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.
Morning arrival in Namibia. Our representative will be at the Windhoek Airport to meet you and hand over your travel documents (vouchers). Collect your rental vehicle at the airport, which is situated about 45 km north east of the city centre. Depending on your time of arrival in Namibia, you could check-in to your accommodation establishment and then explore the city or first explore the capital, which is a charming city with a blend of African and European cultures. Much of the architecture has been influenced by German occupation dating back between 1884 and 1914. Our recommended restaurant for tonight is the famous Joe’s Beerhouse. Overnight in Windhoek.
Accommodation: *** (-)
Day 2 & 3:
Travel south via the small town of Keetmanshoop to the Fish River Canyon, visit on route the “Kokerboom / Quiver Tree Forest” and “Giant’s Play Ground”. 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 along the lip of the canyon that one can visit. Overnight near the Fish River Canyon.
Accommodation: *** (B)
Day 4 & 5:
Leaving the canyon behind, you continue north 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 and then walk the awesome Sossusvlei dunes, visit Dead Valley and Sesriem Canyon.
Accommodation: **** (D & B)
Day 6 & 7:
Travel via the “Kuiseb Canyon” and Walvis Bay to Swakopmund, a coastal town surrounded by lunar landscapes and the prehistoric Welwitchia plants. You will have the afternoon and the next day at leisure in this town with its beautiful beaches, market places, curio shops, restaurants, etc. Optional activities such as the below can be booked at your accommodation establishment or at a local activity centre:
- Camel rides
- Desert tours & activities
- Flights over the desert
- Boat cruise in Walvis Bay
Evenings at leisure. Lunches and dinners can be enjoyed at any one of a number of good restaurants in town, which are all within safe walking distance from your hotel. Overnight in Swakopmund.
Accommodation: **** (B)
A morning at leisure, before driving 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 9 & 10:
Travel up and across the “Skeleton Coast” and the Skeleton Coast National Park to the southern Kunene region, an area formerly known as Damaraland. This entire region is one of the remotest areas on earth (if you look at people per km², then Namibia is also known as one of the least populated countries in the world). Damaraland also has unique landscapes with its unusual mountain and rock formations. 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 to the wonderful Etosha National Park, one of the famous parks in Southern Africa. Depending on the direction you are travelling on your journey to the park, you could visit the “Dinosaur Footprints” on route. Enter the park either through Galton Gate or Andersson Gate. Spend the rest of the afternoon in the park. Overnight in the park.
Accommodation: **** (B)
Day 12, 13 & 14:
Spend another couple of days in Etosha in search of the endangered black rhino, the magnificent Kalahari lion, elephant, leopard and a host of other wonderful animals, birds & creatures. Overnight in the park.
Accommodation: **** (B)
Depart early after breakfast from Etosha via Von Lindequist Gate, visit Lake Otjikoto outside the mining town of Tsumeb and the very unique Hoba Meteorite near Grootfontein. You then drive south towards Windhoek and the wonderful 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.
After breakfast and your included visit to the cheetah / leopard enclosure at Okonjima, you drive 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.