Namibia, a large and sparsely populated country on Africa's south-west coast, has enjoyed stability since gaining independence in 1990 after a long struggle against rule by South Africa.
Germany took control of the area which it called South West Africa in the late 1800s. The discovery of diamonds in 1908 prompted an influx of Europeans. South Africa seized it during the First World War and administered it under a League of Nations mandate.
This Self-Drive tour is sequenced differently to the Guided tour and allows you little more freedom to stay longer in places you find more attractive or alluring. At the outset you given all the details and route plan so that you can make your way in your own time, but accommodation bookings are made ahead of time. It is up to you what happens in between your lodge stays.
Visiting Namibia is an experience that will certainly remain with you long after your return. What you will experience is a country with one of the oldest plants (Welwitschia Mirabilis - commonly known as welwitschia or tree tumbo) on the planet - which is about 1500 years old, and it has the world's largest quartz crystal in display.
You will discover some extraordinary facts and you will see landscapes like no other. This is not the average tour. Part of the tour will see a visit to the Dead Vlei (Dead Valley) which is a dried up lake now strewn with dead trees walled by dunes. Then visit Sossusvlei, claiming the worlds highest dunes - 300 meteres in the oldest desert on the planet. You will pass by the Tropic of Capricorn - one of the 5 major circles of latitude marking the maps of the world, and you will visit a 1910 lighthouse in Swakopmund. Take a 2.5 hour boat cruise seeing Pelican Point, oyster farms and Russian trawlers.
You will see the 35 m rock finger between Khorixas and Outjo. A visit to Etosha National Park, made from an ancient salt lake and declared in 1907, the park’s main characteristic is a salt pan (22 270 square kilometres) so large it can be seen from space. Yet there is abundant wildlife that congregates around the waterholes, giving you almost guaranteed game sightings. At the same time Etosha National Park is one of the most accessible game reserves in Namibia and Southern Africa.
The park is malaria free, and you will spend a day on safari here to experience as many of its 340 bird and 114 animal species. From there a visit to the cheetah reserve and a crocodile ranch in Otjiwarongo.
Arrival flight Windhoek International Airport. Meet and assistance at airport by means of your local guide. Self-drive clienteles will obtain a detailed brief of the package by the guide on arrival. Collect your rental car on the airport. CAR - DBL CAB or SUV. HOTEL BB Night at the Elegant Guest House or similar.
Breakfast. Passing through Okahandja, a small town with 8000 inhabitants, positioned on the banks of a river well off to the Swakop River. Stopover at the craft market which focusses on wood figures, prepared from wood originally from the northern part of Namibia. LODGE DBB Night Village Boutique or similar.
Breakfast. Proceeding to Etosha. Etosha National Park made from an ancient salt lake and declared in 1907, its 22 270km2 contain a richness and selection of animals which make this park one of the greatest in Africa. The park is home to 340 bird and 114 mammals’ species. Rest Camp DBB Night at Okaukuejo or similar.
Breakfast. Full day safari in Etosha National park. You will be engaged by the herds of springbok, zebra and gnu and you will be drawn to the plains dotted with mopane trees, the most common tree in the park. Some of the woodlands shelter many exceptional bird species like the Namibian specials it includes Bare-cheeked babbler, violet wood-hope, Carp’s tit, Monterio’s hornbill, rock runner and Rüppel’s parrot. Record breaking species are the ostrich as the world’s largest bird and the Kori bustard, which is the heaviest flying bird. The large mammals in Etosha National Park include lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, giraffe, wildebeest, cheetah,hyena,mountain and plains zebra,springbok, kudu, gemsbok and eland.
Breakfast. Discover the Vingerklip on the way between Khorixas and Outjo. This rock finger is presently 35m tall after having being exposed to centuries of erosion. Visit of Twyfelfontein, in the heart of the Damaraland this site is not to be missed. On the little plateau the 'doubted spring' a lost community has left engravings of animals that once used to roam the area and others that still do along with abstract images. LODGE DBB Night at Twyfelfontein Country Lodge or similar.
Breakfast. Visit Swakopmund : the 1910 lighthouse, the old post office, the jetty. This city's speedy development started with the opening of the Rössing mine. Today it is the foremost seaside resort in Namibia. Swakopmund :German for "Mouth of the Swakop" is a city on the coast of western Namibia. The town has 44,725 inhabitants and covers 193 square kilometres (75 sq mi) of land. The city is situated in the Namib Desert with fourth largest population centre in Namibia. Swakopmund is a beach resort and an example of German colonial architecture. It was founded in 1892 as the main harbour for German South-West Africa. Buildings in the city include the Altes Gefängnis prison, designed by Heinrich Bause in 1909. Hotel BB Night at The Delight or similar.
OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: This two and a half hour tour on board “Le petit Pelican” shows the highlights of the full Marine Cruise. The highlights are Pelican Point, Oyster farms, Russian Trawlers, Bird Island and Lighthouse. Cold drinks, fresh oysters, sparkling wine and a finger snack are served on board.
OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Sandwich Harbour 4×4 Dune Excursion. Hotel BB Night at The Delight www.gondwana-collection.com or similar.
Breakfast. Transport to Solitaire. For the duration of 9 kilometres discover the Kuiseb Canyon. An environmental construction of schist strata through which the Kuiseb River has imprinted an extraordinary canyon. The Kuiseb River is the separating line sandwiched between the never-ending rocky plains of the north and the sand dunes that end near the Orange River. Lodge DBB Night at Sossusvlei Lodge
Breakfast. Visit the Dead Vlei, a dried-up Lake, a sight not to be missed where only a limited dead trees remain, walled by dunes. Visit Sossusvlei which claims the highest dunes in the world (greater than 300 metres) in the oldest desert on the planet, the Namib, kingdom of the desert antelope: the oryx. Transfer will be done from the 4x2 parking with a 4x4 shuttle for at least 5km to Sossusvlei. Sesriem means "6 ropes” the amount of ropes needed to bring up the buckets of water from 30 metres. Visit the Sesriem Canyon, made by the Tsauchab river, which has eroded a gorge of 50 m deep. Lodge DBB Night at Sossusvlei Lodge
Breakfast. Traveling back Windhoek from Sossusvlei. Lunch in Windhoek. Afternoon Township Tour (Meet the locals) - Your local guide will collect you from your guest house. Katutura is a township of Windhoek, Khomas Region, Namibia. Katutura was created in 1961 following the forced removal of Windhoek's black population from the Old Location, which afterwards was developed into the suburb Hochland Park. HOTEL -BB -Night at the Hotel: The Elegant Guest House
Breakfast. Departing from your hotel to Windhoek International Airport. Drop off your rental car at Windhoek International Airport
All tourists from a foreign country must be in possession of a passport, which must be valid for at least 6 months after end of journey and there must be at least 3 empty pages in the passport. Tourists from France, the Netherlands, the UK, United States of America, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Ireland, Austria, Italy Japan do not need a visa for Namibia, so long as that they are in possession of a valid return air ticket.
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