This itinerary is for a “self-drive” safari,which means you drive yourself from one camp/lodge to another.
Except for our airfare, all were booked through The Cardboard Box Travel Shop, a Namibian based travel agency with an office in Windhoek, Namibia. It is possibly to book on your own, however I highly recommend going through a reputable travel agency (you can check the TripAdvisor forums for recommendations on travel agencies).
Depending on where you are traveling from, you can use multiple airlines to get to Namibia. The airlines we used were Virgin Atlantic, Lufthansa, and South African Airways, and we all booked directly with each airline.
For international flights, you must fly to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia and home to their international airport.
The cost of our airfare was approx $1,200 economy class from Newark, NJ and approx $1,000 economy class from Poland.
We booked our SUV through our travel agency and they recommend Avis Car Rental as it had the type of car we needed.
- 4×4 automatic Diesel SUV (Toyota Fortuner) that can comfortably fit 4 people and their luggage, AND most importantly, be able to drive on gravel roads.
- Rental Cost: N$15,000
- Total Gas Charge for 10 days: N$1,835 (approximately US$150)
We spent a total of 10-nights in Namibia, 2 rooms for 2-nights in each accommodation.
- Villa Vista, Windhoek – 1.2km from the city center; comes with breakfast.
- Okonjima Bush Camp – offers both full and half board accommodations. We chose the half board, which means breakfast and dinner only; the lunch and tours are paid for separately.
- Okaukuejo Resort Camp – we chose only the bed & breakfast option and paid separately for lunch & dinner.
- Swakopmund Luxury Suites – included breakfast vouchers to nearby cafes.
- Kulala Desert Lodge – we chose half board accommodations only which only includes breakfast and dinner; the lunch and tours are paid for separately.
- Total Cost for all lodging for 4 people = N$81,112 (approximately $6,565)
In terms of activities, we took part in morning, afternoon, and one evening safari drive offered by the lodges we stayed at.
- The Okaukuejo Resort Camp offered morning and afternoon safari drives. They can be booked directly with the camp as soon as you arrive.
- Okonjima Bush Camp offered activities such as the Cheetah tracking, or Leopard tracking.
- The Kulala Desert Lodge, situated in the Namib desert, offers morning excursions to see the Sossusvlei dunes. In the afternoon, they offer a sundowner activity which includes a guided afternoon hike in the Sesriem Canyon, and watching the gorgeous sunset while sipping wine / beer and nibbling on cheese and sandwiches.
- While in Swakopmund, my traveling companions and I chose to do the Sandwich Harbour Day tour.
- Arrive in Windhoek.
- Pick-up the SUV at the Avis Car Rental kiosk in the airport
- Drive to Villa Vista and check in; drive is approximately 35 minutes (44km)
- Have dinner at Joe’s Beerhouse
- Leave Windhoek after breakfast and drive to Okonjima Bush Camp; approx 2.5 hour drive (221km)
- If you arrive prior to lunch or close to lunch, you may be able to partake in one of the afternoon activities such as the Leopard tracking, or simply the nice weather and the pool.
- Dinner is included if you select a half-board or full-board accommodation.
- Wake up before sunrise to go on an early morning cheetah tracking drive
- Back to camp for late breakfast and a nap (if you need to eat again, you can purchase lunch which consisted of grilled game meats)
- Since we missed the leopard tracking tour the day before, we did that in the afternoon accompanied by a sundowner snack and drinks
- Back to camp for dinner & drinks
- Finishing the night off with Night Hide safari
- Leave Okonjima for our next destination after enjoying a good breakfast
- Drive approx 3 hours (252km) to Okaukuejo Resort
- Due to the afternoon rain, we were not able to partake in an afternoon Safari drive. We spent the afternoon playing card games and enjoying nature.
- Okaukuejo offers buffet style dinner which we paid for separately from the bed & breakfast room rate (ended up being cheaper this way)
- Wake up before sunrise to go on an early safari drive
- Arrived in back in time to still enjoy breakfast (and a nap!)
- Partook in the afternoon Safari drive
- Buffet style dinner
- Leave Okaukuejo for our next destination after enjoying a good breakfast
- Drive approx 6 hours (520km) to the town of Swakopmund
- We were able to spend a little time at the beach and enjoy the sunset
- Dinner at a nearby restaurant.
- Drove approx 40 minutes (38km) from Swakopmund to Walvis Bay to start our full day Sandwich Harbor tour.
- Spent a thoroughly enjoyable day in Sandwich Harbor including a fabulous picnic with champagne surrounded by sand dunes.
- Back to Swakopmund in time to enjoy the sunset at the a popular bar (with oysters and a bottle of bubbly)
- Capped off the night with dinner close to the hotel.
- Leave Swakopmund for our next destination after a hearty breakfast at a nearby cafe
- Drive approx 6 hours (379km) on mostly gravelroads with amazing vistas through the Namib-Naukluft National Park to our next destination – Kulala Desert Lodge
- We arrived just right before the sunset and was welcomed with a refreshing alcoholic drink and cool towel.
- Enjoyed a lovely dinner as part of our half-board room rate.
- Woke up very early for a morning tour of Sossusvlei Sand Dunes
- Enjoyed lunch at the lodge (additional fee), then a little pool time
- Participated in the afternoon hike & sundowner activities
- Back to the lodge for another fabulous dinner
- Leave Kulala Desert Lodge to head back to Windhoek
- Drive approx 6 hours (405km) on a lot of gravel roads (roads were better once we got to the main highways)
- Arrived at Windhoek just after sunset and checked back into VillaVista Guesthouse
- Enjoyed our final dinner in Namibia very close to the guesthouse
- Drove the car rental back to the airport to catch an early morning flight
- Layover in Johannesburg