Namibia is wild, unspoilt and intensely colourful with a wide variety of activities and plenty of small guesthouses and lodges that cater for families. Starting from the town of Windhoek, this self-drive tour takes you to the spectacular landscapes of the Namib desert and a night under the stars; Swakopmund, for a kayaking tour to see pelicans, seals and dolphins off Pelican Point; Damaraland with its renowned Bushmen rock engravings, rare desert-adapted elephants and rhinos; Etosha National Park for further wildlife viewing; and Okonjima, a big cat rehabilitation centre.
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Fly overnight from London (regional connections available) to Windhoek with Virgin Atlantic. (N)
Arrive and transfer to Olive Grove Guesthouse for 1 night. A Cox & Kings local representative will arrive at a pre-arranged time to brief you on your self-drive itinerary. Your Group W Ford Ranger 4x4 Double Cab will be delivered at the same time. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (N)
Drive 5 hours to the Namib desert. Stay 1 night at Desert Homestead Outpost (2 Luxury rooms) in an incredible desert location. (B, D)
In the early morning we recommend the 1 hour 20 minute drive through the Sesriem Gate to the giant sand dunes of Sossusvlei, with a stop at the 30-metre-deep Sesriem canyon. In the afternoon, pack up your belongings and meet your horse riding guide at the Desert Homestead stables. From here, ride out across the wide open plains, over soft, sandy fields and rockier mountain trails and through dry riverbeds. Ride at a relaxed pace where the slower riders can hang back while more experienced riders go for long gallops. Arrive at camp to a sunset drink and magnificent views as dinner is prepared by the staff on a crackling bushfire. The dome tents are spacious with comfortable camp beds, duvets, pillows, white linen and hot bucket showers. (B, D)
After a delicious campfire breakfast, ride for about 2 hours, arriving back at the lodge about 10am. Drive 5 hours to Swakopmund and stay 2 nights at An der Mole, a luxury, self-catering, three-bedroom apartment owned by Cornerstone Guest House. The afternoon is at leisure to explore the German town of Swakopmund. (B)
In the morning, join a guided kayaking tour to the remote Pelican Point peninsula. En route, pass the Walvis Bay wetlands with plenty of flamingoes and pelicans, as well as one of the largest salt mines in the world. While kayaking, you may see Cape Fur seals, which love to interact with the kayaks, bottlenose dolphins, black-backed jackals and even brown hyenas. Afternoon at leisure.
Travel inland to the heart of Damaraland with its rugged landscape, granite domes and dry riverbeds. En route, you may like to take the hour-long scenic walk up to the White Lady rock painting tucked under a small overhang deep within Brandberg mountain, the highest mountain in Namibia. Continue to Camp Kipwe for a 2-night stay (2 separate bungalows) set among red, granite boulders. (B, D)
Day at leisure. We recommend a drive to explore some of Damaraland’s ancient geographical features such as the Twyfelfontein rock art, the Petrified Forest, Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes. Alternatively, book a guided drive in an open-air vehicle from Camp Kipwe itself for an insight into the local traditions, geology, botany and wildlife of the area. This is desert elephant country, but it must be emphasised that they are not easy to spot. (B, D)
Drive 5 hours north to Etosha National park and stay 2 nights at Etosha Village (2 separate chalets), just outside the Okaukuejo Gate. Etosha is dominated by a vast white saltpan and a whole range of wildlife concentrate around the waterholes to drink. In the afternoon, we recommend a drive into Etosha National Park for some wildlife viewing. (B)
Full-day wildlife drive in Etosha National Park, home to elephants, which are reputed to be the largest in Africa, as well as rare black rhinos. Optional wildlife drives, stargazing, bush dinners and sunset drives can all be booked at Etosha Village. (B, D)
Drive 2 and a half hours south to Okonjima, home to a variety of animals rescued by the AfriCat Foundation. Stay 1 night* at The Plains Camp (2 Standard rooms) where one
activity is included today, and one on day 12, the morning of your flight back to the UK. Activities to choose from include radio tracking leopards and cheetahs in 4x4 vehicles, radio tracking of rehabilitated spotted hyenas on foot, walking Bushmen trails and the chance to learn more about the AfriCat Foundation’s crucial work. (B, D)
Morning wildlife activity. Drive 2 and a half hours to Windhoek and fly to London, via Johannesburg, with Virgin Atlantic. (B)
Morning arrival. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 4-star accommodation.
Where indicated the tour accommodation is in two-bedroom, shared accommodation for four people. Where two-bedroom accommodation is indicated, alternative, separate one-bedroom accommodation is also available.
There is a wide selection of activities at Okonjima. If you are interested in learning more about the AfriCat Foundation we suggest you add on another 1 or 2 nights to make the most of what is on offer.
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor make this itinerary, please call 020 7808 6780 or email email@example.com
Cape Town in South Africa, the Okavango delta in Botswana, Victoria Falls (either on the Zambia or Zimbabwe side) and Gocheganas Nature Reserve & Wellness Village in Namibia are all popular extensions to this tour. Please speak to an Africa expert who will guide you further.
Kipwe, meaning blessed in Swahili, is nestled among boulders, facing out to superb scenery. Its eight rooms are round in shape, with large outside decks to admire the view. The outside, partially open bathrooms adjoining the bedrooms, have boulder, cement and rock walls, and roofs of rough mopane branches. The central area of the camp is raised and comprises four thatched domes. An outside boma area is an additional venue for fine-cooked meals. Activities at the camp include nature drives with the possibility of seeing the desert-adapted elephants in the dry season, Twyfelfontein excursions to the rock engravings and guided walks with Kipwe's experienced guides in front of the...
Desert Homestead Outpost is located in the same 7,000-hectare reserve as Desert Homestead Lodge at the base of a mountain looking out over the Naukluft mountains. Accommodation is in hut style cottages with thatched roofs, all individual from each other and each with a private viewing deck offering stunning views of the surrounding landscape. The main lodge itself is perfect for unwinding and offers an outdoor swimming pool and a viewing deck from where it is often possible to sight cheetahs, which roam the surrounding grasslands. Activities include visits to Sossusvlei, wildlife drives, hikes and horse-riding safaris.
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Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
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