Arrival in Windhoek
On arrival in Windhoek you'll be met at the airport on arrival and transferred to your hotel. You'll have some time to relax before your car is delivered and our representative's briefing on your itinerary. You then have the rest of the day to explore the craft shops, museums and historical buildings of Windhoek, the capital of Namibia.
Windhoek to Sossusvlei
You’ll drive to Soussusveli today, which should take around five or six hours. A large ephemeral pan adorned by towering red sand dunes, some of which reach heights of up to 325 metres, Soussusveli is home to some of the highest dunes in the world, featuring a wonderful selection of attractions and scenery to enjoy.
The best way in which to experience this breath-taking region is to climb a dune, with Dune 45 and Big Daddy being some of the most popular ones. Sossusvlei is also a photographers’ paradise, and is one of the planet’s most photographed spots – you’ll see why as the sun rises or sets across the vast landscapes; the reflections of the dunes from the lakes are utterly beautiful.
Sossusvlei to Swakopmund
It’s a scenic five to five hour drive to the coastal city of Swakopmund today, a unique destination home to stunning beaches and beautiful colonial architecture; Views across the Atlantic Ocean can be admired from all around the city. After the long drive, you’ll probably feel like relaxing for the rest of the day, so we recommend spending some time exploring this coastal oasis, stumbling upon a perfect sandy beach to admire the scenery.
Namibia’s adventure capital and a surreal colonial remnant in one, Swakopmund offers a surplus of things to do and see, from the German architecture and picturesque seaside promenade, to the multidimensional African touches and rich culture throughout the city. Landmarks include the Swakopmund Lighthouse, the elegant Railway Station and the Old Sea Wall, whilst Swakopmund Museum exhibits a great collection of Namibia’s cultural, geological and historical artefacts.
Swakopmund to Damaraland
It’s another five-hour drive today as you journey through gorgeous national park scenery to Damaraland. Adorned by magnificent red-rock formations, desert mountains and palm-fringed valleys, Damaraland is home to some of Namibia’s most dramatic and spectacular landscapes, as well as incredible wildlife-watching areas. You could head out on a game excursion to perhaps catch a glimpse of the desert elephants, black rhino, oryx, springbok and kudu, with the chance to maybe even see cheetahs or lions, which are occasionally spotted in the area.
Damaraland to Central Etosha
You’ll make the four-hour drive to Etosha today, where you’ll then make your way to the ancient salt pan located in the centre of the park. The largest salt pan in Africa, this jaw-dropping area is home to four members of the Big Five, excluding buffalo, and you’ll even have the chance to experience incredible sightings of black rhino, which are seldom seen in most safari destinations.
You’ll be more-than-likely to see lions as you explore this expansive land, home to over 300 of these majestic creatures, which are very relaxed around the game vehicles. You may also catch sightings of the sneaky leopards that occupy Etosha, which are harder to see but can sometimes be viewed around waterholes. Other wildlife sightings may also include cheetahs, zebra, elephants, hyena, antelope, giraffe, wildebeest and breath-taking flocks of flamingos.
It’s your last day in Central Etosha today, so make the most of the extraordinary photography opportunities and phenomenal wildlife-watching experiences.
Central Etosha to Central Highlands
Today, you will make the final leg of this trip from Etosha National Park to the Central Highlands, located just north of Windhoek. This drive should take around three hours on the C38 and B1 roads. This magnificent mountain region runs down the spine of Namibia, and separates the Kalahari Desert from the Namib dunes. Aside from the spectacular scenery, you’ll find a handful of small towns in the area; we suggest visiting Okahandja to explore its charming community and several markets.
In this area, you will also find several large game farms – the most famous one is Okanjima, home to the AfriCat Foundation. Your overnight stay in the Central Highlands will be particularly beautiful, with the chance to take in more of Namibia’s wild, exotic scenery and wildlife.
End of Tour - Departure
Your phenomenal self-drive adventure will come to an end today. Depart from your accommodation, and make your way to Windhoek International Airport (1h 30m drive) to drop off your rental car and catch your departing flight.