Extended Self-Drive Package: Namibia's Wildlife & Wilderness

From$1,742/per person
18 nights
Flexible cancellation

Experiences

Self-drive
Historical Sites
Seaside
Culture
Dunes

Highlights

For the best wildlife experiences, this tour allows you to meet the country’s famous desert-adapted animals at Etosha and the Kalahari Desert. Along the way, enjoy the vast open wilderness of the Fish River Canyon and rocky Damaraland.

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
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
Kalahari Anib Lodge

Cozy and elegant lodge situated on the eastern fringes of the Kalahari Desert

The KalahariFish River Canyon
2
438km | 6h
3

This drive south offers quite a spectacle as surroundings change from endless desert to rugged mountains. Pay attention to the tarred road especially when you see signposts warning of wandering wildlife.

3Fish River Canyon

3 nights

It’s difficult to comprehend the size of the Fish River Canyon without actually experiencing it yourself. However, many adventurers choose to do just that on the epic, multi-day hike that traverses through 90 km of pristine nature.

Hotel
Canyon Roadhouse

Characterful lodge ideally situated to experience the Fish River Canyon

Fish River CanyonKolmanskop
3
422km | 6h 10min
4

On this route, you’ll be going west towards the Namib Desert and roads will change from sand dirt to tarmac. Put on your favourite playlist and say goodbye to Africa’s largest canyon.

4Kolmanskop

2 nights

Kolmanskop is a surreal ghost town just 12 km outside Luderitz. Once a prosperous city built around diamond mines, today the area is abandoned and buried in sand, with only a few houses remaining.

Hotel
Klein-Aus Vista Desert Horse Inn

10 ha farm resting peacefully at the foot of the Aus Mountains

KolmanskopSossusvlei
4
609km | 10h 25min
5

Before setting off to the iconic dunes, be sure to stock up on all your essentials like fuel, water and plenty of snacks. Enjoy the impressive landscape ahead!

5Sossusvlei

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
Namib Desert Lodge

Spacious and secluded stay near Sossusvlei with modern designed rooms

SossusvleiSwakopmund
5
439km | 7h 20min
6

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.

6Swakopmund

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

SwakopmundDamaraland South
6
433km | 7h
7

Leave the chilly coast behind with a full tank as you head into the interior on the B2. You'll pass Usakos and locals selling semi-precious stones and crystals mined from the mountains in the area along the roadside. Pass by the Spitzkoppe and continue east to the mountains rising over the horizon.

7Damaraland South

2 nights

In southern Kunene, large sandstone slabs lie in piles, covered with the continent’s greatest rock engravings. This is Twyfelfontein. A place with no permanent rivers, few inhabitants, and little wildlife. Perfect for watching and wondering.

Hotel
Damara Mopane Lodge

Spacious lodge in close proximity to the sandstone beauty of Damaraland

Damaraland SouthEtosha National Park Central (South)
7
324km | 6h 46min
8

8Etosha 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 Lodge

Breathtaking sunset views and elegant decor close to Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park Central (South)Windhoek
8
428km | 5h
9

Before heading back to the lively capital, refill your tank and take a break at Okaukeujo. Position your camera on your window to capture the scenery as you head further south.

9Windhoek

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
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