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Hartebeest Self-drive Safari

This self-drive safari focuses on the best cultural experiences in Namibia. Visit a Himba village and enjoy three days living with the San Bushmen interspersed with some excellent wildlife watching.

Hartebeest Self-drive Safari: Summary

Hartebeest Self-drive in a nutshell

After your first night in Windhoek, the bald granite peaks of Damaraland's Spitzkoppe Mountains await. Scenic hiking trails, cycling routes and ancient San rock art are waiting to be discovered from Spitzkoppen Lodge.

Turning north your next stop is the remote Ozondjou Trails. From here a guide from NGO Elephant-Human Relations Aid (EHRA) will take you meet the local community and explain how they're working to mitigate human wildlife conflict in the region. You'll also spend a full day with an EHRA guide in search of desert-adapted elephants that roam here.

Next up is a privileged and authentic cultural encounter at Khowarib. Wearing bright red ochre on their skin, the Himba are a fascinating tribe. Visiting them with a guide, you'll have the chance to learn a little about their nomadic lifestyle in the harsh conditions of Namibia's north-west.

Leaving Damaraland behind, the focus shifts from Namibia's people to its wildlife. The Etosha Heights and Onguma reserves offer some superb sightings in their own right and a full day driving across the iconic Etosha National Park to get from one to the other is a real bonus.

Having had your fill of wildlife, it is time to visit another, very different area and tribe, the San Bushmen of the Kalahari. Spend three days living in a San village where you'll do everything they do, be it foraging, hunting or bead making - rest assured whatever you do it will be a transformative and enlightening experience giving you a rare insight into one of the oldest cultures on earth.

Your final stop en route is Ghaub Guest Farm where you can choose to relax or perhaps enjoy a visit to one of the local attractions such as the Dragon's Breath Cave or the Hoba meteorite.

At a glance

Starts: Windhoek International Airport
1 night Villa Violet - Windhoek, Namibia Bed & Breakfast
2 nights Spitzkoppen Lodge - Damaraland, Namibia Half Board
2 nights Ozondjou Trails - Damaraland, Namibia Full Board & Activities
2 nights Khowarib Lodge - Damaraland, Namibia Half Board
2 nights Mountain Lodge - Etosha National Park, Namibia Half Board
2 nights Onguma Bush Camp - Etosha National Park, Namibia Half Board
3 nights Nhoma Camp - Bushmanland, Namibia Full Board & Activities
1 night Ghaub Guest Farm - Central Highlands, Namibia Half Board
1 night Villa Violet - Windhoek, Namibia Bed & Breakfast
Ends: Windhoek International Airport

Villa Violet

Day 1

Villa Violet is a small guesthouse run by helpful owners, Ben and Heidi Dassac. Situated in the suburb of Klein Windhoek, just a five-minute drive from the city's central business district, it's a convenient and comfortable base for an overnight stay in Windhoek at the start or end of a holiday in Namibia.

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Spitzkoppen Lodge

Days 2-4

Opened in November 2016, Spitzkoppen Lodge (widely known as Spitzkoppe Lodge) is located at the foot of the spectacular Spitzkoppe Mountain, sometimes referred to as the “Matterhorn of Namibia”. The lodge is set in its own small reserve, between Usakos and Swakopmund, offering access to a remote and less often visited part of Namibia that was previously accessible only to campers or on day trips.

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Ozondjou Trails

Days 4-6

Opened in September 2016 Ozondjou Trails is a tented camp, overlooking Namibia’s Ugab River. Ozondjou is derived from a Herero word meaning elephant, which is an apt name for a property located close to the Elephant Human Relations Aid (EHRA) base camp. Staying here not only affords a good chance of spotting the areas desert-adapted pachyderms but also benefits them by supporting both EHRA projects and local farmers.

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Khowarib Lodge

Days 6-8

Khowarib Lodge is nestled on the banks of the Hoanib River where it runs through the dramatic Khowarib Gorge in north-west Namibia. Rustic yet comfortable, the lodge is well situated for travellers who want to explore this spectacularly remote corner of the country.

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Mountain Lodge

Days 8-10

The newest addition on the Etosha Heights Reserve, Mountain Lodge, also marketed as Etosha Mountain Lodge it opened to travellers in March 2018. On the southern boundary of Namibia’s Etosha National Park this private reserve covers 600 km2, within this the lodge will be situated on the side of a dolomite hill offering views of the surrounding bush.

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Onguma Bush Camp

Days 10-12

Bordering Fischer's Pan, on the eastern side of Etosha National Park, the private Onguma Game Reserve covers 34km2. The comfortable Onguma Bush Camp makes a good base from which to explore the eastern side of the national park, being only 9km from the Von Lindquist entrance gate.

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Nhoma Camp

Days 12-15

Nhoma Camp is a small tented camp in a remote area of the north-east Kalahari known as Bushmanland which takes its name from the nearby village of //Nhoq'ma. The camp is run by Arno and Estelle Oosthuysen who have worked with and to the benefit of the Bushmen in this area for many years.

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Ghaub Guest Farm

Day 15

Situated in the heart of the Otavi Mountains, the 11,800 hectare Ghaub Guest Farm was a mission station from 1895 to 1968. It was then renovated and turned into a guest farm which opened in 1999. The ten spacious rooms and main buildings have retained much of their historical character. The farm changed hands in 2007, but the new owners have kept the style of the rooms and buildings the same, simply sprucing them up with a lick of paint and a few new pieces of furniture.

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Villa Violet

Day 16

Villa Violet is a small guesthouse run by helpful owners, Ben and Heidi Dassac. Situated in the suburb of Klein Windhoek, just a five-minute drive from the city's central business district, it's a convenient and comfortable base for an overnight stay in Windhoek at the start or end of a holiday in Namibia.

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Villa Violet

Villa Violet

Windhoek, Namibia

Spitzkoppen Lodge

Spitzkoppen Lodge

Damaraland, Namibia

Ozondjou Trails

Ozondjou Trails

Damaraland, Namibia

Khowarib Lodge

Khowarib Lodge

Damaraland, Namibia

Mountain Lodge

Mountain Lodge

Etosha National Park, Namibia

Onguma Bush Camp

Onguma Bush Camp

Etosha National Park, Namibia

Nhoma Camp

Nhoma Camp

Bushmanland, Namibia

Ghaub Guest Farm

Ghaub Guest Farm

Central Highlands, Namibia

Villa Violet

Villa Violet

Windhoek, Namibia

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Highlights

Our thoughts on five of the top experiences of this Hartebeest Self-drive Safari.

  • Visit ancient rock art on hiking trails around the Spitzkoppe
  • Track desert-adapted elephants with EHRA
  • Visit a traditional Himba village from Khowarib
  • Spot some of Namibia's most iconic species in Etosha
  • Spend three days learning about the Bushmen and their way of life

Activities

Some activities which can be included in the Hartebeest Self-drive Safari: talk to us about those which interest you.

  • 4WD Safari

  • Birdwatching

  • Cultural excursion

  • Guided walking safari

  • Night drive

  • Self-guided walking

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Key species to see on the Hartebeest Self-drive Safari

Based on our travellers' observations, we’ve estimated the likelihood of seeing these species during the Hartebeest Self-drive Safari. Click on the animals and our wildlife surveys page for more info.


Black Rhino

100% chance

Elephant

100% chance

Giraffe

100% chance

Oryx

100% chance

White Rhino

100% chance

Wildebeest

100% chance

Zebra

100% chance

Eland

94% chance

Sable antelope

86% chance

Lion

79% chance

Roan antelope

72% chance

Brown Hyena

56% chance

Leopard

43% chance

Wild dog

33% chance

Aardvark

17% chance

Cheetah

16% chance

Spotted Hyena

14% chance

Pangolin

0% chance

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