Magical Southern Namibia: Self Drive

From Windhoek to Windhoek
  • Namibia
  • Wildlife and Nature
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Tour Description

This self-drive expedition promises an immersive and unforgettable journey through Namibia's diverse and breathtaking landscapes, allowing you the freedom to explore at your own pace and create lasting memories along the way.

Begin your journey by traversing the awe-inspiring Kalahari Desert, where you'll be mesmerized by its deep red dunes and encounter uniquely adapted wildlife. Continue your exploration to the majestic Fish River Canyon and the Quiver Tree Forest, where over 250 indigenous aloes create a stunning backdrop.

As you travel towards the charming coastal town of Lüderitz, make sure to stop at Naute Dam and Garub to catch a glimpse of the extraordinary Namib Desert Horses. Dive into the intriguing history of the region with a visit to the Kolmanskop diamond town, offering a fascinating glimpse into its once-thriving past.

Venture further into the ancient allure of the Namib Desert, where you'll discover the towering dunes of Sossusvlei and the dramatic beauty of Sesriem Canyon. Take in the breathtaking scenery and enjoy thrilling adventures in Swakopmund, from scenic flights offering bird's-eye views of the landscape to exhilarating dune boarding experiences.

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The country offers breathtakingly beautiful scenic routes, from the red dunes of Sossusvlei to the rugged terrain of Fish River Canyon, making every drive a memorable experience.

From dune boarding and quad biking in Swakopmund to hiking in Fish River Canyon, Namibia offers a range of adventurous activities for thrill-seekers

Along the way, travelers can encounter diverse wildlife, including desert-adapted species such as oryx, zebras, and the unique Namib Desert Horses.

Tour Itinerary

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Day 1

On arrival, pick up your car. You will have a detailed briefing about your car and other essential information to help you on your way.

Drive to your Windhoek Hotel. If you have time, explore Windhoek at your leisure.

Overnight in at Heinitzburg hotel Windhoek including breakfast

Day 2
Kalahari - 174 miles (280 km)

Today depart on a journey into the world's largest sand mass, the Kalahari Desert, often referred to by the bushmen as the "Soul of the World."

Take in the breathtaking sight of its deep red dunes and vast grass plains dotted with acacias and shrubs, providing a sanctuary for uniquely adapted wildlife. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon or choose to embark on an unforgettable sundowner drive for an exceptional experience.

Stay overnight at Intu Africa Camelthorn Lodge

Day 3-4
Fish River Canyon - 286 miles (460 km)

After leaving the Kalahari dunes behind, your journey leads you through sparse vegetation, isolated hills, and vast rocky plains until you reach the Quiver Tree Forest, home to more than 250 of these native aloes in one concentrated area. Next, venture to the Fish River Canyon, where you'll witness the stunning beauty of adapted wildlife and plant life.

The next day, explore the Fish River Canyon, boasting a length of 170km and an average depth of 550m, ranking as the second largest canyon globally. Spend the rest of the afternoon at your leisure at the lodge or engage in optional activities offered there.

Overnight at Canyon Village with breakfast.

Day 5
Lüderitz - 261 miles (420 km)

Travelling past the Naute Dam, home to the Naute Kristal Distillery—a must-visit for Gin enthusiasts. Proceed towards the edge of the Namibian escarpment, passing through the Succulent Karoo, until you reach the charming coastal town of Lüderitz.

Along the way, make a stop at Garub to catch a glimpse of the extraordinary Namib Desert Horses, which have adapted to survive in this harsh environment. Your accommodation offers a spectacular view overlooking the vast Atlantic Ocean.

Overnight at Kairos Cottage with breakfast.

Day 6
Southern Namib - 155 miles (250 km)

Prior to venturing into the southern Namib Desert, a detour to Kolmanskop, near Lüderitz, offers a captivating journey back in time to a once-thriving diamond town that thrived from 1908 to 1950. This historical site is a must-visit for those intrigued by the remnants of its bustling past.

Continuing eastward, your next destination is nestled in a serene desert setting just outside the quaint town of Aus.

Overnight at Klein Aus Vista Desert Horse Inn with breakfast.

Day 7-8
Namib Desert - 342 miles (550 km)

This morning, your journey takes you through expansive plains and alongside breathtaking mountain ranges as you enter the Namib Desert, renowned as the oldest desert globally. Your lodge is conveniently located near Sesriem, serving as the gateway to two of Namibia's most iconic attractions: Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon.

At sunrise, embark on a trip to Sossusvlei, home to the world's highest dunes. Explore Dead Vlei, a mesmerizing white clay pan surrounded by towering dunes and adorned with ancient Camelthorn trees. On your return journey, make a stop at Sesriem Canyon. The remainder of the day can be spent leisurely or participating in an optional afternoon nature drive.

Overnight at The Elegant Desert Lodge with breakfast.

Day 9
Namib Desert - 50 miles (80 km)

After enjoying breakfast amidst the breathtaking landscapes of the Namib Desert, journey towards your next lodge nestled at the base of petrified dunes. This location offers you the chance to immerse yourself in the wonders of the Namib Desert through scenic nature drives and memorable sundowner experiences.

Alternatively, you can opt to unwind beside the lodge pools and indulge in relaxation.

Overnight at Namib Desert Lodge with breakfast.

Day 10-11
Swakopmund - 186 miles (300 km)

Today's journey takes you through the Namib Naukluft Park to Swakopmund, a serene coastal town nestled between the Namib Desert and the Atlantic Ocean. Swakopmund is renowned for its unique German architecture and atmosphere.

During your scenic drive, visit the Welwitschia Plains and the strikingly named Moon Landscape, both captivating attractions along the route. In Swakopmund, you'll have the opportunity to engage in various adventurous activities. These options include scenic flights, dolphin cruises, quad biking, parasailing, and dune boarding, providing a thrilling and unforgettable experience.

Overnight at Organic Stay Guest House with breakfast.

Day 12
Swakopmund Windhoek - 217 miles (350 km)

After a relaxed breakfast, travel up the Namibian plateau and back to Windhoek for your last night.

Overnight in at Heinitzburg hotel Windhoek including breakfast

Day 13
Departure Day

Today drive to the airport where your arrangements conclude once you've returned your car.

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 12 nights accommodation as specified
  • Included Copy 20 Meals as specified
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 13 days Toyota Fortuna or similar car hire
  • Included Copy 20 Classic Max Car Insurance cover
  • Included Copy 7 Any Flights and taxes, Visas, Insurance, Personal Expenses, or gratuities


  • Included Visit traditional villages to learn about indigenous lifestyles and storytelling traditions
  • Included Spot wildlife like oryx, springbok, and ostriches as you drive through Namib-Naukluft National Park
  • Included Try the (optional) dune boarding for an exhilarating desert thrill!
  • Included Hike along the Fish River Canyon rim to admire breathtaking panoramic views
  • Included Discover the surreal landscapes of Deadvlei, a white clay pan surrounded by towering dunes
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13 days

Price from

$3,054 USD

Per person, sharing

based on low season

Daily on request