1 night at Galton House (bed & breakfast) | Windhoek, Namibia
Pick up your hire car from Windhoek Airport for the scenic drive into Windhoek
. This afternoon you may like to stroll around the centre of Namibia's charming capital city, taking in the many shops, craft stalls and cafés, or relax in the peaceful setting of your lovely accommodation at Galton House.
1 night at Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch (half board) | Southern Namibia, Namibia
We'd suggest you shop for self-catering supplies in Windhoek (for Kgalagadi), before setting off on a relatively easy drive south into the Southern Kalahari
. The Kalahari Desert is vast, even by African standards, spanning over nine countries. This region of the Southern Kalahari is one of the most scenic, typified by deep red linear sand dunes interspersed with vegetated valleys of mixed tree and shrub savannah. The area can be explored on foot or you may like to join one of the optional guided activities offered by the lodge, such as a 4WD sundowner drive. Aptly translated as 'wilderness', you can unwind in the naturally peaceful setting of Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch.
2 nights at Kalahari Tented Camp (accommodation only) | Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa
Depart early so as to cross into Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
in South Africa’s Northern Cape whilst the border is open. Kgalagadi is vast, covering roughly 38,000km² of Kalahari Desert. The red sands here are veined by fossil river valleys and covered with sparse vegetation. This environment is particularly well suited for cheetah and is a great area for spotting meerkats. Your accommodation for the first two nights in the Park gives you a true sense of wilderness, with no fences and a nearby waterhole that attracts animals close to camp. There is no restaurant here, only a well-equipped communal kitchen and bbq area so you'll need to come with your own food supplies, firewood and drinking water and self-cater for all your meals.
2 nights at Twee Rivieren Rest Camp (accommodation only) | Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa
Leave camp early for your best chances of good game sightings in the early morning. Look out for black-maned lion, cheetah, leopard and hyena that are all common here. Kgalagadi's roads often follow its riverbeds, where a string of water-holes attract herds of blue wildebeest, red hartebeest and eland. Also keep an eye out for entertaining meerkats which live in large family groups. At Twee Rivieren Rest Camp there is a small restaurant providing simple meals as well as self-catering facilities, so the choice of dining options is yours.
1 night at Central Lodge (bed & breakfast) | Fish River Canyon, Namibia
Leave the park early as you have a long drive to Keetmanshoop
today (roughly 6-7 hours). The scenery changes regularly as you drive west on good gravel roads and cross the border into Namibia. You pass Karakul sheep farms, striking quiver trees and drive through the red undulating dunes of the Kalahari. If you have time this afternoon or tomorrow morning, you may like to take a drive north-east of Keetmanshoop to see the Quiver Tree Forest
– a bizarre forest of tree-aloes set amongst enormous boulders; and the unique, peculiar rock formations at the Giant's Playground
. Stay one night at the Central Lodge.
2 nights at Canyon Lodge (bed & breakfast) | Fish River Canyon, Namibia
From Keetmanshoop, the route takes you south through an almost lunar landscape. Your destination is the mighty Fish River Canyon
which is best viewed from lookout points along its rim. Up to 550m deep and 27km wide, this geological wonder was formed about 500 million years ago and is (arguably) the second largest canyon in the world. Whilst here you can explore on your own, or join any of the guided activities on offer. Wander along the canyon's edge, hike through the stunning desert terrain, or ride across it on horseback. Conveniently located just 20km from the canyon viewpoint, you stay two nights at the uniquely designed Canyon Lodge.
2 nights at Eagle's Nest (bed & breakfast) | Luderitz, Namibia
Its a few hours' drive north-west, or slightly longer if you wish to detour south along the Orange River, to reach the small historic town of Aus
. Your base for two nights is nestled amongst the spectacular Aus Mountains, overlooking sweeping vistas of Sperrgebiet National Park. Within the immediate area there are fantastic walking trails to explore, and a short drive takes you to Garub borehole where the Namib wild horses come in to drink. You may also like to spend the full day visiting Luderitz
and exploring the deserted diamond mining town of Kolmanskop
, before returning to stay at Eagle's Nest.
2 nights at Sossus Dune Lodge (half board) | Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia
Depart after breakfast and drive north through breathtaking scenery as you skirt the edge of the Namib-Naukluft Park
, one of the largest conservation areas in Africa. Arrive at Sesriem
in the afternoon where you stay two nights to explore the contrasting landscapes of Sossusvlei's
enormous apricot coloured dunes, fringed by gravel plains and towering mountains. For luxury and early access into the dunes, stay at the only lodge situated inside the park boundaries Sossus Dune Lodge.
2 nights at Zebra River Lodge (bed & breakfast) | Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia
It's a short journey into the Naukluft Mountains
today, where the streams and waterfalls contrast strikingly with the surrounding desert landscapes. Enjoy two nights walking and bird spotting amongst the lush vegetation, then perch at the top of a mountain to watch the sun setting over the Namib Desert. Stay at the farm styled homestead of Zebra River Lodge.
1 night at Eningu Clayhouse (half board) | Southern Namibia, Namibia
Bid your friendly hosts farewell and climb north-east through the Central Highlands to spend your final night near Windhoek, within the lovely scenery of the Southern Kalahari
. You reach your lodge in the mid-afternoon, with time to relax and soak in the African bush and night skies at Eningu Clayhouse.
There's usually time for a leisurely breakfast before you drive back to Windhoek Airport, arriving in good time to drop off your rental car before continuing with your own onward arrangements.