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 before returning to Windhoek and your onward flight home.

Highlights

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

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.

 

Cornerstone is located on the corner of Rhode Allee and Hendrik Witbooi, at number 40 Hendrik Witbooi Street.

Cornerstone Guesthouse is a small, private and peaceful bed and breakfast situated within easy walking distance of the ocean and the town centre of Swakopmund. Occupying a quiet corner of Swakopmund’s old town, near the aquarium and the old brewery, Cornerstone offers the charm and intimacy of a family-run B&B combined with the modern amenities of a luxury hotel. Within a few minutes from the guest house you can walk to beaches, cafés, restaurants, lively pubs, Swakopmund tourist attractions and a variety of interesting shops and markets. All the rooms have en-suite bathrooms with large solar-assisted showers and modern fittings. Breakfast Included.

Destination: Swakopmund
Accommodation: Cornerstone Guesthouse
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Day 11-12: 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 13-14: Highest Dunes on Earth

Sesriem

Sossusvlei Lodge is situated right at the entrance gate to Sesriem and Sossusvlei (Namib Naukluft Park); drive along the C27 road towards Sesriem and you will find the lodge right at the entrance to the National Park. Situated adjacent to the oldest desert in the world, Sossusvlei Lodge is a luxurious retreat in this premier tourist attraction area in Namibia. Shaded by camelthorn trees, the lodge blends in perfectly with the spectacular desert surroundings and bears testament to the ingenuity of an eco-friendly design.

Guests can explore the vastness of Namibia’s unspoiled natural environment with the Sossusvlei Lodge Adventure Centre. Choose from guided Sossusvlei trips, hot air ballooning, eco-friendly quad biking, nature drives, sundowner trips, bush dinners, guided sunset walks, archery, stargazing and scenic flights. A dip in the sparkling pool or an ice cold beer under the shady trees in the Acacia beer garden makes for the best relaxation after an eventful day. The al fresco terrace offers magnificent views of the floodlit waterhole where you can watch the passing parade of oryx, springbok, jackal, ground squirrel and hyena, whilst enjoying exquisite food and wine. Breakfast & Dinner Inlcuded.

Accommodation: Sossusvlei Lodge
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Day 15: Sunset over the city

Windhoek

This intimate boutique hotel in a tranquil corner of Windhoek embodies the very essence of chic comfort. The Olive Exclusive – the first ultra-luxurious sanctuary of its kind in the Namibian capital – is cool, contemporary and stylish but with a warm heart and authentic African soul. Its sleek, modern lines are complemented by organic textures, natural furnishings, an eco-friendly approach and dedicated personal service. Simple elegance is key, from the organic rough-hewn wooden benches and side tables, through the sculpted chunk of granite that serves as a coffee table in the guest lounge, to walls clad in abstract Namibian landscapes by well-known South African designer and photographer Micky Hoyle. The Olive Exclusive also boasts a quality restaurant featuring a seasonal menu, with inventive signature dishes. 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 the International Airport, 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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