Self-driving and good value for money, to see all the country's highlights including desert and dunes around Sossusvlei in the Namib Naukluft National Park, bush art and desert elephants in Damaraland, game viewing in Etosha National Park and the natural beauty of the Erongo Mountains
Olive Grove: 1 night
Desert Homestead: 2 nights
Cornerstone Guesthouse: 2 nights
Camp Kipwe: 2 nights
Okaukuejo Rest Camp: 2 nights
Erongo Wilderness Lodge: 2 nights
Including - flights, hire car, transfers on arrival, some meals, Park fees and safari activities
Fly overnight from London via Johannesburg to Windhoek
To give you a relaxed start, you'll be met at WINDHOEK Airport and driven into town to Olive Grove. An afternoon safari briefing will give you plenty of useful information and an opportunity to go over your route before a good night's sleep at this charming and stylish little guest house.
DAYS 3 and 4
Set off the next morning to the NAMIB NAUKLUFT NATIONAL PARK and Desert Homestead. The thatched chalets of this friendly lodge are set in an expansive grassy valley sheltered by the Nubib, Tsaris and Naukluft mountains and have a spectacular views reaching as far as the distant dunes of the Namib Desert.
You will have the opportunity to visit these great dunes surrounding Sossusvlei and Deadvlei and, if you are feeling very energetic, you can climb Big Daddy - the largest in the area. Other activities include horse riding, sunset walks and nature drives.
DAYS 5 and 6
Drive northwest to SWAKOPMUND, a coastal town of with strong Germanic influences. Two nights at Cornerstone Guesthouse in a quiet area of the old town gives you ample time to try a variety of activities including deep sea fishing, dolphin and seal cruises, quad biking on the dunes and supper at the famous Tug Restaurant which serves the most delicious fresh seafood.
DAYS 7 and 8
Carry on up the coast taking the day to drive to DAMARALAND via Hentiesbaai and the Cape Cross seal colony and then inland towards Twyfelfontein. A little further on is Camp Kipwe whose ten guest rooms are imaginatively designed to virtually blend into the landscape.
Explore the area with knowledgeable local guides, searching for desert adapted elephants in the Huab river valley and visiting sites of ancient rock art, and maybe take a short dramatic sun-downer hike on one of the mountains.
DAYS 9 and 10
Drive north east into ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK where permanent water sources support fantastic bird life and make it Namibia's prime game viewing destination. You will stay at Okaukuejo Rest Camp, set within the park and overlooking a large waterhole which receives regular visits from elephants and black rhino as well as numerous antelope. The guest chalets are very comfortable and you have the choice of either taking meals in the restaurant or in your chalet. There is a swimming pool which is appreciated on a hot sunny day.
During your stay either drive yourselves around the park or join guided game drives. The waterhole is floodlit at night so after dinner it is fun to sit and watch the nocturnal visitors and their interactions.
DAYS 11 and 12
As you start heading back towards Windhoek, spend a couple of nights in the ERONGO MOUNTAINS, an amazing area where desert, mountain and bush ecosystems combine. Here, in a secluded valley, the ten luxury tented chalets of Erongo Wilderness Lodge have breathtaking views and are set in a dramatic landscape of granite boulders.
The local guides will share their wealth of knowledge of the local fauna, flora, and folklore as you take walks over granite domes, through rich valleys and on nature drives. There is also a healthy bird population around the lodge and you may choose to enjoy their company as you relax by the pool.
Drive to Windhoek and fly via Johannesburg overnight to London
Light aircraft flights and road transfers can replace parts or all of the self-drive nature of this itinerary.
From Desert Homestead, horse riders will love an exciting expedition, riding by day and camping under the stars by night.
Dunes, Damaraland & Delta
Discovering the Sossusvlei Dunes and Damaraland in Namibia and the wetland sanctuary of Botswana's Okavango Delta
Kulala Desert Lodge: 2 nights
Mowani Mountain Camp: 3 nights
Hilltop House: 1 night
Xakanaxa Camp: 3 nights
Linyanti Bush Camp: 3 nights
Including - flights, transfers, most meals and drinks, Park fees and safari activities
Ultimate Experiences in Namibia
Exploring the natural beauty of the Wolwedans dunes in the NamibRand Game Reserve, the Skeleton Coast on an amazing flying safari and the Etosha National Park with a private guide
Wolwedans Boulders Camp: 2 nights
Villa Margharita: 1 night
Skeleton Coast Safari: 3 nights
Ongava Tented Camp: 3 nights
Okonjima Bush Camp: 2 nights
Including - flights, transfers, 3 nights flying safari, most meals and some drinks, Park fees and game viewing activities