Crossing the border from South Africa, encounter Namibia’s treacherously beautiful coastline, its soaring sand dunes, incredible moonscapes and savanna grasslands teeming with wildlife. Namibia is considered the soul of Africa, breathtaking scenery and great contrasts that take you from ocean to dunes to mountains to deserts.
- Remote Wilderness
- Photographer and nature lovers paradise
- Coastal adventures in romantic Swakopmund
- Majestic mountains and famous red sand dunes
- Soar effortlessly over the desert and its dunes with a hot air balloon safari
Upon your arrival at Hosea Kutako (Windhoek) International Airport, you will be met by a member from the &Beyond team who will drive you to the exceptional Olive Grove Guest House. Windhoek, the country’s capital is a bustling metropolis that is unexpectedly neat and orderly – though this is perhaps less surprising when one considers it was a German territory for many years. This is the main port of call for most tourists and all travelers pass through the city at least once. Windhoek lies in a pretty valley with buildings very much in the German architectural style. The German presence can be strongly felt in the food, restaurants – and of course the beer. The Namibian beer is said to be the best in Africa and is brewed in Windhoek.
Enjoy a one night stay at the Olive Grove Guest House in a deluxe room with ensuite bathroom. Your stay includes breakfast.
DAY 2 & 3
Wake up to a sensational breakfast before you hop into your car for a 3 hour, scenic drive to Okonjima.
Just west of the renowned Waterberg Plateau Park, amidst vast plains scattered with the remnants of ancient sandstone outcrops that skirt the Omboroko Mountains, is Okonjima. A Herero name meaning “place of the baboons” this spectacular area is home to Okonjima Lodge and the world-famous
AFRICAT Foundation, which supports the conservation of the world’s largest free-ranging population of cheetah and Namibia’s large wildcat population. Among the carnivores being researched and rehabilitated at AFRICAT are cheetah, leopard, lion, caracal, wild dog, and hyena. Visitors to the area can embark on interpretive tours of the foundation as well as enjoy breathtaking nature drives. Spend two nights at Okonjima in the Bush Suite. Your stay includes all meals and scheduled activities.
DAY 4 & 5
Tuck into a wholesome breakfast and head off on a 3 to 4-hour self-drive adventure to the beautiful Onguma Tented Camp. Etosha is one of Africa’s great wildlife parks and Namibia’s prime wildlife conservation area. Spanning a vast 22 300kmÇ, it consists mostly of grassy plains around a huge salt pan, which becomes a beautiful lake after heavy rains and attracts large flocks of pink candy-flossed-coloured flamingos. Etosha hosts a vast array of animals, including the Big Five as well as giraffes and rare and unusual species like the black-faced impala, Hartmann’s Mountain zebra or the smallest antelope in the world, the Damara dik-dik.
Spend two nights at Onguma Tented Camp in a twin bedded tent. Your stay includes breakfast and dinner. Optional adventures include morning and afternoon game drives into Etosha National Park.
Today you’ll drive through the breathtaking wilderness to Ongava Lodge. Your traveling time will depend on how long you choose to view the exceptional wildlife you may encounter on your route. Etosha National Park is Namibia’s premier wildlife destination and one of Africa’s largest game reserves. Large herds of wildlife teem around the waterholes and the endless plains offer breathtaking vistas. The Ongava Game Reserve shares an unfenced boundary with the Etosha National Park, enabling large game such as elephant and lion to move freely between the Park and the Reserve.
Spend one night at Ongava Lodge in a chalet with ensuite bathroom. Your stay includes all meals, all local branded drinks, and scheduled activities. Adventures revolve around day and night wildlife-viewing drives, visiting hides that overlook waterholes and walks with experienced guides. Game drives and day trips into the easily accessible Okaukuejo area of Etosha National Park are rewarding, with sightings of lion, elephant, gemsbok, springbok, red hartebeest, and white and black rhino.
DAY 7 & 8
After a delectable breakfast hop back into your car for the approximately 5-hour journey to Mowani Mountain Camp. Situated on the eastern side of the Skeleton Coast National Park and southwest of Etosha National Park is the breathtaking mountainous region of Damaraland. Here, an assortment of desert-adapted wildlife such as elephant, rhino, zebra, and lion seek-out an existence in this near-barren landscape. A not-to-be-missed attraction is the picturesque Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain, which is home to thousands of ancient rock paintings – most notably, The White Lady. While nearby, the rocky outcrops of Twyfelfontein feature exceptional Bushmen engravings, which are considered to be some of the best-preserved etchings on the continent. Visitors to Damaraland can view one of its more unusual habitats – the Petrified Forest, which dates back millions of years and offers a haunting landscape of gigantic fossilized trees, some up to 30 meters (100ft) in length.
Spend two nights at Mowani Mountain Camp in a twin bedded luxury East Africa-style superior safari tent. Your stay includes meals, a guided walk, and two scheduled activities. Additional adventures and activities at Mowani include guided nature drives in search of the elusive desert elephant, an excursion to explore the historical site of Twyfelfontein – a rare example of
Bushmen engravings and paintings and probably the finest example of rock engravings in Southern Africa.
DAY 9 & 10
Today you will drive approximately 5 to 6 hours to Namibia’s charming seaside town of Swakopmund. This charming little coastal retreat, on Namibia’s western coast, retains a strong German flavor – from the cobbled streets and picturesque buildings, down to the typical German restaurants and pubs. This town is traditionally a holiday spot for locals and foreigners alike, with many opportunities for adventure sports and some good old-fashioned fun. Swakopmund is an ideal place to relax after a few days in the desert; wash off the sand and sample some of the finely-brewed local beer and renowned Swakopmund fare such as fish, lobster, and the utterly delicious Swakopmund oysters. Spend two nights at the Swakopmund Guest House in a twin bedded room. Your stay is on a bed and breakfast basis.
DAY 11, 12 & 13
After exploring the many sights of Swakopmund, drive approximately 5 to 6 hours to Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, passing through some of Namibia’s most dramatic landscapes en route. One of the highlights of any trip to Namibia is a visit to Sossusvlei in the heart of the enormous, almost 50 000kmÇ Namib-Naukluft Park. Easily accessible to visitors, Sossusvlei is a clay pan, only rarely filled by water, but a place of awe-inspiring beauty. Visitors to the region will be left spellbound by the magnificent ochre-coloured sand dunes, which rise over 300m into the sky – the highest sand dunes in the world.
Unwind for 3 nights at &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge in a desert villa with an ensuite bathroom and a private veranda. Your stay includes three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, refreshments on game drives, laundry, safari activities and one
Sossusvlei excursion. Adventures include scenic drives with an opportunity to encounter a variety of desert-adapted animals such as gemsbok, zebra, springbok, bat-eared fox, aardwolf, caracal, and jackal. Guided walks and hiking trails are also available, as are guided quad bike trails on set paths through the dunes. A resident astronomer and high-powered telescope provide breathtaking views of the clear desert night skies.
Today we wave a fond farewell as you embark on the last leg of this exceptional self-drive adventure. Your 5 to 6-hour journey will take you back to Hosea Kutako (Windhoek) International Airport, where you will drop off your hired vehicle and board your plane for your onward flight.
- Meet and Greet service (with a self-drive briefing) at Hosea Kutako International Airport
- Car rental super rates include STLW, SCDW and PAI and a second spare wheel. Please contact us should you require more information
- Accommodation inclusions as per itinerary above
- Scheduled activities as specified in the itinerary
- Laundry at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge
- Emergency medical evacuation insurance
What´s Not Included:
- Flight to and from Namibia
- Activities not mentioned on the itinerary
Low Season (1 Jan – 31 May 2014) $5,709.00 USD Per Person Sharing
Mid Season (1 – 30 June 2014) $6,810.00 USD Per Person Sharing
High Season ( 1 Jul – 31 Oct 2014) $7679.00 USD Per Person Sharing
*The rates quoted are subject to change without prior warning if there are any increases in bed levies, park fees, fuel, sales tax or VAT, third-party services or any other circumstances beyond our control in the countries featured in this quote.