Wanderer’s Namibian Bucket list

From$1,184/per person
13 nights
Flexible cancellation

Experiences

Nature
Self-drive
Historical Sites
Safari
Dunes

Highlights

Begin your journey with an exciting game drive observing Etosha’s desert-adapted wildlife. After a stop at rocky Damaraland and world-famous Sosussvlei, end your adventure at the Kalahari Desert for a chance to meet more wild animals.

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 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)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 RegionSossusvlei
4
577km | 10h 50min
5

Although one of the longer drives, this trip will have you zigzagging along lesser-used roads in Namibia, and take you right past the Tropic of Capricorn. Top tip: hit the road early.

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

SossusvleiThe Kalahari
5
410km | 7h 15min
6

This trek will take you all the way east. Get ready for a complete change of scenery: you’ll be leaving red sand dunes behind for the endless yellow plains of the Kalahari.

6The 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
Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge

Lodge set among red sand dunes deep within the Kalahari Desert

The KalahariWindhoek
6
262km | 4h
7

The journey northwards will see you meandering along the country’s national highway. Stop in Rehoboth halfway for a refresher before rolling into the capital city.

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