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Namibia Roof-Top Camping Exploration

Self-drive mobile-camping exploration of Namibia enjoying the highlights of Sossusvlei Dunes, coastal resort town of Swakopmund, unique geological formations and rock art in Damaraland, followed by excellent wildlife experiences in Etosha and Africat conservation project.

Tailor-made Adventure 10 - 14 days

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,131 per person economy class from London

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Itinerary

Overview

  • Roof-top camping adventure
  • Apricot dunes of Sossusvlei
  • Big game experiences in Etosha
  • Search for desert adapted Elephant

A brilliant way to experience the vast spaces of Namibia, camping under the stars, preparing your own meals on an open fire, whilst enjoying the many diverse activities this arid country has to offer. Your vehicle will have all sleeping and living equipment on board, cooking utensils, water tank, gas bottle and 24/7 road side assistance. This trip has a sprinkling of accommodation for comfort at the beginning, end and in the middle.

The first highlight is the Namib-Naukluft National Park in the south, famed for its towering sand dunes, river valleys & pans, gravel plains and inselbergs & mountain outcrops. This is one of the oldest deserts in the world covering over 50 000 square kilometres.

The small coastal town Swakopmund is the most urban part of the journey with a good selection of restaurants offering all from Bavarian fare to excellent seafood, shops, museum, library and Living Desert Snake Park. You can take two routes here, take up all the adventure activities from sandboarding to sky diving or enjoy some of the marine wildlife from the Sandwich Harbour tour or fascinating desert insight such as ancient Welwitschia Plant Drive.

Damaraland, to the north of Swakopmund and east of the Skeleton coast has a number of unusual geological formations, from the Spitzkoppe in the south, the large rock art gallery of Brandberg including the White Lady painting which is 40cm tall, volcanic remains of the Messum and Doros craters, the balancing Vingerklip pinnacle rock formation, the Twyfelfontein rock art which unusually has both painting and engraving examples, petrified forest on sandstone bed, Burnt Mountain and the unique angular dolorite columns of the Organ Pipes formations. From a wildlife perspective the home to the elusive desert adapted elephant and rhino.

For such an arid environment, you would not expect to find such a wildlife refuge such as the Etosha National Park which is only 110 kilometres wide and 60 kilometres from north to south. However the Etosha Pan is the remnant of an inland lake which attracts good numbers of elephant, giraffe, eland, blue wildebeest, kudu, gemsbok, springbok, impala, steenbok and zebra, and predators such as lion, leopard and cheetah.

Okonjima is the home to the AfriCat Foundation, in easy reach of Windhoek and a good end or start to a Namibian journey. Protected / endangered species such as cheetah, leopard and other carnivore when threatened by the farming community, the foundation goes in relocates and rehabilitates them where necessary. There is an opportunity to track cheetah on foot and very good chance of seeing wild dog and hyena from game drives.

A 4x4 Nissan vehicle with roof top tent and camping equipment is included. On arrival you will be given a full self-drive briefing with maps and instructions. Namibia road conditions are excellent with long straight, generally empty roads. This is a sample itinerary and can be extended into the southern regions or perhaps doing a full loop around to include parts of Botswana or take in the Victoria Falls.

Day-by-day

ITINERARY IN BRIEF
Day 1: Windhoek
Day 2: Namib Desert
Day 3: Namib Desert
Day 4: Swakopmund
Day 5: Swakopmund
Day 6: Damaraland
Day 7: Damaraland
Day 8: Etosha National Park
Day 9: Etosha National Park
Day 10: Etosha National Park
Day 11: Otjiwarongo
Day 12: Otjiwarongo
Day 13: Depart

EXTENDED ITINERARY

DAY 1: ARRIVE AND RELAX IN WINDHOEK
Arriving into Windhoek Airport you will be met and assisted with your car rental and you will then drive to your guest house. This afternoon will be a full self-drive briefing and a chance to do some shopping for the journey.
Meals Included: None
Accommodation: Guest House accommodation
Transport: Collection of your car rental, self-drive into Windhoek. +/-50 minutes

DAY 2: NAMIB DESERT
Today is a full day journey, depart after breakfast for the Namib Desert, arriving into your camp site for late afternoon. Settle into camp and enjoy barbeque under the stars
Meals Included: Breakfast included.
Accommodation: Roof-top camping
Transport: Drive from Windhoek to Namib Desert. +/- 5 hour

DAY 3: NAMIB DESERT
Early rise to be at the entrance to the Sossusvlei and Sesriem national park for sunrise on the dunes and spend the day exploring the surrounding area.
Meals Included: Self-catering
Accommodation: Roof-top camping

DAY 4: SWAKOPMUND
Depart north-west to the Atlantic seaside town of Swakopmund, cross the Tropic of Capricorn, the Gaud and Kuiseb pass and down the dry river bed over the canyon which opens into desert landscape. The desolated “Namib gravel plains” brings you to the coastal town of Swakopmund.
Meals Included: Self-catering
Accommodation: Guest house accommodation
Transport: Travel from Namib Desert to Swakopmund. +/- 5 hours

DAY 5: SWAKOPMUND
This morning you will be collected for a seal and dolphin cruise which departs from Walvis Bay 30 minutes away, enjoy snacks and drinks on board. You will be returned to your guest house and will have the afternoon at leisure to enjoy some adventure activities.
Meals Included: Breakfast included
Accommodation: Guest house accommodation

DAY 6: DAMARALAND
Heading north, just before the start of the Skeleton Coast, stop at Cape Cross to see the Cape Fur seal colony. Continue east, heading inland into the desert, the small town of Uis, an isolated mining town which is the best place to buy rough semi-precious stones which Namibia is known for, such as Amethyst and Tourmaline. The Brandberg Mountains is an ancient Bushman spiritual site and also home to Namibia’s highest peak, standing at 2573 metres. Burnt Mountain is a hill at the foot of a twelve kilometre long volcanic ridge and the nearby gorge which houses the Organ Pipes which are five metre high tall, angular dolomite columns, and well worth a visit.
Meals Included: Breakfast included
Accommodation: Roof-top camping
Transport: Travel from Swakopmund to Damaraland. +/- 5 hours

DAY 7: DAMARALAND
This morning will be a guided game drive to track elusive desert adapted rhino and elephant. This afternoon you could drive to the ancient Bushman rock engravings at Twyfelfontein.
Meals Included: Self-catering
Accommodation: Roof-top camping

DAY 8: ETOSHA
Travel north to the Etosha National Park, staying on the western side of the park. After your evening meal around the fire, head to the floodlit waterhole which is a great draw card for black rhino, elephant, lion and a number of plains game. Due to the arid nature of this park, wildlife tend to congregate at these watering holes, particularly in winter when drinking water is at a premium (June – October)
Meals Included: Self-catering
Accommodation: Roof-top camping
Transport: Travel from Damaraland to Etosha National Park. +/- 5 hours

DAY 9: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
Full day game driving in the national park ending at your campsite in the middle of the park
Meals Included: Self-catering
Accommodation: Roof-top camping

DAY 10: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
Continue the journey across the park to the eastern side, stopping a various waterholes en route, days ends at campsite on the eastern side of the park.
Meals Included: Self-catering
Accommodation: Roof-top camping

DAY 11: OTJIWARONGO
Final early morning drive in Etosha before travelling south to Okonjima Lodge, the home of the AfriCat foundation.
Meals Included: Dinner included
Accommodation: Lodge accommodation
Transport: Travel from Etosha National Park to Okonjima. +/- 3 ½ hours

DAY 12: OTJIWARONGO
Morning or afternoon guided activity at AfriCat project.
Meals Included: Breakfast, dinner and AM or PM activity included
Accommodation: Lodge accommodation

DAY 13: DEPART
After breakfast take a leisurely drive to Windhoek, return hire car and check in for your onward journey.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Transport: Travel from Okonjima to Windhoek. +/- 3 hours

Accommodation


Guide price is based on recommended accommodations. Alternative accommodations and upgrades are available. Please get in touch or click on 'alternatives' below for alternatives and upgrade options.

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Only 8 rooms
- Hands on management
- Swimming pool and day room available
- Easy reach of restaurants and shops

Beach Lodge

Swakopmund & Walvis Bay

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Beach access with ocean views
- Dining in the evenings
- 5km North of Swakopmund

Details

Getting there

Excellent connections via South Africa with regular flights from Johannesburg and some options from Cape Town. Air Namibia do operate via Frankfurt. Flight from London to Windhoek via Johannesburg start from £780 -£1280 per person

Extensions to Botswana and the Victoria Falls are possible with regular connections.

Flight prices on this route are always cheaper booked in advance, particularly when flying during UK school holidays. If you are booking anything less than a month prior to departure expect to pay through Virgin and BA tend to offer flight sales around September and October, which are worth looking out for.

Please let us know your preferred departure airport and we would be pleased to quote for a flight inclusive ATOL protected package.

Price includes

Inclusive of car hire for the duration with unlimited mileage and comprehensive insurance, all living, kitchen & sleeping equipment, full water tank and gas bottle(s), nationwide 24/7 road side assistance & phone help-line, accommodation / camping with meals and activities as mentioned.

Exclusive of all drinks, additional meals and activities, park fees, gratuities, visa fees, comprehensive travel insurance, medical precautions and items of a personal nature.

Family Travel Cost:


For family travel in July/August, from £2995 per family of 2 adults travelling with 2 children under the age of 12 years. Flights in high season start from £980 per person.

When is best?

The months from June to September are winter in Southern Africa but temperatures during the day reach very comfortable early 20 degrees Celsius, just pretty chilly at night but you can keep comfortable with various layers. This is the time of the least / no rainfall making the vegetation less dense and the game easy to spot. You could use a standard sedan vehicle for this journey but a 2x4 makes the trip more comfortable.

Autumn, April-May tends to be a lovely time with all the young being born and the vegetation still green. Spring, late September into early November can have variable weather depending on the previous rainfall but offers excellent game viewing

The summer months November to March tend to be the highest rainfall which is generally when a 4x4 vehicle is suggested; it tends to be hot and humid with afternoon thunderstorms.

Is it for me?

Namibia is a vast country with many fascinating and varied experience. It is a very arid environment for the most part. Journey times do tend to be longer but is very rewarding and uncrowded. As this has a mix of camping and accommodation, it has some comfort in between. Camping facilities are generally good and well maintained.

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 605 reviews

(4.93/5)

  • We approached Tourdust with a view to organising a trip to Namibia and Botswana. Lisa, their Africa expert, soon helped us decided just to do Namibia with her sound and knowledgeable advice. She spent plenty of time understanding what sort of things we liked, the type of places we would like to stay and what sort of experience we were looking for. She then came back to us promptly with ideas, suggestions and an idea of costs involved. Nothing was too much trouble and we felt very comfortable asking questions. She put together everything for us, booking in country activities and suggesting how much time to stay in each place, overriding our ideas when she thought it would be too much time spent travelling! Her knowledge of the country, culture and places to visit was excellent. When we got to Namibia everything went absolutely smoothly from the greeting at the airport, the arrival of our vehicle, the activities booked and all the campsites and guest houses were exactly what we could have wished for. It really was a perfect holiday and we cannot thank Tourdust enough for the honest expertise, their efficient service and most importantly the time they took getting to know us and our wishes to ensure everything was just as we wanted it. Fabulous trip.

    Ben feefo reviewer verified review for Namibia Roof-Top Camping Exploration on 03 September 2016

  • Everything worked perfectly! We all found our trekking experience to be the best part of our adventures in Morocco. We were particularly pleased with our guide, Hussain; he did a brilliant job. He is thoughtful, knowledgable, and sweet. He represents you well.

    MissingJacob Moffat reviewing Atlas Valleys & Villages Comfort Treks on 09 March 2017

  • Thanks for organising an excellent holiday for us. It's my first time using Tourdust and I've been really impressed and will certainly be recommending you to friends and family. You provided an excellent level of service all the way through, and the bespoke nature of the trip was fantastic whilst being really good value for money.
    Key highlights:
    - Le Kasbah de Toubkal blew us away - one not to miss!
    - The trek was amazing and my kids loved it. The camping was really fun, the food was excellent, and I'd particularly call out our guide Rashid who was fantastic show especially with my kids.
    - Riad Adore was outstanding - far exceeding my expectations - it was beautiful and we were very well looked after
    - Le Doux Tour was luxurious and a nice relaxing way to end the holiday.
    - Logistics were great and our main driver Mustapha was brilliant

    If there was one build / thing I would change, it's a very small one but some candles / lanterns to use in the evening whilst camping would have made it easier to stay outside for a bit longer.

    MissingMark Dilley reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 07 June 2016

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Alternative Itineraries

Our itineraries are carefully designed by our experienced travel designers based on years of experience and customer feedback. For a custom itinerary tailored to you, please enquire giving as much detail as possible on your brief.

Small group mobile camping safari for families including safari in Etosha National Park & the incredible Sossusvlei Dunes.

Small Group Adventure 12 days

Families from $1,547 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $983 per person economy class from London

Classic Namibia self-drive trip featuring the highlights of Namibia including Sossusvlei Dunes, Damaraland and Etosha National Park

Tailor-made Classic 13 days

Adults from $2,747 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,009 per person economy class from London

Families from $2,565 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,009 per person economy class from London

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