Inspirational Trips Eco-luxury Safari, Sand Dunes & Stargazing: Venture Through Namibia's Unique Landscapes

Eco-luxury Safari, Sand Dunes & Stargazing: Venture Through Namibia's Unique Landscapes

From$9,676/per person
20 nights

Experiences

Self-drive
Adventure
Luxury
Wellness
Dunes

Highlights

Discover the pristineness of Namibia’s hidden gems, featuring exclusive eco-lodges and revitalising wellness experiences. This self-drive adventure takes you through unique landscapes and remote regions with stops at the world-famous dunes of Sossusvlei, the wilderness of Skeleton Coast, multi-day hiking trails in Damaraland, and sleeping under the stars at Kwessi Dunes.

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Trip route

Windhoek Airport

Trip overview

Arrival: Windhoek Airport
Windhoek AirportSossusvlei
375km | 4h 45min
1

From the airport, you will have to pass through Windhoek and make your way onto the scenic Spreetshoogte Pass. From there it’s a laid-back drive to Sossusvlei. The majority of this leg will be on good quality gravel roads.

1Sossusvlei
3 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
Kwessi Dunes

An exclusive luxury retreat in the heart of the Namib Desert

SossusvleiSwakopmund
1
439km | 5h
2

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.

2Swakopmund
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
Pelican Point Lodge

An exclusive lodge located in an old lighthouse on a secluded peninsula

SwakopmundErongo Region
2
293km | 2h
3

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.

3Erongo 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 Mountains

Erongo RegionPalmwag
3
608km | 4h 30min
4

4Palmwag
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

PalmwagHoanib Valley
4
171km | 4h 45min
5

This drive takes you to Fort Sesfontein Lodge on a fairly corrugated dirt road, after which you’ll park your vehicle and get a transfer to Damaraland North’s Hoanib Valley, over stunning hills and grasslands.

5Damaraland North
2 nights

Damaraland North is a place of awe-inspiring desert scenery, dense wildlife populations, and superb remote lodges. If you could only visit one part of the country, this would have to be the one.

Hotel
Hoanib Valley Camp

A solar-powered camp in the remote, rocky landscape of Namibia’s Kaokoland

Hoanib ValleySkeleton Coast North
5
149km | 7h
6

Leave the warm-hued hills of the Hoanib Valley behind as you head north through an ancient landscape to the famous Skeleton Coast. Be on the lookout for the area’s famous free-roaming lions.

6Skeleton Coast North
2 nights

The Skeleton Coast is the world’s largest ship cemetery, littered with animal skeletons and shipwrecks due to rough seas and foul weather. This area is arguably the most beautiful expanse of the Skeleton Coast but is only accessible with a tour operator as it has been declared a wilderness area.

Hotel
Shipwreck Lodge

Otherworldly lodge marooned on the enigmatic and mysterious Skeleton Coast

Skeleton Coast NorthHoanib Valley
6
149km | 7h
7

Leave the endless empty sands of the Skeleton Coast behind and trek through the desert landscape to Hoanib Valley in the heart of northern Damaraland. Transfers are available so that you can enjoy travelling across rugged roads and river beds with ease

7Damaraland North
1 night

Damaraland North is a place of awe-inspiring desert scenery, dense wildlife populations, and superb remote lodges. If you could only visit one part of the country, this would have to be the one.

Hotel
Hoanib Valley Camp

A solar-powered camp in the remote, rocky landscape of Namibia’s Kaokoland

Hoanib ValleyPalmwag
7
171km | 4h 45min
8

This drive is long but unique, crossing a lonely yet mysterious landscape. Experienced drivers can transfer you from Hoanib Valley to Fort Sesfontein Lodge’s parking lot, after which you’ll travel on a fairly corrugated dirt road to Palmwag.

8Palmwag
3 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
Etendeka Mountain Camp

Rustic eco-safari Meru campsite nestled in the foothills of the Grootberg massif

PalmwagEtosha National Park East
8
636km | 7h
9

From the heart of northern Damaraland, you’ll have the road all to yourself – enjoy the solitude! Then cut across Etosha from west to east, taking your time to stop and watch the wildlife.

9Etosha National Park East
3 nights

Eastern Etosha National Park is one of the quieter areas of the park, where visitors are few and game viewing is excellent! Expect typical Etosha landscapes of stark, white pans interspersed with patches of grassland.

Hotel
Villa Mushara

Luxurious Etosha relaxation in the heart of the bush

Etosha National Park EastWindhoek Airport
9
610km | 6h

It’s a big drive from Etosha East to Hosea Kutako International Airport, so leave early and stay on the main roads. From the Von Lindequist Gate, head southeast to Tsumeb then climb onto the B1 towards Otijwarongo. The B1 takes you all the way to Windhoek, passing through Okahandja (stop for a dip in a hot pool at Gross Barmen!) From Windhoek, head east on the B6 - with all its twists and turns – to the airport.

Departure: Windhoek Airport
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