See the sights of Namibia in this 10 night self-drive holiday.
Starting with one night in the capital city of Windhoek, you head off to Desert Homestead, situated just over 30 km from Sesriem and located in a lovely valley setting, with panoramic views of the Naukluft Mountains and rocky desert landscape. After 2 nights here, it is off to the coastal playtown of Swakopmund, where you can quad-bike, sand dune, or just relax.
Your next stop is Damaraland. Huddled in the rocks, with sweeping views across the Aba Huab valley, Camp Kipwe is full of surprises, starting from when you first arrive. The setting is one of intimacy and space.
The wonderful Etosha National Park is next on your list, and finally your trip winds up at Okonjima, home to the AfriCat Foundation where you can see first-hand the work they do to rehabilitate cheetahs, wild dogs hyenas and leopards.
Make your way into the Arrivals Hall and find the Bidvest Car Rental office. Complete the necessary paperwork - you will need to present your driving licence, passport and credit card. The keys to your hire car will then be handed over to you.
11 Day Car Rental: Car Hire Group - Group K (Nissan X-Trail)
Drive into Windhoek, a pleasant city set at an altitude of just over 1,600m amongst rolling hills. Spend the rest of the day relaxing and exploring the town on foot.
Set off early for the long drive to Sossusvlei (approx 400 km / 5 h 0 mins). An endless sea of shifting sand dunes, Sossusvlei is a worldwide sensation and easily Namibia's most iconic feature. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2013, this far-reaching wave of giant orange dunes stands in startling contrast to the deep blues skies overhead and is punctuated only by stretches of cracked white vlei scattered with petrified trees.
Drive to Swakopmund (approx 450 km / 5 h 30 mins), Namibia's busiest resort town which offers a huge array of activities, an interesting German heritage, and is also home to some of the friendliest people in Southern Africa.
Drive to Damaraland (approx 490 km / 5 h 15 mins). Huddled in the rocks, with sweeping views across the Aba Huab valley, Camp Kipwe is full of surprises, starting when you first arrive. It appears as if rocks have tumbled down the hill to reveal this gem of a camp. Enjoy an early morning game drive in search of elusive desert dwelling elephants, hike in the ancient surroundings of the Aba Huab River or travel back in time at Twyfelfontein, Namibia's first World Heritage Site.
Allow about 5 hours to drive to the Anderson Gate of the Etosha National Park. Okaukuejo Camp is then just a short distance into the Park. The main attraction of this camp is that it overlooks a permanent waterhole which is floodlit at night. Here a wide diversity of wildlife congregate and interact from lion to rhino to elephant and antelope. The spectacle starts at dawn, with animals coming in large numbers to quench their thirst. The activity continues throughout the day until late at night. In the early evenings, it is not uncommon to have black rhino, elephant and lion all drinking at the same time.
Take the entire day to drive across the Park. Etosha is home to 114 different species of mammal, including 4 of the famous Big Five - lion, leopard, elephant and rhino (both black and white). It also boasts over 400 species of bird and 110 species of reptile. You'll also find 3 rare antelope species amongst its hills and valleys - the lovely black-faced impala, the graceful roan antelope and the dinky Damara dik-dik, Southern Africa's tiniest antelope, which stands only 40cm tall to the shoulder as a fully grown adult. Exit via the Von Lindequist Gate and head to Mushara Bush Camp, situated just a short drive away.
Drive to Okonjima Nature Reserve (approx 330 km / 3 h 40 mins). Situated halfway between Windhoek and the Etosha National Park, a highlight of staying at the 55,000 acre Okonjima Nature Reserve are the cheetah and leopard safaris.
Allow about 3 hours to drive back to Windhoek Airport, where you will return your hire car and check in for your flight home. Passengers are requested to check in 2.5 hours prior to the international flight departure.