Namibia Self-Drive Tours & Itineraries

Explore 22 self-drive trips designed by local kimkim specialists to get ideas for your trip to Namibia.
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Deadvlei, Namibia
Map of Self-Drive Namibia Exploration - 11 Days
Self-Drive Namibia Exploration - 11 Days

Take a road trip through Namibia, seeing the country's top highlights along the way. Climb ancient dunes at dawn in Sossusvlei, see German-colonial architecture in coastal Swakopmund, and hike the vast landscapes of Damaraland before two incredible days of safari in Etosha National Park—the best place in the world to see an endangered black rhino.

Aerial view of the Kuiseb Canyon in Namib desert at sunset
Map of Namibia & Botswana Safari Road Trip - 14 Days
Namibia & Botswana Safari Road Trip - 14 Days

Take two weeks to check out Namibia and Botswana's varied landscapes and the many creatures they contain on this itinerary. You'll travel up sand dunes, down into caves, out into the salt pans, and more as you watch for the region's many wildlife residents.

Desert adventures are plentiful in Namibia
Map of Namibia Self-Drive Adventure - 8 Days
Namibia Self-Drive Adventure - 8 Days

Often called "Africa for beginners," this eight-day road trip is a great introduction to the otherworldly landscapes, activities, and culture of Namibia. Kick off the trip in Windhoek, the modern capital, before delving into the Namib Desert for massive dunes, rivers, canyons, and gorges. From here, continue west toward the Atlantic coast for two nights of seaside splendor. Circle back to Windhoek by way of Spitzkoppe—the "Matterhorn" of Namibia—for some hiking and rock art to finish the adventure.

Botswana Landscape view before rain at Kalahari Desert
Self-drive Adventure: Namibia, Botswana & Zimbabwe - 15 Days

This self-drive journey takes you through some of the most beautiful landscapes in Southern Africa. Come in close contact with rare African wild cats on safari and experience the diversity of Nambia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe. Go on a daring adventure, rafting on the Zambezi River, and walk through African deserts and rainforests. You'll experience the mighty Victoria Falls, see the salt pans in Etosha, and set out on a sunset cruise in the wild.

View of the desert in Namibia
Map of Namibia Desert Road Trip  - 7 Days
Namibia Desert Road Trip - 7 Days

See the highlights of Namibia on a weeklong road trip that offers you plenty of freedom and flexibility. You'll take a sunset safari drive on the Intu Afrika Kalahari Game Reserve, see the famous Red Dunes of Sossusvlei, go on a sunrise hike through Sesriem Canyon, see German-colonial architecture in the oceanside town of Swakopmund, and more.

Dramatic dunes
Map of Namibia & Botswana Safari Road Trip - 10 Days
Namibia & Botswana Safari Road Trip - 10 Days

Take a 10-day road trip to Namibia and Botswana's top parks on this itinerary. You'll drive through landscapes of all varieties as you scope out the wildlife and natural attractions along the way, including the dunes of Sossuvlei, the rock formations of Damaraland, and the expanse of the Okavango Delta.

Swim class
Map of Namibia & Botswana Safari Road Trip - 15 Days
Namibia & Botswana Safari Road Trip - 15 Days

Botswana is home to the world's largest concentration of African elephants, so you should be able to see plenty of them and their friends on this 15-day tour.  You travel through both Botswana and neighboring Namibia on a landscape-laden road trip across ecosystems, keeping an eye for the elephants and other wildlife along the way.

Springing springbok
Map of Namibia & Botswana Safari Road Trip - 12 Days
Namibia & Botswana Safari Road Trip - 12 Days

More than 42% of Namibia’s surface area is under some form of conservation management; appreciate the country's investment into its wildlife with this 12-day itinerary. You'll scope out animals across varying ecosystems as you make your way across multiple national parks in both Namibia and neighboring Botswana.

Deadvlei
Map of Namibia Self-Drive Explorer:  Sossusvlei, Etosha, Swakopmund, & More - 11 Days
Namibia Self-Drive Explorer: Sossusvlei, Etosha, Swakopmund, & More - 11 Days

This exciting trip through Namibia brings you a lot of adventure with activities such as African wild cat encounters, game drives, and unique safaris. You'll explore the variety of Namibia's wildlife in Etosha, drive through the Namib Desert, and walk to the top of the famous Dune 45. You'll enjoy a scenic drive on Etendeka Plateau with spectacular views and rest your head in carefully selected accommodations with wild surroundings. It is the perfect trip for the explorer, nature lover, and the adventurous traveler,

Leopard lurk
Map of Namibia & Botswana Safari Road Trip - 21 Days
Namibia & Botswana Safari Road Trip - 21 Days

Whether you're hoping to spot some hippos in the Okavango Delta, scope out seals at Cape Cross, or eye the elephants in Etosha National Park, you're sure to get in some quality animal viewing on this three-week trip. The self-drive safari route takes you across the wide range of terrain in Namibia and Botswana to visit multiple protected areas and introduce you to just some of the many flora and fauna that southern Africa has to offer.

Get into nature on this epic road trip in West Africa
Map of Namibia Self-Drive Adventure - 10 Days
Namibia Self-Drive Adventure - 10 Days

Enjoy the highlights of Namibia at your own pace with this 10-day loop. Starting from the capital, you'll early drive along the path of the ancient Tsauchab River into the Namib Sand Sea, with a visit to the famed Sossusvlei Desert, Dune 45, and Dead Vlei. From here, continue west toward the Atlantic coast for two nights of seaside splendor, followed by several days of rich flora and fauna, including a petrified forest, lions, elephants, cheetahs, zebras, and springbok, to name a few.

Erongo region outside Swakopmund
Map of Namibia & Botswana Safari Road Trip - 20 Days
Namibia & Botswana Safari Road Trip - 20 Days

Travel through 20 days of animal-spotting on this safari trip. You'll make your own way through the widely varying landscapes of Namibia and Botswana in search of their wildlife residents, ranging in size from the African elephant down to the elephant shrew, with three separate national parks and even more game reserves and conservation areas on the itinerary.

Camelthorn trees in Sossuvlei
Map of Namibia & Botswana Safari Road Trip - 16 Days
Namibia & Botswana Safari Road Trip - 16 Days

Tourists have been undertaking the classic safari journey for more than 100 years, and you can join their ranks in a more modern, ethical fashion on this 16-day expedition. Drive yourself through the many natural attractions of Namibia and Botswana, watching for wildlife  in multiple national parks and conservation areas along the way.

A flamboyance of flamingoes
Map of Namibia & Botswana Safari Road Trip - 13 Days
Namibia & Botswana Safari Road Trip - 13 Days

Namibia has the world’s largest populations of cheetah and of black rhinos living outside of protected areas, and if you're lucky you may be able to spot some of them on this 13-day trip. Drive yourself across the country's extensive parks, through neighboring Botswana, in search of wildlife both secretive and easily spotted.

Sossuvlei snacking
Map of Namibia & Botswana Safari Road Trip - 19 Days
Namibia & Botswana Safari Road Trip - 19 Days

The Namib desert is more than 55 million years old, so give yourself plenty of time to contemplate the vastness of existence from atop its sand dunes on this 19-day itinerary. The desert is just one of the many dramatic landscapes you'll encounter as you seek out the wildlife of southern Africa, from ancient caves to lagoons and river deltas.

Damaraland rock formations
Map of Namibia & Botswana Safari Road Trip - 17 Days
Namibia & Botswana Safari Road Trip - 17 Days

See all the ways natural forces have shaped the African landscape over the centuries on this 17-day trip. You'll drive through the sweeping sand dunes of Sossusvlei and the Namib desert, rock formations in Damaraland, savannah salt pans at Makgadikgadi Pans, and more, keeping an eye out for both the perfect vantage point and plenty of wildlife along the way.

Springbok in Etosha
Map of Namibia & Botswana Safari Road Trip - 11 Days
Namibia & Botswana Safari Road Trip - 11 Days

Drive through an entire spectrum of landscapes on this 11-day trip. Whether you're staring up at the Sossusvlei  sand dune, down into the rock caves of Damaraland, or out across the salt pans at Makgadikgadi, you're sure to find a new scene around every corner.

Follow me
Map of Namibia & Botswana Safari Road Trip - 18 Days
Namibia & Botswana Safari Road Trip - 18 Days

Take in the diversity of life in southern Africa on this 18-day journey.  Traverse the terrain of Namibia and Botswana, surrounded by a variety of landscapes and animal life, on a self-drive itinerary. There are more than 500 recorded species of birds in the Okavango Delta alone, so don't forget to look up.

Lions in Etosha National Park
Map of An Epic African Road Trip: Namibia, Botswana & Victoria Falls – 14 Days
An Epic African Road Trip: Namibia, Botswana & Victoria Falls – 14 Days

Visit three of Africa's top destinations on this epic, two-week road trip. Start in Namibia for towering dunes, salt pans, and a self-drive safari in Etosha National Park. Head north to the lesser-visited Zambezi region next before exploring the wildlife-studded wonders of Botswana's Chobe National Park. Finally, end your adventure in Zimbabwe, overlooking "the smoke that thunders" at Victoria Falls.

Spitzkoppe scenery
Map of Namibia Off-the-Beaten-Track Safari – 10 Days
Namibia Off-the-Beaten-Track Safari – 10 Days

Step off the tourist trail and discover Namibia's lesser-visited treasures on this 10-day safari. Witness Spitzkoppe's ancient rock art and track endangered rhinos in Palmwag, then head to the wild northwest to bathe in crashing waterfalls and meet Namibia's Indigenous communities. The adventure ends with a wildlife-studded safari in Etosha, followed by a hike up Waterberg Mountain.

Himba woman near Epupa Falls in Namibia
Map of Off-the-Beaten-Track Namibia Adventure - 14 Days
Off-the-Beaten-Track Namibia Adventure - 14 Days

Veer off Namibia's tourist trail on this two-week adventure safari. You'll track rhinos, discover prehistoric rock paintings, and embark upon a six-night wild camping adventure in the remote Kunene region. Next, tackle Namibia's infamous Van Zyl's Pass by 4WD to discover hidden valleys inhabited by the Himba people and go on a safari in Etosha National Park. End with a visit to the AfriCat Foundation, where you'll spot endangered leopards and cheetahs.

Sunset over Sossusvlei
Map of Namibia Self-Drive Luxury Safari - 14 Days
Namibia Self-Drive Luxury Safari - 14 Days

Discover Namibia's natural wonders on this 14-day luxury safari. Start by driving from the rugged Tiras Mountains to star-studded NamibRand and Sossusvlei's world-famous dunes. 4WD adventures and geological wonders await along the eerie Skeleton Coast, followed by a luxury safari in Etosha National Park. Finish with a trip to the AfriCat Foundation, where you'll take part in leopard conservation work.

Damaraland landscape
Map of Namibia Luxury Safari: NamibRand, Swakopmund, Damaraland & Etosha South - 10 Days
Namibia Luxury Safari: NamibRand, Swakopmund, Damaraland & Etosha South - 10 Days

Explore Namibia's wild coastline, deserts, and national parks on this luxury 10-day tour. Start in the Namib Desert, where you'll sip sundowners, stargaze and discover mammoth dunes and salt pans. 4WD adventures and German seaside towns await along the bird-spotted Skeleton Coast, followed by prehistoric rock art in remote Damaraland. Finish your adventure with a wildlife-studded safari in Etosha National Park.