20 Night Namibia Self-drive (Wdh-Cpt)

3 week Namibia self-drive trip ending in Cape Town

Start in Windhoek, end in Cape Town and discover the highlights of Namibia. Take in Etosha, Damaraland, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund and Fish River Canyon en-route. Finish the trip with a few nights exploring Cape Town.

This itinerary is roughly a 65/35 split between camping and lodges.

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Day 1

Arrive into Windhoek Hosea Kutako airport where you transfer to spend the first night at Windhoek Gardens – a small friendly guest house near the centre of Windhoek.

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Day 2

Pick up your vehicle and equipment in Windhoek and head north to spend the next four days in and around Etosha National Park. The first night is spent at Onguma Tamboti campsite in the Onguma concession to the east of Etosha.

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Day 3

Etosha covers an area of more than 22 000 sq kms – its centre being a vast saltpan surrounded by grass and thorn savannah, Mopane bushland in the west and dry forest in the north-east. Spend the next night at Halali.

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Day 4

Continue to camp at Okaukuejo in the south of Etosha.

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Day 5

The final night in Etosha is in the extreme west of the park at Dolomite Camp. Here you will find a high diversity of plant and animal species – including the Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra which does not occur in the eastern side of the park.

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Day 6

Continue your journey through the Damaraland region, camping at Hoada Camp. Damaraland is an unspoiled, rocky area and Hoada campsite is very pleasantly located, near Grootberg Lodge which manages the campsite.

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Day 7 – 8

The next two nights are at Madisa Campsite. Attractions in the area include the Twyfelfontein rock paintings, the Petrified Forest, and the Organ Pipes.

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Day 9

Drive west to Cape Cross – the largest inland breeding seal colony in the world. Cape Cross Lodge is just 4km from the colony and features airy rooms, with panoramic sea views and individual balconies, with stone floors and soft blue and white décor.

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Day 10

Continue your journey to Swakopmund, Namibia’s famous coastal town. Accommodation here is at Desert Breeze Lodge on the edge of Swakopmund. Swakopmund is a very interesting town, with old German architecture and a distinct character.

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Day 11

In the morning you will do a “Living Desert Tour” – a unique guided tour which brings the desert to life.

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Day 12

Head to the Namib Naukluft National Park where you spend the night camping at Namib Desert Lodge.

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Day 13

Travel to the Sossusvlei area of the Namib Naukluft Park. Your next night is spent at Sesriem campsite inside the protected area. Camping at Sesriem means you will be able to get to the Sossusvlei dunes at sunrise when photography is at its best.

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Day 14 – 15

Drive south through spectacular scenery to the NamibRand Nature reserve where you spend two nights at Namibrand Hideout  campsite – one of the most spectacular campsite locations in all of Namibia.

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Day 16

Continue your drive south, spending the next night at Klein Aus Vista Desert Horse campsite.  Just east of Aus, Klein Aus Vista is nestled in the granite-gneiss hills with magnificent views of the landscape.

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Day 17 – 18

Travel further south to the Fish River Canyon. The Fish River Canyon is the second largest in the world, and you will be able to visit this wonder of nature the following morning before leaving for South Africa.

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Day 19

Leave Namibia and drive south as far as Springbok along the N7 highway, where you spend the night at Naries Manor House on the edge of the Spektakelberg.

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Day 20

Continue your journey south. The journey to Clanwilliam takes you through spectacular scenery – and is aptly called the ‘flower route’. You will spend the night at St Du Barrys in the town.

Included

  • 20 days 4×4 vehicle and equipment hire incl one way fees (vehicle with R20,000 insurance excess)
  • GPS with Tracks4Africa
  • All accommodation and meals where stated
  • Airport transfers
  • Living Desert Tour
  • Trip handbook, directions & maps

Excluded

International flights; Personal insurance; Visa / border fees; National park / Reserve entrance fees