A dream fly-drive Namibia honeymoon
Take in a great selection of Namibia's wonders in this tailor-made fly-drive honeymoon
This absolutely epic honeymoon itinerary takes in a kaleidoscope of Namibia's awe-inspiring highlights, from the pastel-coloured dune landscapes of Sossusvlei and NamibRand, to the relaxed coastal settlement of Swakopmund, with its bountiful marine wildlife. Travel to rocky Damaraland for mythical rock etchings, stark scenery and hardy wildlife. Then spend three days in the country's top wildlife hotspot, Etosha, where you'll be based in the Ongava Concession. End with a two night visit at Okonjima in the Highlands, where you get to know the country's big cats and other amazing carnivores up close. The itinerary can be tweaked and tailored to suit your special requirements, so contact us to discuss travel plans.
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Day 1: Fly to Namibia
Take the overnight flight from London Heathrow (or selected other UK airports) to Johannesburg.
Day 2: Welcome to Windhoek!
On arrival in Johannesburg ORTIA airport, connect with the onward flight to Windhoek. You will be welcomed on your arrival in Hosea Kutako International Airport and transferred to Olive Exclusive to stay overnight in a Premier Suite with breakfast included.
Day 3: Light aircraft flight to Sossusvlei
Transfer to Windhoek Eros Airport to check in for the Scenic Air flight to Sossusvlei, where you will be met and transferred to Sossusvlei Desert Lodge for a 3- night stay with all meals included.
Enjoy the magnificent views over the dry, mountainous interior before flying onwards to the vast sand sea of the Namib.
South of Sesriem is the NamibRand Nature Reserve, one of Namibia's Southern Africa's biggest privately owned reserve covering an area of some 200,000 hectares. Synonymous with some of Africa’s most breath-taking locations, the Reserve originated in 1992 as the dream of J.A. (Albi) Brückner – to extend desert frontiers by integrating a large number of former livestock farms. The result is a sanctuary free of fences allowing the wildlife to once again roam their habitat unhindered.
NamibRand is bordered by the Naukluft Park in the west and the impressive Nubib Mountain range in the East. The special attraction of the reserve is the diversity of desert landscapes where mountains plunge into endless grassy plains, interspersed by red vegetated dunes. Mammals present include gemsbok (oryx), mountain and plains zebra, springbok, red hartebeest, bat-eared fox, spotted hyena, cape fox and African wildcat. Rocky areas are inhabited by kudu, klipspringer, baboon and leopard while the dunes harbour a rich and diverse micro-fauna. Over a hundred species of birds have been recorded. Accompanied by experienced Wolwedans guides, visitors are introduced to the NamibRand Nature Reserve's desert habitat with its diverse fauna and flora. The splendour of the night skies defies superlatives!
Relax at the luxurious Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, enjoying the beautiful pool or the peace and quiet of your suite.
Days 4- 5: Sossusvlei and NamibRand Nature Reserve
Two days to enjoy this spectacular area, with all meals and scheduled activities included.
The Namib-Naukluft Park is one of the least populated areas in the country. Here the magical and awe-inspiring beauty of the night skies can be enjoyed like few places on earth. The nearby NamibRand Nature Reserve was designated as a Gold standard Dark Sky Reserve in 2012 which means that the full array of visible sky phenomena can be viewed in this amazing area; aurora, airglow, Milky Way, zodiacal light, and faint meteors. Sossusvlei, with its monumental dunes, up to 325m when measured from their base, is one of the top destinations in Namibia. The star-shaped dunes are a sought after topic for artists and photographers.
Day 6 : Light aircraft flight to Swakopmund
Take a light aircraft flight from the Namib Desert and Sossusvlei northwards to Swakopmund, of which the airport is located just outside the town centre. Enjoy the unforgettable views over the desert landscape before heading northwards, taking in some amazing scenery along the southern section of the Skeleton Coast. On arrival in Swakopmund Airports a representative will welcome you and transfer you to the Mole in Swakopmund where you stay 2 nights in a Junior Suite at the modern and comfortable Strand Hotel, breakfast included.
The terraces and banqueting centre the Strand Hotel has become the social epicentre of Swakopmund. Uniquely located on the iconic and historic Swakopmund Mole, and surrounded on three sides by the Southern Atlantic Ocean, its' 125 rooms and suites offer the finest uninterrupted sea views available anywhere in this quaint historic town..
Your hire car (Ford Ranger 4-wheel drive or similar) will be delivered to you at the hotel, so from here you will be driving for the rest of the itinerary.,
Day 7: Swakopmund & surrounds
Swakopmund is a fascinating resort town with German architecture, well-maintained gardens, palm tree lined avenues, coffee bars and great seafood restaurants. Temperatures rarely drop below 15 deg C and rainfall is practically zero, however, the town is subjected to 9 months of morning fog per anum. These damp and grey conditions often result in cool temperatures persisting for the whole day - this mist band, stretching up to 30km inland, gives water and life to the desert plants & animals. You'll enjoy the lunar landscape or ‘Welwitschia Drive’, located close to the town. Please ask us for advice on restaurants, the more popular ones should be booked in advance and we'll be pleased to do this for you.
Day 8: Drive to Twyfelfontein, Damaraland
The 328km drive today will take you about 5 hours drive excluding stops. Driving north from Swakopmund you will take the C34 salt road towards Henties Bay. Perhaps take a detour to visit the fur seal colony of Cape Cross which opens each day at 10am. The scenery changes slowly today from wide, open gravel plains to the mountainous region of Damaraland. You will drive past the Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain, and onwards to the dry Huab River. Look out for the rare desert elephant, and other species, along your drive. You stay for two nights in the lovely Mowani Mountain Camp with all meals and two activities per day, included.
Mowani is a beautiful lodge tucked away in the huge boulders that characterise this unique, unsurpassed desert scenery. It lies between the Ugab and Huab Rivers, with a beautiful view of the Abu-Huab valley. The thatch buildings and luxury tented rooms merge perfectly with the environment. An enormous flat boulder is the spot for sundowners, giving you spectacular views of the table-top mountains, the cone shaped peaks and the majestic Brandberg. During the day you can relax in the rock pool or the shady lounge. Optional nature drives offer an excellent opportunity to see the mountain zebra and the desert elephants, unique to this arid area.
Day 9: Damaraland - immerse yourself if you wish
You could visit the Twyfelfontein rock etchings and paintings today - a local guide can escort you around the ancient hillsides which are open for guests between 08h00 and 17h00. In the area there are many examples of San (Bushman) rock art. There is safe parking here, and a tour lasts for around an hour.
The ‘Burnt Mountain’, an interesting area of volcanic rock, is also worth visiting (preferably at sunset). There is also the ‘Valley of the organ pipes’ across the road from the Burnt Mountain. You could visit the Damara Living Museum, a community venture located just a few km down the D2612 from the C39, before you reach the Twyfelfontein turnoff. It is well signposted. The experience is refreshing and honest, and such an interesting stop to make. You can learn about the traditional way of life for the Damara people; get involved with the villagers by tasting local home-brew, wear ochre on your faces, play a traditional Damara game, enjoy dancing, or making beads.
Day 10: Etosha here we come!
Your drive to Ongava Concession today (352km) should take about 5 hours excluding stops. Departing from the Twyfelfontein area you will continue north on the D2612 until you reach the C39. From here you will drive east towards Khorixas, and then on the tar road to Outjo. From Outjo you will take the C38 north to the Etosha National Park. Outjo is a good place to stop for fuel and maybe for some shopping for snacks and drinks. You will find the entrance to the Ongava concession right outside the Andersson entrance gate into Etosha, on your left hand side as you approach the gate from outside the Park.
The luxury Ongava Tented Camp, your base for 3 nights on a fully inclusive basis, is situated on the 35,000 hectare Ongava Private Game Reserve. It shares a common border with one of Africa's largest game parks, Etosha National Park, Namibia's premier game viewing destination.
This 9-tent lodge has an intimate bush camp atmosphere, the main restaurant and bar area being constructed out of locally occurring rock and thatch. Drinks and dinner can be enjoyed around the open air fire place or swimming pool, both of which overlook a busy, floodlit waterhole, situated at eye level in front of the camp. Black and white Rhino are both common visitors to the camps waterhole by night, as are lions and the occasional leopard. Inclusive activities consist of guided night drives around the Ongava reserve, and game drives during the day into the Etosha National Park. Guided walking can also be requested, but is best organised in advance as there are a limited number
Days 11 - 12: Ongava Concession and Etosha National Park
Make the most out of these two days in Ongava Concession and Etosha National Park.
Please note that to enter Etosha, visitors need to pay a park entry fee of N$80 per person per day and N$10 per vehicle (children under 16 are free of charge). The fees are charged per 24 hour period and unfortunately cannot be paid in advance. Okaukuejo, Halali & Namutoni rest camps can be visited for lunch, a swim or simply a quick break, each camp having a restaurant, small shop & petrol station. Etosha National Park opens its gates at sunrise and closes them at sunset. There is so much to see here, just stay close to one of the waterholes and wait for wildlife to come to you, or drive slowly through the Park. Every season in Etosha has something different to offer visitors.
Day 13: Etosha - Okonjima
Expect today's 275-km drive from Okaukueko to Okonjima, to take about 4 hours excluding stops. When you get to Outjo continue on the C38 to Otjiwarongo. where you then travel south on the B1 in the direction of Okahandja. After approximately 48km on this road, take the gravel turn-off to the right, just after the sign "Okahandja 130km". There is a big cheetah sign on the road as well as signs to Okonjima and AfriCat.
Among the Omboroko Mountains is Okonjima – Place of the Baboons in Herero. Above all, it is known for the AfriCat Foundation which has become a huge wildlife-related tourism drawcard for the Namibian Central Highlands.
The Africat Foundation, works with farmers and the public to conserve the big cat species of Namibia. The project is there to educate the resident communities on how to work with big cat species rather than capturing them and removing them from arable land, and has established a school. The hopes are to extend their environmental education efforts to high school and university undergraduates .
Stay for 2 nights in a Villa Room at Okonjima Villa, about 10km from Okonjima Tented Camp on a fully inclusive basis.
Day 14: Okonjima and AfriCat
A lovely final full day in Namibia, one which is sure to leave you with lasting memories.
Okonjima Villa overlooks a natural waterhole and is in a secluded wilderness area approximately 10km from Plains Camp. The Villa has two separate, private suites, together with two select, en-suite bedrooms in the ‘Main House’, which together can accommodate groups of up to 8 adults and 4 children. The graceful ‘Main House’ consists of a chef-designed kitchen. The living spaces are punctuated by a spacious lounge and dining area with an open, wood-burning fireplace. There are two en-suite, luxury bedrooms. The bathrooms have both an inside shower and a spectacular, outside bush-shower, together with a beautiful bath-with-a-view. A magnificent infinity pool is surrounded on three sides by African, red teak decking and a walkway to an open, shaded ‘Sala’ - for some serious birding and afternoon napping - incorporating a roof fan to stir the gentle breeze that crosses the adjoining waterhole. Activities include cheetah tracking, leopard tracking, a bushman trail or a visit to the AfriCat welfare project and educational centre.
Day 15: Okonjima - Windhoek and departure
Drive back to Hosea Kutako Airport to return your hire car and check in for the flight to Johannesburg, where on arrival, you connect with the overnight flight back to London Heathrow or selected other UK airport.
Day 16: Welcome home!
Early morning arrival back in London Heathrow or selected other UK airports.
Location: Namibia, Africa
Price based on 2 people travelling together and sharing in double room accommodation includes
* Return economy class international flights (based on BA low season fare),
* Airport taxes
* Transfers where required
* Light aircraft flights as on itinerary;4
* 4-wheel drive Hire Car
* All accommodation as specified
* Meals as listed
* Activities as outlined in the itinerary
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