This trip provides travellers with the opportunity to experience this magnificent country in a very personal way whilst being accommodated in exquisite, luxurious & authentic lodges along the way.
Itinerary in Brief
Night 1: GocheGanas
Night 2: Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch
Nights 3 & 4: Wolwedans Dune Lodge
Nights 5 & 6: Sossus Dune Lodge
Nights 7 & 8: Strand Hotel
Night 9: Erongo Wilderness Lodge
Nights 10 & 11: Mowani Mountain Camp
Nights 12 & 13: Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp
Nights 14, 15 & 16: Ongava Tented Camp
Night 17: Erindi Old Traders
Starting off in Windhoek the capital of Namibia this trip continues southbound towards the Kalahari.
From the Kalahari you will go east towards the Namib and there you’ll stay at a very special lodge in magical NamibRand Nature Reserve! This is followed by a highlight of the trip: the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei in the Namib desert. Also take a helicopter or hot air balloon trip over the dunes for an unforgettable experience!
Enjoy the breeze and some excellent seafood in Swakopmund before travelling further north through the Erongo Mountains and Damaraland, both offering breath-taking wilderness, unique desert adapted animals and ancient rock paintings.
Etosha National Park is known as one of the best game viewing spots in southern Africa, thus a must for this itinerary. Spend three wonderful nights at a luxury lodge bordering the Park in the east. From Etosha travel south towards Windhoek and stopover for another intimate safari experience at Erindi Private Game Reserve.
This is a private tour and is organized with a private guide. Being a perfect self-drive country, this trip can also be organized for individual travellers that prefer not to have a guide.
Travelling is possible throughout the whole year, as Namibia is a year-round destination with less extreme seasonal changes. A great time to visit Namibia is between March and May as it is a moderate temperature with warm days and chilly nights and little to no rain, offering beautiful clear skies.
The selected accommodation is of a very high standard and in unique locations providing a luxurious experience enabling travellers to enjoy Namibia in all its beauty.
Night 1: Windhoek - GocheGanas
Welcome to Namibia! On arrival you’ll be greeted by your personal guide.
From the airport, you’ll have a stopover in Windhoek. The city is clean, safe and well-organised, with a colonial legacy that is present in the widespread use of the German language. You can visit some sights of the city such as the 1896 Christuskirche Christ Church, Alte Feste an old fort or the more contemporary Independence Memorial Museum
Afterwards the guide will take you to the first night’s accommodation, where you’ll have some time to recover from the exertions of the flight and relax and enjoy some of the lodge’s wellness treatments.
If you want to be a bit more active you could also join some outdoor activities such as walks and guided game drives.
Night 2: Mariental - Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch
This morning you will make your way towards the south with your next stop the Kalahari offering you a first taste of the natural highlights that await you on your journey!
Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch lays surrounded by the sands of the Kalahari, which is famous for the intense red colour of its sand. Explore the Kalahari on a morning or sunset drive and enjoy the beauty of this special place and its magical colours. The best time to experience it is when the sun dips in the late afternoon lighting up the sand as if glowing from an inner fire.
Nights 3 and 4: NamibRand - Wolwedans Dunes Lodge
The next part of your route will be truly magical, and you’ll experience many different landscapes. The further you’ll drive the sandier and redder your surroundings will become. Your destination is the NamibRand Nature Reserve – an area that offers a visual utopia you probably have never seen before!
The diversity in the park offers contrasting colours and shapes that leave you inspired. The reserve is rich with history, flora and fauna and unusual phenomena like the fields of mysterious fairy circles.
Wolwedans Dunes Lodge offers a breath-taking location capturing the beauty of the desert in an unforgettable way. To top it all off the ecolodge is built to minimize the environmental impact whilst using sustainable technologies. Spend your time exploring true wilderness and join a variety of activities: soar the desert skies in a hot air balloon, learn about small and large desert dwellers on a scenic drive, or explore the desert on foot on a walking safari. One of our favourite locations in Africa!
Nights 5 and 6: Namib Desert - Sossusvlei Desert Lodge
It is hard to surpass the experiences of the last days, but the next stop can definitely compete with it!
Making your way further through the desert towards the world’s highest sand dunes in Sossusvlei, which is a memorable sight not to be missed when visiting Namibia. The national park boasts towering waves of deep red sand as far as the eye can see and captures nature in its absolute purest and simplest form. Fascinating desert animals and plants have adapted to the harsh conditions and now thrive in this arid environment. Experience the beauty first-hand by climbing the dunes, although quite a challenging and sandy hike, the view from the top is unforgettable and really puts the size and vastness of the desert in perspective.
Deadvlei is another magnificent site to see in the area and is a photographer’s paradise. The contrasting colours of the white clay pan filled with dark, dead trees, surrounded by the deep red dunes and under the crisp blue skies is an unusual and spectacular sight.
Sossusvlei Desert Lodge lays surrounded by mountains and sand dunes of the Namib Desert – a luxurious escape to the wilderness. To top it all off take a helicopter or hot air balloon flight over the desert for an unforgettable experience!
Nights 7 and 8: Swakopmund - Strand Hotel
Passing through the desert along the Naukluft Mountains and beautiful landscapes you’ll reach Swakopmund, a small town on the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy the breeze!
Swakopmund is a town full of contrast: the colonial German architecture seems surreal in its surroundings and the hot desert winds collide with the breeze of the ocean. Spend your day strolling through this fascinating place where palm trees line the promenade, visit some cosy cafés or spend time in the bustling markets.
Swakopmund and the surrounding areas offer a variety of interesting activities – on land, at sea or in the air. You can book some marine activities on the Atlantic Ocean like kite surfing, kayaking or join a seal and dolphin boat cruise. Explore the desert on special tours to learn more about the fascinating variety of desert adapted animals. If you are seeking adrenaline you can also go quad biking, try sand boarding or take a scenic flight to have the ideal view of this unique place, where the desert meets the ocean.
Swakopmund offers a variety of excellent sea-food restaurant. You could have dinner at “The Tug” or “Jetty 1905”, which are both located at the shore, so you can watch the sun set over the ocean and enjoy some delicious food.
Night 9: Erongo Mountains - Erongo Wilderness Lodge
Today you’ll leave the coast behind you and drive towards the Erongo Mountains and you’ll see that the scenery will once again change drastically!
The Erongo Mountains are a circular massif, which is an eroded relic of a volcano that was active 150 million years ago. The area is characterized by many huge granite boulders that are scattered around the landscape and a variety of pre-historic rock paintings and engravings.
Erongo Wilderness Lodge lays surrounded by a breath-taking mountain backdrop and is an ideal location to explore the area. Spend your day hiking and find some bushman rock-art at Paula’s Cave. As the region also has a high wildlife population you can join a nature drive, on which you’ll also see some game such as oryx, kudu, mountain zebra, eland and giraffe. If you’re very lucky you might even find some leopard, which thrive in this mountainous and rocky environment.
Nights 10 and 11: Twyfelfontein - Mowani Mountain Camp
Travelling further into Damaraland, through a region that is known for its endless and untouched landscapes – you might even get a feeling of having arrived on another planet.
Experience the meaning of true wilderness in Damaraland with rugged, rocky landscapes, rolling hills, ancient riverbeds and deep gorges. The wildlife can be scarce, but even more special and unique, offering a once in a lifetime experience, as you can be sure to have any wildlife-sighting completely to yourself.
Damaraland also boasts the geologically fascinating Twyfelfontein World Heritage Site, which is home to thousands of ancient Bushman rock engravings. Explore Damaraland on an early morning game drive in search of elusive desert dwelling elephants, hike in the ancient surroundings of the Aba Huab River or travel back in time at Twyfelfontein, Namibia’s first World Heritage Site.
Nights 12 and 13: Koakoveld - Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp
The dry Hoanib River in the northern part of Palmwag Concession will be the next stop en route.
Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp lays in one of the most remote areas of Kaokoveld and you’ll get a greater sense of the camps unique location, when being flown in by light aircraft from Doro Nawas. Surrounded by gravel plains, trees, mountains and sand dunes – a place that can only be described as hauntingly beautiful!
Spend your days on morning and afternoon game drives along the dry riverbed, in search of desert-adapted elephant, gemsbok, giraffe, and even lion. A very different experience is an excursion to the bordering Skeleton Coast National Park.
Nights 14, 15 and 16: Etosha - Ongava and Onguma Tented Camps
Continuing your route northbound you’ll reach a highlight of this trip: Etosha National Park – the place to go when wanting to truly experience everything Namibia has to offer in terms of wildlife.
You’ll be accommodated in two private game reserves directly bordering Etosha, which offer game drives in Etosha as well as in the private reserves. Enjoy an authentic Etosha experience with many private game sightings. The first night is at Ongava in the central part of Etosha and the last two nights at Onguma on the eastern boundary of the Park. The drive through the Park from Ongava to Onguma will be a highlight!
Especially during the dry winter month you’ll have fantastic game sightings. Spanning over an area of over 22,270 km2 Etosha is one of the most accessible game reserves in Southern Africa and ideal for self-driving.
You can visit the park’s various waterholes and observe animals in their natural state and get up close with its healthy population of predators such as lion, cheetah and leopard, as well as different herbivore species such as kudu, giraffe, eland, oryx and zebra.
Take your time while driving: you’ll have the best chance of seeing wildlife by doing things slowly, being observant and paying attention to the small things. The park is named after the huge salt pan – it’s most distinctive and dramatic feature, visible even from space.
Night 17: Erindi - Old Traders Lodge
Leaving Etosha behind you, you’ll make your way southbound.
Before returning to Windhoek, you’ll have one night at Erindi Private Game Reserve, which offers 70,1 00 hectares of pristine wilderness and wildlife. Enjoy varied activities such as cultural village tours, educational trips around the reserve, guided bush walks and game drives encountering elephants, giraffes, rhinos, lions, hyenas, zebras, kudu, wildebeest and many other animals.
Do not miss the opportunity to take a night drive to catch a glimpse of the nocturnal species. Alternatively, you could spend your afternoon enjoying the view over the lodge’s highly frequented waterhole.
The next morning make your way to Windhoek, check in at the airport for your flight home or the next adventure. The memories made on this tour will stay with you for a very long time!
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