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16 Day Northern Namibia & Cultural Adventure 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 exciting camping tour takes in various local cultures, stunning landscapes, excellent game viewing and much more, it can be tailored to suit you and your groups’ requirements

Safari Highlights

Waterberg Plateau; Bushman activities and interaction; Etosha National Park for premier game viewing; Ongula for Owambo Homestead cultural tour; Kunene River and sundowner cruise – excellent birding; Epupa Falls and Himba tribe village excursion; “Off the beaten track” to Purros with day excursion in remote region; Okonjima and AfriCat Foundation – conservation and chance to see cheetah close–up

Safari Accommodation Options

Type Guided Self Drive Safari;
Length 16 days
Countries Namibia
Accommodation Camping
Departures On Request Departures
Group size Min: 4
Single Supplement Yes
Minimum Age No age restrictions
Please Note Subject to availability of accommodation
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Camping Option
Day 1  Windhoek city
Day 2  Waterberg Plateau Campsite
Day 3&4 Ju/’Huansi Campsite  Bushmanland
Day 5&6  Onguma Campsite
Onguma for Etosha National Park
Day 7  Onguma Homestead Ovamboland
Day 8 Kunene Riverl Lodge & Camp  Ruacana Kunene River
Day 9&10  Omarunga Campsite  Epupa Falls
Day 11 Sesfontein Lodge Sesfontein Kunene
Day 12&13  Puros Campsite Purros Kunene
Day 14  Palmwag Lodge & Campsite  northern Damaraland
Day 15  Okonjima Campsite & Africat Foundation Okonjima Reserve
Day 16  Return to Windhoek – end
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Price Per Person (based on twin share)
Low season
(1/11/2020-30/6/2021)
High season
(1/7/2021-31/10/2021)
Camping Based on 4 people: N$43,415 Contact us for price
Please Note: 2021 Low season rates
Based on 6 people: Per person N$34,760
Contact us for larger group sizes and high season rates
Single Supplement Yes
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Itinerary

Day 1  Windhoek City

Collect your vehicle and drive to a centrally based guesthouse, depending on the time of your arrival you may choose to wander into the city centre, relax by the pool or start to prepare for your trip 

Day 2  Waterberg Plateau Campsite

After meeting with your lead guide,  leave the city behind heading north to Waterberg and where your guide will take you on a guided walk later this afternoon to explain a little of the history to the area and look out for some of the animals found in the region.

Day 3&4 Ju/’Hoansi–San Campsite, Bushmanland

Making our way north to Bushmanland where we camp for 2 days and spend a day with the Bushman – this can be an "Action Day" where you’ll make crafts, shoot a bow, throw a spear, play games as well as dancing, singing etc and generally learn about this ancient tribe.  Alternatively, enjoy a "Walk in the Wild" going out on a traditional "hunting and gathering" walk for as long as you wish – you’ll be provided with bow, arrors, digging stick and collecting skin and see what nature offers!  Experience first–hand traditional life of the Bushman

Day 5&6 Onguma Campsite, Onguma Reserve for Etosha National Park

Make our way to Etosha National Park Park – Namibia’s premier game viewing destination and we will be based on the east aspect.  We can explore the surrounding waterholes and tracks on game drives in our vehicles. The following day you can game drive to your hearts delight visiting waterholes and the famous Etosha Pan where your guide will explain the fascinating geology and history of the park. Etosha is truly one of Africa’s best game viewing reserves and home to species such as elephant, giraffe, a plethora of plains game including zebra, wildebeest, springbok and black–faced impala (endemic to the region).  Predators follow close behind and include lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena along with smaller species such as black–backed jackal. During the stay, your guide will either take you on a short walk to look out for spoor and the smaller creatures that make up the park (inside the camps), as well as discuss the days’ sightings of animals and birds spotted along the way 

Day 7 Ongula Village Homestead, Ovamboland

Ovamboland is one of the most densely–populated regions in a verdant strip of flat land that normally receives good rainfall and as such there are plenty of people, livestock and markets all over the place.  We spend the night at Ongula Village and join a "homestead" tour where you’ll have a chance to learn about the set up of a homestead from cultivating of land to pounding of mahangu (the local staple food), to cooking over an open fire, basket making and pottery.  This is a truly immersive experience!

Day 8  Kunene River Lodge & Campsite, Ruacana

Continuing our way through the towns and villages of Ovamboland and past palm trees, oshanas, along with arable and cattle farms, we arrive at Ruacana, developed to support the hydro–electric dam.  We make our way to our campsite destination set on the banks of the Kunene River with grassy lawns, shady trees and our base for tonight overlookings Angola.  Your guide will escort you on a short walk to spot some of the endemic birds such as the cinderella waxbill and later, join a sundowner cruise with the chance to witness local river life

Day 9&10 Omarunga Campsite, Epupa Falls

Although not the biggest or highest in Africa, Epupa Falls has its own signature when it comes to a seasonal waterfall, the attractive scenery lures visitors to a series of cascades, where the Kunene River drops just 60m over a distance of about 1.5km. They subsequently divide into a mass of channels that form a myriad of rock pools. This land is home to some 6000 Himba; these friendly people are closely related to the Herero and speak the same language. The Himba are herdsmen, breeding mainly cattle and goats while leading a semi–nomadic life and migrate with their herds to the different waterholes from season to season. For the Himba, clothes, hair and jewellery hold a special meaning and form an important part of their tradition and culture. While here you’ll visit a nearby village, where you can witness how this tribe still survive off the land tending their cattle and goats and see the women prepare food as well as prepare the ochre and butter fat that they put on their skin to protect it from the harsh environment. 

Day 11 Fort Sesfontein, Kaokoland

Onward to the quirky Sesfontein Fort arriving in the afternoon.  Sesfontein’s name originates from "six springs" providing natural water supply, where large umbrella thorn acacia, palms and mopane trees dominate.  In the early 20th century, the fort was built as an important German military post and admin centre to control livestock movement after an epidemic, it was abandoned by WW1 and was converted into a unique style lodge

Day 12&13 Purros Campsite, Kaokoland

Purros is a largely Himba populated area, and here you’ll explore on a day drive to enjoy some of the breath–taking but hostile landscapes, and famous spots including polar bear rock, Skeleton Coast viewpoint, the stunningly hewn rock of Clay Castles and Purros Canyon – note this is a seasonal route and may be adapted in rainy months.  The route will take us through mainly–dry Hoarusib River (on which Purros lays), and with natural springs occurring along the route, game resides – you may be lucky to see desert elephant, desert lion, as well as oryx and springbok. This excursion will certainly get you off the beaten track

Day 14 Palmwag Lodge, Northern Damaraland

The scenery, as we make our way into Northern Damaraland, changes considerably and once at Palmwag we’ll explore a little of the surrounding area on foot – your guide will point out a few of the unusual trees and watch out for desert elephant often found wandering around 

Day 15  Okonjima Omboroko Campsite, Okonjima Reserve

As we make our way back towards Windhoek, a final night is spent at Okonjima and this afternoon join their AfriCat Foundation/Carnivore Care Programme to learn about the conservation of predators in Namibia but to see cheetah at close quarters. A terrific way to finish this tour

Day 16  Windhoek – end

Return to Windhoek today, where you’ll drop off vehicle and take onward connection 

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