Inspirational Trips Classic Namibia Bucketlist

Classic Namibia Bucketlist

From$1,560/per person
14 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 wildlife encounters, this is Namibia at its finest!

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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 German colonial 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
393km | 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 iconic 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 | 5h
3

This unique route meanders past the burned orange dunes of the Namib desert. Highlights include crossing through the Tropic of Capricorn, pastries in Solitaire, and the moon-like landscape of the Namib-Naukluft National Park.

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 | 2h
4

This trip will see you travelling inland through a barren stretch of land (contrasted to the colourful town you’ll leave behind). Expect a bounty of ancient natural history 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 Mountains

Erongo RegionPalmwag
4
608km | 4h 30min
5

5Palmwag
2 nights

Palmwag in northern Damaraland is a place of awe-inspiring desert scenery, secretive wildlife populations and superb remote lodges. If you could only visit one part of the country, it would have to be the one.

Hotel
Grootberg Lodge

A community-owned lodge with expansive views just outside Palmwag

PalmwagEtosha National Park West
5
199km | 5h 30min
6

6Etosha National Park West
2 nights

Opened to the public in 2014, this side of Etosha National Park offers prolific wildlife with less traffic. Unlike the white pans of the east, this landscape of undulating hills and distinctly ochreous soil 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 South
6
214km | 2h
7

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

7Etosha National Park South
2 nights

Etosha National Park South 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 SouthWaterberg Plateau Park
7
351km | 3h 30min
8

The road ahead is well-maintained and easy. There are two main towns along the way where you can stop for a coffee, and we recommend the bakery in Outjo for delicous baked goods.

8Waterberg Plateau Park
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
Okonjima Lodge

Iconic family-run lodge located halfway between Windhoek and Etosha

Waterberg Plateau ParkWindhoek
8
313km | 3h 30min
9

Say goodbye to the lush and mountainous Waterberg region - it’s time to rejoin the lively city. The most direct route is straight south on the B1. For a scenic drive, take the route on the east side 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 German colonial 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
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