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There are many good reasons to self drive around Namibia, but it is a good idea to come prepared and that's where we come in. At the Cardboard Box Travel Shop we have years of knowledge regarding what to see, when to see it, Namibian road conditions, accommodation establishments, camping sites, vehicle rental and anything else you may want to know about. We will help you plan your self drive route and will recommend (and book) accommodation in Namibia, organise the rental vehicle you require, and generally take all the hassle out of the planning process. Planning other peoples self drive itineraries is the favourite part of our job; as it gives us an outlet for all the knowledge we have accumulated.

Self drives are sometimes referred to as 'fly drive safaris' - we find this term somewhat misleading as the fly refers to getting to Namibia in a plane and then driving yourself. Anyway whether you prefer to call them fly drive safaris or self drive these are by far the best way of exploring Namibia.

On this site we offer several itinerary suggestions for those wishing to drive themselves around Namibia, these are divided into categories according to the type/price of accommodation they use. These can be booked as a package but we do appreciate that every body is unique and has their own likes and dislikes so what we really like to do is design an itinerary tailored to our clients needs; the more you tell us about your interests and requirements the better we are able to match you with the perfect Namibian self-drive experience. Please email us about your trip and one of our travel consultants will get back to you with an itinerary.

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Oryx Self-Drive

Oryx Self-Drive

A self drive trip to the dunes at Sossusvlei.

Dolphin Self-Drive

Dolphin Self-Drive

Two nights in the coastal town of Swakopmund, this is the ideal get-away for those living or working in Windhoek. Includes a catamaran cruise on the Walvis Lagoon.

Elephant Self-Drive

Elephant Self-Drive

Elephants, rhino, zebra & giraffe are just some of the animals you can expect to see while you are in Etosha.

Springbok Self-Drive

Springbok Self-Drive

Etosha, Swakopmund & the dunes at Sossusvlei are the highlights of this trip.

Warthog Self-Drive

Warthog Self-Drive

Etosha, Erongo Mountains and Sossusvlei

Rhino Self-Drive

Rhino Self-Drive

Waterberg, Etosha, Damaraland, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei.

Puku Self-Drive

Puku Self-Drive

Botswana & Namibia combination self drive - includes Etosha Park and a mokoro trip in the Okavango Delta.

Porcupine Self-Drive

Porcupine Self-Drive

Okonjima Bush Camp, Etosha, Damaraland, Erongo Mountains, Swakopmund & Sossusvlei.

Meerkat Self-Drive

Meerkat Self-Drive

Okonjima, Etosha, Damaraland, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei, Klein Aus & Kalahari Desert.

Leopard Self-Drive

Leopard Self-Drive

Visits all the best Namibia has to offer including Okonjima, Etosha, Damaraland, elephant tracking, the Erongo Mountains, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei, Klein Aus Vista, Fish River Canyon & Kalahari Deserts.

Lechwe Self-Drive

Lechwe Self-Drive

Visits the highlights of Central and Northern Namibia, the Zambezi region (formerly Caprivi), Vic Falls & the Okavango Delta in Botswana.

Honey Badger Self-Drive

Honey Badger Self-Drive

As you would expect from our longest self drive safari, it visits most of Namibia including Owamboland & Kaokoland - two areas which seldom appear on trips through the country.

Park Entrance Fees

A daily entrance fee is payable at all National Parks throughout Namibia. Generally these fees can be paid at the office inside the park. However for the northern part of the Namib Naukluft Park (Welwitschia Drive, and the campsites around Bloedkoppie, Tinkas and Hobas) your permit needs to be pre-purchased as there is no office or permanent staff situated here. This permit can be purchased in either Windhoek or Swakopmund (at the NWR or Ministry of Environment & Tourism Offices) or at the NWR office at the Sesriem camp site.

Self Drive Tours FAQ

Below are some questions that clientele often ask with regards to our self drive tours.

Can I Rent My Car Elsewhere And Book Just The Accommodation/Tour With You?

Yes, although we can offer excellent rates for our car inclusive packages, we understand that you may already have a preferred car rental agency that you enjoy working with.

Can I Customise My Trip Or Do I Have To Follow Your Itineraries?

Our Staff are here to help you plan the vacation that will work for you. If you can't find exactly what you're looking for on our web site, just let us know and we will customise a trip that's specifically tailored to your interests, schedule, and budget. Even when your appointed travel consultant has sent you a suggested itinerary and prices, feel free to keep on coming back to your advisor with changes until you are happy with your final itinerary.

What About Support While I Am Travelling?

We are based in Namibia and you will be able to contact us and speak to your travel consultant about any matters that arise during your trip. We have an after hours / weekend support number so there is always someone to offer assistance.

Is Self Driving In Namibia Safe?

Yes, the biggest danger is that of you crashing the vehicle. Chances are you will be travelling on a lot of unsealed gravel roads, for the inexperienced these can pose a bit of a challenge - the thing to remember is to drive slowly and you will be absolutely fine.

Why Do Most Of The Itineraries Start / End In Windhoek?

The majority of our clients arrive and depart Namibia via the Windhoek International Airport so it makes sense we start our itineraries there. Obviously we can custom design itineraries to start and end absolutely anywhere.

What About Neighbouring Countries?

We specialise in Namibia and it is what we know best. We do however realise that many of our clients would like to add short trips to the Okavango or Victoria Falls to their holidays and are well placed to do this.

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