Classic Namibia Bucketlist

From$1,070/per person
13 nights

Experiences

Self-drive
Seaside
Safari
Culture
Dunes

Highlights

Discover the country’s most famous landscapes on this 13-night tour that takes in the country’s biggest highlights. From desert dunes to jagged canyons and epic Big 5 wildlife encounters, this is Namibia at its finest!

Best time to travel

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Trip route

Windhoek Airport

Trip overview

Arrival: Windhoek Airport

Windhoek AirportWindhoek
44km | 49min
1

After you collect your car at Hosea Kutako International Airport, you’re all set to drive the short distance to the capital. Given its proximity, this drive tends to form part of many epic Namibian odysseys.

1Windhoek

1 night

Balancing tradition and modernity, Windhoek is a great stop for travellers visiting Namibia. Maintaining its colonial German character, this neat capital treats you with vibrant architecture, varied cuisine and delicious Namibian beer.

Hotel
Olive Grove Guesthouse

Homely, upmarket guesthouse in a peaceful Windhoek suburb

WindhoekSossusvlei
1
384km | 6h
2

For your drive to Sossusvlei, we recommend taking the scenic Remhoogte Pass. Make sure to pack lots of water and food, and fill up whenever passing a fuel station.

2Sossusvlei

2 nights

Namibia’s most celebrated destination and home of the iconic red dunes, Sossusvlei is on everyone’s bucket list. Aside from hiking, explore the breathtaking Deadvlei or the Sesriem Canyon - naturally paved over millions of years.

Hotel
Namib Desert Lodge

Spacious and secluded stay near Sossusvlei with modern designed rooms

SossusvleiSwakopmund
2
439km | 7h 20min
3

When heading to the quaint and coastal town of Swakopmund, it’s worth stopping over in Solitaire en-route. It currently hosts the only café, fuel station and bakery you’ll encounter along the way.

3Swakopmund

2 nights

Welcome to Namibia’s adventure and extreme sports capital. Favoured by travellers and locals alike for its rich history and vibrance, this German-influenced town and its lively beach make for the perfect summer destination.

Hotel
The Delight Swakopmund

Colourful modern hotel in holiday town close to the beach

SwakopmundErongo Region
3
293km | 7h 23min
4

This trip will see you travelling inland through a barren stretch of land (contrasted by the lush coastline you’ll leave behind). Expect a bounty of rich cultural life waiting for you upon arrival.

4Erongo Region

1 night

The Erongo Region is a geological wonderland, formed by volcanic ruins that encompass breathtaking rock formations and landscapes. Despite the arid climate, however, a diverse set of flora and fauna makes for splendid safari-going.

Hotel
Ai Aiba Lodge

Thatched safari lodge in the rocky foothills of the Erongo Mountain range

Erongo RegionDamaraland
4
544km | 10h
5

Enjoy the scenery heading north-west. Your destination is home to the desert-adapted elephant, giraffe and zebra - so keep your eyes peeled!

5Damaraland

2 nights

Home to the highest mountain in Namibia, Damaraland is a remote, rugged, and arid landscape. Its beauty lies in its sense of prehistory with ancient rock formations, San engravings and free-roaming black rhinos.

Hotel
Grootberg Lodge

Community-owned lodge with truly expansive views located just outside Palmwag

DamaralandEtosha National Park West
5
322km | 7h 31min
6

The surrounding view changes to sparse green trees and bushes as you go further from Damaraland. The road will improve from dirt to gravel as you get closer to the park.

6Etosha National Park West

2 nights

Opened to the public in 2014, this side of Etosha National Park remains largely undiscovered. Unlike the white pans of the east, this green landscape is home to shy wildlife carefully navigating its 15 waterholes.

Hotel
Hobatere Lodge

Community-owned lodge along the Western border of Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park WestEtosha National Park Central (South)
6
214km | 5h 28min
7

You’re heading east, bringing you closer to the famous white Etosha Pan. Before you kick it off, download the song “Toto - Africa” for maximum entertainment on the road.

7Etosha National Park Central (South)

1 night

Central Etosha National Park sets the scene for Namibia’s foremost wildlife showcase. Here, a series of waterholes guarantee spectacular game viewing, flanked by mystical, open grasslands along the edges of the inhospitable Etosha Pan.

Hotel
Etosha Safari Lodge

Breathtaking sunset views and elegant decor close to Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park Central (South)Waterberg Plateau
7
351km | 6h 19min
8

The gravel road ahead is well-maintained and empty. While there aren’t any farms or villages along the way, green bushes and trees will increase as you enter the Waterberg region.

8Waterberg Plateau

1 night

The Waterberg Mountain forms the centre of the greater Waterberg area and is one of the main attractions in Namibia. This massif rises from the plains and encompasses a national park, trails and several camps.

Hotel
Otjiwa Safari Lodge

Safari lodge located 30 minutes’ drive from Otjiwarongo

Waterberg PlateauWindhoek
8
313km | 4h 30min
9

Say goodbye to the lush and mountainous Waterberg region - it’s time to rejoin the lively city. For a scenic drive, take the route on the eastside instead of the highway on the west.

9Windhoek

1 night

Balancing tradition and modernity, Windhoek is a great stop for travellers visiting Namibia. Maintaining its colonial German character, this neat capital treats you with vibrant architecture, varied cuisine and delicious Namibian beer.

Hotel
Olive Grove Guesthouse

Homely, upmarket guesthouse in a peaceful Windhoek suburb

WindhoekWindhoek Airport
9
44km | 48min

Going to the airport typically signifies the end of the journey, but it certainly won’t be the last. Look out of the window and take in the surroundings before you take off.

Departure: Windhoek Airport