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This 13-day Namibian exploration delivers the country's major highlights in a self-drive package that enables you to set your own pace as you drive from one fascinating destination to the next. Begin your journey by driving from the capital of Windhoek to the legendary Namib Desert where you'll marvel at the vast dune fields of the Sossusvlei region and go on game drives in the Kulala Wilderness Reserve.

From here you'll travel to Atlantic coast for a study in contrasts: you'll first visit Walvis Bay's large flamingo population before settling in at the quaint, colonial-era town of Swakopmund. Here you can enjoy a range of exciting adventures on the dunes or enjoy boat rides to explore the rich coastline in search of seals, dolphins and sea birds.

Travel on into Damaraland - a scenically stunning region of mountains, grasslands and gravel plains - to learn about the unique desert-adapted animals of this region and enjoy a rhino-tracking excursion. End your journey by exploring the world-renowned Etosha National Park, relaxing beside teeming waterholes and searching for the park's famous big game.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Self-drive your way across Namibia
  • Stay in lovely lodges in great locations
  • See the sunrise over Sossusvlei dunes
  • Explore a private Namib wildlife reserve
  • Enjoy adventure sports in Swakopmund
  • See huge flamingo flocks & a seal colony
  • Track black rhinos in Damaraland
  • Search for desert-adapted elephants
  • Go on thrilling game drives in Etosha

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in the Namib Desert

Arrive at Windhoek International Airport where you will pick up your rental car. From here, begin your journey south to Kulala Desert Lodge, located on the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve in the vast and beautiful Namib Desert.

Settle into your home for the following three nights and take a moment to sit back and absorb the dramatic landscape and views of towering dunes. If there's time, you could head out on an afternoon game drive in the private reserve.

Days 2-3

Climb the world's largest sand dunes

These two full days are yours to explore the fascinating area on guided game drives and nature walks. An early morning start will reward you with the incredible sight of the sun rising over the nearby Sossusvlei dunes, the highest sand dunes in the world.

Explore the Kulala Wilderness Reserve on foot or by vehicle with a professional guide who will tell you all about this incredible desert environment and how the plants and animals have adapted to survive in such harsh circumstances - there's more life than you may think out in the Namib!

In the evenings, relax on your rooftop veranda looking up at the myriads of stars in the vast open sky - stargazing in the Namib is something quite extraordinary.

Days 4-5

Experience adventure at Swakopmund

Enjoy one more breakfast in the desert before you make your way through the Namib-Naukluft National Park only to suddenly come across the clear, blue Atlantic Ocean. Stop at the sleepy town of Walvis Bay and visit its famous lagoon to view thousands of flamingos. Turn north along the coast to the charming town of Swakopmund, literally wedged between the ocean and the desert, and settle into The Swakopmund Guesthouse for the following two nights.

Spend the afternoon and the next full day experiencing the many adventure activities available in this quaint, German colonial-era town. The adventurous will enjoy sand boarding, quad biking, paragliding and sky diving over the dunes while others can check out the many galleries and shops that line the town's main streets.

Days 6-8

Go rhino tracking in Damaraland

Head up the Skeleton Coast this morning and arrive at Cape Cross where you can stop to view the largest fur seal colony in southern Africa before enjoying lunch. Afterwards, you'll drive into the harsh interior of the country and the private Palmwag Concession. Situated in the geographically unique Damaraland region, Desert Rhino Camp offers you an intimate home with huge views of the desert and mountains.

In Damaraland you'll go on thrilling rhino-tracking excursions though you'll see much more than rhinos. Keep your eyes peeled for the desert-adapted elephant, Hartmann's mountain zebra, giraffe, gemsbok and other wildlife - even lion. The camp partners with the 'Save the Rhino Trust' and is working closely with the organisation to conserve the region's endangered black rhino.

Days 9-11

Explore the renowned Etosha National Park

Bid farewell to Damaraland as you make your way east to the game-rich Ongava Private Game Reserve and your accommodation for the following three nights - Andersson's Camp. Situated next to the Etosha National Park, the reserve offers an abundance of game viewing opportunities and a truly African safari experience.

Embark on either self-drives or guided game drives into the famous Etosha National Park where you'll be on the lookout for the park's signature species - elephant, lion, cheetah and black rhino - plus a wide range of both classic savannah animals and desert specialists. The park is Namibia's premier big game destination and offers a rewarding game viewing experience thanks to its pancake-flat nature and low vegetation which make seeing animals easier. And easy it is: sometime all you need to do is head for one of Etosha's waterholes and just sit and wait - animals come to drink throughout the day.

Later return to Andersson's for relaxing evenings in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

Day 12

Ending your tour in Windhoek

After breakfast you'll say goodbye to Etosha as you drive south to Namibia's capital of Windhoek. Your adventure ends once you drop your car off at the airport.

Inclusions

  • 3 nights at Kulala Desert Lodge on a full board basis
  • 2 nights at Swakopmund Guesthouse on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 3 nights at Desert Rhino Camp on a fully inclusive basis
  • 3 nights at Andersson's Camp on a fully inclusive basis
  • 12 day car rental

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 01 Jul 2014 - 27 Jul 2014 $5175
  • 28 Jul 2014 - 23 Aug 2014 $5175
  • 24 Aug 2014 - 19 Sep 2014 $5175
  • 20 Sep 2014 - 16 Oct 2014 $5175
  • 17 Oct 2014 - 12 Nov 2014 $5175

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Liesel van Zyl

Liesel van Zyl

Product Manager

"We've chosen these lovely properties for their service & fantastic locations, we'll provide you with a map, itinerary & tips, but you take the journey, in your own time, stop when you want, take as many photographs as you want & enjoy being spoilt every evening with great meals & a comfortable bed to rejuvenate before the next day's roadtrip adventure."

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