Depart from the UK on an overnight flight via Johannesburg to arrive in Windhoek at lunchtime the next day. You’ll be met on arrival by your private guide and taken to your boutique hotel.
When you’re fresh and free from jetlag, then it’s time to discover Windhoek. Learn about the history of this city, which was destroyed and rebuilt around a century ago. Find out what local dishes are on the menu and where the locals like to hang out. It’s also worth visiting Parliament Gardens and the National Museum of Namibia, before you head deeper into the country.
Your 4x4 will be delivered to your hotel today, allowing you to freely discover the wild. The drive will take you south to the dunes of Sossusvlei, a great place to look out for springbok and ostrich. Your home for the next two nights is Desert Homestead Outpost, a resort in a nature reserve, where you can experience authentic desert life. Today gets the longest drive of your trip (five hours) out the way early on.
Set off early this morning on a guided trip tour of the dunes and, if you’re feeling adventurous, to climb to the summit of “Big Daddy.” The desert view is a stunning reward. See the famous Deadvlei or “dead marsh” and stare in awe at the stark black trees against the sharp blue sky. Enjoy a picnic breakfast among the dunes, and then the rest of the day is yours.
After a hearty, local breakfast, set off in your 4x4 across the dunes. The roads are incredibly straight, allowing you to cover appreciate the vastness around you. En route to Swakopmund, a delightful seaside town, it’s become tradition for our clients to stop at Solitaire bakery for the best apple pie in the country. Embrace the fascinating Germanic architecture with an afternoon stroll when you arrive, or from the windows of the most inviting bar. Today’s driving time is six hours, though this includes the apple-pie stop.
Enjoy a dolphin and seal cruise on board a catamaran this morning in the beautiful Walvis Bay. You’ll also encounter pelicans and turtles if you’re lucky, but you’ll be sure to enjoy fresh oysters and sparkling wine on board. Next, head to the dunes on the edge of town for a quadbike experience. Today will be full of excitement and adventure, but you can enjoy a leisurely dinner at one of your hotel’s three restaurants in the evening – or choose one for yourself in Swakopmund.
Drive deep into the remote Erongo Mountains to find your home for the next two nights, Erongo Wilderness Lodge. This is a place to relax and experience the beauty of your surroundings. Cool yourself by the pool this afternoon and then take a guided sundowner walk. See the sun set over the spectacular views of the Erongo and Brandberg mountains, and keep your eyes open for distant rhino roaming. The driving time is only two and a half hours today.
When exploring these granite mountains, a drive to Paula’s Cave is always a highlight. Walk to the top of the hill to see some outstanding examples of bushmen rock art. There’s a variety of nature trails you can take from the lodge, both guided and non-guided, to take it slow and savour the sights. There’s incredible birdlife here from raptors to the smallest of sunbirds.
A longer drive today but an interesting journey, you can stop en route to see the Hoba Meteorite which hit the earth 80,000 years ago. Arrive in time for afternoon tea, always a communal affair, and then take part in the rhino drive – you may also see giraffe, oryx, blue wildebeest and kudu. Enjoy a relaxed evening at the lodge with dinner and stories shared round the campfire. The driving time is approximately four hours.
Set off to your final destination this morning, a conservation success story and possibly the climax of your visit to this fascinating country. The AFRICAT Foundation is an incredible project to experience; on arrival, you’ll be briefed on the activities available such as the game drive. Also, if you’re curious about the nocturnal animals, join the after-dinner night drive too. The driving time is just over an hour and a half today.
You need a full day to explore this interesting private nature reserve, so journey by foot either on a nature trail or on the bushman trail. A visit to the cheetah rehabilitation project is also a must; experience the research and conservation work done for these marvellous animals, and end your day with an incredible dinner under the stars.
Set off in good time to return your 4x4, which should be caked in dust by this point. Eat heartily at a restaurant of your choosing and pick up ornaments to remember your time here and gifts for friends and family. Laden with stories of your adventures in Africa, board your international flight this afternoon via Johannesburg to arrive home in the UK the following morning. The driving time today is around two and a half hours.