A Perfect Self-Drive Itinerary for 2 Weeks in Namibia

This two-weeks self-drive safari in Namibia includes a night in Windhoek and two nights at each stop, making it ideal for families with older children or adventurous couples. At the end of the journey, you’ll spend the night at a big cat conservation centre, but you’re free to explore at your own leisure and do as you like along the way.

This 2 Weeks self-drive safari in Namibia will take you over the vast landscapes and vast sky of Namibia, allowing you to discover the country’s most breathtaking attractions and exciting outdoor activities. Ideal for small groups, families with older children, and young-at-heart couples, the itinerary is loaded with sites that provide plenty of fun activities. As you go around in your 4×4 rental car, you’ll stop at charming lodges that provide both comfortable and unassuming lodgings and outstanding safari adventures.

After arriving at Windhoek’s Hosea Kutako International Airport and spending the night in the capital city, your journey will commence. Start your day off right by waking up and making your way south into the Namib Desert. Continue until you reach the point where the huge red dunes of Sossusvlei meet the broad plains and craggy mountains. Travel north to the seaside town of Swakopmund, where the plentiful Atlantic Ocean contrasts with the towering sand dunes and quaint ancient architecture, after spending two days experiencing this unique desert habitat.

Visit Twyfelfontein to be amazed by Stone Age rock etchings and Damaraland to search for highly adapted animals like the rare desert elephant. Visiting the western and eastern parts of Etosha National Park, the flagship game reserve of Namibia, will guarantee that you fulfil your safari quota—a traditional big game safari is an essential component of any African journey. Okonjima Nature Reserve is your final destination before heading back to Windhoek. While there, you may have a look at the AfriCat Foundation’s efforts to protect cheetahs and leopards in Namibia.

Tour Highlights

  • Experience Namibia at your own pace
  • Explore the dunes of Sossusvlei
  • Land and sea adventure in Swakopmund
  • Ancient rock art at Twyfelfontein
  • Safari in Etosha National Park
  • See big cats at the AfriCat Foundation

Best For These Traveller Types

  • Couples, Honeymooners, Families & Groups

Detailed 2 Weeks Self Drive in Namibia Itinerary

Day 1: A Night In The Capital | 1 Nights

Location: Windhoek, Namibia

You will be able to relax and unwind after your long-haul travel at the Olive Grove Guesthouse, which you will reach after collecting your 4×4 car at Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek. Make an appointment for a massage at the health centre, then unwind in the spa’s tub or enjoy a sunny afternoon in the outdoor area. Relax with an in-room massage or order room service if you’d like. Those feeling active can easily walk to Windhoek’s stores and eateries from the guesthouse.

Days 2-4: The Red Dunes Of Sossusvlei | 3 Nights

Location: Sossusvlei, Namibia

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Leaving Namib-Naukluft National Park in the morning, make your way south to the luxurious desert oasis of Sossusvlei Lodge in southern Namibia. Lodge guests have quick and simple access to Sesriem Canyon and Sossusvlei. Explore the park on foot or with a guide, take a hot air balloon ride over the breathtaking scenery, or fly a thrilling light aircraft over the ochre-colored dunes. Romantic sunset cruises and eco-friendly quad biking (ATVs) are perfect for couples, while guided nature walks, archery, and eco-friendly quad biking (ATVs) are perfect for families.

Days 5-6: Sand & Sea At Swakopmund | 2 Nights

Location: Swakopmund, Namibia

Embark on a leisurely journey towards the seaside town of Swakopmund, located in the north-east direction. This charming settlement is nestled between the frigid waves of the Atlantic Ocean and the scorching sands of the Namib Desert. The city originated from German colonial settlement during the late 19th century, and its original Bavarian-inspired architecture contributes significantly to the town’s captivating natural surroundings. Arrive at the Swakopmund Guesthouse during the late afternoon or early evening, possibly in time to take a leisurely stroll down the beach and witness the sunset. On the next day, you have the opportunity to engage in various activities such as water sports, sand boarding, quad biking, exciting off-road paths, dolphin and seal safaris, and, during the appropriate season, a genuine German-style October beer festival.

Days 7-8: The Dreamy Landscapes Of Damaraland | 2 Nights

Location: Damaraland, Namibia

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Continuing north along the picturesque Atlantic coast, your journey will eventually lead you inland to the Damaraland plains, which are known for their golden grass. Camp Kipwe is an authentic eco-lodge and opulent home base in this almost timeless landscape. From here, you can go on guided drives in search of desert elephants, take part in nature walks and history tours, go on night drives, and marvel at the stars. In the Twyfelfontein region, where the lodge is situated, you may find some of the world’s most remarkable rock art. This ancient art form dates back thousands of years and has over 5,000 intricate sculptures of geometric shapes, animals, and humans.

Days 9-10: Safari At Etosha National Park | 2 Nights

Location: Etosha, Namibia

Proceed northwest from Damaraland all the way to Etosha Safari Lodge. Aside from the uncommon Damara dik-dik, this area is great all year round for seeing elephants, lions, leopards, cheetahs, rhinos, giraffes, zebras, and wildebeests. Two game drives into Etosha every day are on your agenda. One in the morning and one in the afternoon.

Days 11-12: Cross Vast Etosha Pan | 2 Nights

As you make your way towards the Onguma Tree-top Lodge in Etosha’s eastern half, you’ll pass the edge of the vast Etosha Pan. Here you will continue to explore the park, and the lodge’s modest size (only four suites) ensures that your safari will be one of a kind. Game drives (guided or unguided), nature walks, night drives, rhino tracking, and other activities abound at Onguma, which is located on a private reserve.

Days 13-14: Big Cats In Waterberg

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As you leave Etosha behind, you’ll make your way south towards Windhoek, pausing for a final adventure near Kunene, in Namibia, which is home to the Waterberg Plateau Park. While staying at the comfortable Okonjima Plains Camp for two nights, you may learn about the protection of big cats in Namibia, go bird watching and walk through the mountains. Kunene is famous for the AfriCat Foundation, where visitors may observe study and rehabilitation of feline species including cheetahs and leopards, and even go on a game drive or foot safari to follow rehabilitated predators.

Day 15: Return To Windhoek

Your 2 Weeks self-drive safari in Namibia of the breathtaking and amazing Namibia concludes in Windhoek, the capital city. After dropping off your 4×4, you should head to the airport to check in for your journey back home.

End of the 2 Weeks self-drive safari in Namibia

What’s Included

  • 15 Days Car Rental

What’s Excluded

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
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