This self-drive guided adventure takes you through 3 regions giving 3 unique experiences with diverse and fascinating landscapes. You’ll stay in the finest camps and lodges traveling in your very own individual and private luxury safari vehicle.

The journey takes you to the Etosha Pan in the 22 270 sq km Etosha National Park… on to the Kunene region or Kaokaland one of the last vestiges of unspoilt wilderness in Africa. Heading south from the border of Angola you enter into Damaraland home of the desert Elephant, Rhino and the Vanishing Kings – Lions of the Namib.

Highlights

  • Dramatic landscapes and scenery.
  • Stay in remote luxury camps in starkly beautiful settings
  • Seek out desert-adapted wildlife on guided game drives
  • Experience the oldest desert in the world and view the unbelievable unpolluted night sky.
  • Transcend the most revered mountain pass in Namibia. “Van Zyl’s pass.”
  • Meet the Himba people, the last truly semi nomadic desert dwelling groups in Africa and learn about their way of life.
  • This trip culminates with flight over the same route that you have just traveled giving a really unique dimension to your adventure.

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Full Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1

Namibia’s adventure gateway…

Arrive at Windhoek International Airport where you will be met by your guide team and transferred to your hotel resort to freshen up and stretch your legs. Your luxury safari vehicles will be presented and handed over for a short shopping experience for personal provisions. An early evening welcome dinner and restful sleep set the tone for wonderful experiences and camaraderie.

Destination: Namibia, Windhoek

Day 2

Breath taking 360 vista…

A full breakfast will energise you for a leisurely drive en route to Etosha National Park making friends with your new trusty steed, the Safari Vehicle. Get a dose of 360`natural beauty high above the Eastern Kalahari plains from the Waterberg plateau. A sanctuary for rare and endangered species and is home to roan and sable antelope, black and white rhino. Overnight at an intimate lodge and connect with Africa

Destination: Namibia

Day 3

The great white place…

From the Waterberg you head out to explore the eastern side of Etosha. The pan, the large central heart of the Etaosha National Park, was once part of a large inland lake formed 1 000 million years ago. Today this is now home to 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile and 16 species of reptile species. Overnight in your Safari vehicle and served a scrumptious meal under the stars.

Day 4

A big game drive…

An early start heading to central Etosha, and a picnic brunch as we meander on an extended game drive discovering the surrounds and magical tranquillity of this lake that dried up 12 million years ago. This white chalky expanse colours the park, and together with the waterholes, creates the characteristic atmosphere of Etosha today. Overnight in a lodge.

Day 5

New discoveries…

The western section of the park was a restricted area and has recently been opened as an access route, so we continue our game drive in this very scenic part of the park towards the new gate in the west. We can expect to find large wildlife numbers in particular the black rhino, black-faced Impala and Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra that have established themselves here. Overnight in a lodge.

Day 6

Himba connection…

Leaving western Etosha we head due north to the Kunene River which forms the Angolan Border with Namibia. Here we find the Himba people one of the last semi-nomadic desert-dwelling groups in Africa living in the arid regions of north-western Namibia and southern Angola. Our destination Epupa Falls for two days of relaxed leisure time Safari camped on the banks of the Kunene River overlooking Angola 800 metres away.

Destination: Namibia

Day 7

An exquisitely tranquil setting…

Your leisure day to explore the Epupa Falls (also known as Monte Negro Falls in Angola) or read and siesta to the rumbling lullaby of the river as it flows in and around rocks before disappearing down the falls, leaving only a gentle mist. Barbeque under the Makalani palms and drink a cold one.

Day 8

Journey to base camp…

Well rested? The adventure begins in earnest as we leave the last traces of civilisation and travel deeper into the remoteness of Kaokoland, it remains the most ‘untouched’ and remote part of the country to discover before the rest of the world discovers it. Our target is to reach the community camp at Otjihende, our base camp to the Van Zyl’s Pass Expedition. Overnight under the stars.

Day 9

The great transcend…

Nothing gives you more of a sense of its vastness and space than being in the semi-desert regions of the Kunene. To realise this one has to transcend Van Zyl’s Pass – well-known as the most notorious ‘road’ in Namibia and presents a great but rewarding challenge as one is greeted at the end, by the spectacular Marienfluss Valley. The most stunning nature experience in Kaokoland, this wide valley stretches picturesquely between the Otjihipa Mountains in the east and the Hartmann Mountains in the west. Overnight in quaint well-appointed cabins… you’re going to sleep deeply!

Day 10

OMG moments…

The incredible scenery and complete silence of this expansive mountainous desert spectacular will be indelibly etched on your mind. Be with your own thoughts in private air-conditioned comfort as we head to the Puros Conservancy, and the most amazing luxury lodge overlooking the startling serpentine green belt that is the Hoarusib riverbed. 2 Nights.

Day 11

Canyon dreaming…

Spend the day driving in the Hoarusib riverbed in the company of desert Elephant, Oryx, Springbok and Giraffe. Picnic in the Puros Canyon and visit a Himba desert village. Have a siesta before sun-downers, and scrumptious dinner under the “big sky”, pondering the astral universe beyond. Sweet dreams.

Day 12

Song in our hearts and a smile on our faces.…

Rise early, super refreshed and ready to hit the road again… hmm there’s a song there; perhaps Willy Nelson should do it! This part of the adventure takes us through one of the most extraordinary human and natural wild life interfaces in the world, extreme survival conditions of amazing tolerance, arguably unequalled anywhere. We overnight wild overlooking Desolation Valley, a night to process our inner self and emerge spiritually cleansed and humbled, yet strong.

Day 13

Jump off…

As the sun rises off your left quarter over the Desolation Valley, one has the urge to leap off and fly like Namibia’s national bird… yes wait for it, the African Fish Eagle. We’re confused as you are, never mind; soar like an Eagle any way. Eagle or vehicle we cross the desolate valley floor and enter a green central spine that nurtures breeding herds of desert Elephant and sprightly regal Oryx/Gemsbok. Up the Huab riverbed we go to our place of peace and rest, overnight in a lodge

Day 14

700 million years…

We begin the penultimate day of our journey back to “civilisation” and travel peacefully in our personal space of reflection. Our destination the Spitzkoppe a group of rounded granite mountains that peaks 1728 metres above sea level, and the main inselberg (island mountain) of the Spitzkoppe is approximately 700 million years old rising 600 metres above the Kaokoveld plains. Overland’s memorable safari camp is your last African night under the stars experience.

Day 15

A last final push back to Windhoek for own time and recreation… many places to go for personal enjoyment and reflection.. Overnight in a hotel resort of peace and comfort – 2 nights.

Day 16

A bird’s eye view…

An early start as we meet at Eros airport next door from where we take a scenic flight which will cover most of your two week journey, giving you a completely different perspective and understanding of your great adventure. Overnight in a hotel resort of peace and comfort. You can leave Namibia but it will never leave you…

After one last breakfast and an opportunity to say fond farewell you will be transferred to Windhoek International and wish you a safe journey.

Included

  • All accommodation
  • A personal and private fully equipped self-drive luxury Safari Vehicle – Avis Safari Rental is the preferred partner which includes;
    • Full bedding
    • Crockery and cutlery
    • Fridge and freezer
    • Showers with hot and cold water
    • Table and chairs
    • Solar Power
  • All breakfast and dinners (dinners at most lodges include local beverages, beers and wines)
  • All activities including scenic flights, tours, walks, game drives etc. as per the final itinerary
  • Airport transfers – Cape Town, Windhoek and Maun
  • Two member guide team in a support vehicle
    • Providing breakfast and dinners at non lodge and accommodation
  • All Namibian and Botswana park fees

Excluded

  • Lunches and beverages between breakfast and dinner – Safari Vehicles can carry picnic provisions and beverages
  • Beverages unless provided by a lodge
  • Fuel, oil and road tolls
  • International flights and visas
  • Border fees and taxes
  • Personal insurance including medical and evacuation, personal belongings, baggage, cancellation and curtailment
  • Tips, curios, optional (non-scheduled) excursions and activities
  • Increases in Park Fees and Taxes