Namibia,

A Top Notch Self-Drive Tour of Namibia – in a Bubble

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Tailor-Made Tour
12 Days
From £4675
GEOIP Not Available
Big Cat Safari
Birding
Self Drive

Tour Introduction

12 Days from £4675
GEOIP Not Available
per adult. Prices based on rates applicable at the time of costing which may vary. Please ask for a definitive quote

For discerning, seasoned travellers who enjoy the independence of self-drive* while coming into contact with as few people as possible, this is the ideal itinerary.

This extra-special tour encompasses all the major highlights you could wish for in Namibia: Windhoek, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland and the amazing Etosha National Park, both the south and east sides. The difference is – with an eye on Covid-19 – we have designed it to minimise contact with other people.

In Windhoek, luxuriate in the ultra-modern Olive Exclusive suite where staff will deliver dishes to your door. The same goes for Desert Whisper, Mowani Camp and Villa Mushara. In Swakopmund, you can use the kitchen of your private apartment to cater for yourselves and we can organise grocery deliveries for you. At Etosha Heights you will have the security of your own Safari House with private guide and chef: the nearby hide will also reveal some of fascinating wildlife which inhabits the private reserve. When traversing the whole park from south to east, enjoy a full day of self-drive game viewing before arriving at your next lodge, Villa Mushara from where you can explore the park’s eastern side – with a private guide and vehicle – for incredible wildlife viewing which can include elephant, giraffe, zebra, rhino and lion, as well as many avian species such as kori bustard and secretary bird.

If you feel the urge to travel but are keen to keep a social distance, we thoroughly commend this tour to you. Even when Covid-19 becomes a thing of the past, it will still appeal to those desirous of an exclusive, top quality self-drive itinerary at a really reasonable rate.

*If you don’t wish to drive yourself, we can arrange for a private, Covid-secure guide to take care of all the driving, indicate points of interest along the way and be on hand to sort out any potential problems which might occur (additional cost).

Full Itinerary

Price from £4675
GEOIP Not Available
per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms
Day 1
Windhoek

Arrive into Windhoek and transfer to your hotel in town. Arrive and settle in. Your hire car will be delivered to the hotel today with documents to sign.

Staying at The Olive Exclusive. Includes No Meals.

Day 2
Sesriem

Drive south from Windhoek to the Sesriem area near the Namib Naukluft National Park. Arrive at your exclusive lodge and settle in.

Staying at Desert Whisper. Includes All Meals.

Day 3
Sesriem

Early morning departure for a guided visit to the ancient dunes and salt pans of the Namib Naukluft National Park. See in the sunrise over the massive dunes and arrive at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. Park the car and walk the dunes and pans.

Staying at Desert Whisper. Includes All Meals.

Day 4
Swakopmund

Drive north to Swakopmund, perhaps stopping at Solitaire en route. Arrive at the town and find the Cornerstone Guesthouse. They will show you where to go and afterwards, settle into your three-bed exclusive apartment. If you require groceries to be delivered before arrival, let us know.

Staying at Atlantik Sicht. Includes Breakfast.

Day 5
Swakopmund

Today you can walk to the Cornerstone Guesthouse for breakfast. You have a free day with a choice of optional activities: eg Tommy's Living Desert Tour (recommended), half day catamaran cruise from Walvis Bay, full day tour over the dunes to Sandwich Harbour. In your free time you can wander around the safe, lively seaside town and admire the German colonial buildings.

Staying at Atlantik Sicht. Includes Breakfast.

Day 6
Twyfeltontein

Drive north to Damaraland and visit Twyfelfontein, a remarkable collection of ancient rock art (or petroglyphs) many thousands of years old. Perhaps also visit the Organ Pipes rock formation. Arrive at your lodge and settle in. Meals can be brought to your room.

Staying at Mowani Mountain Camp. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 7
Etosha Heights

Continue onwards to the Etosha Heights private reserve, adjoining the southern border of Etosha National Park. Settle into your exclusive-use Safari House, in its own fenced compound with private chef and private guide who will take you out on exclusive game drives during the day and at night. Perhaps visit the nearby hide and after dinner have a night drive for porcupine and other nocturnal creatures.

Staying at Safari House. Includes All Meals.

Day 8
Etosha Heights

A full day to enjoy exclusive game drives in the private reserve and spend time at the hide. Relax at your exclusive residence when at leisure and perhaps swim in the pool followed by a BBQ.

Staying at Safari House. Includes All Meals.

Day 9
Etosha East

Leave Safari House after an early breakfast and drive to the southern entrance for Etosha National Park. Spend the rest of the day traversing from south to east viewing the amazing wildlife at the waterholes, in the forest and on the grasslands. Perhaps stop for lunch at Halili Camp which is roughly midway. Depart before sundown through the eastern Von Lindquist Gate and arrive shortly thereafter at your lodge.

Staying at Villa Mushara. Includes All Meals.

Day 10
Etosha East

Re-enter the park on private morning and afternoon game drives with your own safari guide to explore the eastern side of Etosha National Park. Stop off at the many waterholes for your best chances of seeing the most wildlife. Meals can be brought to your villa, one of only two at the lodge.

Staying at Villa Mushara. Includes All Meals.

Day 11
Windhoek

Leave Etosha and drive back to Windhoek. Check in once more to your suite at the luxury hotel and enjoy your last night.

Staying at The Olive Exclusive. Includes Breakfast.

Day 12
Windhoek

Drive to the airport and drop off your car. Check in for your flight home. END OF TOUR.

Staying at In flight. Includes In-flight Meals.

Tour Accommodation

Namibia Swakopmund

Atlantik Sicht

Overview

A sister property to the popular Cornerstone Guesthouse, Atlantik Sicht is a comfortable, well appointed three-bedroom apartment just metres back from the Skwakopmund seafront. It is quietly located yet close to the busy town centre and even nearer to The Tug restaurant. Having a fully equipped kitchen, self catering is easy or you can opt to dine out. The apartment is perfect for couples, groups and families wishing to have privacy and independence. At the front is a verandah and small garden looking over the minor road and out to sea.

Swimming Pool
No
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
3
Facilities

Three bedrooms: one master double with en suite, one double, one twin. Shared bathroom. Living and dining area. Verandah with loungers and BBQ. Small garden. Double garage.

Optional Activities

There are a range of activities available in Skwakopmund, including Tommy's Living Desert Tour, catamaran cruises, day trips over the dunes to Sandwich Harbour, quad biking.

Namibia Northern Namibia

Etosha Heights Safari House

Overview

The recently refurbished Safari House is now extremely comfortable and well furnished and decorated. With its three bedrooms, all en suite, and plenty of living space, the House is the perfect secluded safari retreat.

Your private guide, vehicle and chef will take care of all your catering needs and game drives within the private 60,000-hectares Etosha Heights reserve, which adjoins the south side of Etosha National Park itself. Night drives are always on the cards for species such as porcupine and owls.

There’s also a large photography hide very close by where a variety of wildlife comes to drink and the Safarihoek Lodge is not far away should you wish for some variety.

The watchword here is flexibility: no set times for safaris and meals, you just say the word and it will be done. And safety is not a concern either, as the entire compound is securely fenced.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
3
Facilities

Three en-suite bedrooms, fully equipped kitchen, dining room, sitting area, verandah with braai and seating, fire pit, swimming pool and gardens.

Local Wildlife

Black and White Rhino

Elephant

Giraffe

Porcupine

Lion

Zebra

Optional Activities

Daily private game drives, morning, afternoon and evening.

Namibia Northern Namibia

Mowani Mountain Camp

Overview

Mowani Mountain Camp is a traditional African safari style property with just 12 luxury tented rooms spread across a rocky outcrop providing stunning views across the plains of Damaraland. The camp is in the south of the great Damaraland region between the Ugab and the Huab rivers and is the luxury sister property of Camp Kipwe. It is perfectly suited to honeymooners and other couples who might be on second honeymoons.

There are two choices of tented rooms: the Superior View Rooms (as the name suggests) have outstanding panoramic views of the dramatic desert landscape and are positioned on the edge of the camp giving plenty of privacy. Standard Rooms lack the sensational views being more centrally positioned yet are skilfully built around the huge granite boulders. In addition, two suites are available: the Mini Suite with a/c living area and satellite TV, and the Mountain Suite with additional butler service, a/c living room, private dining, CD music centre and bar.

All the tents have private bathrooms and smart colonial décor with lavish furniture, tea and coffee making facilities, safety deposit box, and large comfortable twin beds with mosquito netting.

At the heart of the camp is a beautiful thatched dome building with an elegant dining room and lounge, and just below is a small but inviting swimming pool nestled between ancient rocks complete with sun loungers and extensive views.

The camp has a communal camp fire for evening drinks and discussions, and there is a beautiful rock a little further away designated as a sundowner spot for those looking for extra privacy.

Activities include game drives and nature walks and the local population of desert-adapted elephants can often be tracked down.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
12
Facilities

Private bathrooms, dining room, lounge, swimming pool, cable TV, safety deposit box and laundry service.

Local Wildlife

The wildlife in the area occurs in low densities but springbok, besia oryx, Hartmann’s mountain zebra, black-backed jackal, birds and rhino are present.

Optional Activities

Longer excursions to see the rock art at Twyfelfontein, the geology at Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes are also available.

Namibia Windhoek

The Olive Exclusive

Overview

The Olive Exclusive (not to be confused with the Olive Grove Hotel next door) is a welcoming boutique hotel situated close to Windhoek’s city centre in the quiet, peaceful suburb of Eros. Nestled amidst an olive tree plantation, this relatively new, luxurious hotel provides exclusive detached suite accommodation with beautiful views over the olive trees towards the Windhoek Mountains. Guests have access to a sparkling communal pool, bar and restaurant.

All suites have their own lounge area and dining room, giving guests the option of dining in their own room or joining other guests in the main restaurant. The en suite rooms offer all the added luxuries of satellite TV, iPod music system, fully-stocked mini-bar, premier wine selection, direct-dial telephone, air-conditioner, hair dryer, wall-mounted safe, personal computer, complimentary wireless internet access, goose down duvets, 100% cotton linen and contemporary style in abundance.

The overall feel is one of indulgent luxury, while still retaining an ambience of simplicity and elegance.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
7
Facilities

Restaurant, swimming pool, massage service, lounge and bar, free Wi-Fi, laundry service, TV, room safe and mini bar.

Namibia Northern Namibia

The Mushara Collection

Overview

Situated between 8km and 10 km from the eastern Von Lindequist entrance to the world famous Etosha National Park, the impressive and varied Mushara collection of privately owned properties includes Mushara Outpost, Mushara Lodge, Mushara Villa and Mushara Bushcamp.

The mid-range Mushara Lodge is perfect for an overnight stop once you have arrived from the south of Etosha. The main area has a library, lounge, bar and restaurant, and there are 10 spacious chalets, one family unit, and a triple and two single rooms. One particular feature is the large swimming pool surrounded by gardens often grazed by passing warthogs.

Resembling an old farmhouse, the attractive Mushara Outpost’s open main building houses the dining room, lounge and bar and has a wraparound verandah, and an outside fire site with seating for sundowners. The accommodation is built on stilts and constructed like a traditional safari-style tent – light and airy with comfortable beds mounted off the floor on wooden decking. All of the tents have private bathrooms and glass fitted hot water showers, air-conditioning, mini-bar, safe, tea and coffee facilities and telephone: electricity power points are also available.

Villa Mushara is the choice for those seeking privacy. The two exclusive 140 square metre villas have a/c, private plunge pools and outdoor covered salas with day beds affording views of the bush. Each villa has a lounge area, small library and music system, and meals can be taken in your villa for maximum privacy.

Mushara Bushcamp is the Collection’s budget offering, particularly suitable for families. It can accommodate 32 adults and 8 children in tented rooms, and the main building is thatched with a true bush camp feel to it.

Mushara makes a good base from which to explore the eastern side of Etosha National Park. or for an overnight stopover after a day spent traversing the park and before heading off to your next location.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes
Facilities

The Bush Camp has dining room, lounge, bar, verandah, air-conditioning, mosquito nets, mini-bar, safety deposit box, tea and coffee-making facilities, telephones and private bathrooms. The Villas have plunge pools and open air salas with daybeds. The Outpost has tented rooms built above the ground on stilts next to the bush, and a charming main building. The Lodge's swimming pool is a strong feature and will appeal to families.

Local Wildlife

Etosha National Park is one of the greatest wildlife refuges in southern Africa. There are large concentrations of springbok, kudu, impala, gemsbok, giraffe, and elephant and there is still a reasonable population of black rhino and a smaller numbers of white rhinos. Lions and spotted hyenas are seen on most game drives and even hunting is occasionally seen. A total of 114 mammal species inhabit the park and there have 110 reptile species recorded too. The park is also superb for birding and several endemic species can be tracked down.

Optional Activities

Game drives and nature walks in Etosha National Park.

Namibia Central Namibia

Desert Whisper Lodge

Overview

This place is really special: an isolated luxurious living pod for two, of ultra-modern design, set on a hillside with fabulous views across a deserted arid landscape. There are no other rooms, just yours, yet you have a private reception with dedicated host and a personal chef who will prepare your meals to your dietary specifications subject to available ingredients.

Desert Whisper’s location is ideal for a visit to one of Namibia’s highlights: Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, both in the Namib Naukluft National Park, a UNESCO world Heritage Reserve.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
1
Facilities

Single unit resort for two guests maximum, with en-suite bedroom, plunge pool connected by walkway, open plan lounge and dining area, well stocked bar, fully equipped kitchen, deck. Own personal reception, dedicated host.

Local Wildlife

Oryx

Jackal

Ostrich

Optional Activities

Visit to Sossusvlei and the Namib Naukluft National Park

Route Map

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The Olive Exclusive: -22.607222, 17.078889
The Mushara Collection: -19.058018, 17.190761
Mowani Mountain Camp: -20.544331, 14.368050
Etosha Heights Safari House: -19.242648, 15.285370
Atlantik Sicht: -22.685176, 14.523339
Desert Whisper: -24.092568, 15.911052

Departure Dates

This tour has no set departure date and can be tailored to suit your travel requirements. Contact us for more details.

Travel Information

Are International Flights Included?

No. Please contact us for a quote if required.

Flight Info:

Fly BA or Virgin to Johannesburg and connect to Windhoek. Alternatively, fly Lufthansa to Frankfurt, connecting with Air Namibia to Windhoek

Best Visited:

March to November

Are you ATOL Registered?

Yes. This means we are legally able to book your international flights in conjunction with your ground arrangements so you can book with us with complete confidence. Read more about our ATOL license here.

Alan Godwin

Area Specialist

If you have any questions regarding this Tour, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

This was our second visit to Namibia in just over 12 months, with Reef and Rainforest and our seventh consecutive wildlife trip with them. I think that speaks for itself. This year we were particularly keen to try and observe some desert adapted Lions. The Lions found in ‘The Namib Desert’ are genetically identical to those found in the rest of Southern Africa but have adapted to live in one of the harshest environments on earth. They number around 150 and have a huge range, and are rarely seen. They came to prominence in the outstanding documentary film ‘Vanishing Kings’. The best chance of observing members of this subset of Lions is during a stay at Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, although sightings cannot be guaranteed and weeks can pass by without any success. Therefore a stay at this camp was at the heart of our itinerary and we were very lucky to spend time with a Lioness and her niece who had killed an Oryx in the conservancy. The camp itself is absolutely outstanding in every respect and the location is just spectacular.

Visitors should be aware that this is not ‘The Serengeti’ and that the wildlife is quite thin on the ground. However you would have to be very unlucky not to see Elephant, Giraffe and several other species. Whilst we were out in the desert we were lucky to bump in to Dr P. Stander who has dedicated the whole of his adult life to the conservation of The Desert Lion, what a thrill. The day trip out to the coast was pretty special as well.

The rest of the itinerary worked very well and we were very pleased to have three full days in Etosha N.P. where we recorded 25 mammal species, including 32 individual Lions, observed the aftermath of 4 zebra kills, 11 Rhinoceros (both Black & White), an African Wildcat and the rarely seen in Etosha, elusive Leopard.

So a big thank you to ALL at Reef and Rainforest, another highly successful trip, you certainly delivered again.

Mr JW - Scottish Borders