjoying coffee and freshly baked pastries in one of the many café's. Alternatively explore the rugged, sweltering desert on a day tour, or view 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: Kramersdorf Guesthouse
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 Erongo
Our journey continues into the Erongo Region. En-route you can divert your trip via the Erongo Mountain range and visit a living museum of the San, to learn and participate in some of their ancient skills. Travelling on to the charming town of Omaruru with its street cafes, souvenirs, Erongo mountain winery and Kristall Kellerei, both situated on the outskirts of the town amidst the bush landscape. Reaching your Guestfarm situated on the banks of the Omaruru River, you immediately feel welcome and at home. Here you have the options of exploring the bush on foot or on an open game viewer.
Accommodation: Klein Eden Guestfarm
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 & 11 Etosha National Park
After breakfast, you head north to 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 again 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: Onguma Bush Camp
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 14 & 15  Greater Windhoek
After breakfast, travel south passing Tsumeb, Otavi and Otjiwarongo towards the traditional home of the Herero around the town of Okahandja. Situated in one of Namibia's best farming areas but also the home of a vast variety of animal species. Here you and your family can participate in nature drives and scenic walking trails, while the tranquil garden and sparkling pool serve as an excellent hang out during the heat of the day. In Okahandja you can browse through the Kavango woodcarvers market looking for the perfect souvenir to take back home.
Accommodation: Midgard Country Estate
Meals: Breakfast

Day 16  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

Rates in SA Rand Adult Sharing Adult Single Child u/12yrs
01 Dec'20 - 30 Jun'21 R 21,095 pp sharing R 26,855 pp R 13,225 per child
01 Jul'21 - 31 Oct'21 R 22,110 pp sharing R 29,815 pp R 13,705 per child
*Children u/3yrs free of charge
Vehicle recommendation - SUV or 4x4 Double Cab
Rates are based on Family of 2 Adults & 1/2 kids travelling

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Package Includes:
  • 15 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners
  • All meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Activities as specified
  • Accommodation as specified
  • Tourism levy & Government Taxes where applicable
  • Deluxe Travel planner

Package Excludes:

  • All International / Domestic Flights & taxes
  • Rental Vehicle (available on request)
  • Visas
  • Travel & Personal accident insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Excursions / Activities not specified
  • Gratuities
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