Doing activities by yourself gives you flexibility and a sense of own adventure. You need only pay the necessary park entry fees and off you go with your guide book in hand. Doing activities with a lodge guide means you will likely be joined by others (unless it’s booked on a private basis), times for the activities are usually set but your guide will ensure you are in the right place at the right time, give you information as you go along and make sure you don’t miss anything. In Etosha it is always great to do a first game drive with a lodge guide in an open safari vehicle and the rest you can then do yourself. In Damaraland, it’s best to do a guide nature drive with a lodge guide in search of the desert adapted elephants. Your chances of seeing them are much better as the guides know the areas the best. If you aren’t sure whether to do a specific activity yourself or with a lodge guide,speak to your consultant and they’ll be able to give you further information and advice.