By Laurence Hugh Marks
Although we offer fully escorted private tours / safaris to Namibia we would highly recommend that one does a Self-Drive Namibia tour / safari. Namibia is a stunningly beautiful country with some unique attractions, modern cities, good food, soaring mountains, large deep canyons, interesting cultural groups, abundant wildlife and birdlife, various vegetation biomes, magnificent scenery and a treacherous coastline – name says it all “Skeleton Coast”.
One of the biggest concerns or questions asked about a Self-Drive Namibia tour / safari or doing a Self-Drive tour / safari throughout any other country in the world is: Is it safe? To Self-Drive Namibia is most probably one of the safest places in the world and definitely the safest in Africa. Although, do remember that Namibia is a huge country and it is the least populated country in the world (people per km²), so there are long distances to travel through very remote areas which is most probably the main reason that makes a Self-Drive Namibia tour / safari such an interesting prospect and an exciting adventure destination for people from around the globe.
Various routes can be taken on a Self-Drive Namibia tour / safari. For example one can arrive and depart from Windhoek and then do a shortened circular route around the country of about 14 days, this Self-Drive Namibia tour would then miss out the Fish River Canyon in the far south. However, if you wanted to include the Fish River Canyon and / or other southern African countries on route then you could take a Self-Drive Namibia tour / safari that starts in Cape Town and that ends in Windhoek or do this tour “visa versa”. For the adventurer you could Self-Drive Namibia by starting in Cape Town and finishing in Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe, which can once again be done in the opposite direction. Our most popular Self-Drive Namibia tour / safari starts in Windhoek, you then head south east to Sossusvlei & Sesriem Canyon, from here you travel through the Namid-Naukluft Desert to the coastal town of Swakopmund. You then drive up through Damaraland to the famous Etosha National Park. After spending a couple of days in the Etosha National Park you travel along the Caprivi Strip via Popa Falls to Kasane in Botswana where you have a couple of days to relax and / or explore the Chobe National Park. You then cross the border to Zimbabwe for a visit to one of the “natural wonders of the world”. Although Dr David Livingstone first viewed the Victoria Falls on the 16 November 1855 from Livingstone Island in Zambia, the best view of the Victoria Falls is without a doubt from the Zimbabwe side. Return to Botswana and drive back to Namibia via the Chobe National Park, Savuti, Moremi and the Okavango Delta. This Self-Drive Namibia tour / safari is only recommended for 4 x 4 camping enthusiast, especially if you want to return to Namibia on this Self-Drive Namibia tour / safari via the Chobe National Park, Savuiti, Moremi and Okavango Delta, as these places require serious “4 x 4 ing” and it can become so tough a drive at certain times of the year that the parks board will only allow a minimum of two vehicles driving in convoy.
I therefore highly recommend a Self-Drive Namibia adventure.