This short self-drive tour of Namibia takes you to some of the countries Southern highlights - climb the world’s highest dunes at Sossusvlei, discover the desert and be enchanted by the coastal town of Swakopmund. Fly on to Mauritius to relax on the pristine beaches of the Indian Ocean.
Collect your AVIS car at Hosea Kutako International Airport and drive to Windhoek and the Olive Grove Guesthouse. Meet our local guide for your briefing and then relax!
Travel south through Reheboth, Solitaire and Sesriem to your lodge for a 2-night stay close to Sossusvlei in the Namib Naukluft Park. The stunning orange red dunes around Sossusvlei help contribute to the other-worldly atmosphere, and contrast with the rich blue skies and the white salt pans to ensure spectacular images.
Sossusvlei itself is a mud pan created by an ephemeral desert river that flows through the Namib desert every 5-10 years. Many of the dunes are over 200m high with the largest 'Big Daddy' being close to 380m high. The river drains differently dependent on the previous year's mud deposition, leading to the amazing images of dead Acacia trees that are one of the signature shots of the area. Because of the complete lack of moisture the dead trees cannot even decompose, so the ones you see have been dead for centuries - unchanged. Sossusvlei is inside the Namib-Naukluft National Park.
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KULALA DESERT LODGE
The overall setting is a true delight to the senses, bringing together the rhythm of Namibia, wholesome meals and intimacy.
DESERT HOMESTEAD & OUTPOST
Desert Homestead Lodge & Desert Homestead Outpost are friendly lodges in the Namib region, ideally situated for exploring Sossusvlei.
Little Kulala features an elegant entertainment area which includes a library, wine cellar, craft boutique, lounge and dining areas.
Past the Naukluft Mountains, through Solitaire and towards Walvis Bay. Drive along the extraordinary coastline toward Swapkomund for a 2 night stay. Fly over the Skeleton Coast, go on a dolphin cruise and more.
Swakopmund, known as Swakop in Namibia, is a small city on the coast of western Namibia 280 km west of Windhoek and is the country's biggest coastal town. Swakopmund is Namibia's playground, a holiday destination for tourists and locals alike looking to escape the heat of the interior and to have a little adventure. The city's German origins are obvious, with beautiful old German Colonial buildings throughout the city, contrasting with yje palm-lined streets, seaside promenades, restaurants, cafes, art galleries and museums, and making an even starker contrast for this town sitting at the edge of the Namib Desert. There's plenty to do within city limits but the real action happens in the desert surrounding Swakopmund. Quad-biking, sand-boarding, sand-skiing, parasailing and dozens of other guided adrenaline inducing activities are available by reservation from many of the adventure companies operating in the area. At nearby Walvis Bay, visitors can join a dolphin cruise or explore the lagoon on a kayak tour. Even with all this excitement Swakopmund serves as a good break during a busy vacation. Relax and have fun in a place well suited for both.
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HOTEL ZUM KAISER
Graciousness meets contemporary chic at the Hotel Zum Kaiser, a boutique hotel in the historic heart of Swakopmund and Namibia's premier holiday destination.
THE STRAND HOTEL
The Strand Hotel in Namibia's premier seaside resort of Swakopmund enjoys a spectacular coastal location close to the town's amenities.
Cornerstone Guesthouse is a small, private and peaceful bed and breakfast an easy walk to the sea and the town centre of Swakopmund on Namibia's fascinating Skeleton Coast.
Back to Windhoek, then onto Johannesburg. Stay overnight then catch your Air Mauritius flight in the morning.
Map of Hosea Kutako International Airport rental car drop off area.
A perfect tropical beach holiday destination, for couples and families alike. Relax in the sophisticated surroundings of your resort hotel and enjoy the beaches, watersports, golf courses, scuba diving, deep sea fishing and many other activities and leisure facilities on offer in this tropical playground. Your stay on this beautiful tropical island can be as relaxing or activity filled as you wish. The island is approximately 40 miles north to south and 28 miles east to west, making it an ideal size to explore. You might like to rent a soft-top jeep and spend a day or two visiting the markets, shops, towns, public beaches and tourist sites of this safe multi-cultural island.
The hotels and resorts are sophisticated with a large range of activities on offer. These include comprehensive watersports facilities, tennis courts, gyms and diving schools. With it’s Creole and European influences, fine seafood and talented chefs, the culinary experience is also a good one in Mauritius. Several of the resorts we recommend offer wedding packages and have full kids and teen clubs on site. Mauritius also combines well with the many islands in The Seychelles and the volcanic ruggedness of nearby Reunion.
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Overlooking a turquoise lagoon in the unspoilt south-west of the island, the traditional and attractive architecture and design of Tamassa creates a relaxed and unpretentious Mauritian holiday experience.
SHANDRANI BEACHCOMBER RESORT & SPA
Located on a protected peninsula surrounded by three stunning beaches in the South East of the island, it is lapped by the clear waters of a unique Marine Park, and a short boat ride away from I'ile aux Aigrettes nature reserve.
HERITAGE LE TELFAIR GOLF & WELLNESS RESORT
Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort, a member of the 'Small Luxury Hotels of the World' group, and named after an Irish naturalist (Charles Telfair), is located on the former sugar estate of Domaine Bel Ombre on the south coast of the island, which adjoins one of the most pristine stretches of beach on Mauritius.
You will be collected and returned to Mauritius airport in time for your return flight to the UK.
Where prices are shown for a travel itinerary, they are intended to give you some guidance as to what is possible and to help you budget. Where multiple accommodation options are shown, the "guide price" shown is based upon the cheapest accommodation option. The prices are accurate at the time of being published, but they are not definitive rates and are subject to reconfirmation at the time of booking.
There are also many offers, value adds, discounts and specials throughout the year. Honeymoon offers, wedding packages, early booking offers, free nights, discounted airfares and more - contact us for full details. Please note that holidays which do not fall completely within a price or date band may be subject to increase or decrease.
|London Heathrow > Windhoek||± 15hrs|
|Windhoek > Johannesburg||± 2hrs|
|Johannesburg > Mauritius||± 4hrs|
|Mauritius > London Heathrow||± 12½hrs|
|Windhoek > Sossusvlei||± 5hrs|
|Sossusvlei > Swakopmund||± 5hrs|
|Swakopmund > Windhoek||± 3hrs|
|Note: These times are estimates and are dependant on flights and accommodation selections.|
This is a short self-drive trip in Namibia, about as short as it is possible to do in such a large country, so a real taster. As ever, it is simply a suggestion and we can tailor this to your requirements. And once we have your Namibia plans sorted, Mauritius is an easy add-on, with just an overnight in Johannesburg required to facilitate the necessary flights. There are so many possible combinations, let us talk you through them! Mauritius has some great hotels & resorts, plenty of activities in and around the hotels, great fishing, good scuba diving, and some wonderful golf courses.
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