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Namibia Self-Drive Safaris

Explore Namibia’s highlights and hidden gems in your rental car on private self-drive tours

Your self-drive tour in Namibia

Stunning sunsets, impressive landscapes, and a variety of things to do and experience – explore Namibia independently in your rental car. Namibia is one of the best countries for self-drive trips in Africa: good amenities and infrastructure, reliable local rental car agencies, overall safety and security as well as friendly and helpful locals make it a preferred destination for memorable road trips. If you are a confident and fairly experienced driver and don’t mind long hours behind the wheel, you will enjoy an adventure on the open road. Look forward to a spectacular experience: desert tours and catamaran trips, safari game drives and hiking tours, ghost towns and ancient rock art. Travel as couple or family, solo or with your friends. You can overnight at personal guest houses, remote desert camps or family-run guest farms. Our experienced travel experts plan your itinerary, book your accommodations and your rental car, and share important tips and tricks for the road with you.

What makes us the right choice

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Service-Oriented Travel Experts

We plan and book your trip, you enjoy the experience.

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Value for Money

Booking with us is not more expensive than organising the trip yourself.

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Hand-selected Accommodations

Stunning locations, attentive service, and charming ambience.

Best Namibia Self-Drive Safaris & Tours



After a long day on the open road, we know how important it is to arrive at a welcoming home away from home. On our Namibia self-drive tours, you overnight at hand-selected guesthouses, farms, camps, and lodges. When suggesting accommodations, we focus on personal ambience, attentive service, and excellent value for money. Our team regularly visits and re-visits the most popular accommodations as well as hidden gems to be up to date on any new developments and changes. This way, we can recommend you the best camp, or guesthouse that fits your expectations and needs – whether you’re looking for a luxurious lodge or a family-run guest farm. Whichever you choose, on your Namibia self-drive safari, you will spend the night in stunning locations in the middle of nature.

Cottage at the Waterberg Guestfarm

When suggesting accommodations for your self-drive trip, we focus on personal and intimate camps with a welcoming character – like the Waterberg Guestfarm.

Mess tent at Mushara Bush Camp Etosha National Park

You can choose between guesthouses, guest farms, lodges or tented camps – like the family-friendly and down to earth Mushara Bush Camp just outside Etosha National Park.

Sunset at the Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch seen on self-drive tour

Camps like the Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch offer activities such as scenic sundowner drives which self-drivers are welcome to join as well.

Ai Aiba Rock Painting Lodge at sunset

Standards range from back to basics to highly luxurious. What they all have in common: stunning locations yet easily accessible – like the Ai-Aiba Rock Paintings Lodge in the Erongo Mountains.

Swimming pool at the Elegant Desert Lodge

Some camps, like the Elegant Desert Eco Camp in the Namib, even have swimming pools to take a dip after a long day on the road.

What to expect on a Namibia self-drive safari

For the independent and intrepid traveller, a self-drive safari is a particularly unique way to explore Namibia, surely one of the best countries in the world for a self-drive adventure. Our self-drive safari itineraries are carefully handpicked to ensure you get the most out of your time in Namibia, but without having to compromise on comfort and peace of mind.

As you might expect, on a self-drive holiday, you drive yourself in your 2×4 or 4×4 rental car from one destination to the next. Along the way, we have included exciting activities into your itinerary: a visit to a seal colony, walking up and running down the sand dunes of Sossusvlei, or looking for the desert adapted elephants of the Damaraland. Depending on location and activity, you can join guided experiences as well. Your accommodation may offer a guided sunset drive, a nature walk or a game drive together with a professional guide in Etosha National Park. This way, you get the best of both worlds.

What to see and where to stay on our self-drive safaris

Namibia is a special country for self-drivers, with staggeringly beautiful and largely unadulterated landscapes and plenty of opportunities to get far from the beaten track. But it’s also generally more accessible than many other African countries, with good amenities, roads and infrastructure, which means you don’t have to be a hardened pro to have a memorable self-drive adventure.

Generally speaking, you can experience the same activities and visit the same landmarks as you would on a guided safari. On our Namibia Highlights safari, you’ll explore iconic destinations including Etosha National Park, Swakopmund and Sossusvlei at your own pace. Our North of Namibia safari will have you traversing some of the most wild and ruggedly spectacular reaches of the country, while our longer options also take you across the border into beautiful Botswana.

We will arrange a reliable and durable vehicle (either 2×4 or 4×4, depending on your itinerary and preference) with all the equipment you might need for your safari. We work with only the most trusted and reputed local car rental agencies. We arrange all your accommodation for you based on our extensive experience of Namibia, leaving you to focus your attention on the joys of the open road. You will overnight in a range of idyllic and well-located lodges and camps, giving you easy access to the country’s many highlights.

Cross-border self-drive tours: Namibia, Botswana, South Africa & Victoria Falls

Namibia is home to many highlights of Southern African travel. But so are its neighbours Botswana and South Africa. On crossing-border self-drive trips, you can experience it all: the Namib Desert as well as the Okavango Delta, Etosha as well as Chobe National Park and even Cape Town in South Africa or the Victoria Falls in Zambia or Zimbabwe. That doesn’t mean crossing-border self-drive holidays have to be stressful – when planning your itinerary, we make sure to include a few days that are more relaxing and see you spending more than one night in one place. It’s not just about ticking off the sites but enjoying the big and small moments along the way. You can cross the country borders in your rental car; eventually returning to the place you started your journey or drop your car in another bigger town or city. No matter the itinerary, on self-drive tours in Southern Africa you should be prepared to spend many hours and kilometres in the car – after all, the journey is the destination.

Who should go on a self-drive safari in Namibia

Travellers who are looking for a tailor-made experience, flexibility and privacy should choose either a private guided safari, or a self-drive safari. Other than on our guided group safaris, you will travel with your friends and family only and can adapt your itinerary to your personal preferences. On a self-drive tour, you are behind the wheel, decide when and where to stop and enjoy ultimate privacy. A road trip in Namibia will always include at least some days with long driving distances and you should be a confident and somewhat experienced driver. Knowing how to change a tire without assistance is crucial on long and lonely gravel roads when other people let alone car repair shops are far and few between. We not only book your rental car but also your accommodations. This means your trip does follow a set structure. However, you still have the option to stop along the way or spend a day at leisure. Many accommodations and national parks offer guided activities open to book for self-drive travellers. When joining a guided activity, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the view. If you’re looking for an adventurous road trip that offers maximum flexibility but follows a pre-booked itinerary for peace of mind, our Namibia self-drive tours are for you.

Interested in Guided Safaris?

Have a look at our guided tours, if you want to get to know Namibia together with a local guide.

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