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Rock Agama Self-drive Safari

Big on experience and light on time, this self-drive trip packs in Namibia’s highlights while staying in a selection of luxury camps and lodges for an unforgettable 10 days.

Rock Agama Self-drive Safari: Summary

Rock Agama Self-drive in a nutshell

This action-packed self-drive safari is a great way to discover Namibia’s northern highlights for those with limited time. Staying at a selection of excellent lodges and camps, you can be assured of comfort, luxury and great service at every stop.

After a relaxing first evening in Windhoek, set off for the drive to the Namib Desert. Long but scenic, reach the wonderfully welcoming Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, an oasis of luxury in a rather stunning setting. Enjoy an evening gazing up from Africa’s first dark sky reserve from the lodge’s observatory before an early start to climb Sossusvlei’s imposing red dunes as the sun rises.

Drive north, skirting the Namib all the way to Swakopmund, a charming coastal town with some excellent restaurants where you’ll stop for the night. The following day, turn inland through the rocky mountains of Damaraland to Mowani, a great camp hidden amid rust coloured boulders. Explore the area in your car, visiting sites such the ancient rock engravings at Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or join Mowani’s guides in search of the elephant herds that roam the area.

Continue north-east to the southern edge of Etosha National Park’s lunar-like salt pan for two nights at the exclusive Little Ongava. Explore the national park in your own vehicle or on a guided game drive, watching quietly as rhino, zebra, lion, giraffe, elephant and more gather at waterholes. You can also take part in guided safari activities in Ongava’s private reserve where, unrestricted by park rules, night drives and walking safaris are permitted, too.

On the way to Windhoek, spend one final night in Okonjima Nature Reserve where you can learn about the conservation work of the AfriCat Foundation in safeguarding Namibian wildlife and seek out leopard and cheetah, with a chance for more unusual nocturnal species such as brown hyena, pangolin and even aardvark.

At a glance

Starts: Windhoek International Airport
1 night Olive Exclusive - Windhoek, Namibia Bed & Breakfast
2 nights Sossusvlei Desert Lodge - NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia Full Board & Activities
1 night Strand Hotel - Swakopmund & Walvis Bay, Namibia Bed & Breakfast
2 nights Mowani Mountain Camp - Damaraland, Namibia Half Board
2 nights Little Ongava - Etosha National Park, Namibia Full Board & Activities
1 night Okonjima Bush Camp - Okonjima Nature Reserve , Namibia Half Board
Ends: Windhoek International Airport

Olive Exclusive

Day 1

Overlooking a neighbouring olive grove in the suburb of Klein Windhoek, the officially dubbed Olive Exclusive All-Suite Hotel is more typically known simply as the Olive Exclusive. Only five minutes' drive from the centre of the Namibian capital the hotel boasts just seven individual, luxurious suites, and an equally intimate and contemporary on-site restaurant, The Olive.

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Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Days 2-4

The luxury Sossusvlei Desert Lodge (formerly known as Sossusvlei Mountain Lodge) is located in the NamibRand Nature Reserve, about half-an-hour's drive from Sesriem. Guests benefit from unspoilt views across the desert from large modern suites, and can participate in a range of activities.

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Strand Hotel

Day 4

The Strand is an exciting new development located on Swakopmund's historic 'Mole'. Built on the site of the old Strand Hotel, and opened in 2015, it has the Atlantic Ocean on three sides – giving uninterrupted sea views from some of the 125 rooms.

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Mowani Mountain Camp

Days 5-7

Situated in the heart of southern Damaraland, between Namibia's Ugab and the Huab rivers, the smart Mowani Mountain Camp commands a stunning location. Perched high on a rocky outcrop, the camp is nestled amongst large granite boulders and has superb views across gravel plains to the mountains beyond.

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Little Ongava

Days 7-9

Little Ongava is the super-luxurious, exclusive sibling of Ongava Lodge and sits within the same private 300km2 reserve on the southern boundary of Namibia’s Etosha National Park. Set on the crest of a hill the lodge commands stunning views of the reserve which is home to a wide range of wildlife, including lion and rhino.

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Okonjima Bush Camp

Day 9

The rolling hills and grassy plains of the Okonjima Nature Reserve, just south of Otjiwarongo, are home to Okonjima Bush Camp. The 220km2 reserve is also the base for the AfriCat Foundation, a non-profit organisation set up to conserve and protect Namibia's threatened cheetah, leopard and other wild carnivores. From this small camp, guests are invited to learn about Namibia's big cats, with excellent opportunities to view them at close quarters.

As of 2019, the Okonjima Nature Reserve no longer acts as a release site for former captive cheetahs, therefore cheetah tracking is no longer offered as an activity. Please see the activities section below, for more information on this as well as the other activities on offer.

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Olive Exclusive

Olive Exclusive

Windhoek, Namibia

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia

Strand Hotel

Strand Hotel

Swakopmund & Walvis Bay, Namibia

Mowani Mountain Camp

Mowani Mountain Camp

Damaraland, Namibia

Little Ongava

Little Ongava

Etosha National Park, Namibia

Okonjima Bush Camp

Okonjima Bush Camp

Okonjima Nature Reserve , Namibia

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Highlights

Our thoughts on five of the top experiences of this Rock Agama Self-drive Safari.

  • Stargazing from Sossusvlei Desert Lodge’s observatory
  • Damaraland sundowners at Mowani Mountain Camp
  • A two-night stay at the ultra-exclusive Little Ongava
  • Seeing black and white rhino on the Ongava Reserve
  • Tracking leopards at Okonjima

Activities

Some activities which can be included in the Rock Agama Self-drive Safari: talk to us about those which interest you.

  • 4WD Safari

  • Birdwatching

  • Boat trip

  • Cultural excursion

  • Dune-boarding

  • Fishing

  • Guided walking safari

  • Hot air ballooning

  • Kayaking

  • Mountain biking

  • Night drive

  • Quad-biking

  • Self-guided walking

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Key species to see on the Rock Agama Self-drive Safari

Based on our travellers' observations, we’ve estimated the likelihood of seeing these species during the Rock Agama Self-drive Safari. Click on the animals and our wildlife surveys page for more info.


Lion

100% chance

Leopard

100% chance

Elephant

100% chance

Giraffe

100% chance

Oryx

100% chance

White Rhino

100% chance

Wildebeest

100% chance

Zebra

100% chance

Cheetah

70% chance

Brown Hyena

70% chance

Eland

39% chance

Spotted Hyena

28% chance

Pangolin

12% chance

Aardvark

7% chance

Wild dog

0% chance

Black Rhino

0% chance

Meerkat

0% chance

Roan antelope

0% chance

Sable antelope

0% chance

Side-trips whilst on this holiday

We may be able to build in some of these optional excursions from the Rock Agama Self-drive Safari. Talk to us: they’re usually best arranged when you book.


Ballooning in the Namib Desert

Ballooning in the Namib Desert

Half day, including breakfast

Ballooning over the world’s oldest desert is an experience you shouldn’t miss. Enjoy spectacular views as the sun rises over the dune-covered plains and rocky mountains of the Namib Desert. You may even spot the occasional oryx or black-backed jackal punctuating the landscape below.

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Kayaking with seals

Kayaking with seals

Morning incl. tea, coffee & sandwiches

Get up close and personal with a colony of Cape fur seals on a kayaking excursion from Walvis Bay. Enjoy a gentle morning’s paddle in Walvis Bay Lagoon as seals surround and interact with you and your kayak. If you’re lucky you may even catch a glimpse of some Heaviside’s or bottlenose dolphins.

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Coast and Sandwich Harbour

Coast and Sandwich Harbour

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Experience this usually inaccessible part of the Skeleton Coast, where the dunes of the Namib plunge into the Atlantic Ocean. One of our top recommendations, this is an adventurous 4WD trip, guided by experts. You'll explore the Kuiseb Delta and (tides permitting) traverse dunes and the beach to reach Sandwich Harbour, a remote freshwater lagoon with abundant birdlife.

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94% (190 reviews)
Dolphin and seal cruise

Dolphin and seal cruise

Half-day inc brunch

A boat cruise around Walvis Bay lagoon is a must for lovers of wildlife and the great outdoors. Seek out the ‘marine big five’ – from Cape fur seals to bottlenose dolphins – and marvel at the range of bird species for whom this haven on the Skeleton Coast is home. Then round off the morning with an oyster brunch.

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90% (10 reviews)
Desert tour

Desert tour

Variable, depending on the tour

Discover the unexpected on a trip into the desert surrounding the coastal towns of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. A must for wilderness lovers, this extraordinary landscape encompasses the Welwitschia Plains, sculpted dunes, the magic of the Kuiseb Delta – and much more. There are plenty of options, each with its own unique focus.

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100% (9 reviews)
Scenic flights in Namibia

Scenic flights in Namibia

Variable, depending on the flight

Namibia is famed for its stark beauty and boundless desert vistas and there is no better way to soak these in than from the air. A scenic flight gives you a unique perspective on this stunning and varied country, and may even provide a bird’s-eye view of areas that are out of reach to those restricted to terra firma.

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94% (7 reviews)

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