• Track rhinos in Etosha National Park
  • Go in search of leopards at the home of the Africat Foundation
  • Trace a unique history through ancient rock engravings and ghostly shipwrecks
  • Stay in a luxury desert lodge overlooking Sossusvlei's rust-red dunes

Namibia – its very name conjures a sense of adventure. The country’s bright-orange deserts stretch for whole eternities, its coastlines vary between beach-lined idyllic and dramatic wildernesses, its mountainous hinterlands host a unique prehistory and its saltpan national parks are home to much more than the Big Five. This is a land custom-built over millennia for an epic, 4WD road trip. You’ll link it all together with stays in luxury lodges, hidden among mountaintops, private animal reserves and truly inhospitable wildernesses.

Day 1

Depart the UK

Your holiday begins with premium UK airport lounge access before your overnight flight to Windhoek.

Day 2

Easy welcomes in Windhoek

Arriving into Namibia’s compact capital, you’ll collect your 4WD at the airport to make the scenic drive into town. Checking into your boutique accommodation you'll have time to relax before heading out to explore the city. While Windhoek’s relaxed café culture and century-old neo-Gothic architecture may remind you of the European influence here, palm-tree-lined streets, lush parks and restaurants serving rich, gamey delicacies site you firmly in Africa.

Meanwhile, back at your hotel, you'll find locally inspired dining and a fine selection of South Africa wines.

Tinten Palast/Ink Palace in Windhoek, Namibia

Tinten Palast

Day 3

Discover ancient crafts and wild cats

As you head north, break up your journey with a stop at Okahandja, a woodcarving co-operative where northern tribes showcase their skills passed down through the millennia. You’ll then arrive at the home of the Africat Foundation – Okonjima. This non-profit organisation is dedicated to the conservation and protection of Namibia’s wild cats, including leopards and cheetah.

Relax tonight in a luxury thatched chalet on the edge of the foundation's wilderness area, where bushman trails and safari drives bring you close enough to Namibia’s largest carnivores that you may well be able to catch a glimpse of these quick-footed creatures – and even snap a photograph.

Breakfast & Dinner included

Leopard at Okonjima Bush Camp, Okonjima Nature Reserve

Leopard at Okonjima Bush Camp

Okonjima Bush Camp, Okonjima Nature Reserve

Okonjima Bush Camp, Okonjima Nature Reserve

Days 4 – 6

Etosha National Park – an unforgettable safari

Continue north past dusty red plains to reach Ongava, one of Namibia’s premier lodges. Set on a 125-square-mile private nature reserve that borders Etosha National Park, Ongava features a floodlit watering hole and stone-and-thatch chalets with commanding views over the bushland, where elephants and lions roam free. Track white rhinos on foot during a walking safari, and enjoy expert-led game drives as you seek everything from leopards to rhinoceros.

Watch as families of giraffe stalk the salt flats and whole herds of zebra congregate around spiky bushes as vultures hide in stick trees. You’ll return each night to pampered lodge living, including a private viewing deck.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Zebras at Okaukuejo Camp, Etosha National Park, Namibia


ELEPHANT, Etosha National park


Lioness, Etosha National park


Days 7 – 8

Come face to face with Damaraland’s historic wilderness

Leave the rugged plains behind as you wend upwards into the mountains of Damaraland, a landscape where improbable oasis valleys intersperse jagged crags and dramatic red-rock formations. Set atop giant ochre boulders, your luxury mountain camp overlooks the Huab River Valley, where mountain-framed desert plains constitute what is arguably Namibia’s most pristine wilderness area.

Witness the beginning of civilisation in Twyfelfontein’s 6,000-year-old rock carvings, and discover nature’s very foundations in the Petrified Forest, host to 280-million-year-old fossilised trees. It’s all home to desert-adapted lions and endangered black rhinos, uncovered on early morning game drives and sundowner safaris.

Breakfast & Dinner included

Safari at Mowani Mountain Camp, Damaraland

Safari at Mowani Mountain Camp, Damaraland

Day 9

Immerse yourself in the eerie landscape of the Skeleton Coast

Head west to the Atlantic Ocean and the legendary Skeleton Coast National Park, so called for the wild, windswept shores that have claimed the lives of hundreds of Portuguese sailors. Take in the historic shipwrecks in this otherworldly desert as you travel to your attractive Cape Dutch accommodation, based on a quintessential Namibian fishing village. Here, meals are served in true frontier fashion – around a roaring open fire.

It’s just a walk away, along a private beach front, from the region’s biggest attraction, the Cape Cross Seal Reserve. The colony of up to 100,000 cape fur seals makes for a truly impressive sight when all the animals are awake and slinking across the sand.

Breakfast & Dinner included

Cape Cross Seal Reserve, Namibia

Cape Cross Seal Reserve

Cape Cross Seal Reserve, Namibia

Cape Cross Seal Reserve

Day 10

Colonial charm by the sea in Swakopmund

Continue down the Atlantic Coast to arrive at idyllic Swakopmund, where half-timbered homes, red-and-white lighthouse and historic art nouveau architecture overlook palm-tree-fringed sands. A town known as much for its proximity to adventure – the Namib Desert, the Skeleton Coast, the Atlantic Ocean – as for its Germanic architecture and hospitality, Swakopmund tends to charm visitors with its relaxed attitude and resort atmosphere.

It's also an ideal base from which to launch boat trips in search of the dolphins, pelicans, seals and whales that inhabit nearby Walvis Bay.

Breakfast included

Lighthouse, Swakopmund, Namibia

Lighthouse, Swakopmund, Namibia

Flamingos near Swakopmund, Namibia

Flamingos near Swakopmund, Namibia

Days 11 – 12

An oasis of luxury within Sossuslvei’s ever-shifting desert wilds

Head back inland to drive through vast gravel plains and deep, wind-sculpted canyons to reach the Namib Desert – the world’s oldest. Hike the ridges of its giant apricot-coloured dunes to be greeted by endless horizons, where bright white salt flats and lone twisted trees are the only marks on an undulating desertscape. Explore it all, along with the region's desert-adapted wildlife, on everything from guided nature walks to optional horseback rides and hot air balloon safaris departing from your luxury desert lodge.

Overlooking the dunes, the lodge is perfectly placed for visits to Sossusvlei and the skeleton trees of its Deadvlei neighbour, while the striking geography of Sesriem Canyon is also close at hand. And, by night, Sossuslvei is one of the world’s best places for stargazing, with the Milky Way often visible from your very own rooftop star bed.

Stay: Little Kulala, Sossusvlei

Breakfast & Dinner included

Sossusvlei, Namibia

Sossusvlei, Namibia

Days 13 – 14

Return to the UK

After a delicious breakfast, return to Windhoek to board your overnight flight, arriving on day 13.

Breakfast included

About the itinerary

"Travelling by car is simply the best way to see all of Namibia’s highlights and to experience the unbelievable vastness and sheer natural beauty of the country. The-self drive is a feast for the senses, from the wildlife in the Okonjima, Etosha and Damaraland, to historical rock art, the windswept beaches of Swakopmund and the Skeleton Coast – but my favourite must be observing the Sossusvlei desert turning a vivid red at sunset and then marvelling at the millions of stars at night"

Katrin Rummer

Destination Specialist

Pricing information

Guide price from £6,010 pp incl. flights

Low Season from: £6,010 pp
High Season from: £7,910 pp


  • UK airport lounge access
  • Return flights between the UK and Windhoek
  • 11 days’ car hire (4WD SUV or similar incl Super Cover)
  • 2 nights accommodation in a mixture of 4* (Superior) and 5* (Deluxe) hotels on a B&B basis
  • 8 nights accommodation in mixtures of 4* (Superior) and 5* (Deluxe) hotels on a half-board basis
  • Shared safari activities/ game drives