Windhoek - Kalahari - Fish River Canyon - Aus - Sossusvlei - Swakopmund - Erongo Mountains - Windhoek
15 Days / 14 Nights
Fish River Canyon
Day 1: Windhoek
Est. driving time: +- 45 Minutes Est. total km: 50 km
Situated in Central Namibia, the cosmopolitan city of Windhoek functions as the capital of the country. It is home to an international airport and a plethora of restaurants, shops, entertainment venues and accommodation options. The city is clean, safe and well-organised, with a colonial legacy that is reflected in its many German eateries and shops, and the widespread use of the German language. Windhoek has an interesting mix of historical architecture and modern buildings, many of which are worth a look, including the Alte Feste an old fort, the 1896 Christuskirche Christ Church, and the more contemporary Supreme Court.
Welcome to Namibia. Upon arrival at Windhoek International Airport, you will find your driver from Melbic Car Rentals there to pick you up and transfer you to the rental office in the Windhoek city. There you will pick up your vehicle as well as all the necessary travel documents that you will need on your tour.
Day 2+3: Kalahari Namibia
Est. driving time: +- 3 Hours Est. total km: 270 km
Spreading across Botswana, South Africa and Namibia, the Kalahari meaning 'the great thirst' is an exceptionally beautiful living desert. The landscape is characterised by a large semi-arid sandy savannah draped over a gently rolling inland sea of sand covering most of Botswana and large parts of Namibia and South Africa. It is also the last bastion of the indigenous San people with the modern world having enveloped all the other areas they once roamed. The Namibian portion is made up of red sands covered in thin, wispy, mostly golden grass and dotted with acacia trees and wide-ranging wildlife including gemsbok, impala, jackals and cheetah.
For your first morning in Namibia, enjoy a relaxed morning in Windhoek. Today you will travel to one of Namibia's most popular destinations, the Kalahari Desert. Enjoy a magnificent sundowner in this region as you enjoy a sip of some of Africa’s great wines.
Day 4+5: Fish River Canyon
Est. driving time: +- 5-6 Hours Est. total km: 450 km
Fish River Canyon
Carving out an epic rocky wonderland in the south of Namibia, the Fish River has created Africa’s largest and the world’s second largest canyon. Hot, dry and stony, the Fish River Canyon measures a whopping 160 kilometres in length, at times 27 kilometres in width and 550 metres in depth. The awe-inspiring natural beauty of this ancient geological marvel draws visitors from around the globe. For those looking for adventure, the intense 85 kilometre Fish River Hiking Trail through1.5 billion years of geological history will definitely thrill avid adventure enthusiasts, and for visitors looking to relax, head over to the canyon's southern end to enjoy a soak in the mineral waters of the renowned hot springs of Ai-is, or take in the spectacularly scenic views from Hobas Restcamp as well as numerous other viewpoints along its rim.
Early this morning, you will drive further south of the country, towards the second largest canyon in the world, the Fish River Canyon. On the way, make a stop at the Quiver Tree Forest which is located northeast outside Keetmanshoop.
Day 6+7: Aus
Est. driving time: +- 3.5 Hours Est. total km: 265 km
Perched above the plains of the Namib Desert and tucked away in the rocky Aus Mountains, the small village of Aus is located in the ǁKaras Reion in southern Namibia. The arid surrounding landscape is known for its unique botanical diversity. Aus serves as an excellent base from which to explore the area and to view the main attraction: the feral horses of the Namib Desert, which run wild and free in the sparsely vegetated plains. Catch a glimpse of these wild desert-adapted creatures at the water trough at Garub just twenty kilometres away from the village.
Depart from the Fish River Canyon and head north towards settlement known as Aus. Located one and a half hours away is the old mining ghost town of Kolmanskop; join a guided tour through this interesting town. Further west is the coastal town of Lüderitz; enjoy a self-drive city tour to learn about this old harbour town.
Day 8+9: Sossusvlei
Est. driving time: +- 5 Hours Est. total km: 345 km
Located in the scenic Namib-Naukluft National Park, Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red dunes to make this one of the most scenic natural wonders of Africa and a photographer's heaven. This awe-inspiring destination is possibly Namibia's premier attraction, with its unique dunes rising to almost 400 metres-some of the highest in the world. These iconic dunes come alive in morning and evening light and draw photography enthusiasts from around the globe. Sossusvlei is home to a variety desert wildlife including Oryx, springbok, ostrich and a variety of reptiles. Visitors can climb 'Big Daddy', one of Sossusvlei’s tallest dunes; explore Deadvlei, a white, salt, claypan dotted with ancient trees.
From Aus, you will drive to the Namib Desert, the oldest desert in the world. Enjoy the drive towards the sea of some of the highest dunes in the world. Your destination is situated close to the Sossusvlei, take part in a self-drive to the Sossusvlei early in the morning and enjoy sunrise and breakfast in the dunes.
Day 10+11: Swakopmund
Est. driving time: +- 5 Hours Est. total km: 370 km
Set along Namibia's spectacularly scenic coast, the seaside town of Swakopmund is known for its wide-open avenues, colonial architecture, and is surrounded by otherworldly desert terrain. Founded in 1892 as the main harbour for German South West Africa, Swakopmund is often described as being more German than Germany. Now a seaside resort town, Swakopmund is the capital of the Skeleton Coast tourism area and has plenty to keep visitors happy. The quirky mix of German and Namibian influences, adventure options, laidback atmosphere and cool sea breeze make it very popular Namibian destination. Visitors can look forward to a number of exciting activities including: quad biking, horse riding, paragliding, fishing, sightseeing and fascinating desert tours.
You will make your way from the Namib Desert towards the coastal city of Swakopmund. Along the way keep a lookout for the ever changing landscape as you drive from the inland to the coast.
Day 12+13: Erongo Mountains Range
Est. driving time: +- 2.5 Hours Est. total km: +180 km
Conveniently located only a few hours’ drive from Namibia’s capital city of Windhoek; the Erongo Mountain Range stretches across the plains between the towns of Omaruru and Karibib, and is home to a remarkably rich natural heritage. This expanse of rugged wilderness attracting visitors with its spectacularly scenic landscapes, magnificent caves and rock painting sites, and its impressive array of wildlife species. These include, among others: rhino, elephant, cheetah, leopard, giraffe, wildebeest, impala, blesbok, waterbuck, kudu, warthog, mountain zebra, Oryx, eland, springbok and over 200 species of bird.
Depart from Swakopmund and travel to one of Namibia's most popular destinations, the Erongo Mountain region. This majestic region is a result of decades old volcanic activities. Not a sight to miss.
Day 14: Windhoek
Est. driving time: +- 3 Hours Est. total km: 250 km
Situated in Central Namibia, the cosmopolitan city of Windhoek serves as the capital of the country. It is home to an international airport and a plethora of restaurants, shops, entertainment venues and accommodation options. The city is clean, safe and well-organised, with a colonial legacy that is reflected in its many German eateries and shops, and the widespread use of the German language. Windhoek has an interesting mix of historical architecture and modern buildings, many of which are worth a look, including the Alte Feste an old fort, the 1896 Christuskirche Christ Church, and the more contemporary Supreme Court.
You can have a relaxed morning after which you will make your way back to the capital city, Windhoek, where you will spend your last night in Namibia.
Day 15: Departure
Enjoy your last morning sunrise in Namibia. Today, you will drop the rental vehicle back to the Melbic Car Rental office. After the vehicle inspection, an agent will drive you back to the Windhoek International Airport where you will check in for your departure flight.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS 1. The
LESSOR leases to the RENTER who hereby hires the vehicle hereinafter specified
for the period hereinafter specified.
agreement will at all times be subject to the standard terms and conditions of
the rental agreement, of the LESSOR annexed hereto as Annexure A and B which
annexure forms an integral part of this agreement and which will be initialled
by the RENTER for the purpose of identification. 3. Speed Limits
The RENTER shall at all times be binded to
the following speed limits:
maximum of 80km/h on any gravel road (irrespective should road signs indicate
higher speed limits) The C34 between Swakopmund and Hentiesbay is
not a Tar Road but a Salt Road (In future it will be a tarred road). This Road falls under the Category of not
Tarred Road, therefore only 80km per hour is allowed.
maximum of 120km/h on all tarred public roads subject however to the speed
limits imposed by government or any local authority for any specific stretch of
the road. By not adhering to the Speed Limit as set out by LESSOR all Collision
Damage Waiver cover will be revoked.
of the 4x4 mode:
H4 (High range) maximum 60km/h
L4 (Low range) maximum 30km/h Switch to four-wheel
drive, H4 and L4, only when the vehicle has come to a full stop and only when
the clutch is depressed! Automatic vehicles must be in neutral.
By using the 4x4 mode incorrectly/permanently, the Client will be liable
for the full cost of any damages.
RENTER shall not be entitled to drive:
4.1 long distance roads between 07:00
PM and 06:00 AM due to the high risk of accidents caused by animals.
4.2 to Sandwich
the Kunene River
Epupa Falls east on road No. 3700 to road No. 3701
Van Zyl’s pass
any beach where the water breaks
4.11 through bushes
RENTER undertakes not to:
on the roof or bonnet or any other painted part of the vehicle
against any metal parts of the vehicle body
the vehicle unattended (for long periods)
the key in the ignition while not driving
RENTER undertakes to:
4x4 timeously to prevent clutch and tyre damage
the entire wheels cleaned after having been stuck in mud
the vehicle cleaned, (inside, outside and underbody) or a cleaning fee of
N$750.00 will be charged. Take note that should the vehicle not be cleaned it
could cover scratches and dents which the LESSOR can only charge the RENTER
once the vehicle has been cleaned and the damages become visible.
that his passengers and guest comply with clause 5 above
RENTER agrees that any roof top tents or camper, if mounted will be used at the
sole and exclusive risk of the RENTER.
crossing any borders the RENTER should take note of the information provided in
Annexure B. By not adjusting driving behaviour accordingly, the RENTER could be
held liable for damages to the vehicle.
the vehicle is scratched, the RENTER will be liable for an additional polishing
fee of N$1,650.00 plus VAT (Excluding deep scratches)
vehicle and equipment leased to the RENTER are indicated as per attached
Was delivered to the RENTER and shall be RETURNED
by the RENTER no later than 15:00.
Should the vehicle not be returned on the agreed time, the RENTER will
be charged a daily rate or a penalty fee 11. Accident
the RENTER is involved in an accident and a substitute vehicle is required, the
RENTER shall not be entitled to any refunds in terms of this rental agreement
and the RENTER will have to enter into an entirely new rental agreement for
another vehicle. A new rental agreement
will not be concluded unless all outstanding monies in terms of this rental
agreement have been paid in full.
the case of an accident where the vehicle is rendered not roadworthy, the
LESSOR will not be obliged to avail a substitute vehicle, but can in its sole
discretion avail a vehicle and only if a substitute vehicle is available.
the RENTER return the vehicle before the due date, the LESSOR will not be
obliged to refund the RENTER for the remaining rental period.
breakdowns must be reported within 24 hours to the LESSOR. The LESSOR shall be informed of the full extent
and cost of the repairs. 14. Collision Damage Waiver
RENTER will remain liable for ALL DAMAGES to the vehicle not covered by the
The CDW only covers the following:
damages to the vehicle which is caused by
another vehicle driving into the LESSOR’s vehicle.
damages to the vehicle which is caused by
animals running or jumping into the LESSOR’s vehicle.
DRIVER may choose the following CDW options:
1: Zero Cover. Excess blocked up to but not limited to N$45,000
2: Limited CDW of N$180 payable per day. Excess blocked up to but not limited
3: Limited CDW of N$260 payable per day. Excess blocked up to but not limited
4: Super CDW of N$350 payable per day. Excess blocked up to but not limited to
1 & 2 excludes tyres and windscreen cover
The excess amount blocked, as indicated in the different options will be
reserved on the credit card on the day of the rental for damages. Upon return of the vehicle, should there be
damages caused by negligence of the RENTER, the LESSOR reserves the right to set
off any reasonable amount for any cost of damages or loss irrespective of the
excess option. Should no damages be
reported upon inspection of the vehicle during the return of the vehicle, the
excess option blocked will be released after 3 working days from date of
returning the vehicle as a full mechanical inspection must still take place. The Credit Card Authorisation form refers. 14.3 IN THE CASE OF NEGLIGENCE OF
THE DRIVER, DAMAGES TO THE VEHICLE WILL NOT BE COVERED BY THE COLLISION DAMAGE
WAIVER REFER TO CLAUSE 8.3.2 of Annexure
A. 14.4 The DRIVER needs to report
ANY accident or DAMAGE to the vehicle to the police and to the LESSOR within 24
hours after the damage or loss occurred. 14.5 In the case where another vehicle or animal has damaged the vehicle, the
RENTER is responsible to collect as much evidence as possible for the LESSOR’s
insurance purposes. 15. Tracking
It is recorded that the vehicle is fitted with a Tracking device and
that routes and vehicle speed, amongst others, are strictly monitored. The
LESSOR will receive a Notification from the GPS Tracker installed in the
Vehicle in the case of speeding. By
repeatedly ignoring the warning signal, the rental agreement is breached,
resulting in the Collision Damage Waiver to be revoked. Should the RENTER temper or damage the Tracking Device, a penalty fee
of N$5,300.00 will be charged.
15.1 EMERGENCY PHONE to be switched on and
charged at ALL times in order for the RENTER to contact the LESSOR in case of
emergencies and for the LESSOR to communicate to the RENTER in case of breach
of contract. 16. Vehicle drop off On the day of
return, the LESSOR or its agent will inspect the vehicle. The LESSOR
reserves the right to only declare the Vehicle being in order after a full cleaning
and mechanical inspection of the vehicle, as well as a complete inspection of
the camping equipment has been done. In
case of loss or damage caused to the vehicle due to negligence, the RENTER will
be informed what the cost of the damage is and will be obliged to settle
payment immediately. After a full mechanical inspection, the RENTER will be notified
what the cost of the damage is via E-mail within 3 working days after the
vehicle has been returned. The LESSOR reserves the right to set off payment for
any cost of damages or loss as referred to in terms of Clause 14 of this Rental
Agreement and Clause 8 of Annexure A against the credit card of the RENTER.
Collision Damage Waiver
Damage Waiver (CDW)
14.1 The RENTER will remain liable for ALL DAMAGES
to the vehicle not covered by the CDW – for example but not limited to chipped
tyres, deep scratches, under body damage, etc.
14.2 The DRIVER may choose the following CDW
Collision Damage Waiver (CDW)
No Insurance Cover. Excess payable
Limited CDW. Excess payable
Limited CDW. Excess payable
Super CDW. Excess payable
Option 1 & 2 exclude tyre and windscreen cover
amount indicated at the different options will be reserved on the credit card on the
day of the rental for damages to the vehicle
caused by negligence which
is not covered by the CDW, should no damages be reported upon inspection of the
vehicle during the return of the vehicle, this amount will be released.
14.3 The CDW further excludes damages to the underbody or sandblast. In
the case of gross negligence, damages to the vehicle will not be covered by the
collision damage waiver.
14.4 The DRIVER needs to report any accident or damage to the vehicle to
the police and to Melbic Car Rentals Tours & Transfers within 24 hours
after the damaged occurs. If the DRIVER did not report as such, upon return of
the vehicle, the DRIVER will be informed what the estimated cost for damages
are and payment will be required immediately.