Eland Self-drive Safari

Eland Self-drive: In full

This extensive and excellent value self-drive trip spends 20 days on safari, taking in the varied highlights of both northern and southern Namibia. Relish the freedom of Namibia's endless landscapes along often empty roads as you discover the scale of Fish River Canyon, the enthralling history of Lüderitz, the spectacular dune-fields of the Namib Desert, coastal fun in Swakopmund, the hidden treasures of Damaraland and plentiful wildlife in Etosha National Park.


Day 1

1 night at Haus Sonneneck (bed & breakfast) | Windhoek, Namibia

Situated a short drive from the centre of Windhoek, Haus Sonneneck…On arrival at Windhoek Airport, collect your hire car and get your first feel for Namibia's vast landscapes on the 45 minute drive into Windhoek city. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure; strolling around the capital, investigating the shops and craft stalls, and enjoying the inviting gardens and welcoming atmosphere at Haus Sonneneck.

Day 2

1 night at Central Lodge (bed & breakfast) | Southern Namibia, Namibia

Central Lodge is situated in the heart of Keetmanshoop...Set off early as it's a long drive south, mostly on straight tarmac roads, to reach the town of Keetmanshoop. You'll travel through sprawling shrub savannah of the Southern Kalahari, dotted with occasional rural settlements of the local Nama people. Close to Keetmanshoop lies the fascinating Quiver Tree Forest and Giant's Playground which you can visit in your hire car, based from the simple yet charming Central Lodge.

Days 3-4

2 nights at Canyon Roadhouse (bed & breakfast) | Fish River Canyon, Namibia

Canon Roadhouse is located 25km from Fish River Canyon...Navigate your way through spectacular mountain scenery and desert steppes on the road to Fish River Canyon. Here you spend two nights to the east of the canyon, within the attractive Gondwana Cañon Park and a short drive from the main canyon viewpoint. The canyon itself is immense - look across at the magnificent cliffs and then half a kilometre down to where the ephemeral Fish River flows. The surrounding area is easy to explore on foot and in your hire car whilst staying at the comfortable Canon Roadhouse.

Days 5-6

2 nights at Nest Hotel (bed & breakfast) | Luderitz, Namibia

The Nest Hotel is found in Luderitz...Today your route takes you north and west to meet the Atlantic Ocean beside the historic and quaint town of Lüderitz. Endless desert countryside gives way to coastal dunes and a rocky shoreline on which this sleepy remote town is built. There's plenty to explore independently; take a drive to Diaz Point, visit some of the town's historic buildings and discover the eerie ghost town of Kolmanskop. Plus, you may like to join one of the guided trips available such as sailing to see the African penguin colony on Halifax Island. Marine birds and occasionally dolphins can also be seen from your superb seaside location at the Nest Hotel.

Day 7

1 night at Hotel Helmeringhausen (half board) | Southern Namibia, Namibia

The quirky Helmeringhausen Hotel lies in the very small town of the same name.Heading inland and north of Lüderitz you traverse some of Namibia's most stunning and least populated desert landscapes as you skirt the southern reaches of the Namib-Naukluft Park. This remarkable area is home to large family owned sheep farms, a number of which welcome travellers to experience their way of life by providing guest farm accommodation. Today you will overnight at the homely and hospitable Hotel Helmeringhausen.

Days 8-9

2 nights at Desert Homestead (half board) | Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

Desert Homestead is situated in a stunning location...Beautiful desert scenery continues to unfold before you as you drive north along rural roads to the heart of the Namib-Naukluft Park. Three nights here provides a wonderful opportunity to explore the area in your hired vehicle, or join activities with a lodge guide if preferred. An early rise to visit the towering apricot dunes of Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei is an unforgettable highlight; venture into the cool depths of Sesriem Canyon; and spend a day hiking through the contrasting lush ravines, streams and waterfalls within the Naukluft Mountains. Each night the barking geckos will lull you into a comfortable sleep whilst staying at Desert Homestead.

Days 10-11

2 nights at Beach Lodge (bed & breakfast) | Swakopmund & Walvis Bay, Namibia

Welcome to the Beach Lodge.Dunes, mountains, canyons and vast desert plains all feature in the long but interesting drive to meet the Atlantic Coast at the port town of Walvis Bay. From here you head up the coast to Swakopmund, where colonial charm, great shops and restaurants, museums, galleries and an attractive waterfront combine into Namibia's premier seaside resort. You won't have a shortage of things to see and do during your two nights here. Try kayaking, a boat cruise, sand-boarding, or a superb day-trip to Sandwich Harbour - to name just a few options. Beach walks are also lovely from your sea front setting at Beach Lodge.

Days 12-13

2 nights at Camp Kipwe (half board) | Damaraland, Namibia

Camp Kipwe blends into the rocky landscape…It's a varied drive today to reach Damaraland, starting up the Skeleton Coast and then inland through communal farmland to a region of breathtaking plateaus, granite outcrops and river valleys. Nomadic Bushmen once roamed this countryside; leaving their mark in the form of rock engravings dotted around the sandstone slopes of Twyfelfontein. Visit this heritage site, plus the geological formations of Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes easily in your hire car. An optional guided 4WD nature drive along the ephemeral river valley, where you may be lucky enough to see desert adapted elephant if they are in the area, is another memorable way to spend your two nights at the uniquely designed Camp Kipwe.

Days 14-15

2 nights at Okaukuejo Camp (bed & breakfast) | Etosha National Park, Namibia

Okaukuejo Camp is found inside the Etosha National Park.It's time for the serious game viewing to begin as you journey into Etosha National Park. This enormous wildlife reserve, now spanning 22,270km², was first declared in 1907. In its centre, the expansive silvery-white Etosha Pan is one of Africa's most dramatic backdrops for game-viewing. Drive around at your own pace, stopping to watch and photograph. In the evenings, observe more animals interacting as they come to drink at the floodlit waterhole beside Okaukuejo Camp.

Days 16-17

2 nights at Halali Camp (bed & breakfast) | Etosha National Park, Namibia

Halali Camp is a good central base from where to explore Etosha National Park.Meander slowly eastwards through the park, following a network of sandy roads and stopping off at waterholes and game sightings along the way. Your destination is the middle of Etosha National Park where you will stay two nights to enjoy more exciting game drives from your base at Halali Camp.

Days 18-19

2 nights at Okonjima Plains Camp (half board) | Okonjima Nature Reserve , Namibia

Okonjima Plains Camp is located in large private nature reserve, which...Spend much of the morning game driving in Etosha before exiting the park and heading south into the Central Highlands. Here, a private farm has transformed into a wildlife reserve which is also home to the AfriCat Foundation. Research and rehabilitation of Namibia's predators, such as leopard, cheetah and spotted hyena, is the focus here. Joining an optional guided activity to learn about the foundations dedicated work and to hopefully see some of the magnificent predators up close is a great highlight to conclude your safari adventure. You may also see nocturnal animals such as porcupine at the night-hide during your overnight stay in one of the original 'garden rooms' at Okonjima Main Camp.

Day 20

Drive back to Windhoek Airport, perhaps stopping at Okahandja or Windhoek craft market for any last-minute curios. Arrive at the airport in good time to drop off your rental car and to connect with your onward arrangements.

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