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Day 1 - Windhoek

On arrival into Windhoek, your guide will welcome you at the airport and transfer you to a comfortable guesthouse. You may like to take a brief tour of the city along the way. Once you are settled in, your guide will discuss your trip with you and answer any queries you may have. As your flight may land in the afternoon we have not included lunch today, but lunch is available at the guesthouse or at a cafe in town if required. The remainder of the day is free to relax, swim, or wander around the city center as appeals. Dinner this evening is for your own account to give you the flexibility to dine at the guesthouse or choose from one of the city's many good restaurants.

No meals are included.

Day 2 - Namib-Naukluft National Park

Your guide collects you after breakfast to head southwest over the Great Escarpment. After a picnic lunch at a scenic spot on the way, you gradually descend over mountain passes and traverse the Namib Desert's flat coastal plain. You reach Sossus Dune Lodge, situated on the edge of the desert, where you will stay for the next two nights. Arriving in the mid-afternoon, you've time to explore the local area and nearby Elim Dune with your guide as appeals, or just relax and enjoy sunset from your balcony.

Windhoek to Sesriem: approx. 5.5 hours (330km)

Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 3 - Namib-Naukluft National Park

Start early to catch the dunescapes of the Namib in the rich light of sunrise. Sossus Dune Lodge offers the only accommodation within the Namib-Naukluft National Park boundary, allowing you access into the dunes well before sunrise when all those staying outside the park can only enter at sunrise. The early start is worthwhile (and a must for avid photographers) so you can reach the dunes when the dawn colours and shadows are at their most spectacular; at times it's all so amazing you won't know where to look first! Explore Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei with your guide, and climb some of the highest dunes in the world before enjoying brunch under a shady camelthorn tree.

Return to the lodge for lunch and relax during the heat of the day or enjoy a dip in the refreshing swimming pool. As the afternoon cools, your guide will take you to visit the nearby Sesriem Canyon; a narrow, eroded gorge about a kilometre in length, dotted with freshwater pools that refill after good rains. Centuries of flooding along the ephemeral Tsauchab River course have carved sinuous curves into the rock, making this a cool discovery on the hottest afternoon. You arrive back to the lodge in time to freshen up for dinner.

Sesriem to Sossusvlei to Sesriem: approx. 2 hours (120km)

Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 4 - Swakopmund

After breakfast, continue north through the Namib-Naukluft Park, via the striking Gaub and Kuiseb canyons, and head west to meet the coast at Walvis Bay. Check out the lagoon and some of the other coastal spots here, as you'll often find large flocks of cormorants, pelicans, flamingos and other water birds. The pleasant coastal town of Swakopmund is a short drive away along a tarmac road that runs between the beach and the dunes.

Overnight at one of the town's best guesthouses and enjoy dinner out with your guide at a waterfront restaurant. Don't miss the fresh seafood - Swakopmund is famous for it!

Namib-Naukluft to Swakopmund: approx. 6 hours (345km)

Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 5 - Swakopmund

It's a short drive south to Walvis Bay for a memorable kayaking adventure this morning. From the meeting point you'll be taken by vehicle on a scenic route past the salt works with its myriad of bird life to Pelican Point, on the outer edge of the lagoon. There's a colony of Cape fur seals based around a lighthouse here and you spend your morning kayaking in single or tandem kayaks amongst these gregarious creatures. There's also a chance that you might spot heaviside and bottlenose dolphins, pelicans and a wide variety of other marine life. Light refreshments will be served on the beach before you drive back to Walvis Bay. If the kayaking doesn't appeal to you, ask us about taking a boat trip instead.

You'll drive back to Swakopmund around midday for an afternoon at leisure. The town offers museums, colonial architecture, curio markets and other attractions. The day ends with dinner in one of the many good restaurants.

Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 6 - Damaraland

Leaving Swakopmund after an early breakfast, you first travel along part of the infamous Skeleton Coast before turning inland, across one of the Namib Desert's harshest, flattest areas. Passing through the small town of Uis you'll reach the beautiful mountainous landscape of Damaraland. As always whilst on this private guided safari, you stop periodically for your guide to show you points of interest and to explain the changes of landscapes, flora and fauna that occur as the desert gives way to relatively verdant mountains.

You stay in the heart of this region at Camp Kipwe. The camp is made up of comfortable thatched chalets, with private open-air bathrooms, nestled amongst an outcrop of giant granite boulders. It's the perfect location for easy access to Twyfelfontein's vast gallery of rock art (now a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and southern Damaraland's many other attractions.

Swakopmund to Twyfelfontein: approx. 6 hours (315km)

Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Days 7 & 8 - Grootberg

It's another day of great scenery as you drive deeper into Damaraland to a lodge spectacularly situated on the edge of the Etendeka Plateau. During your stay at Grootberg Lodge you'll be treated to an exciting 4WD nature drive in search of desert-adapted wildlife, and a visit to a Himba community.

The Himba are a nomadic tribe with a proud culture that they have successfully retained in the face of modernisartion. Many adhere to their traditional dress and customs, and live a life that has changed little over centuries. Each aspect of their lives has significance, from how they set up their homestead to honour their ancestors, to the way they style their hair.

Twyfelfontein to Grootberg: approx. 2.5 hours (190 km)

Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Days 9 & 10 - Southern Etosha National Park

After breakfast you set off in an easterly direction, passing through farmland dotted with outcrops of large boulders piled atop one another. Your destination is Okaukuejo Resort, within Etosha National Park. Here you will stay two nights, using the resort as your base to go out on game drives at your leisure. After dinner and drinks each evening, don't forget to check out the floodlit waterhole here; it gets regular wildlife visits including elephant, black rhino and lion.

Grootberg to Southern Etosha: approx. 3 hours (310km)

Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Days 11 & 12 - Eastern Etosha National Park

Game drive your way slowly west through this vast and attractive park to spend the day game viewing as you cross to the eastern boundary. Along the way you occasionally drive alongside the stark, enormous Etosha Pan where the silvery expanse stretches as far as the eye can see. Spotting some of the animal species gets easier as your eyes become trained to the surroundings; but travelling with an expert private guide, who spots the smaller and more elusive species, lets you understand and appreciate the variety of wildlife found in Etosha. Your base for these two nights is the lovely Mushara Bush Camp, located a short drive outside of the eastern park gate.

Game drives.

Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 13 - Okonjima

Travel south through the towns of Tsumeb and Otjiwarongo to reach Okonjima. This is home to the AfriCat Foundation which was created to help conserve Namibia's cheetah and other big predators. An afternoon activity may include a visit to the AfriCat centre or time tracking leopard on a nature drive - either way it's interesting to find out more about the efforts to conserve the predators and, in particular, Namibia's cheetah population.

Eastern Etosha to Okonjima: approx. 5 hours (360km)

Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 14 - Windhoek

After a very comfortable night at Okonjima Bush Camp, an activity and a delicious brunch, you'll set off on your journey back to Windhoek. Your guide will drop you off at your guesthouse to relax, or take you into the city center to do any last-minute shopping at the craft centre and street stalls. Opt for dinner in, or go out to one of Windhoek's great restaurants.

Okonjima to Windhoek: approx. 3 hours (215km)

Includes breakfast and lunch.

Day 15 - Flight home

After some free time in Windhoek, you are collected from your guesthouse and driven to the airport in time to depart on your scheduled flight home.

Includes breakfast.

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