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Chongololo Self-drive Safari

This self-drive safari focuses on the best walking experiences in Namibia. Get your boots ready for the apricot dunes of the Namib Desert and the ancient hills of Damaraland.

Chongololo Self-drive Safari: Day-by-day

More detailed information of what each day entails, and the various places you’ll stay on the Chongololo Self-drive Safari. Everything we do is completely tailor-made so while this is an idea which works well, we’ll always design an itinerary just for you.


Day 1

Starts: Windhoek International Airport

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Day 1

Pick-up car: Windhoek International Airport

13:00
Windhoek International AirportNamibia

On your arrival at Windhoek Airport your hire vehicle will be ready and waiting to take you on your Namibian adventure.

Olive Grove
Day 1

Olive Grove

1 night
Bed & BreakfastWindhoek, Namibia

The Olive Grove is a stylish guesthouse in Windhoek's Klein Windhoek suburb. Taking its name from the neighbouring grove of olive trees, the guesthouse is located in a renovated old house. It was opened in early 2004, and has become a favourite place to stay in Namibia's capital city.

Olive Grove

The Olive Grove is a stylish guesthouse in Windhoek's Klein Windhoek suburb. Taking its name from the neighbouring grove of olive trees, the guesthouse is located in a renovated old house. It was opened in early 2004, and has become a favourite place to stay in Namibia's capital city.

The Olive Grove remains one of our favourite guesthouses in Windhoek.

"A great start to our holiday"

Mr & Mrs TfromSawbo

Arrived 15 Oct 2019, 1 night

We look forward to a warm welcome by the very helpful team, and delicious food. Its contemporary style might not be to everyone’s taste, but well-appointed rooms and excellent service make this a very comfortable place to start or end your trip to Namibia. See our full report on Olive Grove

88%
337 reviews of Olive Grove by travellers since August 2007

Activities

Cultural excursion

BullsPort Lodge & Farm
Days 2-4

BullsPort Lodge & Farm

2 nights
Half BoardNamib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

Namibia is a land of mirages and at first sight BüllsPort Lodge & Farm could be one. It shimmers into view in a huge, empty landscape beneath the Namib Naukluft mountains, a haven for cattle, game, thoroughbred horses and travellers. Managing this remarkable menagerie are farmer Ernst Sauber and his wife Johanna, who have created 14 comfortable and stylish guest rooms in outbuildings to help them through recurring droughts.

BullsPort Lodge & Farm

Namibia is a land of mirages and at first sight BüllsPort Lodge & Farm could be one. It shimmers into view in a huge, empty landscape beneath the Namib Naukluft mountains, a haven for cattle, game, thoroughbred horses and travellers. Managing this remarkable menagerie are farmer Ernst Sauber and his wife Johanna, who have created 14 comfortable and stylish guest rooms in outbuildings to help them through recurring droughts.

There are more luxurious and expensive lodges, but this is a genuine farm stay for visitors wishing to experience rural Namibian life. Ernst has created hiking and biking trails in and around the mountains and takes guests on drives around the farm, while Johanna lives her dream of breeding the finest bloodline horses in the country and schooling them for lessons, day rides and two-day safaris.

Blink and you’d miss a rustic primary school a few miles away for children from farms in the area, but the Saubers support it and visits can be arranged to hear the school choir and chat with staff. Such experiences linger in the memory.

"magical hike through Quiver Tree Canyon... lovely hosts."

MikefromOxford

Arrived 23 Aug 2019, 2 nights

As does dinner with the farmer and his wife by candlelight, beneath a huge umbrella thorn tree with kudu and mountain zebra on the menu. See our full report on BullsPort Lodge & Farm

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175 reviews of BullsPort Lodge & Farm by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Guided walking safari

Horse-riding

Self-guided walking

Tok Tokkie Trails
Days 4-6

Tok Tokkie Trails

2 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesNamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia

What an experience! Although not really a 'lodge' or a 'camp' – Tok Tokkie Trails run a two-night/three-day walking trail in the NamibRand Nature Reserve. Visitors stay on the Tok Tokkie trail in the reserve for three days, whilst they explore the unique desert landscape on a guided walking trail.

Tok Tokkie Trails

What an experience! Although not really a 'lodge' or a 'camp' – Tok Tokkie Trails run a two-night/three-day walking trail in the NamibRand Nature Reserve. Visitors stay on the Tok Tokkie trail in the reserve for three days, whilst they explore the unique desert landscape on a guided walking trail.

"an amazing experience. So well organised and well thought out."

Mr & Mrs NfromEdinburgh

Arrived 23 May 2019, 2 nights

Tok Tokkie Trails offers an experience rather than just a place to stay. We thought it was excellent, very close to nature, with knowledgeable and affable guides. Sleeping out under the stars isn't for everyone – but if you like the idea, then these trips are magical! See our full report on Tok Tokkie Trails

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34 reviews of Tok Tokkie Trails by travellers since August 2007

Activities

Guided walking safari

Hoodia Desert Lodge
Days 6-8

Hoodia Desert Lodge

2 nights
Half BoardNamib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

Named after a flowering cactus, Hoodia Desert Lodge, opened in 2008 and is owned and managed by Thomas and Henreza Becker. The lodge is set at the foot of the Namib-Naukluft Mountains overlooking the ephemeral Tsauchab River, and backed by plains that seem to go on forever. From here, it's an easy 22km drive to Sesriem, the gateway into Sossusvlei.

Hoodia Desert Lodge

Named after a flowering cactus, Hoodia Desert Lodge, opened in 2008 and is owned and managed by Thomas and Henreza Becker. The lodge is set at the foot of the Namib-Naukluft Mountains overlooking the ephemeral Tsauchab River, and backed by plains that seem to go on forever. From here, it's an easy 22km drive to Sesriem, the gateway into Sossusvlei.

"A really nice lodge with staff who really did to seem to care about their guests"

Dr CB & Dr MBfromTring

Arrived 23 Sep 2019, 2 nights

Hoodia Desert Lodge's friendly staff offer attentive service and delicious food in a beautiful setting. The atmosphere of the lodge is tranquil, and it feels quite luxurious without being stuffy. So although it's not the closest lodge to the dunes, travellers looking for these particular attributes should find it an excellent and stylish base from which to explore the Sossusvlei area. See our full report on Hoodia Desert Lodge

97%
153 reviews of Hoodia Desert Lodge by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Guided walking safari

Helicopter

Hot air ballooning

Quad-biking

Hoodia Sossusvlei excursion
Day 7

Hoodia Sossusvlei excursion

Escape the crowds and experience the iconic and beautiful Namib Sand Sea with an experienced guide from Hoodia Desert Lodge. The approach is personal and the guiding knowledgeable, making your introduction to the highlights of the Namib-Naukluft National Park, including Sesriem Canyon and the famous pans of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, both interesting and unhurried. Read all about Hoodia excursion

Rostock Ritz
Day 8

Rostock Ritz

1 night
Bed & BreakfastNamib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

Most frequently accessed by road on a self-drive itinerary, Rostock Ritz is around 240km from Windhoek or Swakopmund, and 120km from Sesriem. This quirkily designed lodge offers simple accommodation in an attractive setting with sweeping views of expansive gravel plains and the Rostock Mountains.

Rostock Ritz

Most frequently accessed by road on a self-drive itinerary, Rostock Ritz is around 240km from Windhoek or Swakopmund, and 120km from Sesriem. This quirkily designed lodge offers simple accommodation in an attractive setting with sweeping views of expansive gravel plains and the Rostock Mountains.

"These rooms were unique in their geodesic design."

Ms MfromColorado

Arrived 5 Aug 2019, 1 night

Whether you decide to stop for lunch or stay the night, Rostock Ritz Desert Lodge is a convenient place to break the journey between Swakopmund and Sesriem. It offers the opportunity to relax surrounded by superb scenery, with unique accommodation and friendly service. A stay at Rostock would also fit very well into a relatively slow trip around Namibia, with an accent on walking. See our full report on Rostock Ritz

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40 reviews of Rostock Ritz by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Guided walking safari

Self-guided walking

Spitzkoppen Lodge
Days 9-11

Spitzkoppen Lodge

2 nights
Half BoardDamaraland, Namibia

At last, travellers can explore the majesty of the Spitzkoppe massif from a comfortable, attractive lodge in a dramatic setting. Strung out among the boulders at the foot of the mountain, Spitzkoppen Lodge is almost dwarfed by the surrounding grandeur.

Spitzkoppen Lodge

At last, travellers can explore the majesty of the Spitzkoppe massif from a comfortable, attractive lodge in a dramatic setting. Strung out among the boulders at the foot of the mountain, Spitzkoppen Lodge is almost dwarfed by the surrounding grandeur.

Granite boulders smoothed over millennia gleam red in the evening sun, their nooks and crannies populated by busy rock hyrax. Deep in those crevices are hidden galleries of San rock art, hinting at the history of these ancient hills. And high above looms the lofty pinnacle that is Spitzkoppe itself.

Sensibly, the brains behind the lodge have kept their touch light, letting the setting speak for itself. High walkways weave over and around the rocks between the chalets and the hub of the lodge, with mountain views at almost every turn.

Light floods into the rooms and the central area from giant picture windows, with natural wood and soft fabrics adding to the sense of space. And the pool – set into a natural depression with magnificent views from the surrounding rocks – simply adds to the drama.

"The rooms are great and the view from each looks out over the mountains."

Mr & Mrs D.fromCambridge

Arrived 5 Sep 2019, 2 nights

Head out across the plains from your chalet and explore the private reserve in solitude, or join a guided walk or drive, perhaps taking in the Zebra Pool or a magnificent rock arch. Then return to herald the sunset, drink in hand, and reflect on the wonders of nature. See our full report on Spitzkoppen Lodge

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22 reviews of Spitzkoppen Lodge by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Cultural excursion

Guided walking safari

Self-guided walking

Mowani Mountain Camp
Days 11-13

Mowani Mountain Camp

2 nights
Half BoardDamaraland, Namibia

Situated in the heart of southern Damaraland, between Namibia's Ugab and the Huab rivers, the smart Mowani Mountain Camp commands a stunning location. Perched high on a rocky outcrop, the camp is nestled amongst large granite boulders and has superb views across gravel plains to the mountains beyond.

Mowani Mountain Camp

Situated in the heart of southern Damaraland, between Namibia's Ugab and the Huab rivers, the smart Mowani Mountain Camp commands a stunning location. Perched high on a rocky outcrop, the camp is nestled amongst large granite boulders and has superb views across gravel plains to the mountains beyond.

"Absolutely unique place."

Jane/Chrisfromcrolles

Arrived 24 Jun 2019, 2 nights

Mowani Mountain Camp's innovative, integrated design and comfortable rooms, along with its spectacular views, makes it a lovely base for a couple of nights in this area. Most visitors drive themselves here, giving them the flexibility to either drive around in their own vehicle, or be driven on a 4WD excursion by one of the camp's guides See our full report on Mowani Mountain Camp

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126 reviews of Mowani Mountain Camp by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Cultural excursion

Guided walking safari

Self-guided walking

Etendeka Walking Trail
Days 13-15

Etendeka Walking Trail

2 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesDamaraland, Namibia

Trekking on foot though the hills of the Grootberg Massive promises travellers a unique perspective on one of Namibia’s most remote and untouched wilderness areas. An expert guide will be on hand throughout the 3-4 day walking trail to point out the flora, fauna and geology of this harsh but surprisingly verdant and undeniably breathtaking landscape.

Etendeka Walking Trail

Trekking on foot though the hills of the Grootberg Massive promises travellers a unique perspective on one of Namibia’s most remote and untouched wilderness areas. An expert guide will be on hand throughout the 3-4 day walking trail to point out the flora, fauna and geology of this harsh but surprisingly verdant and undeniably breathtaking landscape.

"The highlight of one month trip! "

Dr L & FamilyfromDenmark

Arrived 3 Aug 2019, 2 nights

From what we know from its sister camp, Etendeka Mountain Camp, this experience should be unforgettable. We expect the walking to be a real challenge but quality guiding in the untouched Namibian wilderness promises to make the challenge worth it. We can’t wait to give the trail a go ourselves. See our full report on Etendeka Walking Trail

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1 reviews of Etendeka Walking Trail by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Fly-camping

Guided walking safari

Sleeping under the stars

Ongava Lodge
Days 15-18

Ongava Lodge

3 nights
Half BoardEtosha National Park, Namibia

Perched on the top of a small kopje (rocky outcrop), with stunning views of the plains below, Ongava Lodge was the original 'luxury game lodge' near Etosha. It stands on the private Ongava Game Reserve, which borders the southern side of Etosha National Park near the Andersson Gate, south of Okaukuejo.

Ongava Lodge

Perched on the top of a small kopje (rocky outcrop), with stunning views of the plains below, Ongava Lodge was the original 'luxury game lodge' near Etosha. It stands on the private Ongava Game Reserve, which borders the southern side of Etosha National Park near the Andersson Gate, south of Okaukuejo.

"Incredible! Loved everything, Great food. Amazing service, Didn't want to leave"

Ms S.fromSurrey

Arrived 22 Nov 2019, 2 nights

Ongava Lodge remains a luxurious place to stay as a base to explore Etosha National Park. Its far-reaching views, productive waterhole and photographic hide are just some of the highlights of a stay here. Moreover, its exclusive location on a large private reserve, with a well-established resident population of white and black rhino, and excellent general game viewing also make it a destination in its own right. Opportunities to do rhino tracking, walking safaris and night drives on the reserve are an added bonus! See our full report on Ongava Lodge

92%
144 reviews of Ongava Lodge by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Guided walking safari

Night drive

Mundulea Reserve
Days 18-21

Mundulea Reserve

3 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesCentral Highlands, Namibia

Mundulea is unique: personal, quirky and very intimate, it offers the chance to explore Namibia’s natural world on foot. For those who seek not merely to see, but to understand, Mundulea should be top of the list.

Mundulea Reserve

Mundulea is unique: personal, quirky and very intimate, it offers the chance to explore Namibia’s natural world on foot. For those who seek not merely to see, but to understand, Mundulea should be top of the list.

The reserve was created through the dedication and passion of owners Bruno and Kate Nebe, who set about re-wilding this area of the Otavi Mountains at the turn of the millennium. One of Namibia’s top guides, with an encyclopedic knowledge and seemingly infinite curiosity, Bruno has re-introduced most of the wildlife that is naturally found in the region, protecting Namibian rarities such as black-faced impala and the heavily endangered pangolin.

Visitors at Mundulea explore on the animals’ terms, for this is no ordinary safari. Yes, there are hides, strategically placed so you can sit and watch animals as they come to drink, but for the most part you will be out there on foot, glimpsing giraffes through the trees, coming across zebra in a clearing, or perhaps listening to the stampeding hooves of eland at dusk.

"We were so glad we added three nights at Mundulea to our trip"

P & B,fromUK

Arrived 17 Sep 2019, 3 nights

There are forests to negotiate, hills to climb, and even caves – though only the very brave will do more than look into these! Then return to the simple yet comfortable camp for good home cooking over an open fire, a spot of R&R – and some superb birdwatching. See our full report on Mundulea Reserve

99%
71 reviews of Mundulea Reserve by travellers since August 2007

Activities

Birdwatching

Guided walking safari

Ai Aiba Lodge
Day 21

Ai Aiba Lodge

1 night
Half BoardCentral Highlands, Namibia

Nestled at the foot of a granite kopje, Ai Aiba Lodge – sometimes marketed as 'Ai Aiba – The Rock Painting Lodge' – enjoys views of Namibia's Erongo Mountains. The lodge is in an area with a large concentration of Bushman rock art, some of it up to 2,000 years old and much of it in good condition.

Ai Aiba Lodge

Nestled at the foot of a granite kopje, Ai Aiba Lodge – sometimes marketed as 'Ai Aiba – The Rock Painting Lodge' – enjoys views of Namibia's Erongo Mountains. The lodge is in an area with a large concentration of Bushman rock art, some of it up to 2,000 years old and much of it in good condition.

"Stunning setting and various beautiful rock art paintings."

Mrs F.fromAylesbury

Arrived 27 Oct 2018, 1 night

We are tremendously excited to see Ai Aiba Lodge back on the map. This is another option in a less-visited area of Namibia with some superb examples of rock art and we cannot wait to visit again. We will keep this page up-to-date with any new information we receive and look forward to giving our full report once we have visited. See our full report on Ai Aiba Lodge

89%
9 reviews of Ai Aiba Lodge by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Cultural excursion

Guided walking safari

Self-guided walking

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Day 22

Drop-off car: Windhoek International Airport

12:00
Windhoek International AirportNamibia

After many miles together it's time to hand in the keys to your vehicle back at the airport where you began.

Day 22

Ends: Windhoek International Airport

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