This is a great-value introduction to the deserts, mountains and coastline of central Namibia. Driving yourself gives you great independence and flexibility, whilst you stay in good guesthouses and lodges/guest farms which are full of character.
Starting straight away with time in Southern Kalahari, this journey continues with time to explore the Naukluft Mountains on foot; before you head into the flaming red dunes of the Namib's Sesriem/Sossusvlei area. The scenery changes again for the amazing drive across vast gravel plains of the northern Namib-Naukluft National Park before you arrive in the quaint, almost-Bavarian town of Swakopmund for two nights.
Starting from London Heathrow, your scheduled South African Airways
overnight flight will take you, via Johannesburg, to Windhoek, where you land around midday.
1 night at Eningu Clayhouse (half board) | Southern Namibia, Namibia
On arrival at Windhoek, pick up your hire car and drive into the Southern Kalahari
where you spend your first night on the outskirts of Windhoek at the charming Eningu Clayhouse Lodge.
2 nights at Bullsport Guest Farm (half board) | Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia
After breakfast, embark on a journey to the Naukluft Mountains
where the lush gorges form a stark contrast to the surrounding desert; the streams, waterfalls and ravines make for perfect hiking and prolific birdlife. Whilst here, spend two nights at the very comfortable Bullsport Guest Farm.
2 nights at Desert Homestead (half board) | Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia
As you head into the Sesriem Area
, take your time driving through the beautiful desert landscape and stop for photos along the way. Then spend a further two nights exploring the spectacular dune scenery in the Sossusvlei
and Sesriem areas whilst staying at Desert Homestead.
2 nights at Sam's Giardino (bed & breakfast) | Swakopmund & Walvis Bay, Namibia
Drive north to the quaint town of Swakopmund
; surrounded by the desert and the sea it is a fun stop for two nights with plenty of restaurants, shops and historic buildings to wander around. Then take advantage of the morning kayaking in Walvis Bay
, known as 'bird paradise', that is included whilst staying at Sam's Giardino.
1 night at Elegant Guesthouse (bed & breakfast) | Windhoek, Namibia
Depart at your leisure and drive back into the Central Highlands to reach Windhoek
. Spend the afternoon strolling around the centre of Namibia's charming capital whilst enjoying the many shops and cafés that this interesting European style town has to offer. Stay your final night at one of our recommended guesthouses, such as The Elegant Guesthouse.
After a relaxing morning, drive back to Windhoek Airport in good time to drop off your rental car and connect with your scheduled overnight flight back to the UK
with South African Airways
You arrive back in London Heathrow early in the morning, to easily connect to other flights, or to travel back to your home in the UK. With a minimal time difference between Namibia and the UK, there's seldom any real jet lag – at the end of such a magical holiday.