Best of Namibia Self-Drive Adventure (8 days)
The Namibian experience is nostalgic and it will always leave you yearning for more. Characterized by vast wilderness that overlooks the cold Atlantic Ocean, this southwest African nation is home to two of Africa’s largest deserts, including the Namib Desert and the Kalahari Desert.
German influence is predominant in Namibia with gothic architecture and German monuments highlighting the streets of Windhoek, which is Namibia’s capital city. The capital is also renowned for its German colonial-era buildings that date back to as early as the 1900s. A subtle blend of African culture coupled with European influence is the epitome of the Namibian experience.
From stunning rust-red sand dunes to breathtakingly bleached white salt pans, Namibia delivers as far as offering surreal landscapes is concerned.
The Skeleton Coast is one of Africa’s most famous coastlines. It stretches 976 miles, covering 26.6 million acres from Angola to the Orange River in South Africa. Untouched beaches and heavy sand dunes characterize the Skeleton coast, making it a marvel to behold.
This self-drive adventure starts in a Nissan X Trail 4x4 vehicle (or one of equivalent value). You receive Super Cover insurance and unlimited mileage; perfect for exploring the vast expanses of this limitless country.
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What to Expect on This Safari
This popular itinerary can be customised to match your budget and travel dates by adding/removing a few days or selecting different lodges
1 to 2
Welcome to Namibia! Your journey begins at Windhoek airport where your vehicle is ready for your collection and odessey to Sossusvlei. Enjoy the stark landscape on your way there.
Sossusvlei is characterize by the dry, arid landscapes and some of the biggest sand dunes in the world. Huge red dunes loom conspicously on the horizon, emphasizing the grandiosity of this unique land. Despite Namibia's harsh reputation, it serves as a testament to wildlifes' ability to adapt to tough terrain and survive against all odds. Expect to see the iconic onyx, elephant, jackals and ferocious birds that rely on a keen eye and never-give-up attitude to survive this true wilderness.
Your stay at the refreshing Namib Desert Lodge offers you a chance to cool down in their airconditioned en-suite rooms, enjoy a lap in the outdoor pool or challenge yourself to an invigorating hike. Your stay will include a three-hour sundowner drive across the plains and dunes of this eccentric destination.
Meals: Breakfast (tea and coffee)
3 to 4
The Delight Swakopmund lodge is the star of your next chapter of the Namibian journey. The transition from wild sand dunes to the rustic little seaside town of Swakopmund is a feast for the senses.
Founded in 1892 as the main harbour for German South West Africa, Swakopmund is often described as being more German than Germany. Indeed, the architecture, cuisine and even language reflects a German-influenced nuance that visitors just can't quite put their finger on. Swakopmund is the gateway to the majestic Skeleton Coast where the dunes of Namibia meet the cold Atlantic ocean.
Tickle your adventurous side with paragliding trips, fishing excursions or quad biking amongst the dunes. Enjoy a taste of craft German beer while you explore the town of Swakopmund. Your stay will include two nights at The Delight Swakopmund, a contemporary and eco-friendly space that provides the perfect desert oasis next to the sea.
Meal: Breakfast (tea and coffee included)
5 to 7
The famous Etosha National Park is the setting for the last leg of your Namibian experience. Your stay at Etosha Safari Lodge promises to be filled with the ultimate in luxury and plenty of opportunity to explore the wilderness on a guided safari. Perched on a hill with expansive views, this stylish lodge offers a peaceful base from which to explore the animal bounty of Etosha National Park. Sit back, relax and enjoy the panoramic views from your deck.
Visitors can catch a glimpse of a variety of wildlife including lion, giraffe, elephant, white and black rhino, and lots of game animals. Popular activities include game drives, tracking rhinos on foot, guided nature walks, or watching the sunset over this magnificent landscape.
The Etosha Safari Lodge is the perfect vantage point from which to admire an unpolluted and pristine starry night sky.
Make your way from Etosha South to Windhoek where your vehicle will be dropped off.
We hope you're enjoyed the majesty of Namibia with its sweeping terrain and unique wildlife. Get home safely and don't forget to share your Namibian adventure with your friends and family.
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