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Northern Namibia Highlights - Self Drive

An excellent introduction to Namibia, this seven day self-drive safari focuses on the wildlife and cultural highlights of Northern Namibia with superb and good value bush camps and lodges throughout.

Comprising relatively short driving distances this safari includes the game-rich plains of Etosha National Park, Damaraland's lava-sculpted landscape, and the Central Highlands' spectacular Erongo wilderness.

This itinerary ties in well with visits to Zambia's Victoria Falls, South Africa's Cape Town, or Botswana's Okavango Delta, or combines perfectly with our Southern Namibia itinerary for a longer more in-depth foray in Namibia.

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Flights are typically an additional $1,028 per person economy class from London

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  • Concise 7-day self-drive adventure showcasing Northern Namibia's top wildlife destinations
  • Visit the shimmering 'lunar' landscape of Etosha National Park, and Okonjima's enlightening 'AfriCat Foundation'
  • Witness Damaraland's curious semi-desert landscape, and ancient bushman rock art at Twyfelfontein
  • Enjoy a restful 2-night finale in the beautiful Erongo Mountain wilderness, complete with gentle guided walks and nature drives 

  • Stay in characterful, affordable camps and lodges; some featuring waterholes frequented by abundant wildlife, others nestled into dramatic, boulder-strewn landscapes


On arrival at Windhoek Airport you will be welcomed and driven to the Elegant Guesthouse, located in a quiet suburb of Windhoek just a short drive from the capital's many shops and restaurants. The transfer takes around 45 minutes, with stops along the way to stock up on supplies. Your fully air-conditioned 4x4 vehicle will be delivered directly to the guesthouse. 
Accommodation: Elegant Guesthouse 
The self-drive tour commences today with a 3 hour journey to the beautiful Okonjima Nature Reserve. Nestled amidst the Omboroko Mountains, the reserve is home to the Africat Foundation, a conservation project well worth a visit, educating visitors and local communities about the protection of big cats. Enjoy an overnight stay at Okonjima Plains Camp, a tastefully upgraded ex-cattle farm which offers carnivore foot-tracking activities, bushman trails, and game drives in this game-rich area. Boasting two pools and an open-plan bar and lounge, the camp is a lovely place to relax, with fabulous views of the open grass plains.
Accommodation: Okonjima Plains Camp
Driving time: approximately 3 hours, excluding stops
Today's 5 hour drive leads to Mushara Bush Camp, a high quality safari base with a 'down-to-earth' feel in a delightful bush location, just 10 kilometres from Etosha National Park's eastern gate. The camp offers optional shared morning or afternoon game drives, and is a great place to unwind at the end of an eventful day. Each of the 16 tents have been thoughtfully designed to provide shelter from the heat, and boast large private verandas. Meals are served in the communal thatched dining area, and guests will enjoy sharing the day's wildlife sightings around the evening campfire.  
Accommodation: Mushara Bush Camp 
Driving time: approximately 5 hours, excluding stops 
Today's journey from Namutoni to Etosha National Park's southern reaches can be driven in just 2 ½ hours, but it's best to take your time and make a full day's game drive of it. The park’s tarmac roads are easy to navigate, and the arid, chalk-white landscape is home to a rich variety of wildlife including the rare black rhino, elephant, giraffe, blue wildebeest, zebra, impala, an abundance of big cats, and an impressive array of birdlife. Note that the park opens its gates at sunrise and closes at sunset, and the speed limit is 60 km/hour, so do keep this in mind when planning journey times. Stay overnight at the Okaukuejo Rest Camp, a former military outpost offering pristine and comfortable accommodation complete with bar, restaurant and swimming pool. This sizeable camp's main draw is its waterhole which is floodlit at night, and attracts an amazing diversity of animals, including lion, elephant, and the endangered black rhino.
Accommodation: Okaukuejo Rest Camp
Drive time: full day's game drive across Etosha National Park
Today's 4 ½ hour drive leads to Camp Kipwe in southern Damaraland. This quirky camp comprises 10 igloo-shaped chalets huddled amongst the rocks, with sweeping views across the Aba Huab Valley. Guided morning nature drives in search of Namibia's unique desert-adapted elephant are possible, along with afternoon excursions to Twyfelfontein, a world heritage site boasting impressive boulders inscribed with Africa's greatest concentrations of ancient rock art. Visits to Burnt Mountain, and a magical set of volcanic rock formations known as the 'Organ Pipes' which appear to shimmer in bright sunshine, are also included. If time allows, it's possible to visit the Damara Living Museum, a nearby community venture introducing visitors to local people and traditions, plus there are a number of guided nature walks in and around camp. Back at base enjoy a swim, a rest, and a hearty dinner at the end of an adventurous day.
Accommodation: Camp Kipwe 
Drive time: approximately 4 ½ hours excluding stops 
Today, take the 4 ½ hour drive to the relaxed and delightful Erongo Wilderness Lodge. On arrival, park at the bottom of the hillside, and a security guard will call the lodge and request a 4x4 transfer for the short distance over the boulders to the lodge. Occupying a spectacular setting in the foothills of the Erongo Mountains on the edge of the enormous Erongo Crater, this small 10-room lodge blends into the magnificent boulder-strewn landscape, with rooms linked by walkways meandering between the rocks. The camp has a laid-back pace, and there's a swimming pool with stunning views, along with a decking area for dining under the stars overlooking the floodlit waterhole. Morning and afternoon guided walks are available daily, and the camp also offers self-guided walking trails and guided nature drives into the 200,000 hectare conservation area.  The birdlife is a key attraction, and the evening sundowner walks leading to a fabulous viewpoint are a real highlight.  
Accommodation: Erongo Wilderness Lodge 
Drive time: approximately 4 ½ hours excluding stops 
Enjoy a final day at leisure in and around the lodge, taking part in optional activities as preferred. 
Accommodation: Erongo Wilderness Lodge 
Drive time: n/a 
Today's final drive takes you back to Windhoek airport. It's best to arrive at least 2 hours before flight departure in order to allow enough time to fill up at the airport’s petrol station, drop the hired vehicle back, and check in.
Accommodation: n/a
Drive time: approximately 2 ½ to 3 hours excluding stops


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.

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- Helpful and friendly staff
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- Vibrant wildlife
- Famous cheetah conservation
- Spacious rooms with views

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- Private reserve close to eastern side of Etosha
- Only 16 tents
- Family friendly
- Guided activities available

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- Beautiful national park location
- Vibrant waterhole in camp
- Large property, affordable prices

Camp Kipwe


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-Elusive desert elephants
-Impressive boulder strewn landscape
-Locally run

Erongo Wilderness Lodge

Central Highlands

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- Luxury rooms with views
- Great walking trails
- Ideal for bird-spotting
- Pool in rock overlooking plains


Getting there

Namibia has excellent regular connections via Johannesburg (and less frequently via Cape Town). Air Namibia also operates via Frankfurt. Flights 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 school holiday periods.

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

Price includes

Guide price includes accommodation (on a mix of BB and HB), park fees, Ford Ranger Double Cab 4x4 or similar, MediVac insurance, cell phone, cool box and first aid kit

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 it is very rewarding and uncrowded.

This makes for an excellent couple and family adventure. There will be some restriction on children under the age of 7 years for guided safari / nature activities.


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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

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  • The Namibia trip was fantastic!

    Self-driving was brilliant, and the chronology of the itinerary was perfect (against the flow/direction most other travelers took).

    As for specifics:

    This place was the best!
    Best service, best staff, best food, best experiences, best facilities.
    We saw a cheetah kill, leopards, and white rhino (which we were not expecting).
    If you’ve never been you should go...If I ever go back to Namibia I will revisit.

    The only (slight) disappointment.
    Maybe because it was right after Okonjima, but the service was lacking, the facilities were a bit run down, it was the only place with mosquitoes in the room with no net and no spray. Food was marginal. Not sure if there are better options in the area, though.

    Etosha Park was amazing. There was so much wildlife with so little crowds.
    The Okaukeujo Camp had the best watering hole with animals coming in at all times of the night. A great experience exclusive to the camp.

    Beautiful place. Very private. Food and service excellent.
    A nice stopping point on the drive.

    An amazing place...How they laid out and built it.
    Enjoyed exploring the grounds and the local area/sights.
    The staff was on par with Okonjima.
    2 days were perfect.

    Ivin provided us with good advice/information/recommendations along the route, along with a cell phone and cooler for the trip. The car was perfect.
    They represent Tourdust well!

    Again, another great trip you put together...Thank you!

    MissingEarl Wong reviewing Northern Namibia Highlights - Self Drive on 17 October 2018

  • The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
    There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
    Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
    Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!

    MissingWilliam Kearns reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018

  • We both suffered but enjoyed it immensely. Just how it should be!!!!
    Our route up the mountain, the Burguret trail is very arduous and certainly should not be used for people who are not very fit and experienced trekkers. It mainly followers animal trails through the forests and bog lands around the mountain. The Chogoria route down was great. The guide and porters were great. Wild camping means just that, really just what I wanted, but I have lived in Kenya.

    MissingJonathan Bailey reviewing Mount Kenya: Burguret Chogoria Traverse on 24 September 2018

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