21 days – Self Drive Highlights Namibia & Botswana – Camping 4×4

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21 days
Self Drive
Windhoek - Windhoek
Namibia, Botswana
Min Age : 24+ for car rental
Max People : 4
Tour Details

This stunning 4×4 self drive allows you to experience various highlights in Namibia and Botswana at your own pace! Highlights are Windhoek, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Twyfelfontein, Etosha, Onguma Game Reserve, Rundu, Zambezi Region, Kwando River, Chobe National Park, Optional Victoria Falls, Nxai Pan, Gweta, Maun and the Okavango delta (optional), Ghanzi and Naankuse wildlife Sanctuary.

With an office in the area we are locally based we have carefully selected our favorite spots. 
After your confirmation you will receive a login code for our travel app (which is also accessible offline), as well as a PDF and your travel directions.



Windhoek, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Twyfelfontein, Etosha National Park, Onguma Game Reserve, Rundu, Zambezi Region, Kwando River, Chobe National Park, Optional Victoria Falls, Nxai Pan, Gweta, Maun and the Okavango delta (optional), Ghanzi and Naankuse wildlife Sanctuary.

Please note

  • We want to make sure you will have the best personal experience according to your wishes, therefore, this tour can be tailor made for you. Any adjustments (extra nights, upgrades, changes in the route) are possible. We invest a lot of time arranging and designing your route to make sure you have the holiday of a lifetime. 
  • After your confirmation you will receive a login code for our travel app (which is also accessible offline), as well as a pdf and your travel directions
  • This trip is also available in reverse direction. All our self-drives are adjustable to your liking. We are is a tailor made specialist.
  • We remain the freedom to book an alternative accommodation if these are fully booked. We will book an alternative accommodation with the same facilities, standards and in the price range.
  • The traveler needs to have a credit card (no prepaid) in order hire the vehicle.
  • The driving distances are an indication from Google Maps and can be incorrect. Bear in mind that border crossings, road works, bad road conditions and other circumstances may affect your travel time.
  • T&C of the car rental company are applicable to the vehicle rental. Please contact us for more information

Departure & Return Location

Windhoek – Windhoek

Departure Time

Any time

Price Includes

  • Accommodation & Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • 4x4 Rental vehicle (Toyota Hilux double cab or similar) including camping equipment, double fuel tank, 2 spare tires, including unlimited miles, 2 drivers, one way fee if applicable;
  • Travel App with your itinerary
  • Travel Documentation & Directions
  • 24/7 assistance
  • Coverage by guarantee fund
  • Reservation Costs

Price Excludes

  • All flights ( bookable via African Travels)
  • Meals/drinks not mentioned in the travel schedule
  • All Insurance (travel and/or cancellation)
  • Activities not mentioned in itinerary
  • Any expenses of a personal nature
  • Visas
  • Cross Border Fees
  • Fuel
  • All entrance fees and conservation fees for parks and attractions
  • Car Bond (refundable if no damages)
  • Tips
  • E-toll
  • Reduced excess cover
  • Satelite phone
  • GPS with Tracks4Africa maps (recommended)


  • Minimum age car rental is 24


  • Car rental upgrade to SUV, automatic etc
  • Accommodation upgrade
  • Extra nights
  • Pre planned activities

20 nights at Campsitess as similar to those mentioned in the itinerary, based on meals as specified in the detailed itinerary.

Accommodation is at small campsites and guesthouse.
African Travels will send you to the most beautiful and unique accommodations in Africa. They are not only run by excellent staff, they also give back to the local community and operate as eco friendly as possible. Located in the most beautiful and safe locations, they will contribute to your ultimate Africa experience. From small questhouses, tented safari camps to luxury boutique hotels. We will make sure they tick all the boxes!



Day 1Windhoek

Welcome 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.

Day 2, 3Sossusvlei

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.

Day 4Swakopmund

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. If you like an additional night here, please let us know.

Day 5 - 6Twyfelfontein

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.

Day 7- 8Etosha National Park

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.

Day 9Etosha National Park - East

Drive towards the Eastern side of the park and explore this area.

Day 10Rundu

Drive towards the greener part of Namibia. On the way you have some options for grocery shopping.
The lodges offers boat trips which are excellent for birding. Please make sure you arrive before 15 p.m.

Day 11 - 12Kwando River

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.

Day 13 - 15Chobe National Park - Kasane

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.

Note: it is now allowed to enter Botswana with fresh veggies and fruits.

Day 16-17Gweta

Drive towards Gweta where you have time to explore either Nxai Pan or Makgadikgadi National Park.
The lodge offers excurions like Quad biking over the salt pans or a sleep out. Please book these in advance.

Day 18-19Maun - Okavango Delta

In Maun you could either book a flight over the Okavango delta or add an extra day to your itinerary and we 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 but this is a far drive out.

Day 20Ghanzi

Time to start your journey homewards. Today is a long day. Prepare for a very long drive!

Day 21Windhoek Airport

Drive towards the airport and hand in your vehicle. Time to fly home.
We hope you enjoyed your trip!

On request we can extra nights into the schedule.