Rock Agama Self-drive Safari

Rock Agama Self-drive: In full

NB Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is shut for renovations until October 2019, hence we have not priced this trip for this year.

Short on time? Take in Namibia’s highlights on this ten-day self-drive safari, from the Namib Desert to the coastal town of Swakopmund and scenic Damaraland, then game viewing in Etosha National Park and a chance to see big cats at Okonjima.

With top-notch accommodation throughout, this is an ideal trip if you’re short on time but don't want to compromise on quality. You’ll discover ever-changing landscapes – from the iconic red dunes of the Namib Desert to the mountains of Damaraland and the game-rich savannah of Etosha. And Namibia’s excellent road network makes the driving part of the fun.

Include:

Day 1

1 night at Olive Exclusive (bed & breakfast) | Windhoek, Namibia

The Olive Exclusive is a luxury boutique hotel in the suburb of Klein Windhoek.Pick up your rental car at Windhoek Airport and set off on the easy 45-minute drive to the Namibian capital, Windhoek. Spend the afternoon mooching around this clean and relaxed African city; maybe shop at the craft stalls or sit in one of the pavement cafes. Then relax for your first night at the lovely Olive Exclusive.

Days 2-3

2 nights at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge (full board & activities) | NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is situated in the Namib Naukluft NP.Start early the next morning for your five- to six-hour drive along the wide, largely empty Namibian roads to the Namib Desert plains and on to the NamibRand Nature Reserve. From here you can venture into the spectacular landscapes of both the Namib-Naukluft National Park and the NamibRand. Drive out to catch the sunrise across the desert, climb some of the world's highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei and explore the depths of Sesriem Canyon. In the evenings, weather depending, you should also be able to marvel at the night sky with a resident astronomer within this designated dark sky reserve.

Day 4

1 night at Strand Hotel (bed & breakfast) | Swakopmund & Walvis Bay, Namibia

Welcome to the Strand Hotel.Set off across the northern expanse of the Namib-Naukluft National Park, through striking and varied landscapes, until you reach the charming seaside town of Swakopmund. You have just one night here, but there are some excellent restaurants where you can take in the sea view – a very different landscape from the dunes you have enjoyed for the past two nights.

Days 5-6

2 nights at Mowani Mountain Camp (half board) | Damaraland, Namibia

Mowani Mountain Camp is set amongst large granite boulders in a picturesque area of Damaraland.Hop back in your car and head up the coast, then inland to the rolling mountains of Damaraland where the surrounding attractions are easily explored in your rental car. You'll find a natural gallery of rock engravings sheltered within the Twyfelfontein valley, strange geological formations at the Organ Pipes and Burnt Mountain, and an interesting Damara cultural village. During the dry winter months the ephemeral river valley here attracts desert-adapted elephant; joining an optional guided nature drive during your stay at Mowani Mountain Camp offers you the best chance to spot these exceptional animals.

Days 7-8

2 nights at Little Ongava (full board & activities) | Etosha National Park, Namibia

Little Ongava is the more luxurious sister property to Ongava Lodge...Continue north-east to the borders of Etosha National Park and the Ongava Reserve. The scenery is largely open savannah and the game here is relaxed, making it a great place for wildlife photography. Explore the national park's network of sand roads either in your hire car or with a knowledgeable local guide, and watch quietly as game comes to drink at the many waterholes. You can also take part in guided safari activities on the Ongava Reserve where, unrestricted by national park rules, night drives and walking safaris are permitted, too There is even a spectacular floodlit waterhole and hide.

Day 9

1 night at Okonjima Bush Camp (half board) | Okonjima Nature Reserve , Namibia

Welcome to the luxurious Okonjima Bush CampFor your final night in Namibia, drive south to stay on the private, family-run Okonjima Reserve. The reserve is home to the successful AfriCat Foundation, which is committed to the conservation of Namibia's predators through education and rehabilitation. To make the most of your time here, we recommend that you join one of the optional guided activities, which include tracking predators (usually cheetah and/or leopard) by vehicle or on foot, and learning about the dedicated work of the foundation.

Day 10

The drive back to Windhoek Airport takes a little over three hours, so be sure to allow plenty of time to drop off your rental car. Then check in for your scheduled overnight flight back to the UK, via Johannesburg, with South African Airways.

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