Windhoek - Kalahari - Sossusvlei - Swakopmund - Twyfelfontein - Etosha South - Etosha West - Grootfontein - Okavango - Zambezi Region - Chobe River Front - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
22 Days / 21 Nights
Otavi Mountain Region
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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 2-4: 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 4-6: Sossusvlei
Est. driving time: +- 4.5,5 Hours Est. total km: 330 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 the Kalahari, 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 6+7: Swakopmund
Est. driving time: +- 5-6 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 like Germany. Now a seaside resort town, Swakopmund is the capital of the Skeleton Coast tourism region and has am abundance 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 for both tourists and locals. Visitors can look forward to a number of exciting activities including: quad biking, horse riding, paragliding, fishing, sightseeing, ocean cruising and fascinating desert tours.
You will make your way from the Namib Desert towards the coastal city of Swakopmund. This scenic route will take you meandering through the desert. Along the way, you will cross the Tropic of Capricorn and make sure to take a rest in the Solitaire town and take a taste of their marvellous Apple pies. Drive through the harbour town of Walvis before you make your way to Swakopmund.
Day 8-10: Twyfelfontein
Est. driving time: +- 4 Hours Est. total km: 290 km
Set in the Kunene Region of north-western Namibia, Twyfelfontein is a spectacularly scenic area, featuring one of the largest and most important concentrations of rock art in Africa. The name ‘Twyfelfontein’ translates to ‘Fountain of Doubt’, which refers to the perennial spring situated in the impressive Huab valley flanked by the slopes of a sandstone table mountain. It was this spring that attracted Stone Age hunters over six thousand years ago, and it was during this time that the extensive group of rock engravings and paintings were produced. Visitors can look forward to exploring over thirty different sites of these sacred records of ritual practices relating to traditional hunter-gatherer communities.
After check-out, depart the coast and drive inland towards Damaraland. This area is known for well-known attractions such as: Twyfelfontein Rock Paintings, the Organ Pipes, Burnt Mountain and the Petrified Forest. Also make sure to visit the Damara living museum and be in awe of the traditions and customs of this fascinating local tribe.
Day 10-12: Etosha National Park – South
Est. driving time: +- 3.5-4 Hours Est. total km: 310 km
Etosha South makes up the southern region of the Etosha National Park paradise. The national park can be accessed via the southern entrance at Andersson’s Gate. Visitors can visit a variety of waterholes and catch a glimpse of a wide range of wildlife such as: lion, giraffe, elephant, white and black rhino, and a gathering of plains game. Popular activities include: guided / self-drive game drives, tracking rhinos on foot, guided nature walks, or watch the sunset over this magnificent landscape.
From Damaraland, head to the greatest wildlife sanctuary in Namibia, Etosha National Park. Be prepared for the abundance of wildlife roaming around as they visit the various waterholes in search of water. Best times to view animals are early mornings and later afternoons when the heat is not too intense for you and the animals. Take part in guided game drives or alternativly, you are welcome to do your own self-drive around the park at your own pace and viewing pleasure.
Day 12+13: Etosha National Park – East
Est. driving time: +- 3.5-6 Hours (depending on stops enroute) Est. total km: 160 km
Located in North-western Namibia, Etosha East is a protected sanctuary in the eastern part of the world-renowned Etosha National Park, known as one of the most accessible game reserves in Southern Africa. Etosha East boasts vast open plains scattered with semi-arid savannah grasslands dotted with watering holes and secluded bush camps. An impressive 5000-square-kilometre Etosha salt pan makes up a large area of the eastern side of the park and can even be seen from space. This remote area teems with abundant wildlife such as lions, elephants, black rhinos and giraffes, as well as a variety of birdlife featuring flamingos, ostriches, eagles, hornbills, and owls.
Enjoy some breakfast, after which you will drive from the central part of the park towards the eastern side of the national park. The eastern side has a reputation of having the best views of wildlife.
Please note: the park has a speed limit of 60km/hour.
Day 14: Otavi Mountain Region
Est. driving time: +- 2-3 Hours Est. total km: 200 km
Otavi Mountain Region
Situated in the Otjozondjupa Province, in the centre of what is known as the ‘Golden Triangle’, the towering Otavi Mountains are surrounded by the Northern Namibian towns of Otavi, Tsumeb, and Grootfontein, which are roughly 60 kilometres equidistant from each other. The landscape features golden maize plantations, spectacular dolomite mountains, and underground lakes. Visitors to this spectacular region can look forward to a variety of activities including: visiting the Hoba Meteorite, the largest ‘space object’ on earth and a national monument; explore Dragon’s Breath Cave which holds world’s largest underground lake; or viewing the bottomless ‘sinkhole’ Lake Otjikoto, boasting emerald green water is one of two permanent lakes in Namibia.
Enjoy your last morning in Etosha; perhaps enjoy another guided or self-drive game drive through the park before driving to the Otavi Mountain region.
Day 15-17: Kavango
Est. driving time: +- 5 Hours Est. total km: 460 km
The Kavango region lies in north-eastern Namibia and includes the western part of the Caprivi Strip to the northeast. The region is largely separated from Angola by the magnificent Kavango River, which dominates the area and is essential to the local Kavango people’s survival. This magnificent river and the surrounding thickly wooded savannah provide a striking contrast with the other more arid areas of Namibia. Bordering the Kavango River is the Mahango Game Reserve. Visitors can look forward to exploring this impressive reserve, featuring riverine forests, broad floodplains, and majestic baobab trees. This pristine natural environment forms an ideal habited for an astonishing array of wildlife including large herds of elephant, a number of rare game species, and over four hundred species of bird
Today, make your way towards the next destination in Northern Namibia, Rundu, the
capital of the Kavango-East Region. Located on the banks of the Kavango River
and on the border with Angola, this tranquil town offers an atmosphere to
unwind and relax. Enjoy activities along
the river side such as river cruises or walks as well as cultural activities.
Day 17: Zambezi Region
Est. driving time: +- 4 Hours Est. total km: 260 km
The Zambezi Region, also known as the Caprivi Strip, is the name given to the little finger of Namibia that extends eastwards between Angola and Botswana all the way across to Zimbabwe and creates the only spot on the planet where four countries meet. The region lies in the middle of one of Africa’s largest and most well-known game-viewing areas. The abundance of water supplied by the Zambezi, Okavango, Kwando and Chobe Rivers sustains a large variety of animal and bird species. There are four Namibian reserves and no fences preventing the animals from moving between the countries. Visitors can enjoy abundant game-viewing opportunities and soak up the natural splendour of this scenic region.
From Rundu, drive towards the Caprivi Strip. Home to several National Parks such as the Bwabwata National Park and Mudumu National Park, the area, this region is rich in wildlife and mineral resources. The destination today is closer to the Kwando River, with activities such as morning and sunset cruises and guided game drives.
Day 18-20: Chobe, Botswana
Est. driving time: +- 3-5 Hours (depending on time spent at the border) Est. total km: 260 km
Chobe River Front
The Chobe River forms the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park, renowned for its diverse and abundant game viewing opportunities. This section of the park is best known for its dense concentration of wildlife including elephant and hippo populations, but the waters attract all manner of game including large herds of buffalo and the lions that prey on them. A visit to this area guarantees close encounters with an array of African wildlife. Visitors can look forward to some exciting activities such as: driving along the game-dotted river banks in a 4WD; cruising along the river in a motorboat, spotting rare birdlife and for a unique, luxury safari experience, hire a houseboat.
Today is the last day in Namibia; head for the Ngoma Border that connects Namibia and Botswana. After crossing the border, drive to the Kasane Airport where you will leave your rental vehicle. While there an arranged transfer will be waiting to take you to your accommodation in Kasane.
Day 20-22: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Est. driving time: +- 2-3 Hours Est. total km: 100 km
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Resting on the southern banks of the Zambezi River at the western end of the eponymous
falls, this popular tourist town is compact enough to walk around and makes an
ideal base for travellers exploring the seventh wonder of the world, the
unfathomably vast Victoria Falls. About two thirds of the falls can be viewed
from the Zimbabwean side and, while the falls are undoubtedly the star
attraction, the area provides both adventure seekers and sightseers with plenty
of opportunities to warrant a longer stay. Popular activities include scenic
flights over the falls in helicopters or micro lights, bungee jumping off the
Victoria Falls Bridge, white-water rafting (seasonal), and day trips to Chobe
National Park. The town itself offers some excellent accommodation and
restaurant options as well as an eclectic variety of African curios and
authentic art sold by friendly Zimbabwean locals who are wonderfully welcoming
and eager to help you enjoy your stay.
This morning, a transfer company will pick you up and transfer you through the border to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Enjoy guided tours into the Victoria Falls as well as other varieties of activities such as sundowner cruises and elephant back rides.
Day 22: Departure
Enjoy your last morning sunrise in Victoria Falls. Depending on the time of your departure flight, a transfer company will pick you up at your hotel/lodge/guesthouse and transfer you to the Victoria Falls 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.
When booking a vehicle with camping equipment, the following will be supplied at no extra cost depending on the number of people you have booked for.