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Highlights of Namibia

Private Travel | Self-drive | Wildlife 13 Days & 10 Nights Lead-in price: £3235

This popular self-drive itinerary is a flexible, cost-effective way to discover the best that Namibia has to offer. Visit the giant red dunes of Sossusvlei, the adventure town of Swakopmund and impressive granite landscapes in Damaraland, where excursions include a wildlife drive in search of elusive desert-dwelling elephants. Drive east to Etosha National Park which lends itself to extraordinary self-drive safaris in search of some of the many big cats that roam the region. Namibians drive on the left and, although most of the country's roads are gravel, regular grading generally keeps them in good condition.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Classic self-drive itinerary, combining the best of Namibia’s north & south
  • Diverse landscapes, from red dunes to the shimmering white Etosha salt pan
  • A wide variety of wildlife, from Damaraland’s desert elephants to Etosha’s black & white rhinos
  • Visit the ancient rock art site of Twyfelfontein
  • Stay in 4-star accommodation
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Days 1-2: Fly to Windhoek

Fly overnight from UK to Windhoek, via Johannesburg, South Africa. On arrival you will be met and assisted with collection of your hire car. Overnight at The Elegant Guesthouse. (N)

Day 3: Windhoek to Sossusvlei

This morning, set off on your five-hour drive to Sossusvlei, home to some of the world’s largest sand dunes. Stay for 2 nights at Desert Homestead Lodge. (B, D)

Day 4: Sossusvlei

Spend the day exploring. Sites of interest include the eerily beautiful scorched trees of Deadvlei; the scalable Dune 45 and Big Daddy; and the stunning Sesriem Canyon. (B, D)

Day 5: Sossusvlei to Swakopmund

Bid farewell to the dramatic dunes of Sossusvlei and head east to the Germanic town of Swakopmund, famous for being the gateway to the Skeleton Coast. Stay 2 nights at Villa Margherita Swakopmund. (B)

Day 6: Swakopmund

The distinctly German town of Swakopmund is famed for its excursion opportunities and offers some world-class wildlife encounters. Join catamaran cruises to see seals, whales, dolphins, penguins and a host of other bird and marine life, or enjoy a living desert experience which brings you face to face with the strange creatures that make the dunes their home. Overnight at Villa Margherita Swakopmund. (B)

Day 7: Swakopmund to Twyfelfontein, Damaraland

This morning, take a four-hour drive to Twyfelfontein in the archaeologically significant, wildlife-rich region known as Damaraland. Twyfelfontein is a scenic area featuring one of Africa’s largest and most important concentrations of ancient rock art. Stay 2 nights at Camp Kiwe. (B, D)

Day 8: Twyfelfontein

Spend a second day exploring this wild, arid region. Activities on offer include elephant nature drives lasting 3-6 hours. Starting in the morning, these guided 4×4 excursions take you in search of Namibia’s desert-dwelling elephants. You may also wish to join an afternoon excursion to Burnt Mountain, the Organ Pipes, and the fascinating Bushman Engravings. (B, D)

Days 9 & 10: Etosha National Park

Rise early for a six-hour journey to the southern edge of Etosha National Park. Spend the next two days exploring one of Africa’s largest national parks. During self-drive safaris, you may spot elephants, giraffes, lions, leopards, jackals, hyenas, meerkats, mongooses, honey badgers, zebras and wildebeest. Cheetahs, rhinos and many other species can also be found here. Stay 2 nights at Okaukuejo Rest Camp. (B)

Day 11: Waterberg Plateau National Park

En route back to Windhoek, stop for the night at Waterberg National Park, a fascinating geological site featuring compressed sandstone crags, 200 million-year-old dinosaur footprints, and petrified sand dunes. Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities, including learning about local Herero culture during a village tour, tracking rhino on a guided safari, exploring Waterberg’s vast ‘table mountain’, and catching a glimpse of the rare sable and roan antelope. Overnight at Waterberg Wilderness Lodge (B, D)

Days 12 & 13: Fly to UK

Drive back to Windhoek to connect with your indirect return flight to the UK. (B) (N)

Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information Superior tour

This tour is based in 4-star accommodation.

Single supplement

Available on request.

Tailor-made travel

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • The Elegant Farmstead
    The Elegant Farmstead

    The Elegant Farmstead, located near Okahandja, approximately 60km north of Windhoek in beautiful natural surroundings, is a property which combines the external features of an old farmstead with modern elegant interiors. The 11 stylish and tastefully furnished rooms are spacious and modern, while the tranquil gardens, large outdoor pool and cosy lounge area create a relaxed environment for unwinding before or after a long day of travel. The 2,500-hectare farm is home to a large variety of wildlife, including springboks, elands, waterbucks, giraffes, kudus, warthogs, jackals and ostriches, along with plenty of visiting birdlife.

  • Desert Homestead Lodge
    Desert Homestead Lodge

    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.

  • Camp Kipwe
    Camp Kipwe

    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 camp.

  • Okaukuejo Camp
    Okaukuejo Camp

    Okaukuejo is located 17km from the southern entrance of Etosha National Park and is famous for its floodlit waterhole, where you can observe a spectacle of wildlife congregating and interacting at close quarters. Accommodation is comprised of 102 chalets of five varieties that differ in location, size and facilities. The camp is operated by the park authorities and facilities are therefore generally of a lower standard than those of a privately run lodge. However, the extraordinary wildlife encounters on offer here more than make up for any lack of luxury. Features: 102 rooms, 3 swimming pools, restaurant, bar, lounge, curio shop, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Vary with room category but all have: private bathroom, air conditioning, kettle and fridge.

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Dates & prices

HOB2022

Guideline Prices

Low season from £3235 per person

High season from £3495 per person

 

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All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, this tour is guaranteed to run.

For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

 
  • • 4-star accommodation
    • Meet & greet service on arrival
    • Category W 4x4 car hire (Ford Ranger or similar)
    •10 breakfasts, 5 dinners

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