18-day The Ultimate Namibia Guided Safari

The Ultimate Namibia Guided Safari
The Ultimate Namibia Guided Safari

Explore the whole of Namibia on an 18-day private guided safari that includes the Kalahari, the Fish River Canyon, Luderitz, Namib-Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund/Walvis Bay, the Skeleton Coast, Damaraland, Kaokoland, and Etosha National Park.

Hot tip: the price per person comes down significantly for families and small groups. See the Just Booked tours below for examples.

From US$5624 pp (Our pricing)
18 days
Namibia, Damaraland, Etosha National Park, Fish River Canyon, Kalahari, Kaokoland, Luderitz, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Waterberg, Windhoek
17 nights accommodation; dinner and breakfast most days; professional guide and safari vehicle hire incl. fuel and taxes; park entry fees.

Tour Brief

Visit the highlights of Namibia on a guided 18-day tour: The Kalahari , Fish River Canyon , Luderitz , the Sossusvlei , with its great sand sea, the seaside towns of Swakopmund and the Skeleton Coast ; Damaraland , with its fascinating rock formations, Bushman rock art and desert-adapted wildlife; Kaokoland , the last frontier of true wilderness and the realm of the nomadic Himba people; and Etosha National Park - one of Africa's great game parks.

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1: Kalahari

    Depending on your flight's arrival time, you can either stay one night in Windhoek or drive the three hours on mostly paved roads to the Kalahari.

    When you're there: Your lodges offer scenic drives, game viewing activities and nature trails. The sunsets are spectacular and a good excuse for a gin and tonic.

    Standard:  Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge
    Luxury: Zebra Kalahari Lodge

  • Day 2: Fish River Canyon

    Drive the 500km south on paved roads to the Fish River Canyon. At 160km long, 27km wide and 550m deep it is one of world's major canyons.

    On the way: Brukkaros is an extinct volcanic crater on a scenic ring road; the Quivertree Forest is a short diversion just before Keetmanshoop.

    When you're there: Guided excursions to the Fish River Canyon; scenic flights over the canyon; hiking trails; horse trails; scenic drives; game viewing

    Standard: Canyon Village
    Luxury: Fish River Lodge

  • Day 3 and 4: Namib Desert, Luderitz

    The three-hour drive to Aus, on the south-eastern corner of the Namib-Naukluft Park, is half paved, half good gravel road. Arrive in time for a refreshing lunch.

    On the way: Stop at the northern viewpoint for an excellent early-morning picture of the canyon; the drive spans the transition from the Kalahari to the Namib Desert.

    When you're there: Exclusive trips into the Southern Namib-Naukluft Park to see the feral horses; hiking trails; scenic drives. Visit Luderitz on your second day: Kolmanskop ghost town; Diaz point; boat trip to Halifax Island; Bogenfels rock arch; bird watching; coastal and historical tours

    Standard: Klein-Aus Vista - Desert Horse Inn
    Luxury: Klein-Aus Vista - Eagles Nest

  • Day 5 and 6: Sossusvlei

    With the Namib-Naulkluft Park on your left, and several impressive mountain ranges on your right, the four-hour drive to Sossusvlei is one of the country's most impressive desert drives.

    On the way: Armchair-sized sociable weavers' nests; desert-adapted wildlife include gemsbok, springbok and wild ostrich; desert landscapes; Duiwseb Castle is an interesting diversion near Maltahöhe.

    When you're there: Enter Sossusvlei at sunrise and remember to take plenty of film or memory, sun cream, a hat, walking shoes and water. Explore the world's highest dunes and a sheltered pan with petrified trees that are hundreds of years old; climb the dunes and look out over a sea of sand. Private reserves in the area reveal fascinating flora, fauna and ancient desert landscapes.

    Standard: The Desert Homestead and Horse Trails
    Luxury: Kulala Desert Lodge

  • Day 7 and 8: Swakopmund

    A five-hour drive north to Swakopmund and Walvis Bay takes you through the gradual change from mountains and dunes to rolling grass-covered hills with scattered acacia trees. Swakopmund is a quaint resort town by the sea with an obvious German heritage at odds with its bleak surrounds.

    On the way: Look out for the endemic Hartmann's mountain zebra as you leave; stop at Solitaire, about 80km from Sesriem for some home-made bread and an ice cold drink; Kuiseb Canyon has some shady picnic spots; you can see springbok and pure-bred wild ostrich across the vast gravel plains of the Namib; the lunar landscape; look out for the welwitschia plant.

    When you're there: Visit the Walvis Bay Lagoon - a RAMSAR wetlands site - where thousands of flamingoes, pelicans and numerous waders feed in the nutrient-rich shallows; restaurants, shops and attractions in Swakopmund; spend an extra day making the most of the cool air and refreshing sea.

    Among the many organised activities, we recommend a scenic flight over Skeleton Coast; a comfortable and informative boat cruise of Walvis Bay where you meet dolphins, sea lions, pelicans and terns; and quad biking, which is an exciting way to experience the sand dunes.

    Standard: Sandfields Guesthouse
    Luxury: Zum Kaiser Hotel

  • Day 9: Damaraland

    Leave the coast and heading inland to Damaraland. Enormous granite outcrops and dolerite dykes have been carved over aeons. Grassy plains, tree-studded riverbeds and endless open skies add to the grandeur and make this area one of the most scenic regions of Namibia. The drive to Damaraland takes up to five hours because there is much to see and do along the way.

    On the way: Drive along the Skeleton Coast to Cape Cross - the largest breeding cape fur seal colony in the world. The stench of 100,000 seals can be a tad over-powering: take a handkerchief to cover your nose; lunch at Cape Cross Lodge or picnic at some suitably serene and other-worldly spot; stop at the lichen fields and a salt pan that is an excellent birding spot; visit the Twfylefontein rock paintings, the Petrified Forest and the Organ Pipes.

    When you're there: Game drives on private reserves in search of the famed desert-adapted elephant, black rhino and giraffe; among other hardy plains herds look out for Hartmann's mountain zebra; spend more time exploring the Twfylefontein rock paintings, the Petrified Forest, Vingerklip and the Organ Pipes; hike up the Brandberg Mountain, Namibia's highest point at 2,573m.

    Standard: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge
    Luxury: Mowani Mountain Camp

  • Day 10: Kaokoland

    Follow the scenic back roads which wind through rocky outcrops and grassy plains typical of Damaraland north until you reach the dusty town of Opuwo.

    When you're there: This is an overnight stop en route to Epupa Falls, spend the time relaxing by the pool or taking an excursion to visit a Himba village.

    Standard and luxury: Opuwo Country Hotel

  • Day 11 and 12: Kaokoland

    You will travel to the northern border of Namibia today to your lodge on the banks of the Kunene River at Epupa Falls. Meet Himba villagers and discover their fascinating ways; scenic drives through Kaokoland; hikes; birdwatching and game viewing; excursions to the Kunene River with Himba villages along the way

    Standard:  Omarunga Lodge
    Luxury: Epupa Falls Lodge

  • Day 13: Etosha National Park (West)

    Today you will travel south again and enter Etosha National Park at the western gate.

    On the way: Look out for Etosha's wildlife, though the animals are wary of vehicles in the western regions.

    When you're there: Etosha has an estimated 250 lions, 300 rhinos, 2,500 giraffes, 6,000 zebras, 20,000 springbok and 2,000 elephants. This on top of a large number of lesser and common plains herds, and abundant birds makes game viewing in Etosha something special. The surrounding lodges all have private reserves with equally impressive wildlife numbers and they offer private game viewing activities into the park.

    Standard: Dolomite Camp - Bush chalet
    Luxury: Dolomite Camp - Luxury chalet

  • Day 14: Etosha National Park (South)

    After breakfast you will game drive your way southwards through Etosha Park to your next lodge near Andersson's gate.

    When you're there: You lodge will offer guided game drives into Etosha Park if you haven't had your fill of game viewing. Or simply relax at your lodge.

    Standard: Etosha Village
    Luxury: Ongava Lodge

  • Day 15 and 16: Etosha National Park (East)

    After breakfast you can spend the day driving through the park to the Von Lindequist Gate on the eastern side of Etosha Park. Your lodge is set on a private game reserve about 8km outside the park.

    On the way: Look our for animals along the road or stop at the waterholes to spend some time taking photographs.

    When you're there: Your lodge will offer guided game drives in Etosha Park as well as guided walks and rhino tracking within the Mushara Private reserve.

    Standard: Mushara Bush Camp
    Luxury: Mushara Outpost

  • Day 17: Waterberg

    The drive to the Waterberg is between two and four hours depending on which lodge you stayed at in Etosha.

    On the way: Driving from the south is a short two-hour drive and you can stop at Outjo for lunch and dip at Ombinda Country Lodge; from the east, visit the world's largest meteorite; have picnic lunch at Lake Otjikoto or Lake Guinas.

    When you're there: the Waterberg Plateau Park has several excellent hiking trails, the wildlife and birdlife and scenery make for a good hike; private game farms in the area offer game viewing and some have active conservation programmes like AfriCat and the Cheetah Conservation Fund.

    Standard: Frans Indongo Lodge
    Luxury: Okonjima Luxury Bush Camp - Luxury chalet

  • Day 18: Windhoek

    The drive to Windhoek is short and comfortable on paved roads. The journey should take about three hours, so you've got time for an early wildlife activity and a leisurely breakfast.

    On the way: Traditional craft markets at Okahandja

  • Self Drive Distance Chart and Travelling Times

Just Booked!

Customers who enquire about this tour end up making many changes to the standard itinerary. Below are the most recent variations of this base tour booked by us for our clients. Have a look at their itineraries, see what changes they requested, what the final cost was and read what they have to say about their holidays.

Recent Reviews of This Tour

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“Thanks for all your work putting together a holiday we truly loved”

We would like to commend the high service received from Namibian Tours and Safaris especially taking into account the short length of time you had to arrange this holiday for us. The recommendations and itinerary were ideal with the majority of our stay in each location being the right duration. The whole process of booking this holiday was hassle free and we would not hesitate in recommending your services to others.

We would specifically like to thank you, Alison, for all of your hard work which resulted in a truly fabulous holiday for us. Also, it was great to meet up with you in Solitaire where you expressed so much love for your country and this was clearly mirrored in the schedule and service you presented to us allowing us to experience this fantastic country. It will not be the case of 'if' we return to Namibia, it is more the case of 'when' we will return as we enjoyed it so much.

Nik Stevenson, UK

“Edward did a super job”

A special mention for Edward he did a super job – vouchers and maps were with our car hire agency at the airport – book presentation of whole trip was clear, easy to follow and complete. He even gave us his mobile No in case we encounter some problems. Really to recommend as Tour Operator and will use them again next time.

Road – all went well and thanks to have recommended a 4Wheel Drive Car – due to rough road conditions we appreciated – you could do it with a normal car and met tourists with B type cars but they took much longer for the journeys – had more issues with flat tyres and most admitted next time they will take a 4Wheel Drive Car.

Would like to thank you for all your time spent and hard work to find best places, difficult tasks due to budget restrictions. I will recommend you and your agency whenever I can – actually already did in Joburg – hope brings you some new customers - and of course will come to you for my next trip this time to South Africa hopefully in 2012.

Germaine Comin, Switzerland

“Thank you again for planning a perfect vacation for us”

Dear Wilmari,
Back home and I wanted to take a moment to thank you again for planning a perfect vacation for us. I was especially pleased that for the accommodation with dinner all knew about my allergies and cooked accordingly. The Cheetah experience made my daughter very happy and they were so kind to not even charge me for taking pictures.

Highlight of our trip was the stay in Onguma The Fort and we are determined to return one day.

As pointed out before, the Namib Desert Lodge I cannot recommend to anybody (fined for driving on their property and below average dinner buffet) and also the Olivia Guesthouse was a letdown when it came to the food (lunch and breakfast).

I have posted some pictures on Flickr, maybe you want to have a look and I'm always happy to read comments.

Last but not least: Could you please send us the itinerary you prepared for us and we received at arrival electronically? Some of my friends are interested to book the same trip with you.

Dr Andreas Koester, USA
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