Land of open spaces and ancient cultures
Namibia self-drive safari itineraries
Namibia is one of the top self-drive Safari destinations in the world, so it is easy to fall into the trap of wanting to see as much as you can in one trip. We recommend that you resist the urge to spend six hours on the road every day, and rather slow down and enjoy the experience. This way you will return home relaxed with loads of memories to share with family and friends.
We offer four basic routes that can be taken on their own or in combination. And we offer three tour levels that determine the type of accommodation on the route, from self-catering and camping to luxury safari lodges. There are hundreds of options for your stays along these routes, which we can tailor to meet your needs based on the level you choose. For instance, to get a feel for life on a farm in Africa you could stay at any of hundreds of available Guest Farms.
1. Mountains and Waves (Central and coastal region)
A route for those who prefer shorter drives while seeing as much of the Namib and Central landscapes as possible. Includes Windhoek, Okahandja, Omaruru, Uis, Hentiesbay, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay and anything inbetween.
2. Canyon and Diamonds (South and south-west)
Long distances and dry heat rewarded with scenic mountain passes, beautiful man-made lakes and resorts, top National Parks and the majestic Fish River Canyon. Includes Solitaire, Sesriem, Aus, Luderitz, Ai-Ais, Keetmanshoop, and Mariental.
3. Kunene and Tribes (North and north-west)
See Himba tribes in their homes, the haunting Skeleton Coast and the last free-roaming rhino. Includes Okahandja, Otjiwarongo, Outjo, Etosha, Opuwo, Sesfontein, Palmwag, Skeleton Coast Park and the shipwrecks.
4. Bushy (North and north-east)
Swap classic Namibian starkness for more bushy terrain with common game varieties and venture into the Caprivi strip with its sub-tropical forests, swamps and rivers. Includes Okahandja, Otjiwarongo, Outjo, Etosha, Otavi, Tsumeb, Grootfontein, Rundu and Katima Mulilo.
Price levels for each route
- Stranger – mostly camping
- Discoverer – camping and mid-range lodges
- Explorer – the best camps and top lodges