Self Drive in Namibia


Namibia is a vast country approximately twice the size of California, but with a population of a mere 2 million – the second lowest densities in the world giving an amazing soulful feeling of peace and solitude.

The climate is typical of a semi-desert country. Days are warm to hot and nights are generally cool. Temperatures are modified by the high plateau in the interior and by the cold Benguela Current that runs along the Atlantic coastline. Except for the first few months of the year, the country is generally dry with very little rain.

Whilst long driving times cannot be avoided with an average of 5 – 7 hours per journey, it’s about enjoying the journey rather than rushing from place to place and many routes include various sights of interest worthy of a stopover. Namibia boasts an excellent infrastructure and although 70% of all roads are gravel/dirt roads, they are in good condition and well maintained.

Suggested Namibia Self Drive Itinerary


Day 1 – Arrival Namibia, overnight Galton House
Day 2 & 3 – Self-Drive to Hoodia Desert Lodge, Sossusvlei Area
Day 4 & 5 – Self-Drive to on to stay at The Delight, Swakopmund
Day 6 & 7 – Self-Drive to Mowani Mountain Camp, Damaraland
Day 8 – Self-Drive to Safari Hoek, Southern boundary of Etosha National Park
Day 9 & 10 – Self-Drive to Onguma Tented Camp, Eastern boundary of Etosha National Park
Day 11 & 12 – Self-Drive to stay at Okonjima Bush Camp, AfriCat Foundation
Day 13 – Return to Windhoek

Trip Highlights

Discover Namibia’s wide open spaces on an excellent  network of gravel and tar roads in your own rental vehicle
Climb some of the world’s highest free-standing sand dunes.
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Twyfelfontein.
Track for desert-adapted elephants on the ephemeral riverbeds in Damaraland.
Enjoy a different viewpoint for game viewing in an underground hide overlooking a waterhole on a private game reserve.
Embark on exciting game drives within the Etosha National Park in your own rental vehicle
Game viewing at a floodlit waterhole at night.
Visit the world renowned AfriCat Foundation and learn more about conservation initiatives involving Africa’s large cats.

Self Drive with ease in Namibia


It’s all about the journey

The freedom of doing a self-drive allows you to choose the overall pace of your trip.

Many routes have cool sites of interest worthy of a stopover.

Good well-maintained roads, although mostly gravel make for easy driving.

There is hardly any traffic and no multi-lane highways.

It’s just you and your chosen travel companions, making it intimate and private as well as a more comfortable ride.

It is typically a more economical way to travel.

We provided detailed route maps, directions, information on points of interest and backup!




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