16 Day Self Drive Namib Explorer & Victoria Falls
Self Drive Namib Explorer & Victoria Falls
Windhoek – Central Namibia – Southern Namibia – Swakopmund – Damaraland – Etosha National Park – Central Namibia – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
16 Days / 15 Nights
Day 1: The Elegant Guesthouse, Windhoek
Windhoek is Namibia’s capital, home to an international airport and a plethora of restaurants, shops, entertainment venues and accommodation options. The city is clean, safe and well-organised, with a colonial legacy that is reflected in its many German eateries and shops, and the widespread use of the German language. Windhoek has an interesting mix of historical architecture and modern buildings, many of which are worth a look, including the Alte Feste (Old Fort), the 1896 Christuskirche (Christ Church), and the more contemporary Supreme Court.
Having arrived at the international airport, you collect your vehicle at the relevant car rental company kiosk and travel a short distance to Windhoek. Having checked into your guest house, enjoy the day at leisure or explore the city centre with its colonial-style buildings, street cafes and craft markets.
Overnight: The Elegant Guesthouse
Situated in the up-market residential area of Klein Windhoek, corner of “von Eckenbrecher – Ziegler Street” in Klein Windhoek, 5 minutes walk to Joe’s Beerhouse (Africa’s most famous Pub/Restaurant. This modern, up-market Guesthouse consists of 6 luxurious en-suite double rooms and a fully equipped boardroom. Guests can indulge in the contemporary flair and stylish surroundings of The Elegant Guesthouse.
Day 2-4: Camelthorn Chalets , Central Namibia
The central Namibian highlands are much cooler and less harsh than the arid lowlands that make up the majority of the country. This is great cattle ranching country and most tourism facilities have their origins in cattle and more recently game ranching.
In the morning you travel into the largest sand mass on earth, the Kalahari Desert. The bushman refer to it as the “Soul of the World”, an emotive description for this area! With its deep red sand dunes and endless grass plains interspersed with acacia’s and shrubs, it is the only form of survival for a vast amount of specially adapted wildlife such as oryx, springbok and ostrich. Enjoy the opportunity to experience the fauna and flora that has survived this desert environment for thousands of years on a optional guided nature drive in the late afternoon, ending the day with a sun downer drink on one of the dunes. On the following day you will take part in a walk guide by a bushman, taking you over the dunes of the Kalahari.
Overnight: Camelthorn Chalets
Near Brakwater, and only 10 minutes away from Windhoek, you will find this conveniently located country guesthouse on a little 25 Ha farm called Eddahof. One of the main attractions here is the several thousand years old Camelthorn trees. The oldest and most remarkable one is over 2500 years old. You can relax in the peaceful atmosphere, cool off in the refreshing pool or simply relax on your own terrace and enjoy the birdlife and the feeling of nature around you. There are 5 tastefully furnished chalets to choose from, each with its own en-suite bathroom.
- Walk with the Khoi-San people
- Half Board
Day 4-6: Moon Mountain Lodge, Southern Namibia
Southern Namibia offers a harsh but beautiful environment, from the Orange River up to the Central Namibian highlands and between two deserts Southern Namibia is epitomised by vast, slowly changing landscapes.
This morning you travel via endless plains and along striking mountain ranges into the Namib Desert. Your lodge is situated near the gate to two of Namibia’s most celebrated attractions: Sossusvlei, with some of the highest dunes on Earth, and Sesriem Canyon. Both are visited the next day.
Before sunrise you travel to the gate of the Namib Naukluft Park. The best time to experience the Sossusvlei area is at sunrise when the light paints the dunes and desert palette into deep red, apricot and purple – this part of the day is also the most forgiving, as you are not exposed to the hot afternoon sun when clambering one of the mighty dunes. From Sossusvlei visit Dead Vlei, a surreal white clay pan surrounded by monumental dunes and dotted with age-old Camelthorn trees. Travelling back, visit the Sesriem Canyon, an 18 million year old gorge eroded into the conglomerate floor. Having returned to your lodge, cool off in the sparkling pool or take a refreshing drink while overlooking the desert plains.
Overnight: Moon Mountain Lodge
Moon Mountain Lodge is an ultra-luxury tented lodge ideally located at the foot of the Naukluft Mountains. The rooms are large and airy and offer all the comforts of a luxury hotel room with infinite views from your bed or private splash pool. Moon Mountain Lodge is 56km from Sesriem the gateway to the world’s highest dunes in Sossusvlei and close to the quaint little village of Solitaire.
- Sossusvlei Excursion & Property activities
- Mountain Drive Included
Sossusvlei Excursion & Property activities
- Activities offered at the establishment:
- Sossusvlei Excursion (Incl: vehicle, guide, entrance fee and on board refreshments)
- Mountain Sunset Drives (Incl: vehicle, guide, on board refreshments)
- Hiking Trails are safe and un-guided
- Longer Day-hikes are possible but must be arranged in advance
(No age restriction on above activities, children must be under parents supervision)
- The Sossusvlei Excursion will depart 1 hour before sunrise to allow enough time to reach the Sesriem entrance gate.
- Mountain Sunset Drive will also depart 1 hour before sunset.
- Hiking on the property can be done at any time of the day and at own leisure.
- Half Board
Day 6-8: The Stiltz Hotel, Swakopmund
Founded in 1892 as the main harbour for German South West Africa, Swakopmund is often described as being more German than Germany. Now a seaside resort, Swakopmund is the capital of the Skeleton Coast tourism area and has plenty to keep visitors happy. The quirky mix of German and Namibian influences, colonial-era buildings and the cool sea breeze make it very popular.
Today you travel via the Namib Naukluft Park to Swakopmund, a tranquil coastal town situated between the Namib Desert and the Atlantic Ocean. Visit the Welwitschia plains and the aptly named Moonlandscape (permit required), two of the attractions during this scenic drive. In Swakopmund, you will have the option of participating in some of the adventurous activities on offer. These could include scenic flights, dolphin cruises, quad biking, parasailing, dune boarding and parachuting.
Overnight: The Stiltz Hotel
This new accomodation is unique in every aspect. It offers the most spectacular views in Swakopmund overlooking either the Atlantic Ocean, the river-bed or the sand dunes and the bird rich lagoon at the river mouth. If that does not take your breath away, the architecture of these wooden bungalows built on stilts will. Each private bungalow has been attended to in the finest detail, interlinked by wooden walkways to the others and to the main dining bungalow. You will feel in a different space, yet you are only minutes away from the charming town centre with plentiful restaurants, loads of activities and all the amenities you could wish for… That is if you really feel like leaving your bungalow!
- Bed & Breakfast
Day 8: Vingerklip Lodge, Damaraland
Huge, untamed and ruggedly beautiful Damaraland is an exceptionally scenic landscape of open plains and spectacular rock formations. The major attractions are Spitzkoppe, the Brandberg, Twyfelfontein, Vingerklip and the Petrified Forest.
On your way to the Damaraland you can visit large lichen fields. You travel into Damaraland past Namibia’s highest mountain, the majestic Brandberg Mountain, which reminds of the volcanic era millions of years ago. Your lodge for the following night is situated near the Vingerklip, and you can enjoy the cooler part of the afternoon at a sun downer spot that overlooks the surrounding plains.
Overnight: Vingerklip Lodge
Vingerklip Lodge nestles in a valley, near the rock formation from which it derives it’s name. The 35m high pillar of sedimentary rock, the Vingerklip, (Finger Rock) is one of the most impressive rock formations in Namibia. It stands proudly above a valley, known as the Ugab terraces, mid-way between the Etosha National Park and Swakopmund in the heart of Damaraland. This is an excellent base to explore the many attractions of Damaraland, a vast beautiful wilderness in north-west Namibia. At Vingerklip Lodge there are 22 well-appointed, thatched bungalows, spread out along a hillside, including 1 luxury unit with a small kitchen. 11 of the 22 bungalows are suitable for family-style holidays, with loft accommodation for two children. They each have en-suite bathrooms, a fan, mosquito nets and an in-room safe. The sheltered sundowner veranda has breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside and is an ideal spot to watch the magnificent Namibian sun set.
- Half Board
Day 9-12: Eagle Tented Lodge & Spa, Etosha National Park
Etosha National Park
The Etosha National Park is Namibia’s premiere game viewing experience, situated in the northwest of Namibia and is an area well known for its wildlife. Vegetation ranges from dense bush to open plains attracting a diversity of wildlife. In the heart of the Park is The Etosha Pan – a shallow depression that covers an area of 5000sq kilometres. Dry and shimmering for most of the year, the pans fill up with water after good rains to a depth which is seldom deeper than 1m. In the dry season wildlife is attracted to perennial springs and waterholes that makes for excellent game viewing.
Within the park are three large public rest camps catering for the more budget orientated traveller. There are several smaller establishments on the outskirts of the park on private land offering a more intimate and comprehensive experience. All of these establishments offer excellent value for money.
After a relaxed breakfast, travel north to one of the most famed National Parks in Africa, where you will spend the next three nights. Your lodge is situated on a hill with a magnificent view over the Mopane landscape.
You have the entire two days available for extensive game viewing experiences. The Etosha National Park surrounds a parched salt desert known as the Etosha Pan, and is home to 4 of the Big Five – elephant, lion, leopard and rhino. The park’s waterholes support a diversity of mammals and birds, including species such as black-faced impala, cheetah, and Namibia’s smallest antelope, the Damara dik-dik. Shortly before sunset you travel back to your lodge.
Overnight: Eagle Tented Lodge & Spa
At Eagle Tented Lodge you stay closer to nature in authentic Safari Tents without compromising on any of the comfort or luxury of a room.
This unique lodge, hosting sixteen comfortable tents (eight Hemingway Safari Tents and eight larger Family Tents) in the hills, offers you unforgettable stay close to nature! The tents offer an amazing view over the Epacha Private Game Reserve and since the lodge is situated nearby Etosha National Park, it is the perfect hub to discover this great national Park.
Apart from a visit to Etosha National Park, we also offer 4×4 Day & Nights Drives on our own Epacha Private Game Reserve! After a long adventurous day, you can enjoy a relaxing massage at Eagle Lodge or one of our other spa treatments at Epacha Lodge
- Included Spa Treatment
- Full Day Etosha Game drive x 2
- Half Board
Day 12-14: The Elegant Farmstead, Central Namibia
In the morning you travel back south into the vicinity of Windhoek, where your guest farm is situated next to a dry riverbed and within the majestic Otjihavera Mountain range. The remainder of the day is spent at leisure along the sparkling pool or the viewing deck. The following day you have the option of exploring the rich diversity of game species on an open-vehicle drive or a scenic walk. In the afternoon enjoy a sundowner drive on the lodge property.
Overnight: The Elegant Farmstead
The Elegant Farmstead offers accommodation in 11 tastefully furnished rooms with en-suite bathrooms. This unique combination of old and new is tucked away in a beautiful garden with lush plants and trees. Just beyond stretches the vast African bush with an abundance of wildlife.
The Elegant Farmstead also offers a large variety of wildlife and plenty of birds on the 2500 hectare farm. Springbok, Eland, Waterbuck, Giraffe, Kudu, Hartebeest, Blesbok, Duiker, Steenbok, Warthog, Ostrich and Jackal roam freely amongst the breath-taking setting of mountains, dry river beds, and open plains. Take pleasure in a game drive or view the game from the tranquil wooden deck. Various hiking trails along dry river beds and over open plains can be explored on your own.
- Included Sundowner drive on the lodge property
- Bed & Breakfast
Day 14-16: Batonka Guest Lodge, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
After a hearty breakfast you travel back to Windhoek or the international airport, where you catch your scheduled flight ( own expense) to Victoria Falls. Transfer to Batonka Guest Lodge in Victoria Falls and spend the next few days entertaining yourself with the plethora of activities available in this vibrant town- and of course seeing the mighty Victoria Falls.
Resting on the southern banks of the Zambezi river at the western end of the eponymous falls, this popular tourist town is compact enough to walk around and makes an ideal base for travellers exploring the seventh wonder of the world, the unfathomably vast Victoria Falls. About two thirds of the falls can be viewed from the Zimbabwean side and, while the falls are undoubtedly the star attraction, the area provides both adventure seekers and sightseers with plenty of opportunities to warrant a longer stay. Popular activities include scenic flights over the falls in helicopters or micro lights, bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge, white-water rafting (seasonal), and day trips to Chobe National Park. The town itself offers some excellent accommodation and restaurant options as well as an eclectic variety of African curios and authentic art sold by friendly Zimbabwean locals who are wonderfully welcoming and eager to help you enjoy your stay.
Overnight: Batonka Guest Lodge
Just 2.2 kilometers from the Victoria Falls Rainforest entrance and 1km from the town centre, Batonka Guest Lodge is situated in the quiet residential suburb of Victoria Falls.
We offer 22 rooms, each with bathroom en suite and a balcony, all on ground level and overlooking a beautiful garden.Communal facilities include indoor and outdoor dining, a bar, a comfortable lounge, swimming pool and more.
- Bed & Breakfast