Rock Hare Self-drive Safari

Rock Hare self drive: In full

This extensive 21-day self-drive trip ranges from the iconic dunes of Sossusvlei, through the town of Swakopmund and on to Namibia's more wildlife-rich areas of Damaraland and Etosha National Park. Continuing along the Caprivi Strip, you’ll explore Botswana’s Okavango Panhandle and Chobe National Park before your final destination in Zimbabwe: the Victoria Falls.


Day 1

1 night at Villa Violet (bed & breakfast) | Windhoek, Namibia

Villa Violet is situated only a few minutes' drive from the city's central business district...On arrival into Windhoek Airport, collect your hire car then drive about 45 minutes into the city. Spend the rest of the day exploring the Namibian capital of Windhoek and relax in the peaceful setting at the welcoming Villa Violet, where you’ll spend your first night.

Days 2-3

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

Situated part way up a mountain...After breakfast, head south-west from Windhoek towards the Namib-Naukluft National Park and the Namib Desert’s famous dunes of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. This is a long but scenic drive and gives you a first taste of Namibia's wide open landscapes. During your two-night stay at Desert Homestead Outpost you will have the chance to explore not only the impressive sand dunes and pans found in this region, but also Sesriem Canyon. This makes a superb start to any Namibian safari.

Days 4-5

2 nights at Cornerstone Guesthouse (bed & breakfast) | Swakopmund & Walvis Bay, Namibia

The Cornerstone Guesthouse is situated in Swakopmund near the town-centre…After breakfast, it is around a 5–6 hour drive across the Namib Desert and a few mountain passes to the coastal town of Swakopmund. This small, Germanic town surrounded by sand dunes feels as though it has been dropped into the middle of the desert. Stay two nights at the small owner-run Cornerstone Guesthouse, giving you time to explore the town or to sign up for an activity such as kayaking with seals, or a visit to Sandwich Harbour.

Days 6-7

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

Camp Kipwe blends into the rocky landscape…Today, travel north from Swakopmund along the coastal salt road, perhaps dropping in to Cape Cross Seal Reserve, one the largest Cape fur seal colonies in the world. Then head inland to Damaraland, inhabited for millennia by nomadic Bushmen. Many have left their mark in the form of ancient engravings in sandstone outcrops, the most famous of which is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein.
Stay two nights at Camp Kipwe, from where you can book onto a guided nature drive in search of elephants and other desert-adapted wildlife.

Days 8-9

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

Ongava Lodge is located in a private reserve bordering Etosha National Park...Head north-east towards Namibia's premier wildlife- viewing destination, Etosha National Park, where you’ll stay for two nights at Ongava Lodge on the private Ongava Game Reserve. Adjacent to Etosha, and even sharing a fence, the reserve is the focus of guided game drives and walking safaris from the lodge, with – weather permitting – night drives also possible. It’s also very easy to head into Etosha from here, either by driving yourself or on a guided excursion with the lodge.

Days 10-11

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

The main area at Mushara Outpost has been built in the style of an old farmhouse...From the Ongava Reserve, drive into Etosha through the Andersson Gate, meandering east along the network of sand or gravel roads to the Von Lindequist Gate. The day works best as a full-day game drive, stopping at waterholes along the way and looking out for wildlife, from zebra and springbok to elephant and attendant predators.
Stay for two nights just outside the Von Lindequist Gate at the stylish Mushara Outpost, which is perfectly situated to drive yourself back into the park or to go on an excursion with the lodge.

Day 12

1 night at Hakusembe River Lodge (half board) | Caprivi Strip, Namibia

Today you will experience a dramatic change in the landscape as you head from Namibia's relatively dry interior to the start of the more fertile Caprivi Strip, or Zambezi Region. Drive on good tarmac roads from Mushara to the town of Rundu, where you’ll stay for a night at Hakusembe Lodge, on the banks of the bird-rich Kavango River. This makes a good overnight stop before embarking along the Caprivi Strip 'proper' the following day.

Days 13-14

2 nights at Nxamaseri Lodge (full board & activities) | North-west Kalahari & Panhandle, Botswana

Nxamaseri Lodge is a delightful island getaway in a shallow water Delta environment.Drive east to the town of Divundu and then south into Botswana across the Mohembo border. From here it’s a drive of at least an hour along a sometimes pot-holed road to Nxamaseri Village, where you swap your vehicle for a boat transfer to Nxamaseri Lodge.
Spend two nights here, exploring the picturesque waterways that make up the Okavango Delta Panhandle, birdwatching, fishing and discovering the Delta's aquatic flora and fauna from your island hideaway.

Day 15

1 night at Shametu River Lodge (half board) | Caprivi Strip, Namibia

Shametu River Lodge is located on the banks of the Kavango River.After being transferred back to your vehicle, head north again, back into Namibia. Spend a night on the banks of the Kavango River at Shametu River Lodge, just outside Divundu. During the afternoon there are sundowner cruises, fishing trips and mokoro excursions from the lodge, or game drives into the little-visited Mahango and Bwabwata national parks – which can offer great birding in the rainy season, and big game including buffalo and elephant later in the year.

Days 16-17

2 nights at Kazile Island Lodge (half board) | Caprivi Strip, Namibia

Kazile Island Lodge is located on its own private island...Today you’ll drive further east along the Caprivi Strip, mostly through the Bwabwata National Park; keep a look out for game at the side of the road or crossing in front of you. After the town of Kongola, drive on to Kazile Campsite, where you will leave your vehicle and take a short boat ride to Kazile Island Lodge.
Situated on a private island on the Kwando River, the camp is perfect for exploring this remote corner by game-drive vehicle or boat. Keep a careful look out for sitatunga in the reeds, as well as the occasional predator.

Day 18

1 night at Garden Lodge (half board) | Chobe National Park, Botswana

Garden Lodge a great stop for self-drive travellers wishing to visit Chobe & Victoria Falls.Continuing east you will cross the Ngoma border back into Botswana. Drive through Chobe National Park, which is famous for its concentrations of elephant, and features well over 400 bird species, to the town of Kasane on the Chobe River. Drop off your vehicle at the car hire office, where you will be met and transferred to Garden Lodge. In the afternoon, you could head out by boat or on a game drive to explore Chobe National Park with a guide.

Days 19-20

2 nights at Batonka Guest Lodge (bed & breakfast) | Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Batonka Guest Lodge is a charming small hotel in Victoria Falls town.This morning you will be transferred in a shared vehicle from Kasane to the Zimbabwean town of Victoria Falls, crossing the border at Kazungula.
Spend two nights in the quiet suburbs of Victoria Falls at Batonka Guest Lodge. The Victoria Falls themselves are just 20–30 minutes’ walk away, or a few minutes by taxi. Other activities in the area can be readily booked from the lodge, day and night.

Day 21

After breakfast and depending on your flight times, enjoy a last leisurely morning before being transferred to Victoria Falls Airport to continue with your onward arrangements.

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