1 night at Heinitzburg Hotel (bed & breakfast) | Windhoek, Namibia
Upon arrival at Windhoek Airport, collect your rental car and drive into Windhoek
where you will stay overnight. Spend your afternoon strolling around the array of shops, craft stalls and cafés in this vibrant and well developed African city; it's a lovely place to explore or simply relax and enjoy fantastic city views from the well situated Hotel Heinitzburg.
2 nights at Wolwedans Dunes Lodge (full board & activities) | NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia
Set off after an early breakfast for the long but very scenic drive to the NamibRand Nature Reserve
. This is one of Africa's largest private conservation areas, spanning over 1,800km² of stunning and varied desert landscapes. Discover expansive vistas, rich orange sand dunes and vegetated inter-dune valleys on wonderful activities led by your expert local guide. This is a photographer's paradise and a great introduction to the Namib Desert
whilst staying at the very inviting Wolwedans Dune Lodge.
2 nights at Hoodia Desert Lodge (half board) | Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia
It's a short drive through the desert to reach your gateway to the Namib-Naukluft Park
for the next two nights. The environments here are different again to those of the NamibRand. Head out before dawn to see the soft morning light on the world's tallest sand dunes at Sossusvlei
and wander through the cool depths of Sesriem Canyon
. There are also spectacular views from your balcony or the refreshing pool at Hoodia Desert Lodge.
2 nights at Strand Hotel (bed & breakfast) | Swakopmund & Walvis Bay, Namibia
Yet another scenic drive across expansive desert plains takes you to your next stop at the relaxing coastal town of Swakopmund
. Here you'll find activities to enjoy both the desert and the sea: exhilarating dune-boarding, entertaining boat cruises or some gentle kayaking to name just a few. There are also many great shops, restaurants, cafes and galleries, plus a museum, craft market and pleasant waterfront to stroll around. Swakopmund's fascinating colonial history is evident in its buildings, you will be staying at the Strand Hotel built on one of these pieces of history, the Mole.
2 nights at Mowani Mountain Camp (half board) | Damaraland, Namibia
Journey up the coast and inland to Damaraland
, where imposing granite domes and flat-topped mountains spring up from the surrounding plains. You can easily explore the region in your hired vehicle to see the ancient rock engravings at Twyfelfontein
and intriguing geological formations aptly named the Organ Pipes
and Burnt Mountain
. Another highlight is tracking desert adapted elephant when they are in the area - this exciting 4WD guided excursion can be booked during your stay at the uniquely designed Mowani Mountain Camp.
2 nights at Ongava Lodge (full board & activities) | Etosha National Park, Namibia
Drive north-east today, via the Petrified Forest if appeals, to reach the private Ongava Game Reserve
on the boundary of Etosha National Park
. All guided activities are included in your two night stay here. These focus on afternoon game drives within the Ongava Reserve and morning game drives into Etosha – both offering fantastic game viewing opportunities of a wide variety of wildlife species. You don't even have to leave the comfort of your lodgings to see animals, as a floodlit waterhole attracts game right to your doorstep at Ongava Lodge.
2 nights at Onguma Tented Camp (full board & activities) | Etosha National Park, Namibia
Depart in your hire car and enter through Etosha's Andersson Gate to spend a full day game driving across to the eastern side of the park. You'll follow a network of sand roads, stopping off at waterholes along the way to see what animals have congregated there to drink. Exit the von Lindequist Gate by sunset to stay your next two nights on the eastern boundary. Explore more of this side of Etosha as well as the private Onguma Reserve on two guided activities based from the comfort of Onguma Tented Camp.
1 night at Okonjima Bush Camp (half board) | Okonjima Nature Reserve , Namibia
For your final night in Namibia, drive south to stay at a family-run farm that is home to the successful AfriCat Foundation
. The farm has been converted into a private wildlife reserve committed to the conservation of Namibia's predators through education and rehabilitation. Whilst here you may like to join the optional guided activities offered which include tracking predators by vehicle or on foot and learning about the dedicated work of the AfriCat Foundation
. You'll stay overnight at the attractive Okonjima Bush Camp.
It’s a little over 3 hours drive back to Windhoek Airport this morning, ensuring you return in good time to drop off your rental car before continuing with your own onward flight arrangements.