15 days /14 nights
Namibia is a vast country, known for its contrasting landscapes. This fantastic self drive tour takes you to the second largest canyon in the world, the highest dunes and the oldest desert; past wild horses and primeval plants, to the unforgiving skeleton coast and one of the best animal paradises and most unique game reserves on the African continent.
Your overnight stops:
- Kalahari Desert Lodge (x1)
- Fish River Canyon (x2)
- Luderitz (x2)
- Sossusvlei (Sesriem)(x2)
- Swakopmund (x2)
- Damaraland Mountain Lodge(x2)
- Etosha National Park (guesthouse) (x2)
- Waterberg Plateau Lodge (x1)
- Hire car with unlimited kilometres and maximum cover insurance.
- Hand-picked accommodation reserved each evening in charming hotels, lodges and hospitable guesthouses.
- Your comprehensive self-drive information pack will be couriered to you before you leave home. This includes all accommodation and car hire vouchers, a detailed daily itinerary and corresponding map with route marked, accommodation brochures, brochures and suggestions of places to visit along your route, general health and safety information.
- Our help line facility is open 24 hours/day, every day, ensuring any help or additional information you may want is just a phone call away. Rates and conditions subject to change without notice.
Meals included each day are indicated (B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner)
Day 1 Arrive Windhoek. Drive to your lodge in the Kalahari desert. (-)
Arriving at Windhoek's International Airport, you collect your hire car and drive south to your lodge, a drive of about 2½ hours. Located in the endless Kalahari landscape, this is a place of peace and tranquillity.
Day 2 Fish River Canyon (B)
Spend the morning visiting the Quiver Tree Forest before continuing to the vast Fish River Canyon - the second largest canyon in the world. It is approximately 161km long, 30km wide and 550m deep. Centuries ago, the canyon must have carried a huge amount of water to erode it to this extent. Enjoy the Spectacular views and warm springs at Ai Ais. You stay tonight in a lovely lodge close to the canyon.
Day 3 Fish River Canyon (B)
A full day to explore the Canyon and relax at the warm springs of Ai Ais.
Day 4 Fish River Canyon - Luderitz (B)
Today you drive west through the southern Namib Desert to the little harbour town of Luderitz. Visit the nearby ghost town of Kolmanskop, established when diamonds were discovered in 1908. You stay tonight and tomorrow night in a hotel in Luderitz.
Day 5 Luderitz (B)
All day to relax and explore the southern beaches of the Skeleton Coast around Luderitz. Visit Dias Point and absorb the atmosphere of this historical town. Accommodation as before.
Day 6 Luderitz - Sossusvlei (B,D)
Today you drive to the breathtakingly beautiful NamibRand Reserve - one of the largest private nature reserves in southern Africa, and renowned for its wide open spaces and tranquillity. You stay tonight in a luxury desert camp located on the edge of a 250m high dune in this completely unspoilt setting.
Day 7 Sossusvlei (B,D)
After a delicious early morning breakfast you drive to the heart of Sossusvlei to enjoy the magnificent contrasts in this awe-inspiring desert. The dunes are believed to be the highest in the world and one of the most spectacular sights in Namibia. Nearby is Sesriem Canyon which is also worth visiting. Overnight as before.
Day 8 Sossusvlei - Swakopmund (B)
Wake early this morning and watch the sun rise over the Sossusvlei dunes - an unforgettable experience! Today you travel through the Namib-Naukluft Park, via the Gaub and Kuiseb Passes to see ancient welwitschia plants and the spectacular moon landscape. You continue to the charming seaside town of Swakopmund. Overnight in a hotel overlooking the beach.
Day 9 Swakopmund (B)
All day to explore Swakopmund. Go dune riding on quad bikes and visit the lagoon of Walvis Bay and the Cape Cross seal colony - where you will come close to thousands of seals ! Overnight as before.
Day 10 Swakopmund - Damaraland (B,D)
Continue your route in a northerly direction towards the Damaraland Region of Namibia - a vast and unspoilt part of the country, with magnificent landscapes, fascinating geological formations, archaeological sites and a unique variety of desert flora and fauna.
Day 11 Damaraland (B,D)
You may like to join an excursion to explore the prolific archaeological site of Twyfelfontein offering more than 2,500 engravings as well as various rock paintings. It is probably the finest example of rock engraving in southern Africa.. Visit also the natural wonders of the Organs Pipes, Burnt Mountain and the Petrified Forest If you prefer to simply relax, the pool deck, lodged between the boulders, is the perfect place to soak up the sun whilst enjoying a refreshing drink, admiring the breathtaking views from your pool lounger. Overnight as before.
Day 12 Damaraland - Etosha National Park (B)
You continue to the world famous Etosha National Park, with its magnificent flora and fauna and the spectacular Etosha Salt Pan. Etosha National Park is one of Southern Africa's finest and most important Game Reserves. The game viewing in Etosha National Park is excellent, the best time being from May to September - the cooler months in Namibia. Visitors to Etosha Game Reserve can expect to see many buck species, elephant, giraffe, rhino and lions. More fortunate visitors will see leopard and cheetah. You overnight in a lodge just outside or inside the park.
Day 13 Etosha National Park (B)
Spend the whole day driving slowly and patiently through the park in search of the many animals and birds which make this their home or enjoy the facilities available at the lodge.
Day 14 Etosha National Park - Okonjima (B,D)
Okonjima lies nestled in the unspoilt beauty of the Omboroko Mountains and lies halfway between Windhoek and Etosha. Okonjima is also home to the Africat foundation which is an organization that is committed to the long term conservation of Namibia's large carnivore's, mainly leopards and cheetahs. Overnight in a lovely lodge on the reserve.
Day 15 Okonjima - Windhoek (B)
After a bush walk or spending time with the cats you leave the Okonjima and drive south to Windhoek, arriving in time to catch your flight home.
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