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20 Day Namibia Self Drive Safari

NAMIBIA 20 DAY SELF DRIVE SAFARI
South Africa 4×4 Accommodation specialises in Namibia and Botswana reservations. Namibia seems to be the all time favourite. Get your 4×4 vehicle from our Windhoek branch and take advantage of this amazing safari!
Tour can be amended as per request from lodging to camping. A variety of different activities are available for booking as well as meal plans.
Day 1: Windhoek to Waterberg
You start your adventure in Namibia with an easy drive on good tarred roads. Heading North from Windhoek, your first destination is a lodge in the Waterberg Plateau

Day 2-5: Etosha NP

The Etosha NP is the perfect destination to start off your camping experiences in Namibia. This NP not only offers amazing campsites, but also a variety of lodges to suit your every need. For these 4 days, you get to choose your accommodation between the following sites: Okaukuejo, Namutoni, Dolomite, Halali, etc. A variety of activities can also be added at each of the sites mentioned above.

SA 4x4 - 20 day Namibia self drive
SA 4×4 – 20 day Namibia self drive

Day 6&7: Ongula

About 60% of the country’s population live within this small section of Namibia, so you can expect to see lots of people, markets, cows, goats and lots of cuca shops (bars). The predominant cultural group in this area are the Owambo people which you can get into contact with.
Day 8&9: Kunene River Lodge
From Ongula, you will be heading to Ruacana. It is a busy border crossing between Angola and Namibia and here you will meet your first Himba people. They make beautiful jewellery and you can often purchase pieces from them. Kunene River Lodge is a simple camp on the banks of the Kunene River. It offers spectacular views and some exciting day trips, if you want a very special day you should consider joining the river rafting tour they offer- this includes some ‘not so serious’ white river rafting between amazing red rocks. An experience not to be missed!
South Africa 4x4 - 20 Day Namibia tour - Kunene River Lodge
South Africa 4×4 – 20 Day Namibia tour – Kunene River Lodge
Day 10: Epupa Falls
Epupa Falls is spectacular, so take time to visit the falls and perhaps enjoy a visit to a local himba village.
Day 11& 12: Palmwag

 

Palmwag is an Oasis which is frequently visited by desert elephant, rhino and other wildlife. You have a full day here and have the option to join one of the guided activities that takes you around the concession area in search of these animals
Day 13 & 14: Swakopmund

 

There are a range of activities to choose from in Swakopmund. Activities from sandboarding through quad biking to sky diving. These activities can be pre-booked or booked on arrival. Being a German inspired town, good food and beer is never hard to find.
Day 15 & 16: Sossusvlei

 

Leave Swakopmund and travel for about 300km to Sossusvlei. This will take you about 4-5 hours. You will likely reach your destination in the afternoon. Activities available are to be booked on request.
Day 17: Klein Aus Vista

 

This area is well known for its wild horses of the Namib. You will spend one night at Eagles Nest – Klein Aus Vista from where you can do a day trip to Luderitz or just spend the time exploring this beautiful area.
Day 18: Fish River Canyon

 

Your accommodation will be at the Canyon Lodge which offers guided hikes, horse riding and scenic drives around the area.
Day 19 & 20: Bagatelle

 

The Kalahari Desert is very different to the Namib, primarily because it receives more rainfall. You can expect to see fairly large herds of buck species browsing between the dunes. From here it is a fairly quick drive back to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia.
Contact South Africa 4×4 Accommodation at myaccommodation@southafrica4x4.co.za for more information..

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SA 4x4 - 20 Day Namibia Safari
SA 4×4 – 20 Day Namibia Safari

14 Day Cape Town to Windhoek Self Drive Trip

Cape Town to Windhoek Self-drive Itinerary 14 days
Want to go on a self-drive tour to Namibia without the extensive long drives daily? Our 4×4 rental branch in Cape Town now makes it possible for you. South Africa 4×4 Accommodation has put together an amazing 14 day itinerary from Cape Town to Namibia. Everything you need and more from one place. The itinerary can be amended to suit the needs of our clients.

DAY 1: CAPE TOWN

Cape Town to Windhoek tour starts after a meet and greet and vehicle hand over at Cape Town International Airport at 8am. Make your way around the Mother city in your own 4×4 vehicle, visit Cape point Reserve, explore the HoutBay harbour and village. Visit Boulders beach for the African Penguin Colony and spoil yourself with a truly African cuisine at V&A Waterfront.  (Own expense)
INCLUSIVE:  Cape point entry fees.
ACCOMMODATION: Cape town Guesthouse, twin or double rooms with en-suite bathroom.
TRAVEL DISTANCE:  Own travel distance in and around Cape Town (± 6- 8 hours)

South Africa 4x4 - Cape Town to Windhoek Self Drive
South Africa 4×4 – Cape Town to Windhoek Self Drive

DAY 2: CEDERBERG

Depart Cape Town heading towards Ceres. Make your way to the rugged wilderness that embraces the Cederberg ranges.   Explore truly beautiful landscapes with sandstone cliffs, deep valleys and tumbling slopes.  Afternoon hike exploring Wolfberg Arch, Stadsaal Caves and Bushman paintings. Routes are characterized by rocky terrain and should be tackled with suitable hiking shoes.
INCLUSIVE:  Cederberg entry fees and walking permit.
ACCOMMODATION: Campsites with power and good ablution facilities with hot showers
TRAVEL DISTANCE:  250km, ± 3½ hours’ drive.

DAY 3: ORANGE RIVER

On day 3 you will drive through the remote landscapes of Northern Cape Province on route to Namibia. Today you can relax on the banks of the Orange River, Noordoewer, Namibia. Popular attractions include rafting and canoeing, bird-watching and fishing. A 10-minute walk from the camp site takes you to some San petroglyphs (rock engravings). Park your 4×4 and camp tonight on lovely green lawns with plenty of shade and a wonderful view over the river and onto the spectacular Geelkrans Cliffs on the opposite bank. ( Canoe and rafting are optional activities)
ACCOMMODATION: Campsite with good ablution facilities and hot showers
TRAVEL DISTANCE:  560km, ± 6 hour drive (excluding sightseeing)
AVAILABLE:  Bar, Wood and Ice

South Africa 4x4 - Orange River - Cape Town to Windhoek
South Africa 4×4 – Orange River – Cape Town to Windhoek
DAY 4: FISHRIVER  CANYON
Travel further north today heading for the Fishriver Canyon, second biggest Canyon in the world. Feel the magnitude of Earth-time in relation to the fleeting brush of human life on the canyon rim. Away from civilization, the canyon grandeur is yours alone. Set up your camp on the bank of the dry river bed under shady trees with a backdrop of rocky hills. In the silence, you may be able to hear the call of the canyon, 14 kilometers away.
INCLUSIVE:  Canyon entry fees.
ACCOMMODATION: Campsite with good ablution facilities and hot     showers.
TRAVEL DISTANCE:  230km, ± 3 hours drive (excluding sightseeing)
DAY 5 AND 6: NAMIB DESERT – SOSSUSVLEI
Today you will enter the Namib desert, exlore the biggest dunes in the world and the remarkable depths of the Sesriem Canyon. Take time to visit the Naukluft National park which take up a large area of the Namib Desert.  Camp tonight on your own individual site  in a clean, tidy and well-kept environment. Cool down in the campsite pool after a long day exploring the vast desert surroundings.
INCLUSIVE:  Sesriem Canyon and Naukluft National Park entry fees
ACCOMMODATION: Separate paved campsite with its own toilet, basin, hot/cold shower, barbeque, kitchen wash-up facility and electricity.
TRAVEL DISTANCE:  550km, ± 7 hours drive (excluding sightseeing)
DAY 7 AND 8: SWAKOPMUND

Suddenly the desert scenery change as you reaches the coast of Namibia on your way to Swakopmund. Appreciate every moment while exploring the Swakopmund area. Pump the adrenaline with one of many activities, sand boarding, quad biking etc. Or take on a water activity with a kayak, dolphin safari, or if you brave enough to take on the Atlantic Ocean – go for a swim.  Enjoy the night time, listening to the waves, while sipping on your wine and indulge in the local restaurant cuisine. (Own expense)
INCLUSIVE:  Bed and Breakfast
ACCOMMODATION: Single/double One bed Chalet with en-suite bathrooms.
TRAVEL DISTANCE:  350km, ± 5 hours drive (excluding sightseeing)
OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: Sand boarding, quidbiking, water activities and desert tours.

South Africa 4x4 - Swakopmund - Cape Town to Windhoek tour
South Africa 4×4 – Swakopmund – Cape Town to Windhoek tour

 

DAY 9: SKELETON COAST AND SPITZKOPPE

Depart Swakopmund early morning heading for Cape Cross en route to Spitzkoppe. Enjoy the sightings of the Skeleton Coast and visit the Cape fur seal colonies at Cape Cross. Head for the granite koppies, well know in Namibia as Spitzkoppe. The Spitzkoppe (“Matterhorn of Namibia”) is nearly 700 million years old. Here you can expect to see the diverse and breath-taking landscapes of bald granite peaks. The peaks stand out dramatically from the flat surrounding plains.  The unique oversized boulders and secret caves, allows the visitor to camp in complete peace and tranquility.
INCLUSIVE:  Skeleton coast and Cape fur Seal colony entry fees.
ACCOMMODATION: Campsite with dry toilets and hot showers.
TRAVEL DISTANCE:  300km, ± 4 hours drive (excluding sightseeing)

DAY 10: BRANDBERG MOUNTAIN – DAMARALAND

On Day 10 you will continue your journey through Damaraland to the tallest mountain in Namibia – Brandberg Mountain. The Ugab River Valley with its old trees and green bushes is home to a great variety of game, birds, fascinating reptiles and insects. The stone-age rock paintings of the San Bushmen give evidence of the presence of the famous desert elephants in the area many thousand years ago. Experience these magnificent giants on one of our guided Elephant drives. A close encounter you will never forget.
INCLUSIVE:  Elephant drive.
ACCOMMODATION: Large campsite in the vicinity of the Ugab river, own braai and water tap.
TRAVEL DISTANCE:  130km, ± 2 hours drive (excluding sightseeing)

South Africa 4x4 - Brandberg Mountain - Cape Town to Windhoek
South Africa 4×4 – Brandberg Mountain – Cape Town to Windhoek
DAY 11 AND 12: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

Leave the mountain and head for the animal kingdom at Etosha National park. Etosha Park is known for its remarkable wildlife sightings and unique scenery. Etosha NP is home to diverse wildlife, including over 110 species of mammals. Enjoy the viewpoints at waterholes and beautiful scenery. Tonight you will camp at Okaukuejo campsite or similar campsite in Etosha National park.
INCLUSIVE:  Etosha National park fees, 1x Morning game drive and 1x Afternoon game drive.
ACCOMMODATION: Campsite with good ablution and hot showers. Pool, bar and restaurant .
TRAVEL DISTANCE:  330km, ± 4 hours drive (excluding sightseeing)
OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: Night drive with a guide.

DAY 13: WATERBERG PLATEAU NATIONAL PARK

 

Heading south from Etosha towards Windhoek. Stop at Waterberg National parklWaterberg is a massive table mountain east of Otjiwarongo in the northern reaches of central Namibia. It is about 50 km long, up to 16 km wide and rises to a height of up to 200 meters. You can experience this wonderful mountain scenery up and close, with or without guide, on well-demarcated hiking trails.
INCLUSIVE:  Entry fee and Guided walking hike.
ACCOMMODATION: Campsite with good ablution, hot showers. Pool.
TRAVEL DISTANCE:  280km, ± 3 hours drive (excluding sightseeing)
DAY 14: WINDHOEK

 

Your Cape Town to Windhoek self-drive tour will end in Windhoek. Explore Windhoek city and enjoy the last day of this amazing experience.  Take this day to relax before heading home. You will hand the vehicle back at around 3pm at the Guesthouse.  A friendly driver will do the Airport Transfer the next day. Tell us all about your wonderful trip!!
INCLUSIVE:  Bed and Breakfast.
ACCOMMODATION: Windhoek Guesthouse, twin or double rooms with en-suite bathroom.
TRAVEL DISTANCE:  280km, ± 3 hours drive (excluding sightseeing)
ROUTE CAN ALSO BE DONE FROM WINDHOEK TO CAPE TOWN.
Contact South Africa 4×4 Rentals http://southafrica4x4.co.za/ for your 4×4 rental in Cape Town or Namibia. Interested in the itinerary above? Contact South Africa 4×4 Accommodation http://sa4x4accommodation.co.za/ for your tailer made itinerary from Cape Town to Windhoek or vise versa.

4 Top Photography Tips for Your Namibia 4 x 4 Tour

4 Top Photography Tips For Your Namibia Self Drive Tour

If you’re heading off on a tour of Namibia, it’s likely you’re going to see some incredible sights that you’ll simply have to capture with a camera. From breath-taking wildlife to awe-inspiring scenery, the country is full of fantastic photo opportunities that you’ll be able to fondly look back on. But in order to capture these once-in-a-lifetime moments, you’ll need to make sure you’re at the top of your photography game.
Carel Pienaar, respected 4×4 tour expert, says, “It’s great having a batch of beautiful photographs to look back on and remember your time in Namibia – and those who are well-prepared will return home with the best photographs. Read our tips to ensure you’re ready for the challenge of capturing Namibia in all its raw beauty!”
Here are four top tips to help ensure your photography is on top form for your Namibia 4×4 tour.

Choose your equipment carefully

You don’t actually need a bag packed with expensive equipment to take a great picture. Smartphones are great for snapping off-the-cuff photos of you and those accompanying you on the tour, but for some truly great shots, make sure you pack a camera. A standard single lens DSLR camera with a telephoto lens would be enough to see you through your Namibia self-drive tour. You should also bring a tripod, a highly secure carry case, and plenty of memory cards – you don’t want to run out halfway through your trip!

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south-africa-4×4-rentals-photography-tips-carel-pienaar

Focus on composition

When you come across a beautiful vista, an unusual animal or simply a great photo opportunity, it can be tempting to simply whip out the camera and snap the image immediately. But if you pay a little attention to the composition of your images, you could end up with a truly stunning set of photos to remember your Namibia 4×4 hire tour with. Remember the ‘rule of thirds’ – the main subject of your photo will look better if it takes up one third of the image. If you’re photographing an animal, try to ensure you capture it slightly off-centre, facing inwards if you can.

Timing is everything

In Namibia, there’s a period of time known as the ‘Golden Hour’, during which you’d surely be able to capture some stunning images. The ‘Golden Hour’ takes place forty-five minutes after the sun rises, and forty-five minutes before it sets. The light during this time period can illuminate your subjects perfectly and add a special something to your images. Obviously, you won’t be able to capture all of your photos within this time frame, but it’s worth making a special effort to snap at least a few dozen images during the ‘Golden Hour’.

Turn on stabilisation

Many of the trails on the 4×4 tours in Namibia are fairly rocky and uneven, which could result in blurry photos if you’re not careful. Make sure that your camera has a stabilisation mode, to reduce the impact of sudden bumps and keep your images crystal-clear. If you’ve already purchased your camera and can’t find an image stabilisation tool, don’t worry – it’s also known as steady shot or vibration reduction, so if you can see any of these features, you’ll be able to enjoy wonderfully clear, blur-free pictures from your self-drive tour of Namibia.
Contact South Africa 4×4 Rentals for your 4×4 rental in order to explore Namibia as well as South Africa 4×4 Accommodation for accommodation assistance for your Namibia stay.

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south-africa-4×4-rentals-photography-namibia-carel-pienaar

Cape Town 4×4 Weekend Getaways

CAPE TOWN 4X4 WEEKEND GETAWAYS

If you’re heading to Cape Town for a short time, it’s natural that you’ll want to see as many of the beautiful sights as possible, exploring as much of the region as you can in the time you’ve got. By embarking on a 4×4 weekend getaway, you’ll discover much more to this area than just the city, venturing into the wilderness and conquering some truly challenging off-road tracks.

Carel Pienaar agrees that seeing Cape Town and the surrounding area by 4×4 is the best way to sample the region. He says, “South Africa has some of the most varied and wonderful landscapes in the world, and the best way to see them is to drive through them! There is so much unspoilt beauty in this part of the world, you’ll be enchanted by what you find when you pick up a 4×4 rental in Cape Town.”

Here are some of the must-see sights for your Cape Town self-drive weekend:

  • Karoo National Park

If you’re looking for short but scenic routes which can be completed fairly quickly, head for Karoo National Park. There’s a short 20km route here which takes just 2-3 hours – or you can challenge yourself with the longer 85km route which takes up to 10 hours to complete. In this area you’ll find plentiful wildlife, from the bat-eared fox to the Steenbuck – especially if you’re daring enough to go at night!

  • Klein Tafelberg Trail

Situated just two and a half hours away from Cape Town, this adventurous 4×4 route will give you a rare glimpse of beautiful sandstone formations, as well as a number of incredible viewpoints that are great for panoramic pictures. You can camp overnight here safely, or finish the 20km in just a couple of hours.

  • Glen Oak Trail

Even closer to Cape Town is the Glen Oak Trail, located in the foothills of the Klein River Mountains. This trail is a short one – just 7km – but you’ll need to leave plenty of time to stop and marvel at the wondrous scenery, and snap some pictures while you’re there. There are some obstacles to overcome on the trail, all of which are colour-coded so you can gauge the difficulty level. Experience drivers could complete this trail in 3 hours, but those who are beginners, or prefer to savour the journey, can expect to be on the trail for up to 6.

  • Atlantis Dunes

This trail is around 45km away from Cape Town, and if you’re planning to visit, you’ll need to do a little planning in advance: the route requires a permit which you’ll need to obtain from the City Council in Cape Town during the week (the office isn’t open at weekends). Once you have your permit, you can enjoy a breath-taking day skidding all over the bleached white sand dunes here – and if you want to venture out of the car, you could try your hand at sandboarding!

That should be enough to fit into your Cape Town 4×4 weekend getaway. What are your must-see trails in the region? Let us know in the comments!

South Africa 4x4 Rentals - Cape Town
South Africa 4×4 Rentals – Cape Town

 

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