Malachite Honeymoon Self-Drive

14 Days

This 14 day self-drive trip is a mid-range option designed for honeymooners who want to see the main attractions of Namibia without breaking the bank but staying in good quality establishments. It includes game viewing in Etosha, the stunning scenery of Damaraland, the towering dunes of Sossusvlei and the tranquillity of the Namib Desert. It is not the most relaxing of itineraries, so if you prefer to take your time, talk to one of our travel consultants about adding a couple of extra nights.

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After a brief night in Windhoek to acclimatise, your journey begins by driving north to Frans Indongo Lodge, close to the town of Otjiwarongo. Game viewing and unguided walking trails are available at the lodge but for those who want to explore further afield, it can be used as a base from which to visit the Waterberg Plateau Park or local projects such as the Cheetah Conservation Fund.

Your fourth day is about a three hour drive north to Etosha National Park, where you will mainly be focusing on game viewing. The first night is on the eastern side, just outside the park at Etosha Aoba Lodge. The other two nights are at Okaukuejo Rest Camp, one of the main establishments within the park and well-known its abundant game at the waterhole.

Your next destination is Damaraland, which is home to the desert-adapted elephants that roam in this area.  This region is best known for its sweeping landscapes and rugged beauty. Camp Kipwe is also close to the World Heritage site of Twyfelfontein, famous for its extensive Bushman rock engravings.

Leaving Damaraland in a trail of dust, you have three nights at the coast.  Your first is at Cape Cross Lodge which, as its name suggests, is close to the seal colony of the same name.  The following nights are in the coastal town of Swakopmund. For some, this is a chance to kick back and relax; for others why not book an array of adventurous day trips and activities - on sand, sea or air.

The final section of your journey takes you into the Namib-Naukluft Park where you can appreciate both the beauty and solitude of the Namib Desert. Your first night is at Desert Camp close to Sesriem. Although very simple, this camp has stunning views over the desert and is perfectly located for accessing the dunes at Sossusvlei. An early morning start is needed to make the most of the changing light, especially as it is an hour's drive between the entrance gate at Sesriem to Sossusvlei.

Your final two nights are at KuanguKuangu, a secluded self-catering cabin at the base of the Spreetshoogte Pass. This will appeal to those who want to escape the frantic rush of the modern world and soak in the wild beauty of this region. It is a place for contemplation, star-gazing and communing with nature and hopefully will be the perfect finale to your honeymoon.

Although it is possible to book this itinerary 'as is', it is also entirely customisable. We can add or delete days, change the accommodation used and generally design the tour to suit your individual requirements. Visitors who might prefer a break from driving themselves can arrange a guided safari.

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Itinerary

Our most popular honeymoon package – self-drive, mid-range.

Day 1

Terra Africa Guest House

Windhoek

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

Meal information Not included

Day 2-3

Frans Indongo Lodge

Waterberg Region

You start your Namibian adventure with an easy 2.5-3 hour drive on good tarred roads. Heading north from Windhoek you pass through the town of Okahandja which has an extensive wood carving market. Frans Indongo Lodge is situated just slightly north-east of Otjiwarongo and this 17,000 hectare game farm boasts an abundance of Namibian wild animals, including white and black rhino, black wildebeest and hartebeest. Other than the activities offered at the lodge, you can also use this as a base to explore the surrounding area such ... as visiting Waterberg Plateau or one of the conservation projects close-by like the Rare and Endangered Species Trust, which is mainly concerned with protecting the Cape vulture, or the Cheetah Conservation Fund.

Meal information Breakfast only

Day 4

Etosha King Nehale

Eastern Etosha

Driving further north today, you reach the eastern side of Etosha National Park with its rich array of game and birdlife. 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 travellers who wish to visit a unique attraction.

Meal information Breakfast & Dinner

Day 5-6

Etosha Safari Lodge

Western Etosha

Etosha National Park is one of Southern Africa's finest game reserves. It is home to 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and, surprisingly, one species of fish. If game viewing is a priority then we suggest coming in the dry season when more animals congregate around the various waterholes in the park. Explore the Etosha National Park and then depart for Etosha Safari Lodge and unwind by taking a dip in the swimming pool ... or try one of the delectable dishes and wines at the restaurant. Dine under a sky full of stars on the outside veranda while listening to the crackling camp fire or soak in the last ray of the majestic African sunset on the deck.

Meal information Breakfast only

Day 7

Camp Kipwe

Twyfelfontein

Today is roughly a 3 hour drive to Camp Kipwe in Damaraland. During the rainy season this area has many ephemeral rivers and streams that can make travelling a little more adventurous so a 4x4 vehicle is generally recommended. The lodge is close to the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein which are best viewed in the afternoon if it is not too hot. You can either undertake this on your own or as part of a guided tour. The accommodation is ... set amongst sculptural granite boulders and offers amazing views over the surrounding plains and koppies of Damaraland.

Meal information Breakfast & Dinner

Day 8

Cape Cross Lodge

Cape Cross

Today you head south to the coast. If driving a 2x4, trvel via Uis to Cape Cross. If travelling via Torra Bay and the Skeleton Coast Park, allow plenty of time, as the coast road can be extremely rough. This barren stretch of coastline is home to one of the largest mainland breeding colonies of Cape fur seals and they can easily be visited from the lodge. Be warned... the sight of thousands of seals is indeed impressive, but ... the smell is overpowering! Black-backed jackals and brown hyena are also common in this area.

Meal information Breakfast & Dinner

Day 9-10

The Delight Swakopmund

Swakopmund

The German colonial town of Swakopmund has a unique quality of a place caught in time but is not always what people expect of a coastal holiday resort. Unlike most beach destinations, the reason Swakopmund is loved by Namibians is for its cooler climate, the cold Atlantic creating often misty conditions as it hits the heat of the Namib Desert. Also, the water is icy and only for the really brave. Having said this, the area around Swakopmund and Walvis Bay offer numerous options ... to help you spend your time and money. For those interested in adventure activities sandboarding, quad biking, dune carting, parachuting, sea kayaking, hot air ballooning, shark fishing, deep sea fishing and beach angling are some of the activities you can book. There are also some excellent half and full day trips into the desert such as the 'Living Desert' tour, a trip to the 'Moon-landscape' or a trip to Sandwich Harbour.

Meal information Breakfast only

Day 11

The Desert Grace

Sossusvlei

From Walvis Bay you head east through a flat stretch of the Namib before turning south and heading to the small settlement of Sesriem. En-route you may want to stop off at Solitaire for their famous home baked Apfelstrudel. 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.

Meal information Breakfast & Dinner

Day 12-13

Kuangukuangu Luxury Cabin

Solitaire Region

The essence of the desert is in its awe-inspiring space, raw natural beauty and tranquillity. These are the qualities that make KuanguKuangu the ideal accommodation for your final two nights before leaving Namibia. This single, remote cabin was built to compliment and be in harmony with its natural surroundings. The main wood and stone structure is centred around the double bed and with one wall being constructed of glass, offers amazing views out on to the valley below. Behind the ... main room is an open-air kitchen and bathroom. You can cater for yourselves or opt to make the short trip to the guest farm only 5-10 minutes walk away, which offers hearty home-cooked meals.

Meal information Breakfast only on Day 12

Day 14

Windhoek

It is now time to head back to the capital and either catch an evening flight or arrange additional accommodation. If you are not in a 4x4 vehicle then you will need to travel via Remshoogte Pass as the Spreetshoogte is too steep for a normal sedan.  

Meal information Not included

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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