This two-week self-drive is a circular trip around Namibia that takes in the most famous highlights including: the Africat project at Okonjima, game viewing in the world-famous Etosha National Park, tracking rhino in the stark and mesmerising deserts in the Damaraland, visiting the coastal town of Swakopmund and last by no means least, climbing the towering dunes of the Sossusvlei.
Throughout you stay in top quality camps, lodges and guesthouses. We can tailor-make any itinerary and this self-drive is an example of what other travellers have enjoyed. Namibia is the perfect destination for those who like to be on the move and who enjoy a holiday that is varied and full of activity.
Depart from London Heathrow on overnight flight to Johannesburg.
On arrival make onward connect to Windhoek, you will be met and given a self drive briefing before collecting your standard four-door sedan hire vehicle with air-conditioning, comprehensive insurance and unlimited mileage.
A three hour drive north takes you to Okonjima, the home of Africat, for a 1 night stay at main camp, meals and selected activities included.
Namibia contains just over twenty percent of the world’s cheetah population, and Okonjima is the base for the Africat Foundation, an organisation devoted to saving and caring for the country's big cats.
Accommodation: Okonjima Collection
Leaving Okonjima, you'll drive north for game viewing in Etosha, the day ends at Onguma Bush Camp for a 2 night stay on the eastern side of the park , breakfast and dinner included.
Onguma Game Reserve is situated on the Eastern Border of Etosha National Park is the 34 000 hectare private game reserve. Within minutes of the famous Etosha National Park, this private reserve is perfectly located to take in the abundance of wildlife in the area.
Accommodation: Onguma Game Reserve
From Onguma you'll head to the southern part of the park, to stay for a 2 night stay at a premier waterhole chalet of the Okaukuejo Camp.
The Ongava Reserve, a wildlife reserve which borders Etosha National Park, offers the opportunity for nature drives and walks, including tracking both black and white rhino on foot. The rhino were reintroduced to Ongava and are very relaxed.
Accommodation: Okaukuejo Rest Camp
Travel southwest for a 2 night stay at Grootberg. Perched on the edge of the Grootberg Plateau, overlooking the Klip River Valley, Grootberg Lodge has spectacular views. Situated on a large private concession, this welcoming lodge is fully owned by the local Khoadi/Hoas community. Built from rock and thatch, the 12 chalets are tastefully furnished, all with small private decks that look out over the gorge. Well positioned for self-drivers – roughly midway between Etosha and Swakopmund – there is much to do here.
Damaraland is a land of stark desert beauty. Morning mists, created by the clash between the icy Atlantic Ocean air and the warm desert air of the Skeleton Coast, glide inland along the canyons, giving sustenance to the flora and fauna of the region. Guided walks on the plateau, scenic drives, hikes to the Klip River Springs, elephant and Black rhino tracking, are all offered, as well as visits to a traditional Himba settlement. Experienced riders can explore on horseback.
Accommodation: Grootberg Lodge
En route visit the Petrified Forest, the Organ Pipes and the famous Twyfelfontein rock engravings all highly recommended.
Head south along the tail end of Skeleton Coast toward Swakopmund for a 2 night stay at the cosy Cornerstone Guest House which is within easy walking distance of restaurants and shops.
The perfect base for local activities such as the Turnstone Tour with Bruno Nebe - or try your hand at the kayaking from Pelican Point with the wonderful Jeanne Meintjes, and the opportunity to drift past colonies of seals, or even watch the heavy side dolphins as they follow the kayaks!
Accommodation: Cornerstone Guest House
Drive inland to Sossusvlei to spend 2 night stay at Sossusvlei Lodge. Sossusvlei Lodge is a good value lodge situated right by the entrance to the Namib Naukluft Park and the dunes at Sossusvlei. This makes it a great base for early starts into the Park as soon as the gate opens. Because of its location, a major effort was made to build something that blends with the landscape, and this was pretty much achieved with skillful use of colour and building materials.
From here you can explore the towering bright orange dunes at Sossusvlei, walk across the quiet and ghostly Dead Vlei, or even try your hand at ascending one of the dunes; the views are simply spectacular! Why not treat yourself to a balloon flight over the dunes, ending with a champagne breakfast on terra firma.
Accommodation: Sossusvlei Lodge
Due to the distance back to Windhoek, the last night will be at the Heinitzberg Hotel with views over the city, breakfast included. You will have the evening to unwind, enjoy a local meal and have an unhurried journey to the airport for your onward flight the next day
Accommodation: Heinitzburg Hotel
Drive to Windhoek Airport, return your hire car and check in for flight to Johannesburg, which will connect with return overnight flight to London.
Pricing Information & Dates
14 day tour, from £2499 per person
Inclusive of international and regional flights, pre-paid air taxes, car hire (unlimited mileage and comprehensive insurance), accommodation based on two people sharing and breakfast throughout.Excludes: visa fees, drinks, activities, entrance fees, fuel, additional driver fee, car hire admin fee payable directly, car hire security deposit taken from credit card, meals other than specified.Suggest 2x4 vehicle upgrade from £250 per person in total for the 13-day rental periodSupplements apply during peak season and school holidays.
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