Explore Namibia’s diverse marvels on a self-drive journey that unveils the nation’s natural wonders and cultural gems. From the iconic red dunes of Sossusvlei to the coastal allure of Swakopmund, venture into the ancient mysteries of Twyfelfontein and engage with indigenous cultures in Sesfontein and Opuwo.
In Etosha West, encounter wildlife in its purest form, framed by unspoiled landscapes, before culminating your odyssey at Erindi Game Reserve. This adventure paints a vivid picture of Namibia’s beauty, leaving you with lasting memories of a captivating land.
Your Namibian journey kicks off at the vibrant heart of the nation, Hosea Kutako International Airport. Stepping off the plane, our welcoming shuttle driver awaits, ready to usher you into the enchanting world of Windhoek. Gaze out of the car window, catching your initial glimpses of the city's charm, as we smoothly transport you to the car hire depot. Here, your vehicle awaits, your ticket to Namibian exploration. Afterward, indulge in a moment of relaxation at your hotel, freshening up and unwinding, gearing up for the exciting escapades that lie ahead. Let the adventure begin!
DAY 2 - Sossusvlei
Begin your day with anticipation, venturing into the world's oldest desert. After breakfast, stock up on essentials, for the next two nights will be spent camping inside the park. This strategic choice allows you to witness the mesmerizing beauty of Sossusvlei at both sunrise and sunset. Picture waking up to dawn's soft glow illuminating endless stretches of sand, or watching the sun cast warm hues over the iconic salt and clay pan, embraced by towering red dunes. This unique experience, nestled within the Namib-Naukluft National Park, promises unforgettable moments in the heart of nature's masterpiece.
DAY 3 - Sossusvlei
The Namib Desert, an awe-inspiring expanse, dominates southern Africa, stretching over 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) along the Atlantic coasts of Angola, Namibia, and South Africa. Within this captivating terrain lies Sossusvlei, a jewel in Namibia's crown. Prepare to be spellbound as you witness the spectacle of sunrise and sunset painting the towering red sand dunes in breathtaking hues. Wake early to marvel at the ever-shifting colors gracing the dunes, immersing yourself in the sheer magnificence of this natural wonder.
DAY 4 - Swakopmund
Today, your adventure take you to the charming coastal town of Swakopmund, its name derived from the German "Mouth of the Swakop." En route, you'll pass through Solitaire, a place made famous in the Netherlands through the book by Dutch author Ton van der Lee. Solitaire, nestled in central Namibia near the Namib-Naukluft National Park, boasts the only café, gas station, and bakery in the vicinity. It's a remote oasis, home to a small general store—the lone outpost between the dunes of Sossusvlei, the coastal haven of Walvis Bay, and the bustling Namibian capital, Windhoek. Prepare to be enchanted by the solitude and allure of this unique journey.
DAY 5 - Swakopmund
Swakopmund, the pulse of Namibia's adventure scene, invites thrill-seekers of all ages to indulge in a myriad of heart-pounding activities. Whether you're young or young at heart, our experts curate bespoke day excursions tailored to your preferences. From exhilarating desert safaris and sandboarding down iconic dunes to tranquil beach walks and gourmet dining experiences, every moment in Swakopmund is designed for excitement and exploration. Let the coastal winds carry you to unforgettable adventures in this vibrant Namibian gem.
DAY 6 - Twyfelfontein
Leaving Swakopmund, your journey unveils Namibia's wonders. The Skeleton Coast greets you with its dunes meeting the ocean, a surreal sight. In Damaraland, rugged cliffs and ancient rock formations create a dramatic backdrop. Keep an eye out for desert-adapted wildlife like elephants. Stop at the Petrified Forest, a prehistoric marvel, and reach Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO site. Explore ancient rock engravings, telling stories of Namibia's past. Your route weaves tales of nature and heritage, painting a vivid Namibian picture.
DAY 7 - Sesfontein
Your self-drive adventure leads from the ancient engravings of Twyfelfontein into the heart of Namibia's wilderness. As you journey toward Sesfontein, prepare for a desert odyssey. The rugged Damaraland landscape unfolds, showcasing its surreal rock formations and desert-adapted flora. Look out for desert elephants, a rare sight, as they roam freely in this arid land. The Hoanib River may offer glimpses of wildlife seeking water, painting a captivating scene against the desert backdrop. Upon reaching Sesfontein, you'll find yourself immersed in a remote oasis. The tranquility of the area contrasts with the harsh desert surroundings, creating a unique and unforgettable experience.
DAY 8 - Opuwo
Driving from Sesfontein to Opuwo promises a journey rich in cultural encounters and breathtaking landscapes. Along the route, you'll engage with the Himba people, a nomadic tribe known for their distinctive red ochre hairstyles and intricate jewelry, gaining profound insights into their traditional way of life. As the terrain unfolds before you, marvel at the ancient mountains and occasional wildlife sightings, including the desert-adapted elephants. Your path leads to Opuwo, the bustling capital of the Kunene Region, where vibrant markets showcase Namibia's diverse crafts and foods, offering a vivid snapshot of local life. This leg of your journey promises unforgettable cultural experiences amid the vast desert beauty.
DAY 9 - Etosha West
Your self-drive expedition from Opuwo to Etosha National Park's western borders promises a thrilling safari adventure. The route unveils the Namibian wilderness, showcasing diverse landscapes and captivating wildlife scenes. Look out for giraffes gracefully meandering through acacia groves and zebras congregating near watering holes. As you enter Etosha, the atmosphere tingles with excitement. Vast salt pans stretch beneath the sun, offering surreal mirages and a chance to witness iconic African wildlife, from majestic elephants to regal lions. With each sunset painting the sky in hues of orange and pink, your journey becomes a canvas of unforgettable safari moments.
DAY 10 - Etosha West
Spend the full day game-driving inside the park. Stopover at the different watering holes and observe the sometimes large number of different animals quenching their thirst. If you are lucky, you get to see and snap a photo of the endangered white or black rhinoceros. Watch herds of springbok antelope, along with zebras, wild dogs, buffalo, giraffes, elephants and lions, to name just a few, of thousands of different species of animals, not to mention birds and insects, that roam this part of Namibia.
DAY 11 - Erindi Game Reserve
Nestled within the heart of Namibia's wilderness lies Erindi Private Game Reserve, a 71,000-hectare haven teeming with rare and endangered species. At the enchanting Old Traders Lodge, visitors are welcomed into a world where lions, leopards, and cheetahs roam freely, offering a glimpse of nature's raw beauty often missed in mainstream destinations. Black rhinos and the elusive African Wild Dog find refuge here, thriving in Erindi's protected embrace. Immerse yourself in the untamed wonders of Erindi, where every moment reveals the essence of Namibia's wildlife legacy.
DAY 12 - Erindi Game Reserve
With its rich biodiversity, Erindi Private Game Reserve offers an unparalleled opportunity to witness Africa's wildlife in their natural habitats, providing an unforgettable safari experience for every visitor. Erindi Private Game Reserve, spanning 71,000 hectares in Namibia, is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. Witness the regal lions, elusive leopards, and lightning-fast cheetahs roaming freely. Encounter the majestic black and white rhinos, and the endangered African Wild Dogs, all protected within Erindi's boundaries. Giraffes gracefully navigate the terrain, while hippos, crocodiles, and a myriad of bird species complete this vibrant ecosystem. Erindi offers an immersive safari experience, where every moment echoes the untamed spirit of Africa's wilderness.
DAY 13 - Return to Windhoek
Today you will drive back to Windhoek and return the rental vehicle to the depot no later than 16H00. You will be transferred to your hotel.
DAY 14 - End of Tour
Our friendly shuttle driver will collect you from the hotel 3 hours prior to your departure flight.