Gemsbok Self-drive Safari

Gemsbok Self-drive: In full

This self-drive safari includes 15 days in Namibia, travelling at a relaxed pace to allow time to explore some of Northern Namibia's less visited sites in greater detail. Enjoy the coastal town of Swakopmund, drive along the aptly-named Skeleton Coast, discover the vast and untamed wilderness of Northern Damaraland, and be captivated by wildlife antics in Etosha National Park.


Day 1

1 night at Olive Grove (bed & breakfast) | Windhoek, Namibia

Olive Grove is a stylish guest house in Windhoek's suburb of Eros.Collect your rental car at Windhoek Airport and make the easy 45-minute drive into the capital city of Windhoek. Although the modern architecture, shops and restaurants give this city a cosmopolitan feel, it also retains its African atmosphere with its many street markets and local cuisine. Whilst here, stay at a recommended guesthouse such as the Olive Grove.

Days 2-3

2 nights at The Stiltz (bed & breakfast) | Swakopmund & Walvis Bay, Namibia

Overlooking the Swakop River, The Stiltz is situated on the edge of the small town of Swakopmund.After breakfast, depart for Swakopmund, a friendly and fun town with a variety of things to see and do. We have included a magical full day trip to Sandwich Harbour with Turnstone Tours. For the adventurous, try sand-boarding in the coastal dunes or skydiving; or take a relaxed boat cruise around Walvis Bay harbour and visit the wonderful lagoon with its huge number of flamingos, pelicans and other water birds. Stay at the uniquely designed and comfortable The Stiltz.

Day 4

1 night at Terrace Bay (half board) | Skeleton Coast & Kaokoland, Namibia

Beaches here are vast and open with a chilly breeze.From Swakopmund, drive north up the haunting Skeleton Coast and make a stop at Cape Cross to see the enormous colony of Cape fur seals. This extraordinary coastline feels increasingly barren and remote as you leave civilisation behind. You'll drive for about six hours today, crossing into the Skeleton Coast National Park, before you finally reach the isolated and simple restcamp accommodation at Terrace Bay.

Days 5-6

2 nights at Etendeka Mountain Camp (full board & activities) | Damaraland, Namibia

Etendeka is located in a remote, barren but beautiful lanscape.Enjoy superb scenery throughout your drive into Northern Damaraland. Leave your hired vehicle at Palmwag and join a 4WD road transfer into the rugged terrain of Etendeka Concession. A local guide will treat you to memorable nature drives and walks in this breathtaking wilderness area – giving you a close look at its unique flora and fauna. The three nights here allow you to truly return to nature, staying in furnished tents with bucket showers at the eco-friendly Etendeka Mountain Camp.

Days 7-8

2 nights at Hobatere Lodge (half board) | Etosha National Park, Namibia

Hobatere Lodge is located outside the western gate to Etosha.You'll be transferred back to your hired vehicle this morning and continue on your self-drive adventure. Situated between Damaraland and Etosha, Hobatere is a great platform to visit western Etosha or their own concession with similar game densities. Professional guides lead walking safaris and drives (day and night).

Days 9-10

2 nights at Safarihoek Lodge (half board) | Etosha National Park, Namibia

None of our team have visited Safarihoek yet so we don't have our own images yet.This morning drive east from Hobatere Lodge towards the central part of Etosha National Park. Your next destination is the Etosha Heights Reserve which is a private reserve adjacent to Etosha and accessed by a combination of tar and gravel roads from your previous destination. The activities here focus on morning and afternoon 4x4 game drives within the reserve, but it is also possible to do night drives and bush walks if that appeals. Alternatively, soak up the surroundings of the reserve and keep out a look out for game as it wanders past, while relaxing in your chalet or at the main area.

Days 11-12

2 nights at Mushara Lodge (half board) | Etosha National Park, Namibia

Mushara Lodge is smart and welcoming.Enjoy another full day of game viewing as you drive across Etosha National Park to its eastern side. On your way, pass the vast Etosha Pan and varied habitats that attract different combinations of wildlife. Upon exiting the eastern gate it's a short way to your next lodge. These two nights provide an excellent base from which to discover eastern Etosha, whilst staying at the charming Mushara Lodge.

Days 13-14

2 nights at Erongo Wilderness Lodge (half board) | Central Highlands, Namibia

Erongo Wilderness Lodge sits amongst huge granite whalebacks and boulders in the Erongo Mountains.The drive today takes you through Namibia's Central Highlands to the base of the impressive Erongo Mountains. The surrounding granite outcrops are home to diverse birdlife, including some of Namibia's endemic species. It is a beautiful spot to explore the many walking trails on your own or with a local guide. Spend a final two nights in the relaxing surroundings of Erongo Wilderness Lodge. Guided walks are included in your stay here.

Day 15

Depart this morning in good time for the drive back to Windhoek Airport, perhaps stopping at Okahandja or Windhoek craft market for any last minute curios. Once at the airport, return your rental car and join up with your onward arrangements.

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