NAMIBIA 4X4 SELF-DRIVE
The safari starts in Windhoek and after visiting the scenic Waterberg area moves through the North Namibia Region which is ideal 4×4 over-lander country; the area consists of some of the most rugged scenery in Africa. Although the trails certainly require 4×4 vehicles, prior 4×4 experience is not essential and a briefing as well as complete vehicle introduction accompanies each hand over.
Day 1: Windhoek
You are met by a Bushlore representative or guide where you will be transferred to our premisis and go through the vehicle – your home and transport for the next couple of weeks. Enjoy a relaxing evening before your 4×4 trip into Namibia.
Accommodation – Olive Grove Guest House B&B
Day 2 – 3: Etosha National Park
436kms, 5 hours
In the vast arid space of Northern Namibia lies one of Southern Africa’s best loved wildlife sanctuaries. Etosha National Park offers excellent game viewing in one of Africa’s most accessible venues. Zebra and springbok are scattered across the endless horizon, while the many waterholes attract endangered black rhinoceros, lion, elephant and large numbers of antelope
Accommodation – Okakejou campsite
Day 4: Hobatere
207Kms, 3.5 hours
The unique location of Hobatere, being the Getaway into the Western Etosha Park, allows for an exclusive wildlife experience but, at the same time, the aim is to increasing the sense of being a conservancy lodge which benefits the local community and conservation.
The lodge is situated in a concession area in the region of Damaraland, close to a number of key attractions including Twyfelfontein, Brandberg, Etosha National Park, Damaraland, Hoanib River and Opuwo. The area offers a wild and memorable experience, with free roaming wildlife found on a concession area of 8,808 hectares with a host of species to be seen such as elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah and normal game.
Accommodation – Hobatere Lodge – Rooms DBB
Day 5 – 6: Epupa Falls
350Kms, 5 hours
To quote Bradt Travel guide ‘Epupa Falls don’t compare to Victoria Falls in scale, they are the more beautiful for occurring in such an arid region’.
The Epupa Falls (also known as Monte Negro Falls in Angola) are created by the Kunene River on the border of Angola and Namibia, in the Kaokoland area of the Kunene Region. The river is 0.5 km wide and drops in a series of waterfalls spread over 1.5 km, with the greatest single drop being 37 m. The name “Epupa” is a Herero word for “foam”, in reference to the foam created by the falling water. Despite being difficult to reach (a 4WD vehicle is needed to reach them from Opuwo), the falls are a major visitor attraction in Namibia, because of the largely unspoiled environment, with fig trees, baobabs, makalani palms, and colored rock walls framing the falls.
Watching the Epupa Falls and its mists of water against the red colours of the surrounding desert and mountains during sunset, with a sundowner drink in one hand and your camera or binocular in the other is likely to make up on e of the most beautiful and memorable experiences during your trip to Namibia.
Accommodation – Epupa Camp – campsite
Day 7: Sesfontein
326Kms, 4.5 hours
Sesfontein is situated in the North Western part of Namibia, close to the Hoanib River, on the Southern side of the Kakaoveld. A gap in the mountains gives access to the valley basin in Sesfontein (six fountains) where lish green gardens give the landscape its special oasis charade.
Accommodation – Fort Sesfontein Lodge, camping
Day 8-9: Palmwag
120Kms, 2 hours
On the edge of a huge concession, Palmwag is beautifully situated next to a palm-lined tributary of the Uniab River, which often flows over-ground here. As water is very scarce in this area, its presence regularly draws elephants close to the camp. This road goes through open plains, dune fields as well as mountains areas with good opportunity to see the desert elephants. Palmwag is one of the better game areas in Namibia and set in a vast wilderness. Animals encountered will include Giraffe, Oryx, Springbok, Mountain Zebra, Kudu and if you are lucky, the endangered black rhinoceros.
Accommodation – Palmwag lodge camping
Day 10: Twyfelfontein
107Kms, 2 hours
Travel south to the rugged ad scenic area of Damaraland. Landscape varies from Grass plains to rolling hills and Granite hill formations. Famous Bushmen paintings. Track the desert elephants down the aba huab river bed, petrified forests and ‘die gat’
Accommodation – Aba huab – camping
Day 11: Brandberg
115Kms, 2 hours
The Ugab River valley, the Brandberg Mountain, the Damaraland with Doros and Messum Crater – there is a lot to discover in the area around the lodge.
The Ugab River Valley with its old trees and green bushes is homestead for a wide variety of game, birds, fascinating reptiles and insects. The formation of the Brandberg massive unveils its treasures and secrets to the knowing eye of the geologist. Its sublime beauty nobody can evade. A visit to the “White Lady”, perhaps the world’s most famous rock painting, is a half-day excursion from our lodge. The footpath to the site offers spectacular views into the open plains of the Damaraland.
Accommodation – Brandberg White Lady Lodge – camping
Day 12: Cape Cross
205Kms, 3 hours
Literally meters from the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Cross Lodge presents a unique and serene stop for travelers along this vast untamed and seldom explored wilderness on the Skeleton Coast.
The curious mix of Cape Dutch and West Coast fishing village architecture nestles colossal windows which embrace the natural light and reveal endless vistas.
Around this idyllic oasis lies Infinite Ocean and desert, littered with the eerie remains of man’s past endeavors. Nearby, rocky outcrops provide a perfect playground for a large colony of Cape Fur Seals.
Accommodation – Cape Cross Lodge – Camping
Day 13-14: Swakopmund
128Kms, 2 hours
Palm-lined streets, seaside promenades, fine accommodation, a pleasant summer climate and decent beaches. Welcome to Swakopmund – Namibia’s premier holiday resort! During the summer holidays and long weekends, thousands of Namibians flock to the coast, and this human migration happens for a number of reasons; Swakopmund has a real holiday feel to it and everyone wants to be there; during the December holidays, the cool Namibian coast offers relief from the intense heat of the interior; and more importantly as far as the tourist is concerned in these modern times, Swakop has changed, and has become the countries leading adrenaline destination, with a wide range of activities to suit all ages and (most) egos.
Accommodation – Beach Lodge – B&B
Day 15: Return to Windhoek
362Kms, 4.5 hours