Duration: 15 days
A well rounded self-drive itinerary incorporating Namibia's top lodges and intimate guesthouses to introduce you to the highlights of Namibia in comfort.
Day 1: Villa Margerita, Swakopmund – Arrive at Walvis Bay Airport where we will meet you with your hire car and transfer you to Swakopmund for your full tour briefing. Swakopmund is a fascinating and intriguing town, complete with German architecture, monuments, historic buildings, well maintained gardens and palm lined avenures, coffee bars and great seafood restaurants. In addition there are many adventure activities such as sand boarding, sky diving, fishing & quad biking which can be arranged prior to arrival.,/p>
Day 2 & 3: Mowani Mountain Lodge, Damaraland – Your accommodation is a beautiful lodge tucked away amongst the huge boulders that characterise this unique unsurpassed desert scenery. It lies between the Ugab and Huab Rivers, with a beautiful view of the Abu-Huab valley. The thatch buildings and luxury tented rooms merge perfectly with the environment. An enormous flat boulder is the spot for sundowners, giving you spectacular views of the table top mountains and the majestic Brandberg. During the day you can relax in the rock pool or the shady lounge. Optional nature drives offer an excellent opportunity to see the mountain zebra and the desert elephants, unique to this arid region. Twyfelfontein is a World Heritage Site and has many examples of ancient San rock art, and a local guide can escort you on an excursion to see these. The ‘Burnt Mountain’ is an interesting area of volcanic rock and is also close by, as are the dolomite ‘organ pipes’.
Days 4, 5 & 6: Onguma Game Reserve, on the edge of Etosha National Park – Situated on the eastern side of Etosha, bordering Fisher’s Pan, Onguma is one of Namibia’s best kept secrets! Here you will be afforded the opportunity of experiencing Africa in all her beauty and diversity with more than 20,000 hectares of protected land and wildlife. Our nature reserve boasts over thirty different animal species consisting of plains game including kudu, giraffe, eland, oryx, hartebeest, zebra, impala and many more roam freely as well as predators such as lion, cheetah, leopard, being common residents of the area. The latest addition to the already abundant wildlife at Onguma Nature Reserve is a family of black rhinos! More than 300 bird species can also be viewed. Guests can enjoy game drives on Onguma Game Reserve. Alternatively, guests can also participate in a nature drive into Etosha National Park where you will be afforded the opportunity of viewing various game in the largest national park in Namibia. Various waterholes in and around Etosha ensure fantastic photographic opportunities and the thrill of seeing some of the largest mammals in the world. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step…take that step at Onguma Game Reserve.
Days 7 & 8: Okonjima Bush Lodge, Home of the AfriCat Foundation – Okonjima is home to the AfriCat foundation which works with farmers and the public to conserve the big cat species of Namibia. The unique activities here include lion viewing, nature walks, cheetah & leopard tracking, and bushman walks. On the day of arrival you will be invited to join an afternoon activity, usually tracking leopard in the immense reserve. After dinner you will also be offered the opportunity to visit a night hide where many nocturnal animals, including porcupine, honey badger and leopard are frequently sighted. The following morning you will be taken on a drive to visit some of the 60-70 cheetah presently being rehabilitated or in some cases cared for on a more permanent basis. Maintaining a quintessential bush flavour, the lodge offers Edwardian safari elegance, subtly combined with modern necessities and comforts. The large, spacious rooms open out onto the grass and acacia savannah. Each split level room has a day bed, bar, tea & coffee facilities. The large bathrooms contain his and hers sinks. Sleep with the blinds open and fall asleep to the unique stillness of the African night.
Day 9: Gocheganas Lodge and Wellness Centre, near Windhoek – This beautiful lodge is located just half an hours drive south of Windhoek and offers the perfect place to relax and unwind at the beginning or end of your holiday in Namibia. Accommodation is provided in spacious thatched chalets perched on the hillside overlooking the beautiful private game reserve which is home to white rhino, zebra & many antelope species. Each chalet is equipped with TV, DVD player, mini bar, phone, tea & coffee making facilities & air conditioning. Facilities include heated indoor swimming pool, outdoor pool, small exercise gym, sauna & self-guided walking trails. Optional early morning or late afternoon game drives can be arranged, and the on-site wellness centre also offers a range of excellent optional treatments including massage, pedicures, manicures, facials, detox & spa treatments.
Days 10 & 11: Kulala Desert Lodge, Namib Desert – Arrive at the luxurious Kulala Desert Lodge and relax this afternoon around the beautiful pool or in your suite. This unique lodge is situated on the NamibRand Nature Reserve and each suite boasts an endless view across the magnificent desert. The bar & restaurant are joined to a lounge and reading area, and the excellent cuisine is perfectly complemented by one of the many superb wines stocked in the wine cellar. Accommodation at Kulala Desert Lodge is in one of 15 thatched/canvas chalets or Kulalas. (Kulala in 'Oshiwambo' means 'to sleep'.) They all have en-suite bathrooms and showers. Each unit has been constructed on wooden platforms to provide maximum airflow. They also have a flat rooftop and guests can move upstairs, to 'sleep under the stars.’ A sunrise excursion into the Sossusvlei dunes leaves a few minutes before sunrise, and breakfast is served afterwards at the dunes. There are also morning, afternoon and night drives, and guided walks on the reserve. The desert can be extremely hot in the middle of the day, so please remember plenty of water, a hat and good walking shoes! Enjoy the amazing scenery of the desert, and maybe take a short walk to Deadvlei, a bizarre collection of ancient camelthorn trees, or climb the nearby dunes. Take a look at Sesriem Canyon before returning to the lodge.
Days 12, 13 & 14: Villa Margherita, Swakopmund – Drive back to the coast this morning. We can recommend some excellent day trips including the marine sanctuary of Sandwich Harbour, a unique environment comprising towering dunes, a freshwater lagoon and the wild Atlantic Ocean. Alternatively, a half day boat cruise from Walvis Bay may offer the opportunity to see dolphins, fur seals, hump-back whales en-route to breeding areas in South Africa, and many species of marine birds. Please ask us for advice on restaurants, the more popular ones should be booked in advance and we are happy to do this for you.
Day 15: Departure – Return to the airport in Walvis Bay and hand in your hired vehicle.
PLEASE NOTE: Travel insurance is compulsory for all tours!