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Rental car tour - Namibia

Extraordinary Honeymoon in Namibia

Highlights

  • Experience African charm in Namibia

  • Admire the Big 5 at Etosha National Park

  • Specially selected luxury lodges & camps in unique locations

  • Includes activities at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

  • Includes fabulous romantic extras, such as a champagne breakfast, a campfire dinner, and a crystal bath

Description

On this 14-day rental car tour, enjoy a romantic honeymoon through Namibia! Amidst desert and sea, explore the oldest, driest desert in the world and take time to listen to the silence and your soul. Stay in selected luxury lodges and discover Africa's magnificent wildlife, such as lions, leopards, giraffes, zebras, and antelopes, on exciting up-close safaris. This honeymoon is a once in a lifetime adventure for newlyweds!

Destination

Africa

Windhoek - Waterberg - Etosha National Park - Damaraland - Swakopmund - Namib Desert - Sossusvlei - GocheGanas Nature Reserve

Welcome to Namibia, home to vibrant cities where people are excited about the future while remaining connected deeply to their rich, cultural past. After landing at the international airport of Windhoek, complete all formalities at passport control, then pick up the rental car that will take you to many places for the next two weeks.

Now nothing stands in the way of your special honeymoon! Drive about 30 minutes through the hilly savannah landscape until you reach your first hotel on your round trip. When Count von Schwerin commissioned castle Heinitzburg for his fiancé, Margarethe von Heinitz, in 1914, love was his inspiration, and elegance was his achievement. The romantic hotel offers a dazzling view over Windhoek's city center and is the perfect place to spend the first night of your honeymoon adventure.

To ensure that your honeymoon is truly unforgettable, we have organized a first-class, romantic dinner for you in the hotel's wine cellar. Spend your first night with exquisite delicacies in a romantic atmosphere.

Best travel time: Namibia is a destination that can be visited year-round. For safaris, the best months are from June to October at the end of the dry season. Since the animals can't find water in the bush, they can often be found at the watering holes.

Travel time Windhoek Airport - Heinitzburg Hotel: 30 miles / approx. 30 minutes

One night at the Heinitzburg Hotel***** with half board in a standard room, Windhoek, Namibia

Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast at the restaurant, "Leo's at the Castle," before heading north-east to the Waterberg Plateau. The intimate, luxurious, and romantic Waterberg Plateau Lodge welcomes you as your next accommodation.

Located on a high terrace on the slopes of the Waterberg, the chalets offer an idyllic view over the endless bush savannah of the Kalahari. Each chalet has a private terrace with a plunge pool, inviting you to relax and unwind in complete solitude.

In the afternoon, a local ranger will take you on an exciting hike through the Waterberg Plateau. The tour will give you an insight into the traditional wedding culture of the Herero. You will have the opportunity to try on a typical wedding dress and have yourself photographed in it!

Travel time Windhoek - Waterberg: 205 miles / approx. three hours

One night at the Waterberg Plateau Lodge**** with half board and a hike to Waterberg Plateau in a Chalet, Waterberg, Namibia

Today you will travel further north to the private Ongava Game Reserve, bordering Etosha National Park. Nestled in a unique environment, stay at the luxurious Ongavo Lodge. Get to know the dense wildlife population and the enchanting atmosphere during unforgettable safaris.

The Etosha National Park, Namibia's most magnificent wildlife sanctuary, is the highlight of every Namibia trip. The park's main characteristic is a salt pan so significant that astronauts can see it from space!

Etosha National Park is also known for its abundant wildlife that gathers around the waterholes, guaranteeing game sightings when visiting! The waterholes attract animals like zebras, wildebeests, cheetahs, and springbok. Home to four of the legendary Big 5, lion, black rhino, and elephant sightings are frequent, while the elusive leopard hides in the lush vegetation areas. These incredible animal encounters will be memories you and your loved one will never forget.

Travel time Waterberg - Etosha National Park: 200 miles / approx. three hours

Three nights at Ongava Lodge**** with half board in a Chalet, Etosha National Park, Namibia

After a hearty breakfast, drive your rental car into the 22,270 m² parks and observe the diverse wildlife in the African savannah landscape. Keep your eyes peeled for ostriches, various antelope species, and zebras. With a little luck, you might also see cheetahs or lions. Don't forget to look up because you will have many opportunities to take photos of the national park's different bird species!

After the exciting safari, relax in your private chalet and let the excellent service of the lodge spoil you.

Today is a day of new beginnings. During your delicious breakfast, appreciate one of Africa's most magical moments: its purple sunrise. Continue your honeymoon adventure and head west into Damaraland.

Damaraland is one of the most scenic areas in Namibia, a vast, untamed, ruggedly beautiful region that offers a more adventurous challenge. Namibia has the second-lowest population density of any country on earth, but in Damaraland, the country's least populated area, there are even fewer people. Here there are neither fences nor borders, just vast horizons, unspoiled valleys, and impressive mountain ranges. The desert's stony landscape is home to desert elephants and many other animals.

In about four hours, you will reach your next accommodation, the Mowani Mountain Camp. Nestled ideally between enormous granite rocks, stay in one of the lovingly decorated chalets that are absorbed into the landscape, making it one with the area's shared history of life in this prehistoric area. When you arrive, a fresh bottle of sparkling wine and a fruit platter will be waiting for you in your private chalet. End your evening with a romantic dinner around the campfire.

Travel time Etosha National Park - Damaraland: 235 miles / approx. four hours

Two nights at Mowani Mountain Camp***** with half board in a Superior Room, Damaraland, Namibia

Plan your day according to your wishes! If you want to unwind at the camp, lounge by the pool or relax on your private deck and enjoy the spectacular surroundings. Are you craving more adventure? Then use the day to explore the enchanting surroundings! Visit the Damara village and learn all about its tradition and culture, or take a day trip to Twyfelfontein and discover its wealth of ancient rock engravings and the wonders of the Organ Pipes.

Alternatively, we offer an elephant and dune drive to explore the area with a knowledgeable guide, searching for the rare desert elephants!

Enjoy your last breakfast in Damaraland then drive along the Skeleton Coast to the popular holiday resort, Villa Margherita, in Swakopmund. Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Namib Desert, this charming village is known for its well-preserved Art Nouveau buildings from the German colonial era. Its coastal location permits a pleasant climate more than anywhere else in Namibia! In the summer, water temperatures barely rise above 65°F, so it's the perfect place to unwind from your exciting safari days.

Swakopmund's colonial landmarks include the Swakopmund Lighthouse (70 feet high) and the Mole, an old sea wall (985 feet long). Insider tip: During sunset, visit the Mole with a bottle of champagne for a romantic start to your evening.

Travel time Damaraland - Swakopmund: 200 miles / approx. four hours

Two nights at Villa Margherita*** with breakfast in a standard room, Swakopmund, Namibia

Start your day with a lovely champagne breakfast! Indulge in the fresh delicacies, and get ready for an exciting day with your loved one.

There is so much to discover in Swakopmund and its surroundings! How about an excursion to Walvis Bay? This harbor town is only 30 minutes away and offers many fun activities. Watch the fishing boats arriving with freshly caught fish or visit the lagoon of Walvis Bay, one of the most critical wetlands in southern Africa! Don't forget to look up because the lagoon of Walvis Bay is home to thousands of migratory birds, like pink flamingos and tern colonies.

After breakfast, you will leave Swakopmund and drive on to the Namib Desert. Known as the oldest desert in the world, it stretches for more than 1,200 miles along the Atlantic coasts of Angola, Namibia, and South Africa. Despite its dry and lonely appearance, the area you pass through on your way to your next lodge is home to a variety of animals, plants, insects, and birds.

Your next accommodation is located in the middle of a 17,300-acre private nature reserve and borders the Namib Sand Sea, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can look forward to a unique stay in the desert by the sea! We guarantee lots of privacy and luxury in a magical landscape you will never forget; views of the surrounding mountains and the grazing springboks are utterly unique.

Travel time Swakopmund - Namib Desert: 230 miles / approx. five hours

One night at Desert Homestead Outpost*** with half board in a guest house, Namib Desert, Namibia

Set your alarm clock early and drive to the Sossusvlei before sunrise to witness the first rays of the sun and spectacular play of color on the majestic dunes. Delicate oranges and robust reds alternate on the peaceful horizon. This unique atmosphere is the perfect start to your day!

Continue your journey to the 4-star lodge, the WolweDans Dunes Lodge, in the NamibRand Nature Reserve. Situated at the foot of the Nubib Mountains, explore the secrets of the desert and experience a place of elegance and comfort.

The Namib Desert stretches along the Atlantic Ocean and unites many different landscapes that you can't experience anywhere else in the world. Enjoy the peaceful silence and the 100% clean air. How about a little action on your honeymoon? On an exciting Land Rover Safari, we'll show you that the desert crawls with life. Springboks, ostriches, zebras, and leopards can be seen up close with a bit of luck.

Travel time Namib Desert - NamibRand Nature Reserve: 23 miles / approx. 45 minutes

Two nights at WolweDans Dunes Lodge**** with all-inclusive and activities in a Chalet, NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia

Don't you think that a romantic hot-air balloon ride is one of the best experiences you can have on your honeymoon (optional)? Enjoy the magical Namib Desert from an aerial view and fly with your loved one towards the incredible sunrise - sheer romance!

Afterward, you will return to the central highlands. Your destination today is the wellness resort GocheGanas Lodge, located in the Auas Mountains. Equipped with one of the best wellness spas in southern Africa, adventure and relaxation go hand in hand. Also, GocheGanas Lodge is the ideal accommodation for couples.

If you still haven't had enough of Africa's abundant wildlife, you can join another exciting game drive in the afternoon and admire rhinos, giraffes, jackals, and antelopes in the wild (optional). At the surrounding waterholes, observe the 25 different big game species and a fascinating variety of birds that live here.

Back in your hotel, we have prepared a soothing crystal bath with champagne for you. Make a toast to your new marriage and look back on the experiences from the last two weeks.

Travel time NamibRand Nature Reserve - GocheGanas Nature Reserve: 220 miles / approx. 4.5 hours

One night at GocheGanas Lodge***** with half board in a Chalet, GocheGanas Nature Reserve, Namibia

Sadly, today you part ways with the mystical lands of Namibia. Reflecting on all of your unique honeymoon memories, you can use the remainings hours to participate in activities offered by the lodge. For example, go on a game drive, hike in the desert landscape, or marvel at the picturesque surroundings by mountain bike.

Before hopping onto your flight back home, you will have the opportunity to look for some final souvenirs in downtown Windhoek. We hope you have an unforgettable time in Namibia and return home refreshed, with beautiful photos and great memories.

We are also happy to organize an extension in Windhoek or any other region. Just contact us!

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Heinitzburg Hotel*****, Windhoek, Namibia (1 night)

When Count von Schwerin commissioned castle Heinitzburg for his fiancé, Margarethe von Heinitz, in 1914, love was his inspiration, and elegance was his achievement. Known for its beautiful, dreamlike sunsets and magnificent views of Windhoek's city center, the castle is the perfect place to relax and unwind. All 16 rooms are individually designed and have a safe, air conditioning, a minibar, and a flat-screen TV. Unwind in the quiet garden or by the outdoor heated pool. The gourmet restaurant, Leo's at the Castle, spoils you with local specialties and international delicacies, while the garden terrace offers coffee and cake with magnificent views over the city.

Waterberg Plateau Lodge****, Waterberg, Namibia (1 night)

What is so special about this accommodation? The secluded location. The lodge is built on a high terrace between red sandstone cliffs and the green bush and offers spectacular views of the endless expanse of the Kalahari. All eight chalets have a terrace with a plunge pool and a wood-burning stove, which creates a romantic atmosphere on chilly evenings. Other hotel amenities include a restaurant, fireplace, lounge, bar, and viewing deck.

Ongava Lodge*****, Etosha Nationalpark, Namibia (3 nights)

On the southern border of the Etosha National Park, the luxurious Ongava Lodge lies directly in front of a waterhole. You will stay in one of the 14 chalets, all with en-suite bathrooms and indoor and outdoor showers. The private terrace offers stunning views of the surrounding Mopane Savanna and the waterhole that attracts numerous animals. Fresh meals are served either in the dining area overlooking the waterhole or outdoors. After an exciting safari, cool off in the outdoor pool and enjoy a refreshing drink at the bar. Optionally, you can take part in various activities at Ongava Lodge, such as bird watching, game drives, and bush walks.

Mowani Mountain Camp*****, Damaraland, Namibia (2 nights)

Situated between huge granite rocks in the south of Damaraland, the luxurious camp promises a lot of peace in a unique atmosphere. This accommodation is also the ideal starting point for a trip to Twyfelfontein. Mowani Mountain Camp has a total of 13 rooms on elevated platforms, two luxury suites, and seven campsites. The African-style main building houses a restaurant, bar, and lounge.

Villa Margherita***, Swakopmund, Namibia (2 nights)

The newly renovated Villa Margherita is located in the heart of Swakopmund, just a few minutes' walk from the city's attractions. Each of the eight rooms is individually furnished and has a bathroom with a bathtub or shower and safe. Italian delicacies are served in the hotel's restaurant, and the lounge with fireplace provides a cozy atmosphere on chilly evenings.

Desert Homestead Outpost***, Namib Desert, Namibia (1 night)

This accommodation is located in the middle of a 17,300-acre private nature reserve, on the border Namib Sand Sea, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The twelve guest houses are situated at the foot of a mountain and come with a sun terrace, mosquito net, air conditioning, refrigerator, and coffee maker. Each guesthouse also has a sleeping deck for stargazing. The main house has an impressive panoramic view where you will also find a restaurant, lounge, and an outdoor pool with a sun terrace and shade roofs. The lodge also organizes exciting activities, such as a trip to Sossusvlei, horse safaris, or walks through the picturesque countryside.

WolweDans Dunes Lodge****, NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia (2 nights)

WolweDans Dunes Lodge is perched on top of a dune plateau, overlooking panoramic vistas in all directions and capturing the beauty of the NamibRand Nature Reserve. The building style is a combination of wooden structures and canvas blinds, opening up to the desert beyond. The lodge reflects the ambiance of a tented camp but provides the comfort and protection of a permanent building. In your chalet, you will also find a private terrace and an en suite bathroom. The main building has two lounges, a fire pit, a library, a wine cellar, and two dining rooms. After an exciting day in the desert, unwind by the inviting outdoor pool.

GocheGanas Lodge*****, GocheGanas Nature Reserve, Namibia (1 night)

About 18 miles away from Windhoek, the luxurious GocheGanas Lodge invites you to its wellness oasis. Featuring one of the best spas in southern Africa, relax and unwind after a memorable safari. Look forward to a heated indoor swimming pool, a grotto sauna, and an equipped fitness room. The 16 luxuriously furnished chalets have thatched roofs, offer a fantastic view of the nature reserve, and are equipped with all amenities such as an en-suite bathroom, air conditioning, minibar, and television. The private wooden terrace perfectly completes the luxurious chalets.

Duration of the trip: 14 days / 13 nights

Including

  • 13 nights at the mentioned accommodations

  • Meals according to the program: 13x breakfast, 2x lunch, 11x dinner

  • 14 rental days in a 4x4 rental car (Ford Ranger/Ford Cab) or similar category

  • A guided hike to the Waterberg Plateau

  • Activities at the Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

  • Crystal bath and sparkling wine at the GocheGanas Lodge

  • Tourism fee & taxes

  • Travel documentation

Excluding

  • International flights

  • Meals and drinks that are not included in the scope of services

  • Activities not specified

  • Personal expenses, such as minibar and tips

  • Insurance

  • Visa, if required

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