Discover the hidden gems of Southern Africa's Thirstland, Namibia, with our in depth self-drive safari.
Depart from New York (JFK) for your South African Airways flight to South Africa.
Upon arrival in Windhoek, you will be met and a detailed travel digest will be handed over. You will be briefed on your routing and any questions you may have. You will also be assisted with your rental vehicle. Depart for Windhoek Country Club.
Overnight on a bed and breakfast basis at Windhoek Country Club
Depart after breakfast for the Kalahari.
The lodge lies on the edge of the Southern Kalahari in the mixed tree and shrub Savanna.
The ranch is characterised by huge red sands dunes running parallel, and in a northern-westerly to south-easterly direction. This ‘Spirit of Africa’ atmosphere, coupled with service, delivered with graciousness and charm, in an unashamedly luxurious setting, will be the hallmarks of this establishment, providing excellent value and unforgettable memories for the discerning traveller. Bagatelle Kalahari Game Lodge lies on the edge of the southern Kalahari Bagatelle Game Ranch, and is only 50 minutes’ drive from Mariental. The ranch is located in a mixed tree and Shrub Savanna setting, broken by deep red parallel sand dunes running parallel in a northern-westerly to south-easterly direction. The valleys in between the parallel dunes are commonly known as 'dune streets'.
Overnight on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis at Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch
Depart for Sossusvlei early this morning. The Namib is the world’s oldest desert, and although it stretches along the entire length of Namibia’s coastline, the Namib commonly refers to the vast sea of sand from Luderitz to Swakopmund. For a big sandy desert the scenery is remarkably varied, with the giant red dunes of Sossusvlei being the most famous part.
Because of how old it is the Namib is home to numerous species that don’t occur elsewhere and although no humans live in the desert an amazing array of flora and fauna manages to survive here. Famous species include the Welwitschia – a living fossil plant, endemic chameleons, fur seals along the coast, brown hyenas, jackals and remarkably one of Africa’s largest antelope the Gemsbok. The name Namib is of Nama origin and means "vast place" and vast it certainly is.
Overnight for 2 nights on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis at Le Mirage Resort
Depart for Swakopmund for some rest and relaxation this morning.
Overnight for 2 nights on a bed and breakfast basis at Swakopmund Beach Lodge
Depart for Damaraland after a delightful breakfast this morning. Huge, untamed and ruggedly beautiful Damaraland is an exceptionally scenic landscape of open plains and spectacular rock formations. The major attractions are Spitzkoppe, the Brandberg, Twyfelfontein, Vingerklip and the Petrified Forest.
Overnight on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis at Camp Kipwe
This morning is a very early departure as you have quite a long distance to cover.
The Kaokoveld is a dry, mountainous and relatively undeveloped region that takes in the harsh beauty of the Skeleton Coast and the coppery sands of the northern Namib Desert. The area is inhabited by three main ethnic groups – the Damara, Herero and Himba people – each with their unique customs, traditions and rituals.
Overnight on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis at Opuwa Country Lodge
Communal tourism is still in the fledgling stages. However, an increasing number of indigenous people are starting to take fate into their own hands by getting actively involved in the tourism industry. One such example is the Ongula Traditional Homestead Lodge near Ohangwena. Built alongside an active homestead, Ongula is the first lodge in Namibia to introduce visitors to the authentic, traditional lifestyle of the Ovambo, the largest cultural group in the country. Stopping over at Ongula is a definite “must” when travelling the area north of Etosha National Park.
Participate in the preparation and making of local traditional drinks and meals and learn of other duties in and around the rondavel. Clay pots are made in an underground studio called an onzimbogo (pottery making cave) and are stored for around 2 weeks. They are then placed in a pit and covered in cow dung and tree bark. Once lit the pit is covered in sand until the baked pots are removed the following day. Using mahangu stalks as the main ingredient, an attractive range of handmade paper products can be produced from combining craft with the remnants of the mahangu harvest. Bookmarks, cards, notebooks and magnetized fridge notepads can be purchased.
Overnight on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis at Ongula Village Homestead
Bid farewell to Ongula and depart for Etosha. In the local Herero language, Onguma means, "the place you don't want to leave." With a stunning main building and seven tents providing private, exclusive accommodation, Onguma Tented Camp, certainly lives up to its name.
Overnight on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis at Onguma Tented Camp
Make your way through the Park to the other side. Nestled in mopane scrub on white calcrete soils, Andersson’s Camp is situated 4.5km from Etosha’s Andersson Gate. The camp was named after Swedish explorer Charles Andersson – one of the first Europeans to ‘discover’ Etosha, Africa’s largest saltpan.
Overnight on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis at Anderson's Camp
Depart for your journey back to Windhoek this morning via Okonjima.
Overnight on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis at Okonjima Plains Camp
Depart for Windhoek this morning in time for your departure flight to Johannesburg and onward connection to the US.
Arrival in the United States at New York (JFK) airport.
This tour can begin in Washington Dulles instead of New York, however, this would necessitate an overnight stop in Johannesburg at the beginning of the journey before flying to Maun. Please contact us for prices for this option.
Round trip coach air on South African Airways from New York (JFK) or Washington (IAD) Airport to South Africa OR Tambo International Airport; Regional coach air (Johannesburg - Windhoek - Johannesburg); Accommodation as per the itinerary; Meals as per the itinerary (12x breakfast, 9x dinners); Car Hire of a Mitsubishi ASX or similar
Add on air from other US cities; Any meals or services not mentioned above; Any items of personal expense - i.e. drinks, telephone calls, laundry etc; Gratuities for rangers/guides/drivers; Fuel and Contract Fee
Your accommodation is as outlined in the itinerary above. All our programs are full customizable to your needs. Should you wish to substitute your accommodation to any of our preferred Partner hotels, please feel free to speak to our Africa Experts.
Price is per person based on double occupancy. Valid as of October 24, 2016 for departures from New York (JFK) between January 10 - May 31, 2017 and also August 11 - October 31, 2017 with the same itinerary available at higher prices during other travel periods. Other departure points and domestic flights within the U.S. can be booked. Price for other departure cities and/or travel dates may vary. Subject to availability and currency exchange rate fluctuations. Prices are valid for new bookings only, are not retroactive and may change without notice. Package includes all government and airline imposed taxes and fees. Baggage and optional service fees, cancellation charges and other restrictions may apply.