This classic itinerary offers the best of both worlds, superb game viewing combined with the freedom to travel between lodges at your own pace taking in the amazing and varied landscapes of this quite beautiful and surprising country
An accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country.
In 1981 Toni moved to Namibia with her family and from then on her love of the outdoors and all things nature grew and grew. Her father was an exploration geologist who travelled extensively around Southern Africa, living in small mining towns and managing bush camps where Toni would spend her school holidays camping in the bush, or visiting private farms and reserves. Toni’s father passed on to her his unparalleled knowledge of all things Namibia, and she carried this with her as she became a manager and guide at some of the most remote lodges in the extreme North West of Namibia. Toni has travelled expansively across Namibia and its neighbouring countries, making regular visits to all of the National Game Reserves and developing her photographic skills which she takes great pleasure in passing on to visitors to the region.
Her deep love and knowledge of the Namibia, coupled with her infectious passion and enthusiasm to want to share it, make her one of the country’s top guides and ambassadors for this beautiful country. More than just a guide who simply points from a vehicle, Toni becomes fully involved in the experiences of her fellow travellers and places a great emphasis on finding the best adventures, wildlife encounters and photo opportunities for her tour groups. As a Managing Tour Consultant she plans safaris for a wide range of interest groups but her main focus is on birding and photographic small group tours, where she delights in each visitor gaining an up-close and personal experience of all that the country she loves and knows so well has to offer.
Born in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. She spent 11 years on Sea Lion Island as Manager of the Lodge, Warden of the Nature Reserve and as the principal tour provider, meaning her knowledge of Sea Lion Island in particular is second to none. Having spent so much time here, as expected her wildlife speciality is Elephant Seals, but she is also well versed in the ways of the seabirds, penguins, whales, dolphins and sea lions that call the Falklands their home.
After her time on Sea Lion Island Jenny moved to Stanley to work for the Falkland Islands Government and became manager of a local travel firm assisting with travel arrangements for incoming visitors, before taking semi-retirement to spend more time with her family and enjoy more time further exploring the lands she knows so well. Jenny is extremely passionate about sharing the hidden nature secrets of the Falklands with those who come to visit her homeland and will be looking forward to accompanying you and passing on her unsurpassed knowledge of the areas you will be visiting.
Met at airport and transferred in air-conditioned car to Villa Violet in the capital city of Windhoek for one night on bed and breakfast basis. Your guide will go through your self-drive itinerary and answer any questions you may have.Remainder of day free to explore this interesting city, characterised by its German colonial architecture. Some excellent options for eating out this evening.
Your car will be delivered to the Villa Violet and refundable fuel and damage deposits taken.
After breakfast this morning, you will commence your adventure with a drive of about 318km to Sesriem and to the Desert Homestead Lodge for two nights with dinner and breakfast. The lodge is ideally located for exploring the ancient dunes or walking in the Namib Naukluft Mountains. Optional horseriding or guided nature drives can be arranged. The night skies in this area are spectacular.
Depart early on the morning of day 3 and drive int the Namib-Naukluft National Park and onwards for 70km to Sossusvlei, with its monumental star-shaped dunes, a mecca for photographers and artists. If there has been recent rain adding water to the pan her, there are flamingoes and other acquatic birds to be seen. Return later in the day to Sesriem and, time permitting, visit the Sesriem Canyon.
After breakfast this morning, set off on the 344km drive to Swakopmund, through mountain passes via Solitaire and on to Walvis bay where a stop is recommended at the lagoon, home to many birds, especially the grater flamingo. Continue to the charming Cornerstone Guesthouse for two nights on bed and breakfast basis.
On day 5 you will go to the waterfront at Walvis Bay to board a luxury catamaran for a half day guided cruise towards the Pelican Point Lighthouse. Depending on the time of year and conditions, you may see seals, dolphins, whales, orca, leatherback turtles and, of course, lots of birds. Remainder of the day free to explore this picturesque town and its surroundings.
This morning, drive through changing scenery towards the mountainous scenery of Damaraland, looking out for wildlife, especially the rare desert elephant which is sometimes spotted in this area. High up the Grootberg Pass is your overnight accommodation, the Grootberg Lodge where you will stay with dinner and breakfast included.
This true wilderness lodge offers spectacular views and sits in an area rich in flora and fauna, including black eagles, desert elephant, black rhino and even lions.
Leave early this morning for a scenic drive of some 343 km to Etosha to stay for two nights on a dinner and breakfast basis at Etosha Village, right next to the entrance to the National Park.
This is a beautiful and wild area for driving, making sure you allow enough time to be out of the park by closing time at sunset. Stop by one of the many waterholes and just watch the animals come to you. There are rest camps within the park for lunch, swimming or just relaxing in the shade.
Still within the Etosha Park, you drive today 132km to Namutoni and the Mushara Bush Camp for overnight stay with dinner and breakfast. There are lots of game and birds to be seen on the drive through the Park and the Mushara Camp is an ideal spot to stay, with a delightful night time campfire.10-11Days
On day 10, drive 365 km to Otjiwarongo and to the Okonjima Plains Camp for your last two nights on dinner and breakfast basis. The Okonjima Game Reserve is famous for its cheetah and leopard safaris and here you will be able to track cheetah on foot as well as going leopard spotting. The AfriCat Foundation here is world famous as a reserve which rehabilitates cheetah, wild dogs, leopards and hyenas and seeing these amazing animals in the wild here is a highlight of the trip.
This morning, you will drive the 265km back to Windhoek, where you can check in your vehicle at the airport, before your onward or return flight.See All Itinerary