Namibia is a country of vast contrasts comprising of two great deserts. The Namib, from which the country takes its name, is considered to be the world’s oldest desert. Located in the western part, this Sea of Red Sand stretches to the Atlantic coast and is the home of the world’s largest sand dunes. In the east the Kalahari Desert spreads into Botswana and into South Africa. A vast sparsely vegetated savannah that supports a surprising wildlife population. Never-ending vistas and a warm welcome wait in Namibia.
Namibia Fly Drive Itinerary
Day 1 Southbound
Fly south, normally via Johannesburg, to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia.
Day 2 & 3 The Kalahari
On arrival our Meet & Greet service will help you through the airport and complete the formalities. Then head to the southern edge of the great Kalahari Desert. Your opportunity to enjoy game drives in spectacular desert scenery, with its surprisingly high wildlife density.
Day 4 & 5 Sossusvlei
Drive to the sand dunes of Sossusvlei in Namib-Naukluft Park. At over 40,000 sq km it is Africa’s largest national park. Fantastic viewing of a wide variety of mammals and over 200 bird species. It is however the sand dunes that are awe inspiring and amongst the highest in the world.
Day 6 & 7 Swakopmund
Namibia’s second largest town is located on the Atlantic coast and, since German times, the holiday resort of choice. Time to relax and recouperate, and perhaps participate in activities such as sand boarding, quad bikes or maybe a more leisurely hot air balloon trip.
Day 8 & 9 Damaraland
Unusual geographical locations, archeological sites and a unique variety of desert fauna and flora await you in this stunning scenery. This area is the most southerly home of the very rare black rhino, the small unique desert elephants and Hartmans Mountain zebra.
Day 10 & 11 Etosha National Park
The name means “Great White Place”, which refers to the massive mineral pan that covers 25% of the park’s 22,000 sq km. Originally a lake, it now only floods at times of heavy rain. However around the edge of the pan there are numerous permanent water holes, which attract a wide range and variety of wildlife. A visit to Etosha rarely disappoints.
Day 12 Home or Onwards
Time to reflect as you drive back to Windhoek on how much life is actually supported by the desert. You may choose to continue onwards to visit South Africa or Botswana or return home.Whichever you choose you will return with a new understanding of desert life.