There's something magical about being in Africa on your honeymoon. The setting, the wildlife, the stars, the sundowners all add together to make a truly unforgettable experience. On this journey, you'll visit the famous Etosha National Park, the eye-catching dunes at Sossusvlei, the mysterious Skeleton Coast, the beautiful Damaraland, and Okonjma's leopard and cheetah reserve whilst staying in a fantastic selection of lodges, tented camps, and campsites as you go.
During most of your days, you will camp in the roof tent. The roof tent provides a unique experience, allowing confident, comfortable, and secure sleeping in areas of real wilderness. Providing great star gazing opportunities as well as a great place to lie and admire the view, the tents couldn't be easier to use and can withstand the most extreme weather and rains that even Africa can throw at them.
You will be camping at Andersson's camp, Olifantsrus campsite, and Onguma Leadwood campsite in Etosha National Park, Buellsport exclusive campsite in Rehoboth, Desert Breeze in Swakopmund, Etendeka Mountain camp, Mowani campsite, and Spitzkoppe campsite in Damaraland, and Okonjima campsite in Omboroko.
On day one, twelve, and fourteen you'll will stay at guesthouse and lodges as below:
Located close to the Windhoek city centre, in a quiet and peaceful area, the Olive Grove guesthouse is ideal to start and finish your journey through Namibia. This boutique guesthouse combines stylish architecture, simple but carefully selected decoration and personal service. This lovely, little, friendly, and very comfortable guest house has been decorated with a modern feel to it. The rooms are spacious with large bathrooms.
Situated within the park, guests benefit from being able to reach Sossusvlei before sunrise, and to stay until after sunset, and on their return after an exhilarating day, to relax in the tranquillity and splendour of the Namib Desert, under the spectacular African sky. Accommodation is offered in 25 spacious chalets thirteen on the left of the main area, with views of the dunes, while the other 12 chalets, on the right of the main area, have a view of the mountains and the Sesriem Canyon.
Situated at a hour drive from Windhoek and 45-minute drive from the airport, Eningu Clayhouse has been constructed using 120,000 handmade adobe bricks made from clay, from the farm. The colour of these buildings, integrates the lodge perfectly with the surrounding red sand of the Kalahari Desert, and the unusual decoration, artworks and sculptures, hand painted floors and antique furniture throughout, make a stay at this lodge a liberating experience.The large, refreshing swimming pool, complete with umbrellas and chaise-lounge's, is an ideal spot to relax and enjoy the beautiful Namibian sunshine.
You will have to arrive in Windhoek, where you will be met by a member of Safari Drive's team and taken to the Olive Grove guesthouse where you will spend the first night of your trip. Here, you can relax in the garden, take a well earned dip in the pool, laze in the jacuzzi, or maybe enjoy looking around Windhoek. Later this afternoon, you will be taken to Safari Drive's base and introduced to your vehicle, plus briefed on the vehicle, its equipment, the driving conditions, route, and safety issues.
This morning after breakfast, you will have a driver safety course with Safari Drive's manager in Namibia, Mike Whitelock. After this, you will be shown where to stock up on food supplies for your camping nights before embarking on your trip. You will then set off to the Okonjima Reserve, home to the AfriCat Foundation.
Today you drive north to the Onguma Reserve on the edge of Etosha National Park. You will stay in one of Onguma's campsites, either Leadwood campsite or Tamboti. Either one is great and provides you with your own site, with private ablution block. As a camper, you are also able to use the facilities of the lodge for meals.
This morning you will head into the famous Etosha National Park. You will game drive your way across the park and stay at Andersson's Camp.
Today you will drive to Olifantsrus Campsite which is located in Western Etosha. This is a part of Etosha not often seen. Only guests of Dolomite and Olifantsrus Campsite are allowed to enter this side of the park.
This morning you will exit Etosha through the "back gate" also known as Galton Gate, and take the scenic drive to Etendeka Mountain Camp which is set in the north of Damaraland. You will be expected there at approximately 15.00 p.m. Although it is a remote bush camp, rare sightings of giraffe, Hartmann’s mountain zebra, oryx, springbok, and even desert elephant and black rhino can add an exciting bonus to your stay at certain times of year.
Today you will start to head south into the heart of Damaraland where you will be staying at the campsite that belongs to Mowani. This is a scenic area, famous for the rock art.
Today you will drive to Spitzkoppe, which Safari Drive thinks is one of the most beautiful areas in Namibia, consisting of an imposing granite rock formation set in the plains. Here you can walk in the area and climb up to Bushman’s Paradise, a small basin tucked between the domes of rock, where you can view the rock paintings done by Bushman of the past and gaze at the amazing view.
This morning you will be driving to the coastal town of Swakopmund. With palm-lined streets, seaside promenades and fine accommodation. This is also Namibia's activity centre, here you can do a range of activities from quad biking on sand dunes to scenic flights up the skeleton coast. It is also a good place to stock up on food and fuel.
Today you have quite a long drive as you continue south to Sossus Dune lodge and the magnificent dunes of Sossusvlei - a real highlight of your trip.
Your next destination is Buellsport Guest Farm situated 50 kilometers south of Solitaire on one of the oldest farms in Namibia. They have their own game, cattle, and sheep and they also breed Namibian horses which you can ride in this spectacular region, by pre-arrangement and payable locally. Buellsport has a variety of short trails that you can ride. Here you will stay in an exclusive campsite a few kilometers from the farm. The place is perfect for stargazing!
Today you will head to Eningu Clayhouse lodge for your final night in Africa. The lodge is stunning, peaceful and is without doubt one of the most relaxing and tranquil lodges you will encounter on your journey. This unique guest lodge is run by the owner and so there is real attention to detail in every aspect of the running of the lodge. It is a great place to spend the last night of your trip.
This morning you will head back to Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) in time for your flight home. You will hand back your vehicle and have your trip debrief at the airport, prior to boarding your flight.
Etosha National Park is a protected area in northern Namibia. Lions, elephants, black rhinos, and giraffes gather at waterholes such as Halali, Okondeka, and the floodlit Okaukuejo. Rough roads fringe the vast white-green salt flat of the Etosha Pan, a breeding ground for flamingos. Other birdlife includes eagles, hornbills, owls, and ostriches. Camel thorn trees provide food and shelter for many of the park's animals.
Safari Drive will provide cooking equipment and a starter kit of food. The basic starter pack is to help you on your way. Contents may vary from region to region, but the following is a good indication of the kinds of things they supply : six liters of water, a bottle of wine, a pack of savory biscuits, a pack of sweet biscuits, coffee, long life milk, nuts, pepper grinder, salt grinder, snacks, sugar, tea bags, and travel sweets.
Safari Drive will also do your food shopping for you on request. Safari Drive will send you a guide list of what is available and you can pay for your food locally at your briefing.
On day thirteen, you may do horse riding at Buellsport Guest Farm.
Please book your flights to Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH). Transfers from and to the airport are included in the price. Safari Drive will have the driver / guide send to pick you up from the airport.