Whilst it may not be the first place that springs to mind, for the ultimate unique road trip look no further than Namibia. With so many places to explore, each one offering a completely different experience - this is something you don't want to miss. Think bright colours to please your eyes, tranquil sounds to soothe your mind, and luxurious camps to rejuvenate your body.
This morning you will be met on arrival and privately transferred to your charming hotel in the city.
You will then have the rest of today to relax in your modern, comfortable room and maybe stretch your legs with a wander around Windhoek. After a delicious dinner, be sure to get an early night - the adventure begins tomorrow and it will be an early start!
Early this morning you will depart just before sunrise to visit the iconic dunes of Sossusvlei and the pans of Dead Vlei.
To give you some idea what to expect, think rusty orange dunes set against a luminous white floor, with dead black trees, and all below a deep blue sky - this is Namibia in a nutshell. To get there you will have to leave your car around half a mile away and walk to the dunes, so be sure to pack comfy walking shoes. Returning to the lodge you will have lunch, and perhaps a siesta, before setting out on an afternoon game drive. Exploring the 37,000-hectare private Kulala Nature Reserve, search for hyena, ostrich, springbok and gemsbok, which are all adapted in order to survive in the desert. Be sure to keep your eyes close to the ground too, as it's easy to miss the elusive beetles, spiders, reptiles and geckos which all dig beneath the sand. Plus, as well as spotting wildlife on the drive, our guide will also teach you about the flora which can be found here, and how they too are able to survive the hot and dry days that Namibia experiences. If you prefer, you can of course simply relax at the lodge. Take a refreshing dip in the pool, lounge on your private balcony, read your favourite book in the library, or book a massage - what better way to make the most of the serenity the desert brings?! Tonight, once you have had dinner, take advantage of the African night sky and sleep on the private rooftop skybed. This is an amazing, once in a lifetime experience and gazing up at the stars with your other half is oh so romantic.
Today you have the day at your leisure to explore Swakopmund.
Take a stroll through this charming city and visit the museum which will teach you all about Namibia's history. This is also the adrenaline capital of Namibia and you are spoilt for choice with adventure activities - from scenic flights over the Skeleton Coast to sunset cruises, kayaking with seals, quad biking in the dunes, sand boarding, and much more.
Your next two days will begin with an early morning wake-up call, followed by a hearty breakfast before you set out in a game drive vehicle with the Save the Rhino trackers - who keep records on the rhinos' movements. You may be driving for long distances to find the rhinos, but trust us, it will be worth it! Once you have located the rhinos, you will continue tracking them on foot - depending on their location of course.
After your morning of tracking, you will head back to the lodge where you can relax by the pool or on your veranda and while away an hour or two. This is the perfect time to appreciate the tranquillity the African wilderness brings, or to get stuck into your book. Later this afternoon you will head back out into the wilderness on a game drive in search of the giraffes, elephants, lions and gemsbok in the area. You can get the true African safari experience here and feel a rush of adrenaline when you see these animals sauntering so close to your vehicle. Before you head back to camp your guide will find a place to stop for a sundowner, a true safari must-have. Sip on a cold G&T as you look over the reserve and marvel at the days adventures.
For the next couple of days, your days will begin very early - with a hearty breakfast to help wake you up before you head out in search of game.
In Etosha National Park you can expect to see lions, black and white rhinos (yes both!!), elephants, giraffe and many species of antelope, including the rare black-faced impala. Your guide will impart their wisdom about the area as you drive around in search of these beautiful animals. Mid-morning you will stop for a hot or cold drink as you watch over the reserve and appreciate the beauty of the wilderness. Shortly after, you will head back to camp where you will have a few hours to lounge by the pool or on the private deck at your tent (it will be hard to tear yourself away from it!) before you head back out later in the afternoon, once it's a little cooler.
This morning you will say goodbye to Etosha as you head an hour and a half south to Okonjima, a nature reserve which sits among the Omboroko Mountains.
This is also the home of the AfriCat Foundation. When you arrive, enjoy a refreshing drink as you look out over Okomjima - your adventure playground for the next 24 hours. After lunch you'll head out into Okonjima with the AfriCat Foundation. You'll be in search of leopards, cheetahs and carnivores, which are being rehabilitated into the wild. Helping the rangers spot these big cats and seeing them up close is a true eye-opening and once in a lifetime experience, one we're sure that you will be talking about for years to come.
This morning, wake-up early in time for one last morning game drive before you set off on your three hour drive back to Windhoek, in time for your flight home. Make sure you take some time to soak up the beauty of Namibia as you say your goodbyes.
Your first flight will be to Johannesburg or the Middle East, where you will then connect onto your overnight flight to the UK.
If you would like to book the itinerary mentioned above, with economy flights, during mid-season and staying in our preferred room category at our preferred hotels.
If you would like to pare back the above itinerary by travelling at non-peak times, staying in a standard room and removing some or all of the guided activities.
If you are looking for something extra special, we can discuss with you upgrading your accommodation, flights or activities.
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