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13 Day Namibia Classic Circuit Guided Self–Drive

A guided self–drive is just that – a guide will travel in a separate vehicle leading the way, be on hand to answer questions and explain some of the wonders of Namibia. Clients can relax and follow behind in their own self–drive vehicle, and on some days perhaps head off independently –it’s the best of both worlds offering adventure and yet knowing a knowledgeable guide will share some of nature’s secrets with you. This 10day tour takes in incredible landscapes, the coast, game viewing, cultural explorations and much more, it can be tailored to suit you and your groups’ requirements. Available in both camping and mid–range accommodated options

Safari Highlights

Naukluft Mountains for hiking; Sesriem for Sossusvlei dunes and surrounds including Big Daddy & Dead Vlei; Swakopmund and coastal area; Cape Cross seal colony; Messum Crater; Brandberg Mountain with rock paintings and elephant tracking; Himba community; Etosha National Park for game viewing; Okonjima Nature Reserve & AfriCat Foundation 

Safari Accommodation Options

Type Guided Self Drive Safari;
Length 13 days
Countries Namibia
Accommodation Camping or Accommodated Option
Departures On Request Departures
Group size Min: 2
Single Supplement Yes
Minimum Age No age restrictions
Please Note Subject to availability of accommodation
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Camping Option
Day 1  Villa Vista  Windhoek
Day 2  Naukluft Rest Camp Campsite  Naukluft Mountains 
Day 3&4  Sesriem for Sossusvlei
Day 5  The Delight  Swakopmund
Day 6  Cape Cross Lodge Skeleton Coast
Day 7&8  Brandberg White Lady Campsite South Damaraland
Day 9  Toko Lodge Campsite  Damaraland
Day 10  Olifantrus Campsite West Etosha
Day 11  Okaukuejo Campsite Etosha National Park
Day 12  Okonjima Plains Camp for AfriCat Foundation
Day 13  Windhoek – end
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Accommodated Option
Day 1  Villa Vista Guesthouse Windhoek
Day 2  Naukluft Rest Camp Naukluft Mountains
Day 3&4  Sossus Dunes Lodge for Sossusvlei
Day 5  The Delight Swakopmund
Day 6  Cape Cross Lodge Skeleton Coast
Day 7&8 Brandberg Whilte Lady Lodge South Damaraland
Day 9  Toko Lodge Damaraland
Day 10  Dolomite Camp West Etosha
Day 11  Okaukuejo Rest Camp Etosha National Park
Day 12  Okonjima Plains Camp for AfriCat Foundation
Day 13  Return to Windhoek – end
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Price Per Person (based on twin share)
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High season
Camping Based on 4 people: N$36,045 Contact us for price
Please Note: 2021 Low Season – per person: 
Based on 6 people: N$29,495
For larger groups please contact us
Accommodated Based on 4 people: N$48,550 Contact us for price
Please Note: 2021 Low season – Per person:
Based on 6 people travelling N$41,680
For larger groups please contact us 
Single Supplement Yes
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Day 1   Windhoek

The first night is spent in Windhoek so after collecting your vehicle make your way to the capital city, depending on your time of arrival there may be able to explore the sights

Day 2  Namib Naukluft Mountains 

The first day of your adventure takes you to the Naukluft Mountains where we will be based and your guide will escort you on the 9km Olive Trail hike – hop over rocks, cross dry river beds, enjoy the spectacular views and even cross rock pools using chains for support! For the less adventurous, take a shorter walk to rock pools to relax and perhaps do a bit of bird watching

Day 3&4   Sesriem for Sossusvlei area

Today’s drive takes you to the Namib Naukluft National Park and entry point for the Sossusvlei area.  On day 4, your guide will lead an early morning departure from your base to drive to the heart of the dunes and explore in the cool of the morning, enjoying walks and taking in the spectacular views of this endless sand sea at Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei – famous for its large expanse of bleached cracked clay and skeletal camel thorn trees.  Your guide will explain the geology and formation of the area and there is time to wander around on your own returning to base in your own time. Later in the day, your guide will take those interested to nearby Sesriem Canyon before enjoying a stunning sunset 

Day 5  Swakopmund 

Make your way to the coast, your guide will stop at Solitaire before continuing through the desert with its endless views acrss the pastel–coloured gravel plains to Walvis Bay – there’s a short excursion at the lagoon to see some of the coastal birds before continuing to Swakopmund – your guide will take those interested to the nearby Moon Landscape and welwitchia plants during your time here, others may choose to join optional activities

Day 6  Cape Cross Lodge

A leisurely start, or perhaps join a morning optional activity, before you head north along the Skeleton Coast road, stopping to view a shipwreck before continuing to Cape Cross seal colony in the afternoon – this is one of the largest fur seal colonies along the coastline and makes for a rather noisy and somewhat smelly excursion particularly during breeding season.  Tonight is based at a nearby lodge, set by the ocean to give you a little experience of this magnificent coastline

Day 7&8 Brandberg Mountain 

Travel the inland route and around Messum Crater – a wide, flattish basin of 25km and renowned for utter desolation and breath taking views – this unspoilt area has huge lichen fields, welwitschia mirabilis and many species of desert plants along with interesting archaeological sites such as stone circles before arriving in later in the afternoon at Brandberg Mountain – a huge massif and Namibia’s highest mountain.   During the stay here, you’ll enjoy a guided tour searching for desert elephant as well as a local–guided tour where you’ll enjoy a walk to the famous White Lady Painting 

Day 9 North Damaraland

Head further north where you’ll visit a local Himba community and learn a little about this tribe – the women cover themselves with ochre and butterfat, and their differing hair styles signify their status, the women normally care for the children and home life, while the men traditionally tend to the livestock. Find out how they survive in today’s modern world

Day 10  West Etosha 

Enter Etosha at Galton Gate on the west side of the park and game drive through to your base tonight – sit back at the waterhole and relax or follow your guide on a game drive in the late afternoon to spot some of the animals found here – watch out for mountain zebra and baboons found in this section of the park only, as well as other animals from elephant, to plains game 

Day 11 Etosha National Park 

Game drive across the park towards Okaukuejo in the south, explore surrounding waterholes and tracks in your self–drive vehicle, stopping at Etosha Pan where your guide will explain some of the fascinating geology and history of the park. Etosha is one of Africa’s best game viewing reserves and home to species such as elephant, black and white rhino, giraffe, heaps of plains game including zebra, wildebeest, springbok and black–faced impala – an endemic species. Predators include lion, leopard, cheetah, and hyena along with smaller species including black–backed jackal.  Your guide will spend time discussing the days’ sightings of animals and birds in the evening so keep those notebooks handy when out driving 

Day 12 Okonjima Plains Camp for AfriCat Foundation 

After a final game drive, make your way south to Okonjima Nature Reserve, and the AfriCat Foundation, one of Namibia’s conservation programmes where over the years, the reserve evolved from a cattle farm to a private reserve supporting wild animals and in particular carnivores – find out about research carried out to protect species such as cheetah, leopard, and lion and enjoy a guided activity with the lodge to perhaps spot one of these predators

Day 13  Windhoek – end

Return to the capital city to drop off vehicle and take onward connection

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