Dunes & Deserts in 10 days

From$989/per person
9 nights
Flexible cancellation

Experiences

Nature
Self-drive
Seaside
Friends-trip
Dunes

Highlights

After crossing from the Kalahari to the Namib Desert, the iconic red sand dunes in Sossusvlei will be awaiting you. Enjoy a beachside break at Swakopmund before continuing to the Erongo mountains for more picturesque views.

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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
The Elegant Guesthouse

Small, eco-friendly guesthouse close to Windhoek’s bustling city centre

WindhoekThe Kalahari
1
251km | 3h 30min
2

You’ll be departing on a relatively straight line south from Windhoek towards the red sand dunes of the Kalahari. This route meanders along the country’s national highway, passing Rehoboth and the Tropic of Capricorn on route!

2The Kalahari

2 nights

The Kalahari Desert is a place of boundless beauty, overrun in bare rocks and gorgeous dunes. Take a journey here, and you will find yourself in a landscape and culture unlike any other.

Hotel
Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge

Lodge set among red sand dunes deep within the Kalahari Desert

The KalahariSossusvlei
2
408km | 6h 40min
3

This west-bound route makes for one of the longer drives, but Sossusvlei’s famed sand dunes will make it worth your while. Split up the trip by stopping in Rehoboth for a refill and refresh.

3Sossusvlei

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
Desert Hills Lodge

Complete privacy in luxurious modern-designed rooms close to Sossusvlei gate

SossusvleiSwakopmund
3
439km | 7h 20min
4

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.

4Swakopmund

1 night

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
Swakopmund Guesthouse

Boutique, upmarket guesthouse right in the heart of Swakopmund

SwakopmundErongo Region
4
293km | 7h 23min
5

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.

5Erongo Region

2 nights

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 RegionWindhoek
5
298km | 7h 26min
6

Heading east, the long road ahead is all tarred. You’ll slowly leave behind the world of gigantic boulders and ancient rock formations to rejoin society at the lively capital.

6Windhoek

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
The Elegant Guesthouse

Small, eco-friendly guesthouse close to Windhoek’s bustling city centre

WindhoekWindhoek Airport
6
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