Fly overnight from London via Johannesburg to Windhoek
DAYS 2 and 3
Arriving in a specially chartered light aircraft and landing close to some of the world's highest sand dunes is a spectacular start to this very special itinerary. Kulala Desert Lodge has a superb location near the great dune sea with wonderful views of the shifting mountains of sand from a private verandah.
Original in design, comfortable tented rooms each have an open deck above the bathroom where guests can sleep out under the stars!
Dawn visits to SOSSUSVLEI and Deadvlei will be organised and can be combined with a visit to Sesriem Canyon followed by a hearty brunch in the shade of an acacia tree. For a magical treat, take a balloon safari over the desert at sunrise and watch the changing colours and shadows.
DAYS 4 to 6
The landscape changes as you fly north to mountainous DAMARALAND to stay at Mowani Mountain Camp, cleverly designed to blend into the boulder-strewn landscape.
The area has been inhabited by Bushmen for several thousand years and their artefacts and rock paintings have been subject to much scholastic study. A local guide can interpret the amazing rock engravings and will lead you in search of the desert elephants which exist in the harsh conditions of the dry river beds.
Nearby, a petrified forest is well worth a visit. It is thought that some 250 million years ago logs washed down by a river became stranded on a sand bank, providing ideal conditions for the strange petrification process.
Fly back to Windhoek and spend your final night in Namibia at the charming Hilltop House in WINDHOEK
DAYS 8 to 10
Fly to Botswana and straight on to the OKAVANGO DELTA. Your next stop will be in the MOREMI GAME RESERVE on the eastern side of the delta. This is a beautiful area of permanent water, seasonal floodplains, open savannah and riverine forest - varied habitats that teem with game. You can take game drives in open vehicles in the reserve and your explorations will also be by mokoro (dug out canoe) and motor boat along the deep water channels.
Xakanaxa (pronounced ka-ka-na-ka) is in a prime location on the banks of the Khwai river. The character is of an original African bush camp but with every comfort including a comprehensive library and a small pool. The spacious tents are furnished in the 'old safari' style, with lanterns and candlelight at night to add to the authentic atmosphere.
DAYS 11 to 13
Your final three nights are at Linyanti Bush Camp in a remote private concession where the OKAVANGO DELTA borders CHOBE NATIONAL PARK. With year-round water, mokoro expeditions and traditional day and night drives to view the abundance of game and the prolific birdlife are on offer. This small luxury tented camp offering a true wilderness experience provides a fitting finale to a journey of contrasting environments.
Fly via Maun and Johannesburg overnight to London