Day 1 Arrive Windhoek
On arrival in Windhoek, you will be met in the arrivals hall by your Red Savannah representative. Jump into your hire car (4WD) and drive to the Olive Exclusive Boutique Hotel, the first sanctuary of its kind in the capital, with seven cool, contemporary and stylish suites, each individually decorated to resemble a different region of Namibia. Each room is equipped with its own lounge area, fireplace and private dining room, making the creature comforts of this hotel hard to leave.
Overnight: Olive Exclusive Boutique Hotel
Day 2 - 3 Okonjima, Omboroko Mountains
Today you will set off after breakfast on your three-hour drive (220km) to Okonjima, located to the north of Windhoek in the Omboroko Mountains. Okonjima is best known as the home to the renowned AfriCat Foundation, which protects Namibian carnivores including lion, leopard, hyena and wild dog in partnership with local farmers. Okonjima Bush Camp is situated at the edge of a wilderness area, with eight thatched chalets and an open lounge area as well as a private swimming-pool. Okonjima offers a unique opportunity to get close to big cats, learn about their preservation and take some incredible photographs.
Overnight: Okonjima Bush Camp
Day 4 - 5 Ongava Private Game Reserve
This morning, continue north to Ongava Tented Camp, with a journey time of around three hours (250km). The camp is situated along the southern boundary of Etosha National Park in the privately owned 3,000 ha Ongava Private Game Reserve. Nestled in the African Mopani bushveld at the foot of a hill, the camp features eight Meru-style tented rooms, each with its own en-suite bathroom, outdoor shower and veranda. The family tent can sleep up to four people. A busy waterhole is situated in front of the camp, attracting all kinds of wildlife, and the main area, built from stone, thatch and canvas, blends perfectly into the surroundings.
Overnight: Ongava Tented Camp
Day 6 - 7 Damaraland
Continue your Namibian road trip and drive to Mowani Mountain Camp, with a journey time of around four hours (340km). Mowani Mountain Camp is situated in an area also known as Damaraland and only 6km from the historical site of Twyfelfontein where you can view ancient Bushmen engravings and rock paintings. Twyfelfontein has around 2,000 rock carvings and, in 2007, was approved as a World Heritage Site. This is one of the largest and most important concentrations of rock art in Africa, and was proclaimed a National Monument in 1952. Accommodation at Mowani Mountain Camp comprises 12 luxury rooms built up on a rocky outcrop with wonderful views of the dramatic Damaraland landscape.
Overnight: Mowani Mountain Camp
Day 8 Swakopmund
On this last day of driving, make your way to Swakopmund, with a journey time of around four and a half hours (330km). The Strand Hotel is a good place to relax and let the sound of the surf ease your mind and prepare you for your onward adventure. Beach and sea views are guaranteed in the luxury rooms, and all have floor-to-ceiling glass doors that lead on to balconies where you can enjoy the sea breeze and views of the ocean.
Overnight: Strand Hotel
Day 9 Sossusvlei
This morning, drive to Swakopmund Airport, where you drop off your rental car and fly to Sossusvlei Desert Lodge. Comprising ten glass and brick villas, the lodge is nestled against the ancient mountains of the Namib Desert. The main area, including a bar, sitting room and wrap-around verandah, offers panoramic views over the desert thanks to fold-away walls. Enjoy the serenity and solitude of Sossusvlei Desert Lodge from the privacy of your own deck and outdoor shower. Desert excursions, on foot and by car, bring you closer to the seemingly dead surroundings and reveal an abundance of life. A state-of-the-art observatory and a resident astronomer bring meaning to the incredibly starry African sky. Quad biking and dune climbing ensure the fun factor is not forgotten either.
Overnight: Sossusvlei Desert Lodge
Day 10 - 12 Wolwedans, NamibRand Nature Reserve
This morning you will experience the huge dunes up close, reaching them in time for sunrise and the chance to see them reveal themselves as the sun casts a bewitching display of shadows across these vast hills of sand. It’s not an experience to be described…but lived. After breakfast, you will be transferred to Wolwedans with a journey time of around two hours. Wolwedans Boulders Camp is dramatically set in a rocky landscape and is a perfect example of a classic African camp, but created with great comfort in mind. Each of the five spacious ‘tents’ has a private plunge pool but if you can tear yourself away from the luxury of the camp there is plenty to keep you occupied including eBiking, walking safaris and scenic drives. Round off the day with a cooling drink as you watch the sun go down from a rocky vantage point with endless views across the unspoilt landscape.
Overnight: Wolwedans Boulders Camp
Day 13 Departure
Transfer from Wolwedans to Windhoek by air and depart Namibia on your international flight home.