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  • Sossusvlei - The world's tallest dunes in the world's oldest desert

    Sossusvlei

  • Damaraland - Rhino Africa consultants enjoying sundowners in Damaraland

    Damaraland

  • Etosha National Park - With 114 mammal species Etosha is one of Africa's great game reserves

    Etosha National Park

  • Chobe National Park - Chobe has the highest concentration of elephants on Earth

    Chobe National Park

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Overview

In just 16 days on this self-drive tour of Namibia and Botswana you will see the world's oldest desert at Sossusvlei; visit the Skeleton Coast of Namibia; experience the incredible scenery of Damaraland; and discover fascinating wildlife in game reserves at Etosha, Caprivi and Chobe. The tour price includes 13 days car hire, all accommodation and transfers and an amazing African holiday thrown in for good measure.

Day 1 - 3: Sossusvlei, Sossusvlei Desert 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 the spring-fed pool at Sossusvlei Desert 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 Desert Lodge – formerly Sossusvlei Mountain Lodge – is a dramatic luxury lodge with enormous suites of stone, glass and wooden decking with an arms-wide view of the grassy desert plains and the muted hills in the distance.

Spend the next morning at Sossusvlei dunes and exploring the private Desert Lodge reserve with its rare desert creatures like oryx, springbok, aardwolf, bat-eared foxes and the strangely domestic-looking African wildcat.

Meals: full board including local drinks

Day 3 - 5: Swakopmund, Swakopmund Hotel

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.

The Swakopmund Hotel is a large and well-appointed hotel in the centre of town. Part of the hotel is the original train station built in mock-Gothic style similar to many other landmark buildings in Swakopmund.

Swakopmund, cooled by the Benguela current 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.

Meals: breakafast

Day 5 - 6: Damaraland, Mowani Mountain Camp

Drive along the Skeleton Coast early on day 6 for about 80km before heading inland again through the Namib Desert towards the picturesque rocky hills of Twyfelfontein (pronounced TWAY-fill-fontayne) in Damaraland.

Mowani Mountain Camp is a luxury safari lodge built into and around the rocky mountainside and lays claim to the Best View in Namibia. Accommodation is in permanent tented suites built on a large deck which extends out to salute the view.

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 te area on foot or on a guided tour visiting the Petrified Forest, Burnt Mountain and ending off with that great African tradition: sundowners.

Meals: full board and local drinks

Day 6 - 8: Etosha National Park, Little Ongava Camp

A shorter drive today will take you to the Ongava Private Game reserve on the southern boundary of Etosha National Park.

Little Ongava is one of Namibia’s most exclusive and luxurious safari lodges. With just three palatial suites, privacy and comfort reach supreme levels akin to a five-star city hotel.

Ongava Game Reserve is exclusive and the game viewing is excellent including the chance to see both black and white rhinos and the full range of big animals including lion, leopard, hyena, giraffe, zebra and many antelope. Game drives into Etosha take you to the many natural waterholes and a good chance of seeing elephant and many major species at the same time as they drink.

Spend two nights at Ongava relaxing between game drives and walking safaris.

Meals: full board and local drinks

Day 8 - 10: Etosha National Park, Mushara Villa

Drive through Etosha to the eastern gate where, just outside, lies another luxury villa to rival your previous two nights. Villa Mushara is more hotel, less rustic safari lodge and the tranquillity, privacy, service and amenities match the sumptuous decor in every direction.

Being a short drive from the entrance to Etosha, your activities are all in the park with daily guided game drives. Back at the villa you can opt for a spa treatment and relax by your private pool or in the cool shade of your sala.

Meals: full board and local drinks

Day 10 - 11: Caprivi, Hakusembe River Lodge

The drives get shorter and today you travel 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 River.

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, Susuwe Island Lodge

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.

Susuwe Island Lodge comprises six massive suites on the Kwando River with plunge pools, luxurious interiors, private dining and exceptional hospitality standards.

In a private concession within the National Park, Susuwe Island Lodge is an exceptional wildlife destination with hordes of elephant, buffalo, hippo, hyenas, lions, leopards, many antelope species and over 400 species of bird on record.

Meals: full board and local drinks

Day 13 - 16: Chobe National Park, Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero

Drive through the Caprivi to the Botswana border. Clear customs and drive through Chobe National Park to Chobe Chilwero near Kasane for three days of game viewing and relaxing.

Chobe Chilwero is on a hill overlooking the Chobe River surrounded by a lush garden. Large luxurious rooms are spread out beneath a grove of trees and the grounds safe for walking. Elephants often come to the water's edge to drink their evening tipple and the Chobe Game Reserve is a short drive from the lodge offering game drives and water safaris.

The game viewing in Chobe is excellent. With great herds of elephant and good numbers of predators, plains game and birdlife your safari is always filled with exciting encounters.

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.

Tailor-made Itinerary

As with all the tours on our website, this is just an example of what you can do. We create our tours from scratch every time, matching the destinations and accommodation not only to your budget but also to your individual tastes and needs. Contact us now to begin planning your dream safari holiday.

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.

Meals: dinner and breakfast

Day 3 - 5: Swakopmund, Stiltz Hotel

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.

The Stiltz is a quirky lodge hovering above the wetlands estuary of the Swakop River, which flows every few years. With delightful rooms and elevated boardwalks the lodge has great sea views and is easy walking distance to the town centre.

Swakopmund, cooled by the Benguela Current 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.

Meals: breakfast

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.

Meals: breakfast

Day 6 - 8: Etosha National Park, Ongava Tented Camp

A shorter drive today will see you to the Ongava Private Game reserve on the southern boundary of Etosha National Park.

Tented camp it may be but Ongava is a luxurious eco-friendly safari lodge every bit as comfortable as a city hotel. With the Wilderness Safaris trademark seal of luxury and exclusivity, Ongava Tented Camp comprises eight suites overlooking a popular waterhole in the Ongava Private Game Reserve.

Ongava Game Reserve is exclusive and the game viewing excellent including the chance to see both black and white rhinos and the full range of big animals including lion, leopard, hyena, giraffe, zebra and many antelope. Game drives into Etosha take you to the many natural waterholes and a good chance of seeing elephant and many major species at the same time as they drink.

Spend two nights at Ongava relaxing between game drives and walking safaris.

Meals: full board and local drinks

Day 8 - 10: Etosha National Park, Mushara Outpost

Drive through Etosha to the eastern gate where, just outside the park, lies another luxury lodge to rival your previous two nights. Mushara Outpost is a charming safari lodge with tented suites looking out over the bush and the staff, food, service and attention to detail earn this lodge great praise.

Being a short drive from the entrance to Etosha, your activities are all in the park with daily guided game drives. You can also take a gentle stroll around the private grounds inhabited by antelope and uncountable birds.

Meals: breakfast and dinner

Day 10 - 11: Caprivi, Hakusembe River Lodge

The drives get shorter and today you travel 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 water skiing skills before heading out to the Caprivi the next day.

Meals: dinner and breakfast

Day 11 - 13: Caprivi, Susuwe Island Lodge

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.

Susuwe Island Lodge comprises six massive suites on the Kwando River with plunge pools, luxurious interiors, private dining and exceptional hospitality standards.

In a private concession within the National Park, Susuwe Island Lodge is an exceptional wildlife destination with hordes of elephant, buffalo, hippo, hyenas, lions, leopards, many antelope species and over 400 species of bird on record.

Meals: full board and local drinks

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.

Tailor-made Itinerary

As with all the tours on our website, this is just an example of what you can do. We create our tours from scratch every time, matching the destinations and accommodation not only to your budget but also to your individual tastes and needs. Contact us now to begin planning your dream safari holiday.

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.

Meals: breakfast

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.

Meals: breakfast

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.

Meals: breakfast

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.

Meals: breakfast

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.

Tailor-made Itinerary

As with all the tours on our website, this is just an example of what you can do. We create our tours from scratch every time, matching the destinations and accommodation not only to your budget but also to your individual tastes and needs. Contact us now to begin planning your dream safari holiday.


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