10 Days Classic Namibia

Route
Namibia Route Map
Highlights

  • Explore the world-famous sand dunes of the Namib Desert.
  • Visit seal colonies on the Skeleton Coast.
  • Search for desert-dwelling elephants, giraffe & lion in Damaraland.
  • Enjoy premier self-drive & guided game drives in Etosha.
  • See the UNESCO Stone Aged rock paintings and petroglyphs of Brandberg & Twyfelfontein.
  • Get up close and personal with the big cats at the Okonjima AfriCat Foundation.
  • Stay in style within Namibia’s wilderness, desert landscapes.

Arrive Windhoek

Upon arrival, pick up your equipped 4x4 (SUV or Double Cab “bakkie”) and drive to your lovely boutique guesthouse in the center of Windhoek. Enjoy the diverse experiences on offer in Namibia’s capital.

Windhoek (Day 1)

1 Night En-Suite Standard Room, Bed & Breakfast

Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, is located in a basin between the Khomas Highland, Auas and Eros Mountains. It is 1,680 m above sea level, 650 km north of the Orange River and 360 km from the Atlantic seaboard. During the day, the city centre has a European café culture. German cuisine dominates, but Namibian influence can be found in the quantity and quality of meat on offer – vegetarians be warned, Namibia is a carnivorous country! The streets are choc-a-bloc with people of all ages and cultures, all bearing a wonderful sense of pride, hope and ambition.
Your accommodation is located close to the Windhoek city centre, in a quiet and peaceful area. The Olive Grove Guesthouse is ideal to start and finish your journey through Namibia. This boutique guesthouse combines stylish architecture, simple but carefully selected decoration and personal service.

Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft National Park
Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft National Park

Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft National Park (Day 2 & 3)

2 Nights En-Suite Luxury Chalet, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast including Activities – 300 km

The sand dunes of Sossusvlei & Deadvlei in the Namib Desert are often referred to as the highest dunes in the world. Various arguments are laid out to support this claim, but all miss the point, which is that Sossusvlei is surely one of the most spectacular sights in Namibia. Located in the Namib-Naukluft National Park, the largest conservation area in Africa and fourth largest in the world, the sand dunes at Sossusvlei are just one excellent reason to visit Namibia.

After breakfast on Day 2, you will leave Windhoek and drive to Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert in the southwest of the country. You’ll stay close to Sossusvlei for the next two nights, allowing you time to explore the iconic towering sand dunes, as well as other incredible geographical formations of the region, such as Sesriem Canyon.

On Day 3, wake up early to climb the iconic sand dunes at sunrise, or if you prefer you can soar above this breathtaking landscape in a hot air balloon (optional). Other optional activities you can enjoy today include a nature drive to spot the desert-adapted wildlife, a dune walk, an eco-sensitive guided quad bike excursion, sand boarding or horse riding. Later, relax with a cocktail on your sundowner tour and after dark you can join a star gazing excursion with a knowledgeable guide.

Your luxury accommodation at Hoodia Desert Lodge is an exclusive owner-run lodge in the beautiful Namib desert. Surrounded by majestic mountains on the banks of the Tsauschab River, it is conveniently located near Sesriem Gate, the entrance to Sossusvlei’s world-famous red sand dunes. Your thatched, partly tented chalet is equipped with an en-suite bathroom and private shaded deck.

Activities included: Guided Sunrise Sossusvlei Tour; Guided Star-Gazing; Sundowner Scenic Drive

Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft National Park
Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft National Park

Swakopmund (Day 4 & 5)

2 Nights En-Suite Standard Room, Bed & Breakfast including Activities – 350 km

The morning of Day 4 you will leave the Namib Desert and drive north through beautiful canyons and striking scenery as you head towards to the lovely town of Swakopmund on the Skeleton Coast.

Walvis Bay is a stunning spot just outside Swakopmund. Sheltered by the Pelican Point sand spit, Walvis Bay’s tidal lagoon is home to abundant birdlife, including flamingos and pelicans.

Swakopmund itself is a former colonial town famous for its German architecture and culture – many residents speak German and there is even an Oktoberfest beer festival. It is an ideal place to spend a couple of days between visiting the dunes of Sossusvlei and exploring the attractions of northern Namibia.

On Day 5 you will have a full day to explore Swakopmund and the surrounding area. Included is the fascinating half-day living desert tour. Alternatively, you can search for Cape Fur seals and dolphins off Pelican Point on a boat cruise or guided kayaking trip, join a bird watching excursion, or you may wish to visit the Swakopmund Lighthouse, the Swakopmund Museum and Sandwich Harbour. These activities can be added to your tailor-made tour for an extra cost. Just outside Swakopmund several sand dunes have been set aside for adventure activities, including sand boarding, quad biking, camel riding and off-road driving.

Your accommodation is a fusion of contemporary charm and a historic colonial building style. With its few double rooms, most of them having a private lounge area, Villa Margherita offers seclusion and personalized service.

Activity included: Living Desert Half-Day Tour

Swakopmund
Swakopmund

Damaraland (Day 6)

1 Night En-Suite Luxury Chalet, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast including Activities – 330 km

This morning you will resume your Namibian road trip and head further north up the Skeleton Coast to Damaraland. En-route we recommend that you stop at Henties Bay to see the Cape Cross seal colony and even visit the shipwreck of MS Winston at Durissa Bay.

On arrival settle into your desert mountain accommodation. Spend the afternoon relaxing at your lodge, or if you wish you can take a walk in the surrounding area, stopping at viewpoints to marvel at the beautiful Damaraland landscape. There are also options for you to take an elephant nature drive in search of Namibia’s desert-dwelling elephant, or you may wish to join the Twyfelfontein, Burnt Mountain and Organ Pipes excursion to see the rock engravings at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein – this can easily be done self-drive too.

Your accommodation is mid-range eco-friendly Camp Kipwe. This place is full of surprises, starting when you first arrive. Hidden between the rocks with excellent views of the Aba Huab Valley, the setting is simply spectacular. Your unique bungalow has an outdoor shower and endless views of Damaraland.

Activity included: Guided Desert Elephant Nature Drive or Twyfelfontein, Organ Pipes & Burnt Mountain Guided Tour

Damaraland
Damaraland

Etosha National Park (Day 7 & 8)

2 Night En-Suite Luxury Chalet, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast – 290 km

After breakfast on Day 7 you will drive east towards Etosha National Park. Etosha offers fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities, particularly around the waterholes. You can expect to see Elephant, Giraffe, Lion, Leopard, Zebra, Springbok and Gemsbok. It is also one of the best places in Southern Africa to see the endangered Cheetah, Black Rhino and rare Antelope species such as black-faced Impala, Damara dik dik and Roan antelope. We offer a choice of superb lodges, both in the park and on its borders.

Almost a quarter of Etosha consists of salt pans, including the Etosha Pan which is undoubtedly the park’s most distinctive and dramatic feature. The Etosha Pan is the only known mass breeding ground for flamingos in Namibia and at times there can be up to a million flamingos here. On Day 8 you will have a full day to explore Etosha National Park. Take your time visiting the many different waterholes at Halali, Okondeka and Okaukuejo, where large concentrations of wildlife congregate.

Your mid-range, boutique bush accommodation, Dolomite Camp, is perched on Dolomite outcrops and overlooks the western wilderness region of the Etosha. The chalets, built on elevated wooden decks, all have large wooden retractable doors to enjoy the spectacular panoramic views.

Damaraland
Etosha

Okonjima Reserve (Day 9)

1 Night En-Suite Luxury Chalet, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast including Activities – 385 km

This morning you will leave Etosha and head south to the Okonjima Nature Reserve which is home of the famous Africat Foundation – an education and research facility dedicated to the rehabilitation of Namibia’s big cats, particularly Cheetah and Leopard.

During your time here you will have the opportunity to observe and learn about Africat’s conservation work. Depending on your interests you can also go mountain biking or hike up the mountains to watch the sunrise, join a bird-watching excursion to spot some of the 250+ species of birdlife in the area, enjoy a nocturnal game drive, or experience a day in the life of a San Bushman on a bushman trail.

The luxury Okonjima Plains Camp (which used to be a cattle farm), is a luxurious safari destination in the secluded wilderness area of Okonjima Nature Reserve. The Plains Camp Barn is the central meeting point overlooking a waterhole and the Okonjima Plains.

Activity included: AfriCat Carnivore Care Experience

Okonjima Reserve
Okonjima Plains Camp

Depart Windhoek (Day 10)

Today is your last morning on your Classic Namibia tour. Following your breakfast at camp, you will drive back to Windhoek which should take approximately 3 hours (225 km). On arrival, enjoy lunch before making your way to the airport to catch your international flight home.

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What’s Included

  • Car Rental: Standard Cover SUV / Double Cab 4×4 Rental (Land Cruiser Prado / Hilux Double Cab 4×4) for 10 days with unlimited kilometers, border crossing permits, GPS (loaded with Tracks4Africa).
  • All accommodation.
  • Meals and drinks as specified in the day-by-day section.
  • All activities labeled as included.
  • A personalized self-drive Tour Package including accommodation and activity vouchers, map books and a detailed driving itinerary with GPS coordinates, directions, local tips and area information.
  • All Taxes/VAT.

What’s Not Included

  • Domestic and international flights.(Can be arranged at an additional cost).
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour (can be arranged on request).
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, tips & gratuity etc.).
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees.
  • Visas to be arranged by the client at their own cost.
  • Park and conservation fees for Etosha National Park (2 Days).
  • Optional activities: List to be supplied, can be booked with us in advance.

Special Conditions

  • This is a tour example only, and the actual tour price will vary based on the number of travelers, travel period and accommodation availability. Please email us for a free, tailored quote.
  • A single supplement applies for single travelers.
  • Should a particular accommodation type not be available, we will offer an alternative of the same standard.
  • This tour can be tailor-made to suit your specific needs, interests and requirements.