Namibia Highlights Guided Drive (11n) – Classic

Namibia Highlights Guided Drive (11n) – Classic

  • Day 1 : Windhoek
  • Days 2–3 : Sossusvlei
  • Days 4–5 : Swakopmund
  • Days 6–7 : Damaraland
  • Day 8 : Ongava Game Reserve
  • Days 9–10 : Onguma Reserve
  • Day 11 : Okonjima Nature Reserve
  • Price From : $5,803 per person
  • Duration : 11 nights
  • Best Months : Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
  • Countries : Namibia

Our Classic Namibia Highlights Guided Drive trip focuses mainly on the country’s three most iconic regions – Sossusvlei, Damaraland, and Etosha National Park.

This itinerary is designed for those who wish to explore by road, but would prefer someone else to be at the wheel. Our privately escorted trips allow you to experience the beauty of Namibia while being chauffeured by a fully qualified naturalist guide. Each region in this itinerary is uniquely beautiful and each drive will take you through some of the most stunning and diverse landscapes on the continent. The majority of your activities and excursions are led by your private guide and all of the lodges visited are comfortable and well located with excellent service. 

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The price below is based on two adults travelling together and please note that the prices are approximates. Please contact us for accurate costings for the time of year you are looking at travelling. There are multiple season changes across the year and numerous rooms categories that can change the price of these safaris.

From approx $5,803 per person in low season

To approx $6,493 per person in high season

Prices include all internal flights, transfers, reserve fees, accommodation and meals as specified in the day to day itinerary. Price excludes international flights, tipping, visa and any meals not included.

Our Classic Namibia Highlights Guided Drive trip focuses mainly on the country’s three most iconic regions – Sossusvlei, Damaraland, and Etosha National Park.

This itinerary is designed for those who wish to explore by road, but would prefer someone else to be at the wheel. Our privately escorted trips allow you to experience the beauty of Namibia while being chauffeured by a fully qualified naturalist guide. Each region in this itinerary is uniquely beautiful and each drive will take you through some of the most stunning and diverse landscapes on the continent. The majority of your activities and excursions are led by your private guide and all of the lodges visited are comfortable and well located with excellent service. 

Day 1 Windhoek

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Your trip starts with an overnight stay in the Namibian capital of Windhoek, in the scenic Central Highlands region.

The stylish Olive Grove Guesthouse is located in the heart of upmarket Klein Windhoek, just a 5-minute drive from the CBD and the city’s most popular restaurants. It has five standard rooms, five luxury rooms, and an executive suite, all decorated in a neutral, contemporary style with a slight Moroccan twist. We would recommend the luxury rooms or the suite as they are more spacious, with a private balcony, and benefit from an alternate dining area. Windhoek is an attractive city, surrounded by rolling hills, and has a relaxed and cosmopolitan feel.

Board basis and activities:
The Guesthouse is booked on a bed-and-breakfast basis, with your evening meal being covered by your guide. We can advise you on the best activities, excursions, and restaurants in the area, and we suggest asking one of our consultants for their recommendations.

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Days 2–3 Sossusvlei

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Travelling south-west out of Windhoek, you will pass through the spectacular Naukluft Mountains and into the iconic Sossusvlei area, located in the Namib Naukluft National Park.

Hoodia Desert Lodge is situated at the end of a long sweeping driveway at the base of the Naukluft Mountains. It has 11 luxury thatch-and-canvas bungalows, each set a good distance from the other to ensure privacy. The lodge is owner run and offers exceptional service delivered with a personal touch. It is just a 20-minute drive from the Sesriem gate, so is ideally placed for access into the dune fields. This region is truly breathtaking, with towering orange sand dunes stretching as far as the eye can see, all set under a cloudless blue sky.

Board basis and activities:
The Lodge is booked on a full-board basis, and we can advise you on the best activities and excursions in the area. We suggest asking one of our consultants for their recommendations.

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Days 4–5 Swakopmund

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The next stop on your Namibian adventure is the quaint seaside town of Swakopmund.

Opened in October 2015, The Strand Hotel is a fabulous new addition to the Swakopmund beachfront. It is surrounded by ocean on three sides and has been built in a contemporary style very much in keeping with the rest of the town. While it is on the large size with 125 rooms, it does offer guests a great alternative to guesthouse accommodation if preferred, and it has a stunning seaside location. Sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and the Namib Desert, Swakop (as it is known locally) is a vibrant little town with a lot to offer.

Board basis and activities:
The hotel is booked on a bed-and-breakfast basis, with your guide taking care of lunch and dinner. We can advise you on the best activities, excursions, and restaurants in the area, and we suggest asking one of our consultants for their recommendations.

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Days 6–7 Damaraland

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After a few days on the coast, it is time to head back into Namibia’s vast interior, this time driving north along the coastline, before cutting eastward into the semi-desert wilderness of Damaraland.

Damaraland Camp is one of the most luxurious properties in the region. Located in the Torra Conservancy, which is a community partnership, the Camp is therefore owned and largely run by the local community. It has ten extremely spacious tented units and is located in a very private and scenic part of Damaraland. Over time the camp has earned a well-deserved reputation for its welcoming and cheerful approach to hospitality.

The property is within easy reach of the UNESCO World Heritage site at Twyfelfontein. Famed for its ancient rock art, this is also the ideal base from which to track the area's permanent herds of desert-adapted elephant.

Board basis and activities:
The Camp is booked on a full-board basis, and we can advise you on the best activities and excursions in the area. We suggest asking one of our consultants for their recommendations.

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Day 8 Ongava Game Reserve

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Leaving Damaraland behind we continue our journey up to the Ongava Game Reserve, which lies along the southern border of Etosha National Park.

The reserve was once a collection of unproductive cattle ranches, until 1991 when several families invested in the future by working to turn the area into a private reserve. With 30,000 hectares of land, Ongava is now a haven to large concentrations of wildlife and offers visitors a truly memorable safari experience.

Ongava Lodge comprises 14 luxurious stone-and-thatch chalets dotted along the top of a small kopje, which overlooks an active floodlit waterhole. While at the lodge, guests can take guided day and night drives on the reserve, track the reserve's rhino on foot, or drive themselves into neighbouring Etosha National Park.

Board basis and activities:
The Lodge is booked on a full-board basis, and we can advise you on the best activities and excursions in the area. We suggest asking one of our consultants for their recommendations.

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Days 9–10 Onguma Reserve

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Continuing your safari, you will leave Ongava and enter Etosha through the Andersson Gate in the south. Travelling through the heart of the park, you and your guide set the pace of your game drive, stopping for as long or as often as you would like at the many waterholes that act as a mecca for the numerous species of animals and birds who live in the national park.

Onguma: The Fort has been built to make the most of the surrounding views. Overlooking the beautiful Etosha pans, it is particularly magical at sunset. The Fort has 11 extremely generous mini-suites and one expansive ‘honeymoon’ suite – all are designed like the turrets of a fort, giving the property a very North African feel. The Fort offers guests luxury with a twist.

Board basis and activities:
The Fort is booked on a full-board basis, and we can advise you on the best activities and excursions in the area. We suggest asking one of our consultants for their recommendations.

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Day 11 Okonjima Nature Reserve

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The last stop of your Namibian road trip takes you to the Okonjima Nature Reserve, which is home to the AfriCat Foundation. It is located among the Omboroko Mountains, halfway between Etosha and Windhoek.

Set in 220 square kilometres of pristine bushland, this family-run non-for-profit organisation is dedicated to the protection and long-term conservation of all large carnivores in Namibia, and offers guests a unique insight into the lives of these animals. With five different camps and lodges on the reserve, there is something to suit all budgets and preferences.

Newly refurbished in May 2015, Okonjima Bush Camp has just eight luxury thatched chalets and one honeymoon suite. Each is spaced far apart from the other to ensure maximum privacy and equipped with two queen-sized beds, a large comfortable lounge area, and huge glass windows offering beautiful unobstructed views over the surrounding reserve.

While staying at Bush Camp, guests have the opportunity to take guided excursions across the reserve to track both cheetah and leopard.

Board basis and activities:
The Camp is booked on a full-board basis, and we can advise you on the best activities and excursions in the area. We suggest asking one of our consultants for their recommendations.

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