Caracal Self-drive Safari

Caracal Self-drive: In full

This self-drive trip is the perfect introduction to Namibia. A two-week adventure taking in all the best bits and staying in a great mix of lodges, the Caracal Safari is our ‘go to’ for first timers here.

Begin in Windhoek, picking up your rental car for an easy drive into Namibia’s tiny capital for the night before setting off into the wilderness. The first stop is BullsPort Lodge & Farm, a welcoming spot offering scenic hikes and horse rides in the rugged Naukluft Mountains. Then continue west to the edge of the Namib Sand Sea and a stay at Kulala Desert Lodge. With its private entrance to the Namib-Naukluft National Park, be among the first to arrive at the surreal Sossusvlei pan for the best of the morning light and a chance to climb one of the world’s tallest sand dunes before things heat up.

Turning north, stop as and when you like en route to the quirky seaside town of Swakopmund, where you can try your hand at sandboarding or kayak among its seal colony. Cross Damaraland’s rolling hills to Doro Nawas. Highlights here include tracking desert adapted elephants and a visit to the ancient rock engravings at Twyfelfontein.

Reach Etosha National Park for two nights at Okaukuejo Camp, whose somewhat basic nature is more than made up for by a waterhole which is the best spot in Africa for wild black rhino sightings, with another two nights at the excellent Mushara Bush Camp. Spend your time exploring Etosha completely at your own pace, spending as much on safari as you fancy. Finally, return south with one final night at Ai Aiba Lodge en route to Windhoek.

Include:

Day 1

1 night at Galton House (Bed & Breakfast) | Windhoek, Namibia

Galton House is only ten minutes drive from the city centre.

Day 2

1 night at BullsPort Lodge & Farm (Half Board) | Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

Bullsport Guest Farm is situated near the Namib Naukluft National Park…

Day 3

1 night at BullsPort Lodge & Farm (Half Board) | Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

Bullsport Guest Farm is situated near the Namib Naukluft National Park…

Day 4

1 night at Kulala Desert Lodge (Half Board) | Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

Welcome to Kulala Desert Lodge...

Day 5

1 night at Kulala Desert Lodge (Half Board) | Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

Welcome to Kulala Desert Lodge...

Day 6

1 night at Cornerstone Guesthouse (Bed & Breakfast) | Swakopmund & Walvis Bay, Namibia

The Cornerstone Guesthouse is situated in Swakopmund near the town-centre…

Day 7

1 night at Cornerstone Guesthouse (Bed & Breakfast) | Swakopmund & Walvis Bay, Namibia

The Cornerstone Guesthouse is situated in Swakopmund near the town-centre…

Day 8

1 night at Doro Nawas (Half Board) | Damaraland, Namibia

The main building at Doro Nawas is striking in appearance and perched on top of a small hill...

Day 9

1 night at Doro Nawas (Half Board) | Damaraland, Namibia

The main building at Doro Nawas is striking in appearance and perched on top of a small hill...

Day 10

1 night at Okaukuejo Camp (Bed & Breakfast) | Etosha National Park, Namibia

Okaukuejo Camp is found inside the Etosha National Park.

Day 11

1 night at Okaukuejo Camp (Bed & Breakfast) | Etosha National Park, Namibia

Okaukuejo Camp is found inside the Etosha National Park.

Day 12

1 night at Mushara Bush Camp (Half Board) | Etosha National Park, Namibia

Mushara Bush Camp is set on the eastern edge of Etosha National Park.

Day 13

1 night at Mushara Bush Camp (Half Board) | Etosha National Park, Namibia

Mushara Bush Camp is set on the eastern edge of Etosha National Park.

Day 14

1 night at Ai Aiba Lodge (Half Board) | Central Highlands, Namibia

We have not visited Ai Aiba since it was taken over but hope post our report and images soon.

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