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.
Naankuse (Classic) – View Property
Carnival feeding tour
Hunting with the San bushmen
Sunset & night drives
Guided nature walks
A night with the San bushmen
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.
Hoodia Lodge (Classic) – View Property
Little Kulala (Premier) – View Property
Wolwedans Boulders (Premier) – View Property
Sossusvlei Lodge (Classic) – View Property
Sunset game drive with sundowners
Full day Sossusvlei excursion
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.
Strand Hotel (Premier) – View Property
Swakopmund Luxury Suites (Classic) – View Property
The Stiltz (Classic) – View Property
Dolphin and Sandwich Harbour combo
Fat wheel cycling in desert
Living desert tour
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.
Mowani Mountain Camp (Premier) – View Property
Camp Kipwe (Classic) – View Property
Grootberg Lodge (Classic) – View Property
Morning game drive to search for Desert Elephants
Ancient rock art
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
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
Onguma The Fort (Premier) – View Property
Onguma Tented Camp (Premier) – View Property
Onguma Bush Camp (Classic) – View Property
Onguma Treetop Camp (Classic) – View Property
Self drive game viewing Etosha
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.
Okonjima Luxury Bush Camp (Premier) – View Property
Plains Camp (Classic) – View Property
Visit crocodile farm
Night hide animal viewing
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.
Olive Exclusive (Premier) – View Property
Olive Grove (Classic) – View Property
Am Weinberg (Classic) – View Property
Alte Feste Museum
14 Nights accommodation with breakfast and some lunches and dinners
All park fees & permits
Items of personal nature
Activities & meals not specified