Duration: 16 Days / 15 Nights
- Camping 4×4 available.
- Accommodation is subject to availability, if our first choice accommodation is not available we shall endeavour to supply comparable facilities.
- The standard of the accommodation that we recommend is on average a lot better than our grading, due to the fact that we selected the best accommodation available for each category at each location.
- Various car hire groups as per your budget.
- Hire from Windhoek / Return to Windhoek.
- Includes – contract fee / unlimited km / maximum insurance cover.
Our representative will be at the Windhoek Airport to meet you on your arrival and to hand over your travel documents (vouchers, etc). Collect your rental vehicle at the airport, before exploring Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. A charming city with a blend of African and European cultures. Much of the architecture reflects on the German influence. Our recommended restaurant for dinner tonight is the famous Joe’s Beerhouse restaurant. Overnight in Windhoek.
Accommodation: *** (-)
Depart after breakfast for your wonderful adventure which lies ahead and also the 22 000 hectare Okonjima private game reserve, home of the Africat Foundation – the world’s largest cheetah and leopard release program. Arrive in time for lunch and an exciting afternoon / sunset safari – tracking that illusive leopard. Overnight on the reserve.
Accommodation: ***** (B, L & D)
- Evening / sunset open vehicle safari with the camp ranger – tracking leopard.
Day 3, 4, 5 & 6:
After breakfast and your included visit to the cheetah / leopard enclosure at Okonjima, you drive to the Etosha National Park, one of the famous parks of Southern Africa. Stop on route to see the very unique Hoba Meteorite and also Lake Otjikoto. Enter Etosha via Von Lindequist Gate at a good time of the day for some game viewing. Spend the next couple of days in Etosha in search of black rhino, lion, elephant, leopard and a host of other wonderful creatures. Overnight in the park.
Accommodation: **** (B)
On the 3rd day you depart early, after breakfast for Etosha’s new and exclusive Dolomite Camp, which opens up the restricted western side of the park to a limited number of visitors. Guests are accommodated in permanent luxury tents with an elevated view of the endless plains of Etosha National Park. The wildlife has developed without human disturbance and rare species such as black rhino and black-faced impala have established themselves in the area. The area is rich in waterholes that attract elephant, rhino, leopard, lion, springbok, Hartsman mountain zebra, gemsbok and red hartebeest. The birdlife is prolific and the seasonal flowers of Dolomite Hill are a highlight for any botanist. Overnight in the park.
Accommodation: **** (B)
Day 7 & 8:
This morning you depart Etosha and drive to the Kunene region and the southern boundary of Kaokoland, an area formerly known as Damaraland. Here you will find an unusual and starkly beautiful landscape of table top mountains, rock formations, cone-shaped hills and rock-strewn plains where desert dwelling elephant, rhino and giraffe roam. This region is the home to the nomadic Himba people who migrate seasonally with their herds of livestock in search of grazing, much as they did a century ago. You can see and meet these people along the roadside or when passing through their villages. The next day you can visit various attractions that are scattered around the area, sites such as: “The White Lady” paintings in the Brandberg Mountains, “Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings”, Burnt Mountain and the “Petrified Forest”. This is an area where Khoikhoi (Bushmen) left their life stories in the form of paintings and drawings on the rocks. This art that dates back thousands of years can be viewed on a number of different guided walks / tours. Overnight near Twyfelfontein / Brandberg.
Accommodation: *** (D & B)
Travel across and down the Skeleton Coast National Park to Cape Cross for a visit to one of the largest Cape fur seal breeding colonies in southern Africa (a bit smelly but interesting!!!) and to see the Diego Câo Cross indicating where this first European (Portuguese) explorer landed in Namibia during his voyage in 1486. Afternoon & evening at leisure.
Accommodation: **** (D & B) – Sea View
Day 10 & 11:
Travel to Swakopmund, a coastal town surrounded by lunar landscapes and the prehistoric Welwitchia plants. Enjoy the next day or so at leisure to explore the town with its beautiful beaches, markets, curio shops, restaurants, etc. Optional activities can be booked at your hotel, such as:
- Camel rides
- Desert tours & activities
- Flights over the desert
- Boat cruise in Walvis Bay
Evenings at leisure and dinners can be enjoyed at a number of good restaurants in town within walking distance from your hotel. Overnight in Swakopmund.
Accommodation: **** (B)
Day 12 & 13:
Travel via the Kuiseb Canyon into the true Namib Desert with its continually shifting barchans’ dunes, barren landscape and an awe-inspiring sense of space. Watch a dramatic sunrise over the world’s largest dunes, then walk the awesome Sossusvlei dunes, visit Dead Valley and explore Sesriem Canyon.
Accommodation: **** (D & B)
- Full day escorted tour to Sossusvlei, Dead Valley and Sesriem Canyon.
Day 14 & 15:
Continue south through the Namib Desert to the small town of Keetmanshoop and the Fish River Canyon, visit the “Kokerboom Forest” and “Giant’s Play Ground” on route. The next day you get to visit the Fish River Canyon, which is the second largest of its kind in the world. There are various viewpoints you can visit whilst exploring the lip of the canyon. Return to Keetmanshoop after visiting the canyon.
Accommodation: *** (B)
Enjoy a relaxing morning before driving back to Windhoek. Drop-off your hired vehicle at the rentals office at Windhoek Airport before catching your onward flight or flight back home.
Accommodation: – (B)
Included: Accommodation (3-5*), car hire – contract fee / unlimited km & maximum insurance cover, full day escorted tour to Sossusvlei / Sesriem Canyon / Dead Valley, activities and meals as indicated.
Excluded: Air tickets, passport / visa fees, travel insurance, phone calls, beverages, purchases, porter-age, gratuities, conservation & entrance fees and cost of excess baggage, etc.