During late October we were invited out to Namibia with Land Rover to try out one of their Experience driving tours, what an incredible opportunity and diverse itinerary!
Check out the trip details here, we did the south tour.
We flew in from Cape Town to Windhoek with Air Namibia which we booked with Skyscanner
The first night we spent out at Naan kuse lodge & sanctuary, around 30 minutes from the Int airport, we picked up our Land Rover Discoveries & met with the group we’d be spending the next week road tripping Namibia with! The first afternoon we went for a trip to feed the rescued wildlife and learn about each species and why they had been brought in to this sanctuary, this included baboons, lions, cheetahs, leopards, wild dogs, lynxs.. Feeding the lions was the most impressive!!
This sanctuary does an amazing job, and gives these animals the best life possible in such situations, I’ve linked here there website so you can learn more, but I highly recommend visiting this place!
Lodge & Conservation
The next morning we got up early to go on what they call the ‘Cheetah walk’ we took the two female cheetahs out and on a morning walk, they both get to roam free & its a totally relaxed and controlled experience, it was a really unique experience, they told us all the do’s and don’t’s before but I was just surprised how up close and personal you really get to be with them, obviously being around humans so much the cheetahs are really used to it and are super chill & respond pretty well to the keepers. One thing that we were told was no ‘Selfies’ with the cheetahs, I guess they don’t want that bad connotation of promoting animal selfies with wildlife and it doesn’t give the best message and reputation which I fully respected and only took photos of the cheetahs!
On route to our next destination was Spitzkoppen Lodge with this tented little chalets amongst the granite boulders. Such a picturesque spot, and we had such a beautiful sunset at the lodge!
We were also up for sunrise, we headed to a nearby popular spot & climbed up the rock for incredible views of the landscape
We then hit the roads for a big day of driving, but not the usual driving, we first left on an off road drive across the oldest desert in the world, drove up rocks & really difficult terrain, of course jack did all of this while I sat & enjoyed! Lastly we ended the experience of off road driving with driving on the beach, I think this was certainly one of Jacks favourite moments of the trip, he’d never drove on sand before & it was really fun!
We then arrived in our next destination.. Swakopmund, this was more of a big town night, staying in a city style hotel to break up the trip! A surprise was planned for sunset, Quad biking in Swakopmund sand dunes, this was realllly fun, & probably my highlight, the dunes are sooo huge, and because our group was pretty big we broke off into two groups, one slower for the ladies & a faster one for the men, but I joined the men 😉
We ended the tour with sunset on top of the dune overlooking the ocean with some bites & champagne!
Next up on the trip was Sossusvlei Sand dunes in the Namib Desert, a really special place! We had two nights at the next lodge, and this lodge was my favourite one yet! – andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge.
The first afternoon we relaxed by the lodge, and enjoyed sunset from the infinity pool, Jack & I had a romantic dinner by ourselves, which was SO nice, best food I ate in Namibia!
The next morning we woke up early & headed to the sossusvlei dunes, pictured below, after we had climbed the dunes we came back for a picnic style breakfast, freshly cooked breakfast in the national park!
Back to the resort for a relaxing day & lunch, sunset we headed on a sunset safari drive through the park followed by sunset drinks!
This resort pictured below was a highlight, the food & service was incredible, they went beyond to cater to my mainly plant based diet, even made morning tea, afternoon tea vegan snacks and treats/deserts which was super accomodating & special!
White Sneakers Here & Similar hat
Next drive was to a cute little homestead style accomodation not too far out of Windhoek, a stopover on our way back to Windhoek where we spent our last night for the trip!
All edited with presets from www.doyoutravelxgypsealust.com was loving using the Elsa9 from the new Foodie Collection on these edits.