we are planning to fly to Namibia at the middle of October this year. We are 4 persons and I have to admit, neither of us has got any experience with self-driving travels in africa at all (though I've been to Botsuana for 2 weeks already, but with a big group and a guide). But I've heard that Namibia is a good start for unexperienced travelers, and we got 2 people who just can't afford doing some guided agency-sort-of-tour, so we will have to do this on our own or don't do it at all.
I've read many traveling websites already and been on about 20 or 30 car renting sites, but the most troubles we got is a good itinerary for our tour ...
Of course, we want to spend a few days in Etosha, at least 3, because our main aim for this vacation is to see animals. Lots of animals. My favorite idea so far is to go to 3 - 4 different camps in Etosha, each for 1 night, so we can see most of the flora and fauna. Do you think this is a good idea, or would you say we should stick to one or maybe two camps, but don't hit it big time like I would like to?
Our second big aim is to see the desert. A real desert where there's no light pollution and a completely clear night sky with millions of stars to see. I don't know if it's possible and I find it hard to get that information from google, but I would LOOOVE to sleep in some kind of desert chalet or something ...
Well, that second goal of ours will most likely lead us to Sossusvlei, right? I've tried to gather information, and I've found lots of camping sites and lodges, but I just don't see if it's the kind of desert experience that we have in mind.
I don't know how much time Etosha and Sossusvlei will consume, but I think there's still some time left if we have about 14 whole days in Namibia? (We arrive at Windhoek)
Do you probably have any itinerary suggestions for people who don't want to see any culture (towns, etc.), but just lots of animals and nature? Perhaps some places where we can do nice day trekkings without the fear of being eaten by lions or being robbed and raped coz we're some idiot tourists doing this kind of trip the first time? ;-)
thanks in advance!