A dusty Namibian road trip through some of the most extraordinary landscapes in Africa. “Refuel” in style. Dirt is good.
|WHY WE HAND-PICKED THIS EXPERIENCE:
One of the greatest destinations in all of Africa for a road trip, discover the world’s tallest dunes, explore Damaraland, an area home to home to Africa’s largest collection of prehistoric rock art and visit the wildlife paradise of Etosha National Park, the highest density wildlife area within Namibia.
- 8 Nights/9 Days Namibia Self-drive (Car hire included)
- 1 nt Windhoek/2 nts Sossusvlei/1 nt Swakopmund/2 nts Damaraland/2 nts Ongava/Etosha
- Start: Windhoek – End: Windhoek
- Namibia is home to some of the most extraordinary landscapes in Africa and regarded as one of the greatest destinations for a road adventure
- Explore key areas of Namibia including Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland, Ongava and Etosha, ideal for first time visitors
- Discover some of the world’s tallest dunes at Sossusvlei reaching a height of up to 300 meters.
- Swakopmund is considered the jewel of Namibia’s coastline, a true oasis sandwiched between the cold Atlantic and the arid Namibian Dessert.
- The rugged Damaraland known for its friendly people offers 360 degree views, home to Africa’s largest collection of prehistoric rock art at Twyfelfontein and desert-adapted elephant herds.
- Natural wonders include the world-renowned wildlife paradise of Etosha National Park, the highest density wildlife area within Namibia.
- Andersson’s waterhole hide is ideal for photographing spectacular wildlife
|BEST TIME TO GO||Dry Season: Jun-Oct: Magnificent landscapes and perfect stargazing can be experienced in the Sossusvlei area. In Damaraland & Skeleton Coast, wildlife is concentrated in the river valleys. Game species such as desert-adapted elephant and lion, giraffe and kudu tend to concentrate along these river systems and natural springs. In Ongava & Etosha, high game concentrations and density around waterholes can be expected. Game viewing usually peaks from June to October, especially in September/ October. Night time temperatures in June and July are very cold and September and October can be extremely hot during the day.
Green Season: Dec-Mar: Summer in Namibia is hot however it is the best season for birding. Late summer, also known as the ideal ‘green desert’ offers an abundance of colour and life in the form of wildlife, grass and flowers. Temperatures are high with daytime temperatures reaching around 40° Celsius and milder evenings. For the photographer this is a special time: breathtaking horizons, dramatic light and lightning displays, fresh clean air with towering cloud formations, and visibly more energetic game. The public Sossusvlei area receives fewer tourists at this time of year offering a far more intimate experience.
Transition Season: Apr, May & Nov: The Sossusvlei dunes can be visited year round, however April and May are the best times to see them. Damaraland and Skeleton Coast offer comfortable days and pleasant evenings. Wildlife such as desert-adapted elephant start moving back to the ephemeral river systems of the Huab and Aba-Huab. Game viewing in April and early May is trickier due to availability of water throughout Etosha and Ongava. From May, the seasonal waterholes start drying up and wildlife moves towards the more permanent water sources offering better game viewing.
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Day 1-2: Windhoek - Villa Violet
Overnight: Villa Violet – 1 night Bed & Breakfast
Welcome to Hosea Kutako International Airport in Namibia. On arrival you will be met by a representative for your scheduled road transfer to Villa Violet Bed & Breakfast where you will overnight.
Situated in the leafy suburb of Klein Windhoek, Villa Violet Bed & Breakfast offers a fresh and modern accommodation option when visiting the city centre .The en-suite rooms front onto a grassy central area. Each room has an air-conditioner/heater, flat-screen TV, a safe, Wireless Internet, secure parking and a laundry service available to guests. The rooms open out onto a patio with tables and chairs and a small swimming pool at the bottom of the garden. Villa Violet is in close proximity to restaurants and shops, and a short drive away from the city centre, making it a convenient stop when entering or leaving the country. Your hosts, Heidi, Ben and the team will welcome you in Afrikaans, English, French and German.
Sossusvlei – Kulala Desert Lodge
Kulala Desert Lodge offers the closest point of access to the iconic dunes of Sossusvlei. Here guests can explore the dramatic Kulala Wilderness Reserve by quad bike, hot air balloon, nature drive or on foot and offers the perfect location to view and photograph the Namib Desert scenery.
Day 2 – 4: Sossusvlei – Kulala Desert Lodge
After a hearty breakfast you will be met at Villa Violet for your scheduled road transfer to Eros Airport where you will collect your vehicle (4×4) at Bidvest Car Rental Office for your self-drive adventure through Namibia. The drive from Windhoek to Sossusvlei will take approximately 5 hours.
Overnight: Kulala Desert Lodge – 2 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
On arrival at Kulala Desert Lodge, you will check in and spend the afternoon at leisure or you may book one of the camp activities available. Kulala Desert Lodge is located within the Namib Desert on the 27 000-hectare (67 000-acre) private Kulala Wilderness Reserve. The lodge consists of 23 thatched and canvas “kulalas” with en-suite bathrooms and verandas, each unit is built on a wooden platform to catch the cooling breezes and has a deck on the flat rooftop for sleep-outs under the stars. There are also three tents which can accommodate a family of four each. The main area includes a lounge, bar, dining area, plunge pool, and wrap-around veranda overlooking the riverbed.
Day 3: Sossusvlei – Kulala Desert Lodge
After breakfast you can spend the day exploring the area. Activities can be booked directly at the camp at an additional cost. Visit the red sand sea of Sossusvlei and climb Big Daddy, a dune rising 300 metres above the valley floor, enjoy an afternoon game drive or Quad bike across the stark emptiness of the beautiful Kulala Wilderness Reserve.
Scheduled afternoon game drive & sunset drinks
Day 4 - 5: Swakopmund – The Hansa Hotel
After breakfast and check-out, you will drive towards the coastal town of Swakopmund. The drive will take approximately 5 hours.
Overnight: The Hansa Hotel – 1 night Bed & Breakfast
The 4-star Hansa Hotel is situated in the heart of Swakopmund offering a convenient location from where you can explore the town. Swakopmund offers spectacular beaches, craft markets, museums, fishing and cruises along the coast. You can spend the afternoon at leisure and enjoy dinner at the hotel at The Terrace Restaurant overlooking the garden. The Hansa Hotel offers luxurious accommodation. Each room is individually decorated and fitted with under tile or under carpet heating, 15 satellite television/radio channels, direct dialling telephones, hairdryer, safes, coffee/tea facilities and en-suite bath/showers.
Swakopmund pier – Hansa Hotel
Damaraland – Doro Nawas Camp
Doro Nawas Camp is located in the dry Aba-Huab River Valley, within the Doro Nawas Conservancy in central Damaraland offering spectacular views of the Etendeka Mountains to the north and the red sandstone cliffs of Twyfelfontein in the south. The area offers spectacular 360-degree views over the scenic Damaraland.
Day 5-7: Damaraland – Doro Nawas Camp - 2 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
After breakfast, you will drive north towards Damaraland where you will be staying at Doro Nawas Camp for 2 nights. The trip will take approximately 4h45 minutes.
Accommodation consists of 16 units, a modern rustic blend of stone and canvas walls with wood and glass doors, shaded by a thatch roof. Each unit offers a bedroom, en-suite bathroom (with outdoor shower) and a veranda for star gazing or sleep-outs. The main area boasts unspoilt panoramic views from the indoor and outdoor dining areas, pool area, bar and a local curio area. A staircase to the flat roof leads to a place perfect for relaxing sundowners and star gazing. Highlights include, the ancient Twyfelfontein San rock art engravings, a World Heritage Site which is close by, sleeping under the stars and the desert-adapted elephant herds. You will spend the afternoon at leisure at the pool, relax on the deck or enjoy the phenomenal birding from the camp and end your day with a delicious dinner while absorbing the views.
Doro Nawas sleep-out under the stars
Day 6: Damaraland – Doro Nawas Camp
After a delicious breakfast, you can spend the day exploring the area. Activities can be booked at the camp at an additional cost.
Visit Twyfelfontein, home to Africa’s largest collection of prehistoric rock art.
Afternoon game drive at Doro Nawas
Ongava Game Reserve – Etosha
Day 7 – 9: Ongava Game Reserve, Etosha
After breakfast and check out you will drive North towards Ongava Game Reserve & Etosha, the drive will take approximately 3h40 minutes.
Overnight – Andersson’s Camp – 2 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Andersson’s Camp takes its name from Charles Andersson, the Swedish explorer who first ‘discovered’ the Etosha Pan. Set in the private Ongava Game Reserve, Andersson’s Camp overlooks a large waterhole which attracts plenty of wildlife. The old farmhouse forms the main area of Andersson’s Camp with 18 elevated tents, including two family suites. Tents are a mix of calcrete stone cladding, canvas and wood, with a small veranda. Highlights at the camp include the Ongava Reserve which is famous for its good populations of both white and black rhino as well as the world-renowned Etosha Pan is only a short drive from the camp. Andersson’s waterhole hide is ideal for photographing magnificent wildlife. You will spend the afternoon at leisure.
Day 8: Ongava, Etosha – Andersson’s Camp
After a hearty breakfast, you can spend the day exploring the area. Activities can be booked at the camp at an additional cost.
Morning game drive in Etosha National Park
The sunken hide at the waterhole in front of the camp offers excellent wildlife viewing.
End the evening with a delicious dinner and stories around the campfire
Day 9: Departure
After breakfast and check-out you will depart Andersson’s Camp for your return journey back to Windhoek International Airport. The trip will take approximately 4 hours, so depending on your departure flight and time; you might be able to fit in a morning activity.
End of Safari!