12 Days Highlights of Namibia

Route
12 Days Highlights of Namibia
Highlights

  • Stay in style in Namibia’s desert wilderness.
  • Explore the Namib Desert’s world-famous sand dunes.
  • Visit seal colonies at Skeleton Coast.
  • Search for desert-dwelling elephants, giraffes & lions in Damaraland.
  • Get up close to Big Cats at the Okonjima AfriCat Foundation.
  • Enjoy premier self-drive & guided game drives in Etosha.
  • Admire Stone Aged rock paintings and petroglyphs.

Arrive Windhoek

Upon arrival, pick up your equipped 4x4 (SUV or Double Cab “bakkie”) and drive to your boutique guesthouse in the center of Windhoek. Enjoy the diverse experiences on offer in Namibia’s capital. Accommodation before the tour starts can be arranged at an additional cost.

Windhoek (Day 1)

1 Night En-suite Double Room, Bed & breakfast – 45 km

Windhoek is Namibia’s capital city and has a strong German culture and architecture. 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! Situated close to the city center in a peaceful area, this guest house is an ideal start for your tour with semi-luxury accommodation in a spacious en-suite room. Sit back and relax around the swimming pool after your flight.

Suggested Activity: Guided City Tour of Windhoek

Windhoek
Windhoek

Sossusvlei & Deadvlei (Day 2 & 3)

2 Nights En-suite Chalet, Self-catering – 340 km

On Day 2, after breakfast you will drive to Sesriem via very scenic and inspiring semi-desert landscapes. Sesriem is a small town in the Namib Desert, close to the southern end of the Naukluft Mountains. On arrival at Sossusvlei Desert Camp, enjoy the solitude of your desert lodge. On Day 3 you can rise early to visit the iconic Sossusvlei, Deadvlei & Sesriem Canyon for a day outing. The drive to Sossusvlei doubles as a game drive. Your en-suite chalet is well equipped, comfortable and air-conditioned for those hot days in the desert. You can sit back after a long day of adventures and enjoy a ‘’braai’’ (barbeque) while taking in your surroundings.

Suggested Activity: Sossusvlei, Deadvlei & Sesriem Canyon Day Trip

Sossusvlei & Deadvlei
Sossusvlei & Deadvlei

Swakopmund (Day 4 & 5)

2 Nights En-suite Double Room, Bed & Breakfast – 345 km

On Day 4, you will head to Swakopmund. Swakopmund itself is a former colonial town famous for its German architecture and culture – many residents speak German and there’s 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. Your semi-luxury accommodation consists of a beautiful guest house where you can sit back and relax after a long day of sightseeing.
On Day 5 you’ll have a full day to explore Swakopmund and the surrounding area. Included is the fascinating Living Desert Guided Excursion.

Included Activity: Living Desert Guided Excursion

Suggested Activities: Boat Cruise or guided Kayak trip to search for Cape Fur Seals and Dolphins off Pelican Point, Bird Watching, Swakopmund Lighthouse, Swakopmund Museum & Sandwich Harbour, Sand boarding, Quad Biking, Camel Ride

Swakopmund
Swakopmund
Khorixas - Damaraland

Damaraland lies to the east of the Skeleton Coast and above this is the region of Kaokoland. These are the lands of the resilient Himba and Damara tribes and home to the world famous intriguing natural landmarks such as the Petrified Forest, the volcanic Burnt Mountain and the basalt Organ Pipes.
Camp Kipwe (Day 6 & 7)

2 Nights En-suite Chalet, Breakfast & Dinner – 460 km

On Day 6, you will head further north up the Skeleton Coast to Khorixas in Damaraland. En-route we recommend that you stop at Henties Bay to see the Cape Cross seal colony and visit the shipwreck of MS Winston at Durissa Bay.
On Day 7 you’ll have the opportunity to take an elephant nature drive in search of Namibia’s desert-dwelling elephant and visit Burnt Mountain to see the rock engravings at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein. Your semi-luxury accommodation consists of a “rock style” chalet set in nature and perfect for watching the beautiful sunsets of the Namib.

Suggested Activities: Cape Cross Seal Colony, MS Winston Shipwreck at Durissa Bay, Visit Burnt Mountain for rock engravings at UNESCO World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein

Damaraland
Damaraland
Etosha

Etosha National Park is one of the best game-viewing regions in the world. Its name (meaning ‘great white place of dry water’) comes from the Etosha Pan, a vast, flat, saline desert. When a good rainy season happens, the normally dry river channels carry water to this gentle depression turning it into a shallow lagoon. This unusual oasis then becomes a busy watering hole as it draws in a variety of animals and, for a few days each year, thousands of flamingos and pelicans.

Okaukeujo Camp (Day 8 & 9)

2 Nights En-suite Waterhole Chalet, Breakfast & Dinner – 250 km

On Day 8, 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. 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.
Okaukeujo Camp is the administrative center of Etosha, located at the western end of the Etosha Pan. The mid-range Waterhole Chalets are perfectly situated overlooking the popular floodlit waterhole allowing guests to view game from their patio or balcony. Animal activity start in the early hours of the morning and after sunset floodlights illuminate the waterhole for further game viewing.

Namutoni Camp (Day 10)

1 Night En-suite Double Room, Breakfast & Dinner

Namutoni Camp is located on the eastern side of the Etosha Pan. The Camp is built into an old German Fort. From the walls of the fort, visitors have an elevated view of a waterhole allowing for great game viewing. Its close proximity to Fisher’s Pan makes Namutoni a hotspot for birders. An elevated decked walkway along the waterhole provides views of the surrounding scenery, wildlife, and spectacular sunsets. Your mid-range double room is accessed along a wooden walkway.

Suggested Activities: Game Viewing, Flamingos at Etosha Pan

Etosha
Etosha
Okonjima Nature Reserve

Okonjima Nature Reserve, in the heart of Namibia, is in a malaria-free area midway between Windhoek and Etosha National Park. This 20 000 ha nature reserve, which is surrounded by the sandstone Omboroko Mountains, is equally famed for its wildlife sightings as well as its picturesque landscapes that marvel guests.

Okonjima Plains Camp (Day 11)

1 Night En-suite Garden Double Room, Breakfast & Dinner – 360 km

On Day 11, you’ll 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. Your semi-luxury accommodation consists of a stylish and comfortable garden room.

Included Activity: Africat Foundation Visit

Okonjima Nature Reserve
Okonjima Nature Reserve

Depart Windhoek (Day 12)

Today is your last morning on your Highlights of 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 for your international flight home.

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What’s Included

  • Car Rental: Standard Cover 4×4 Rental (Toyota Land Cruiser Prado or similar vehicle) for 12 days with unlimited kilometers and GPS.
  • All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade).
  • Meals and drinks as specified in the day-by-day section.
  • All activities (Unless labeled as optional).
  • A personalized self-drive Tour Package including accommodation and activity vouchers, map books and a detailed 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.
  • Tips (Tipping guideline US$15.00 pp per day).
  • Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees.
  • Visas to be arranged by the client at their own cost.
  • Community/bed levy’s and fees.
  • 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 travellers, travel period and accommodation availability. Please email us for a quote.
  • A single supplement applies for single travellers.
  • Should a particular accommodation type not be available, we will offer an alternative of the same standard.
  • Please note that if Park Fees are not mentioned with inclusions above, the Park Fees are payable by the traveller on arrival.
  • This tour can be tailor-made to suit your specific needs.