An Outstanding Etosha And Damaraland Self-Drive Itinerary

An Outstanding Etosha And Damaraland Self-Drive Itinerary. Families with children and those with an independent spirit will love this affordable 11-day circle tour of northern Namibia. This Self-Drive safari Itinerary starts in Etosha National Park, where you can see animals, and continues via Damaraland, where you can see breathtaking mountain landscapes. The trip ends on the coast at Swakopmund, where you can see desert and marine settings.

Good asphalt roads, low traffic numbers, and a pleasant blend of child-friendly lodgings and spectacular scenic beauty make Namibia one of the greatest Southern African nations for a self-drive family holiday.

After a night at a lovely guesthouse in Windhoek, the capital, you will pick up your air-conditioned vehicle and go out on an unforgettable road trip. In the following ten days, you will travel around Namibia on a famous “loop” route that passes through the Waterberg Plateau, Etosha National Park, Damaraland’s unparalleled scenery, and the ancient seaside town of Swakopmund, which is also the adventure sports centre of the country.

Travellers who like to be independent and go at their own speed would love a self-drive safari in Namibia. With all you need, you can explore this interesting nation without any worries.

Tour Highlights

  • Family-friendly accommodation
  • Visit the salt pans & game in Etosha
  • Experience the wilderness of Damaraland
  • Enjoy history in Swakopmund
  • Experience the Waterberg Plateau
  • Game watch at an illuminated waterhole

Best For These Traveller Types

  • Couples, Honeymooners, Families & Groups

Detailed Etosha And Damaraland Self-Drive Itinerary

Day 1-2: Set Off From Windhoek | 1 Nights

Location: Windhoek, Namibia

Your comfortable rental car will be waiting for you at Windhoek’s Hosea Kutako International Airport. From there, you can drive to Olive Grove, a delightful guesthouse in a peaceful suburb just outside of town.

Olive Grove is a great place to eat and relax if that is more to your liking. Enjoy home-cooked dinners on the terrace (the weather in Namibia is perfect for outdoor eating) and unwind with a dip in the refreshing plunge pool or a massage at the Wellness Room.

If you’re in the mood for a meal or want to see some sites, such as Heroes’ Acre (a monument to Namibia’s greatest citizens), the Tintenpalast (the seat of government), or the Alte Feste (ancient colonial fort), the city centre is definitely within walking distance.

Days 2-4: Into The Waterberg Plateau | 2 Nights

Waterberg Plateau National Park Namibia, Africa

It is time to hit the road and escape the Windhoek skyline after a restful night’s sleep and a delicious breakfast at Olive Grove. On the Waterberg Plateau, overlooking Waterberg National Park, sits Frans Indongo Lodge, your final destination. There are more than 200 bird species and uncommon kinds of tiny antelope in the park, which contributes to its ecological diversity.

Since the travel is short and easy, you should have plenty of time to relax in the pool and take in the scenery on the first day at the lodge. The air-conditioned, Wi-Fi-enabled thatched cabins with televisions and private bathrooms are nice, but the national park is the real draw. Either go on guided game drives at dawn and dusk with a ranger or tracker, or you can rent a vehicle and explore the area on your own. While hikers can put on their walking shoes and explore 1.5- and 3-hour self-guided paths on Frans Indongo’s land, the Cheetah Conservation Fund is hard at work in the area protecting these amazing creatures.

Night times are perfect for sipping a drink on the veranda while gazing through binoculars at the nocturnal waterhole visitors, including nyala, red lechwe, rare white blesbok, roan and sable antelopes, and more. One may also climb a wooden tower for a bird’s-eye view of the area, making it an ideal spot to have a rusk and some freshly brewed coffee while you watch the sun come up.

Days 4-7: The Great White Place | 3 Nights

Location: Etosha, Namibia

Before spending three days in Etosha National Park, you should have spent some time honing your game-spotting abilities on the Waterberg Plateau. Onguma is a tranquil bush camp in the Onguma Private Game Reserve, close to Etosha, and it is located north of Frans Indongo Lodge. This choice combines the best of both worlds, allowing you to spend some time in Etosha game viewing and other activities in Onguma including nature hikes and animal tracking.

Just like Frans Indongo Lodge, Onguma features a swimming pool and a floodlit waterhole. This means that plains game such as zebras, giraffes, kudu, and hartebeest may be easily spotted. If you’re lucky, you can even spot predators like lions or cheetahs.

In the evenings, following an exciting day in the reserve or park, enjoy a typical Namibian dinner in the boma while toasting to another sunset.

Days 7-9: Discover Damaraland | 2 Nights

Location: Damaraland, Namibia

Damaraland Namibia | What’s it like to travel to Namibias wildest most unvisited destination

We are now going to travel west to Damaraland, a special place in the Twyfelfontein area. Damaraland is renowned for its water-adapted elephants, San rock art from prehistoric times, and massive geological phenomena such as Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes.
Camp Kipwe is your temporary dwelling; it is a stone and thatch structure set among huge granite boulders that echoes the rounded forms of the surrounding red basalt rocks.

Even while you’re free to choose your own schedule, Kipwe does have guided night drives, nature walks with trackers, and, for an unforgettable evening, open-air dining beneath the stars. During the day, take it easy under the mopane trees and watch the birds flit by.

Days 9-11: A Touch Of Germany | 2 Nights

Location: Swakopmund, Namibia

After two restful nights at Camp Kipwe, you’ll switch gears and make your way south to Swakopmund, a town rich in Namibian history. German coffee shops, bakeries, delis, and breweries abound, and many of the buildings have preserved their original designs from when the Germans colonised in the late 1800s. Swakop is also renowned as the adventure capital of Namibia, where visitors may partake in a variety of thrilling sports such as skydiving, dune biking, scenic flights over the Namib Desert, and more.

Guests may enjoy a prime location between the town centre and the beach at the Swakopmund Guesthouse. Because of its vacation-home atmosphere, the guesthouse is perfect for families that like a more relaxed eating experience. Have breakfast on the well-kept lawn before taking a leisurely stroll through town to shop and see the sights, or go parasailing, camel riding, or boating to the adjacent Walvis Bay.

End of the 11 Days Etosha And Damaraland Self-Drive Itinerary

What’s Included

  • 11 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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