Man has made so little impact on Namibia’s landscape that it can be said that Namibia truly reflects nature in its original form. With a land mass over 3 times that of Great Britain and with a population of around 2 million, Namibia boasts one of the world’s lowest population densities. This 15 day self-drive tour takes in many of the highlights of Namibia, starting in Windhoek. Remember, you must like driving to enjoy this one!
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.
Stay at Camp Kipwe or Mowani Mountain Camp for three nights amongst magnificent desert scenery and close to the Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes. A truly unique landscape awaits.
Damaraland, a harsh, sparsely populated, rocky environment is home to the Desert Elephant and Black Rhino. An area of untamed scenic beauty, Damaraland offers a fascinating range of landscapes and environments to explore, ranging from huge open grassland plains to mountains and gorges, with desert prevalent as you move further west. It's also home to the highest mountain in Namibia - The Brandberg, or 'Fire Mountain'. The mountain has some fascinating carved art and engravings, as does Twyfelfontein which has one of the largest collections in the whole of Africa. Close to Twyfelfontein lie interesting geological features such as Burnt Mountain, the 'Organ Pipes' and the Petrified Forest, which is over 200 million years old. Wildlife is present in abundance, with elephants, ostriches, black rhino and springbok all part of this extraordinary landscape.
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Camp Kipwe is an intimate and remote bush lodge located in Namibia's arid yet starkly beautiful Twyfelfontein region, home to many ancient Bushman etchings.
MOWANI MOUNTAIN LODGE
Mowani Mountain Camp is one of the finest in the Damaraland region of Namibia, and it lies in a vast and unspoilt wilderness, between the Ugab and Huab Rivers.
Damaraland Camp is situated in the Huab River Valley, arguably the most pristine wilderness area in Namibia, 90km from Torra Bay in the Torra Conservancy.
After breakfast travel through Khorixas and then Outjo to Ongava Private Game Reserve for a 2 night stay. Then head through spectacular Etosha National Park where you will stay at one of the Mushara Collection lodges for a further 2 nights.
Etosha National Park covers some 8,600 square miles of northwestern Namibia and has been a game reserve since 1907, and was made a National Park in 1967. ’Etosha’ rather aptly translates as ‘Great White Place’ - the name coming from the Etosha Pan which is a 75 mile long dry salt lakebed and surroundings which are part of the Kalahari Basin. The savannah area around the pan is home to herds of elephants and migratory birds as well as flamingos, zebra, blue wildebeest and springbok, the endangered black rhinoceros, lions, leopards and antelopes. The greater park is home to several hundred species of mammals, reptiles and birds.
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ONGAVA GAME RESERVE
The Ongava Game Reserve shares a boundary with the Etosha National Park, where smaller game move between the two areas.
THE MUSHARA COLLECTION
The main attraction of Mushara is its proximity to Etosha National Park, home to numerous predator, mammal and bird species.
The AfriCat Foundation near Otjiwarongo aims to conserve and protect threatened wild cat species such as cheetah & leopard. You can see the programme at work and learn more about these beautiful animals.
A visit to Okonjima will give you an opportunity to witness some of AfriCat's work, and is a very worthwhile experience. It will also give you the opportunity to stay at one of their two camps, Plains Camp which is the original family homestead and Bush Camp, a luxury lodge. Activities at Okonjima include tracking rehabilitated carnivores on foot, visiting the AfriCat Carnivore Care & Information Centre or tracking leopards from a game–viewing vehicle. Okonjima also offers a guided Bushman Trail. Birding and Game drives are offered on request and if guests stay longer than 2 days. It is also accessible by plane, equipped with its own air strip.
Head back to Windhoek today and drop your car, before your return flight to the UK.
Map of Hosea Kutako International Airport rental car drop off area.
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|London Heathrow > Windhoek||± 15hrs|
|Windhoek > London Heathrow||± 15hrs|
|Windhoek > Sossusvlei||± 5hrs|
|Sossusvlei > Swakopmund||± 5hrs|
|Swakopmund > Damaraland||± 5hrs|
|Damaraland > Ongava Game Reserve||± 5hrs|
|Ongava Game Reserve > Mushara||± Full Day|
|Mushara > Okonjima||± 4hrs|
|Okonjima > Windhoek||± 3hrs|
|Note: These times are estimates and are dependant on flights and accommodation selections.|
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