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Self-Drive Safaris

Chameleon Holidays can assist you with all your self–drive needs from hiring the correct (and most suitable) vehicle for your adventure, to itinerary planning, suggesting the best accommodation places or campsites, the must–see spots to the lessor–known gems. It can also prove to be one of the best ways to explore as well as the most cost–effective.

Namibia is an excellent self–drive destination and one of the most affordable ways to explore the country with its range of 5* boutique style lodges, to campsites and ideal for those who want a little more independence. The road network is good, well sign–posted and light traffic. A tour consultant will be on hand on your arrival to welcome you into Windhoek and to go through your entire itinerary including the best roads to travel, with a welcome pack containing a map with suggested route, local phone card, a small guide book and all you need to make your trip straight forward.

Botswana: Self–driving in Botswana can be adventurous on the sandy tracks, but there are plenty of tar–roads linking the main tourist destinations and making it accessible to all, from the Okavango Delta, to the pans and Chobe National Park, all of which offer great game–viewing experiences. There is a range of accommodation establishments and at Chameleon we can offer assistance in route planning, making bookings. Perhaps combine Botswana with Namibia or cross the border to Victoria Falls.

South Africa: A superb and cost–effective self–driving destination with a wealth of good–value accommodation on tar roads. The Garden Route near Cape Town is one of the most beautiful routes in the world, and can be combined with game viewing in Addo Elephant Park. Alternatively take in Kruger National Park – South Africa’s renowned Game Reserve. Self–driving in South Africa is an easy way to explore the country.

If you are looking for some inspiration then click onto any of itineraries below, remember these are just a suggestion and trips can be tailored to suit your individual tastes and budget. Don’t forget we can add activities such as horse riding sleepouts or overnight hiking trails.

04 Day Explore Etosha Self–Drive Safari

A short self–drive visiting Etosha National Park, Namibia. One of the largest wildlife destinations in the world. Enjoy rewarding game viewing and spot elephants, predators such as lion, leopard and hyena, and watch out for endangered black rhino. Camping, acccommodation and luxury accommodation options available


04 Day Sossusvlei & Swakopmund Self–Drive

This short self–drive takes in one of Namibia’s greatest destinations – the towering red dunes of Sossusvlei and ancient Namib Naukluft Desert, before continuing onto the adventure capital at Swakopmund and the Skeleton Coast. This trip is offered as a camping, standard or superior/luxury accommodation, or located in private reserves close to Namib Naukluft and can be tailored to your requirements.


07 Day Classic Namibia Self–Drive

A short self–drive to see the two iconic destinations of Namibia – the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Namib Naukluft Sand Sea with its spectacular apricot sand landscape, and Etosha National Park one of the greatest wildlife havens with a saline pan so large it can be seen from space. With accommodated options, a final night is spent at Okonjima Private Reserve and the chance to see big cats. Sandwiched between the sites is the charming coastal town of Swakopmund.

09 Day Etosha Extravaganza Self–Drive

This is a perfect self–drive for wildlife enthusiasts concentrating on Namibia’s premier game reserve – Etosha National Park. With 6nights in the park you will have endless opportunities for game viewing and the park is considered as one of the best game reserves in Southern Africa! You’ll also stay at Erindi Private Game Reserve, one of the largest private reserves in a pristine wilderness with a final night at Okonjima for the AfriCat Foundation conservation programme.

09 Day Southern Namibia Self–Drive

This Namibian self–drive covers the picturesque landscapes of the southern region of Namibia and is ideal for those who enjoy the tranquillity and solitude of wide–open spaces, as well as providing great photographic opportunities! Visit the Kalahari and Namib Naukluft deserts full of mountains, plains and spectacular dunes, the second–largest canyon in the world and the sheer cliffs of the imposing Naukluft Mountains.

11 Day Botswana Highlights Self–Drive & Fly–In Safari

This blend of mid–range and luxury accommodation combines a Botswana self–drive and fly in safari. Starting at Chobe, your first game viewing experience is where the plentiful elephants frolic in the river. From here drive to Nata and onward to the seemingly endless Pans and starry skies, and fly from Maun into the incredible Okavango Delta, where the weaving waterways cast a magical spell and the game viewing is world–class.

11 Day Footprints in Namibia Self–Drive

A concise self–drive safari visiting many of the highlights of Namibia including mesmerizing and seemingly empty tracts of deserts, Swakopmund town and coastal area – home to shipwrecks, barren landscapes and enormous seal colonies. Travel inland to rugged Damaraland and incredible Etosha National Park for premier game viewing before a final night at Okonjima and the chance to see cheetah or leopard.

12 Day Namibia for Honeymooners Self–Drive

With wide–open spaces, incredible night skies, fantastic game viewing and stunning landscapes Namibia is a great honeymoon destination. This self–drive trip is geared to those wanting to discover the magic of Namibia and enjoy together time whilst exploring the country.

13 Day Botswana Loop & Namibia Caprivi Self–Drive

This self–drive starts in Botswana. Starting and ending in Maun and travelling in a circuit and taking in Namibia’s Caprivi area. Start heading east to the seemingly endless Pans and starry skies, then onto Chobe where elephants abound. Cross into Namibia and travel through woodlands and enjoy Bwabwata National Park along with river areas before returning to Botswana.

14 Day Discover Southern Namibia & South Africa’s Kgalagadi Self–Drive

This stunning self–drive trip in Namibia encompasses some of the diverse deserts of Southern Africa whilst including major attractions such as Sossusvlei and the Fish River Canyon. There is some great game viewing, as the predators in the Kgalagadi are plentiful and sightings are normally superb!

14 Day North by Northwest Self–Drive

A two–week self–drive safari covering the north of Namibia taking in the delights of Damaraland from its dramatic landscapes, free–roaming wildlife to the unique plant life. Explore the area on foot and from here continue to the far north and Epupa Falls overlooking Angola before entering Etosha National Park one of the greatest wildlife havens, with a final night at Okonjima for AfriCat Foundation – a conservation programme.

14 Day Namibia Highlights Self–Drive

This self–drive takes you to the south of the country, renowned for huge open spaces and vistas, the endless sand dunes of the Namib, 2nights in Swakopmund to enjoy the many optional activities on offer, then onto Erongo mountains /Central Damaraland known for its conservation and stunning landscape.

15 Day Namibia & Beyond to Victoria Falls Self–Drive

Take in the highlights of Namibia including the quintessential Sossusvlei dunes and Namib Desert before continuing to the picturesque seaside town of Swakopmund. Visit Etosha for game viewing and abundant wildlife, then drive through the Caprivi and onward to Chobe where elephants frolic in the river with a final two nights in Victoria Falls – a Natural Wonder of the World.

15 Day Deserts of Namibia & Delta Flood Plains of Botswana Self–Drive & Fly–In

This self–drive will take you to the Kalahari, NamibRand Nature Reserve and the wonderful Namib Desert – 3 desert regions; from here continue to one of Africa’s largest private reserves with a final night at a conservation programme. From here it’s onto Botswana and the floodplains and greenery of the Okavango Delta where game abounds – this safari is a beautiful contrast of landscapes and wildlife.

15 Day Best of Namibia Self–Drive

This self–drive takes you to the sparsely populated south of Namibia with diverse landscapes from canyons, mountains and deserts. Continue to the quirky adventure town of Swakopmund and drive up to the barren and dramatic coastline to Damaraland and onto Etosha in the north completing a circuit of the country, to include great game viewing and a top conservation programme.

15 Day Grand Namibia & Skeleton Coast Self–Drive and Fly–In Safari

A luxury self–drive and fly–in safari in Namibia incorporating some of the best lodges and locations in the country. Explore the diverse landscapes from the dunes of Sossusvlei, drive to the coastal and quirky town of Swakopmund then onward to Etosha region for premier game viewing.

16 Day Namibian Highlights Family Self–Drive

This family–orientated self–drive itinerary takes you to the “deep south” of Namibia and includes the magnificent Fish River Canyon & Sossusvlei dunes. At Swakopmund perhaps join adventure activities geared for all ages, then to ancient Damaraland to meet with local communities or track wild animals, before entering Etosha for extraordinary game viewing, return via wonderful AfriCat Foundation to complete a circuit – the route takes in vast landscapes and Namibia’s natural beauty, great game viewing and a top conservation programme.

19 Day Southern Namibia Hiking & Game Self Drive

A great self–drive focusing on southern Namibia with terrific hiking in Fish River Canyon and the stunning NamibRand Nature Reserve where you can be at one with nature. This tour also takes you to the Sossusvlei dunes, Swakopmund and Erindi for the chance to enjoy fantastic game–viewing.  A seasonal trip during Namibia’s winter months with the choice of camping and accommodated options 

20 Day Complete Namibia Self–Drive

This self–drive includes most of the highlights of Namibia, from the vast landscapes of the deep south with Fish River Canyon as the main draw card to the Sossusvlei dunes. Visit the coastal town of Swakopmund and desolate Skeleton Coast and continue as far north to the remote Epupa Falls bordering Angola where the river casts an oasis–like feel in the harsh desert. Naturally, Namibia’s greatest game park – Etosha, is included before returning to the capital city via Okonjima and the AfriCat Foundation.

21 Day Namibia & Botswana Circuit Self–Drive

This Namibia and Botswana self–drive loop, starts and finishes in Windhoek, takes in the major highlights of Namibia, from the rippling sand dunes of Sossusvlei, the stark Skeleton Coast, through to Etosha for great wildlife and Caprivi/Zambezi areas to Chobe National Park for guaranteed elephant sightings and optional Victoria Falls trip.

Namibia Tourism Board
Air Namibia
Budget Car Rentals
Tour & Safari Association