This classic Namibia holiday offers a very comprehensive journey around some incredibly diverse areas of the country. Self-driving is easy, and offers a chance to take in Namibia's relentlessly dramatic scenery at your own pace.
From Windhoek, journey south to the mighty dunes at Sossusvlei, before heading north through remote desert scenery to the Damaraland, stopping off at the coastal oasis of Swakopmund. Seek out big game in Etosha National Park before heading to Okonjima for a big cat experience.
There is so much to see and do on this holiday and the activities on offer are endless. The properties we suggest are all in such dramatic locations that you would be well within your rights to just relax and soak it all in from the comfort of your camp. Take plenty of memory cards for your camera!
For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.
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Fly London to Johannesburg overnight
Fly Johannesburg to Windhoek
Namibia's capital and only city, Windhoek, is a vibrant place of many contrasts. Seemingly misplaced German architecture stands side by side with modern sky scrapers, while African drums and wood-carvings from the north displayed on pavements vie with elegant shops offering sophisticated Swakara garments and gemstone jewellery.With a pedestrian friendly city centre, and cosmopolitan outlook, it makes for a wonderful stopover. This is modern Africa at its most fascinating - a melting pot of modernity, colonial echoes and African tradition.
You will be staying at Olive Grove Guesthouse
Drive from Windhoek to Sossusvlei
Head south to the Namib Desert and Sossusvlei, a journey time of approx. 5 hours.
In the heart of the Namib-Naukluft Park, surrounded by a sea of ever changing dunes lies Sossusvlei - a place of awe inspiring beauty and home to some pretty spectacular scenery. Burnt orange dunes tower into the vast blue sky, some 300 metres above the desert floor. It's hard not to be moved by this desolate wilderness.Scenic air and hot air balloon flights, sunset game drives, hiking trips, horseback trails and more await; and for those with added sense of adventure, climbing the dunes is an unforgettable experience.
Namib Naukluft Mountain ExcursionExperience this hidden jewel with on a professionally guided tour. A mountain lunch in a beautiful natural habitat with water springs will is a highlight after hiking in the mountains.
You will be staying at Hoodia Desert Lodge
Sossusvlei Day TripSpend the day exploring Sossusvlei. Enjoy the eerie silence of the desert at sunrise, before others are allowed to enter and make the most of the solitude! The drive is around 70km from the lodge and the last section of road into Sossusvlei is a 4x4 area only but you can leave your vehicle at the car park and proceed on foot (a beautiful walk), or take the shuttle. Enjoy the amazing scenery of the desert, take a short walk to Deadvlei, a bizarre collection of ancient camelthorn trees, or climb the nearby dunes.
Drive from Sossusvlei to Swakopmund
A journey time of approx.6 hours.
Swakopmund ExcursionSee the marine sanctuary of Sandwich Harbour, a unique environment of towering dunes, a freshwater lagoon and the wild Atlantic Ocean. Alternatively, take a boat cruise from Walvis Bay to see dolphins, fur seals and many species of marine birds.Swakopmund resembles a small, German coastal resort nestled between the desert and the sea. It boasts a charming combination of German colonial architecture blended with modern hotels, shops, restaurants, museums, craft centres, galleries and cafés. Swakopmund had its beginnings as a landing station in 1892 when the German Imperial Navy erected beacons on the site. Settlers followed and made attempts to create a harbour town by constructing a concrete Mole and then an iron jetty - which attempts were ultimately unsuccessful. The advent of World War one halted developments, and the town sank into decline until half a century later when infrastructure improved and an asphalt road opened between Windhoek and Swakopmund. This made reaching the previously isolated town quicker and easier and it prospered once again to become Namibia's premier resort town. Although the sea is normally cold for swimming there are pleasant beaches and the cooler climate is refreshing after time spent in the desert.
You will be staying at Villa Margherita
Drive from Swakopmund to Damaraland
Situated near the rugged Skeleton Coast, Damaraland is scenically magnificent with vast desert landscapes, granite kopjes, deep gorges and open plains. Colourful rock formations brighten this desolate landscape, contrasting wonderfully with deep-blue Namibian skies.The region is famed for the ancient petroglyphs of Twyfelfontein, created by the predecessors of the Namibian Bushmen, as well as the nearby petrified forests. Desert-adapted elephants roam Damaraland, surviving in the harshest conditions, whilst populations of wild black rhinos can be found in the Palmwag Reserve and the environs of the remote Ugab River valley.
You will be staying at Camp Kipwe
Drive from Damaraland to Palmwag Reserve
A Wilderness guide will be waiting at Twee Palms to escort you to the semi-nomadic Desert Rhino Camp. The pick-up time is 15h00, you will leave your vehicle here and be escorted to the camp on a 4x4 game drive.
Home to the largest free roaming population of black rhino in Africa, as well as desert-adapted elephant, Palmwag is a very important reserve indeed. Located in northern Damaraland between Etosha and the Skeleton Coast, this area is known for its stark desert beauty and is home to amazing wildlife and an abundance of endemic birdlife.
You will be staying at Desert Rhino Camp
Days at Desert Rhino CampActivities at the Rhino Camp concentrate on rhino tracking. You start out early in the morning in a 4x4 vehicle, driving around enjoying whatever wildlife you see. Meanwhile, trackers are out and about, looking for rhino. When the trackers find an animal, they radio over to your vehicle, which approaches to a point which doesn't disturb the rhino. This may be a kilometre or more away. You then go in closer on foot, with your guide, at a slow and steady pace. The trackers will always ensure that you stay a safe distance away, but the sheer exhilaration of being within a couple of hundred metres of a rhino whilst on foot more than makes up for the fact that you do not get right up to it. Although the walking isn't very strenuous, the terrain can be uneven as the landscape is strewn with small rocks and boulders. Sure-footedness and sturdy walking shoes are therefore recommended.You will join the lodge shared activities here.
Drive from Palmwag Reserve to Etosha National Park
Etosha National Park is one of Southern Africa's finest and most important game reserves. Situated in northern Namibia, Etosha, meaning 'Great White Place', it is dominated by a massive shimmering mineral pan, which is flat, rugged and, for much of the year, dry and dusty. All the same, it supports some of the best game viewing in the whole of Southern Africa.
You will be staying at Ongava Tented Camp
A Typical day at Ongava LodgeFull days at Ongava Lodge are mostly spend on game drives, rhino tracking and nature walks in the Ongava Reserve. One of the day will be a full or half day guided morning and afternoon game drive in Etosha National Park and the massive saltpan.
Etosha National Park to Okonjima Nature Reserve
En route to Okonjima there is the opportunity to stop for a visit at REST (www.restafrica.org) which is housed on a piece of land adjacent to Okonjima, just before entering the reserve. For a donation, be shown around facilities including an interpretation centre with information on the various animals species they work with including Cape Griffon vultures, the spotted rubber frog, pangolin, Damara dik-dik, dwarf python and wild dog. REST is also home to some non-releasable Cape Griffon vultures as well as having a hide at the 'Vulture Restaurant'. Definitely a bonus for anyone wanting to learn about Namibia's wildlife and contribute in a meaningful way.
Located midway between Windhoek and Etosha National Park, the Okonjima Nature Reserve was established as a protected area in which orphaned cats can be rehabilitated. Entirely fenced and covering a vast area of wild savannah, this important reserve is home to leopard, cheetah, spotted hyena and wild dog.Founded by AfriCat, Okonjima is part of greater conservation project. The rehabilitated carnivores roam freely within, but radio-tracking, health checks and research gathering are all part of a concerted effort to learn more about these threatened species.
You will be staying at Okonjima Plains Camp
Track Big Cats with AfriCatTrack cheetahs or leopards alongside AfriCat's experts. Set out on foot or in a 4x4, depending on which carnivores are known to be in the area. The big cats within the reserve have all been fitted with radio collars, allowing them to be closely monitored. Researchers pay attention to their welfare, condition and hunting successes.AfriCat's large carnivore rehabilitation programme was initiated in 2000, in order to return captive cheetahs to their natural environment. Since then the project has expanded and accelerated, with the ultimate aim of returning more large carnivores to the wild. In 2010, four wild dogs were released by AfriCat into the reserve. The release has been a success and the pack is now taking down adult prey.
Drive from Okonjima Nature Reserve to Windhoek
A journey of around two or three hours.
Fly Windhoek to Johannesburg
Fly Johannesburg to London overnight
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