Inspirational Trips Wild & Wonderful Namibia

Wild & Wonderful Namibia

From$1,354/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 4 of the Big 5. You’ll visit Windhoek, Waterberg, Etosha, Damaraland, Swakopmund, and Sossusvlei along the way.

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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 German colonial 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 Park
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 Park
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
OKONJIMA LODGE

Iconic family-run lodge located halfway between Windhoek and Etosha

Waterberg Plateau ParkEtosha National Park 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 South
3 nights

Etosha National Park South 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 SouthDamaraland
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
Ai Aiba Lodge

Thatched safari lodge in the rocky foothills of the Erongo Mountain range

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
Swakopmund Guesthouse

Boutique, upmarket guesthouse right in the heart of Swakopmund

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 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
Desert Hills Lodge

Complete privacy in luxurious modern-designed rooms close to Sossusvlei gate

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 German colonial 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