Inspirational Trips Dunes & Safaris in 16 Days

Dunes & Safaris in 16 Days

From$2,735/per person
15 nights




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.

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Trip route

Windhoek Airport

Trip overview

Arrival: Windhoek Airport
Windhoek AirportWindhoek
44km | 49min

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.

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.

Goche Ganas Lodge

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

WindhoekThe Kalahari
251km | 2h 30min

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

2The Kalahari
2 nights

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

Zebra Kalahari Lodge

Luxury lodge inside private game reserve with unmatched game viewing

The KalahariSossusvlei
408km | 5h

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 Mariental for a refill and refresh.

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.

Hoodia Desert Lodge

Exclusive lodge on the bank of Tsauchab River close to Sossusvlei gate

439km | 5h

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.

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.

Villa Margherita

Cozy boutique hotel in the heart of Swakopmund

425km | 3h 50min

The most-direct route heading north is on dirt roads. Damaraland is very remote so make sure to fill up your tank and replenish any supplies for the rocky paradise ahead.

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.

Ondundu Etosha Lodge

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

DamaralandEtosha National Park South
334km | 4h

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 South
3 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.

Etosha Safari Camp

Convenient and hearty base to explore Etosha National Park

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

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.

7Waterberg Plateau Park
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.

Babson House @ Cheetah Conservation Fund

Luxurious stay at Waterberg National Park with unmatched cheetah experience

Waterberg Plateau ParkWindhoek
313km | 3h 30min

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.

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.

The Elegant Guesthouse

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

WindhoekWindhoek Airport
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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