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Namibia - Self Drive Holiday

From €2719pp
Depart From
Fly from Dublin
Departure Date
Daily departures throughout the year. Contact us with your dates
Duration
11 Nights
Destination
Namibia, Africa
Price
From €2719pp
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For a honeymoon with a difference, Namibia has some breathtaking experiences for a truly unforgettable holiday.

Fly to Windhoek, Namibia and pick up your 4x4 Nissan Double Cab vehicle for your self drive holiday including safaris and accommodation with a difference!

You'll visit and stay at:

  • Okonjima Camp Site
  • Okonjima Nature Reserve
  • Etosha National Park
  • Onguma Tamboti Campsite
  • Okaukuejo Campsite
  • Damaraland area
  • Twyfelfontein
  • Amanpuri Travellers Lodge
  • Swakopmund
  • Sossusvlei
  • Namib Naukluft Park
  • Namib Desert
  • Sun setting over the Elim dune
  • Deadvlei
  • Windhoek

Click on the itinerary tab below to view your full itinerary!

Day 1: Arrival – Okonjima                            

Itinerary: Upon arrival pick up your rental car and drive northbound to Okonjima  

Midway between the spectacular Etosha National Park and the capital city of Windhoek, lies the well-known Okonjima Nature Reserve. The 22 000 ha nature reserve is home to AfriCAT, a carnivore sanctuary, which gives the captive cats a second chance to be released back into the wild and become completely independent hunters in a protected area right in the middle of commercial cattle farmland. Enjoy thrilling cat tracking guided safaris, leopard-spotting, off-road night drives and learn about local San culture along the Bushmen trail. Upon arrival at Okonjima, check in and perhaps see if there’s an activity you’d like to book in the afternoon or your next morning before leaving to Etosha.

Each of the four private, self-catering campsite consists of:

  • A fixed light and a multipurpose power point
  • Private, under cover hot-water showers, (except for Camp Chilala where you shower beneath the stars)
  • Private flush toilets
  • A covered washing-up area
  • A sundowner viewpoint
  • Two inclusive bundles of fire wood per night. More firewood can be arranged with your guide at an additional cost.

Accommodation: Okonjima Camp Site  

Board basis: Self Catering  

Transfers: Windhoek airport – Okonjima   

Distance and journey time: 268 km | approx. 3,5-4 hour drive  

Day 2 : Etosha East                                       

Itinerary: From Okonjima drive further north to Etosha National Park

Onguma’s Luxury Tamboti Campsite will impress and delight all campers. The 15 sites are all nestled in the trees of the Onguma Reserve and each camper is ensured privacy and space to enjoy the bush. Each campsite has its own private ablution facility with spacious shower room, separate toilet and covered washing-up areas with lots of space to unpack and organise your stay. Each unit also has ample plugs to ensure cooler boxes keep cool and cameras get charged. There is a stunning main area with restaurant where you can enjoy a hearty meal while looking out across the waterhole. The supply store stocks essentials and the deep verandas ensure there is shade to relax in. Etosha Game drives and nature walks on the 34 000 hectare Onguma Reserve can be booked at a separate cost. Please book these activities in advance to avoid disappointment. ​

Accommodation: Onguma Tamboti Campsite  

Board basis: Self Catering  

Transfers: Okonjima – Onguma  

Distance and journey time: 355 km | approx. 4,5-5 hour drive

Day 3: Etosha South

Itinerary: Transfering from Etosha East side, to Etosha South gate you enjoy a full day Safari in search of all the African animals.

Etosha National Park is unique in Africa. There is abundant wildlife that congregates around the waterholes, giving you almost guaranteed game sightings. At the same time Etosha is one of the most accessible game reserves in Namibia and Southern Africa. The areas with thicker vegetation are home to elephant (some of the largest in Africa due to the vitamins and nutrients found in the ground), the endangered black rhino and even leopard. Lions are camouflaged in the pale-golden colour of the grasslands, while giraffes rise high above most of the dry vegetation. Birders will love the experience, where more than 340 bird species have been counted in Etosha National Park. The game reserve is also home to the world’s largest bird, the ostrich, and the heaviest flying bird, the kori bustard

You can enjoy lunch mid way through the park, and upon arrival at your campsite enjoy the evening free at leisure

Famous for its floodlit waterhole Okaukuejo Rest Camp is also the administrative centre of Etosha. Most visitors travel though this camp with its characteristic stone tower and Etosha Ecological Institute is also situated within the camp.

The rest camp was formerly a military outpost founded in 1901 and the tower was added in 1963. The restaurant and bar offer refreshments and delicious meals, while the swimming pool offers relief on hot days. The waterhole is a hub of animal activity starting in the early hours of the morning. Especially during winter diversity of game congregate in close proximity to the camp to quench their thirst. After sunset floodlights illuminate the waterhole. The number and interaction of the animals is the major drawcard of Okaukuejo Rest Camp in Namibia.

Accommodation:  Okaukuejo Campsite

Board basis: Self Catering

Transfers: Etosha East – Etosha South  

Distance and journey time: 160 km | Flexible; usually is a full day self-drive safari  

Day 4 : Etosha South                                                

Itinerary: Enjoy the day free at your leisure.

Accommodation:  Okaukuejo Campsite

Board basis: Self Catering

Transfers: N/A  

Distance and journey time: N/A  

Day 5 : Twyfelfontein

Itinerary: Drive to your next destination, the breathtaking Damaraland area

Set in the Kunene Region of northwestern Namibia, Twylfelfontein is a spectacularly scenic area, featuring one of the largest and most important concentrations of rock art in Africa. The name ‘Twyfelfontein’ translates to ‘Fountain of Doubt’, which refers to the perennial spring situated in the impressive Huab valley flanked by the slopes of a sandstone table mountain. It was this spring that attracted Stone Age hunters over six thousand years ago, and it was during this time that the extensive group of rock engravings and paintings were produced. Visitors can look forward to basing themselves at some wonderfully shady campsites along the Aba-Huab riverbed, while exploring over thirty different sites of these sacred records of ritual practices relating to traditional hunter-gatherer communities. Here the elusive Desert Elephant can be found, 1 of only 2 places in the world where they can be seen.

A guided excursion to track this magnificent animal is highly recommended.

Accommodation: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge

Board basis: Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Transfers: Etosha – Twyfelfontein

Distance and journey time: 340 km | approx. 4,5 hour drive

Day 6 : Twyfelfontein           

Itinerary: Enjoy the day free at your leisure at this magnificent lodge. There are a number of activities that you can enjoy; for example drive to the exciting Damara Living Museum to learn all there is to know about the Damara tribe. You can also book a guided excursion to the Rock Engravings of the Bushmen, or to track the Desert Adapted Elephant (not included, please check with the lodge, or prebook with us)  

Accommodation: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge

Board basis: Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Transfers: N/A

Distance and journey time: N/A

Day 7: Swakopmund                                    

Itinerary: Transfer to Swakopmund.

Situated between the Atlantic Ocean and Namib Dunes you will find a jewel of a town filled with historic buildings and landmarks creating the ambience of a small German town.  Travelers can expect to dine at some of the finest restaurants overlooking the Atlantic and enjoy various activities that are offered in and around the coastal town where you’ll the get the opportunity to experience whatever suits you.  Being one of Namibia’s main tourist towns visitors are welcomed by the locals and guaranteed friendly service and a memorable stay.

Whether travelling as part of a group, with your family or exploring Africa solo, Amanpuri Lodge, with its friendly, well trained staff and tranquil atmosphere, will ensure your stay in Swakop is a memorable one. 
Amanpuri Lodge is within walking distance from shops, restaurants, beaches, dunes, and other places of interest. 
Facilities such as 24-hour security, secure indoor parking, free internet and wifi, a bar at your service and friendly receptionist to book your activities will ensure your stay with us is a trouble free one. Our spacious and well maintained rooms, with the most comfortable beds in town, truly live up to the meaning of Amanpuri – Place Of Rest – and guarantees a well- rested state of mind to conquer your next adventure. 

Accommodation: Amanpuri Travellers Lodge

Board basis: Bed & Breakfast  

Transfers: Twyfelfontein – Swakopmund

Distance and journey time: 335 km | approx. 4,5 - 5 hour drive

Day 8: Swakopmund

Itinerary: Enjoy your day free at leisure in Swakopmund. Stroll around town, visit the market by the beach or book an exciting guided activity. Obeo Travel’s highest recommendation is the Sandwich harbor tour, where the sand dunes meet the ocean. Indeed a very unique sight, and can only be seen from right here, in Namibia  

Accommodation: Amanpuri Travellers Lodge

Board basis: Bed & Breakfast 

Transfers: N/A

Distance and journey time: N/A

Day 9: Sossusvlei

Itinerary: From Swakopmund transfer to Sossusvlei.

Subtle shifting sand dunes sculpted by the wind, Sossusvlei is often referred to as the “Dune Sea”.  Located in the heart of the Namib Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei facets an air of isolation and tranquility where one can find perspective and serenity amongst the orange dunes and ‘cracked white floor’ of the vlei (dried up saltpan).  Upon arrival in Sossusvlei enjoy the rest of the day relaxing, where you will experience a true African accommodation experience

Namibia Wildlife Resorts Sesriem Camping is the only camping available inside the park gates giving it unique access to Sossusvlei and the Namib desert as the exterior gate opens one hour after the camping site gate into the desert making sure that campers at the Sesriem camping site are deep into the desert to watch the sunrise. Located perfectly at the entry to Sossusvlei inside the park gate is Sesriem Camping, just a short drive from Sesriem Canyon and right beside the gate into the desert

It is perfect for campers who want to experience the beauty of the Namib Desert with the sun setting over the Elim dune then the stars emerging until they fill the sky above you and the clickin g of the desert barking Geckos and distant howl of the Jackal. Sit by the fire and imagine what you will.
After a good nights rest its up early (one hour before sunrise) for a drive to the sossusvlei where you can climb a sand dune and watch the colours change as the sun rises over the horizon slipping its morning warmth over the Namib desert dunes.

Accommodation: Sesriem Campsite  

Board basis: Self Catering  

Transfers: Swakopmund – Sossusvlei  

Distance and journey time: 346 km | Approx 5 hour drive

Day 10: Sossusvlei

tinerary: This morning beat the heat, and be ready to go into Sossusvlei as soon as the gates open, at sunrise. Explore Sossusvlei area, and take a walk in Deadvlei. Here you can experience the world’s highest sand dunes, best known for their beautiful red colors

Accommodation: Sesriem Campsite 

Board basis: Self Catering 

Transfers: Campsite – Deadvlei – Campsite  

Distance and journey time: 130 km | Approx 5 – 6 hours. Typically guests return around noon

Day 11: Windhoek

Itinerary: Your Namibia stay is coming to an end. Drive from Sossusvlei to Windhoek for your last overnight. Upon arrival in Windhoek you can explore the country’s capital.

Accommodation: Utopia Guesthouse

Board basis: Bed & Breakfast  

Transfers: Sossusvlei – Windhoek  

Distance and journey time: 325 km | Approx 5 – 5,5 hour drive

Day 12: Departure                                                    

Itinerary: Sadly it’s time to say goodbye to Namibia.

Drive to Windhoek International airport and return your car

Transfers: Windhoek – Windhoek airport

Distance and journey time: 43 km | Approx 45 min drive

 

Okonjima Campsite

Camping in Okonjima Nature Reserve epitomises the African safari experience. Your small group or family can become one with nature as they visit the Carnivore Care Centre, track leopards and cheetahs, learn about the indigenous people during the Bushman trail, and grow attuned to the sights, sounds and ways of Namibia’s grassy plains.

The four, partially-equipped, private campsites share a swimming pool at the foot of the Ombokoro Mountains and are located in the 2000ha non-rehabilitation area. All four sites boast spectacular sundowner viewpoints.

Onguma Tamboti Campsite (Etosha East)

Onguma Tented Camp is a beguiling mixture of sophistication and relaxation, of elegance and the earth. It is this intriguing combination and attention to detail that makes Onguma Tented Camp, the ultimate in safari chic.

In the local Herero language, Onguma means, “the place you don’t want to leave.” With a stunning main building and seven tents providing private, exclusive accommodation, Onguma Tented Camp, certainly lives up to its name.

Okaukuejo Campsite (Etosha South)

Famous for its floodlit waterhole Okaukuejo Rest Camp is also the administrative centre of Etosha. Most visitors travel though this camp with its characteristic stone tower and Etosha Ecological Institute is also situated within the camp.

The restaurant and bar offer refreshments and delicious meals, while the swimming pool offers relief on hot days. The waterhole is a hub of animal activity starting in the early hours of the morning. Especially during winter diversity of game congregate in close proximity to the camp to quench their thirst.

After sunset floodlights illuminate the waterhole. This is the best time and place to see the endangered black rhino. This archaic mammal can often be seen drinking alongside lion and elephant. The number and interaction of the animals is the major drawcard of Okaukuejo Rest Camp in Namibia.

Twyfelfontein Country Lodge

The Twyfelfontein Country Lodge is located in the Huab valley in Namibia’s Kunene region (formerly known as Damaraland). The area, known as the Twyfelfontein Uibasen Conservancy, boasts various rock engravings and paintings. These are a silent testimony to the first hunter-gatherer and subsequent Khoi-San inhabitants of 6 000 years ago, who used the area as a place of worship and shaman rituals.

The lodge caters for a host of activities, ranging from swimming facilities, and safaris. The many Namibian plant species, among which the unique Welwitschia, will delight plant lovers. Elephants and giraffe are some of the wildlife that adapted to the desert climate of the Namib that can be seen roaming the area.

Amanpuri Travellers Lodge, Swakopmund

Amanpuri Lodge is within walking distance from shops, restaurants, beaches, dunes, and other places of interest. Facilities such as 24-hour security, secure indoor parking, free internet and WI-FI, a bar at your service and friendly receptionist to book your activities will ensure your stay is a trouble free one.

The spacious and well maintained rooms, with the most comfortable beds in town, truly live up to the meaning of Amanpuri - "Place Of Rest" - and guarantees a well rested state of mind to conquer your next adventure.

Sesriem Campsite, Sossusvlei

Located perfectly at the entry to Sossusvlei inside the park gate is Sesriem Camping, just a short drive from Sesriem Canyon and right beside the gate into the desert

It is perfect for campers who want to experience the beauty of the Namib Desert with the sun setting over the Elim dune then the stars emerging until they fill the sky above you and the clicking of the desert barking Geckos and distant howl of the Jackal. Sit by the fire and imagine what you will.

After a good nights rest its up early (one hour before sunrise) for a drive to the sossusvlei wherer you can climb a sand dune and watch the colours change as the sun rises over the horizon slipping its morning warmth over the Namib desert dunes.

Utopia Guesthouse, Windhoek

In the center of the hustle and bustle of Klein Windhoek, Naankuse @ Utopia is a peaceful and shady garden retreat. Naankuse @ Utopia is perfect for travelers in transit, couples searching for a romantic break or travelling businessmen. Our rates include breakfast and guests can enjoy dinner at the on-site Utopia Fresh ‘n Wild Restaurant. Other on-site features include a curio shop, an optometrist and a general practitioner.

Price is based on 2 adults sharing and includes:

  • Return flights and taxes
  • 11 Nights Accommodation:

1 night - Okonjima Campsite - self catering

1 night - Onguma Tamboti Campsite (Etosha East) - self catering

2 nights - Okaukuejo Campsite (Etosha South) - self catering

2 nights - Twyfelfontein Country Lodge - Half Board

2 nights - Amanpuri Travellers Lodge, Swakopmund - B&B

2 nights - Sesriem Campsite, Sossusvlei - self catering 

1 night - Utopia Guesthouse, Windhoek - B&B

  • Car Hire - Nissan Double Cab 4x4

Safari Package – Camping equipped vehicle for 2 pax

Includes: Super Excess cover = zero excess, Tyre/glass damage (1 tyre), GPS, Fridge, 12V pump, All camping Equipment, 2 spare wheels, 2 drivers, contract fee, unlimited mileage

Please ask us about adding great value:

  • Travel insurance
  • Excursions & Activities
  • Please note fuel is not included in car hire cost
Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply.

 For more information on this luxury holiday, please get in touch:

  • Call us on 021 427 7094 or 01 696 5135
  • Email info@shandontravel.ie
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 Honeymooners can call our specialist on 0818 22 44 55 or email info@myhoneymoon.ie.

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