This 14 day self-drive tour encompasses the highlights of Namibia with accommodation in some of the most luxurious establishments that the country has to offer. Starting in Windhoek, the capital city and home to the country's international airport, the trip heads north. The first stop is at Africat, a well respected research and rehabilitation centre for Namibia's big cats (particularly leopard & cheetah). Here you spend two nights at the private Bush Suite, with your own personal chef & guide.
Next is the world renowned Etosha National Park. This part of the honeymoon is about Namibian wildlife and you will be treated to a host of animals. The more fortunate will encounter elephant, rhino, giraffe, lion, leopard & cheetah, but along with these traditional 'big' species, you will see many other smaller animals, each with their own fascinating habits. Whatever you see while visiting Etosha one thing is sure, it will not be boring!
From Etosha, you drive into the semi-desert area of Namibia called Damaraland. Here, you spend two nights at the spectacular Mowani Mountain Camp. Activities include visits to San rock art, game drives and tracking the desert elephant. After the rugged and arid splendour of Damaraland, you are treated to a few nights back in 'civilization' in the coastal town of Swakopmund , before beginning your journey deep into the Namib Desert.
The last part of your honeymoon is spent exploring the Namib Desert. Not only is this the world's oldest desert, but it must surely be the most spectacular. Your time here is split between two areas: the famous red dunes at Sossusvlei, then slightly further south to the magnificent NamibRand Private Game Reserve.
The Diamond Self Drive is sure to leave you with memories of your honeymoon and Namibia that will last forever.
As with all our self drive itineraries, this is just a suggestion of what we can offer. We can customise any itinerary, so feel free to email with your individual requirements and one of our consultants will happily work out suitable alternatives for you.
The ultimate self-drive, luxury honeymoon package.
Your first night on honeymoon in Namibia is spent at the ultra-luxurious Olive Exclusive boutique hotel in Windhoek. The premier suites have their own lounge, deck and plunge pool, making them the perfect place to kick back and get into the rhythm of Africa. The Olive also hosts a wellness centre, so you can book a relaxing massage to recover from your flight.
From Windhoek, it's a leisurely drive north to Okonjima Bush Suite, an exclusive lodge set in the Omboroko Mountains, west of Waterberg Plateau. This is the home of AfriCat, a foundation dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating large carnivores such as cheetah and leopard. Although the main emphasis of the project is to release as many animals as possible back into the wild, you can see some of these elusive animals in a natural but protected habitat. The Bush Suite is ... a secluded haven with a large bedroom overlooking a waterhole and pristine bush; sunken lounge; a fireplace for chilly Namibian winter nights; private pool and your own kitchenette and chef. With two nights here, there is plenty of time to include some activities, as well as relaxing by the pool or lounging on your own private deck.
The fourth day of your Namibian Honeymoon self-drive trip sees you travelling further north to Etosha National Park, where you will have the chance to do some serious game viewing. Etosha King Nehale is set approximately 5kms north of Etosha NP's King Nehale Gate, the most northern entrance to Namibia's most visited tourist attraction. As the lodge is in the King Nehale Conservancy, it will pay homage to the King's rich cultural heritage. The landscapes here are spectacular and vast ... and include the Andoni Plains, artesian springs and woodlands. This is the perfect location for self-drive tourists and individual travelers who wish to visit a unique attraction. The lodge set on the outside of a major tourist attraction, with the outstanding opportunity to visit a private waterhole nearby inside Etosha NP. Exclusivity and uninterrupted game viewing, not experienced at any other such feature inside the park, is a major drawcard here. Stay here on the northern leg of your Namibian journey to or from Rundu, the Zambezi Region, Victoria Falls, Chobe NP and the Okavango Delta.
Today is spent traversing Etosha park from east to west. The vegetation changes as you travel and you can make frequent stops at the waterholes along the way in search of the park's plentiful wildlife. Tonight's accommodation is on the western side of Etosha at Ongava, the most exclusive of the three properties that are set in this 30 000 hectare private game reserve bordering the park. The spacious suites have all the comforts you would expect, as well as ... an outside plunge pool, outdoor shower and sala where you can unwind after the various activities on offer such as game drives and guided walks.
Your next destination is set in the dramatically beautiful scenery of Damaraland, with its rugged granite koppies and massive open plains. Mowani is the perfect spot to appreciate this region; set amongst sculptured boulders, the suite perches on a rocky outcrop and provides spectacular views over the plains below. It is within close proximity to Twyfelfontein, a World Heritage site that is renowned for its Bushman rock engravings. Game drives are also available, with the chance of seeing the elusive desert adapted elephant that roam in this area.
After two nights in Damaraland, you head to the coast and the town of Swakopmund, which has a distinctly German feel to it. In summer the cooler climate is a relief from the scorching temperatures of the interior and it also offers a variety of fun activities such as sand boarding, desert tours, quad biking, boat cruises (where you are likely to see dolphins, seals and pelicans) and sea kayaking. Your accommodation is set in the heart of the town ... and within close walking distance of both the beach and a selection of restaurants, cafes and shops.
The final section of your trip takes you further south to the magnificent Namib Desert with its towering dunes. Desert Whisper is an upmarket spacious, single story suite located close to the world-famous dunes of Sossusvlei. This remarkable exclusive retreat affords sublime desert views which enhances the solitude and magnificence of the Namib Desert. To add to the privacy of your stay, Desert Whisper is designed especially for just two people. Ideal for honeymooners, that special anniversary or a once-in-a-lifetime break.
Your final two nights are spent in one of the most breathtakingly beautiful areas of Namibia, namely the NamibRand Nature Reserve. Once again, the level of service and comfort is some of the best Namibia has to offer, with a backdrop of unrivalled splendour - vast plains, richly hued dunes and craggy granite koppies. All this can be appreciatedfrom your own private camp with its spacious en-suite bedrooms, various decks and open plan living area.
Today you are heading back to Windhoek with some remarkable Namibian honeymoon memories that will stay with you for ever. We can arrange accommodation in Windhoek for tonight, or you can travel straight to the airport and your flight home.
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
Castles, trains & sand dunes; romance in Namibia.
This package visits the best Namibia has to offer.
Same route as the Diamond package, slightly less expensive.
Our most popular honeymoon package – self-drive, mid-range.
Combining luxury lodges with mid-market establishments.
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