Fly overnight from the UK to Windhoek via Johannesburg, maximising your holiday time.
After arriving in Windhoek, Namibia’s capital, transfer to Am Weinberg, your boutique hotel for the night. The rest of your day is at leisure. Relax and rejuvenate ahead of tomorrow’s adventure.
This morning, transfer to Eros Airport for a private chartered flight to Sossusvlei. This southern area of the Namib Desert is a surreal, otherworldly landscape of salt pans, skeletal acacia trees and miles of undulating orange dunes. Your base here is the andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge. This afternoon, you have the option of a guided excursion around the lodge’s reserve, venturing along one of the nature trails for an introduction to the region’s striking ecology.
Rise early for a guided excursion into the Namib-Naukluft National Park, entering at sunrise when the light is soft, and shadows accentuate the dunes’ towering shapes and curves. This area boasts some of the world’s highest free-standing sand dunes. Your guide provides insight into the formation of the Namib Desert and the fascinating flora and fauna that has adapted to its harsh environs. After, enjoy a picnic breakfast under the shade of a camelthorn tree. Return to your lodge in time for a late lunch, stopping en route to see the Sesriem Canyon (time permitting). The rest of your day is at leisure.
Fly northwest over awe-inspiring dunescapes, abandoned mining camps, salt pans and the ship-strewn Skeleton Coast. On arrival, meet your guide and join a lodge activity which includes a boat excursion along the Kunene River. Take in this contrasting landscape whilst looking out for local birdlife and crocodiles. Then return to camp to enjoy dinner under the stars.
This morning, set off on a scenic nature drive with your guide to search for a Himba settlement. The Himba are a semi-nomadic people indigenous to northern Namibia who continue to live a traditional, pastoral lifestyle. Spend some time in their company, learning about their customs and way of life. En route back to Okahirongo River Camp, stop for a dramatic mountaintop sunset. You return in time to freshen up for dinner.
After an early breakfast, travel south along the picturesque Marienfluss Valley. Your journey takes you past the Holy Mountain of the Himba as well as the towering peaks of Mount Ojiunaune and Mount Otjiomuhana. Visit a Himba settlement, then continue to Puros, a small village with a population of fewer than 300 Himba and Herero herders. Arrive at Okahirongo Elephant Lodge in the late afternoon, with time to enjoy its comforts and for an entertaining evening reminiscing about the past few days.
The next leg of your journey is dependent on the season. You and your guide either head along the Hoarusib and Khumib Rivers in search of desert-adapted wildlife including elephant and giraffe; or west through the vast and silent plains. After a scenic picnic lunch under the cooling shade of camelthorn and ana trees, you descend the river with further chances to spot desert-adapted wildlife, including lion and elephant. Later, enjoy a romantic sundowner drive or an atmospheric after-dinner night walk.
This morning, head into the heart of Damaraland, a dramatic mountainous terrain home to ancient rock art and the Damara people. Despite the arid habitat, wildlife thrives here; you may spot desert-adapted elephant and the world's last free-roaming black rhinoceros. This afternoon, visit the UNESCO-listed Twyfelfontein rock engravings. Return to Onduli Ridge with time to freshen up before dinner. This evening, you have the chance to enjoy an informal lecture on the importance of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation.
Today, choose from a number of thrilling activities. You may wish to explore the ephemeral Aba-Huab River valley by 4x4, keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife such as the elusive desert-adapted elephant. Alternatively, the moderately fit may prefer to hike to the top of the Doros Crater rim; your efforts are rewarded with expansive views of this Martian-like landscape, speckled with zebra, gemsbok and other animals. Back at your camp this evening, you may wish to roll your bed out onto the deck for an atmospheric night under the stars.
Journey to Ongava, a 30,000-hectare wildlife reserve situated on the southern border of Etosha National Park. These sun-bleached wilds are home to rhino, giraffe, leopard, lion, zebra and many more iconic African animals. You arrive in time for a shared afternoon safari drive in a specially adapted vehicle, helmed by an expert ranger. After your four-wheel introduction to this untamed habitat, enjoy dinner under the stars (weather permitting) and an early night ahead of tomorrow’s adventures.
Begin the day with a morning safari drive into Etosha – one of Africa’s largest national parks – seeking out more of Namibia’s diverse wildlife alongside your guide. After a relaxing break back at your lodge, head out into Etosha again for an afternoon safari drive, leaving the park before sunset. Alternatively, spend the entire day exploring the park, breaking for a picnic lunch in sight of a waterhole popular with roaming wildlife. After returning to your lodge this evening, you may spot more wildlife gathering at the camp’s floodlit waterhole.
Board your private charter at Ongava airstrip. Arrive at Windhoek International Airport ahead of your homeward flight via Johannesburg, arriving in the UK the following morning.