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This stunning self drive allows you to experience various highlights in Namibia and Botswana at your own pace!
Namibia Biodiversity Overview Namibia is a country of astonishing contrasts, home to the oldest desert on the planet, the white saltpans of Etosha National Park, the uninhabited beaches of the Skeleton Coast and the vast wilderness of Kaokoveld. These unique landscapes are also home to much endemic and special wildlife that are found nowhere else on Earth.
Namibia’s diversity is astonishing: approximately 4 000 species of plants, over 650 bird species and 80 large mammal species, of which 604 plants, 14 birds and 15 mammals are almost entirely endemic to the country, some extending marginally into southern Angola. Reptile species total 258 and, as is fitting for such a dry, hot place, sun-loving lizard species number 125, making this the richest lizard fauna in Africa.
Species such as Hartmann’s mountain zebra, dune lark and Peringuey’s adder are spectacular examples of species that have adapted superbly to the harsh dry environment and, together with a myriad other species, are waiting to be ‘discovered’ by our guests.
Visit the Detailed itinerary for more information on locations, meals and activities.
Windhoek, Sesriem, Swakopmund, Twyfelfontein, Etosha South, Etosha National Park, Etosha East, Rundu, Kwando River, Kasane, Gweta, Maun, Ghanzi and Greater Windhoek
Windhoek – Windhoek
Today you will arrive in Namibia. Upon arrival you will be met by our representative at the arrivals gate.
Drop off at the 4×4 depot for collection of the vehicle.
The afternoon is at leisure. You will have some time to do some shopping for the next couple of days.
Today your self drive journey starts! Drive towards the Namib desert and enjoy the scenery.
Explore the world famous Sossusvlei by yourself or book a Hot Air Balloon safari upfront.
Drive towards Swakopmund. At Solitair you can put fuel in.
Swakopmund has a lot to offer and a day exploring the sand dunes or a dolphin cruise will be worthwhile. \
Leave the desert behind you and drive towards Damaraland. There is plenty to discover, from the rock paintings at Brandberg to desert elephants and himba tribes.
Time for a safari! Explore Etosha with your own rental vehicle and drive from waterhole to waterhole. The animals are most active during early morning and late afternoon hours.
You could book a safari with a guide through the lodge. However, we feel that Etosha is very suitable for self drive.
Game drives Etosha National Park, enjoy the park exploring the waterholes.
Drive towards the Eastern side of the park and explore this area.
Drive towards the greener part of Namibia. The lodges offers boat trips which are excellent for birding.
Drive further towards the Zambezi region (Caprivi strip). The parks in de area offer some great wildlife spotting. Drive yourself or book a game drive via the lodge.
Cross the border into Botswana. A boat tour is a must, watch the elephants swim.
Chobe is easy to explore with your own vehicle but you could also book a game drive via the lodge in an open safari vehicle.
An optional day trip to Victoria Falls is bookable upon arrival or up front via us.
Drive towards Gweta. Explore the parks in the area or book a quad bike tour and explore the salt pans!
In Maun you could either book a flight over the Okavango delta or add an extra day to your itinerary and we can book you a 2 day Mokoro excursion into the Delta. This is a nice break from driving. The excursion is combined with walks on the island which makes it a very unique experience.
Otherwise you could visit Moremi butthis is a far drive out.
Time to start your journey homewards. Today is a long day. prepare for a very long drive!
Drive towards Naankuse lodge where you will spend your final night in more luxury on a private game reserve.
Drive towards the airport, hand in your vehicle and fly home. End of our services.