Something for everyone. Discover the beauty of Namibia from every angle. From the warm orange Namib dunes that run into the sea to Etosha pan that can be seen from space. Fill your cultural soul while being as free as the wild animals that roam these lands.
Day 1 Windhoek
Day 2 Sossusvlei
Day 3 Sossusvlei
Day 4 Swakopmund
Day 5 Swakopmund
Day 6 Twyfelfontein
Day 7 Twyfelfontein / Etosha West
Day 8 Etosha West
Day 9 Etosha East
Day 10 Okonjima
Day 11 Windhoek
After the plane has touched down at Hosea Kutako International Airport and you have collected your 4×4 vehicle, a short drive will lead you to Windhoek. Windhoek is the capital of Namibia and will give you a glimpse into colonial history through its architecture intertwined with the modern. Experience the warm hospitality, cuisine and culture that will leave a lasting impression. In the city centre, you can visit the historic Christuskirche, Zoo Park, and Tintenpalast. Stock up on Namibian gifts and souvenirs at the Craft Centre.
When travelling south on the road that leads through the Namibian countryside, you will be spoiled with gorgeous scenic views. With innumerable photo opportunities, the time on the road will go by within the blink of an eye, making a self-drive safari the biggest treat. There is not much traffic and peak hour is non-existent, but you would want to keep your eyes peeled for different company – antelopes, ostriches and other wildlife alongside the road. Stop and stretch your legs at the top of Spreetshoogte Pass before you descend on the meandering interlocks leading down the steepest pass in the country. Take a good look at the mesmerising views, because from here the landscape starts to change.
Sossusvlei tops all avid travellers’ bucket-lists, and with good reason. No visitor leaves the sight of the burnt orange sand dunes without awestruck gratification. As soon as you start climbing Dune 45 or Big Daddy, you realise you just signed up for what might be the most rewarding leg work out yet. Standing atop the dune with the velvety sand tickling your toes, you start thinking that it cannot get any better. But it does – the orange swirls of sand lead you into a valley called Dead Vlei – the postcard-perfect scenery a geological marvel. Early mornings and late afternoons make for flawless photographic shots.
As you tear yourself away from the magnificence of Sossusvlei, you start following a one-of-a-kind road that meanders through the Namib Desert. Along the road, you will come across Solitaire, a remote historical settlement surrounded by gravel plains – a highlight for many travellers who stop here for coffee. Another highlight is capturing photos of the “Tropic of Capricorn” road signs adorned with a multitude of colourful stickers, indicating that you have now traversed the southernmost latitude. The winding road towards Swakopmund swerve in and out of the Namib-Naukluft National Park, one of the largest conservation areas in Africa, which covers a larger surface per square kilometre than Switzerland.
As a main witness of German colonial Africa and therefore resonating its lingering taste, Swakopmund lies between the embrace of the mighty Atlantic Ocean and the rolling dunes of the Namib Desert. This spectacular seaside-town holds an old-world charm that can be best enjoyed while relaxing in the various cafés to choose from, sampling appetising local cuisine with an international flavour in a cornucopia of excellent restaurants or witnessing scintillating sunsets on the ocean while sipping sundowners on the dunes. Labelled as Namibia’s activity hub, Swakopmund also offers heart-racing activities and family adventures, as well as day excursions to the desert. This colourful coastal town acts as the gateway to the otherworldly Skeleton Coast, best known for the shipwrecks it has claimed.
Twyfelfontein in Damaraland generally needs little to no introduction in tourism circles. This historic site bursts with interesting stories of the past. As an open-air museum, it contains an array of rock engravings and paintings, giving an interesting glimpse into the lives of the first people who moved through or inhabited the region. UNESCO has recognised the immensity of this incredible site, and therefore declared it a World Heritage Site. You can further immerse yourself into the region with a visit to geologically interesting sites, such as the Organ Pipes and Burnt Mountain. Or join in the dancing and singing as you learn more about the local culture at the Damara Living Museum.
Namibia’s beloved flagship game park, Etosha National Park, extends over 22,912 km2. The park was thus named after the salt pan covering 5000 km2 that is visible all the way from space. Etosha, meaning “great white place”, once saw a river flowing past here over 2 million years ago called the Kunene Delta. But the river has changed its course many moons ago, leaving behind the salt pan that has gained world fame. Today over 100 mammal species and 340 bird species call this place home, all of which can be spotted on safari and at the floodlit waterholes. Accommodation in Etosha caters to all adventurer types ranging from its popular, comfortable campsites and mid-market chalets to upmarket options boasting creature comforts. Etosha is akin to a little village with an airfield, gas stations, pools, restaurants, shops and more.
Okonjima Nature Reserve is home of The AfriCat Foundation. Which has been making significant contributions to conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores in their natural habitat. Situated in the lush savannahs halfway between Windhoek and the Etosha National Park ,Okondjima Lodge ensures that travellers from all walks of life can find accommodation according to their needs, specially designed to accommodate budget-friendly, mid-market and luxury travellers. Educational close encounters at AfriCat’s Day Centre will leave you in awe of Mother Nature’s beasts.