Our plan is to rent a 4x4 vehicle for three weeks beginning mid October 2019. We are three Alaskan women well-versed in outdoor living. I have been to Africa three times, but for my two friends this will be the first time. I am in charge of arranging the trip and want to get as much advice as possible before making reservations for vehicles or campsites.
If we leave from Windhoek, we probably do not want to go much farther south than the Sossusvlei area, as we want to avoid spending too much time in a vehicle. There is a small chance that we may rent a vehicle in Cape Town—if that happens, we would add another week to our time in Namibia.
My friends especially want to see elephants, giraffes, cats, rhinos and birds. We prefer to stay in uncrowded campsites that offer space, quietness and hiking options, although we know that may not always be possible. We would like to support local communities and indigenous people whenever we can. Ideally, we would prefer not to drive more than four hours between destinations.
Etosha West, a bit of the Skeleton Coast and Sossusvlei area are for sure places that we want to see, after that we are open for suggestions. Just for reference sake, even though I saw many animals up close, the crowded campsites and lodging at Kruger National Park and the over-used Chobe River near Chobe National Park were my least favorite sites in southern Africa.