Day 1 | 50km
Having arrived at the international airport, you collect your vehicle at the relevant car rental company kiosk and travel a short distance to Windhoek. Check into your guest house and enjoy the day at leisure or explore the city centre with its colonial-style buildings, street cafes and craft markets.
Overnight at The Elegant Guesthouse.
Day 2-3 | 250km
In the morning you travel into the largest sand mass on earth, the Kalahari Desert. The bushman refer to it as the “Soul of the World”, an emotive description for this area! With its deep red dunes and endless grass plains interspersed with acacia’s and shrubs, it is the only form of survival for a vast amount of specially adapted wildlife such as oryx, springbok and ostrich. Enjoy the opportunity to experience the fauna and flora that has survived this desert environment for thousands of years on an optional guided nature drive in the late afternoon, ending the day with a sundowner drink on one of the dunes. The following day, you will take part in a walk guided by a bushman, taking you over the dunes of the Kalahari.
Overnight at Intu Africa Camelthorn Lodge – Breakfast and dinner as well as a free walk guided by a bushman.
Day 4 | 360km
This morning you travel via endless plains and along stunning mountain ranges into the Namib Desert. Your lodge is situated near the gate to two of Namibia’s most celebrated attractions: Sossusvlei, with some of the highest dunes on Earth, and Sesriem Canyon. Both are visited the next day.
Overnight at The Elegant Desert Lodge – Breakfast and dinner.
Day 5 | 210km
Before sunrise, you travel to the gate of the Namib Naukluft Park. The best time to experience the Sossusvlei area is at sunrise when the light paints the dunes and desert palette into deep red, apricot and purple – this part of the day is also the most forgiving, as you are not exposed to the hot afternoon sun when clambering one of the mighty dunes. From Sossusvlei visit Dead Vlei, a surreal white clay pan surrounded by great dunes and dotted with age-old Camelthorn trees. Travelling back, visit the Sesriem Canyon, an 18 million-year-old gorge eroded into the conglomerate floor. After returning to your lodge, cool off in the sparkling pool or take a refreshing drink while overlooking the desert plains.
Overnight at The Elegant Desert Lodge – Breakfast and dinner as well as a mountain drive.
Day 6-7 | 370km
Today you travel via the Namib Naukluft Park to Swakopmund, a tranquil coastal town situated between the Namib Desert and the Atlantic Ocean. Visit the Welwitschia plains and the aptly named Moonlandscape (permit required), two of the attractions during this scenic drive. In Swakopmund, you will have the option of participating in some of the adventurous activities on offer. These could include scenic flights, dolphin cruises, quad biking, parasailing, dune boarding and parachuting.
Overnight at Organic Square Guest House – Breakfast.
Day 8 | 330km
Today we head further north, travelling along the skeleton coastline towards the Fisherman’s town of Hentisbay before turning east and heading back inland past the Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain (2.579m), into the Damaraland, one of the least populated and most geologically diverse areas in Africa. This harsh, rocky environment is home to the elusive desert elephant, the black rhino and free-roaming antelope species. Staying close to Twyfelfontein allows us easily visit Twyfelfontein, here we are accompanied by a local Damara guide on the excursion through Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO heritage site where Bushman communities engraved and painted over 2500 pictures some 6000 years ago! This excursion can be followed with a visit to the nearby Living Museum of the Damara. We then proceed to our lodge where we can take part in an afternoon nature drive in search of the elusive desert elephants roaming this area.
Overnight at Twyfelfontein Country Lodge – Breakfast and dinner.
Day 9 | 330km
ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
After a relaxed breakfast we can take part in a nature drive along the Ugab River before we continue our journey north to one of the most famed National Parks in Africa, where you will spend the next three nights. Your lodge is situated on a hill with a magnificent view over the Mopane landscape.
Overnight at Etosha Village – Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10-11 | 400km
ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
You have the entire two days available for extensive game viewing experiences. The Etosha National Park surrounds a parched salt desert known as the Etosha Pan and is home to 4 of the Big Five – elephant, lion, leopard and rhino. The park’s waterholes support a diversity of mammals and birds, including species such as black-faced impala, cheetah, and Namibia’s smallest antelope, the Damara dik-dik. Shortly before sunset, you travel back to your lodge.
Overnight at Etosha Village – Breakfast and dinner – 1 night free of charge.
Day 12 | 320km
In the morning you travel back south into the vicinity of Okahandja, where your accommodation is situated. The remainder of the day is spent at leisure beside the sparkling pool or the viewing deck. Here you have the option of exploring the rich diversity of game species on a self-drive route on the farm or simply enjoy a sundowner on the terrace overlooking the bush.
Overnight at Omatozu Safari Camp – Breakfast, dinner, and a self-drive sundowner drive
Day 13 | 100km
After a hearty breakfast, you travel back to Windhoek or the international airport, where your tour ends.