Guided 4×4 scenic self-drive tours

Namibia is a land full of contrasts and unparallel natural beauty. To truly discover its abundant natural riches, one has to opt for the road less travelled – going off-road. Exploring unfamiliar places and navigating inaccessible tracks on your own can be daunting and dangerous. Getting lost in the desert, or stuck in a sandy river bed… even worse, missing out on hidden gems without even knowing it.

That’s why we offer to take you 4×4 off-road to explore the majesty of the Namib Desert and its many life supporting dry riverbeds. Discover the excitement of the road less travelled; the magic of sleeping under the stars; the serenity of miles and miles of nothingness without a soul in sight.

We cannot wait to take you into the unknown to explore the unfamiliar.

Desert River Tours is registered with the NAMIBIA TOURISM BOARD (NTB) in compliance with the standard requirements.

Need to know

We’ve answered some of the questions that you might have below. Feel free to get in touch with us should you wish to find out more.


  • All costs are based on self-sufficient and self-catering drives.
  • We will only provide a leading vehicle with two-way radio equipment to keep in contact with the leading and last vehicles.
  • We will arrange all park permits and accommodation at campsites, where relevant, for a specific trip. However, note that these costs are not included in our pricing.

Vehicle equipment – Your vehicle needs to be fully self-sufficient in terms of fuel, spare tires (it is recommended that you have 2 spare tyres), car jack and any basic tools that you might need during a break-down.

Camping equipment – Remember, we’re just there to lead the way. You need to prepare and pack all camping equipment. As reference, here is a short list:

  • Clothing (remember your hat)
  • Toiletries and towel (remember anti-sun lotion)
  • Tent
  • Table and chairs
  • Sleeping gear (matrass, stretcher, bedding, pillows)
  • Lights for personal use (torches, headlamps, batteries, etc.)
  • Pots / pans / kettle (to go on the fire)
  • Braai grid
  • Gas stove (should you wish to cook on gas)
  • Eating utensils
  • Mugs / cups for drinking (preferably spill proof)
  • Washing up bowl & dishwashing liquid
  • Basic medical aid kit and all personal medication should this be required

Catering equipment – Unless you have specifically requested that we prepare catering for the trip, you need to be fully self-sufficient in terms of food supply, drinks and snacks. Make sure to bring enough cooler boxes, camping fridge (if you have one), etc. to ensure food is kept cool. Don’t forget the ice for the drinks!

Water – each vehicle should have a 20l water container as for showering. We will provide a portable shower.

What we will provide

  • We’ll provide a campfire and braai equipment (coals and braai grid) every evening and ensure general lighting of the communal eating area. 
  • We will make sure that there is coffee every morning to get everyone going
  • We’ll provide portable shower facilities when sleeping out in the wild

Contact / Bookings


Naude van der Merwe
Mobile: +264-81 127 2140
Email: info@desertrivertours.com.na

Sonette Borman
Mobile: +264-81 704 2102 / +264-81 782 2650

Desert River Tours CC
PO Box 103
Henties Bay