Elephant Self Drive
Mid-market Self Drive to Etosha - Namibia
This short 4 day self drive tour starts and ends in Windhoek. It head north to visit the Etosha National Park - undoubtedly one of the world's finest game-viewing destinations. The accommodation on this trip includes 1 night inside the park allowing you to night game watch at the well-known Okaukuejo spot-lit waterhole. Two nights at a private lodge on the edge of the park follow. Elephants are a major drawcard in Etosha and they can live for up to 70 years, eating some 250kg of vegetation a day!
Game viewing is best done in the early morning or late afternoon. At these times a wide diversity of wildlife congregates and interacts around many of the waterholes, located mainly on the southern edge of Etosha Pan. The action starts at dawn when large numbers of animals approach for refreshment. So self-driving around Etosha has always been the most practical way getting around to see black rhinoceros, elephant and lion and the many species of antelope jostling for a drink.
Although it is possible to book this itinerary 'as is', as with all our self drive trips this is entirely customisable. We can add or delete days, change the accommodation used and generally design the tour to suit your individual requirements. Visitors who might prefer a break from driving themselves can arrange a guided safari.
- Day 1: Windhoek - Etosha Park
- An early start from Windhoek is required as there is a 435km drive to Etosha NP. Ensure you are inside the park gates well before sunset. Head north of the capital via the towns of Okahandja, Otjiwarongo and then Outjo, the latter makes for a timely lunch stop. Once you have entered Etosha at the Andersson's Gate the wildlife action begins straight away at the Ombika waterhole. Lion, black rhino and almost always plains game come here although sightings are never guaranteed. The main highlight at Okaukuejo Restcamp is the waterhole. Lively and productive throughout the day during the dry season it becomes absolutely thrilling at night. Large herds of elephant come to drink, interspersed with visits from lion, lone rhinos, hyena, antelope and a selection of nocturnal creatures.
- Day 2 & 3: Etosha Park
- A very early start today as you will day trip all the way east to the Von Lindquist entrance. So take advantage of the sunrise to game drive immediately the gates open. As various animal activity begins, you can venture towards selected waterholes watching in the bush for movement as you go.
Halali makes for a good lunch stop. You can cool off in the pool as well as take a short walk to check on any visitors at the Moringa waterhole. Afterwards you can game drive east towards Chudop, where large numbers of predators and game regularly visit. From here to Namutoni look out for secretarybirds, vultures and ostrich on the either side of the road in the open veld.
Drive out of the park well before sunset to your overnight accommodation for the next 2 nights. You are only a short drive away and can benefit from either a self-drive trip to explore the eastern attractions of Etosha or hop on a guided game drive into the park itself. Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Mushara Lodge
- Day 4: Etosha Park - Windhoek
- Arrive at the park's gates early as you can often spot wildlife on the way to some of the waterholes. The early morning at Klein Namutoni is one of the best times to find leopard in this area. Elephant, lion and antelope come here to drink as well.
After you final game drive it will be time to head back towards Windhoek. Just north of the town of Tsumeb is the Otjikoto Lake which can rate a short stop. Afterwards head south to Otavi before rejoining your journey towards Otjiwarongo. Whichever route you decide to use, spend some time wandering around the open-air wood carving markets in Okahandja. Converse and barter with locals in what some regards as 'the best markets to buy crafts, souvenirs, and memorabilia' in Namibia. .
- All your meals and activities as specified.
A welcome pack including maps and vouchers for the places that you'll be visiting.
See the individual lodges for precise inclusions & exclusions
A 24 hour emergency assistance phone number
- Vehicle & Fuel
Park entrance fees (these need to be paid on arrival).
Tips and gratuities (which are optional).
Any meals or activities not specified.
See the individual lodges for detailed inclusions & exclusions.
- Although we have excluded the cost of renting a vehicle from the quoted rate we are happy to advise you on the best possible vehicle and arrange a rental for you. For an idea of what is available have a look at our car hire in Namibia section
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