The Damara - Namibia - 15 Days self-drive

This 15 day self-drive will start in central Namibia driving over the Spreutshoogte pass to the breathtaking landscapes of the Namib Desert and Sossusvlei.. Spend 3 nights in the adventure capital of Namibia where after 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. Your last night will be spend in the historical rich capital city of Windhoek before flying home



  • 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.

 

Your Accommodation 

Naankuse (Classic)View Property

Activities Included

Carnival feeding tour

Activities Optional

Cheetah walk
Baboon walk
Hunting with the San bushmen
Caracal walk
Sunset & night drives
Guided nature walks
A night with the San bushmen
Horseriding

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 of the 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 in a desert. 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.

 

Your Accommodation 

Hoodia Lodge (Classic)View Property

Alternative Accommodation

Little Kulala (Premier)View Property

Wolwedans Boulders (Premier)View Property

Sossusvlei Lodge (Classic)View Property

Activities Included

Sunset game drive with sundowners
Full day Sossusvlei excursion

Activities Optional

Nature walks
Hot Air Balloon flight

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 

Strand Hotel (Premier)View Property

Alternative Accommodation 

Swakopmund Luxury Suites (Classic)View Property

The Stiltz (Classic)View Property

Activities Included

Dolphin and Sandwich Harbour combo

Activities Optional

Quad biking
Sandboarding
Fat wheel cycling in desert
Camel riding
Fishing
Living desert tour
Sundowners Moonlandscape
Skydiving
Birding tours

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.

 

Your Accommodation 

Mowani Mountain Camp (Premier)View Property

Alternative Accommodation 

Camp Kipwe (Classic)View Property

Grootberg Lodge (Classic)View Property

Activities Included

Morning game drive to search for Desert Elephants
Twyfelfontein visit
Ancient rock art

Activities Optional

Nature walks
Swimming

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.

 

Your Accommodation – Etosha West 

Ongava Lodge (Premier)View Property

Alternative Accommodation 

Little Ongava (Premier)View Property

Ongava Tented Camp (Premier)View Property

Toshari Lodge (Classic)View Property

 

Your Accommodation – Etosha East 

Mushara Lodge (Classic)View Property

Alternative Accommodation 

Onguma The Fort (Premier)View Property

Onguma  Tented Camp (Premier)View Property

Onguma Bush Camp (Classic)View Property

Onguma Treetop Camp (Classic)View Property

Activities Included

Self drive game viewing  Etosha

Activities Optional

Swimming
Nature walks
Guided game drives Etosha

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.

 

Your Accommodation 

Okonjima Luxury Bush Camp (Premier)View Property

Alternative Accommodation 

Plains Camp (Classic)View Property

Activities Included

Visit crocodile farm
Africat Foundation
Night hide animal viewing

Activities Optional

Leopard tracking
Bush walks
Game drives

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.

 

Your Accommodation 

Olive Exclusive (Premier)View Property

Alternative Accommodation 

Olive Grove (Classic)View Property

Am Weinberg (Classic)View Property

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