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Geology by Dana Allen Cape Cross lodge Waterhole in front of camp by Caroline Culbert

A comprehensive 2-week self-drive itinerary discovering all the best of Namibia's northern regions.

Following a night in the capital of Windhoek you will head north to your first stop, the charming, coastal town of Swakopmund, situated between the desert and the sea. Still retaining its strong German flavour the town has picturesque buildings and cobbled streets as well as typical German pubs and restaurants. You will have plenty to keep you occupied from dune surfing in the desert to hot air ballooning, sky diving, deep sea fishing, kayaking and visits to the Cape Cross seal colony.

Then make your way towards Damaraland and along the untamed Skeleton Coast where you will stop at Cape Cross Lodge enroute. Surrounding the lodge lies an infinite ocean and desert, littered with the eerie remains of shipwrecks and whale bones. The lodge is very close to the Cape Cross Seal Reserve where the rocky outcrops are the perfect playground for a large colony of Cape Fur Seals. Lodge guests can drive or even walk to the colony.

Damaraland is your next stop where you will spend 4 nights split between 2 lodges to maximise your time in the area. This will ensure the best chance of seeing the wildlife and provide a different perspective on the diverse landscape.

Damaraland boasts some of the most impressive mountains in Namibia, spectacular desert vistas, plants that live for hundreds of years and breath taking starry nights. The biggest draw to the area is the chance to track the rare desert dwelling elephants and endangered black rhino, both of which exist outside the confines of national parks or private game reserves and co-exist with traditional villages and farms. Damaraland is not all about wildlife and scenery though, Bushmen paintings and engravings can be found at Twyfelfontein, the Brandberg (Namibia's highest mountain) and Spitzkoppe. Another must-see is the Petrified Forest, a haunting landscape of gigantic fossilised trees, dating back millions of years.

The next stop is Etosha National Park where again you will spend 4 nights split between 2 areas of the park, which differ quite significantly in landscape. Unlike other national parks in Africa, where you spend days looking for animals, at Etosha the animals come to you! You simply park a car or game drive vehicle at one of the many waterholes and then wait and watch while a host of animals come by in their hundreds. During the day, you may see springbok, eland, gemsbok, zebra, impala, black and white rhino, giraffe, a variety of birdlife and the occasional predator; leopard, lion and cheetah are present. At night, you can observe hyenas and lions. Your time at Etosha will be spent enjoying morning and afternoon/evening game drives. At midday, you can relax by the pool and enjoy a delicious lunch under a shady tree.

As a stopover, en route back to Windhoek you will spend the last night of your itinerary in the central highlands region, a beautiful area of rolling hills and farmland. It will be a relaxing end to an action-packed adventure.

Quick Facts:

Day 1

Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Windhoek International

Day 2

1 nights at Galton House

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 Windhoek city.

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

Day 3 - 4

2 nights at Hansa Hotel

Today you will take the drive to the Swakopmund.

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

Day 5

1 nights at Cape Cross Lodge

Today you will take the drive to the Skeleton Coast.

Room Type: Standard room Meal Basis: FB Full Board

Day 6 - 7

2 nights at Grootberg Lodge

Today you will take the drive to the Damaraland.

Room Type: Chalet Meal Basis: FB Full Board

Day 8 - 9

2 nights at Camp Kipwe

Today you will take the drive to another area of the Damaraland.

Room Type: Standard Room Meal Basis: FBA Full Board and Scheduled Activities

Day 10 - 11

Today you will take the drive to the Etosha & Surrounds.

Room Type: Tent Meal Basis: AIS All Inclusive and Scheduled Safari Activities

Day 12 - 13

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

Room Type: Heritage Bungalow Meal Basis: HB Half Board

Day 14 - 15

Today you will take the drive to the Central Highlands.

Room Type: View Room Meal Basis: FB Full Board

Day 16

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 17

Arrive at JFK

Tailor-made itinerary from $4,280 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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