Safaris, Skeletons & Shipwrecks

11-day Namibia self-drive visiting the Damaraland, Hoanib Valley, the Skeleton Coast and Okonjima

Safaris, Skeletons & Shipwrecks

Starting in Windhoek, you’ll journey north-west through the wild, semi-desert terrain of Damaraland and Kaokoland to reach the remote Hoanib Valley. Here you’ll spend three days at the fabulous Hoanib Valley Camp, looking for the rare desert-adapted elephant amid towering mountains, vast dunes and huge expanses of desert. From Hoanib Valley, you continue west to the starkly beautiful Skeleton Coast, before returning to Windhoek via Okonjima.

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Arrive Windhoek (Heinitzburg Castle)

    Arrive Windhoek, collect your hired car (Toyota 4x4 or similar) and drive to Heinitzburg Castle for overnight with breakfast.

  2. Day 2: Erongo Mountains (Erongo Wilderness Lodge)

    Depart Windhoek this morning in your hire car and journey north-west to Erongo Wilderness Lodge (220kms; approx. 3 hours), in the heart of the Erongo mountain range. Check in for 1 night (tented chalet, half-board).

  3. Day 3: Twyfelfontein (Camp Kipwe)

    Continue your journey north-west to Twyfelfontein (230kms; approx. 3½ hours).

  4. Day 4-5: Kaokoveld (Hoanib Valley Camp)

    Continue your journey north into the Kaokoveld, to Fort Sesriem (220kms; approx. 3 hrs). This is one of the most beautiful regions of Namibia – a breathtaking landscape of towering sand dunes, dry riverbeds and vast savannah plains.

  5. Day 6-7: Skeleton Coast (Shipwreck Lodge)

    Today you will be picked up from Hoanib Valley Camp and driven to the Skeleton Coast, where you stay at the new and lovely Shipwreck Lodge (2 nights, luxury chalet, fully-inclusive incl. all meals and activities).

  6. Day 8: Damaraland (Grootberg Lodge)

    This morning, embark on a spectacular light aircraft flight from Shipwreck Lodge to Hoanib Valley, taking you over the Skeleton Coast and the desert dunes (NB. please note that there is a luggage allowance of 12kgs on this flight).

  7. Day 9-10: Okonjima, AfriCat Foundation (Plains Camp)

    Depart Grootberg at your leisure and journey south-east to Okonjima Nature Reserve (400kms; approx. 4½ hours). Check-in at Okonjima Plains Camp for 2 nights (half-board basis).

  8. Day 11: Windhoek Airport

    Breakfast at Okonjima and then drive south to Windhoek International Airport (300kms; approx. 3½ hours). Drop off your hired car at the airport and check-in for your international flight home.

Price guide

Price based on two travellers in twin/double accommodation and travel in high season. For a family of 4, the total cost is £17,183, based on travel in high season and accommodation in a shared family room. Discounted rates apply for travel in low season.

11 days from £5768pp


11 days from £5768pp

Itinerary Highlights:

  • Fully-inclusive, family-friendly safari camps make this self-drive itinerary perfect for families.
  • Spend time on Namibia’s enthralling Atlantic coast, exploring historic shipwrecks and watching the seals at the Mowe Colony.
  • Come face-to-trunk with desert-dwelling elephant, track black rhino across the sandy riverbeds, and spot zebra, springbok and oryx in the Hoanib Valley.
  • Meet the nomadic Himba tribe, follow them and their livestock across the desert, and learn about their customs and traditional way of life.
  • Stay at Hoanib Valley Camp (opened May 2018) and Shipwreck Lodge, in the Skeleton Coast (opened June 2018).

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Namibia is the most spectacular place, with a raw beauty that is hard to describe.

Rosie and David

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It was a fantastic experience! The pure natural beauty of this region is breath-taking.