Namibia self drive holiday, big cat conservation

“A tailor made itinerary for two weeks in Namibia, staying in four star but with off the scale stars for wildlife watching and adventure”


Windhoek | Etosha National Park |Namib Desert | Sesreim Canyon | Himba village visit | Damaraland | Three days of game drives in Etosha National Park | Big cats reserve | Leopard tracking | Dolphin watching

Description of Namibia self drive holiday, big cat conservation

This two week Namibia self drive holiday itinerary has been carefully crafted to take you on one of the most eclectic, exquisite and exciting journeys this stunning country can offer. Such as game drives in Etosha National Park, world renowned for its thriving populations of lion, cheetahs, leopard, as well as elephant, giraffe and rhinoceros. Most of these can be seen at the park’s unique Etosha Pan, a salt-crusted, dry lakebed with wildlife packed waterholes.

Other natural wonders to be seen on this holiday include a visit to a big cat conservation reserve, dedicated to the management and rehabilitation of leopard and cheetah and where you can get involved in some leopard tracking. From land mammals to sea, you will also have the opportunity to go dolphin watching near Swakopmund. For sand dunes, however, it’s the desert rather than the coast that is Namibia’s crowning glory - the Namib Desert. Here you can walk along the iconic dunes at Sossusvlei but also visit dramatic sites such as the Sesreim Canyon. This holiday also includes a visit the indigenous Himba people, with village visits that have maintained authenticity and a genuine cultural exchange.

We always offer small, locally owned luxury lodges for road trips around Namibia, with a focus on Namibian culture and cuisine. From our years of experience, we recommend that the best time to go to Namibia is during the dry season, March-Sept, as this is not only when temperatures are manageable but also when you will get the best wildlife viewing. During these months temperatures range from 20 °C-25 °C, although they do dip at night time. The temperatures start to soar as high as 40 °C during the rainy season which, in Namibia, is between Jan-March.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailormade throughout the year and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

The Africat Foundation is dedicated to the conservation, management and rehabilitation of leopard and cheetah. Over 13 and a half years, the foundation has rescued more than 870 cats, of which 87% have been released back into the wild. Admission fees, which form part of your stay, ensure that the valuable work undertaken by the charitable foundation is supported. We are a wholly online company and do not produce paper brochures.


The Impacts of this Trip

All visits to the rock art sites in Damaraland are lead by local guides and fees paid for these tours are reinvested directly back into the local community. There is little employment in this area and tourism brings in much needed revenue.

We use accommodation that is small and locally owned, ensuring that the costs are retained in the local economy. Our local ground handler is particularly supportive of local community projects and the company has formed a partnership with the Windhoek SOS Children’s Village which offers a home to around 118 orphaned children aged between 3 & 18. We encourage our clients to bring a few gifts such as clothes, shoes, toys, English books, crayons and colouring books. In addition, SOS supports the local community to help children who have lost one or both parents to be cared for in their own extended families wherever possible. The aim of the trust is to give tangible assistance to African people and their environment in their efforts to achieve economic viability without doing harm to natural habitats and wildlife, thus utilizing both on a sustainable basis for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations.


11 Reviews of Namibia self drive holiday, big cat conservation

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 15 Dec 2019 by

The most memorable part of the holiday was seeing the wildlife and experiencing the scenery. Fabulous accommodation and great food. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2019 by

The safari was the most memorable part of the trip. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 May 2019 by

The most exciting part was the day when we saw over 60 elephants arrive and play at a waterhole in Etosha, followed by watching 3 cheetahs asleep at the side of the road. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Aug 2019 by

The safari at Etosha mountain lodge was the highlight of the trip. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Feb 2019 by

The scenery is amazing and shipwreck lodge is special - all the lodges were very good. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Apr 2018 by

The most memorable moment was driving through ever changing landscapes and the beauty of the desert. The unfailing cheerfulness of the staff at the lodges and their wonderful singing. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Mar 2017 by

The whole holiday was amazing though for me the desert dunes at Sossusvlei take some beating. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Nov 2016 by

Amazing!! The space, the colours, the diverse landscapes, from desert to seaside to safari! Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Oct 2016 by

The lodges and safari trips were excellent. We enjoyed the independence of driving ourselves but it was great to have experienced guides especially in Sossusvlei and tracking desert elephants in Damaraland and and in Okonjima looking for leopards. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 May 2013 by

Excellently organised with great places to stay and awesome sights. The best part was being in Hidden Vlei, all alone and surrounded by the peace and quiet and with the most amazing view. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Jul 2011 by

Grootberg Lodge and desert elephant tracking was the most memorable part. Read full review

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