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Namibia Eco Trails

14 Days

Windhoek to Windhoek


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Discover Namibia through ecologically friendly tourism operations. Let yourself be captivated by the surreal dunes at Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. Discover UNESCO and RAMSAR World Heritage Sites and interact with ancient San and Damara cultures. Explore remote and nearly untouched concession areas in the Damaraland. Encounter the rich and diverse wildlife of the Etosha National Park.

Namibia Eco Trails
Classification Comfort
Vehicle recommendation SUV or 4×4 Double Cab
All Lodges on this tour have been / are in the process or receiving Namibian Eco Awards (Ranging from Min 1- Max 5 flowers)
Accommodation As specified
Meals 13 breakfasts and 6 dinners
As specified
Optional extras
Additional excursions / activities on request
Deluxe travel planner
Excluded: all international / domestic flights and taxes • visas • travel and personal accident insurance • personal expenses • excursions / activities not specified • gratuities
  • Nature and dune drives in Namib Desert
  • Guided nature walk in Sossusvlei
  • Living museums of the San and the Damara
  • Busmen rock engravings in Damaraland

Day 1 | 50km


After arrival at the international airport, you proceed via mountainous terrain to Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. Your accommodation is situated in a quiet suburb and close to the city center with its afro-European flair and peaceful atmosphere. In the evening enjoy typical Namibian cuisine in one of the numerous restaurants.

Overnight at The Elegant Guesthouse.

Day 2 | 360km


Your journey starts by travelling 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 walks or take part in optional activities such as nature/dune drives offered by your lodge.

Overnight at The Elegant Desert Eco Camp – Breakfast.

Day 3 | 210km


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. After returning to your lodge, relax at the pool side to escape the midday heat, before taking part in an optional guided afternoon walk.

Overnight at The Elegant Desert Eco Camp – Breakfast.

Day 4 | 100km


After enjoying a breakfast amidst the spectacular scenery of the Namib Desert, depart to your next lodge situated at the foot of petrified dunes. Here you have the opportunity to explore the Namib Desert on spectacular scenic nature and sundowner drives, or simply relax by the side of the lodge pools. A special feature your camp offers is the possibility to roll your bed out onto the terrace where you can observe the clear starlit skies.

Overnight at Namib Dune Star Camp – Breakfast.

Day 5-6 | 260km


The onward trip to Swakopmund offers you the opportunity to stop at Solitaire and taste the well-known apple pie with a refreshing cup of coffee before continuing on along the gravel road, which leads you through two geologically fascinating canyons into another section of the Namib Naukluft National Park, which shows you abandoned mines, the age-old welwitschia mirabilis plant and a variety of game species around the Zebra Pans. Soon you reach a point where the ephemeral Kuiseb River acts as a natural boundary between the Namib Dune belt and the gravel plains of the Namib Desert. Leaving the blistering desert heat behind us, you arrive at the Atlantic coastline and Swakopmund. The following days are spent at leisure in this tranquil coastal town, often also aptly referred to as the “playground of Namibia” due to many activities that are on offer here.

Overnight at The Stiltz – Breakfast.

Day 7 | 220km


Departing the coastal town of Swakopmund, you travel east towards the picturesque Erongo Mountain Range. Travelling past the Spitzkoppe, you have the option of visiting a living museum village of the San. Experience the magical sunset around a fireplace and marvel at the African sky whilst sipping your favourite Namibian sundowner. Nature provides compelling reasons for visiting this unique environment. Many rare, endemic, and special species of animal, bird, and plant life thrive here, making this one of Namibia’s most diverse and wildlife-rich areas.

Overnight at Erongo Wilderness Lodge – Breakfast and dinner.

Day 8-9 | 400km


Continue into the Damaraland where you visit Twyfelfontein, a World Heritage Site that boasts over 2 500 different Bushman rock engravings and rock paintings. Close to Twyfelfontein, you can also visit a living museum of the Damara, the original inhabitants of the Damaraland. Your journey continues to the foothills of the Grootberg massif. The emphasis here is on nature, and the eco-friendly camp bears testimony to the many riches. Desert-adapted wildlife forge a precarious existence amongst the towering basalt mountains and Mopani-shaded rivers beds. This apparently unforgiving landscape is actually refuge to a diverse number of plant and mammal species. Desert elephant and black rhino share boulder strewn valleys with watchful cheetah and thundering herds of oryx.

Overnight at Etendeka Mountain Camp – Breakfast, lunch and dinner, including activities.

Day 10 | 250km


After breakfast you can visit a local Himba village near the town of Kamanjab to 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. Travel further north towards the most western border of the Etosha National Park, where you will overnight in the community concession bordering the Etosha National Park.

Overnight at Hobatere Lodge – Breakfast and dinner.

Day 11-12 | 200km | 200km


Entering the Etosha National Park in the early morning, the following days 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.

Overnight at Etosha Village – Breakfast and dinner.

Day 13 | 380km


Departing the Etosha National Park you travel through the main agricultural and cattle farming region of Namibia. Arriving at your lodge close to Okahandja, you have time to explore the diverse wildlife on an optional guided nature drive or on numerous scenic walking trails.

Overnight at The Elegant Farmstead – Breakfast.

Day 14 | 80km


After breakfast, depart your lodge and travel the last short stretch towards the international airport, where your tour ends.


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