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Luxury Namibia Self-Drive Safari
Itinerary
Overview
Countries Visited:
Namibia
Length of Trip:
14 days

itinerary
highlights

  • 4x4 Self-Drive the Open Roads of Namibia
  • The World's Oldest Desert - the Namib
  • Trek to the top of Magnificent Orange Red Sand Dunes at Sunrise
  • Sea Kayaking with Seals & Exploring The Skeleton Coast
  • Desert Adapted Wildlife of Damaraland
  • Fantastic Rock Art at Twyfelfontein
  • Etosha National Park - Namibia's Premier Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Luxury Lodges & Guided Game Viewing

day-by-day Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival into Windhoek

On arrival into Windhoek,you will be met by our local representative and be transferred to the Am Weinberg Boutique Hotel for an overnight stay including breakfast.
We will arrange for the vehicle handover at your guesthouse where you will be provided with all of your travel documents and tips given for your trip ahead.

The remainder of the day can be spent relaxing at your own leisure

For dinner tonight, you can head into town for a bite to eat at one of Windhoek’s well known restaurants

Day 2

The Self-Drive Adventure begins to Sossusvlei

After breakfast, pop into town for any supplies that you might need and then depart heading south from Windhoek – your self-drive adventure begins!

Windhoek to Sossusvlei – 350 km – approx 5 to 6 hours
Your self-drive will reveal the transition from Kalahari thornveld to the true desert of the Namib. Travel either via the beautiful Spreetshoogte or Remhoogte Pass, both showcasing the natural beauty of Namibia.

Spend 2 nights at Hoodia Desert Lodge, fully inclusive.  The lodge is named after the native flowering cactus that nestles in the Sossusvlei Dunes and is surrounded by majestic mountains on the banks of the Tsauchab River in south west Namibia.

Day 3

Guided Sossusvlei Excursion with Picnic Lunch in the Dunes

Spend today making the most of your location within the Namib Desert’s largest dunes – Big Daddy is the highest at 325 m (1,066 ft). It’s worth rising early to see the sunrise transform the landscape.
Head to the entrance to Sossusvlei, the Sesriem Gate, Dune 45, Big Daddy, Elim Dune, Dead Vlei and the Sesriem Canyon.

Your stay at Hoodia Desert Lodge includes:-

  • Accommodation for 2 Nights with Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
  • Lunch on day of arrival or lunch packs on day of departure
  • Sundowner drive taking in the breathtaking mountains and roaring dunes.  
  • Fully guided drive into the Namib dunes to Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei with lunch in the dunes
  • Climbing the sand dunes and
  • Sundowners are a highlight 
  • An optional extra activity is a Nature Drive to observe the smaller creatures such as sidewinder snakes, geckos and chameleons.

Day 4

Crossing the Tropic of Capricorn

Depart after breakfast and head north to Solitaire, then west crossing the Tropic of Capricorn, through the Gaub and Kuiseb Canyons via the Namib Gravel Plains to the coast either via Walvis Bay to Swakopmund, or (recommended) detour via Ganab to the Welwitschia Plains and Moon Landscape.  The drive last around six hours to Swakopmund, a picturesque historic town on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.

Drive for around six hours to Swakopmund today, Spend 2 nights at Strand Hotel in a Luxury Room including Breakfast.

Enjoy a leisurely afternoon Swakopmund with its aquarium, museum, shops and galleries. 

Day 5

Exploring The Skeleton Coast

The Namibian coastline is generally known as The Skeleton Coast due to the barren areas, ship wrecks and, in days gone by, whale skeletons left on the beach.

One full day is set aside for this lovely area where Swakopmund and Walvis Bay offer a wide range of activities such as:

  • Dolphin cruise
  • Sandwich Harbour excursion (a real Skeleton Coast experience)
  • Dune quad biking
  • Sand boarding
  • Sea kayaking

Lunches and dinners can be enjoyed at any of the many great cafés or restaurants overlooking the sea

Day 6

Colonial Swakopmund to Damaraland

Swakopmund to Damaraland is a 7 to 8 hour drive – 445 km 

Head north along the Skeleton Coast, via Henties Bay to visit the Cape Cross seal colony. Along the way, stop at the Lichen Fields as well as the ship wreck between the colourful small town of Wlotskasbaken and Henties Bay. Backtrack to Henties Bay and head inland through wide open plains to Uis, then north to the Twyfelfontein area.

Stay for 2 Nights at Mowani Mountain Camp including all meals with two activities and return Twyfelfontein transfers.

Day 7

Discovering Damaraland

Climb into an open-air vehicle and experience the rush of Africa.  Mowani’s local guides share with their guests an intimate knowledge and respect for the land that they have built up over a lifetime. With new insight into local traditions, you will come to fully appreciate the geology, botany and wildlife of the area. Local villagers are welcoming and keen to share their experiences.

Guests are able to easily self-drive over to the rock art and geological sites. Guided activities include safari into the Huab riverbed in search of desert- adapted elephant and hikes through the spectacular scenery.

Twyfelfontein is only a short drive away from the lodge and the site of superb bushman rock engravings.

Days 8 & 9

The Wildlife of Etosha National park

Drive for approximately 4 to 5 hours from Damaraland to Etosha (south), some 325km  

After breakfast, drive east towards Khorixas stopping at the Petrified Forest en-route from Khorixas head further east along the tar road to Outjo and then north to your lodge which is situated very close to the southern entrance of Etosha, the Anderson Gate.

Stay for 2 nights at Ongava Tented Camp, Fully Inclusive

Etosha is one of Africa’s great game parks. With 114 species of mammal and 340 species of birds you are sure to see a great variety of wildlife on your safari. 

Days 10 & 11

Drive through Etosha to Onguma Reserve

Etosha (south) – Etosha (east) a full day’s game drive through the park.  From one side to the other side of the park is a full day game drive as you drive slowly east stopping at numerous waterholes along the way

Take a slow drive in the morning and ending for lunch at the Halali Resort which is half way between Okaukuejo and the eastern exit gate or take a picnic lunch along and stop off at a waterhole, sit in the shade and watch the game come to you.

Spend 2 Nights at Onguma Tented Camp, including breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.  Two activities per night stayed are included: Sundowner Drive on Onguma Reserve and Etosha morning Game Drive.

 

Days 12 & 13

Okonjima - Home of the Africat Foundation

Drive from Etosha to Okonjima set in the beautiful Omboroko Mountains in the Central Highlands.

Spend 2 Nights at Okonjima Bush Camp, Fully Inclusive

Okonjima Bush Camp lies in a 20,000 hectare nature Reserve, south of Otjiwarongo surrounded by undulating hills and grassy plains.  This is the base for the AfriCat Foundation, a non-profit organisation set up to conserve and protect Namibia’s threatened cheetah, leopard and other wild carnivores. From this small camp, guests are invited to learn about Namibia’s big cats, with excellent opportunities to view them at close quarters. Head out with an experienced guide for a fantastic opportunity to spot the cheetah and leopard.

Day 14

Okonjima to Windhoek

Okonjima – Windhoek              225km              approximately 3 to 4 hours

Make an early morning rise for a quick snack before joining the morning activity, which will be to visit the AfriCat Foundation or for a drive in the animal enclosure, which is more a game reserve

Back to the lodge for a hearty Namibian breakfast before departure.

Head back to Windhoek today to drop off your vehicle and catch your flight home.

Where You'll Stay

Hoodia Desert Lodge

Hoodia Desert Lodge in Sossusvlei and Swakopmund

Hoodia Desert Lodge named after the native flowering cactus nestles in the Sossusvlei Dunes and is surrounded by majestic ...

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Hoodia Desert Lodge named after the native flowering cactus nestles in the Sossusvlei Dunes and is surrounded by majestic mountains on the banks of the Tsauchab River in south west Namibia.

Hoodia Desert Lodge is family owned and managed accommodating guests in 11 luxury tented chalets under thatch.  The chalets are spread out in a line to ensure privacy in this breath-taking location. Each ensuite chalet comes with outdoor bathroom, mosquito nets and air conditioning.  The chalets each have shaded deck areas and are designed with large windows and doors that look out over beautiful landscape vistas.

The main areas of the lodge include a large lounge with an eclectic mix of furniture, including some interesting artwork as well as a restaurant serving a wide range of local and international dishes. There is also a small swimming pool.

 

Strand Hotel

Strand Hotel in Sossusvlei and Swakopmund

Strand Hotel stands on the Swakopmund coastline with tremendous views over the beach and the Atlantic Ocean.  The ...

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Strand Hotel stands on the Swakopmund coastline with tremendous views over the beach and the Atlantic Ocean. 

The contemporary style and appearance of the Strand Hotel is a gentle historical reminder of both German and Namibian interior and exterior architectural designs, making your stay here a cultural banquet.  There is a spectacular atrium with stunning ocean views.

The Strand Hotel boasts a collection of 125 contemporary rooms and suites with beach, sea, garden or park views. Standard Rooms feature panoramic and sliding windows, while the Luxury Rooms also feature ‘step-out’ balconies. All rooms are well appointed with en-suite bathrooms, Wi-Fi, LCD televisions, tea and coffee making facilities. 

The Strand Hotel offers its residential guests and all casual visitors three exciting and varied restaurants.  Brewer & Butcher is a micro-brewery offering an a la carte restaurant, as well as Namibian and German inspired bar snacks. The Farmhouse Deli serves bistro-style restaurant menus, a coffee shop and bakery, whilst the Ocean Cellar is a seafood restaurant, oyster and wine bar. 

 

Mowani Mountain Camp

Mowani Mountain Camp in Damaraland and Skeleton Coast

Mowani Mountain Camp is a beautifully designed lodge located in the Twyfelfontein area of western Namibia in the heart of ...

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Mowani Mountain Camp is a beautifully designed lodge located in the Twyfelfontein area of western Namibia in the heart of southern Damaraland between the Ugab and the Huab rivers. 

Set in an amazing boulder strewn valley quite close to the main rock art sites, the way the dome thatch roofs blend in with the landscape is really quite extraordinary.  The Camp commands a stunning location − perched high on a rocky outcrop, nestled amongst large granite boulders and overlooking gravel plains to the mountains beyond.

Mowani Mountain Camp has 15 rooms all with en-suite facilities and decorated in African style. Winner of an architectural eco-design award in Germany, the organic nature of the design is felt through the camp.  Colours, textures and comforts envelope you, while the vaulted cathedral like thatched ceilings are Africa’s way of paying homage to nature.

Lounging by the pool tucked in amongst the rocks or relaxing on your private deck is also a wonderful way to enjoy the spectacular surroundings.

Ongava Tented Camp

Ongava Tented Camp in Etosha National Park

Ongava Tented Camp nestles in mopane woodland at the foot of a low hill on the private 30,000 Ha Ongava Game Reserve, overlooking ...

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Ongava Tented Camp nestles in mopane woodland at the foot of a low hill on the private 30,000 Ha Ongava Game Reserve, overlooking a waterhole and bordering the Etosha National Park.

Ongava is a comfortable camp, accommodating guests in eight canvas tents that includes one family unit. The tents are set on a raised deck with double doors and gravel walkways. Each tent includes open plan en-suite facilities of a flush WC, basin and indoor and outdoor shower; ceiling fan, easy chair, tea and coffee facilities and private verandas.

The main area is built of stone, canvas and thatch and fronts the much frequented waterhole; watching wildlife coming to drink from here or from the swimming pool is a favourite pastime. There is a bar, dining area and open deck, library corner, computer station with WiFi access, adapter and charging facilities and curio corner.

Onguma Tented Camp

Onguma Tented Camp in Etosha National Park

Onguma Tented Camp offers elegant safari chic located on the private 34,000 Ha Onguma Reserve east of Etosha National ...

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Onguma Tented Camp offers elegant safari chic located on the private 34,000 Ha Onguma Reserve east of Etosha National Park.

Seven well appointed large and luxurious en-suite tented rooms overlook the waterhole.  Each room is decorated in earthy tones to blend in with the surroundings. The camp has a rim flow pool as well as a hide to view game from.

Superb activities including day game drives in Etosha as well as night game drives on the private reserve. Interpretative bush walks are also offered with knowledgeable guides.

 

 

 

Okonjima Bush Camp

Okonjima Bush Camp in Damaraland and Skeleton Coast

Okonjima Bush Camp lies in a 20,000 hectare nature reserve, south of Otjiwarongo surrounded by undulating hills and grassy ...

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Okonjima Bush Camp lies in a 20,000 hectare nature reserve, south of Otjiwarongo surrounded by undulating hills and grassy plains.  This is the base for the AfriCat Foundation.

The Bush Camp has eight thatched African style luxury chalets and one honeymoon suite. Each exclusive chalet enjoys complete privacy, and is a unique combination of earthy ochre walls and khaki-green canvas, under a thatched roof. The honeymoon suite boasts 2 double beds, a bathtub, an out-side shower and a fireplace.

The extensive ‘camelthorn’ shaped Lapa, encompasses the reception area and curio-shop, a cosy lounge with a rustic inside fire-place, an outside fire-place, a kitchen and dining area – all overlooking a waterhole, and is in the form of the indigenous ‘camelthorn’ pod with a secluded swimming pool.

Okonjima Bush Camp lies in a 20,000 hectare nature Reserve, south of Otjiwarongo surrounded by undulating hills and grassy plains.  This is the base for the AfriCat Foundation, a non-profit organisation set up to conserve and protect Namibia’s threatened cheetah, leopard and other wild carnivores. From this small camp, guests are invited to learn about Namibia’s big cats, with excellent opportunities to view them at close quarters.

 

This premier itinerary includes the following Camps:

Price Per Person:
From £5670

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Accommodation as indicated – can change depending on availability and request at time of booking
  • Meals as indicated
  • Meet and greet upon arrival
  • Car hire 
  • Airport transfers on arrival and for departure
  • Tour file with detailed itinerary, map with route descriptions, vouchers etc.
  • 24 hour personal and friendly support

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional extra activities
  • International flights
  • Holiday or personal insurance
  • Staff gratuities
  • Park entry fees
  • Fuel for vehicle rental

 

Trusted in creating your life long memories

Ian & Julie – Coventry

South Africa -  To say our holiday was fantastic in every respect would be an under statement and would not do justice for it.  In every single respect and detail it was perfect from our moment of arrival until our sad departure home.  Each and every venue we stayed in was excellent, friendly, hospitable and welcoming. At Kwandwe we finished with our unbelievable safari which was ... Read More

Ian & Julie – Coventry

Ian & Julie – Coventry

South Africa – 

To say our holiday was fantastic in every respect would be an under statement and would not do justice for it. 
In every single respect and detail it was perfect from our moment of arrival until our sad departure home.  Each and every venue we stayed in was excellent, friendly, hospitable and welcoming. At Kwandwe we finished with our unbelievable safari which was absolutely fantastic and simply provided a level of service beyond our expectations.  We were treated so well by the Manager, his staff and especially our guide (Ivan) who passed on an amazing level of knowledge of the flora and fauna in such an informative and friendly manner – nothing was too much.
 
Once again (we travelled with you to Iceland in 2017) we have enjoyed the very best of help and support from your company and will undoubtedly be back with you in the near future to discuss our next plans (Norwegian Fjords holiday including cruise).
 
In the meantime I offer very sincere thanks from myself and my wife for the support you provided and the work in pulling together our wishes into a brilliant plan that was a brilliant way to celebrate my birthday.  A rating of 10 is so thoroughly deserved.
 
I have attached a couple of photographs captured during our trip that for us will forever provide great memories.
Mike & Lisa – Maidenhead

We had an absolutely wonderful time and can’t wait to return to Africa.    Cape Town - The complimentary pick up from the airport was great. The agent was there to meet us off the airplane and she helped guide us through the airport to the taxi.  We had one night at Mount Nelson hotel due to BA strike/flight changes. This hotel is just lovely - as is the afternoon tea. Would ... Read More

Mike & Lisa – Maidenhead

Mike & Lisa – Maidenhead

We had an absolutely wonderful time and can’t wait to return to Africa. 
 
Cape Town – The complimentary pick up from the airport was great. The agent was there to meet us off the airplane and she helped guide us through the airport to the taxi. 
We had one night at Mount Nelson hotel due to BA strike/flight changes. This hotel is just lovely – as is the afternoon tea. Would recommend this as an option. 
Manor House at the V&A Waterfront was also lovely and great location. It was actually nice having experienced both hotels. 
 
The Blue Train was fab…..
 
The hotel in Pretoria was amazing. Just so unusual in terms of the style. We also had a wonderful taxi driver who took us to Jo’burg Airport. He lived in Soweto and was so knowledgable about Nelson Mandela, it was really interesting.
 
Victoria Falls Safari Club was wonderful. The location is just fab and the rooms are spacious and comfortable. Staff really make the trip special. 
 
The breakfast cruise that you arranged was perfect. It was just the two of us with the skipper and chef. Really special.
 
Day trip to Chobe was unforgettable. Although  we then had to get back into Zimbabwe! After all the trips on our own it was a shame that we were sharing with so many people but I guess that’s just how it is with the Chobe trip. 
 
Thanks again for helping pull everything together to create such a wonderful holiday for us.
The Smith Family – Haslemere

Namibia Self Drive - Aug 2019 We had an absolutely amazing time in Namibia and certainly packed a lot in to the relatively brief time we were there.  The quality of the hire car, accommodation and meals booked was very high and all very much enjoyed.  All the game drives were quite different and so we learnt or saw something new each time and without exception the guides ... Read More

The Smith Family – Haslemere

The Smith Family – Haslemere

Namibia Self Drive – Aug 2019

We had an absolutely amazing time in Namibia and certainly packed a lot in to the relatively brief time we were there.  The quality of the hire car, accommodation and meals booked was very high and all very much enjoyed.  All the game drives were quite different and so we learnt or saw something new each time and without exception the guides were very knowledgeable and personable.The kayaking trip with cape fur seals was a lot of fun.  We had the good fortune to be driven to the lagoon by Craig, owner of the company, and he took a lot of time and trouble explaining about the flamingos, avocets, cape albatross and the other birdlife which we passed.  The actual kayaking was very well organised, with much care taken to ensure that we all had the right clothing and equipment, and we were escorted by Craig and one other on the water to the area where the seals frolic in the sea and were encouraged to interact with them.  Unfortunately, Craig said the seals were a little subdued because it had been fairly cold overnight and there had been a bit of a storm, but we all enjoyed it.  

Each time we were moving on to new accommodation, I warned everyone that it could not get better, but every time it did, though the Fort at Onguma has to be the peak as it was totally sublime.  We were assigned one guide, Victor, for each of the activities we did there and he was outstanding in his ability to identify birds and find the game.  Ozondjou Trails was another highlight and the staff (Jackson, Mona Lisa, the chef, Moses and Big Matias, the guide) were all delightful and very welcoming.

One thing we would have welcomed were suggestions of places to stop for pitstops and refreshments during our journeys.  As it happened, in addition to Solitaire, we managed to find some excellent coffee shops, but there were a couple of times when we failed to find a suitable stopping place.  

The scale of the country is somehow increased by the gravel roads, but we were lucky as the four of us shared the driving, so no-one had to take on too much.  I am not sure I would want to split the driving between just two of us over a fortnight. 

We had a fabulous time – and have nearly 5,000 photos to prove it!  Many thanks for helping us to achieve this wonderful trip, especially at relatively short notice.

Wendy & Rob – July/August 2019

Where to even begin to describe the trip we have just returned from?……..’WOW’ seemed to be the most used word!! Thank you so much for putting an amazing itinerary together for us. We now have a better understanding of what each ‘area’ involves and cannot wait to go back and explore some more - we are well and truly hooked! Despite not getting off to the best start (!) we are ... Read More

Wendy & Rob – July/August 2019

Wendy & Rob – July/August 2019

Where to even begin to describe the trip we have just returned from?……..’WOW’ seemed to be the most used word!!

Thank you so much for putting an amazing itinerary together for us. We now have a better understanding of what each ‘area’ involves and cannot wait to go back and explore some more – we are well and truly hooked!

Despite not getting off to the best start (!) we are grateful for your help in moving everything around at Vic Falls. The horse ride was fun and the owner of the stables (sorry name’s gone!) was really sweet arranging a driver and guide for us after the ride as we only had 2 hours to enjoy the Falls!!

Safari Club was excellent.

Throughout the entire trip transfers and flights were very efficient and seamless – it was a real treat to sit back and let someone else do the organising (that’s normally our job!!)

We absolutely loved Kwando! Staff were amazing, food and general comfort fantastic and the game viewing ridiculous! I think we had the most ‘fun’ at this camp.

Then onto Mapula Lodge. Once we had chatted through our ‘wants’ in terms of viewing, etc (making the most of the Delta) they could not have done anymore for us. Private drives, private dinner, always accommodating and always very friendly.

Only issue we had was being late to breakfast one morning because the lodge was surrounded by elephants!

This was definitely the most ‘relaxing’ camp……and had the best ‘view from a loo’ (the main throne room loo near the main lodge – photo attached!)

We also saw the most incredible birds. I remember telling you I wasn’t really in to birds…..well that’s changed!

The ‘time out’ here was truly next level – so beautiful and peaceful.

It seems very quiet at night now we are home – and we are already missing the sound of lions roaring, hippos ‘grunting’ and being woken by the dawn chorus.

We have given ourselves a problem – how do we better this holiday?!!!

So – thank you!

Gary & Peter – London

Visited Cape Town, Botswana & Zambia - May 2019 So what can one say about our trip but amazing and lots of pictures yet to be processed. We loved it from start to finish. We saw so much including a pride of 18 Lions at Lebala, Rhino, leopards, Elephants, Buffalo, Giraffes and so much more. Great meet at airport and transfer ok to wine lands as used a Mercedes without much AC. Only moan ... Read More

Gary & Peter – London

Gary & Peter – London

Visited Cape Town, Botswana & Zambia – May 2019

So what can one say about our trip but amazing and lots of pictures yet to be processed. We loved it from start to finish. We saw so much including a pride of 18 Lions at Lebala, Rhino, leopards, Elephants, Buffalo, Giraffes and so much more.

Great meet at airport and transfer ok to wine lands as used a Mercedes without much AC. Only moan of the entire trip. Guest house in Wine lands was To Die For and loved eating, cycling and late night drinking.

Great transfer to 12 Apostles and went straight to Table Mountain after arriving as lovely day. What a fantastic hotel and super staff. Good tour of the Cape and Seal Island was a great addition. Guide was good fun and kept us busy. We did pay for our lunch and cable car but that was only down to a simple error.
Transfer to Maun was great and flight gave us good food and a lounge so very happy. Good meet and greet
NO WATER on the Delta so lodge slightly struggled on what to do on Game Drives. Worst drought in 21 years but saw leopards and lions from the road.

Next Lodge was one of our favorites as relaxed and all drives went off road . Wow! Leopards and Lions so close to the truck that it was amazing, dead elephants and 100s of vultures, Towers of Giraffes and dazzles of Zebra. LBR till the cows come home and even started to get into bird watching.
Fantastic camp and managers. Will go back here.
Again great transfer on small planes and everything in place for us.
Chobe National park felt like Disneyland. Arrive and put on boat with lots of other people. Not inspirational. Fun at the bar with Cathy the bar maid who sorted us out super cocktails. Good room but no view of the water.
The morning drive was ok but saw nothing not even an elephant. Guide says you can only see elephants in the afternoon. Exited as we left the lodge as good transfer guy and found elephants on the was down to water  and made sure we had lots of time finding elephants. Best part of the visit was the exciting transfer and driver. Easy move to Zambia from Botswana and Irish passport holders don’t have to pay a fee.

And then Tongabezi. WOW!
Met by Rudy the manager and then passed to our Valet Dadu. What a truly nice man and looked after us so well for our 5 days. Captain Felix who had us on the river every day and went cycling with me one morning, Godfrey our driver who looked after us at the Falls and all land transfers. The Rhino hunt was a great fun and spotted 5 Rhino. The food and Boathouse was amazing. We never moved to Nut House as Plunge pool is twice the dept and I was very happy in the pool at Dog House.
Such a moving visit to the village and school. Really made us think about lots of things.
So Well done and so pleased moved and excited about the entire trip.

What more can we say but thank you.

Sean & Trudy – Bury St Edmunds

Travelled to Victoria Falls, South Luangwa & Lower Zambezi - Jul/Aug 2019 Just a quick note to say, Thank you for all your help to make our first safari a most memorable holiday for all the right reasons. It would be hard to fault or improve upon. Your expertise shone through the whole trip. Thanks again. Read More

Sean & Trudy – Bury St Edmunds

Sean & Trudy – Bury St Edmunds

Travelled to Victoria Falls, South Luangwa & Lower Zambezi – Jul/Aug 2019

Just a quick note to say, Thank you for all your help to make our first safari a most memorable holiday for all the right reasons.

It would be hard to fault or improve upon.

Your expertise shone through the whole trip.

Thanks again.

Rachel & Connor – Royal Leamington Spa

Rachel and I had an absolutely fantastic honeymoon, I'm not sure where to start! Everything went seamlessly and the planning from your end really helped us to enjoy our honeymoon without any stress or worries. Rachel and I will highly recommend you and will definitely look to book another African adventure with you in the future. The accommodation at nThambo, Umkumbe and Avani was ... Read More

Rachel & Connor – Royal Leamington Spa

Rachel & Connor – Royal Leamington Spa

Rachel and I had an absolutely fantastic honeymoon, I’m not sure where to start! Everything went seamlessly and the planning from your end really helped us to enjoy our honeymoon without any stress or worries. Rachel and I will highly recommend you and will definitely look to book another African adventure with you in the future. The accommodation at nThambo, Umkumbe and Avani was stunning and each delivered on every level. We can assure you that this was a honeymoon, and experience, of a lifetime that we will never forget. The safari drives were brilliant with the opportunity to get very close to the ‘Big 5’, ‘Ugly 5’ and other stunning wildlife.

We thoroughly enjoyed the Sundown river safari, Victoria Falls and the chance to swim in the Zambezi river and take a plunge into the Devils Pool in Zambia. We didn’t want to leave and want to keep reliving the experience. 

Rachel & Ron – Bournemouth

We arrived back home yesterday after an amazing time in Africa. What a stunning country, everyone so friendly & accommodating. All the staff at both lodges in South Africa made our stay so memorable an experience that will remain with us forever. The Avani in Zambia was also stunning got up close & personal with impala, zebra, mongoose, & resident crocodile. The baboons got a bit ... Read More

Rachel & Ron – Bournemouth

Rachel & Ron – Bournemouth

We arrived back home yesterday after an amazing time in Africa. What a stunning country, everyone so friendly & accommodating.
All the staff at both lodges in South Africa made our stay so memorable an experience that will remain with us forever.
The Avani in Zambia was also stunning got up close & personal with impala, zebra, mongoose, & resident crocodile. The baboons got a bit too close & personal coming into our room one afternoon whilst we were having a rest on the bed & stole our teabags & sugar must have been having a tea party on the roof we did laugh !!!!! 
 
Thank you for all your advice & professional help we look forward to travelling through you again one day.
Lyn & Keith – West Sussex

It would be very hard to rate our holiday anything but 10 it was fantastic and went really smoothly. Sindabezi was beautiful and we were very lucky to be given an upgrade to a lodge in Tongabezi for our last night, the accommodation there is out of this world! We loved Lebala and Little Kwara, the bedroom at Kwara looks tired in comparison, but the service was equally good and I believe they ... Read More

Lyn & Keith – West Sussex

Lyn & Keith – West Sussex

It would be very hard to rate our holiday anything but 10 it was fantastic and went really smoothly. Sindabezi was beautiful and we were very lucky to be given an upgrade to a lodge in Tongabezi for our last night, the accommodation there is out of this world!

We loved Lebala and Little Kwara, the bedroom at Kwara looks tired in comparison, but the service was equally good and I believe they are completely renovating it this June. In fact the customer service in Zambia and all 3 camps  was consistently exceptional I can not thank the staff enough, wherever we stayed, for giving us such a great holiday. 

Kath was really helpful too and very quick to respond to any concerns but the reason we went with you was because of Guy and Brianne’s recommendation, they recently went with you two years running and they convinced us it would be worth the money so they were great advocates, as we will be, if other friends are interested.

Hetal, Joanna & Jake – Towcester

We had a fantastic time thank you and would rate your service 10! The newly refurbished Ngala Safari Lodge was amazing, very high standard of finish and the team were brilliant. Kirkman's Camp was excellent too, our ranger (Jarryd) was really good and highly knowledgeable and informative.  Anantara Bazaruto in Mozambique was very good, the spa was fantastic with amazing views. Overall we ... Read More

Hetal, Joanna & Jake – Towcester

Hetal, Joanna & Jake – Towcester

We had a fantastic time thank you and would rate your service 10!
The newly refurbished Ngala Safari Lodge was amazing, very high standard of finish and the team were brilliant.
Kirkman’s Camp was excellent too, our ranger (Jarryd) was really good and highly knowledgeable and informative.  Anantara Bazaruto in Mozambique was very good, the spa was fantastic with amazing views.
Overall we had an amazing holiday and would recommend the route to anyone.  
Emily, Aidan, Alasdair & Harriet – Gloucestershire

Zimbabwe - September We had a truly wonderful holiday.  It all worked out so well and was the perfect mix of relaxation, national park and river.  We had a great selection of wildlife and some very near encounters which was exciting and terrifying.  We were sorry to miss the Elephant Express but it was rather a near miss as it was the group the day before us who had the ... Read More

Emily, Aidan, Alasdair & Harriet – Gloucestershire

Emily, Aidan, Alasdair & Harriet – Gloucestershire

Zimbabwe – September

We had a truly wonderful holiday.  It all worked out so well and was the perfect mix of relaxation, national park and river.  We had a great selection of wildlife and some very near encounters which was exciting and terrifying. 

We were sorry to miss the Elephant Express but it was rather a near miss as it was the group the day before us who had the derailment.  We had a very hot, bumpy but safe ride into camp instead and were well looked after by the team.

I would like to add quite how much we all appreciated the dedication of the Camelthorn & Zambezi Sands guides and team.  They were absolutely fantastic and went well above the call of duty to make it such a memorable stay.  

Thank you Big 5 Safaris again for setting up such a great programme for us.  We want to go back please!

Lynn – Slough

Zimbabwe & Botswana - We had a wonderful time, everything went off perfectly. The accommodation was excellent and all the transfers and pick up just happened seamlessly !  We loved Victoria falls our guide was very knowledgeable .  Our Riverboat stay was amazing , we even glimpsed a Leopard from the river bank plus Lions , hippos , crocs  and many other animals. ... Read More

Lynn – Slough

Lynn – Slough

Zimbabwe & Botswana –

We had a wonderful time, everything went off perfectly.

The accommodation was excellent and all the transfers and pick up just happened seamlessly !  We loved Victoria falls our guide was very knowledgeable .  Our Riverboat stay was amazing , we even glimpsed a Leopard from the river bank plus Lions , hippos , crocs  and many other animals.  The Safari lodge in Chobe was lovely and again we saw Lions and lots of Elephants , Zebra , Giraffe and buffalo.

We were amazed at how much we saw and did in 6 days.

Thank you for arranging such a wonderful time for us.

Norma – Berkshire

Zimbabwe & Botswana - We had an amazing time.  The Zambezi cruise was very enjoyable and a great start to our holiday. The lodge at Victoria Falls was fabulous with great accommodation and lovely food. We saw plenty of animals visiting the water hole from our room giving us a taste of what was to come.    Our transfer to Botswana and the Chobe Princess houseboat was well ... Read More

Norma – Berkshire

Norma – Berkshire

Zimbabwe & Botswana – We had an amazing time.  The Zambezi cruise was very enjoyable and a great start to our holiday. The lodge at Victoria Falls was fabulous with great accommodation and lovely food. We saw plenty of animals visiting the water hole from our room giving us a taste of what was to come. 
 
Our transfer to Botswana and the Chobe Princess houseboat was well organised and we were lucky enough to get the cabin in the front with its own balcony. The trips out to the river bank were great and the guide was very knowledgeable and always made every effort to make sure we could see as much as possible and get as close as we could. On our second day out we saw so much. We were lucky enough to glimpse a leopard walking along the ridge, appearing whenever there was a gap in the bush. As well as the numerous elephants, crocs, buffalo, hippos, giraffe, zebra, impala, etc, we, again, were very fortunate to be around to see lionesses feeding on an earlier kill. And not forgetting the beautiful birds that can be seen everywhere.
 
We arrived at our lodge in Chobe in time to settle in and have lunch before going out on our first game drive. The accommodation was again fantastic with wonderful views and everything we needed.  I’m not sure how much other travellers see in the time that they stay but I felt we were extremely fortunate and what we saw far surpassed my expectations.
 
All in all, it was a fabulous holiday which has left us with many wonderful memories of Africa and of the other travellers that we shared our time with. The venues were first class and there must be a great deal of organisation behind the scenes which enables everything to run so smoothly. I would certainly recommend your company and in fact I’ve already passed your details on to my friend who is very interested in going to Africa.
 
Thank you for making this a holiday to remember.
 
 
McGregor Family – Manchester

I'd always wanted to go on safari since I was a child and when my son said he'd love to go on safari, completely unprompted, my wife and I made a decision there and then. The only problem was who to book with!   We found The Big 5 Safari Company through a friend of a friend, and from the start it was clear their knowledge of Africa was extensive. Kath put together the most amazing ... Read More

McGregor Family – Manchester

McGregor Family – Manchester

I’d always wanted to go on safari since I was a child and when my son said he’d love to go on safari, completely unprompted, my wife and I made a decision there and then. The only problem was who to book with!
 
We found The Big 5 Safari Company through a friend of a friend, and from the start it was clear their knowledge of Africa was extensive. Kath put together the most amazing itinerary in South Africa for me and my family, and arranged everything from flights to Cape Town, to VIP meet and greets at the airport, to a stunning 4 night safari at the Shamwari Game Reserve, with amazing accommodation along the way. Tours and excursions were also arranged for us through their contacts, and we highly recommend the shark diving!
 
Nothing was too much trouble for Kath, despite my numerous questions via email, and I can’t recommend Kath and her team enough. Will definitely be getting back in touch again in a couple of years when we want to do it all again!
 
The most amazing holiday!
Helen & Jim – Derby

We loved EVERY moment of our Self Drive in South Africa! The accommodations were excellent from start to finish and we had absolutely no complaints about the facilities, service and food at each one. Starting with the V&A Waterfront, it couldn't have been better located, right there in the thick of things in such an historic building. Next on to the Winelands and the lovely guest house ... Read More

Helen & Jim – Derby

Helen & Jim – Derby

We loved EVERY moment of our Self Drive in South Africa! The accommodations were excellent from start to finish and we had absolutely no complaints about the facilities, service and food at each one.

Starting with the V&A Waterfront, it couldn’t have been better located, right there in the thick of things in such an historic building.

Next on to the Winelands and the lovely guest house La Fontaine in Franschhoek. Here we were to find a completely different atmosphere,but one which was just as warm and welcoming. Breakfast was excellent!

At De Zeekoe we had a lovely room overlooking the gardens. Here we had a meerkat experience – up at half past stupid to watch a family of the little cuties in the middle of a field. It was amazing and we got some great pictures.

Laird’s Lodge truly lived up to the description in the booklet you sent me. We had such a wonderful stay there.

We had another relaxing stay in Addo and our visits to Addo Elephant Park were so productive in terms of photography.

Next we went to Kwandwe for what was the most exhilarating experience of my life. We could have spent the whole month there, not just 3 nights. The food was first class, the surroundings unbeatable and the staff are possibly its greatest asset.  I am so glad that you offered the option to have our own vehicle, ranger and tracker for those 3 days. Yes, it was more expensive but, SO worth the extra money.

I have already recommended your company to friends and other photographers, as we were both highly satisfied with the service you provided for us.

Marriage Family – Barton on Sea

We met the team at the New Forest Show and were really impressed with their knowledge of Africa and all matters safari. Katharine then helped us to plan a bespoke family holiday for four in South Africa within a pre-agreed budget. Katharine took considerable time to research ideas and incorporate our suggestions, but also ensured that we had an amazing holiday in some fabulous accommodation by ... Read More

Marriage Family – Barton on Sea

Marriage Family – Barton on Sea

We met the team at the New Forest Show and were really impressed with their knowledge of Africa and all matters safari. Katharine then helped us to plan a bespoke family holiday for four in South Africa within a pre-agreed budget. Katharine took considerable time to research ideas and incorporate our suggestions, but also ensured that we had an amazing holiday in some fabulous accommodation by double checking everything in advance.. We felt the overall service delivered was first class and certainly a cut above that offered by your typical travel agent. We would certainly use their services again for any similar holiday and recommend Safari Addicts to others seeking to plan the holiday of a lifetime. Many thanks again – The Marriage family.

Penny, Jonathan & Family – Market Harborough

Just returned from amazing trip to Victoria Falls, Botswana and Mozambique, including our first safari experience. Katharine worked tirelessly to ensure that we were happy with every aspect of our holiday and helped us navigate the vast choice of accommodation to select the right camps for us.  The planning was excellent and everything worked perfectly.  We would highly recommend The Big 5 ... Read More

Penny, Jonathan & Family – Market Harborough

Penny, Jonathan & Family – Market Harborough

Just returned from amazing trip to Victoria Falls, Botswana and Mozambique, including our first safari experience.

Katharine worked tirelessly to ensure that we were happy with every aspect of our holiday and helped us navigate the vast choice of accommodation to select the right camps for us.  The planning was excellent and everything worked perfectly.  We would highly recommend The Big 5 Safari Company – a tailor-made holiday that delivered above expectation experiences.  Thank you all!

Lorna & Mario – York

I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful trip you organised for myself and my husband in July this year.  Our three destination trip worked seamlessly from pick up in Cape Town right through to our return.  Our hotel in Cape Town was excellent and well located (The One & Only).  The staff “on the ground” were excellent, especially in Cape Town and the excursions were ... Read More

Lorna & Mario – York

Lorna & Mario – York

I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful trip you organised for myself and my husband in July this year.  Our three destination trip worked seamlessly from pick up in Cape Town right through to our return.  Our hotel in Cape Town was excellent and well located (The One & Only).  The staff “on the ground” were excellent, especially in Cape Town and the excursions were first class.  Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge was awesome and delivered in every respect – would definitely return – great accommodation, a surfeit of wonderful food and fabulous game viewing from friendly and experienced team.  Our trip was completed with a visit to Victoria Falls in Zambia where we stayed at the Royal Livingstone – the location was excellent both for the falls and all the activities in this region.  Again the pre-booked activities did not disappoint and the hotel was luxurious.  Thank you Big 5 Safaris – will be booking again and would not hesitate to recommend you to others.

Mark & Lisa – Holton Le Clay

I’ve just read your “Why travel with us?” statement and it has to be said you ticked all the boxes. Our special occasion was our honeymoon and you definitely applied the personal touch to the extent I referred to you simply as “Katharine” – not The Big 5 Safari Company - in all discussions at home. I have booked trips all over the world for the last 25 years and I don’t ... Read More

Mark & Lisa – Holton Le Clay

Mark & Lisa – Holton Le Clay

I’ve just read your “Why travel with us?” statement and it has to be said you ticked all the boxes. Our special occasion was our honeymoon and you definitely applied the personal touch to the extent I referred to you simply as “Katharine” – not The Big 5 Safari Company – in all discussions at home. I have booked trips all over the world for the last 25 years and I don’t think any one person has stood out like you have. The bespoke nature of our trip and some of the ideas and suggestions you came up with were truly inspirational e.g. Zambezi Sands. Discussions where you clearly captured our personalities of what would work and what wouldn’t were spot on and you clearly assessed us very well.

I would also like to share with you the note sent by Abercrombie & Kent in 2015, before I found your website: “We offer a similar range of accommodation to Audley and our prices should be broadly speaking in line. For a 14 night holiday with a week on safari and a week in Mozambique, I think the figure of £8k per person wouldn’t be too far wide of the mark so if you’re budget is closer to £4k per person, I don’t think we would be able to offer anything to match this budget from the accommodation that we choose to offer”. Suffice to say we did exactly what we planned to, add in some extras and you were still able to meet our budget whilst still staying in luxury … and possibly even the same places!

We will share some photos in due course but our honeymoon was truly memorable and Lisa and I would like to thank you for your efforts in making it happen. I have already started recommending Big 5 to my friends and family and we look forward to travelling with you again at some point.

Nick & Kellie-Marie – Old Hatfield

What an amazing trip to Zimbabwe!! I loved every minute from start to finish. We had a great safari experience, saw a huge range of wildlife and 3 of the big 5! And Victoria falls is simply breathtaking isn't it? I can't imagine how much more ferocious it is during the high season.   Staying in Bulawayo was also a wonderful experience, our host family were just so friendly and welcoming ... Read More

Nick & Kellie-Marie – Old Hatfield

Nick & Kellie-Marie – Old Hatfield

What an amazing trip to Zimbabwe!! I loved every minute from start to finish. We had a great safari experience, saw a huge range of wildlife and 3 of the big 5! And Victoria falls is simply breathtaking isn’t it? I can’t imagine how much more ferocious it is during the high season.
 
Staying in Bulawayo was also a wonderful experience, our host family were just so friendly and welcoming and just loved having us stay with them. Albeit underprivileged, they just get on with it and I suppose don’t know much different (especially the kids, who were all little rays of sunshine!).
 
Thank you so much for helping me plan the trip, it really was a great experience! If I ever do anything like this again I’ll be sure to come straight back to you.

Rob & Helen – Eastbourne

We had a lovely time in South Africa - many thanks for organising - we loved all our locations. Chitwa Chitwa in Sabi Sands exceeded expectations in terms of accommodation and game viewing - saw the Big 5 on many occasions and much more ... Also really liked Elephant Camp and Victoria Falls was as spectacular as we had imagined. No complaints and no regrets - just great ... Read More

Rob & Helen – Eastbourne

Rob & Helen – Eastbourne

We had a lovely time in South Africa – many thanks for organising – we loved all our locations.
Chitwa Chitwa in Sabi Sands exceeded expectations in terms of accommodation and game viewing – saw the Big 5 on many occasions and much more …
Also really liked Elephant Camp and Victoria Falls was as spectacular as we had imagined.
No complaints and no regrets – just great memories!
 
Many thanks again, especially for the treat at our last camp to mark my birthday celebrations – much appreciated.

Gordon & Gill – Nailsworth

Firstly thanks to The Big 5 Safari Company for your assistance in managing the changes resulting from our flight delay. Unfortunately, due to our outgoing flight delay we lost a day at the start of the holiday and at the end effectively lost half a day due to significant problems confirming our connecting flights from Livingstone - none of which was the responsibility of Big 5 as we booked our ... Read More

Gordon & Gill – Nailsworth

Gordon & Gill – Nailsworth

Firstly thanks to The Big 5 Safari Company for your assistance in managing the changes resulting from our flight delay.

Unfortunately, due to our outgoing flight delay we lost a day at the start of the holiday and at the end effectively lost half a day due to significant problems confirming our connecting flights from Livingstone – none of which was the responsibility of Big 5 as we booked our own flights and I think next time we would ask Big 5 to do this for us!

That’s the bad news, the good news is that despite these problems we had a fantastic time.  Victoria falls is simply spectacular and we did still manage to see the moonbow on the second evening and on the river safari we managed to not only see our first elephant, but managed to collide with a hippo under the water – all of which was great fun.

Our accommodation was very comfortable and of high quality.  Waking up to zebras on the lawn is the norm there but doesn’t half leave you delighted and bemused.

At the Zambezi Sun in Livingstone and at Camelthorn Lodge in Hwange National Park we were really impressed by the welcoming attitude of all the staff we met.  All of our drivers for the transfers were courteous and very helpful.  The only thing we are inclined to “complain” about would be that we found the transfer long and a little uncomfortable and would have preferred to take the recently introduced rail car through the park.

At Camelthorn our primary hosts/guides, Sibs and Vusa, were not only experienced and knowledgeable guides, but engaging and warm individuals which made for fun and interesting conversation over dinner.

As safari ‘virgins’ we did not really know what to expect from the drives, but quickly learned.  By that I mean that there are no guarantees about which animal species you may see and it can vary significantly between drives.  Despite the best efforts of our guide, we did not manage to find leopard or cheetah, but apart from this, during the short time we were in camp, we saw a good variety of animals and were thrilled by the experience.

We thank you Katharine for all of your early advice in selecting our venues as they all turned out to be great and the experience has left us with some great photos and memories. If it were not for family commitments in 2016 we would be looking to book our next safari now and will not hesitate to contact The Big 5 Safari Company for our next two location safari.

 

Sue & Alan Farmer

We had an amazing time in Zimbabwe and I would like to thank you for everything you did in organising this for us.  Our accommodation in both Hwange and Victoria Falls were lovely. I know you had some input as well into helping to organise the renewal of our wedding vows – a complete surprise to me but such a special day, so thank you again. Khulu Ivory Lodge was perfect, we all ... Read More

Sue & Alan Farmer

Sue & Alan Farmer

We had an amazing time in Zimbabwe and I would like to thank you for everything you did in organising this for us.  Our accommodation in both Hwange and Victoria Falls were lovely. I know you had some input as well into helping to organise the renewal of our wedding vows – a complete surprise to me but such a special day, so thank you again.

Khulu Ivory Lodge was perfect, we all absolutely loved the place, unfortunately animal sightings weren’t quite as much as we had hoped for but I think this may have been the time of year (as it wasn’t the real dry season the vegetation was still quite high so difficult to spot animals).  The team at the Lodge were fantastic, we couldn’t have asked for more, it really is a perfect setting.

So many special memories that will stay with us forever.

Brianne & Guy – Chichester

We were safari virgins ... we had however long harboured the thought that one day, when circumstances were right and finances permitted, we would visit the Okovango Delta in Botswana. Both of us having our 60th birthday made the time right.   In a flush of enthusiasm, my husband Googled madly and came up with a selection of 'budget' truck based safaris.  Not what I had in mind! I ... Read More

Brianne & Guy – Chichester

Brianne & Guy – Chichester

We were safari virgins … we had however long harboured the thought that one day, when circumstances were right and finances permitted, we would visit the Okovango Delta in Botswana. Both of us having our 60th birthday made the time right.
 
In a flush of enthusiasm, my husband Googled madly and came up with a selection of ‘budget’ truck based safaris.  Not what I had in mind! I Googled madly and came up with The Big 5 Safari Company.
 
How fortuitous, they put together a memorable itinerary, heeding our request for small camps in remote locations. From first contact through to detailed planning, the trip itself and the follow up, they were professional, efficient, and not least, willing and able to design a trip to meet our expressed desires and aspirations.
 
We travelled from the arid plains of the Central Kalahari (Tau Pan Camp), to the enchanting Okavango (Pom Pom Camp), to the lush and fertile Linyanti River (Lebala Camp) rounding off with some R & R at the stunning Falls (Victoria Falls Hotel).
 
All 3 camps offered stylish and characterful accommodation with friendly, attentive staff and professional management.  The guides and trackers were awesome in their knowledge of the wildlife, game, birds, nature and culture. We learnt so much from them.
 
The range and quality of the experience was fantastic.  Everything worked like clockwork. We thought this would be a one off high end experience but no … we booked a return trip within weeks of coming back! No excuse needed this time.
 
Thank you Big 5 for such a brilliant experience and in particular Katharine Hunt.
 
Guy and Brianne Perkins

Noel and Jean – Preston

Kevin this is our 4th safari with you and as ever the level of detail in the itinerary you put together for us made the trip very special. From the private meet and greet in Johannesburg to the unexpected bush dinner we had an unforgettable time. Experiencing the Kalahari for the first time certainly gave us a new perspective on Botswana, one of our favourite countries. Please pass our thanks on ... Read More

Noel and Jean – Preston

Noel and Jean – Preston

Kevin this is our 4th safari with you and as ever the level of detail in the itinerary you put together for us made the trip very special. From the private meet and greet in Johannesburg to the unexpected bush dinner we had an unforgettable time. Experiencing the Kalahari for the first time certainly gave us a new perspective on Botswana, one of our favourite countries. Please pass our thanks on to all the lodges and we look forward to going to South Luangwa on our next trip!

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