Honeymoon Under the Stars Self-drive – 14 Days – Windhoek to Windhoek

Namibia is probably one of the most recommended destinations for couples looking for adventure and romantic moments.

Adventurous because you will discover endemic landscapes and animals that will literally cross your road, more than once. Romantic because with this tour, you will miss nothing of essential Namibia, while enabling you to stay in beautiful lodges to complement your and your partner’s retreat.

Highlights

  • World’s highest dunes at Sossusvlei & Dead Vlei
  • UNESCO world heritage sites
  • Wildlife discovery in the Etosha National Park
Days / Nights 14 / 13
Languages English / French
Vehicle Renault Duster or similar
Category Explorer
Min pax Min 2

Day 1/45 km – 35 minutes

WINDHOEK

Arrival at the airport of Windhoek and welcome meet and greet by a French-speaking guide, who will give you your travel book and give you all the necessary information and advice on your itinerary.

Road to Windhoek. The rest of the day is free to rest or visit the capital. Windhoek; the administrative, judicial, and economic capital is also the heart of Namibia. The city has kept a significant Germanic footprint found throughout the streets and avenues, mainly in terms of architecture. Windhoek offers a friendly atmosphere with its modern hotels and friendly guesthouses. You will find a mix of cultures that represents the image of today’s Namibia. A small city compared to other African megacities, Windhoek is surprisingly clean, quiet, and provincial.

Overnight: Londiningi – Breakfast

 

Day 2/260 km – 3 hours

Kalahari Desert

On this day you will take the road towards the Kalahari Desert. Approaching the Kalahari desert, which means “place of thirst,” you will be amazed by the red color of the dunes that appear on the horizon. This magnificent desert, despite its aridity, maintains its flora and fauna.

Optional: You can participate in a 4×4 safari in the red dunes of the Kalahari desert, under the guidance of experienced guides; experiencing the incredible ecosystem before ending with an aperitif watching the sunset over the desert.

Overnight: Intu Afrika Camelthorn Lodge – Breakfast

 

Day 3/345 km – 4H30

NAMIB DESERT

The Namib Desert is a hot coastal desert, located in southwestern Namibia. It is considered the oldest desert in the world, having been subjected to arid or semi-arid conditions for at least 55 million years.

Because of the absence of permanent surface water, the moisture provided by marine fogs plays a vital role in the organisms living in this desert. Among the large mammals, only species adapted to this very harsh environment manage to survive. Oryx and springbok are ubiquitous. Predators include spotted hyenas and brown hyenas, jackals, etc. Several other species have found ways to adapt to the desert.

Overnight: Sossusvlei Lodge – Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 4

NAMIB DESERT

In a morning activity, you will visit the Sossusvlei and the Dead Vlei to enjoy the freshness and the early sunshine rays. The beauty of the lights and landscapes on this site leaves no indifferent traveler. At the Sossusvlei, you will discover the central Namib and its giant dunes. Sossusvlei is above all the terminus of a river which, a few thousand years ago, threw itself into the Atlantic. Today the rain has disappeared, and the river no longer has the strength to reach the ocean. The dunes, pushed by the wind, covered the valley gradually. Some years the water of the river joins the foot of the dunes and forms a lake in Sossusvlei. In the late afternoon when it is a little less hot, we recommend a walk in the Canyon of Sesriem.

Overnight: Sossusvlei Lodge – Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 5/345 km – 4H30

ATLANTIC COAST – SWAKOPMUND

Road to the Atlantic coast. Passage of the Gaub Pass and Kuiseb, a geological formation with folded schists through which the Kuiseb River has carved an impressive canyon. This river marks the boundary between the huge rocky plains of the north and the sea of sand that joins the Orange River. On the way, we recommend a stop in Solitaire a charming little hamlet isolated in the middle of nowhere that bears its name and keep its character of the 50s. Here you can enjoy one of the best apple pies in the world! Snacks, garage and gas station, are also offered.

Overnight: The Stiltz – Breakfast

 

Day 6

ATLANTIC COAST – SWAKOPMUND

Free day to rest, visit the city or participate in optional activities such as boat cruises, Quad Bike, scenic flight over the desert, etc.  Swakopmund, a city with a significant historical past. Swakopmund was built at the beginning of the German colonization to serve as a port; keeping its unique germanic character until today.

Optional: In the morning, you can take a boat cruise on Walvis Bay Bay to see the sea lions, dolphins, and many sea birds. Aboard specially adapted boats and guided by professionals of the sea, you will go to explore the famous bay of the whales. The program offers a meeting with the fur seals, the dolphins, discovery of the fishing port, visit the colony of sea lions of the Pelican Point and visit the oyster beds followed by a tasting. A dream program in a warm atmosphere.

Overnight: The Stiltz – Breakfast

 

Day 7/330 Km – 4H20

THE DAMARALAND

Today you leave the coast towards Damaraland. Approaching Uis, you will admire the highest mountain in the country, the Brandberg, with 2,573 meters of altitude. The mountain is home to the bushman paintings, the best known is the White Lady. On the way, you can make a detour to visit Cape Cross, the largest colony of Southern African Sea Lions. Located 60 km north of the coastal town of Henties Bay. This cape was an essential place for the early European explorers. Here, the Portuguese explorer and sailor Bartholomeu Diaz left a trace of his passage in the 15th century by drawing a cross on the beach.

Overnight: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge – Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 8

THE DAMARALAND

This morning, we recommend visiting the Twyfelfontein, Namibia’s first UNESCO World Heritage site. In the heart of Damaraland, to find the rock engravings; depicting animals of extinct and still existing species, abstract representations of great parietal art.

Optional: Nature drive in open 4×4, along the ephemeral river Aba Huab to look for the famous desert elephants. These are in search of greenery on the trees that line the river. On the way back you will follow the valleys and small dunes and admire the sunset from the top of a hill accompanied by an aperitif.

Overnight: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge – Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 9/325 Km – 3H30

ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

Departure for the Etosha National Park. First safari to Etosha aboard your vehicle. The end of the afternoon is a magic moment for the animals of the Etosha National Park. The heat and the hot sun subside to make room for a mild temperature. Life begins again and pushes the thirsty animals towards the different water points. An excursion at that very moment creates a magical moment to see wildlife, Elephants, zebras, wildebeest, giraffes, lions, etc.

Overnight: Etosha Village – Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 10

ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

Free day to discover Etosha Park. Every year, many visitors flock to Etosha, which has quickly established itself as the most famous curiosity of the country. Park officials have put in place a variety of amenities to help you discover, observe, and photograph wildlife from this area safely from your own vehicle.

Etosha Village – Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 11

ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

Full day in Etosha. Going from water point to water point aboard your vehicle to observe beautiful animal scenes. The Etosha National Park is a large nature reserve in Namibia, 400 km north of Windhoek, with an area of 22,275 km2. The dry lake north of the park fills with water in the rainy season, attracting thousands of birds, including flamingos. Protection of the park and the presence of water points make it a refuge for many animals (more than 114 mammal species, more than 100 reptiles, and more than 340 recorded birds). There are elephants, zebras, wildebeest, lions, leopards and cheetahs, oryx, giraffe, big kudus, impala, rhinoceros, etc.

Overnight: Etosha Village – Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 12/210 km – 2:10

WATERBERG REGION

Your next destination is the Central Plateau; extending from north to south Namibia. Bordered by the Skeleton Coast to the northwest, the Namib Desert and its coastal plains to the southwest, the Orange River and the Kalahari Desert to the south. The plateau consists mainly of savannah. This is where the most beautiful private game reserves are.

Optional: Safari on a 4×4 open vehicle, on the private reserve of Frans Indongo. Land of predilection herds of zebras, springboks, oryx, wildebeest, and other lowland game. You can also see beautiful white rhinos on this reserve.

Overnight: Frans Indongo Lodge – Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 13/290 km – 3 hours

WINDHOEK

After breakfast, take the road towards Windhoek. On the way, you can visit the craft market of Okahandja. The rest of the day is free to rest or to explore the other sites of the capital city that you couldn’t in the beginning of the trip.

Overnight: Londiningi – Breakfast

 

Day 14/45 km – 40 minutes

RETURN

Road to Windhoek International Airport on time (at least 2:00 am before take-off) to be able to return your vehicle and take your return flight.

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