Quintessential Namibia

This extended 12 day journey through Namibia can be booked as a self-drive holiday (as below) or a privately guided tour.

Quintessential Namibia

This twelve-day overview of central and northern Namibia includes plenty of wildlife-viewing - elephant and rhino tracking in Damaraland and Etosha, big cat spotting in Okonjima - time spent exploring the attractions of Namibia's caital Windhoek, sea kayaking off the coast of Swakopmund, and visits to two of Namibia's most famous landmarks, Twyfelfontein and Sossusvlei.

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Windhoek

    On arrival at Windhoek International Airport you will be met by our driver and transferred to the Olive Grove Guesthouse, where you stay for one night on B&B basis.

  2. Day 2: Sossusvlei

    After breakfast at the Olive Grove, set off in your hired 4x4 vehicle for Sossusvlei, the oldest desert in the world, where you check into Desert Homestead Lodge for two nights (half-board).

  3. Day 3: Sossusvlei

    After breakfast at the homestead, leave for Sossusvlei in the Namib-Naukluft National Park. We recommend an early start. It's a 70km drive from the entrance of the park at Sesriem to Sossusvlei, a journey which takes you through beautiful desert landscapes, awe-inspiring in their vastness.

  4. Day 4: Swakopmund

    After breakfast at the homestead, say goodbye to your hosts and set off for the coastal city of Swakopmund, a six hour drive. It's a leisurely journey – the route is mostly along gravel roads until you make it to Walvis Bay – though with a few steep mountain passes to traverse. On arrival in Swakopmund, check into the Strand Hotel for two nights (B&B).

  5. Day 5: Sea-kayaking / Swakopmund

    An early start, as you depart Swakopmund for Walvis Bay (45 mins), aiming to arrive just before 8am for the start of your sea kayaking adventure!

  6. Day 6: Damaraland

    Depart Swakopmund after breakfast and travel towards Henties Bay, then Uis, and finally Sorris Sorris Lodge in Damaraland, where you check in for two nights (half board).

  7. Day 7: Damaraland

    Embark on a desert elephant-tracking safari this morning – a chance to explore the rugged Damaraland landscape and Ugab River in search of these gentle giants. Do note that the elephants are rare and sightings are not guaranteed.

  8. Day 8: Central Etosha

    After breakfast, depart Sorris Sorris Lodge and Damaraland for Etosha National Park, where you check-in at Ongava Tented Camp for two nights (full board).

  9. Day 9: Etosha National Park

    Today is free to explore Ongava Game Reserve and Etosha National Park, Namibia's premier wildlife reserve.

  10. Day 10: Okonjima

    Depart Ongava this morning and drive south, through Outjo and Otjiwarongo (a convenient spot to stop for lunch), and then on to Okonjima Reserve. Expect to arrive at Okonjima in the early afternoon. On arrival, check in at Plains Camp (full-board) and then set off on a late afternoon game activity.

  11. Day 11: Okonjima Nature Reserve

    This morning, enjoy a game drive on Okonjima’s immense reserve. During the drive, you’ll also have the chance to learn more about the AfriCat Foundation, and it’s work to preserve the wildlife of Okonjima, with a special emphasis on leopard.

  12. Day 12: Return Windhoek; Departure

    After breakfast, journey back to Windhoek and to Hosea Kutako International Airport. Return your hire car at the airport and check-in for your international flight home.

Price guide

Price based on two travellers in shared twin/double accommodation and subject to availability at the time of booking.

12 days from £3185pp


12 days from £3185pp

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