Best of Namibia 3 star Self-Drive - valid till 30th June 2015

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Run by: ATI Holidays

Reference number: 2

From: £NAD 23,695.00 pps

Day 1: Rivendell Guest House, Windhoek, breakfast included

Land in Windhoek, here you will be transferred into town where we will meet you and hand over your vouchers, road map and itinerary and to answer any last minute questions you may have. Your hire vehicle will be delivered this afternoon. Rivendell Guest House is located in a quiet suburb close to the city centre and has just ten guest rooms.

Day 2: Waterberg Plateau Park, double room, breakfast included

Drive towards Otjiwarongo and Waterberg Park today.

The area is dominated by an impressive, sandstone plateau with many self-guided walking trails and a beautiful spring-fed swimming pool.

The National Park chalets at Waterberg are situated mid way up the 200m escarpment that represents Waterberg Plateau, towering above the surrounding countryside.

Day 3: Onguma Bush Camp, Waterhole View Chalet, Etosha National Park, dinner & breakfast included

This well positioned lodge offers nineteen air-conditioned thatched bungalows, a campsite, swimming pool and open restaurant. The bird life in this area is outstanding with over 300 species having been recorded. The farm is also home to the largest breeding colony of white-backed vulture in Namibia.

Etosha in general offers excellent game viewing opportunities while simply driving. The Park is dominated by the vast Etosha salt pan, and many water holes exist, joined by a network of well maintained gravel roads to enable visitors the best chances of seeing the many inhabitants of Namibia’s premier wildlife reserve.

Species present in the Park include lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, rhino, giraffe & zebra in addition to many antelope and bird species.

Day 4: Okaukuejo Rest Camp, Waterhole Chalet, Etosha National Park, dinner & breakfast included

You may like to stop at the central, Halali camp for lunch and a rest during the heat of midday before continuing later this afternoon.

During 2007 the three Etosha rest camps saw extensive renovations and major improvements to their facilities. All of the old rooms now sport beautiful new interiors and many have been completely re-built to cater for the changing demands of international tourism. Spend the evening relaxing with a drink at one of the seats overlooking the floodlit waterhole.

Day 5: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge, Damaraland, dinner & breakfast included

Continue your journey this morning, driving towards Damaraland via Outjo & Khorixas.

You may like to take a look at the Petrified Forest on your way, a bizarre collection of largely intact gymnosperm trees that have been preserved and transformed into stone by ongoing anaerobic conditions. Make sure that you only stop at the site marked with an official government brown signpost as the local people have set up many unofficial Petrified Forest sites along this road which don’t really offer much apart from a curio stall!

You will arrive at Twyfelfontein Country Lodge this afternoon. The Lodge is situated in the heart of the Twyfelfontein Uibasen Conservancy and has 56 en-suite double rooms, reception, lounge, curio shop, open dining room, bar and swimming pool.

Days 6 & 7: Cornerstone Guest House, Swakopmund, breakfast included + catamaran cruise

Drive onwards to the coast this morning. The scenery changes from the mountains of Damaraland to endless, gravel plains towards the coast. If time allows, you may like to make a detour to Cape Cross fur seal colony where as many as 100,000 individuals may be seen during breeding season.

Swakopmund itself is a fascinating and intriguing resort town, complete with German half wooden architecture, monuments, historic buildings, well maintained gardens and palm lined avenues, coffee bars and great seafood restaurants.

Cornerstone Guesthouse is a small, private and peaceful bed and breakfast an easy walk away from the sea and the town centre of Swakopmund on Namibia’s fascinating Skeleton Coast. Occupying a quiet corner of Swakopmund’s old town near the marine museum and the old brewery.

On day 7 you will enjoy a morning boat cruise from Walvis Bay. Check in at the Catamaran offices in Walvis Bay by 08h45. This trip takes around 4 hours and will introduce you to the fauna of Namibia’s coast, including many water bids (flamingos, pelican & cormorants included), playful Cape fur seals & hopefully dolphins. As well as learning something of the history of the area your guide will talk about the oyster beds, guano platforms and fishing industry. Before heading back to the jetty you will enjoy fresh oysters, snacks and sparkling wine.

Days 8 & 9: Desert Homestead, Sesriem, Namib Desert, dinner & breakfast included

Set off this morning for the dunes of the Namib Desert, near to Sesriem and Sossusvlei. The drive should take approximately 5 hours and you will arrive at Desert Homestead this afternoon. This lodge is a beautifully decorated and friendly establishment with a bar, restaurant and pool, optional horse riding or nature drives within this spectacular area can be arranged.

On the morning of Day 9 you can wake early and drive into the National Park area of Sesriem and onwards towards Sossusvlei, around 70km from the Park entrance. The entrance opens at sunrise and this is the best time of day to see the dunes. The last section of the road into Sossusvlei is 4x4 area only and you can either leave your vehicle at the car park and proceed either on foot (a beautiful walk), or take the shuttle which usually runs between here and Sossusvlei which is 5km away.

The desert can be extremely hot in the middle of the day, so please remember plenty of water, a hat and good walking shoes! Enjoy the amazing scenery of the desert, and maybe take a short walk to Deadvlei, a bizarre collection of ancient camelthorn trees, or climb the nearby dunes. Return to Sesriem and perhaps take a look at Sesriem Canyon before returning to the lodge.

Days 10 & 11: Klein Aus, Desert Horse Inn, Namib Desert, dinner & breakfast included

Klein Aus is a beautifully positioned private farm located on the edge of the Namib Desert with spectacular views from the boulder strewn hillsides€ross wide open plains. The Desert Horse Inn offers luxury rooms with spacious, en-suite bathrooms close to the main restaurant and reception area. There are self-guided walks that can be taken on the farm as well as optional nature drives to view the Namib wild horses, or you may decide to just relax in the peaceful surroundings. The information centre at Aus is also worth a visit, here you can learn about the history of this area which has recently celebrated its 100th year anniversary.

Day 12: Canon Roadhouse, Fish River Canyon, dinner & breakfast included

Drive east today, to Seehiem and onto Canon Roadhouse, situated at the northern end of Fish River Canyon and close to the many viewpoints over this magnificent landmark, the second largest canyon in the world.

If time allows, visit the viewpoints at Hobas and take a short walk along the Canyon edge to watch the spectacular sunset. Canon Roadhouse is a friendly lodge with private campsites, a bar, restaurant and swimming pool.

Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and excellent Italian flavour of the restaurant tonight.

Day 13: Anib Lodge, edge of Kalahari, dinner & breakfast included

Follow the road to Mariental via Keetmanshoopand then on to Anib Lodge.

Anib is a pretty air conditioned lodge, situated on the edge of the Kalahari Desert and the perfect place from which to explore and experience the rare beauty of this region. Some of the species that may be found in this area include Springbok, Oryx and Ostrich as well as Jackal, Springhare and Porcupine.

Day 14: Depart from Windhoek

Return to Windhoek today, a drive of approximately 3.5 hours, in time to connect with your onward flight.

This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website

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