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Namibia self-drive safaris

4x4 Self Drive Safaris


Our self-drive safaris are not your typical ‘no-frills camping’ experience. Our luxury self drive safaris are lodge to lodge, where you enjoy the open road adventure of being behind the wheel and taking it at your own pace, while also reveling in the local expertise of the guides at each lodge. The ideal combination for the intrepid traveler who still wants that daily hot shower and all meals catered for.

A luxury self drive safari is truly the most immersive Namibia safari experience you can get, without roughing it.

The About Africa Collection self-drive safari is all about appreciating the novelty of vast Namibian landscapes from a luxury 4×4 as you make your way between incredible locations, luxurious lodges and tented camps, while letting someone else (us!) make all of the arrangements and take care of the logistical headaches.

100% tailor made self-drive safaris across Namibia.

Lodge-Based Self Drive Safaris

The newest definition of luxury adventure travel is the self-drive safari – and it no longer means roughing it.
Your safari is designed just for you and we’re with you at every kilometer as you explore the road less traveled. 

Sample Travel Plan

Days 1 - 3

The Kalahari
/ Bagatelle Game Ranch  /

The lodge lies on the edge of the Southern Kalahari and is characterized by huge red sand dunes. This ‘Spirit of Africa’ atmosphere, coupled with service, delivered with graciousness and charm, in an unashamedly luxurious setting, will be the hallmarks of this establishment, providing excellent value and unforgettable memories for the discerning traveller.

/ The Area /

The Kalahari is an exceptionally beautiful living desert a large semi-arid sandy savannah draped over a gently rolling inland sea of sand covering most of Botswana and large parts of Namibia and South Africa. It is also the last bastion of the San people with the modern world having enveloped all the other areas they once roamed. Here in Namibia it is typically red sands covered in thin, wispy, mostly golden grass and dotted with acacia trees and wide ranging wildlife including gemsbok, impala, jackals and cheetah.

Days 3 - 5

The Sesriem
/ Dead Valley Lodge /

Dead Valley Lodge is situated next to the main entrance gate to the world famous Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. This oasis offers a panoramic view of the Namib Desert with 20 free-standing luxury tented chalets that are climate controlled and equipped with private patios. A top-class restaurant is located onsite as is an open-air swimming pool overlooking the Elim Dune.

/ The Area /

As there is no accommodation at Sossusvlei, visitors to this desert wilderness are likely to end up staying at Sesriem, 65 kilometres away, where camps and lodges serve as a base from which to explore the dunes. Sesriem Canyon, a deep chasm carved through the rocks by water, is a striking natural feature of the area that is best explored on foot. Stony walls rise up sharply on both sides of the canyon, while birds roost in its crags and lizards dart along the ledges. The canyon’s name was coined when early settlers used it as a water source, using six lengths of leather (‘ses riem – six thongs) tied together to lower buckets into the water at the base of canyon.)

Days 5 - 7

/ Desert Breeze Lodge /

A short drive from central Swakopmund, sits the Desert Breeze in a spectacular location providing peace and tranquillity away from the bustling town with the privilege of enjoying the ancient Namib Desert above the ephemeral Swakop River overlooking a vast sea of rolling dunes.

/ The Area /

Founded in 1892 as the main harbour for German South West Africa, Swakopmund is often described as being more German than Germany. Now a seaside resort, Swakopmund is the capital of the Skeleton Coast tourism area and has plenty to keep visitors happy. The quirky mix of German and Namibian influences, colonial-era buildings and the cool sea breeze make it very popular.

Days 7 - 9

/ Twyfelfontein Camp /

Nestled in rolling boulders of a granite outcrop, Twyfelfontein Camp consists of 12 ensuite tents with two beds, an open bathroom with a solar heated hot shower and a shaded terrace. An open Lapa, gives space for the restaurant, bar and pool deck.

Enjoy a scenic nature drive in the ephemeral Huab River and surrounding valley, with the possibility of sighting the elusive desert-adapted elephants and rhinos.

/ The Area /

Set in the Kunene Region of northwestern Namibia, Twylfelfontein is a spectacularly scenic area, featuring one of the largest and most important concentrations of rock art in Africa. The name ‘Twyfelfontein’ translates to ‘Fountain of Doubt’, which refers to the perennial spring situated in the impressive Huab valley flanked by the slopes of a sandstone table mountain.

It was this spring that attracted Stone Age hunters over six thousand years ago, and it was during this time that the extensive group of rock engravings and paintings were produced. Visitors can look forward to basing themselves at some wonderfully shady campsites along the Aba-Huab riverbed, while exploring over thirty different sites of these sacred records of ritual practices relating to traditional hunter-gatherer communities.

Days 9 - 10

Northern Namibia
/ Taleni Etosha Village /

Just minutes from the entrance gate to Etosha National Park, this lodge uniquely combines affordability with comfort, style and exquisite cuisine. The 40 luxury individual suites offer a fully air-conditioned bedroom with an ensuite bathroom and a patio to enjoy the beauty that surrounds you.

Explore the surrounds with morning, afternoon or full day Guided Game Drives to Etosha National Park and private walking safaris on the reserve where various small game can be spotted from the lookout decks and hides.

/ The Area /

Northern Namibia extends across the remote Kunene River in the west of the country to the densely populated region of Ovamboland in the northeast. Central Ovamboland is part of Namibia’s extensive Kalahari system and is home to one of Africa’s largest game sanctuaries, Etosha National Park. The park provides phenomenal game viewing opportunities, and travellers can look forward to visiting the spectacular Etosha Pan.

Damaraland lies to the northwest, with some of the most impressive rock art covering the rugged landscape. Further east, the Caprivi stretches for over 450 kilometres and is Namibia’s most tropical region acting as a corridor for African elephants moving through to Angola. Northern Namibia is a remote wilderness with incredible scenery, wildlife and exhilarating experiences, making it well worth the effort.

Days 10 - 12

/ Onguma Etosha Aoba /

Situated on a 36,000 ha private game reserve adjacent to the Etosha National Park where nature and leisure are at their best. Located along the dry Omuramba Owambo riverbed, all bungalows have a private terrace and ceiling fan. A swimming pool, thatched bar and lounge along with the dining area overlook a small waterhole with new hide to provide hours of game viewing opportunities for guests.

/ The Area /

Etosha means the ”great white area” and is certainly the biggest salt pan in Africa. The landscape is unique and varied and subsequently home to a wide variety of animals. For example lion, elephant, leopard, giraffe, cheetah, hyena, springbok, two kinds of zebra, eland and many more species of wildlife are found here. What makes this park unique is the floodlit waterholes at all the main camps. Some of the camps even have photography hides near the waterholes.

Days 12 - 14

Central Namibia
/ Okonjima Plains Camp /

This luxury lodge is also home to The AfriCat Foundation, a non-profit organisation that is committed to long-term conservation of Namibia's large carnivores, especially cheetahs and leopards.

Guests can choose from the smaller standard rooms with private verandas and charis, which enjoy views across the Okonjima grass plains or opt for the exclusive and spacious view rooms for greater privacy and space, complete with large verandas and day beds and outlooks across the grass plains.

Activities include tracking rehabilitated carnivores on foot, tracking leopards from a game–viewing vehicle along with guided bushman trail walks, birding and game drives.

/ The Area /

Encompassing the bustling capital city of Windhoek, and the laid-back seaside towns of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, Central Namibia features an array of towns, deserts, and wildlife reserves. The landscape of this region is characterised by grasslands decorated with clusters of Acacia trees, between the Namib Desert to the west and the lush Kalahari to the east.

Visitors can soak in the steaming waters of the Cross Barmen Hot Springs, view a wide variety of wildlife, and explore the untouched beauty of the beautiful Erongo Mountains with the breathtakingly beautiful Spitzkoppe, which offers some of the best stargazing opportunities in the country. Divers and snorkellers will enjoy the incredible marine life just off the coast of Walvis Bay. Art lovers should make sure to visit the little town of Okahandja, famous for its fine wood carving and vibrant markets.


Go your own way.

But with all the help you need and none of the hassle planning or executing it yourself. Our luxury 4x4 self-drive safaris give you ultimate freedom - minus the headache.