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.
A short visit to the sand dunes at Sossusvlei.
Get away to Swakopmund on the coast - includes sandboarding on the Namib Dunes as well as a dolphin cruise.
A game viewing trip to the famous Etosha National Park.
Combines a visit to Etosha National Park, with some time at Swakopmund and then the dunes at Sossusvlei.
Southern Namibia: Fish River, Luderitz, Sossusvlei with some self-catering accommodation.
The classic northern and central Namibia trip. Includes Waterberg Plateau, Etosha National Park, rock art in Damaraland, Cape Cross & Swakopmund and ends with two night near the dunes at Sossusvlei.
A combination of Namibia & Botswana. Highlights include game viewing in the Etosha Park & a trip in a traditional dug out canoe in the Okavango Delta Panhandle.
This includes Waterberg, Etosha, a visit to the densely populated Owamboland region on the Angolan border, Kaokoland and the nomadic Himba People, rock art and desert elephants in Damaraland, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei, Luderitz, the Fish River and Kalahari.
Two full days of fishing and three nights accommodation at Zambezi Mubala
4 full days fishing and 5 nights' accommodation
A self drive trip to the dunes at Sossusvlei.
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.
Elephants, rhino, zebra & giraffe are just some of the animals you can expect to see while you are in Etosha.
Etosha, Swakopmund & the dunes at Sossusvlei are the highlights of this trip.
Etosha, Erongo Mountains and Sossusvlei
Waterberg, Etosha, Damaraland, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei.
Okonjima Bush Camp, Etosha, Damaraland, Erongo Mountains, Swakopmund & Sossusvlei.
Okonjima, Etosha, Damaraland, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei, Klein Aus & Kalahari Desert.
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.
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.
13 Nights: Windhoek, Waterberg Plateau National Park, Etosha East, Etosha South, Damaraland, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei and Mariental.
Visits the highlights on Namibia including the Fish River Canyon, desert horses, the dunes at Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland and Etosha National Park.
Self drive safari through Namibia's two great deserts in the Kalahari and the Namib. Also takes in the Skeleton Coast and bountiful game viewing in Etosha Park.
Enjoy a full-bodied Namibian adventure on this nine-day trip into the heart of the country.
Experience the wild side of Namibia on this twelve-day trip through the northern regions of the country.
A Sossusvlei trip including guided nature drives & visits to the dunes as well as a balloon safari.
NamibRand Nature Reserve is one of the most beautiful desert areas in Namibia - this fully inclusive trip visits this scenic area.
Etosha & Ongava reserve offer excellent wildlife viewing.
Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland, Etosha & Ongava Reserves, Okonjima.
Visits Sesriem & Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert.
Game viewing in Etosha National Park.
Waterberg, Etosha, Damaraland, Swakopmund & Sossusvlei.
Waterberg, Etosha, Damaraland, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei, Lüderitz, Fish River Canyon & Kalahari Desert.
By using a range of accommodation types and styles this self drive manages to keep costs down while still visiting spectacular areas of the country.
Still staying in top quality accommodation the Tourmaline is a more realistic itinerary for those on a more upper mid-range budget.
A good value for money mid range honeymoon self drive, visiting the best Namibia has to offer.
Etohsa Park & the dunes of the Namib Desert are the two main attractions on this trip.
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.
Below are some questions that clientele often ask with regards to our self drive tours.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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