Nambian Desert to Coast Self-Drive Road Trip (9 days) | Discover Africa Safaris

Nambian Desert to Coast Self-Drive Road Trip (9 days)

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Safari: Namibia

Nambian Desert to Coast Self-Drive Road Trip (9 days)

From the famous Sossusvlei, quaint Swakopmund, historical Damaraland and on towards Etosa National Park, this road trip through Namibia is an authentic and different take on a safari...

This itinerary is a perfectly choreographed excursion into the starkly beautiful Namibian landscape. Visit the following Namibia safari highlights: 

  • SossusvleiSossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red dunes to make this one of the most scenic natural wonders of Africa and a photographer's heaven.
  • Swakopmund: Set along Namibia's spectacularly scenic coast, the seaside town of Swakopmund is known for its wide-open avenues, colonial architecture, and its surrounding otherworldly desert terrain.
  • Damaraland: The major attractions in this ruggedly beautiful area, are the sacred Spitzkoppe, the Brandberg, Twyfelfontein, Vingerklip and the otherworldly Petrified Forest. Visitors can take in the dramatic vistas, catch a glimpse of the rare desert-adapted elephant.
  • Etosha National Park: Needing no introduction, Namibia's biggest national park has picturesque landscapes dotted with abundant wildlife. Visitors can catch a glimpse of a variety of wildlife including: lion, giraffe, elephant, white and black rhino, and a multitude of plains game. 

Included in this safari: 

  • 9 Days 4x4 Vehicle Rental with unlimited mileage
  • Super Cover Collision Damage and Theft Loss Waivers
  • Accommodation and daily breakfast. 
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Estimated cost per person for a 9-day safari like this, depending on the season. Can be customised based on your budget and requirements.
International flights not included.
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What to Expect on This Safari

This popular itinerary can be customised to match your budget and travel dates by adding/removing a few days or selecting different lodges

day

1

Windhoek | Sossusvlei

  • On arrival at Windhoek Airport, make your way to the Britz Rental Counter to collect your four wheel drive vehicle. Once all formalities have been completed, you can start your Namibian journey.
  • Make your way to the Namib Desert Lodge located just outside the Namib Naukluft National Park where you will spend the next two nights.

Meals: Breakfast

Drinks not included

Own transport 

day

2

Sossusvlei | Gondwana Namib Park

  • Some free time this morning to enjoy the relaxed and friendly ambience of the lodge while cooling off at the pool, watching gemsbok arrive at the waterhole to drink, walking the trails into the dunes or dining in the cosy restaurant.
  • This evening discover the fossilized dunes, the red dunes above the plateau and the many wonders of the Namib Desert on a guided sunset drive around Gondwana Namib Park.

Meals: Breakfast

Drinks not included

Own transport 

day

3

Swakopmund

Today after breakfast, make your way up to the Coastal town of Swakopmund where you will spend the next two nights. With its Namibian residents, bustle of tourists, historical buildings, nature based adventures and city pleasures, Swakopmund is an experience like no other - with something for everyone to enjoy.

Meals: Breakfast

Drinks not included

Own transport 

day

4

Swakopmund

Swakopmund has so much to offer - Join a dolphin cruise, kayak amongst seals, give deep sea fishing a try, or simply take a leisurely walk along the beach in the afternoon. Dine in picturesque restaurants along the seaside promenade, walk through old-fashioned streets as you take in the colonial history around you. Visit the museum, enter an ocean wonderland at the National Marine Aquarium, or climb to the top of Woermann Haus for a prime view of the town.

Meals: Breakfast

Drinks not included

Own transport 

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5

Damaraland

  • Leave the Coastal Town behind as you head inland and North towards Damaraland.
  • Damaraland is an exceptionally scenic landscape featuring open plains, ancient valleys and spectacular rock formations. The major attractions are the sacred Spitzkoppe, the Brandberg, Twyfelfontein, Vingerklip and the otherworldly Petrified Forest. 
  • Popular activities include: guided drives, nature walks and visiting the local communities. View Damaraland's world-famous ancient rock art.

Meals: Breakfast

Drinks not included

Own transport 

day

6

Damaraland

  • Today you can choose to explore the flora and fauna of the Damaraland on your own on a self-guided hiking trails which take you through the wildly romantic scenery of the Damara Mopane Lodge house mountain. Alternatively you can take a drive out to explore more of this incredibly scenic area.
  • Upon returning to the lodge, make your way to the viewing platform where you can enjoy spectacular views and a sundowner drink before heading back to the lodge to enjoy dinner.

Meals: Breakfast

Drinks not included

Own transport 

day

7

Etosha South

Today you make your way to Etosha Safari Lodge where you will end off your Namibian Journey with two nights here enjoying safari as well as some relaxation. The lodge, only ten kilometres from the Park's central entrance and a world away from the hustle and bustle, offers top grade Etosha accommodation with easy access to the Park.

Meals: Breakfast

Drinks not included

Own transport 

day

8

Etosha South

  • Today enjoy a full day game drive into Etosha National Park on a guided safari. Explore the national park with a guide who is familiar with the waterholes and the animals that visit them. The guide will introduce you to African wildlife from the elevated seat of a game vehicle. 
  • After the enchantment of Etosha, return to the lodge to dive into the cool waters of the pools. Dine on the veranda under a dome of stars, sit next to a blazing fire or watch the ruby sun sink gracefully into the landscape.

Meals: Breakfast

Drinks not included

Own transport 

day

9

End of Journey

  • This morning, after breakfast, make your way back to Windhoek Airport where you will return your hired vehicle and make your way to the check-in counters for your flight back home.
  • Note: Dependant on your flight departure time, an extra night in Windhoek might be necessary and can be added to this customizable itinerary.
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