After a relaxing night in the capital city, start your self drive tour by heading north to Okanjima. Get up close and personal with rehabilitated cheetah and leopard before continuing north to Etosha National Park, one of the largest game reserves in Africa. In the dry season, the many waterholes act as magnets to huge congregations of game animals– and of course the predators that follow them! Continue towards the coast, entering the culturally rich and mountainous Damaraland region. Visit the Petrified Forest and San rock etchings at the Twyfelfontien World Heritage Site, or join a guided trip to see the rare desert-adapted elephant. Head west to the coastal town of Swakopmund, its colourful Germanic buildings an architectural throw-back to colonial times.

Get your adrenaline pumping on the dunes with a sky-dive, sand-board or quad-bike, or take a relaxing boat cruise to explore the coastal wildlife. Continue your journey east into the Namib Desert. From your luxury lodge pay a visit to the iconic Sossusvlei and Deadvlei pans before relaxing nestled amongst the dunes of the Namib Rand Nature Reserve, under one of the most spectacular starscapes in the world. Make a last stop in the wildlife rich red dunes of the Kalahari before returning to Windhoek and your onward flight home.

Highlights

  • Etosha National Park
  • Damaraland
  • Twyfelfontein
  • Swakopmund
  • Sesriem
  • Sossusvlei
  • NamibRand
  • Kalahari.

Full Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1: Sunset over the city

Windhoek

Land at Windhoek International Airport today where you will be met by our transfer driver holding a sign in the arrivals hall who will escort you to the city centre and onto Olive Exclusive.

Olive Exclusive is an upmarket boutique hotel situated in a quiet and area of Windhoek.

The property comprises just 7 luxury suites, equipped with all the luxuries you would expect including satellite TV, iPod docking stations, air conditioning, exclusive body products, free WiFi and a mini-bar (with complimentary Amarula & sherry). All suites have access to the communal pool.

Olive Exclusive offers its own private fine dining restaurant, alternatively guests will also be able to enjoy in-room dinner service. Breakfast included.

Destination: Windhoek
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Day 2-3: Wildlife encounters

Okonjima

Depart Windhoek this morning and drive northwards to Okonjima Lodge, situated just south of Otjiwarongo and around 3.5 hours from Windhoek.

This lodge is located on the same concession area as the Africat Foundation, a charitable organisation committed to the conservation of Namibia’s big cat populations.

You will find out more about the work of Africat during the inclusive afternoon and morning drives where you will perhaps have the chance to see leopard, cheetah and many other species on this large private reserve. Okonjima Bush Lodge offers luxurious and friendly accommodation in beautiful surroundings, each chalet has roll down canvas sides which allow guests to open their rooms up to the beautiful views outside. Dinner and Breakfast included.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Okonjima Plains Camp
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Day 4-5: Iconic Namibian landscapes

Etosha National Park

The third addition to the Mushara Collection of outstanding accommodation is The Mushara Outpost.

Located on the same reserve as Mushara Lodge and Villa Mushara, the Outpost is situated 2 km east of Mushara Lodge as the crow flies.

Accommodation at the Outpost consists of 8 guest units, each sleeping two people. Guests are accommodated in custom made tents on a wooden deck nestled amongst trees on the western bank of a small omuramba, also known as a dry river bed. The tents are facing eastwards, to allow for privacy and protection from the sun which is harshest from the west.

Dinner is enjoyed under the African stars, breakfast and lunch are taken on the veranda and in the house.

A wide refreshing pool is welcome relief after a hot day in Etosha where the focus of the day’s activities take place. Dinner & Breakfast on day 4 & Full Board & Activities on day 5.

Accommodation: Mushara Outpost
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Day 6-7: Lions Den

Etosha National Park

Depart this morning for your drive through Etosha National Park, Namibia’s premier wildlife reserve. Perhaps stop at Halali, the central rest camp inside Etosha, for lunch and a brief rest during the heat of the day before continuing and exiting the Park via the southern gate.

Ongava Lodge is located in a private nature reserve bordering the Etosha National Park, and in addition to the inclusive early morning and late afternoon game drives through the Park itself, you will be able to enjoy viewing the many species present around the lodge waterhole. Dinner & breakfast included on day 6, all meals and activities included on day 7.

Accommodation: Ongava Lodge
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Day 8: Rugged mountain wilderness

Twyfelfontein

Drive to Camp Kipwe today. Relax and unwind in the lounge – the mountain views from here are breathtaking as are the stunning sunsets. There is also a swimming pool, where many guests head straight to after a day’s activities, and a laundry service.

Accommodation is in 8 igloo-shaped double bungalows, allowing a maximum of 16 guests at a time, emphasizing the peace and quiet of the camp. Outside each bungalow is an en-suite bathroom with a shower, as well as a private veranda, overlooking the surrounding plains.

Optional activities include elephant nature drives lasting 3-6 hours, starting in the morning. These guided trips include exploring the surrounding area in a 4×4 vehicle, in search of Namibia’s remaining 600 desert dwelling elephant. The Twyfelfontein excursions will last for around 2 ½ hrs, starting in the afternoon.

The drive will include visits to the Burnt Mountain, the Organ Pipes, as well as to the fascinating Bushman Engravings.

There are a number of guided nature walks that will cover trails in and around Camp Kipwe, the durations will depend on the guests. Dinner & Breakfast included.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Camp Kipwe
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Day 9-10: Culture and history

Swakopmund

Swakopmund itself is a fascinating and intriguing resort town, complete with German half wooden architecture, monuments, historic buildings, well maintained gardens and palm lined avenues, coffee bars and great seafood restaurants.

In addition, there are many adventure activities such as sand boarding, tandem parachuting, fishing & quad biking which can be arranged prior to arrival. We can also 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 and many species of marine birds.

Situated at 4 Sam Nujoma Road, Swakopmund Boutique Hotel is conveniently located close to the centre of Swakopmund and a stone’s throw away from the beach.

This new addition to Swakopmund opened in October 2009 and consists of 21 beautifully decorated rooms split between two adjacent properties. The spacious and welcoming entrance lobby leads guests upstairs to the rooms, and eventually to the rooftop terrace which boasts superb views of the old town to one side and the ocean to the other. The terrace is the perfect spot for sundown drinks.

The hotel is perfectly positioned, just two minutes from the main beach area, & the centre of town, making it ideal for exploring this quaint old resort town on foot.

The hotel also offers conference facilities and a full restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining. Alternatively, it is located just a short walk from the Tug, as well as many of the other restaurants in town. Breakfast included.

Destination: Swakopmund
Accommodation: Hotel Zum Kaiser
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Day 11-12: Highest Dunes on Earth

Sesriem

Set off this morning for the dunes of the Namib Desert, Sesriem and Sossusvlei. Built in an environmentally sensitive manner, primarily from wood, canvas and thatch, the accommodation is styled around an ‘African village’ design.

As the lodge is situated within the park, you will benefit from being able to reach Sossusvlei before sunrise, and to stay until after sunset, a unique attraction in this famous area. On the morning of day 12 you can wake early and drive from the lodge towards Sossusvlei, around 70km.

Enjoy the eerie silence of the desert before other travellers are allowed to enter at sunrise and make the most of the solitude!

The last section of the road into Sossusvlei is 4×4 area only and you can either leave your vehicle at the car park and proceed either on foot (a beautiful walk), or take the shuttle which usually runs between here and Sossusvlei which is 5km away. 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.

Sossus Dune Lodge also offers optional guided tours including guided morning or sunset tours to Sossusvlei, nature drives, guided after dinner stroll and star gazing or guided walks to Sesriem Canyon. Dinner & Breakfast included.

Accommodation: Sossus Dune Lodge
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Day 13-14: Desert vistas

NamibRand Nature Reserve

South of Sesriem is the NamibRand Nature Reserve, one of Namibia’s Southern Africa’s biggest privately owned reserve covering an area of some 200,000 hectares close to Sossusvlei.

Game species found in the reserve include gemsbok, mountain and plains zebra, springbok, red hartebeest, bat-eared fox, spotted hyena, cape fox and African wildcat.

The more rocky areas are inhabited by kudu, klipspringer, baboon and leopard while the dunes harbour a rich and diverse micro-fauna. Over a hundred species of birds have been recorded. Accompanied by experienced guides, visitors are introduced to the Namib Rand Nature Reserve’s desert habitat with its diverse fauna and flora.

The Dunes Lodge is perched on top of a dune plateau, overlooking panoramic vistas in all directions and capturing the beauty of the desert in a most memorable way.

Each of the nine spacious chalets with en-suite bathrooms sports a private veranda, which connects you to vast stretches of untouched sand. Sleeping with your canvas blinds open is just like sleeping under the stars. Full Board & Activities included.

Accommodation: Wolwedans Dunes Lodge
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Day 15: Red dunes of the Kalahari

Kalahari Desert

Located on the edge of the Kalahari Desert and surrounded by rolling red dunes, Bagatelle offers a very different desert experience to the more well-known Namib Desert.

The Kalahari is not officially categorised as a desert but is rather a savannah environment of wide open grasslands and stunted acacias. As such it is home to many interesting wildlife species including meerkat (suricate), porcupine, bat-eared fox, Oryx, ostrich, wildebeest and zebra.

Optional nature drives are offered which allow guests to learn about the ecology of this unique area and to enjoy a beautiful sunset before returning to the lodge for an excellent dinner.

Accommodation is provided in luxurious dune chalets perched on the dune ridge and overlooking a small waterhole offering an uninterrupted view of the vast Kalahari. Dinner & breakfast included.

Destination: Namibia
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Day 16: Fly out from Windhoek

After what we hope will have been a fantastic holiday, you will make your way to Windhoek, in time for your onward flight.

Included

  • Transfer as per itinerary
  • 4×4 air-conditioned Toyota Hilux double cab vehicle hire and spare tyre
  • Accommodation in luxury lodges or hotels on the meal basis stated
  • Route map & 24 hour support.

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