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A 'best of' Namibia trip, this itinerary takes in the country's most famous landmarks and safari regions.

Following a recovery night in Windhoek, you will begin your approximately 5 hour drive to Sossusvlei, possibly Namibia's most spectacular and best-known attraction. Situated within the largest conservation area in Africa, the Namib-Naukluft National Park, Sossusvlei is a large, white, salt and clay pan surrounded by large red dunes. Some of the highest in the world, these dunes provide photographers with wonderful images in the morning and evening light. There is a number of attractions for the visitor to explore including Sesriem Canyon, Dune 45, Deadvlei, Hiddenvlei and Big Daddy. We also recommend a quick stop in the little settlement of Solitaire to seek out Big-Moose, the local baker who makes world-famous apple strudel!

From Sossusvlei to Swakopmund is another long drive but the town will prove a welcome relief from the desert of the Namib desert. A charming seaside town, Swakopmund retains a strong German flavour from its picturesque buildings and cobbled streets to the typical German pubs and restaurants. Adventure activities abound in the area from dune surfing and quad biking to parachuting and hot air ballooning. Cape Cross tours to the local seal colony area are also very popular.

You will now continue your journey to one of the most scenic areas of the country, Damaraland where you can immerse yourself in mountain scenery, track critically endangered black rhino, view desert elephant and uncover ancient rock art. It is well worth taking a hike up the highest mountain in Namibia, Brandberg to see the prehistoric rock paintings or taking a trip to the Bushmen engravings of Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO world heritage site. The Petrified Forest, a landscape of gigantic fossilised trees, dating back millions of years is another must-see. Early morning and sunset game drives are all part of the experience here.

Even more wildlife awaits now at the Etosha National Park, a vast dry area of wilderness where visitors can experience some of Africa's best game viewing. Protecting an area the size of Holland, Etosha National Park is home to a huge diversity of wildlife, with the chance to see incredibly rare black and white rhino along with elephant, zebra, impala, lion and many more. Etosha is famous for its waterholes, some of which are floodlit, perfect for game viewing after dark. Our itinerary divides your time in Etosha between the south and the east to maximise your time in the park and to experience its contrasting scenery on morning and afternoon/evening game drives.

To break up the journey on the way back to Windhoek you will overnight in the central highlands region. Here you will enjoy a landscape of predominantly rolling hills, with some highland and mountain areas. Most of the highlands is farmland of cattle and game farms. It's a perfect place to enjoy your last night in this incredible country.

Quick Facts:

Day 1

Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Windhoek International

Day 2

Upon arrival at Windhoek International Airport you will make your way to the car hire desk to collect your hire car. From here you will drive yourself to your accommodation in Windhoek.

Room Type: Luxury Room Meal Basis: BB Bed and Breakfast

Day 3 - 4

2 nights at Sossusvlei Lodge

Today you will take the drive to the Sossusvlei & the Namib Desert.

Room Type: Standard Room Meal Basis: FB Full Board

Day 5 - 6

Today you will take the drive to the Swakopund.

Room Type: Standard room Meal Basis: BB Bed and Breakfast

Day 7 - 8

2 nights at Vingerklip Lodge

Today you will take the drive to the Damaraland.

Room Type: Thatched room Meal Basis: FB Full Board

Day 9 - 10

Today you will take the drive to the Etosha National Park.

Room Type: Standard chalet Meal Basis: FB Full Board

Day 11 - 12

2 nights at The Mushara Lodge

Today you will take the drive to another region of Etosha.

Room Type: Standard room Meal Basis: FB Full Board

Day 13

Today you will take the drive to the Central Highlands.

Room Type: Standard Suite Meal Basis: HB Half Board

Day 14

Today you will take the drive to Windhoek International Airport where you will drop off your hire car and connect with your onward flight home.

Day 15

Arrive at JFK

Tailor-made itinerary from $3,150 pp

Includes

  • International flights from JFK
  • Accommodation as specified
  • Meals as specified
  • All scheduled safari activities offered by the camps or lodges
  • Car hire, group K car (Nissan Qashqai or similar) including full cover, unlimited km and taxes
  • National Parks and conservation entry fees

Excludes

  • Gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Additional activities not offered as scheduled by the accommodation
  • Visas and visa fees where relevant
  • Petrol
  • Beverages with the exception of all inclusive hotels

Flights

  • Outward Flight:
  • Overnight from JFK to Windhoek International
  • Return Flight:
  • Overnight from Windhoek International to JFK
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