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.
|Classification||Comfort and Superior|
|Vehicle recommendation||SUV or 4WD Double Cab|
|Meals||Comfort: 9 breakfasts and 1 dinner
Superior: 9 breakfasts and 7 dinners
||Additional excursions / activities on request|
||Deluxe travel planner|
- Nature walks in the Namib Desert
- Sasriem Canyon
- Largest fur seal colony in Damaraland
- Bushmen rock paintings at Twyfelfontein
- Open vehicle drive in Central Namibia
Day 1 | 350km
Your journey leads you south into the heart of the Namib Desert, an area with awe-inspiring landscapes and majestic dunes. Arriving at your lodge, situated near the entrance to Sesriem, the remainder of the day can be spent at leisure. Enjoy a late afternoon walk or take part in optional activities offered by your lodge.
Comfort overnight: The Elegant Desert Lodge.
Superior: Sossusvlei Lodge – Dinner.
Day 2 | 150km
This day calls for an early rise, as you will forever remember the picturesque sunrise over the mighty dunes of the Namib Desert. Gaze at the bright splash of sun-baked sand combined with the mighty play of shadows cast onto the layside of the 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.
Comfort overnight: The Elegant Desert Lodge – Breakfast.
Superior overnight: Sossusvlei Lodge – Breakfast and dinner.
Day 3-4 | 360km
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, 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, or dune boarding.
Comfort overnight: Swakopmund Guesthouse – Breakfast.
Superior overnight: Villa Margherita – Breakfast.
Day 5 | 340km
On your way to Damaraland visit the largest fur seal colony in southern Africa at Cape Cross. Your lodge for the evening is situated in the heart of the Damaraland, where game such as rhino, desert elephant and kudu roam freely. En route to your lodge, you can stop at various local street stands to purchase handcrafted artifacts and a wide variety of minerals and gemstones.
Comfort overnight: Twyfelfontein Lodge – Breakfast and dinner.
Superior overnight: Doro Nawas – Breakfast and dinner.
Day 6 | 320km
ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast visit Twyfelfontein, a National Heritage Site and an open air art gallery that boasts over 2 500 different Bushman rock engravings and rock paintings. Taking a worthwhile detour on your way to the Etosha National Park, you can visit a traditional Himba village and meet these proud and statuesque people. The Himba still adhere to their traditional values and cultures and are one of the last truly nomadic tribes in the world.
Comfort overnight: Okaukuejo Camp – Breakfast.
Superior overnight: Epacha Game Lodge and Spa – Breakfast and dinner.
Day 7-8 | 300km
ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
Entering the Etosha National Park in the early morning, your time will be devoted purely to the abundant wildlife found here. The 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.
The next day you have the entire day available for extensive game viewing experiences. No game drive is the same; all waterholes hold new surprises and attract different animal species that you may not have seen on previous game drives.
Comfort overnight: Etosha Aoba Lodge – Breakfast.
Superior overnight: Mushara Outpost – Breakfast and dinner.
Day 9 | 380km
In the morning you travel back south into the main cattle farming region of Namibia, where your guest farm/lodge is situated. The remainder of the day is spent at leisure alongside the sparkling pool or on 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.
Comfort overnight: The Elegant Farmstead – Breakfast.
Superior overnight: Okonjima Bush Camp – Breakfast and dinner.
Day 10 | 490km
After breakfast we travel back through Okahandja to the capital, Windhoek. Time permitting, en route we may stop at the famous wood carvers market in Okahandja or the craft market in the main street in Windhoek to pick up a few last souvenirs. Windhoek is a cosmopolitan melting pot of European architecture with African culture, with a variety of good restaurants to choose from. You will be dropped off at your accommodation of choice, or transferred to the airport for your outward flight.