The Damara - Namibia - 15 Days self-drive

This 15 day self-drive will start in central Namibia driving over the Spreutshoogtepass to the breathtaking landscapes of the Namib Desert and Sossusvlei. Spend 3 nights in the adventure capital of Namibia and go searching for Namibia's famous desert adapted elephants in Damaraland. The last few days will be a true African safari in the world renowned Etosha National Park which is home to more than 110 species of mammals and reptiles. Walk with cheetahs at the Africat foundation at Okonjima and go search for the elusive African leopard.



  • Spreetshoogte – Spreetshoogte is a mountain pass in central Namibia, connecting the Namib Desert with the Khomas Highland by traversing the Great Escarpment
  • Damaraland – Huge, untamed and ruggedly beautiful Damaraland is an exceptionally scenic landscape of open plains and spectacular rock formations.
  • Sossusvlei – Situated in the largest conservation area in Africa, the Namib-Naukluft National Park, Sossusvlei is possibly Namibia’s most spectacular and best-known attraction
  • Adventure capital of Namibia – With its seaside promenades, half-timbered homes and colonial-era buildings, it seems that only the wind-blown sand and the palm trees distinguish Swakopmund from holiday towns along Germany’s North Sea and Baltic coasts.
  • Etosha National Park – Etosha’s striking feature is an immense seasonal salt pan of more than 1 900 square miles set in almost 8 500 square miles of gracious African savannah and dry woodland.
  • Africat foundation at Okonjima – Learn about The Africat Foundation’s wildlife conservation efforts in the heart of beautiful Namibia.
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Namibia Central Highlands – 1 Night

Stretching out between Etosha and Windhoek, the rolling hills of Namibia’s Central Highlands are dotted with large family farms, lodges, and guesthouses, many of which provide welcoming short-stay accommodation for travellers en-route elsewhere.

Windhoek, the capital which carries the architectural, linguistic and culinary stamp of Namibia’s German colonial past is the starting point of this adventure. Hosea Kutako International Airport is located 40 minutes outside the city and your accommodation is conveniently located only 20 minutes from the airport outside the city.

Arrive at Hosea Kutako International just outside of Windhoek this afternoon and after collecting your car, take the short drive to Naankuse, located just a thirty-minute drive from Windhoek International Airport. Nestled in the stunning African veld, Naankuse lodge is perfect to start your trip to Namibia. The lodge, situated on a 10,000-hectare nature reserve, is part of a non-profit charitable organisation and all profits go back into the projects they run. The Naankuse wildlife sanctuary provides a haven for various orphaned and injured African wildlife. In January 2011, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie chose Naankuse to become a partner of the Shiloh Jolie-Pitt Foundation in honour of their Namibian-born daughter. After having drinks at the swimming pool overlooking the Africa bush dinner will be enjoyed at the restaurant.

 

Accommodation 

Accommodation – NaankuseView Property

Set in the stunning African savannah, the award-winning, beautiful N/a’an ku sê (Naankuse) Lodge in Namibia offers an experience that you’ll never forget. With a range of enjoyable activities available, including carnivore feeding tours, and cheetah walks, you are sure to enjoy an unforgettable African experience.

Activities Included

Sunset game drive with sundowners
Carnival feeding tour

Activities Optional
Cheetah Walk
Horse Riding

Sossusvlei – 2 Nights

Sossusvlei must be one of the most beautiful places on earth and the dunes in this area are some of the highest in the world, reaching almost 400 meters. Sossusvlei literally translates to dead end as it is the place where the dunes come together preventing the Tsauchab River to flow any further, some 60km east of the Atlantic Ocean. However, due to the dry conditions in the Namib Desert, the river seldom flows this far and the pan remains bone-dry most years. During an exceptional rainy season the Tsauchab fills the pan, drawing visitors from all over the world to witness this spectacular site. When the pan fills it can hold water for as long as a year. The dunes provide photographic enthusiasts with beautiful images in the morning and evening light. Despite the harsh desert conditions in the area, one can find a wide variety of plants and animals that have adapted to survive. A picnic lunch will be served between the dunes and the expert guides of Hoodia will make sure that you learn all about the secrets of the desert. In the late afternoon we visit the Sesriem Canyon before returning to your lodge. Relax around the swimming pool until sunset followed by dinner.

 

Accommodation 

Accommodation – Hoodia LodgeView Property

Hoodia Desert Lodge is situated on the banks of the Tsauchab river, and is only 22kms from the Sesriem entrance to Sossusvlei, and is an ideal location to visit Sesriem Canyon, the magnificent dunes of Sossusvlei on to the Namib Naukluft Park. The lodge is family-owned and managed by Thomas & Henreza Becker, both enthusiastic regarding professional hospitality with a personal human approach.

Activities Included

Sunset game drive with sundowners
Carnival feeding tour

Activities Optional
Cheetah Walk
Horse Riding

Swakopmund – 2 Nights

With its seaside promenades, half-timbered homes and colonial-era buildings, it seems that only the wind-blown sand and the palm trees distinguish Swakopmund from holiday towns along Germany’s North Sea and Baltic coasts.

 

Accommodation 

Accommodation – Strand HotelView Property

With its extensive, unique and creatively entertaining Restaurants, Bars, Deli, Lobby-Lounge, Sea Facing Terraces, Beach Kiosk and state of the art Conference & Banqueting Center, all set on the Mole, a historic and iconic site surrounded by Ocean on three sides, the Strand Hotel Swakopmund is a social epicenter and destination in itself for all visitors to and residents of Swakopmund.

Activities Included
Sunset game drive with sundowners
Carnaval feeding

Activities Optional
Cheetah Walk
Horse Riding

Damaraland – 2 Nights

Huge, untamed and ruggedly beautiful Damaraland is an exceptionally scenic landscape of open plains and spectacular rock formations. Namibia’s population of desert adapted Elephant & Rhino roam the river beds of Damaraland.

 

Accommodation 

Accommodation – MowaniView Property

Mowani Mountain Camp is conveniently situated halfway between Swakopmund and Etosha National Park. Dwarfed by massive ochre boulders, the camp is absorbed into the land.

Activities Included
Sunset game drive with sundowners
Carnival feeding

Activities Optional
Cheetah Walk
Horse Riding

Etosha – 4 Nights

Etosha’s striking feature is an immense seasonal salt pan of more than 1 900 square miles set in almost 8 500 square miles of gracious African savannah and dry woodland. This is home to more than 110 species of mammals and reptiles.

 

Accommodation 

Accommodation West Etosha – Ongava LodgeView Property

The well-established Ongava Lodge is situated in the privately owned Ongava Game Reserve along the southern boundary of Etosha National Park. The vantage point is beautiful and overlooks a well-frequented waterhole and the plains beyond. Ongava Lodge offers luxury accommodation in 14 rock-and-thatch en-suite chalets. There are impressive views over the camp’s waterhole from the main lounge and dining areas and there is also an inviting pool to cool off in the heat of the day.

Accommodation East Etosha – Mushara LodgeView Property

Mushara Lodge is located just 8 km from the Von Lindequist Gate. One of Mushara’s prominent features is its large bright blue swimming pool, surrounded by green lawns which are kept perfectly manicured by visiting local wildlife. Mushara Lodge is ideally situated for the independent travellers visiting the park. The lodge consists of ten spacious chalets, one family unit, two single rooms and a triple room.

Activities Included
Self Drive Viewing Etosha

Activities Optional
Swimming

Okonjima Nature Reserve – 2 Nights

Okonjima Nature Reserve, in the heart of Namibia, is in a Malaria-free area midway between Windhoek and Etosha National Park. This 20 000ha nature reserve, which is surrounded by the sandstone Omboroko Mountains, is equally famed for its wildlife sightings as well as its picturesque landscapes that marvel guests – from first-time visitors to our regulars. It is also home to The AfriCat Foundation, which is renowned for its conservation work with predators across Namibia.

 

Accommodation 

Accommodation – Luxury Bush CampView Property

The elegant Luxury Bush Camp is situated within the 2 000-ha enclosed wilderness area of Okonjima Nature Reserve, only 2.5 km from the Okonjima Plains Camp.

Activities Included
None

Activities Optional
City Sightseeing
Alte Feste Museum
Railway Museum

Windhoek – 1 Night

The heart of Namibia, Windhoek, possesses a unique charm due to its harmonious blend of African and European cultures and the friendliness of its people.

 

Accommodation 

Accommodation – Olive ExclusiveView Property

A small, upmarket accommodation establishment situated close to the Windhoek city centre in a quiet, peaceful area. Each room has a large veranda with tables and chairs for al fresco dining. The open-air lounge, spa bath, plunge pool and tranquil garden all invite the visitor to unwind and relax under Namibia’s open skies.

Activities Included
None

Activities Optional
City Sightseeing
Alte Feste Museum
Railway Museum

Itinerary Includes:
14 Nights accommodation with breakfast and some lunches and dinners
All transfers
All park fees & permits
Selected activities

Itinerary Excludes:
Gratuities
Items of personal nature
International flights
Activities & meals not specified
International flights