Namibia on a Budget
One of the safest countries in Africa, Namibia is the ideal self-drive vacation. This itinerary is based on good accommodations, and offers you the best of Namibia on an affordable budget.
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The beauty of the Namib desert combined with the endless dunes of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei and the history and charm of Swakopmund, makes it the ideal getaway.
Etosha is one of the premier places to see the Big Five, and the tribal charm of the local Ovahimba people is a must-see.
You can spend the morning onboard a catamaran, where the inquisitive seals jump onto the boat to eat the fish from your hands, and if you are lucky you can spot dolphins and whales from the boat. After your trip in the morning you can spend the afternoon at Sandwich harbour, where your knowledgeable guide will introduce you to the desert Oryx and some of the other animals that live in this remote harbour. Or you could spend the afternoon on a quad bike or a camel travelling through the endless sand dunes.
Day 1: Arrive in Windhoek
Our local agent in Namibia will be waiting for your arrival at the airport to take you to your guesthouse in Windhoek.
Day 2: Depart early for the Kalahari (B.D)
This morning after a hearty breakfast, your 4WD rental vehicle will be dropped off at your guesthouse along with maps and directions for your trip. Depart Windhoek at your own leisure for the Kalahari Desert, keeping an eye out for game along the side of the road! Arrive at your lodge for dinner.
Day 3: Kalahari to Sossusvlei (B,D)
Make your way south to Sossusvlei today in the heart of the Namib Desert, where there are some of the highest sand dunes in the world! Spend two nights at a desert lodge on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.
Day 4: Sossusvlei, Deadvlei & Sesriem Canyon (B,D)
Leave your lodge before the sun comes up for a day exploring Sossusvlei, Deadvlei & Sesriem Canyon. If you enter the park as the sun rises over the dunes it is a magnificent sight!
Travel to Sesriem Canyon, where the erosion of many centuries has incised a narrow gorge about 1km in length. Climb 5-million-year-old red sand dune ‘Dune 45’, and from the top, marvel at ‘Big Daddy’ - the highest dune in the world at over 300m. Then head to the region's most notable landmarks Deadvlei, with its cracked white floor and much-photographed dead camelthorn trees.
Day 5: Depart for Swakopmund (B)
Head north to Swakopmund today. This historical town has a unique charm and this reflects in the Colonial-style homes and shops. With palm-lined streets, seaside promenades and decent beaches. With so much to do, you can enjoy two nights here exploring.
Day 6: Swakopmund (B)
Today is free for you to enjoy activities Optional activities include Pelican Point kayaking trips, fat bike trips, camel rides or dune buggy trips. A variety of different restaurant offers amazing cuisine within walking distance from your guesthouse.
Day 7: Swakopmund to Damaraland (B,D)
This morning you depart for Damaraland - prehistoric watercourses with open plains and grassland, massive granite koppies and distant mountains create the landscape. Game species include Desert Elephant, Black Rhino, Ostrich and Springbok. The main activities in the area include morning drives to see the desert-adapted elephant) and a visit to the Organ pipes, Burnt Mountain, and Twyfelfontein area.
Day 8: Damaraland to Etosha National park (B,D)
Make your way today to the stunning Etosha National park, one of the largest and best game viewing parks in the whole of Africa, which was once a lake the size of Holland. Surrounding the pans is a variety of grass and woodlands amongst which live a wonderful variety of animals and birds, insects and reptiles.
Day 9: Etosha National park (B,D)
Spend the day game viewing in Etosha You can do a game drive in your own vehicle or join one of the guided game drives with the lodge.
Day 10: Etosha National park to Waterberg (B,D)
Depart for the Waterberg region. This amazing plateau is stunning to look at and located close to the Cheetah Conservation Fund. You can enter the CCF for the day and have a look at the amazing work they do rehabilitating the cheetah, wild dog and other injured animals.
Day 11: Depart for the airport today (B)
Drive straight to the airport for your departure flight home. We recommend you stop at the Okahandja woodcarvers on your way back and get a lovely souvenir!
Our Price Includes:
• Accommodation based on twin/double room inclusive of tax & service charges
• Private round-trip transfer airport/hotel/airport
• 10 days Vehicle hire on standard insurance cover
• Meals as specified (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
• Services of Odyssey World’s local agents in Namibia
Our Price Excludes:
• Return international flights from the UK & internal flight tickets & airport taxes
• Visas (if required)
• Any meals other than those specified
• Anything not stated above
• Travel Insurance
• Early check-in/late check-out charges unless otherwise stated
• Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, tips etc.
NOTE: Prices vary according to season. Prices shown are per person based on two adults travelling in low season, sharing a twin/double room. Please ask us for the full itinerary and add-ons.