This classic Namibia safari start from Johannesburg/Windhoek where you will be assisted in getting a car for the trip. Then start your self drive visiting Windhoek - Capital of Namibia and a city built at the site of a permanent hot spring known to the indigenous pastoral communities, Soussusvlei - Home of the highest dune in the world(Dune 7), Swakopmund - biggest Namibian coastal town, visit central highlands stunning area of wilderness and finish with Etosha National park where you will enjoy views of the Big 5 during game drives.
What is included in the tour
CAR HIRE – CLASSIC NAMIBIA – Can be Arranged as a Guided Tour
- Meet & Greet in Johannesburg, hand over documents and assist to onward flight
- 10 days car hire – Group U (Toyota Fortuner 4x4 or similar with automatic transmission) (includes unlimited mileage, Supercover insurance with zero excess, and 1 additional driver per vehicle)
- Meet & Greet at Windhoek Airport and assist to Car Hire
- 1 night in the Windhoek
- Olive Grove Guest House in a Double Room on a Bed & Breakfast Basis
- 2 nights in the Soussusvlei
- Hoodia Desert Lodge in a Double Room on a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Basis
- Guided Sousseusvlei Excursion
- 3 nights in the Swakopmund
- The Strand Hotel in a Double Room on a Bed & Breakfast Basis
- Marine & Dune Combo Excursion
THE CENTRAL HIGHLANDS
- 1 night in the The Central Highlands
- Erongo Wilderness Lodge in a Double Room on a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Basis
ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
- 2 nights in Etosha
- Mokuti Etosha Lodge in a Double Rooms on a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Basis
What is NOT included in the tour
- International & Internal flights – can be arranged through Pembury Tours; please enquiry directly to me should you wish to book flights or receive a quote.
- EUROPCAR EXCLUDES: – payable direct to Europcar when collecting the vehicle.
- Contract fee (currently R 94 per vehicle)
- Refundable Deposit for GPS (R 1,000)
- Refundable Deposit (Based on vehicle) for car hire
- Claim Administration Fee (currently R 967 per vehicle)
- Traffic Fine Administration Fee (currently R 307 per vehicle)
- Refuelling Service Fee (currently R 55 per vehicle)
- All meals not specified above
- Optional activities
- Personal items, tipping, personal refreshments and extras
- Guided Sousseusvlei Excursion
- Marine & Dune Combo Excursion in Swakomund
- Visiting and game drives in Central highlands.
- Visiting Etosha National Park
Day 1: Arrival in Windhoek (1 night)
Upon arrival in Johannesburg, you met by our representative who will hand over your travel documents and assist you with your onward flight to Windhoek.
Upon arrival at Windhoek International Airport, you are met by our Namibian representative. Our representative will assist you to the Car Hire Depot at the airport. You collect your car hire vehicle and make your way into Windhoek, where you spend the first night.
(Can be arranged as a Guided Tour)
Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, is located in a basin between the Khomas Highland, Auas and Eros Mountains. It is 1,680m above sea level, 650km north of the Orange River and 360km from the Atlantic seaboard. Whether due to pure luck or a brilliant stroke of Germanic planning, the city is situated in almost the countries epicentre. This location has obvious benefits when it comes to governing a country the size of Namibia, and also makes it the ideal place to start and plan any Namibian travel.
The city centre is characterised by a proliferation of German style buildings, a lasting reminder of Namibia's early colonial history. Early buildings such as
the Alte Feste (old fort), Christuskirche and Tintenpalast (the parliament buildings) are of particular historical interest. In a wonderful display of irony, the Alte Feste Fort, once the bastion of German colonialism, now houses the National Museum which places particular emphasis on the freedom struggle and Namibian independence, right in front of the fort is the iconic Reiterdenkmal (equestrian memorial). Other notable buildings in Windhoek include St Mary's Cathedral and the Turnhalle Building.
Flight time: Johannesburg to Windhoek – approx. 1 hour & 45 minutes
Driving time: Windhoek International Airport to Guest House - approx. 35 minutes (45 km)
Olive Grove Guest House
Suggested: Day 1 – Dinner at Joe’s Beer House
Day 2: Windhoek to Sossusvlei
This morning you enjoy breakfast at your Guest House before you depart Windhoek and make your way to the south through the Namib Desert.
Upon arrival at your lodge along the banks of the Tsauchab River, you are welcomed and taken to your room where you spend the next two nights.
Driving time – Windhoek to Sossusvlei: approx. 4 hours (299 km)
Days 2 to 4: Sossusvlei (2 nights)
Situated in the largest conservation area in Africa (the Namib-Naukluft National Park), Sossusvlei is possibly Namibia’s most spectacular and best-known attraction. Characterised by the large red dunes that surround it, Sossusvlei is a large, white, salt and clay pan and is a great destination all year round. The dunes in this area are some of the highest in the world, reaching almost 400 meters, and provide photographic enthusiasts with wonderful images in the beautiful morning and evening light. Sossusvlei literally translates to “dead-end marsh”, as it is the place where the dunes come together preventing the Tsauchab River to flow any further, some 60km east of the Atlantic Ocean.
However, due to the dry conditions in the Namib Desert the River seldom flows this far and the pan remains bone-dry most years. During an exceptional rainy season the Tsauchab fills the pan, drawing visitors from all over the world to witness this spectacular site. Photographic enthusiasts are spoilt with a glassy “lake” holding reflections of the surrounding dunes. When the pan fills it can hold water for as long as a year.
Despite the harsh desert conditions in the area, one can find a wide variety of plants and animals that have adapted to survive.
All of the attractions surrounding Sossusvlei are easily accessible as all but the last 5 kilometres of the 65 kilometre drive to the vlei is tarred. Shuttles provide access to the last 5 kilometres, should you not have a 4×4 vehicle.
Hoodia Desert Lodge
Suggested: Days 2 to 4 – Activities at Hoodia Desert Lodge
Included: Day 3– Guided Sossusvlei Excursion
Day 4: Sossusvlei to Swakopmund
This morning you enjoy an early breakfast before departing the Namib Desert and Sossusvlei. You make your way north to the beautiful Namibian Coastline to the seaside town of Swakopmund.
Upon arrival in Swakopmund, you check into your beachfront hotel for your 3 night stay. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Driving time – Sossusvlei to Swakopmund: approx. 4 hours (344 km)
Days 4 to 7: Swakopmund (3 nights)
Swakopmund has always been the jewel of Namibia's coastline, and has built a reputation as adrenaline-filled destination, sure to satisfy travellers' every whim. The Namib dunes surrounding Swakopmund are some of the highest in the world.
Palm-lined streets, seaside promenades, fine accommodation, a pleasant summer climate and decent beaches. Welcome to Swakopmund!
The area of Namib Desert around Swakopmund is named the West Coast Recreational Area. And recreation is the towns number one draw card. There are countless pursuits to help you spend your time, and money. For those interested in adventure activities Swakopmund offers sandboarding, quad biking, dune carting, parachuting, hot air ballooning, shark fishing, deep sea fishing and beach angling to name but a few. For the more sedentary there are restaurants, cafes, art galleries, the Swakopmund Museum, a snake park and aquarium.
The architecture and general feeling of Swakopmund is laid back. This town has the ambiance associated with a small German village, and the town seems to be stuck in time.
Buildings and monuments of note in Swakopmund include the Hohenzollern Building, the Marine memorial, the War memorial in memory of those killed in World War 2, Princess Rupprecht House originally a military hospital now a private guest house. The Kaserne buildings originally served as a barracks and is of a similar design to the Alte Feste in Windhoek and Fort Namutoni in Etosha.
The Swakopmund Railway station was completed in 1901 and now houses the Swakopmund Hotel, while the bells of the Deutsche Evangelical Church were imported from Germany. Standing close to the State House (Kaiserliches Bezirksgericht) is the Swakop Lighthouse at just over 20 meters it has been functional since 1902.
The main beach area is called the Mole, and is the result of a largely unsuccessful attempt to construct the artificial harbour (as South Africa owned the only natural harbour in the area at Walvis Bay). The town’s most iconic symbol is the Swakopmund jetty, initially used as mooring for ships it later became a popular are for anglers and walkers. Recently large scale
work has been completed on the jetty which now proudly boasts a small restaurant and bar area.
The infamous Dune 7 measures an incredible ± 383m. So, it's not surprising that the area is becoming renowned for its professionally run tourist activities like sandboarding, quad biking, skydiving and desert safaris. If you're not into adrenaline activities, then choose between spectacular beaches, craft markets, museums, fishing and cruises along the coast. Guests can also enjoy Flights and excursions around Swakopmund and trips to "Cape Cross" Seal colony.
Suggested: Day 4 – Visit to the town of Henties Bay
Included: Day 5 – Marine & Dune Combo Excursion
Suggested: Days 4 to 7 – Activities in Swakopmund
Suggested: Day 6 – Visit to the town of Walvis Bay
Day 7: Swakopmund to Central Highlands (1 night)
You enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel before departing to the Central Highlands. The central highlands of Namibia are the backbone of mountains that divide the coastal desert regions and the higher, more temperate interior. These rolling hills are the home to many of Namibia’s sheep and cattle ranches.
The Erongo Wilderness Conservancy centres around the Erongo Mountains which consist of huge boulder and granite formations on the outskirts of an ancient volcano. They are bordered by the Namib Desert to the west and a mixed, woodland savannah to the east. This rare confluence of ecosystems is home to a vast array of plant, reptile, mammal and bird species, some endemic to Namibia.
Upon arrival at Erongo Wilderness Lodge, you are welcomed and you check in for your one night stay.
Driving time: Swakopmund to The Central Highlands - approx. 2 ½ hours (241 km)
Erongo Wilderness Lodge
Suggested: Day 7/8 – Activities at Erongo Wilderness Lodge
Day 8: Central Highlands to Etosha National Park
After a leisurely breakfast, you check out of your lodge in the Erongo Wilderness and you make your way north to the Etosha National Park.
You can stop in at the small town of Outjo on you way to the Etosha National Park. Enjoy a short visit in this small town before you continue to your lodge.
You continue to your lodge located just outside the Etosha National Park. Upon arrival at your lodge, you check in and there is time to settle into your room for your 2 night stay. The rest of the day is at leisure or you can take a drive through the Etosha National Park.
Driving time: The Central Highlands to Etosha National Park - approx. 4 hours (430 km)
Days 8 to 10: Etosha National Park (2 nights)
The Etosha National Park in northern Namibia is one of Africa’s great game reserves and offers unique game-viewing. Etosha, which means “the great white place”, or “place of dry water”, owes its unique landscape to the Etosha mineral pan, a vast shallow depression of approximately 5000 square kilometres. The pan was originally a lake fed by the Kunene River but the lake dried up when the river changed course thousands of years ago. The pan now is a large dusty depression of salt and dusty clay and fills only if the rains are heavy and even then only holds water for a short time. A series of perennial springs and waterholes along the southern edge of the pan attract game into the area.
The dry season (May – November) is particularly rewarding for game viewing as the rain water has dried up and the game is forced to rely on the life supporting waterholes. Long lines of zebra, wildebeest, kudu, Oryx and springbok plod along ancient paths from distant grazing areas to the waterholes. Herds of elephant drinking huge amounts of water and then wallow in the water so that all the other the thirsty animals have to wait patiently till they have finished. Predators such as lion and leopard wait at the waterholes knowing the antelope have to drink. The pan itself contains water only after very good rains and sometimes for only a few days each year, but is enough to stimulate the growth of a blue-green algae which lures thousands of flamingos.
Mokuti Etosha Lodge
Suggested: Days 8 to 10 – Game Drives in Etosha National Park
Suggested: Day 9 – Guided Game Drive in Etosha National Park
Day 10: Etosha National Park & DEPARTURE
This morning you enjoy breakfast in the gardens of your lodge before you bid farewell to Etosha National Park. You make your way south to Windhoek.
Upon arrival in Windhoek, you continue and make your way to Windhoek International Airport. Here you hand in your hired car and check in for your flight to Johannesburg.
Upon arrival in Johannesburg, you connect with your flight home.
Driving time: Etosha National Park to Windhoek International Airport - approx. 5 ½ hours (571 km) Flight time: Windhoek International Airport to Johannesburg - approx. 1 hour & 40 minutes
- Olive Grove Guest House
- Hoodia Desert Lodge
- The Strand Hotel
THE CENTRAL HIGHLANDS
- Erongo Wilderness Lodge
ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
- Mokuti Etosha Lodge