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based on 11 nights inc. flights & selected experiences
* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
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per person sharing inclusive of accommodation, car hire, breakfast, some meals and activities in Sossusvlei, Damaraland and Okonjima.
A classic road trip through Namibia's varied and breathtaking landscapes
Take in the scenery of the South and the desert-adapted wildlife of the North
Enjoy superb big cat sightings on the Okonjima Reserve
The best time to visit Namibia is between May and November when it's cool and dry. Summer (December to March) is hot with sometimes very heavy rains that sometimes make the gravel roads to the Namib completely impassable.
December and January see the main school holidays: much of the populace heads to the coast, so if you visit during this time you may find some shops and restaurants closed.
This action-packed itinerary offers the perfect self-drive trip across Namibia to stop off at some of the countries highlights. Enjoy the soaring dunes in Sossusvlei, the non-stop fun in Swakopmund and the beautiful dramatic landscapes of Damaraland in the north before finishing with the big cats at Okonjima.
Your journey starts with a transfer to a Windhoek guest house where you can rest and enjoy a meal after a long flight to Namibia. The following morning your car will be delivered to you at your guest house, ready for your self-drive adventure around Namibia's beautiful highlights.
Heading south, it's an easy drive on excellent roads to the Namib Naukluft National Park where the rust-coloured dunes of Sossusvlei can be found. Spend your first morning on a nature drive out to to the vast orange plains where you could spot the occasional Kalahari gemsbok, springbok or ostrich. Hike to the top of Big Daddy, the tallest dune here, walk through the eerie treescape of Dead Vlei and try to capture the dramatic dune sea in a photograph. For a truly incredible morning above the dunes we also recommend you take to the skies in a hot air balloon and watch the sun rise behind one of the towering dunes.
From Sossusvlei you'll head north to Swakopmund, Namibia's quaint coastal town where you will spend the next two nights. There’s plenty of nice restaurants offering delicious seafood as well as countless activities for all. For the thrill seekers you could head out on a quad bike tour, go sandboarding down the huge sand dunes, or even go kayaking with seals. Alternatively, head out on a 4x4 Sandwich Harbour tour where you will cross beautiful dunes where there are plenty of picture perfect opportunities, as well as coming across some of the desert adapted flora and fauna and desert adapted animals. Relax in the evenings after fun-filled days here.
Your journey now takes you northwards to the dramatic landscapes of Damaraland - and in this landscape there is plenty to explore. Take a game drive up the Huab Riverbed to find the desert-adapted elephant, visit the mountains of Spitzkoppe and Brandberg, or take a walk in the Petrified Forest. Your guide can show you the ancient bushman rock art at Twyfelfontein, and for the adventurous, elephant-tracking on foot can be organised.
For a final stop, visit the inspiring Okonjima, home of the AfriCat Foundation, where rescued big cats are rehabilitated and given a home. The activities here focus on cats, with morning and afternoon visits to their enclosures and great opportunities for close-up photography. Other activities on offer are walks - either guided or on your own - through the ranch, guided 4X4 safaris - or follow the Bushman Trail with your guide, a wonderful way of finding out more about the bushmen of the area and how they survived and hunted. After your time at Okonjima it's a relatively short drive to Windhoek, where you can drop your car at the airport before boarding your flight home.
The Lagoon at Walvis Bay offers a marine haven for birds and marine creatures. A morning kayak safari, when the water is calm is one of the best ways to observe the Cape fur seal colonies & flamingos. Dolphins and pelicans are also regularly spotted.
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