Dunes & Safaris in 16 Days

From$2,564/per person
15 nights
Flexible cancellation

Experiences

Self-drive
Seaside
Safari
Culture
Dunes

Highlights

Heading out from the Kalahari Desert, stop over at Sossusvlei to enjoy its iconic dunes and clay pans. Then, go on exciting game drives around Etosha’s many waterholes before ending your time at the lush Waterberg Plateau.

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
Goche Ganas Lodge

Luxury lodge and wellness center with stunning view inside private game reserve

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
Zebra Kalahari Lodge

Luxury lodge inside private game reserve with unmatched game viewing

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
Hoodia Desert Lodge

Exclusive lodge on the bank of Tsauchab River 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

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
Villa Margherita

Cozy boutique hotel in the heart of Swakopmund

SwakopmundDamaraland
4
425km | 6h 50min
5

The road heading north is plain dirt. Damaraland is very remote so make sure to fill up your tank and replenish any supplies for the rocky paradise ahead.

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
Ondundu Lodge

Luxury tented camps with picturesque view close to western Etosha National Park

DamaralandEtosha National Park Central (South)
5
334km | 4h
6

This road north will take you to Namibia’s most famous wildlife spot! Tip: Have a read about the different waterholes and types of animals to look out for when you arrive.

6Etosha National Park Central (South)

3 nights

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 Camp

Convenient and hearty base to explore Etosha National Park

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

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.

7Waterberg Plateau

2 nights

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
Babson House @ Cheetah Conservation Fund

Luxurious stay at Waterberg National Park with unmatched cheetah experience

Waterberg PlateauWindhoek
7
313km | 4h 30min
8

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.

8Windhoek

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
8
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