Summary

from NAD 31,239.00 Per Person Sharing12 Days

After a night in the capital city, start your Namibia Self-Drive Safari by driving north to Okonjima where you can get up close and personal with rehabilitated cheetah and leopard. Continue north to Etosha National Park, one of the largest game reserves in Africa. Encapsulating the very essence of Namibia, the wide open pans of Etosha stretch to the horizon. In the dry season, the many waterholes act as magnets to huge congregations of game animals – and of course the predators that follow them! Experience the amazingly diverse desert flora and fauna including rhino, giraffe, elephant and lion.

Visit the San rock etchings at the Twyfelfontien World Heritage Site before heading west and meeting the wild Atlantic coastline. Continue down the coast to the sleepy town of Swakopmund, its colourful Germanic buildings an architectural throw-back to colonial times. Enjoy a boat-cruise and sample some delicious seafood before heading east into the rolling red dunes of the Namib Desert. From here head north towards Windhoek and your flight home, pausing for a final sundowner surrounded by the majestic scenery of the Gamsberg Pass.

Highlights

  • Okonjima
  • Etosha National Park
  • Damaraland
  • Twyfelfontein
  • Swakopmund
  • Sesriem & Sossusvlei
  • Gamsberg

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 a transfer driver holding a sign in the arrivals hall. He will then escort you to the city centre.

Located at 56 Ziegler Street, Windhoek, in a tranquil suburb close to both restaurants and the city centre, this stylish development is perfectly placed for self-drive clients taking their first or last night in Windhoek. The guest house consists of just six luxurious en-suite double rooms set against a back drop of mature blue gum trees and close to a crystal clear pool. Breakfast is a continental style buffet, served in the comfortable lounge & restaurant area. You can indulge in the contemporary flair and stylish surroundings of this lovely guesthouse that always seems to be able to offer that little bit extra.

Destination: Namibia, Windhoek
Accommodation: The Elegant Guesthouse
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Day 2: Close encounters with big cats

Okonjima

Your 4×4 hire car will be delivered to Rivendell this morning, after which you can set off for your drive north.

Okonjima is home to the AfriCat Foundation, which works with farmers and the public to conserve the big cat species of Namibia. Here you can visit the AfriCat clinic and education centre and learn more about their amazing work if you choose to.

Other unique optional activities here include cheetah & leopard tracking, wild dog or hyena tracking, bushman walks or self-guided nature walks.

On your afternoon of arrival you will have the chance to take part in an inclusive activity, and the following morning you can chose to join another activity before departing if time allows (pay direct at the lodge for the morning activity). Dinner, breakfast and an afternoon activity included.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Okonjima Plains Camp
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Day 3 & 4: Iconic Etosha

Etosha National Park

The latest addition to the Mushara Collection of exquisite accommodation establishments is Mushara Bush Camp, situated a mere 10 kilometres from the Von Lindequist gate of the world famous Etosha National Park.

Mushara Bush Camp offers a down-to-earth tented bush camp experience which is well suited as an affordable base for independent travellers and families exploring the magical Etosha Pan National Park. The main Bush Camp House is thatched and has a true bush camp feel to it.

The early evenings see a campfire lit where guests can exchange stories of the day’s wildlife sightings. Dinner, lunch and breakfast are served on the thatched veranda with the bush being a mere step away. Dinner & breakfast included.

Accommodation: Mushara Bush Camp
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Day 5 & 6: Iconic Etosha

Etosha National Park

Spend today making your way slowly across the Park to the western most rest camp of Okaukuejo. You may like to stop at the central, Halali camp for lunch and a rest during the heat of midday before continuing later this afternoon.

Situated only 2km from the Andersson entrance gate to Etosha National Park, Etosha Village uniquely combines affordability with comfort, style and exquisite cuisine. The 45 luxury individual suites offer a fully air-conditioned bedroom with an en-suite bathroom and a patio to enjoy the beauty that surrounds you. Two small children (under 12) can be accommodated with their parents on a fold-out sleeper couch in the unit.

Facilities include an open-plan bar with big screen television, 2 sparkling pools plus a kiddie pool, a restaurant serving delectable cuisine as well as a fully stocked utility and curio shop.

Explore Namibia’s animal kingdom with a morning or full day Guided Game Drives to Etosha National Park.

Accommodation: Taleni Etosha Village
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Day 7 & 8: Coastal wildlife and scenery

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.

Cornerstone Guesthouse is a small, private and peaceful bed and breakfast, an easy walk away from the sea and the town centre of Swakopmund. Occupying a quiet corner of Swakopmund’s old town near the marine museum and the old brewery, Cornerstone Guesthouse 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 Guesthouse, you can walk to beaches, cafés, restaurants, lively pubs, tourist attractions and a variety of interesting shops and markets. Breakfast included.

On day 8 you will enjoy a morning boat cruise from Walvis Bay. This trip takes around 4 hours and will introduce you to the fauna of Namibia’s coast, including many water birds (flamingos, pelicans & cormorants included), playful cape fur seals & and hopefully dolphins. Before heading back to the jetty you will enjoy fresh oysters, snacks and sparkling wine.

Destination: Swakopmund, Namibia
Accommodation: Cornerstone Guesthouse
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Day 9 & 10: Ancient desert

Sesriem

Set off this morning for the dunes of the Namib Desert, near Sesriem and Sossusvlei.

Desert Homestead is a beautifully decorated and friendly establishment with a bar, restaurant and pool. Optional horse riding, guided Sossusvlei excursions, or nature drives within this spectacular area can be arranged.

On the morning of day 11 you can wake early and drive yourselves into the National Park area of Sesriem, and onwards towards Sossusvlei, around 70km from the Park entrance. 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.

Return to Sesriem and perhaps take a look at Sesriem Canyon before returning to the lodge. Dinner & breakfast included.

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Day 11: Spectacular scenery

Gamsberg Pass

Corona is situated just off the C26, on the D1438 halfway between Windhoek and Walvis Bay. Combined with the two adjoining farms “Piccadilly” and “Swartkranz”, both forming part of the same estate, it offers the visitor truly majestic and unspoilt wildlife scenery.

Surrounded by a mountain range, Corona is positioned right in the centre of a plateau at the foot of the imposing “Gamsberg”, at 2347 metres being one of the highest mountains in Namibia. Corona offers guests pleasant accommodation in deluxe family-sized suites as well as well-appointed double rooms, each having a private and individually decorated bathroom.

The lodge offers verandas, cool lounges, a small bar plus separate television lounge, reading corner and the refreshing pool where visitors can devote themselves to sunbathing or lounging in the shade beneath ancient Jacaranda trees. An optional sundowner nature drive is available. Dinner & breakfast included.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Corona Guest Farm
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Day 12: Departure from Windhoek

Fly out of Windhoek

Return to Windhoek today, a drive of approximately 4 hours, in time to connect with your onward flight.

Destination: Windhoek

Included

  • 4×4 hire vehicle with zero excess
  • Meals & activities as specified

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