Northern Namibia Highlights

from £1183
excluding flights *
9 nights Year round

Overview

With its welcoming people, spectacular wildlife and mind-blowing scenery, Namibia is a truly outstanding destination. Discover this wonderful country for yourself on a 10 day self-drive.

Highlights

  • Discover the coastal colonial town of Swakopmund
  • Track desert adapted elephants in Damaraland
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein
  • Self-drive through the renowned Etosha National Park searching for wildlife
  • Visit the world renowned AfriCat Foundation and learn more about their conservation initiatives involving Africa’s large cats

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • Car rental throughout
  • Meet and Greet on arrival

Full description

A remarkable country, Namibia is unlike any other destination, in Africa or elsewhere. Namibia's scenery is impressive, and this is one of the country's main attractions.  The country is also home to extraordinary wildlife, including almost half the world’s population of black rhino, approximately 40% of the world’s cheetahs and a wealth of marine life.  Namibia is also one of only two countries in the world where you can find desert adapted elephants.

Explore Namibia’s northern highlights on this 10 day self-drive.  Journey to the Atlantic coastline, past the rugged mountainous terrain of Damaraland and through the vast game reserve of Etosha National Park.  Self driving around Namibia is a fantastic way to see the country independently, allowing the freedom to explore at your own pace, stopping when you want, to enjoy the extraordinary variety of landscapes and wildlife that you encounter along the way.

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Prices & Dates *

Airfares start from around £700 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

From prices per person based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom, including car hire

Departure Duration Accommodation Car Category Twin Price (pp) Single Price
Year round 9 nights Standard Toyota Fortuner (or similar) £1,183 £1,860

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • Car rental throughout (Toyota Fortuner or similar)
  • Meet and Greet on arrival
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Windhoek

Arrive at Hosea Kutako (Windhoek International) Airport, where you will receive your rental vehicle. Once you have sorted out all the formalities for your vehicle, drive to Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. After checking-in at your accommodation, you can explore the city. Windhoek is a city of many contrasts; modern skyscrapers blend with historic buildings from the German colonial era. Windhoek attractions you may wish to explore this afternoon include the Christ Church (Christuskirche), the capital’s best-recognised landmark, the National Museum of Namibia which houses an excellent display on Namibia’s independence and Katutura, a former apartheid-era black township. Windhoek has a selection of restaurants for you to dine at this evening. Joe’s Beerhouse is a Windhoek institution.

Day 2: Windhoek - Swakopmund

Leaving the capital city this morning, you will head west to the coast and the town of Swakopmund. Namibia’s most popular seaside town, Swakopmund is a German colonial town located on the Atlantic Coast and encompassed by the Namib Desert. The beaches are pleasant; however the water is normally too cold for swimming. Swakopmund is a pleasant town to wander around and take in its German architecture and colonial history. It is also renowned for its excellent seafood which you may wish to sample tonight, The Tug restaurant is a particular favourite of ours.

Day 3: free day in Swakopmund

From Swakopmund, there are several excellent activity options, taking advantage of either its marine wildlife or the surrounding desert. Kayaking is a fantastic way to experience the marine wildlife up close and personal including Cape fur seals in their thousands, bottlenose and Haviside’s dolphins, pelicans and flamingos. If you are lucky, you may also spot whales, leatherback turtles and sunfish. Explore the Namib Desert by 4WD or by fat bike and uncover hidden life under the sand, or take a self-drive in search of some of the country’s oldest welwitschia plants.

You may also wish to discover the nearby Walvis Bay Lagoon, the most important wetland in Southern Africa, with 170,000 resident birds around the lagoon and some 200,000 more stopping off on migratory routes. The lagoon is the feeding site for around 80% of all the lesser flamingos found in Southern Africa and about 50% of greater flamingos. It also attracts large numbers of chestnut plovers, pelicans, Caspian, Damara, and swift terns, white-fronted plovers and Hartlaub's gulls.

Day 4: Swakopmund - Damaraland

Depart Swakopmund along the Atlantic Coast towards the north, heading to Damaraland. One of the most scenically beautiful regions in Namibia, Damaraland is also the best place in the country to see animals completely unfenced and in the wild. You will not see animals in large quantities here, but the sightings can be more rewarding. Desert adapted elephants are probably the best known of the region’s unique wildlife but it is also possible to see desert adapted rhino, giraffe and lion in this area too. Damaraland is also home to many interesting geological formations and some of the best examples of bushman paintings and engravings in Southern Africa.

Day 5: search for desert wildlife & visit the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein

Searching for desert adapted elephants is a highlight of a trip to Namibia. Namibia is one of only two countries in the world where you can find desert adapted elephants (the other is Mali). They are not categorised as a separate species but they are special because they have evolved to thrive in the dry, semi-desert environment by having a smaller body mass with proportionally longer legs and seemingly larger feet than other elephants. Their physical attributes allow them to cross miles of sand dunes to reach food and water. Nobody knows how many desert dwelling elephants there are in Namibia, but estimates are between 100 and 600.

This afternoon, you may wish to visit the rock art at Twyfelfontein. Namibia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, Twyfelfontein features 2,500 examples of bushman paintings and engravings dating back 6,000 years. The rock engravings are found on a number of smooth rock surfaces and most of them depict animals and their tracks. Explore the site with a knowledgeable guide.

Day 6: Damaraland - Etosha National Park (south)

Today you head via Kamanjab to the southern entrance of the Etosha National Park where you will stay tonight. The wildlife jewel of Namibia, Etosha National Park is one of the best game reserves in Africa. Etosha is huge; at 22,270 square kilometres it covers an area larger than Wales and is home to over 100 species of mammals, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibians and 1 species of fish!

Days 7-8: drives in Etosha National Park

Today you will enter Etosha National Park through Andersson’s Gate and drive searching for wildlife. Etosha is dominated by a huge mineral pan, which covers a quarter of the park and was once a lake the size of Holland. Surrounding the pan is a variety of grass and woodlands amongst which live a wonderful variety of animals, birds, insects and reptiles. Etosha’s highlight is its waterholes; there are dozens of them, some natural while others are artificially fed from boreholes. During the dry season, staking out a position at a waterhole viewpoint is a rewarding way to watch game without moving from one spot. The most numerous antelope species in Etosha is springbok, which can sometimes be seen herding in their thousands. Other common herbivores are giraffe, zebra, eland, wildebeest, kudu and oryx. Black rhinos are more rare but still regularly sighted. Herds of fifty elephants are not unusual and often walk right down the middle of the road giving people in cars an incredibly close and thrilling encounter. When it comes to predators, lion, of which there are thought to be over 1000 inside the reserve, are the most visible. For birders there is a large variety of birds including ground hornbill, lilac-breasted roller, eagles and vultures. Exit the park before sunset at the Von Lindequist Gate in the east and spend the night on the Onguma Private Reserve where you can watch animals congregating at the waterhole located just in front of camp as you enjoy a sundowner drink.
The following day, return to Etosha to search for more wildlife.

Days 9-10: Etosha National Park - Otjiwarongo - Windhoek

Leave Etosha behind and head south to Otjiwarongo. This is a perfect position from which to visit the AfriCat Foundation. A highlight of any visit to Namibia, this non profit organisation was founded in the early 1990s and their mission is the long term survival of Namibia’s predators in their natural habitat. AfriCat has saved more than 1000 predators since its inception and over 80 percent of them have been released back into the wild. AfriCat is most well known for cheetahs, but they also work with leopards, lions, hyenas and wild dogs. On a day visit, you can learn more about the excellent work they do and view some of the animals in its Carnivore Care Centre. Highly recommended is upgrading to stay at their accommodation Okonjima Plains or Bush Camp, where you are also able to go out on game drives to track the animals that are being rehabilitated in the 200 square kilometre Okonjima Nature Reserve. Discover the World are big advocates of the AfriCat Foundation and are proud to have adopted a cheetah there, called Dune.
Then, head back to Windhoek Airport where your holiday ends.

Cornerstone Guesthouse, Swakopmund

Namibia

Grade: Standard

Type: Guesthouse

The Cornerstone is a small, peaceful guesthouse, located a short walk from the seafront and the town centre with its many shops and restaurants.

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Etosha Safari Lodge, nr Etosha National Park

Namibia

Grade: Standard

Type: Luxury Lodge

Etosha Safari Lodge is set on a hillock only nine kilometres away from the Andersson Gate entrance into Etosha National Park and affords magnificent views of the African bush savannah.

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Frans Indongo Lodge, nr Otjiwarongo

Namibia

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Frans Indongo is situated in the heart of a 17,000 hectare farm in the bush savannah and is modelled on traditional Ovambo homesteads.

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Olive Grove Guesthouse, Windhoek

Namibia

Grade: Standard

Type: Guesthouse

This intimate guesthouse features eleven rooms, all with air conditioning and Moroccan decorative touches. All rooms have a mini-bar, tea and coffee making facilities and a large veranda.

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Grootberg Lodge, Damaraland

Namibia

Grade: Standard

Type: Luxury Lodge

Grootberg Lodge is perched on the rim of the Etendeka Plateau, with stunning views overlooking the Klip River Valley.

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Onguma Bush Camp, nr Etosha National Park

Namibia

Grade: Standard

Type: Luxury Lodge

Onguma Game Reserve is situated on the eastern side of Etosha, bordering the Fisher’s pan and a short drive from the von Lindequist Gate.

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