Wild & Wonderful Namibia

From$1,187/per person
13 nights

Experiences

Nature
Self-drive
Seaside
Adventure
Safari

Highlights

On this epic, 13-night tour, you’ll get to travel deep into the Namibian wilderness and experience a wealth of wildlife, including the Big 5. You’ll visit Windhoek, Waterberg, Etosha, Damaraland, Swakopmund, and Sossusvlei along the way.

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

WindhoekWaterberg Plateau
1
316km | 4h 25min
2

As you go further north, surrounding city life transforms into rocky expanses of greenery. On your way, pass by Okahandja – a historic garden town with wooden souvenirs and no traffic lights!

2Waterberg Plateau

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.

Hotel
Otjiwa Safari Lodge

Safari lodge located 30 minutes’ drive from Otjiwarongo

Waterberg PlateauEtosha National Park Central (South)
2
308km | 4h 17min
3

The drive north to Namibia’s star reserve will be a surprisingly short one. Before reaching the park, make a quick stop at Otjikoto Lake, one of the only 2 freshwater springs in Namibia.

3Etosha 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
3
263km | 3h 25min
4

From Etosha, you’ll head west through the country’s dry interior until you reach the epic Damaraland, home to some amazing animals, including desert-adapted rhino and elephant.

4Damaraland

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.

Hotel
Kashana Namibia

Elegant, laid-back living located on the banks of the Omaruru River

DamaralandSwakopmund
4
533km | 6h
5

Heading south, the landscape changes from dry desert to lively beach. But before it does, the tarred road is quite desolate so enjoy the drive with your favourite playlist and car games.

5Swakopmund

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
Brigadoon Guesthouse

Guesthouse in prime location along the Swakopmund coastline

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
Le Mirage Resort and Spa

Imposing, Morrocan-style resort in proximity to Sossusvlei and Namib Naukluft Park

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