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Spend 13 days exploring diverse and fascinating Namibia on this unforgettable self-drive tour. The itinerary includes stunning desert and dune landscapes, ancient rock art, the dramatic Atlantic coast and a big game safari.

Start and end your journey in the capital city of Windhoek. You'll begin with a trip into big cat country as you visit the Waterberg Plateau and Okonjima - home to the Africat Foundation and up-close encounters with Africa's large carnivores. Then head to Etosha National Park where you'll keep the big game theme going with game drives in Namibia's flagship conservation area.

Next is the geographically unique Damaraland region where you can view desert animals as well as a large collection of San Bushman rock art before travelling to the Atlantic coast and the picturesque town of Swakopmund.

Enjoy exciting adventure activities on the surrounding dune fields before continuing your desert journey into the Sossusvlei area. Here you can end your adventure off with a stay deep within vast dune fields that contain some of the highest sand dunes in the world; you'll get the chance to climb them as well as opportunities to explore the NamibRand Nature Reserve in search of cleverly adapted desert wildlife.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Go on a big game safari in Etosha Park
  • Climb the world's highest sand dunes
  • Search for desert wildlife in NamibRand
  • Admire ancient rock art in Damaraland
  • Enjoy Swakopmund's many activities

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Begin your Namibian adventure

Your Namibian adventure begins today as you fly into Windhoek International Airport where you collect your rental car before heading directly into the Namibian wilderness.

From the airport you'll drive north to the Omboroko Mountains on the Waterberg Plateau, a beautiful 200m high block of red sandstone. Arrive and settle in at Okonjima Bush Camp, a luxurious safari camp set in the heart of this beautiful region and famous for its big cat and large carnivore conservation programmes.

Day 2

Visit the home of the Big Cats

Okonjima is home to the Africat Foundation - an organisation dedicated to preserving the lion, leopard and cheetah populations of Namibia. Pay a visit to the foundation to learn about the valuable work they're doing to rehabilitate injured animals and to preserve their natural environments.

Set out on guided and self-guided walking trails to explore the home of these agile beauties and to get closer to this rugged yet beautiful environment. Relax at the lodge during the heat of the day by enjoying a refreshing swim in the secluded pool or taking a stroll in the gardens. This is also a wonderful opportunity to spot birds, many of which are local or regional endemics.

Days 3-5

Explore Etosha National Park

Today you will head north to the world-renowned Etosha National Park, a beautiful wilderness area that is home to an appealing mix of both savannah and desert animals, a diverse birdlife and a noticeably large elephant population.

Arrive at Ongava Tented Camp, an elegant safari camp located in a 30 000ha private reserve on the border of Etosha. Enjoy morning, afternoon and early evening game drives in the reserve as well as guided safari walks, rhino-tracking excursions and close-up views of big game and fascinating bird species.

You can also set out and explore the Okaukuejo area of Etosha - the region is famous for its abundance of game and its regular sightings of elephant, black rhino, lion and cheetah. One of the easiest game viewing activities is simply to park by a waterhole and let the drama come to you.

Days 6-7

Discover ancient rock art in Damaraland

After a leisurely breakfast, continue your self-drive adventure to Damaraland - a harsh, semi-arid but stunningly scenic region of Namibia.

Arrive at Mowani Mountain Camp, built between massive red granite boulders and boasting spectacular views of the Aba Haub Valley and surrounding desert.

Take some time to settle into your thatched chalet before heading out on an excursion to see the extraordinary San Bushman rock engravings at Twyfelfontein - a destination known as the world's largest open-air rock art gallery - and marvel at these ancient works of art.

Set out on a beautiful nature drive in the late afternoon to further explore this rugged region, and return to the camp's scenic lookout point where you can enjoy a drink as you watch the sunset over one of Namibia's most dramatic destinations.

Days 8-9

Enjoy adventure at Swakopmund

Get ready to see a completely different side to Namibia today as you head west to the coast and Swakopmund, a popular seaside town wedged between desert dunes and the Atlantic Ocean.

Enjoy this quaint, colonial-era town's warm atmosphere as you visit shops, local jewellery stalls and German-style cafes, perhaps stopping at one of the pubs for an evening drink.

Although this town may initially seem quiet, it offers a wide range of exciting desert adventures. Climb towering dunes, go quad biking, dune boarding or even skydiving in a desert environment; a boat ride on the other hand will take you along the scenic coastline for an insight into the abundant marine life of this icy but fertile ocean.

Day 10

Travel to the Namib Desert

Leave Swakopmund behind today and head south to the renowned Namib-Naukluft National Park, a pristine wilderness reserve at the heart of the vast Namib Desert.

Arrive at the eclectic and luxurious Kulula Desert Lodge, set surrounded by spectacular scenery. Settle in before enjoying a guided nature walk or a trip out to the renowned Sossusvlei Dunes - said to be the highest sand dunes in the world.

Days 11-12

See the desert elephants

Today you'll drive to the NamibRand Nature Reserve, situated 60km south of Sossusvlei and boasting some of the most striking scenery in Namibia. Arrive at Wolwedans Farmhouse where you'll be collected and transferred to Wolwedans Dunes Lodge, your accommodation for the following two nights.

Get up early for coffee and sunrise over this incredible landscape before heading out on the day's excursions. Enjoy morning and afternoon 4X4 expeditions travelling over dunes, across grassy plains and over mountain passes.

Be on the lookout for desert animals: there's more life here than you think and you'll learn about how wildlife has evolved to adapt to these harsh circumstances.

Day 13

Fly out of Windhoek

After one final hearty breakfast out in the desert, you'll be transferred back to Wolwedans Farmhouse for the drive back to Windhoek International Airport and the end of your tour. Here you will connect to your ongoing travel arrangements.

Inclusions

  • 2 nights at Okonjima Bush Camp on a fully inclusive basis
  • 3 nights at Ongava Tented Camp on a fully inclusive basis
  • 2 nights at Mowani Mountain Camp on a half board basis
  • 2 nights at Swakopmund Guesthouse on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 1 night at Kulala Desert Lodge on a half board basis
  • 2 nights at Wolwedans Dunes Lodge on a fully inclusive basis
  • 13 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
  • 09 May 2015 - 07 Jun 2015 $3885
  • 08 Jun 2015 - 30 Jun 2015 $3955

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

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"We've created this trip for families or couples interested in a range of activities & experiences including wildlife, rock-art, dolphin & desert safaris!"

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