JENMAN African Safaris

Grand Landscapes of Namibia Self-Drive • 10 Days

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Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, is the perfect starting point for this exciting 10-day self-drive tour around the country. Experience the unspoiled beauty of this magnificent country, from the blazing red dunes of the Kalahari to the granite mountain backdrops. Along the route, you’ll come across charming colonial beach communities. See the picturesque colonial seaside towns that dot the route as well.

Tour Highlights of the Namibia Self-Drive tour

Windhoek

Windhoek is Namibia’s capital and home to an international airport as well as several restaurants, stores, entertainment venues, and accommodations. The city is clean, safe, and well-organized, with a colonial past evident in the many German cafés and shops, as well as the common usage of German. Windhoek features a remarkable blend of antique and modern architecture, including the Alte Feste (Old Fort), the 1896 Christuskirche (Christ Church), and the more contemporary Supreme Court.

Intu Afrika Kalahari Game Reserve

The 10,000-hectare Intu Afrika Kalahari Game Reserve, located just 250 kilometers from Namibia’s capital, offers a panorama of incomparable natural magnificence. Deep red and clay-colored dunes extend out into the distance, interspersed with meadows, bushes, and trees. The park is home to an assortment of animals, including black wildebeest, springbok, oryx, giraffe, and a sizable meerkat population. Visitors can learn about the traditional way of living by following a!Kung guide around the desert and learning survival tactics. Make sure to check out the village’s exquisite handmade items. Adrenaline junkies will enjoy hiking, 4×4 trips, and quad-biking.

Aus

The Succulent Karoo is emblematic of this region. Its peculiar climatic qualities distinguish it from all other deserts on the planet. Rainfall is consistent and predictable, falling largely in the winter, and extended droughts are uncommon. The botanical variety of the Succulent Karoo is unequaled by any other arid region on the planet, and it is the world’s only completely arid plant hotspot. This ecoregion is home to over 5,000 higher plant species, roughly 40% of which are endemic and 18% of which are threatened. It boasts the world’s richest succulent flora, including almost one-third of the world’s 10,000 succulent species. Another distinguishing aspect is the variety of small succulents (435 species) and geophytes (630 species). The ecoregion is also a hotspot for reptiles and many invertebrate taxa, particularly monkey beetles (Rutelinae: Hoplinii). To the north, the Namib Desert ecoregion is distinguished by extremely low and erratic summer rainfall (less than 50 mm per year) and relatively scant plant cover dominated by ephemerals. The Nama Karoo ecoregion lies to the east, a low open shrubland with fluctuating grass cover and highly variable rain that falls primarily in the late summer months.

Sossusvlei

The Sossusvlei area is fed by a river called the Tsauchab River – the dunes actually prevent the entire pathway of this river. The Tsauchab River only flows right through Sossusvlei every 5 to 10 years, making it a rare sight to see.The Sossusvlei dunes are about 60 km from the Sesriem gate which is about an hours drive. The distinctive red sand dunes of the Namib Desert can be found around Sossusvlei. The beautiful blue skies clash with with the massive red sand dunes, making this one of Africa’s natural wonders and a photographer’s paradise. Aside from the sights at Sossusvlei (Dune 45, Hiddenvlei, Big Daddy, and Deadvlei), other places of interest in the area include Sesriem Canyon and Namib-Naukluft National Park, where the Namib’s highlands meet its plains.

Swakopmund

Set along the spectacular Namibian coastline, the seaside town of Swakopmund is known for its wide open avenues, colonial architecture, and is surrounded by otherworldly desert terrain. 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 town, 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, adventure options, laidback atmosphere and cool sea breeze make it very popular Namibian destination. Visitors can look forward to a number of exciting activities including: quad biking, horse riding, paragliding, fishing, sightseeing and fascinating desert tours.

Accommodation

Day 1

Olive Grove Guesthouse (or similar)
Namibia

Day 2

Zebra Kalahari Lodge & Spa (or similar)
Intu Afrika Kalahari Game Reserve

Days 3 & 4

Klein-Aus Vista Desert Horse Inn (or similar)
Aus

Day 5

Namib Desert Lodge Gondwana Collection Namibia (or similar)
Sossusvlei

Day 6

Namib Dune Star Camp Gondwana Collection Namibia (or similar)
Sossusvlei

Days 7 & 8

Strand Hotel Swakopmund (or similar)
Swakopmund

Day 9

The Weinberg Windhoek (or similar)
Windhoek

Included

  • Avis Car Hire, group K (Toyota RAV 4X2 or similar) for 10 days : Including Collision Damage Waiver, Theft Loss Waiver, Unlimited Kilometres, Claim Admin Fee, Tourism Levy, VAT, Sandblasting Damage, Personal Accident Insurance, 1 x Additional Driver, Third Party Liability Insurance, Windscreen Damage Waiver, Tyre Damage Waiver, General Liability Insurance, Location Surcharge, Undercarriage Damage***, Rim and Hubcap Damage,
    Young Driver Surcharge.
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary or of similar standard (9 nights on bed and breakfast basis)

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Pre and post tour accommodation
  • Optional activities
  • All drinks
  • Personal expenses such as gratuities, telephone calls, curios etc.
  • Car rental: Fuel, Refundable Rental Deposit, Environment Contract Fee, One Way Drop Off, Charges & Equipment Charges, Delivery & Collection Fees, Traffic Fine Administration Fee, Child Safety Seats, GPS Navigation, Additional Spare Tyre Rental And Deposit

Pre-Tour Information

Transport

This Namibia self-drive safari includes car rental from Avis Car Hire, group K (Toyota RAV 4X2 or similar), with premium insurance cover. Premium insurance includes Theft and collision damage waiver, personal accident insurance, unlimited mileage, location surcharge, third party liability insurance, general public liability insurance, tourism levy, VAT and claims admin fee, tyre, rim and hubcap damage, windscreen damage/repair, sandblasting damage, water and undercarriage damage. Excludes:  Fuel, refundable rental deposit, rental contract fee, one-way drop-off charges, delivery and collection fees, traffic fine administration fee, additional driver, child safety seats, GPS navigation, additional spare tyre rental and deposit.

Meals during your Namibia holiday

Breakfasts will be in restaurants at various accommodation establishments. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements in advance.

Visas

The onus is on the client to organize all visas required to visit Namibia prior to departure.

Travel Insurance

Please note that travel and cancellation insurance is mandatory for every guest travelling with JENMAN African Safaris. All insurance is solely the responsibility of our guests. Please ensure you arrange your own insurance with protection for the full duration of your journey to cover personal injury, damage and loss of personal items including but not limited to camera equipment and other electronic items, medical expenses, repatriation expenses and loss of luggage, etc. Please speak to your travel agent if you require assistance.

When you arrive in Windhoek, Namibia’s capital, spend some time exploring the city’s cultural and historical landmarks, such as the Independence Memorial Museum, Christuskirche, and Craft Center. Windhoek will be your overnight destination.
Travel to the Intu Afrika Kalahari Game Reserve, which is about a three-to-four-hour drive from Windhoek. You can go on a safari and see the unique landscapes of the Kalahari Desert as well as wildlife.
After breakfast, you will drive to Aus, a small town around 6-7 hours away. Explore the town and its surroundings, with features such as the Namib’s wild horses and the Aus Museum. Take a little detour to the nearby Kolmanskop Ghost Town.
After breakfast, you head out to Sossusvlei, which will take about 5-6 hours. The red dunes can be found here, as well as other prominent places such as Dune 45, Deadvlei, and the Big Daddy dune. For a unique perspective, arrange a hot air balloon flight above the desert. Stay in or near Sossusvlei for the night.
Travel to Swakopmund, a coastal town around 5-6 hours away. Explore the town’s German colonial architecture, stopping at the Swakopmund Museum and Jetty and participating in adventurous activities like quad riding or sandboarding. Spend some time relaxing by the beach and sampling local dishes. Spend the night at Swakopmund.
Today you leave the desert behind you and travel back to Windhoek, through the beautiful countryside. Once you arrive the rest of the afternoon can be spent at leisure, and dinner can be enjoyed in one of the many fabulous restaurants in the city.
This morning after breakfast, drive to Windhoek International Airport to drop off your hire car in time for your departure flight.
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