This 17 night self-drive trip around Namibia takes in all the key highlights of this fascinating country, and you'll be staying in some of the very best places.
From towering red sand dunes to awe-inspiring canyons, from coastal towns to desert elephants, not to mention a safari in one of Africa's greatest wildlife reserves and the opportunity to track cheetah.
Namibia gives you a feeling of grand emptiness found in very few places on the planet. Here, you can drive for hours and encounter only a couple of cars on the road, making you seem magically and wonderfully alone in a barely-discovered Africa.
Once you have cleared Customs & Immigration at Windhoek's Hosea Kutako International Airport and collected your luggage, you need to make your way to the Arrivals Hall, where you will be met by your driver who will be holding a sign board with your name on it.
You will then be transferred to Olive Exclusive, the perfect luxury base from which to explore Windhoek and its surrounds before heading off on your Namibian trip.
You will be met at the guest house by our representative, who will take you through your itinerary in detail and answer any questions that you may have. During this time, your hire car will also be delivered to you.
17 Day Car Rental: Group W (4X4 Toyota Hilux Double Cab or similar) - SUPER COVER
Drive to Fish River Lodge (approx 440 km / 4 h 45 mins). The Fish River Canyon is one of the largest canyons in the world. The most popular viewing times are sunrise or sunset, mainly because the canyon walls glow a beautiful warm colour with the reflected light.
Drive to Wolwedans Dunes Lodge (approx 400 km / 6 h 0 mins), nestled into the dunes of the NamibRand Nature Reserve and set against a backdrop of diverse and breathtaking desert scenery. Personal and informative scenic drives in open Land Rovers reveal the wonders of the surrounding wilderness.
Drive to Little Kulala (approx 80 km / 1 h 30 mins). Little Kulala is a luxurious Sossusvlei desert retreat situated in the private 27,000 hectare Kulala Wilderness Reserve - the gateway to Namibia's 'Sand Sea' with its towering dunes and clear starry skies. Desert-adapted wildlife in the area is fascinating and is another dimension of this truly spectacular place.
Drive to Swakopmund (approx 370 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.
Allow about 5 hours to drive to Desert Rhino Camp. Desert Rhino Camp lies amongst rolling, rocky hills of the 450,000 hectare Palmwag Concession. Activities are geared at exploring this vast, miraculous ecosystem with some of the most knowledgeable guides in Namibia - and of course tracking the black rhino.
Drive to Ongava Lodge (approx 450 km / 5 h 30 mins). Ongava Lodge is situated along the southern boundary of the Etosha National Park in the privately owned Ongava Game Reserve. Activities include game drives in open 4x4 vehicles into the Okaukeujo area of Etosha where lion, elephant, cheetah, gemsbok, springbok and hartebeest can be seen at many of the waterholes. In addition, hides and walks with guides can be enjoyed on the private reserve. Ongava has resident white and black rhino, giving guests staying at Ongava the unique opportunity to see both of these charismatic species.
Spend the day driving across the Park to Onguma Fort. Onguma the Fort is built in exactly the right spot to give guests probably one of the best sunset views in the whole of Namibia - overlooking the beautiful scarceness of the Etosha Pans, decorated only with its wild animals and hundreds of Camel Thorn trees.
Drive to Okonjima Nature Reserve (approx 215 km / 2 h 30 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.
Drive back to Windhoek's Hosea Kutako International Airport, return your hire car at the Car Rental Returns, and check in for your flight home. Passengers are requested to check in 2.5 hours prior to their international flight departure.