Flying from the UK, your overnight flight to Johannesburg should not lead to any jet lag, thanks to the minimal time differences. So, let’s dive straight into your tailor made Namibia tour.
After landing in Johannesburg, you’ll catch an onward flight to Namibia’s quirky capital of Windhoek. We’ll arrange a hire car, which will be ready and waiting at the airport. We recommend a Nissan X Trail, or similar, to ensure you have no trouble driving across the desert terrain. Once you’re settled in at the Elegant Guesthouse there’s an afternoon of exploring this German-inspired colonial city.
A hearty breakfast will set you up for a day of travel. Hop in your hire car and head north towards the Okonjima Nature Reserve. The vast plains here are intermittently smattered with rocky remnants from ancient sandstone outcrops. Your home for the next two nights will be the beautiful Okonjima Lodge.
Okonjima is home to the AfriCat Foundation, an incredible Namibian conservation project. Since 1993 it has rescued a vast number of cheetah and other predator, such as lion and leopard. Your guide will offer unique insight into the excellent work done here, while you’ll also have the chance to learn survival skills from local Bushmen.
Setting off early you’ll drive north to Etosha National Park, undoubtedly the jewel in Namibia’s safari crown. Between game drives and other wildlife spotting activities, you’ll spend three nights at the comfortable and traditional Mushara Lodge. This is located on the eastern border of Etosha, making it the ideal base for safari exploration.
Described as Namibia's greatest wildlife sanctuary, you’ll have two days to explore the natural wonders of Etosha National Park. Seemingly endless sands collide with arid plains and lush woodland. The park is also dotted with a number of life-giving waterholes, which attract beasts great and small from miles round. You’ll have plenty of chances to spot giraffe, lion, leopard, rhinoceros and the majestic elephant.
Located close to the southern boundary of Etosha is the Ongava Game Reserve, an area of mixed rocky and arid grassland. Stay for the next two nights at the Ongava Lodge, which offers an ideal blend of rustic charm and modern amenities. Settle in for the evening with a sundowner and watch the stars come alive in Namibia’s glorious night sky.
As you set off on an early morning game drive you are in with a great chance to spot some of the reserve’s more elusive creatures returning from their hunt, such as the desert-adapted lion. Keep your camera and binoculars to hand. If you’re very lucky, you might even see the rare black rhinoceros and endangered white rhinoceros. Come evening, you can talk over your sightings over a delectable meal back at the lodge.
After two days in this arid wonderland, it’s time to continue your journey to Damaraland. Home to dramatic mountain terrain, millennia-old rock art, the reclusive Damara people and the Doro Nawas Camp, where you’ll stay for the next two nights. At this atmospheric camp dinner is almost always served outdoors. If you wish you can even wheel your bed onto the terrace for a slumber beneath the African skies.
Enjoy a morning game drive in a tailored 4x4 vehicle as you explore this arid environment on the lookout for the wildlife such as desert-adapted elephant, gemsbok and springbok. Look out too for the adorable bat-eared fox and for the abundant birdlife that includes several endemic Namibian species.
After days in the desert it’s a shock to the system to drive on to Swakopmund, Namibia's second largest city. But it’s also a refreshing change: located on the Atlantic coast, this deluxe beach resort contains excellent examples of German colonial architecture. You’ll spend two nights at The Cornerstone Guesthouse. The guesthouse has its own terrace, delightfully manicured gardens and it is just a stone’s throw from the beach.
Enjoy a full day exploring this beautiful coastal city. Namibia's coast is alive with dolphin and seal, best spotted on a cruise from nearby Walvis Bay. Make sure you sample the exquisite local cuisine at one of the city’s beachside restaurants.
Departing Swakopmund, you’ll drive to Sossusvlei for two nights at Kulala Desert Lodge. This rustic tented camp is located on the Kulala Wilderness Reserve, offering inspiring views of the Namib Sand Dunes. The unsurpassed natural beauty of the dunes will definitely get your camera clicking and your heart ticking.
Spend the day exploring Sossusvlei, home to the highest sand dunes in the world. Created by thousands of years of desert winds, the highest dune rises to 300m. We recommend viewing them at sunrise when the rich colours make for fabulous photo opportunities. Alien vegetation, such as camelthorn tree, somehow eke out an existence from water far beneath the surface of Sossusvlei’s salt pan.
Your arid desert adventure must sadly come to a close – it’s time to return to Windhoek. Back in Namibia’s capital, you’ll spend your final night at the Elegant Guest House. Enjoy a farewell dinner and get a well-earned night’s rest before your journey home.
In the morning you may have a little time to explore the city, perhaps sampling a locally brewed beer before picking up a souvenir to remind you of your Namibian safari. In the afternoon, return to the airport for your flight back to the UK, via Johannesburg.
Your camera packed with pictures of landscapes and rare wildlife, you’ll have plenty of stories to share back home. After a peaceful night flight, you’ll arrive early back in the UK.