Windhoek to Windhoek
LIVE THIS !
Experience Namibia’s entirety. Let yourself be captivated by the surreal dunes at Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. Discover UNESCO and RAMSAR World Heritage sites and the ancient Damara culture. Great wildlife encounters in the Etosha National Park.
|Vehicle recommendation||SUV or 4×4 Double Cab|
|Meals||13 breakfasts and 8 dinners|
||Additional excursions / activities on request|
||Deluxe travel planner|
||Guided walk with a bushman, mountain drive, 1 night free a charge at the Etosha Village, sundowner drive|
- Bushman guided walk in the Namib Desert
- Sasriem Canyon
- Etosha Pan
- ‘Big 5’ in Etosha National Park
- Open vehicle sundowner game drive
Day 1 | 50km
Having arrived at the international airport, you collect your vehicle at the relevant car rental company kiosk and travel a short distance to Windhoek. Having checked into your guest house, enjoy the day at leisure or explore the city centre with its colonial-style buildings, street cafés, and craft markets.
Overnight at The Elegant Guesthouse.
Day 2-3 | 250km
In the morning you travel into the largest sand mass on earth, the Kalahari Desert. The bushman refer to it as the “Soul of the World”, an emotive description for this area! With its deep red sand dunes and endless grass plains interspersed with acacias and shrubs, it is the only form of survival for a vast amount of specially adapted wildlife such as oryx, springbok and ostrich. Enjoy the opportunity to experience the fauna and flora on guided nature drives, ending with a sundowner drink on one of the dunes. On the following day you will take part in a walk guide by a bushman, taking you over the dunes of the Kalahari.
Overnight at Intu Africa Camelthorn Lodge – Breakfast and dinner, plus a free walk guided by a bushman.
Day 4 | 360km
This morning you travel via endless plains and along striking mountain ranges into the Namib Desert. Your lodge is situated near the gate to two of Namibia’s most celebrated attractions: Sossusvlei, with some of the highest dunes in the world, and Sesriem Canyon. Both are visited the next day.
Overnight at The Elegant Desert Lodge – Breakfast and dinner.
Day 5 | 300km
Before sunrise, you travel to the gate of the Namib Naukluft Park. The best time to experience the Sossusvlei area is at sunrise when the light paints the dunes and desert palette into deep red, apricot and purple – this part of the day is also the most forgiving, as you are not exposed to the hot afternoon sun when clambering one of the mighty dunes. From Sossusvlei visit Dead Vlei, a surreal white clay pan surrounded by monumental dunes and dotted with age-old Camelthorn trees. Travelling back, visit the Sesriem Canyon, an 18 million year old gorge eroded into the conglomerate floor. Having returned to your lodge, cool off in the sparkling pool or take a refreshing drink while overlooking the desert plains.
Overnight at The Elegant Desert Lodge – Breakfast and dinner plus a mountain drive.
Day 6-7 | 370km
Today you travel via the Namib Naukluft Park to Swakopmund, a tranquil coastal town situated between the Namib Desert and the Atlantic Ocean. Visit the Welwitschia Plains and the aptly named Moonlandscape (permit required), two of the attractions during this scenic drive. In Swakopmund, you will have the option of participating in some of the adventurous activities on offer. These could include scenic flights, dolphin cruises, quad biking, parasailing, dune boarding, and parachuting.
Overnight at Hotel Zum Kaiser – Breakfast.
Day 8 | 340km
On your way to the Damaraland, you can visit large lichen fields. You travel into Damaraland past Namibia’s highest mountain, the majestic Brandberg Mountain, which reminds of the volcanic era millions of years ago. Your lodge for the following night is situated near the Vingerklip, and you can enjoy the cooler part of the afternoon at a sun downer spot that overlooks the surrounding plains.
Overnight at Vingerklip Lodge – Breakfast and dinner.
Day 9 | 350km
ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
After a relaxed breakfast, travel north to one of the most famed national parks in Africa, where you will spend the next three nights. Your lodge is situated on a hill with a magnificent view over the mopane landscape.
Overnight at Etosha Village – Breakfast and dinner.
ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
You have the entire two days available for extensive game viewing experiences. The Etosha National Park surrounds a parched salt desert known as the Etosha Pan, and is home to four of the ‘Big 5’ – elephant, lion, leopard, and rhino. The park’s waterholes support a diversity of mammals and birds, including species such as black-faced impala, cheetah, and Namibia’s smallest antelope, the Damara dik-dik. Shortly before sunset you travel back to your lodge.
Overnight at Etosha Village – Breakfast and dinner – included 1 Night free of charge.
Day 12-13 | 390km
In the morning you travel back south into the vicinity of Windhoek, where your guest farm is situated next to a dry riverbed and within the majestic Otjihavera Mountain range. The remainder of the day is spent at leisure along the sparkling pool or the viewing deck. The following day you have the option of exploring the rich diversity of game species on an open vehicle drive or a scenic walk. In the afternoon enjoy a sundowner drive on the lodge property.
Overnight at The Elegant Farmstead – Breakfast plus a free sundowner drive.
Day 14 | 100km
After a hearty breakfast you travel back to Windhoek or the international airport, where your tour ends.