The Namibian Starter Pack: Self-Drive Adventure on a Budget

From$1,085/per person
12 nights
Flexible cancellation

Experiences

Nature
Self-drive
Adventure
Safari
Dunes

Highlights

Consider this your complete course for “Everything Namibia”. Meet its desert-adapted wildlife including elephants and lions roaming around freely in Etosha. Then, learn about ancient rock engravings before feasting on the cherry on top - epic sand dunes in Sossusvlei.

Best time to travel

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Good
Acceptable

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

WindhoekEtosha National Park Central (South)
1
453km | 5h 43min
2

Etosha National Park is an easily navigable 4-5 hour drive from Windhoek. If you want to break up the trip, Kameldorn Garten in Otjiwarongo is a great place to stop for lunch.

2Etosha National Park

3 nights

Etosha is Namibia’s most famous national park offering visitors unmatched wildlife experiences. Across its vast salt pan, encounter hundreds of desert-adapted animals including 4 of the Big 5 as they rub shoulders at different waterholes.

Hotel
Etosha Safari Lodge

Breathtaking sunset views and elegant decor close to Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park Central (South)Damaraland North
2
263km | 4h 15min
3

This journey will take you south, before pulling you westwards towards the coast and the golden plains of Damaraland. Consider having a big breakfast before hitting the road as shops are sparse.

3Damaraland 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
Palmwag Lodge

Secluded lodge tucked between red mountains amidst swaying palms and untamed wilderness

Damaraland NorthErongo Region
3
453km | 8h 15min
4

You’ll be heading south for this trip, leaving behind the untamed contrasts of Damaraland for the Erongo Region and its volcanic mountains. Stop halfway in the town of Uis to refuel or overnight.

4Erongo 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 RegionSwakopmund
4
171km | 2h 34min
5

This 2-hour drive will take you to the capital of the Erongo Region: Swakopmund. Head south and watch the landscape change from endless rocky views to beach and city vibes.

5Swakopmund

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
The Delight Swakopmund

Colourful modern hotel in holiday town close to the beach

SwakopmundSossusvlei
5
433km | 7h 20min
6

Road conditions on this route will change as you enter the Namib Desert so always stick to the speed limit. On your way, stopover at Walvis Bay or look out for dunes ahead.

6Sossusvlei

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

SossusvleiWindhoek
6
369km | 6h 15min
7

On route to Windhoek, we recommend taking the Remhoogte Pass, which is very scenic. However, you’ll want to pack lots of water and food and fill up whenever passing a fuel station.

7Windhoek

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
7
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