Namibia Conservation and Culture, 14 nights

This exciting Conservation and Culture itinerary is a great option for guests who wish to learn more about the fantastic conservation efforts within Namibia, as well as some of the unique ancient cultures. Utilising a 4×4 double cab vehicle, perfect for our rugged terrain, this adventure starts & ends in Windhoek and includes Mundulea Nature Reserve in the Otavi Mountains, the San Bushman region, two private conservancies on the edge of Etosha National Park which are black rhino custodians, Desert Rhino Camp in the Palmwag concession, and the Spitzkoppe mountains.


Day 1

You will be met in the arrivals hall of Windhoek Hosea Kutako Airport by one of our chauffeur drivers who will transfer you into town in an ATI luxury vehicle. After taking some time to shower, relax (and maybe have a quick nap), your hire car will be delivered to your guest house or hotel around 4pm. If you’re landing late in the day, it will be delivered around 8am the following morning. One of our representatives will meet you at the same time to offer a thorough briefing of your whole holiday and go through your marked road map, vouchers, and itinerary with you. We’re also on hand to book a restaurant for tonight, should we not have already done so.


Day 2 – 4

After breakfast you will set off on your self-drive journey to the next destination, following our detailed road directions and map. During your briefing we will have shown you the best places to stop off for lunch or a break, as well as any highlights which are worth visiting along the way.  At Mundulea, you’ll stay in enchantingly a simple, beautifully crafted bush camp, recognised for its ecological integrity and small environmental footprint. From here you’ll spend the next two full days exploring the Reserve’s natural wilderness, walking in the real-time of the Namibian bush. Out on the trail you’ll be able to discuss what you find with a guide who can help interpret your discoveries in an insightful and meaningful way. Back at the camp, conversations continue over sundowners and delicious home-cooking, or with Bruno’s illuminating collection of books, artefacts, bones and stones.


Day 5 – 6

Today you will drive further north, through Grootfontein and to Fiume Lodge. Situated on a 1400 hectare private game farm, this area is home to giraffe, eland, oryx, and zebra, as well as a variety of smaller mammal species. During your two nights at this charming owner-managed property you can choose to take a sundown nature drive, a ‘Day in the Life of a Namibian Farmer’ guided tour, or simply relax.


Day 7 – 8

After breakfast you will continue driving north, to Namibia’s premier wildlife area. Enjoy self-driving into Etosha, or choose from one of the excellent guided activities on offer from the lodge. The Park opening and closing times vary depending on sunrise and sunset, and your lodge will be able to advise on the current time. You will need to complete a form at the Park entrance, and pay Park fees at the closest Rest Camp. Park Fees cost N$150 per adult per 24-hour period, N$100 per child aged 9-16, no cost per child aged 0-8, plus N$50 per vehicle. Allow a whole day for this drive as you will want to make the most of the wildlife viewing.


Day 9 – 10

After breakfast you will depart on your journey through Etosha, perhaps stopping at the central Rest Camp of Halali for some lunch and a break. Allow a whole day for this drive as you will want to make the most of the wildlife viewing. During your full day in the Ongava Reserve, you may choose to book one of the excellent guided activities on offer, or drive yourselves back into the Park. The lodge waterhole and hide also provide superb wildlife viewing opportunities.


Day 11 – 12

You will head into the remote Southern Kaokoland region today, leaving your car at the Palmwag pick-up point and transferring to the beautiful Desert Rhino Camp. This vitally important area provides the last haven in the world for free-roaming black rhinos. During your time here, Save The Rhino Trust specialist trackers will work together with your lodge guide to try and introduce you to this critically endangered species. Be prepared for a long drive, and hopefully some exciting rhino tracking on foot!


Day 13 – 14

Your drive today will take around 6 hours without stops, and will meander through the Damaraland area and past The Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain. During your two nights at Spitzkoppe Lodge you could explore some of the San Bushman rock art sites within these mountains, of which there are more than forty. You may also choose to take a guided sundown drive or scenic hike.


Day 15

You will continue your drive, ending at Windhoek’s Hosea Kutako International Airport to drop your hire car off in time to connect with your onward flight.  The drive to the airport from Windhoek city centre takes around 45 minutes, and you should arrive no later than 2.5 hours before your flight departs in order to drop your car off and check in.


Transfers as specified

4×4 vehicle hire as specified

Accommodation on the meal & activity basis specified

Tourism levies, VAT, Park Entry fees, & community conservation contributions

24/7 on the ground support


International flights

Vehicle fuel

Personal insurance

Any drinks, meals, or activities not specified in the itinerary

Any visa costs

Gratuities and personal items