South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure | Discover Africa Safaris
 

11

days
Safari: Namibia, South Africa

South Africa and Namibia Classic Self Drive Adventure

This is a great adventure, travelling up the West Coast of South Africa and visiting iconic destinations in southern Namibia

Go on a 11 day safari like this from

per person

customised to your needs
Our African Travel Expert

Alice Lombard

COST OF SAFARI - CAN BE CUSTOMISED
Estimated cost per person for a 11-day safari like this, depending on the season.
International flights not included.
SEASON

JanLow

FebLow

MarLow

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

AugPeak

SepPeak

OctPeak

NovPeak

Costing tip: When comparing with other companies, remember most of them only show the low season rate. How pricing works >

Our African Travel Expert

For a wildlife-focused, value for money safari
tailored to your budget

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

Start your journey

Collect your vehicle today and start your journey up the west coast of South Africa. Depending on the time of year you travel, the route is a rainbow of colours when the wild flowers of Namaqualand bloom. 

Travel as far north as Springbok, where accommodation will be arranged for you at Naries Namaqualand Lodge. 

Accommodation at Naries Namakwa Retreat, Springbok, South AfricaSkyline of the Naries Namakwa Retreat in SpringbokHut style accommodation at Naries Namakwa Retreat, SpringbokThe Pool area Naries Namakwa Retreat AccomodationFireplace and Lounge of the Naries Namakwa Retreat, Springbok, AfricaRelax in African style at Naries Namakwa RetreatA bush getaway at Naries Namakwa Retreat, Springbok, South AfricaDinner in the Bush - Naries Namakwa Retreat, South AfricaStars in the night sky at Naries Namakwa Retreat, South AfricaBush Accommodation - Naries Namakwa Retreat, Springbok

day

2

Cross over into Namibia

An early start to the day and you'll be crossing the border from South Africa into Namibia. In general the border crossings are an easy affair, but depending on the time of year, and if the locals are on holiday, it could be a bit drawn out. 

Continue on to the Fish River Canyon where two nights accommodation will be arranged for you at Fish River Lodge. 

Fish River Lodge - African Wildlife SafarisFish River Lodge - African Wildlife SafarisFish River Lodge - African Wildlife SafarisFish River Lodge - African Wildlife SafarisFish River Lodge - African Wildlife SafarisFish River Lodge - African Wildlife SafarisFish River Lodge - African Wildlife SafarisFish River Lodge - African Wildlife SafarisFish River Lodge - African Wildlife SafarisFish River Lodge - African Wildlife Safaris

day

3

Fish River Canyon

We've included a half day morning hike into the program this morning so that you can experience a bit of this iconic area. 

Fish River Lodge - African Wildlife SafarisFish River Lodge - African Wildlife SafarisFish River Lodge - African Wildlife SafarisFish River Lodge - African Wildlife SafarisFish River Lodge - African Wildlife SafarisFish River Lodge - African Wildlife SafarisFish River Lodge - African Wildlife SafarisFish River Lodge - African Wildlife SafarisFish River Lodge - African Wildlife SafarisFish River Lodge - African Wildlife Safaris

day

4

Horse country

Today you contine going north to the history filled town of Aus. It's a tiny town filled with history, and on walks in the area you are still able to see evidence of the war that took place between the Germans and the South African national forces. There is also reminants of a Prisoner of War camp.

Accommodation is arranged for you at Klein-Aus Desert Horse Inn, which is located just outside the town on the side of a hill, where all the chalets have views of the changing Namibian landscape.

Klein-Aus Vista Desert Horse Inn, Aus Mountains, Namibia, AccomodationAn aerial view of Klein-Aus Vista Desert Horse Inn, Aus Mountains, NamibiaKlein-Aus Vista Desert Horse Inn night view, Aus Mountains, NamibiaThe bedroom view at Klein-Aus Vista Desert Horse Inn, Namibia, AccomodationKlein-Aus Vista Desert Horse Inn, Accomodation, NamibiaKlein-Aus Vista Desert Horse Inn, Aus Mountains, NamibiaKlein-Aus Vista Desert Horse Inn, Aus Mountains, NamibiaKlein-Aus Vista Desert Horse Inn, Aus Mountains, Namibia

day

5

Windy ghost town

Today is a great day of sight-seeing. You can start by stopping at Kolmanskop, which is a ghost town that has become a living museum. Continue on to the coastal town of Luderitz. The German influence is very strong here, from architecture to food and it's a lovely place.

En-route back to your accommodation, you pass by the view-point for the wild horses of Aus. Late afternoon is usually a good time to stop off as you may be lucky enough to see them at the man-made drinking hole.

Klein-Aus Vista Desert Horse Inn night view, Aus Mountains, NamibiaThe bedroom view at Klein-Aus Vista Desert Horse Inn, Namibia, AccomodationKlein-Aus Vista Desert Horse Inn, Aus Mountains, NamibiaKlein-Aus Vista Desert Horse Inn, Accomodation, NamibiaKlein-Aus Vista Desert Horse Inn, Aus Mountains, NamibiaKlein-Aus Vista Desert Horse Inn, Aus Mountains, Namibia, AccomodationAn aerial view of Klein-Aus Vista Desert Horse Inn, Aus Mountains, NamibiaKlein-Aus Vista Desert Horse Inn, Aus Mountains, Namibia

day

6

Namib Naukluft National Park

Travel from Aus to the Namib Naukluft National Park. It's typical Namibian dirt road all the way, so be sure to travel carefully. 

Accommodation will be arranged for you at the Hoodia Desert Lodge where you will spend the next two nights with breakfast and dinner included.

Communal Area at Hoodia Desert Lodge in NamibiaHoodia Desert Lodge Bedroom in NamibiaHoodia Desert Lodge in SossusvleiDining at Hoodia Desert Lodge, NamibiaExterior of the Hoodia Desert Lodge in SossusvleiBedroom at Hoodia Desert Lodge, NamibiaHoodia Desert Lodge Interior in Sossusvlei, NamibiaHoodia Desert Lodge Deck in SossusvleiPan in Sossusvlei in NamibiaHoodia Desert Lodge Lounge in Sossusvlei, Namibia

day

7

Sossusvlei

This morning is an early start but it's well worth it. An excursion will be arranged for you with the lodge to the famous Sossusvlei. You could drive yourself, but the last bit of the route is for experinced 4x4 drivers only. 

Return back to the lodge in the late afternoon

Hoodia Desert Lodge in SossusvleiHoodia Desert Lodge Interior in Sossusvlei, NamibiaBedroom at Hoodia Desert Lodge, NamibiaCommunal Area at Hoodia Desert Lodge in NamibiaExterior of the Hoodia Desert Lodge in SossusvleiHoodia Desert Lodge Bedroom in NamibiaPan in Sossusvlei in NamibiaDining at Hoodia Desert Lodge, NamibiaHoodia Desert Lodge Deck in SossusvleiHoodia Desert Lodge Exterior in Sossusvlei, Namibia

day

8

Swakopmund

Today you travel to Swakopmund on the west coast of Namibia. Be sure to stop off at Solitaire, where they claim to bake the best apple pie in Namibia....

On arrival in Swakopmund, spend the afternoon relaxing and getting to know the town. 

The Delight Swakopmund - African Wildlife SafarisThe Delight Swakopmund - African Wildlife SafarisThe Delight Swakopmund - African Wildlife SafarisThe Delight Swakopmund - African Wildlife SafarisThe Delight Swakopmund - African Wildlife SafarisThe Delight Swakopmund - African Wildlife Safaris

day

9

Skeleton Coast

Today is an adventure of contrasts. After a short visit to Walvis Bay, we drive south, passing the colorful evaporation fields of the salt workes and enjoy an adventurous drive through the majestic dunes and along the sea. The last kilometres to Sandwich Harbour can only be managed at low water level by a very experienced driver. Plenty of fish attracts lake and land birds since the pent-up ground water provides lots of plants to protect their offspring. On request, we have a lovely picnic in an unspoiled environment with terrific scenes and landscapes as a background. Sand covered ruins from colonial times where Guano was harvested and transported back to Walvis Bay can still be seen. Sandwich Harbour is a paradise for ornithologists and photographers from all over the world. Our way back leads us through the large Kuiseb delta, also home to many bird species, jackal, brown hyaena, springbuck and many more. This tour is truly a great outing.

The Delight Swakopmund - African Wildlife SafarisThe Delight Swakopmund - African Wildlife SafarisThe Delight Swakopmund - African Wildlife SafarisThe Delight Swakopmund - African Wildlife SafarisThe Delight Swakopmund - African Wildlife SafarisThe Delight Swakopmund - African Wildlife Safaris

day

10

Day at leisure

Spend today at your leisure in and around Swakopmund.

The Delight Swakopmund - African Wildlife SafarisThe Delight Swakopmund - African Wildlife SafarisThe Delight Swakopmund - African Wildlife SafarisThe Delight Swakopmund - African Wildlife SafarisThe Delight Swakopmund - African Wildlife SafarisThe Delight Swakopmund - African Wildlife Safaris

day

11

End of your journey

Travel to Windhoek airport today, where you will return your rental vehicle and connect with your flight home.

You Might Also Like

11-day Affordable Namibian experience

An active, exciting adventure, exploring the iconic areas of this vast country – its dunes, deserts, plains and superb wildlife. On this adventure you will take in the red dunes of Sossusvlei, the life-filled, blue Atlantic Ocean, the desert…

Namibia safari on board the Rovos Rail

This nine-day, 3 400 kilometre journey takes the train from the savannahs of the Highveld to the Atlantic in the west. Departing from Pretoria, the first stop is Kimberley, centre of one of the world’s famous diamond rushes where there is an…

Best of Namibia Self-Drive Adventure

The Namibian experience is nostalgic and it will always leave you yearning for more. Characterized by vast wilderness that overlooks the cold Atlantic Ocean, this southwest African nation is home to two of Africa’s largest deserts, including…

Namibia safari adventure

Touring Namibia is truly a pleasure. Visit the capital of Windhoek and the lovely coastal town of Swakopmund to discover remnants of the country’s German influence, reflected in the architecture, culture, cuisine and the annual Oktoberfest…

Related Articles

Nine reasons why you need to go on a Namibia safari in 2018

Namibia is situated on the south-west coast of Africa, covering more than 318,000 square miles. Namibia borders the Atlantic Ocean, Angola and Zambia to the north, Botswana to the east and South Africa to the south. Wildlife has managed to… read more

Adventure safari | Surf’s up in Namibia

Namibia is renowned for its abundance of striking landscapes and adventurous activities. The beautiful country’s coastal region is a hidden gem for surfers and is slowly gaining popularity for the large swells during June and August every… read more

Four fantasy forests to explore in South Africa

Afromontane forests cover less than 0,50% of South Africa’s land area and are concentrated in areas that receive plenty of rainfall and lie near coastal regions of the country. These forests are diverse ecosystems, supporting birds and of… read more

A short guide to Addo Elephant National Park

Conveniently located an hour from the city of Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, Addo Elephant National Park should not be missed on a safari in South Africa. As the third largest park in the country, it’s well… read more

Our African Travel Expert

Free safari planning advice from destination experts