A journey in self-drive to savour the authentic soul of Namibia, its boundless landscapes and the richness of its uncontaminated nature. Between safaris in private reserves, climbing the highest dunes on the planet, ghost towns and breathtaking canyons, you will experience a unique and unparalleled adventure in complete autonomy.
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Day 1: Visit the Erindi Game Reserve
Upon your arrival in Windhoek, pick-up of the car and departure for the Erindi Game Reserve, a beautiful private reserve with valleys and hills that are very reminiscent of the landscape of the cartoon The Lion King. Arrival and overnight at the Elephant Camp in one of the fantastic self-catering chalets. The reception has a very well stocked shop (meat, vegetables, fruit, bread, egg milk and much more). I suggest making a first exploration tour of the reserve in self-drive, permission to be requested at the reception. Erindi is the largest private reserve in Namibia, around 20,000 hectares. In the park, there are giraffes, lions, leopards, black and white rhinos, cheetahs, wild dogs, elephants, zebras, oryxes, black wildebeests, kudus, hyenas, pangolins, hippos, crocodiles and many others.
Day 2: Erindi Game Reserve
A day dedicated to safaris. Early morning departure with the ranger for the game drive, return and breakfast. I recommend the second exit in self-drive and in the afternoon game drive with the ranger for the evening tour. During the austral winter, there is no night game drive due to low temperatures but there is the one from 16:30 to 20:00. Return to the lodge and dinner.
Day 3: Excursion to Swakopmund
Breakfast and departure for Swakopmund, an incredible resort with buildings similar to the Black Forest, but you will be surrounded by desert dunes and the Atlantic Ocean. Using the C38 you will arrive at UIS and from there you will continue to the Mt Brandberg Nature Reserve to visit the White Lady Felszeichnungen, famous for the San rock paintings, very interesting. Dinner at the Tiger Reef Beach Restaurant, a characteristic beach restaurant, exceptional for its location and quality of food. Enjoy the sunset at the pier.
Day 4: From Swakopmund to Cape Cross
Breakfast and departure for Cape Cross, the largest colony of sea lions in the southern hemisphere. It will be an unforgettable experience. It is not known exactly how many sea lions are present in the colony, but it is estimated a variable number between 80,000 and 100,000 specimens. On the way from Swakopmund to Cape Cross, stop and take pictures of the wreck of the Zeila. Lunch at Cape Cross Restaurant. Return to Swakopmund and dinner at the hotel.
Day 5: From Swakopmund to Sossusvlei
Breakfast and departure for Sossusvlei on the C14, according to any one of the most beautiful roads in the country. Lunch at the Rostock Ritz Desert Lodge, a marvellous lodge set on the ridge of a hill, built with local material, fantastic view of the valley below. Arrival in Sossusvlei and overnight.
Day 6: The dunes of Sossusvlei
Departure for the dunes (# 45, # 17 but above all at the Big Daddy Dune) which you will “climb”. Breathtaking experience. As you will be leaving very early in the morning, the lodge will prepare a packed breakfast for you. We recommend comfortable clothes and closed shoes. The lodge will provide you with a packed breakfast. Lunch in the restaurant at the entrance to the park, afternoon rest and return to the dunes for a glass of wine at sunset … Unforgettable colours and flavours. Return and dinner at the lodge for dinner.
Day 7: From Sossusvlei to Aus
Breakfast and departure for Aus. Follow the C14 and C13, the view you will see will give you a few surprises. You will have lunch in the Betta oasis, where you can refuel. Continuing a few kilometres north, on the D826, you will arrive in one of the most incredible places in Namibia, the castle of Duwisib, built in 1909 by Baron and Captain Heinrick Von Wolf to entice his American wife to move to Namibia.
Day 8: Exploration of Luderitz
Breakfast and departure for Luderitz and visit to the ghost town of Kolmanskop, an interesting settlement abandoned about 50 years ago; the desert is slowly regaining the city. Suggestive and disturbing, but above all photogenic and beautiful, it can be visited from 9.30am and 11.00am. Fish-based lunch in Luderitz at the Diaz Coffee Shop, a simple restaurant with the most incredible and fresh variety of fish. The tables are made from old lobster traps and old buoy benches. After lunch, we recommend visiting Diaz Point. Return to Aus and overnight at the Bahnhof Hotel.
Day 9: Fish River Canyon
Breakfast and departure for Ai-Ais. The road will pass near one, the only farm with vineyards and orchards, a green spot in the arid rock desert. We will have lunch at the Canyon Roadhouse, where you will be able to admire the most important collection by car, motorbike and van from the 1900s to the whole of southern Africa. After lunch, you will arrive in Hobas where you will visit the viewpoints of the Fish River Canyon. We will spend the night in the resort in the Canyon. The indoor and outdoor pools are heated with natural 65-degree spring water … A panacea after a long journey.
Day 10: Towards Windhoek
Breakfast and departure for Windhoek. The road is very beautiful and with little traffic, it is absolutely not tiring to cover long distances.