Aquamarine Honeymoon Self-Drive

9 Days

This 9 day self drive itinerary has been custom made for honeymooners and includes two of the country's main highlights: Etosha National Park & the massive dunes at Sossusvlei. The first three days are spent doing some serious game viewing in Namibia's premier wildlife park, Etosha National Park. Here, you will spend time visiting the numerous waterholes for wildlife. For many, the real excitement happens at Okaukuejo, where the flood-lit waterhole is adjacent to the camp.  Nocturnal visitors include black rhino, elephant, lion, cheetah, giraffe and many species of antelope.

Erongo Wilderness Lodge is nestled amongst the Erongo Mountains. The drive to central Namibia involves ever-changing scenery, making an interesting and enjoyable trip. There is desert to the west and a mixed, woodland savannah to the east. A rare confluence of eco-systems is formed in this region, which has become home to numerous mammal, plant, bird and reptile species, some endemic to Namibia. As if this isn't enough, your overnight accommodation is nestled amongst, and surrounded by, huge boulders and granite formations, all on the outskirts of an ancient volcano.

Your gravel road-trip from Erongo to Sossusvlei will test both your driving and navigational skills but is a scenic journey. Kulala is situated just south of Sesriem and offers magnificent views of the distant dunes of the Namib Desert. Sossusvlei is the top attraction in the Namib-Naukluft Park. The rather eerie Dead Pan refers to the large dead camelthorn trees on the pan. Before you leave for Sesriem Canyon, pause and gently remind yourself of the unbelievable scenery you have just visited, the like of which you may never see again.

Although it is possible to book this itinerary 'as is', as with all our self drive trips,  it is entirely customisable. We can add or delete days, change the accommodation and design the tour to suit your requirements. If you do not like the idea of driving yourself, a guided safari could be arranged.

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Itinerary

This package visits the best Namibia has to offer.

Day 1

River Crossing Lodge

Windhoek

Situated on the outskirts of Windhoek, River Crossing is the perfect place to unwind from a long flight and to acclimatise to your surroundings. They offer dinner so if you do not feel strong enough to explore Windhoek on your first night then we recommend arranging this option.

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Day 2-4

Etosha Safari Lodge

Etosha Park

We recommend leaving Windhoek early this morning as you have a 435km drive to complete before reaching the park. Your route takes you due north of Windhoek via the towns of Okahandja, Otjiwarongo and Outjo. Your accommodation for the next three nights is at Etosha Safari Lodge is set on a hillock only 9km away from the Andersson Gate entrance into Etosha National Park. The closeness to the world famous park makes the lodge an ideal base, especially for those on a self drive holiday in ... Namibia, who wish to safari into Etosha without actually staying in the park itself. Travellers who do not want to drive into the park themselves can join one of the lodge’s (half or full day) trips. They offer friendly service in a value for money destination, often used by larger groups. A sister property Etosha Safari Camp is only 1.6km away.

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Day 5-6

Erongo Region

Today is a 3-4 hour drive, so there is no rush and Omaruru, the closest town to the lodge, offers a couple of reasonable lunch options. Erongo Wilderness is a great chance to relax for a few days, soaking up the tranquillity and beauty of this pristine wilderness. We do recommend joining one of the lodge's guided walks and/or drives as wildlife is prolific; leopard, kudu, oryx, eland, mountain zebra, springbok and steenbok. For anyone interested in birding, this ... unique location offers a rich and diverse variety of birdlife, including many endemic species.

Meal information Breakfast on Day 5, Breakfast & Dinner Day 6

Day 7-8

The Desert Grace

Sossusvlei

Today's trip involves a lot of smaller roads and may take 5-6 hours if the road conditions are not great. A fairly early start is therefore recommended as well as a higher clearance vehicle or 4x4. Having said this, it is a scenic journey travelling through more mountainous areas before entering the Namib Naukluft Park and driving through Kuiseb Pass and then on to Solitaire. There is a small cafe at this remote settlement which might offer a late lunch ... option. The Desert Grace is set just 60kms away from the towering dunes at Sossusvlei. This stunning, ultra modern, luxury lodge is an ideal location for self-drive and individual travellers who wish to enjoy a true Namibian holiday experience and introduction to the desert before heading on to one of Namibia's top tourist attractions. Sossusvlei is a clay pan fed by the ephemeral Tsauchab River. This pan is set amongst a huge piles of sand known as star dunes. It is set in the central Namib Desert and lies within the Namib-Naukluft National Park. High, red sand dunes surround Sossusvlei which forms part of the sand sea that stretches just north of Luderitz to the Kuiseb River. Some of these dunes reach as high as 220m. Camelthorn trees and other vegetation are watered by infrequent floods of the Tsauchab River, which slowly soak into the underlying clay. What ever you choose, it is an early start, leaving the lodge before sunrise. If doing the trip by yourselves head for the Sesriem entrance gate to the Namib Naukluft Park. This gate only opens at sunrise, so there is no point arriving earlier, but driving the 60km from Sesriem through the dunes towards Sossusvlei while the sun rises is a real pleasure. The first major dune you will encounter goes by the imaginative name of Dune 45 - many people choose to stop and climb this dune but we suggest you continue onwards towards Sossusvlei. Park at the the 2x4 car park (unless you have a 4x4 vehicle this is as far as you can drive). Sossusvlei is a further 4km from here but you are already amongst fairly large dunes. The walk along the dry river bed into Sossusvlei is lovely but for the very unfit or terminally lazy there are 4x4 shuttles from the car park to Sossusvlei. Deadvlei, so named because it is a large pan with sculptural dead trees, is close by and definitely worth a visit. When you have had enough sand - head back to your vehicle (there really is no shame in taking the shuttle back - the sand is likely to be hot, and the walk less pleasant than the one in the cool of the morning). On your way back to the lodge stop at the Sesriem Canyon - follow the signs from the Sesriem Campsite.

Meal information Breakfast & Dinner

Day 9

Windhoek

If you are looking for a spectacular way to end your trip you should consider joining a balloon flight over Sossusvlei this morning. Otherwise after breakfast, pack up and head back to Windhoek via the Remshoogte Pass.

Meal information Breakfast

Includes

  • All your meals and activities as specified.
  • A welcome pack including maps and vouchers for the places that you'll be visiting.
  • See the individual lodges for precise inclusions & exclusions
  • A 24 hour emergency assistance phone number

Excludes

  • Vehicle & Fuel
  • Park entrance fees (these need to be paid on arrival).
  • Tips and gratuities (which are optional).
  • Any meals or activities not specified.
  • See the individual lodges for detailed inclusions & exclusions.

Vehicles

Although we have excluded the cost of renting a vehicle from the quoted rate we are happy to advise you on the best possible vehicle and arrange a rental for you. For an idea of what is available have a look at our car hire in Namibia section

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