Day 1 - 3: Sossusvlei, Sossusvlei Lodge
Arrive at Windhoek International Airport, collect your Nissan X-trail and hit the open road for Sossusvlei. From the top of a dramatic escarpment, the ancient Namib Desert – estimated to be 20 million years old – unfurls forever into the distance.
The latter half of the drive is on good gravel roads and, despite the comforts of your SUV, an ice cold drink and a dip in pool at Sossusvlei Lodge will be just the tonic. The sun will set in spectacular fashion – guaranteed – and the stars will follow with a fine display of brilliance.
Sossusvlei Lodge is a bustling hotel with manic levels of service excellence and friendliness. Situated in its own private reserve and on the edge of the Sossusvlei protected area, you are in prime position to enjoy both the Namib Desert and the Sossusvlei Dunes.
Spend the next morning at Sossusvlei dunes and exploring the private reserve with its rare desert creatures like oryx, springbok, aardwolf, bat-eared foxes and the strangely domestic-looking African wildcat.
Day 3 - 5: Swakopmund, Brigadoon Guest House
From Sossusvlei to Swakopmund through the Namib Desert is an extraordinary drive through one of the world’s largest nature reserves at just under 50,000 sq km (way bigger than Switzerland). The drive takes you past the Naukluft Mountains, which eventually flatten out to rolling hills and then the flat plains of the coastal desert.
Brigadoon is a comfortable bed and breakfast guesthouse in the heart of Swakopmund one block from the beach and a short walk to the town centre.
Swakopmund, cooled by the Antarctic sea breeze, is a German-influenced resort town with a host of desert and ocean activities. The town itself is crammed with coffee shops, restaurants, galleries and craft markets.
Day 5 - 6: Damaraland, Twyfelfontein Lodge
Drive along the Skeleton Coast early on day 6 for about 80km before heading inland again through the Namib Desert towards the picturesque rocky mountains of Twyfelfontein (pronounced tway-fill-fontain) in Damaraland.
Twyfelfontein Country Lodge is in a prime location in Damaraland with a wonderful setting at the foot of a large rocky hill and overlooking the expanse of ancient landscape. Accommodation is in simple thatched chalets with tile floors and a front porch with a splendid view. Often busy with large groups, the mood here is relaxed and carefree making it an ideal stopover en route to Etosha.
Twyfelfontein is designated a World Heritage Site for its well-preserved San rock paintings and engravings with over 2500 sites in the overhangs and caves of the rocky hills. Explore the area on foot or on a guided tour visiting the Petrified Forest, Burnt Mountain and ending off with that great African tradition: sundowners.
Day 6 - 8: Etosha National Park, Okaukuejo Camp
A shorter drive today will take you to Okaukuejo Camp inside Etosha National Park. Etosha Park is unique as much for its waterhole-ringed pans as it is for its exclusive access. Inside the park are just four safari lodges, all owned and run by the park, where the big advantage you have is the floodlit waterhole around which the camp focuses all its attention.
Accommodation is in neat chalets overlooking the waterhole and dining is a cheery buffet affair. Game drives are particularly rewarding in Etosha thanks to the natural waterholes that seep up around the central pan and Etosha is famed for the biggest elephants in Africa as well as great numbers of lions and a variety of antelope and smaller predators.
Meals: dinner and breakfast
Day 8 - 10: Etosha National Park, Namutoni Camp
Drive through Etosha National Park to Namutoni Camp also inside the park on the eastern side of the pan.
Namutoni Camp is built around an old German fort and has a great lookout post with the floodlit waterhole in the foreground. Accommodation is in comfortable chalets with two restaurants and offers day and night game drives.
Meals: dinner and breakfast
Day 10 - 11: Caprivi, Hakusembe River Lodge
The drives get shorter and today you drive through the north of Namibia to the Kavango River, which, after a kink further downstream becomes the Okavango Delta in Botswana. En route to the Caprivi, Hakusembe River Lodge is an almost mandatory stopover.
With private river frontage, the accommodation at Hakusembe River Lodge is all about home-grown goodness and the special floating chalet makes for a delightful evening on the Kavango.
Take a sunset river cruise, go fishing or try out your waterskiing skills before heading out to the Caprivi the next day.
Meals: dinner and breakfast
Day 11 - 13: Caprivi, Camp Kwando
Drive through the Bwabwata National Park – the thin part of the Caprivi – to Mudumu National Park surrounded by lush floodplains in stark contrast to the desert scenes at the start of your holiday.
Situated on the Kwando River, Camp Kwando is a comfortable safari lodge with neat chalets each with a private balcony overlooking the river. The lodge has a small pool, a bar, sundowner/game viewing deck, curio shop and a set menu restaurant.
Activities include safaris and fishing trips on the Kwando River or game drives in the Bwabwata National Park. The area is home to hundreds of elephant as well plains game and lion, leopard and hyena.
Day 13 - 16: Chobe National Park, Chobe Game Lodge
Drive through the Caprivi to the Botswana border. Clear customs and drive through Chobe National Park to Kasane where you drop off your vehicle and transfer to Chobe Game Lodge for three days of game viewing and riverside relaxing.
Chobe Game Lodge is right on the Chobe River and the rooms are cool and comfortable and your exclusive river-facing suite has a private plunge pool and terrace.
Activities at Chobe Game Lodge revolve around the wildlife with game drives and river safaris on offer twice daily. Chobe National Park is famous for its huge elephant population and the general wildlife and game viewing experience is about as it gets in Africa. Diverse river and bush habitats support a great variety of wildlife and birds.
Meals: full board and local drinks
Day 16: Departure
Transfer back to Kasane Airport and fly out to Johannesburg for your onward flight home. Or... you’re a short hop from Victoria Falls so why not extend your holiday by a couple of days and explore one of the Seven Wonders of the World and fly to Jo’burg from there.
Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.