A dream fly-drive Namibia adventure
Take in a great selection of Namibia's wonders in this tailor-made fly-drive trip
Namibia is renowned as being a road trip destination, but there is an extensive network of internal flights so combining flying and driving is certainly possible. It also boasts a fine selection of luxury lodges and hotels which help to make it one of the most desirable travel destinations in all of Africa.
Start off your trip in Namibia’s quaint colonial capital city of Windhoek, home to some excellent restaurants and a wonderful place to relax before your adventure starts. From Windhoek fly west over the barren deserts and rugged river valleys of the central part of the country until you reach the iconic dunes of Sossusvlei. Here you will be able to explore one of the most beautiful parts of the country, home to an endless sea of red sand dunes, photogenic vleis and dramatic canyons. A short flight will take you up the coast to the charming seaside town of Swakopmund where you will have a couple of nights to explore and enjoy a huge array of activities including boat trips, kayaking and even sky diving. From Swakopmund you will continue your adventure by road, driving up to the breathtaking Damaraland region, home to ancient rock art sites, desert elephant and rhino as well as some of the most dramatic landscapes Namibia has to offer. Next up is the world famous Etosha National Park, Namibia’s premier wildlife destination and a must-do for anyone visiting this incredible country. After exploring Etosha you will begin the journey south, stopping for a couple of nights in the genteel Okonjima Game Reserve, home to the renowned Africat Foundation before continuing on to Windhoek for an overnight stay before flying home.
This really is a wonderful trip, blending amazing scenery, superb wildlife and wonderful places to stay with the thrill of light aircraft flights and the adventure of a self-drive – certainly not one to miss.
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Day 1: Fly to Namibia
Fly overnight from London Heathrow to Johannesburg with British Airways.
Day 2: Welcome to Windhoek
In Johannesburg connect on to a regional service to Windhoek, landing in the early afternoon. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the nearby Omaanda where you will be spending the night. Spend the afternoon revelling in the luxurious surroundings of the lodge, taking in a spa treatment or heading out on a game drive through the beautiful Omaanda Reserve before returning for drinks and dinner by the camp fire.
Day 3: Fly to Sossusvlei
After breakfast you will be transferred to the domestic Eros airport for a scenic flight down to Sossusvlei – home of Namibia’s iconic red sand dunes. From the airstrip you will be transferred to &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, a stunning modern lodge which commands panoramic views out over the desert. Sit back and relax by your private plunge pool this afternoon and take in the stunning vistas which unfold in front of you.
Day 4: Day trip to Sossusvlei
Set off with your guide before dawn to explore the endless sand dunes and eerily beautiful vleis that make up Sossusvlei. If you are feeling active there will the chance to climb one of the dunes or you can simply take a gentle stroll along the ridges before descending to photograph Dead Vlei with its ancient leadwood trees and shimming white floor. En-route back to the lodge there will be a stop at Sesriem Canyon and then an afternoon to relax.
Day 5: Activities from the lodge
Today can be spent exploring the wider NamibRand Nature Reserve, home to a huge array of desert wildlife, ancient rock art sites, hiking and biking trails and many more besides. Alternatively you can simply enjoy the facilities on offer at what is undoubtedly one of Namibia’s most luxurious lodges, including a superb spa, swimming pool and sundeck, as well as an extensive wine cellar. The clear desert nights are perfect for stargazing with their resident astronomer.
Day 6: Flying to Swakopmund
You will be transferred back to the airstrip this morning for a flight up the coast to Swakopmund, a chance to see Namibia’s dramatic coastline from the air. From the airport a transfer will take you to the lovely Strand Hotel, a modern seaside property overlooking Swakopmund’s main beach for a 2 night stay. Take the afternoon to relax and explore this charming little Germanic town, home to some excellent seafood restaurants and beautiful architecture.
Day 7: Exploring from Swakopmund
Take possession of your rental car early this morning and then the day is yours to explore as you please. A short drive away is the town of Walvis Bay where a number of activities including drives through the dunes, boat trips and kayaking with seals can be enjoyed. A little closer to Swakopmund there are places to enjoy quad biking, horseriding and even skydiving – plenty to keep even the most active and adventurous traveller happy.
Day 8: In to Damaraland
Continue your adventure by road this morning as you head inland through the deserts towards the Twyfelfontein region of southern Damaraland. Here you will spend 2 nights at the beautiful Mowani Mountain Camp which is perched atop a rocky mountain amongst towering boulders. Spend the afternoon enjoying the views from the swimming pool before heading up to the clifftop bar area to enjoy sundowner drinks in the most dramatic spot imaginable.
Day 9: Desert elephant and petroglyphs
This morning will see an early start as you head out to search for desert adapted elephant in the dry river beds of the desert plains. This is a truly amazing experience and allows you to learn more about how these remarkable creatures have adapted to living in this harsh, seemingly waterless environment. En-route back to camp take a trip to the ancient rock art sites at Twyfelfontein and marvel at the incredible geological formations known as the Organ Pipes.
Day 10: Time to explore Etosha
After breakfast set off for the Etosha National Park, driving through the interior of Namibia and marvelling at the stunning scenery as you drive. Your destination is the Ongava Game Reserve, a private concession which borders the main National Park and is home to all manner of wildlife. The glorious Anderssons at Ongava will be your base for the next 3 nights and a superb spot from which to explore this wildlife haven.
Day 11: On safari in Ongava
With a team of expert guides on hand to look after you, your days at Anderssons will be full of incredible wildlife encounters, with lion, leopard, elephant and rhino all regularly seen on the reserve. Indeed, Ongava means “place of the rhino” in the local dialect and there will be a chance for you to track white rhino on foot if you happen across one in the right setting – a truly amazing experience.
Day 12: Exploring Etosha
Anderssons is also home to the Ongava Research Centre where you can learn more about the conservation and sustainability work that the reserve is heavily involved in. If you are so inclined you can take a trip in to the main Etosha National Park for a game drive or simply sit back, relax and enjoy the heavenly surroundings of the lodge – it is truly the best in the region with unparalleled levels of service and cuisine.
Day 13: Down to Okonjima
Enjoy a final morning activity at Ongava before breakfast and then set off on your journey south towards Windhoek. You will enjoy one final stop at the renowned Okonjima Nature Reserve – home to the wildlife charity the Africat Foundation. Spend the night at Okonjima Luxury Bush Camp, a stunning spot which boasts easy access to the Africat centre as well as a night hide where you can see rare nocturnal creatures such as porcupine and honey badger.
Day 14: The journey home begins
Set off early this morning for the drive down to Windhoek airport where you will drop off your rental vehicle and then catch a flight to Johannesburg for the overnight connection to London Heathrow with British Airways.
Location: Namibia Holidays, Africa
This Namibia Luxury Fly-Drive costs from £11,825 per person and includes:
- International and regional flights
- All applicable transfers
- 2 light aircraft flights within Namibia
- Vehicle rental (Ford Ranger 4x4) from Swakopmund to Windhoek
- 1 night Fully Inclusive at Omaanda - Suite
- 3 nights Fully Inclusive at &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge - Suite
- 2 nights Bed & Breakfast at Strand Hotel - Luxury Sea View Room
- 2 nights Full Board with activities at Mowani Mountain Camp - Superior View Room
- 3 nights Fully Inclusive at Anderssons at Ongava - Suite
- 1 night Half Board at Okonjima Luxury Bush Camp - Standard Room
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