Fly on a scheduled South African Airways
overnight flight from London Heathrow to Windhoek, via Johannesburg.
1 night at River Crossing (bed & breakfast) | Windhoek, Namibia
Collect your hire car on arrival at Windhoek Airport and drive to your comfortable accommodation set amongst the rolling hills on the outskirts of Windhoek
. This afternoon you may like to drive into the city centre to wander around the shops, craft stalls and historic buildings or spend your time relaxing by the pool and enjoying the pleasant bush setting at River Crossing.
1 night at Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch (half board) | Southern Namibia, Namibia
Start with a tasty breakfast before driving south into the scenic reaches of the Southern Kalahari
. You'll stay overnight amid the deep red linear dunes of the Kalahari which can be explored on foot at your leisure or on an optional guided nature drive if appeals. Keep a look out for the family of meerkats that live in the vicinity of Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch.
2 nights at Fish River Lodge (half board) | Fish River Canyon, Namibia
Drive south today via the town of Keetmanshoop
, where you may like to stop off at the striking Quiver Tree Forest
, before continuing on to the western side of the impressive Fish River Canyon
. During your two night stay here you can gaze into the depths of the canyon from the comfort of your private veranda, as well as discover the unique flora and fauna on short walks from.....
3 nights at Eagle's Nest (half board) | Luderitz, Namibia
Cross sprawling desert plains to reach the small settlement of Aus
; a historic town perched on the edge of the escarpment. Your remote setting invites you to soak in the surrounding vistas of Gondwana Sperrgebiet Rand Park. It's a place to be active; with a variety of great hiking trails in the vicinity of your base at Klein Aus Vista
. You can also venture out in your hire car to see the wild desert horses at Garub and drive to the Atlantic Coast to visit Luderitz
and the famous Kolmanskop Ghost Town
. Return each night to your secluded chalet at Eagle's Nest.
1 night at Sinclair Guest Farm (half board) | Southern Namibia, Namibia
It's an extremely scenic drive today along the south-eastern border of the Namib-Naukluft Park
and into the Tiras Mountain Conservancy
to stay overnight at one of the area's rural guest farms. Here you can experience the lifestyle and homely hospitality of a Namibian sheep farm. There is the option of joining a farm drive if appeals, or you can choose from a number of walking trails amidst the farms stunning scenery. One of our favourite options here is Sinclair Guest Farm.
2 nights at Tok Tokkie Trails (full board & activities) | Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia
Continue north to reach the breathtaking NamibRand Nature Reserve
where you'll meet your resident guide before setting out on a memorable two night trek into the Namib Desert
. Meander through low orange sand dunes at a gentle pace; stopping often to learn about interesting flora and fauna, to shade under a camelthorn tree, or to watch a herd of gemsbok walk by. Exploring the desert environs is enhanced by your expert guide and sleeping on a camp bed under the stars each night is magical whilst on the Tok Tokkie Trails.
1 night at Rostock Ritz (bed & breakfast) | Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia
A morning stroll takes you back to your hire car and concludes the walking trail at about midday. Drive north through more striking Namib Desert
scenery, via the tiny desert outpost of Solitaire
(where the bakery's apple crumble is legendary!), to overnight in the last of your spectacular desert settings. Elevated on a rocky hillside overlooking the vast desert plains, there are more fantastic walking tracks and a great sunset view to be enjoyed from Rostock Ritz.
2 nights at Erongo Wilderness Lodge (half board) | Central Highlands, Namibia
Today's long but beautiful drive takes you through some of Namibia's most scenic back roads en-route to the rocky haven of the Erongo Mountains
. These rugged granite mountains provide shelter to a plethora of plants and animals, including a number of Namibia's endemic bird species. It is an ideal spot to explore their numerous walking trails on your own or with a local guide. There is also an optional guided nature drive offered to visit the small rock painting site at Paula's Cave. Your charming tented accommodation is nestled amongst the boulders at Erongo Wilderness Lodge.
2 nights at Waterberg Camp (bed & breakfast) | Waterberg Plateau National Park, Namibia
Begin with a sunrise guided walk or opt for a more leisurely wake up to the sounds of birdcalls and rock hyrax warming up in the sun. From Erongo you drive east through Namibia's Central Highlands
, the country's hilly spine, to the Waterberg Plateau
. This unique flat-topped plateau is largely made of porous sandstone; sculpted into amazing shapes and fringed by freshwater springs from rainfall. The lush vegetation, colourful cliffs and abundance of birdlife can be discovered on various walking trails along the slopes. An optional guided nature drive into the wildlife reserve that spans the top of the plateau is offered from your base at Waterberg Camp.
Set off with plenty of time for the return drive to Windhoek Airport, perhaps stopping at Okahandja or Windhoek craft market to buy some last-minute curios. Arrive at the airport in time to drop off your rental car and check-in for your scheduled overnight flight back to the UK
, via Johannesburg, with South African Airways
Land in London Heathrow this morning and return home or connect with an onward flight as required. There is minimal time difference between Namibia and the UK so there's usually no jet lag – just unforgettable memories of your self-drive holiday.