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Go Big Self Drive Safari

Packaged Self Drive | Boxed2Go - Namibia

This 11 day Epic safari takes you through two of Africa’s great deserts - the Kalahari and the Namib, and their dramatic desert scenery. Midway through your travels, the intriguing town of Swakopmund, nestled between desert and sea, guarantees to delight with its charming curio-shops, restaurants and not to be missed excursions for both the adventurer and more gentle nature lover alike. Rock engravings at Twyfelfontein and the wildlife haven of Etosha National Park complete this epic journey with ancient discoveries and unforgettable wildlife sightings to enjoy. This is a fully packaged self drive and is offered 'as is' at a discounted price. You have the choice of traveling in either a SUV (4x4 Renault Duster) or in a larger Double Cab 'Bakkie' (4x4 Toyota Hilux).

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The accommodation is in mid-range lodges around the country and a city hotel in Swakopmund.

Go Epic is the perfect trip for first-time visitors and showcases a wide range of Namibian delights.

Day

Destination

Accommodation

Distance/Time +/-

1

Kalahari Desert

Kalahari Anib Lodge

285km/3h

2

Kalahari Desert

Kalahari Anib Lodge

 

3

Namib Desert, Sossusvlei

Namib Desert, Sossusvlei

320km/4.15h

4

Namib Desert, Sossusvlei

Namib Desert, Sossusvlei

 

5

Swakopmund, Atlantic Coast

The Delight Swakopmund

300km/4h

6

Swakopmund, Atlantic Coast

The Delight Swakopmund


7

Damaraland

Damara Mopane Lodge

320km/4.5h

8

Damaraland

Damara Mopane Lodge

 

9

Etosha National Park

Etosha Safari Camp

200km/2h

10

Etosha National Park

Etosha Safari Camp


11

Windhoek


405km/5h

 

Self Drive Namibia

  • Self Drive: Dead Vlei 3(1)
  • Self Drive: Elephant (2)
  • Self Drive: Pale Chanting Goshawk
  • Self Drive: Dik Dik
  • Self Drive: Cheetah1
  • Self Drive: Tracking Leopard
  • Self Drive: Dusk Giraffe
  • Self Drive: Local
  • Self Drive: Engravings
  • Self Drive: Rock And Mountain
  • Self Drive: Welwitscia
  • Self Drive: Large Dune
  • Self Drive: Ostriches
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Day 1: Windhoek - Kalahari Desert
Start by heading south through the hills of Windhoek towards Mariental. An optional gravel route at Kalkrand, via the back-roads and gentle hills, gives you a sample of the Kalahari Desert. Travellers opting for the tar can continue southwards, turning off to the east towards Stampriet and the easy 30km drive to Kalahari Anib Lodge. The lodge celebrates the natural elements of earth, wood and fire in an elegantly stylish display.
Meals: None
Accommodation: Kalahari Anib Lodge
Day 2: Kalahari Desert
After a leisurely morning, enjoy a drive to Kalahari Farmhouse to visit the Self-Sufficiency Centre, which supplies Gondwana's lodges with 70% of its fresh produce, all cultivated in the unusually lush setting. Treat yourself to a wholesome and delicious lunch in the Farmhouse's peaceful garden. A highlight of a stay at Kalahari Anib is a wonderfully relaxing afternoon nature drive into the Kalahari. Later, toast life from the top of a dune as the sand turns a fiery red..
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Kalahari Anib Lodge
Day 3: Namib Desert
To the Namib Desert! Cut across the width of the country from east to west via Maltahohe and Bullsport (or take the more scenic route from Maltahohe via the Tsaris Pass), and make your way to Namib Desert Lodge at the foot of a range of impressive 20-million-year-old fossilised dunes. Don't miss the afternoon drive to a pristine spot on the crest of a fossilised dune for a view of the awe-inspiring desert landscape.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Namib Desert Lodge
Day 4: Namib Desert | Sossusvlei
This relaxed lodge is the perfect base from which to explore the area around Sesriem, 60km to the south. Leave early, to be at the Sesriem gate at sunrise to catch the cooler weather and magnificent morning light. Entrance fees can be paid at the office. Sesriem is the gateway to the famed star dunes of Sossusvlei, a further 60km into the desert. The road crosses over the Tsauchab riverbed, marked by lush camelthorn trees, and continues through a corridor of majestic dunes to the parking area. Park your car and catch a ride on the shuttle. A short walk leads to the vlei, where ancient skeletons of camelthorn trees reach heavenwards from the chalky pan. Dead Vlei is one of the most striking sites in Namibia and a photographer's dream. Be sure to wear closed shoes and take a small bottle of water with you - for your own comfort on this incredible walk through the dunes. Sossusvlei is best appreciated from a height, so take a stroll a few paces up the dune. If you're feeling energetic, climb the adjacent Big Mama dune to best appreciate the beauty of the incredible otherworldly surroundings.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Namib Desert Lodge
Day 5: Swakopmund
First stop after you leave Namib Desert Lodge is Solitaire to fill up with fuel and sample a slice of their popular apple pie. Then it's a desert drive through the fascinating scenery of the Gaub and Kuiseb canyons before you reach the palm trees of Walvis Bay. Once back on the tar, the 30km drive to Swakopmund takes you on a mesmerizing journey between the icy Atlantic Ocean and Namib Desert dunes. Unwind and refresh at the end of the day in the warm and uplifting atmosphere of the Delight hotel, before savouring some of Swakopmund's fine cuisine..
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: The Delight Hotel
Day 6: Swakopmund
The Delight's mouth-watering breakfast feast is the very best way to start your day in Swakopmund. Stroll through the town, visit the museum, pop into coffee shops and browse the selection of African curios. Or take a scenic flight, join a living desert tour or a dolphin cruise. Swakopmund is the activity playground of Namibia. Activities range from sky-diving and sand-boarding to the more peaceful desert trips. Enquire about your options from the hotel's activity desk on your arrival and select your favourites for the day. Before you go, reserve a table at one of the many restaurants for dinner and if back in time, walk along the wooden jetty to watch the sun sink into the sea.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: The Delight
Day 7: Damaraland
Follow the salt road along the coast northwards towards Henties Bay, before heading inland on the gravel to Damaraland via Uis and the Brandberg, Namibia's highest mountain. As you near the Ugab River, look out for the striking Herero women with their colourful stalls. Your overnight stop, Damara Mopane Lodge, is 30km east of Khorixas. Built in a semi-circular labyrinth design with a turquoise pool at its centre, the lodge is a lovely and charming surprise. Each chalet has its very own garden with fresh vegetables, sunflowers and the occasional scarecrow peeking out. Stroll up the koppie in the late afternoon to watch the sun set and appreciate the expansive view over the mopane woodland before the inviting aromas of dinner call you back to the lodge. An alternate tarred route from Swakopmund leads inland from the desert and northwards to Damaraland via Karibib, Otjiwarongo and Outjo.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Damara Mopane Lodge
Day 8: Damaraland
This is a day to enjoy the ancient rock engravings at Twyfelfontein and to explore the surroundings. Here, hunter-gatherer traditional healers spoke to their gods asking for healing, rain and luck for the hunt. The Organ Pipes and Burnt Mountain are other interesting sites to visit in the area, as is the Damara Living Museum for some local culture. On your return journey, consider a stop at the Petrified Forest to view ancient fossilised tree trunks. After a full day of memorable discovery, make your way back to the warmth and comfort of Damara Mopane Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Damara Mopane Lodge
Day 9: Etosha
In the heart of the country, Etosha National Park is reached via Outjo, a convenient place to stop for fuel, coffee and snacks. Don't linger too long though, Etosha is waiting. After checking in to Etosha Safari Camp, if time allows, drive the 10km into the national park to sit at the large Okaukuejo waterhole, which is often frequented by wildlife, or take a drive to the surrounding waterholes. For those just wanting a siesta, put your feet up and relax with a book at the lodge pool. Etosha Safari Camp's colourful Shebeen restaurant has become a highlight on travellers' itineraries. Modelled on Namibia's'shebeens' (informal township bars) of old, it's an enjoyable lively venue. The dinner feast is enjoyed outside in the courtyard to the sounds of the musicians strumming their guitars and singing local melodies.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Etosha Safari Camp
Day 10: Etosha
Explore Etosha at your leisure, visiting the many waterholes throughout the park. After experiencing the incredible and renowned wildlife sightings Etosha has to offer, return home to the easy going warmth and friendliness of Etosha Safari Camp for your final night's stay.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Etosha Safari Camp
Day 11: Windhoek
Today you return to Windhoek - accommodation can be arranged at a Windhoek Guest House if required
Meals: Breakfast
Includes
Accommodation
A choice of rental vehicle with comprehensive zero excess insurance & unlimited km's:
  • Renault Duster SUV (4x4 capable) - includes a coolbox & tablet with Namibian travel app
  • Double Cab 4x4 Toyota Hilux - includes a 40 liter fridge, 2 x spare tyres & GPS
A welcome pack including maps and vouchers for the places that you'll be visiting.
A 24 hour emergency assistance phone number
Excludes
Fuel
Lunch and Dinner
Park entrance fees (these need to be paid on arrival).
Tips and gratuities (which are optional).
Any activities not specified.
Go Big Namibia

13 Days - Visits the highlights on Namibia including the Fish River Canyon, desert horses, the dunes at Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland and Etosha National Park

Go Epic Namibia

11 Day - Self drive safari through Namibia's two great deserts - the Kalahari and the Namib. Also takes in the Skeleton Coast and bountiful game viewing in Etosha Park

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