Classic Namibia Self Drive

Namibia offers a great family adventure with beautiful scenery, wildlife and plenty of adventure and activities to suit all ages. The country is vast, and with 80% of the roads being gravel is does make for a dusty adventure. Namibia has an impressive landscape and is home to some of the highest sand dunes in the world as well as the second largest canyon – The Fish River Canyon.


Guide Price & Inclusions

1 night Windhoek, 2 Sossusvlei, 2 Swakopmund, 2 Damaraland, 3 Etosha, 1 AfriCAT £3,800 per adult and £2,700 per child under 12 sharing including flights, Car Hire and accommodation. Board basis varies from Bed & Breakfast in Windhoek and Swakopmund, and Full Board for the Safari regions.

Rates subject to travel dates and hotel selection

Suggested Extensions

Due to the sheer size of Namibia and the vast distances that will be travelled, we recommend to keep Namibia as a single destination. The itinerary can be flipped around, and additional nights can be added. We usually recommend a minimum of 11 nights on the ground with ideally a night in Windhoek at the start and end due to driving times and flight connections.

Best Time to Travel

This itinerary is popular year round, but the best time for safari is May to September during dry season. Namibia is beautiful from January to March when the rains are usually expected and the desert comes to life with flowers and grasses.

Tips for Families

This trip is a real adventure and great for the family to spend time together. We would recommend to ideally avoid 1 night stops and do a minimum of 2 stops in each area, 3 would be ideal if time allowed.


  • Early morning climb of Big Daddy and a visit to the picturesque Dead Vlei
  • Seal spotting and treasure collecting along the Skeleton Coast
  • Water hole game viewing in the Etosha National Park
  • Walking with cheetah at the AfriCAT Foundation


Day 1 | Fly Overnight to Johannesburg, South Africa

Depart Heathrow Airport for an overnight flights of approx 10.5 hours to Johannesburg.

Day 2 | Connect with your onward flight to Windhoek

Morning arrival into Johannesburg Airport, where you will stay in transit and connect with your onward flight to Windhoek.

On arrival into Windhoek, collect your car hire and drive approx 1 hour to your Windhoek Bed & Breakfast to overnight.

Day 3 | Drive to Sossusvlei

After breakfast – drive approx 4-6 hours to Sossusvlei and check into your lodge for the next 2 nights.

We recommend 3 nights here if you are wanting to do a hot air balloon flight.

Day 4 | Explore Sossusvlei

Early morning rise to beat the crowds and the heat, head into Sossusvlei Park for a chance to view Dune 45, Dune 7 and attempt to climb Big Daddy. Dead Vlei is also great for photographs with the silhouettes and shadows of the dead trees.

Afternoon game drive viewing desert animals such as springbok and gemsbok and then head to Sesrium Canyon for a cool evening walk and to watch the sunset.

Day 5 | Drive to Swakopmund

Drive 4-6 hours to Swakopmund via the small “town” of Solitaire – made famous for its simply delicious Apple Crumble.

Enjoy 2 night in Swakopmund on the coast – a welcome break from the heat of the desert.

Day 6 | Explore Swakopmund

Swakopmund is a activity hub of Namibia and there is plenty to choose from – boat and fishing trips from Walvis Bay, Scenic flight over the Skeleton Coast, Dune Boarding, Quad Biking, a visit to the Seals at Cape Cross or you simply may just want to enjoy a spot of shopping in town!

Day 7 | Drive to Damaraland

Early morning start today – drive from Swakopmund to Damaraland, approx 7-8 hours / full day. Arrive late afternoon.

Day 8 | Explore Damaraland

Spend today enjoying the moonscape of this region, a chance to spot the desert elephants and track rhino on foot. This area is wild and rugged, yet there are still animals that thrive here. Spot springbok, oryx, elephant, giraffe and jackals.

Day 9 | Drive to West Etosha

Today head towards Etosha National Park with an overnight stop on the Western border.

Day 10-11 | Full days game drives in Etosha National Park

Spend the full day driving through the park from West to East. Drive from waterhole to waterhole to see what animals have congregated to quench their thirst from the heat of the day.

Enjoy 2 nights on the East side of Etosha National Park. There is an option to stay at a Nationa Camp inside the park or at one of the Private Reserve located just outside the park.

Park entrance fees are minimal.

Day 12 | Drive to the AfriCAT Foundation

Today drive South approx 6 hours to the AfriCAT Foundation and spend 1 night here.

You can choose to enjoy a tour or two with the animals that have been rescued and that are being rehabilitated at the AfriCAT Foundation or you can opt to just relax around the pool.

Day 13 | Drive to Windhoek Airport to connect with your flight home to the UK

Today – drive back to Windhoek Airport in time for your flight to Johannesburg, stay in transit and connect with your evening flight home back to the UK.

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In our Client's Words...

As always an excellently organised holiday by the team at Bushbaby and consistent with previous trips taken in various parts of the world. Tailor made in line with our personal preferences in all aspects providing the best platform to explore a fascinating country. Namibia is a fantastic holiday destination and experience with wonderful accommodation and activities in a variety of contrasting locations.

Shelagh & David C

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