A close up of an open safari vehicle on a drive in the harsh and dry mountainous landscape of Damaraland.

Best of Namibia Safari with Southern Extension

Our popular Namibia highlights safari with an added extension to include the southern landscapes of the Kalahari, Fish River Canyon and Luderitz. It's the best of the best.
ZAR 69,660 pps
Private Guided
Luxury / Standard


This trip really is the best of Namibia in just over two weeks. It's based on our popular Namibia Highlights Safari with an extension to the south to include the Kalahari, Fish River Canyon, Luderitz on the Skeleton Coast, Sossusvlei of the Namib Desert before heading north via Swakopmund and Damaraland up to Etosha National Park and ending in Central Namibia near Waterberg with a visit to The Africat Foundation or the oldest game farm in Namibia.

From start to end you have your own private safari converted vehicle, pop up roof and all, and your own private guide. Sit back and relax. Let your guide do the driving. Let your guide show you every highlight and all the secret spots along the way. Let your guide show you what really makes Namibia special, beyond what meets the eye.

Two oryx standing in a dry yellow grassland looking attentively at the camera.


  • Stare out over the expanse of the Fish River Canyon at sunset
  • Explore the desolate diamond mining town of Kolmanskop
  • Take in some of the world’s highest dunes in the world’s oldest desert
  • Nature drive in search of the desert-adapted elephants and other wildlife in the dry riverbeds of Damaraland
  • See up to 114 species of mammal and 340 species of bird in Etosha National Park
  • Visit the AfriCat Foundation and meet some big cats or the oldest game park in Namibia


Day 1: Windhoek ( 1 night )

Windhoek. The capital. A small city but it’s relative when the whole of Namibia only houses 2.5 million people. Compare that with the 325 million in America let alone the almost 1.5 billion in China. It’s in the central highlands and is a good place to start.

On the way: You’ll be met by your guide who will give you your travel documents and welcome pack.

When you're there: You’ll be taken to your B&B and the rest of the day is your own. If you fancy a wander, check out Namibia’s oldest cathedral, Christ Church. Next door is the National Museum of Namibia where you can orientate yourself by viewing the city from the observation deck. Go shopping or go for a beer. Or do both. If time permits, you could ask your guide to give you a tour. Of Windhoek, not the bar.

Luxury Accommodation
The Weinberg Windhoek

Standard Accommodation
The Elegant Guesthouse

Day 2: Kalahari ( 1 night )

The Kalahari. The great thirst land. A sandy wilderness. Vast. Red. Too much iron oxide. Basically, it’s rust. Windhoek to the Kalahari will take 3-4 hours. 245km.

On the way: After breakfast, you’ll still have time to nip into Windhoek and do a spot of shopping before your guide shouts, “ready?” Go. Head south.

When you're there: Poor Kalahari, all that sand and it’s still not considered a true desert. Too much rain. Beautiful dunes though and a multitude of little grass clumps. It covers eastern and southern Namibia. Look out for the black maned Kalahari lion. Huge and striking. The darker the mane, the more attractive to the lioness. You’ll have dinner and bed & breakfast here. You can take a game or nature drive or try the Bushman experience to learn about the first settlers.

Luxury Accommodation
Zebra Kalahari Lodge

Standard Accommodation
Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge

Day 3: Fish River Canyon ( 1 night )

Ooh, that’s a huge ravine. Your first thoughts when you first spy Fish River Canyon. You’ll drive for ages along gravel roads but it’s worth it. Photos rarely reveal the reality of this massive hole in the ground. The largest canyon in the Southern Hemisphere.

On the way: Today it’s road trip time. See ya later Kalahari. Get ready for Fish River Canyon in about 7-8 hours time. Approx 440km. Your guide will head south via Mariental and Keetmanshoop to the Karas region. Ooh, stop Quiver Tree Forest! Yup. It’s double detour time. Detour one. The great aloe trees of the Kalahari. Technically, they’re plants. What?! Who decides these things? They’re normally pretty solitary so it’s very unusual to see this forest of them. Detour two. 5km down the road is Giant’s Playground. Another geological phenomenon. Namibia sure is packed with them.

When you're there: As the second most visited tourist attraction in Namibia, there are lots of excellent viewpoints at Fish River Canyon. It’s big though, so you won’t feel crowded as you appreciate the long, thin, meandering river. Look out for the Nama padloper tortoise, endemic to Namibia, they like to hide in the rocks and crevices around the canyon. Let your guide take you to a viewpoint to watch the sunset. What an end to the day. Have dinner, go to bed.

Luxury Accommodation
Fish River Lodge

Standard Accommodation
Canyon Roadhouse

Day 4 & 5: Luderitz ( 2 nights )

Wakey, wakey, morning time. Have breakfast and listen up. You’re off to the wild and windy shore of diamond town, Luderitz. Surrounded by the Namib Desert there’s only one road in...

On the way: Final look at the canyon and then you’ll head west towards the coast. Fish River Canyon to Luderitz will take about 5-6 hours. 385km. You’ll drive through Aus on the way - look out for wild desert horses. They’re thought to be the only feral herd in Africa. How they got here remains a mystery. World War One mutineers seems the most likely explanation.

When you're there: Diamonds were discovered in Lüderitz in 1909. The excitement caused a diamond rush and a surge in the town’s prosperity. This led to the building of the adjacent mining settlement, Kolmanskop. One full day is set aside for Luderitz and Kolmanskop. Your guide can show you the town. Visit the museum and choose a restaurant for lunch and dinner. Kolmanskop is approx 10km away. An elegant place which grew as greed flourished but then, richer diamond deposits were found elsewhere. Disaster. Kolmanskop was dumped. By everyone. Poor love. Everyone jumped ship. She looks a right wreck. Like those lying at the bottom of the ocean. An abandoned ghost town which the desert is reclaiming.

Luxury Accommodation
Luderitz Nest Hotel

Standard Accommodation
Alte Villa Boutique Guest House

Day 6 & 7: Sossusvlei ( 2 nights )

And talking of desert... Wanna see the biggest sand dune in the world? Step right up to day 6 and Dune 7. Oh, that is in Namibia but not in Sossusvlei. Ok, the biggest dune in Sossusvlei then? Hello Big Daddy. A monster of a sandcastle sitting stoically in the Namib Desert. The primary source of water here is fog. “Blast” said the mammals and reptiles, “now we’ll have to desert adapt.” And desert adapt they did.

On the way: Today you will head north. Back track through Aus. You’ll go via Helmeringhausen, a dusty hamlet, and end up in Sossusvlei. It will take approx 7-8 hours. 505km of driving. Arrive. Have dinner. Sleep.

When you're there: Welcome to your day at Sossusvlei. The sand here is millions of years old. Access to the area is from the Sesriem Gate, close to the eponymous canyon. It was heaved out of the rock a long, long time ago. Ravished by the Tsauchab River. The Sossusvlei dunes are about an hour from the entrance. You’ll be in awe. Sossusvlei, the Dead Vlei, Dune 45, Big Daddy and Elim Dune. You can go back to the lodge for lunch or arrange a lunch pack to take with you on the dunes. If you do the latter, you might want to head home in the late afternoon for a rest. Then, dinner. Optional extras you may enjoy include a guided Sossusvlei trip, a nature drive or a hot air balloon safari.

Luxury Accommodation
Namib Outpost

Standard Accommodation
Desert Quiver Camp

Day 8 & 9: Swakopmund ( 2 nights )

Put your sandals away and brush your brogues down, you're going up town. To Swakopmund. Founded in 1892 as the main harbour for the Imperial German colony, but, of course, Swakopmund was home to the Nama people many years before that. During World War the harbour was allowed to silt up as maritime operations moved to Walvis Bay. Turned out it did Swakopmund a favour as it swiftly became a handsome holiday resort. Walvis Bay was left looking sterner and more industrial. The drive from Sossusvlei to Swakopmund will take approx 5-6 hours. 350km.

On the way: Don’t worry if you don’t feel hungry at breakfast, you’ll be heading north via Solitaire where you can buy something rather excellent from the bakery. It’s also the only petrol station between Sossusvlei and Swakopmund so if you’re running low, top up. You’ll cross the Tropic of Capricorn - there’s nothing but a sign which says, ‘Tropic of Capricorn.’ Get out for a photo if you like that sort of business. You are at a significant point on planet Earth. Welcome. Next, you’ll drive through the Gaub and Kuiseb Canyons and then the Namib Gravel Plains will take you to the coast. You can go to Swakopmund via Walvis Bay but it’s rather wonderful to detour via Ganab and visit the truly weird Welwitschia Plains. Welwitschia plants are unique and bizarre. They look an almighty mess but actually only have 2 leaves. In fact, they only EVER have 2 leaves and some are thought to be 2000 years old. They’re so old they’re classified as living fossils. Next, drive on to the Moon Landscape - a landscape that looks like the moon... who’d have thought? Then head to the sea.

When you're there: Watch the Atlantic waves crash on to the Swakopmund beaches. You have one full day here - and there is a lot to do between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. You could go on a dolphin boat cruise, dune quad biking or even sand boarding. Sea kayaking too if you're up for it. The Sandwich Harbour excursion is a treat. Giant sand dunes run straight into the ocean and boy do they create a picture. You can see flamingos at Walvis Bay Lagoon too. For meals, there are lots of cafes and restaurants to choose from.

Luxury Accommodation
Strand Hotel

Standard Accommodation
Swakopmund Luxury Suites

Day 10 & 11: Damaraland ( 2 nights )

One minute you’re freshening up, the next you’re off to the wilderness. Damaraland. A huge, untamed, beast of a beauty. It’s remote and there aren’t many humans. 445km, it will take about 7-8 hours.

On the way: Oh, we do like our detours and here comes another one. You’re humming along the Skeleton Coast. It’s time for the Cape Cross Seal colony. There are thousands of them, they are cute but, boy, do they smell. Hold your nose. Detour within a detour - stop at Lichen Fields and at the ship wreck between holiday town Wlotskasbaken and Henties Bay. Now, it’s a drive through the plains to Uis. Then it’s north to the Twyfelfontein area and rock art.

When you're there: Head to the Huab River. It’s one of the coast’s most important corridors for desert adapted elephants. They’re impressive creatures. They are still fundamentally African bush elephants but this desert adapting malarkey has given them smaller bodies, longer legs and bigger feet. All the better for crossing miles of sand to reach water. Other animals to look out for include rhino, giraffe, oryx, springbok and ostrich. Go with a lodge guide because they really know their stuff. To understand the people who call this place home, take a trip to the Damara Living Museum. Damara people will walk you around traditional huts and show you other aspects of their life. At your lodge you’ll dinner and bed & breakfast.

Luxury Accommodation
Mowani Mountain Camp

Standard Accommodation
Twyfelfontein Adventure Camp

Day 12: Etosha National Park - South ( 1 night )

Etosha, undoubtedly one of the highlights of Namibia. Get in the car and get ready to get even closer to nature. It’s a 325km drive which will take approx 4-5 hours.

On the way: After breakfast, head east towards Khorixas. Detour alert. This time it’s the Petrified Forest. Once upon a time, 280 million years ago, a forest of timber, Then by diagenesis over years, these trees have been fossilised. When you’ve taken your photos head back to Khorixas and travel east to Outjo and north to your lodge. It’s really close to the southern entrance of Etosha, the Anderson Gate.

When you're there: If there’s time go into Etosha for an afternoon drive and - depending on how many times you stop toalong the way- you should arrive at your lodge in time for lunch. It’s an optional extra but it’s there if you want it. Now. When you go inside the park your first stop will be Okaukuejo. Pay your entry fee here (or rather your guide will), top up your supplies of drinks and snacks and get one of their maps showing the various waterholes. Loads of mammals, loads of birds. It's a wildlife extravaganza. It’s dinner and B&B here.

Luxury Accommodation
Ongava Lodge

Standard Accommodation
Etosha Village

Day 13 & 14: Etosha National Park - East ( 2 nights )

Lion, leopard, cheetah, zebra, giraffe, rhinoceros. The list goes on. Today, you’ll drive from one side of the park to the other.

On the way: Waterholes. Wildlife. Watch them come and go.

When you're there: Up to you how you spend your time. You can either do it all in a day or do a separate morning and afternoon drive. You can opt for a packed lunch and drive with your guide or, as an optional extra, you could go in the lodge’s open safari vehicle with their guide. Dinner and B&B.

Luxury Accommodation
Mushara Outpost

Standard Accommodation
Onguma Bush Camp

Day 15: Waterberg ( 1 night )

If you didn’t see a cheetah in Etosha, you will today.

On the way: Your guide will drive you 315km for 4-5 hours. Head south via Otavi and Otjiwarongo to Otjiwa - Namibia's oldest game farm or Okonjima - the home of The Africat Foundation.

When you're there:

At Otjiwa, there's plenty to do on top of just soaking in the beauty of the area and the views. Go for a game drive, a game walk or even track white rhinos. A special experience indeed. Dinner, bed and breakfast included.

At Okonjima you get to visit the Africat Foundation, founded in 1991. A reserve that works to conserve Namibia’s large carnivores in their natural habitat. They focus on research projects such as Rehabilitating Captive Cheetahs, as well as educating young farmers and school children. Aim to arrive by 1400 by the latest to enjoy some rather marvellous tea, coffee and cakes. Then it’s time for an afternoon excursion. Dinner and B&B.

*You’ll have 2 activities included with the lodge at Okonjima.

Luxury Accommodation
Okonjima Luxury Bush Camp

Standard Accommodation
Otjiwa Safari Lodge

Day 16: Windhoek ( Departure / End of Tour )

You’re trip is nearly done. You’re Windhoek bound.

On the way: It’s a 3-4 hour drive to Windhoek, 225km. Get up early, have a quick snack and then go for a morning activity to the Africat Foundation. You could also go for a drive in the animal enclosure which is more of a game reserve really. Then it’s back to the lodge for breakfast.

When you're there: When you arrive in Windhoek you’ll be dropped off and transferred to the airport. Bear in mind it’s about an hour’s drive away and you do need to check in 2 hours before your flight.



  • Accommodation
  • Meals (details on request)
  • Vehicle and all vehicle costs including fuel
  • Professional guide and all guide costs
  • Drinking water in the vehicle at all times
  • All activities as indicated and as can be done with NTS guide and vehicle
  • Park entry fees
  • Meet and Greet
  • Airport transfers
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Comprehensive travel diary with detailed itinerary, map, route descriptions, booking vouchers, contact numbers and useful information

  • International flights
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Visas and visa applications
  • Staff gratuities


Number of Guests 2 4 6 Single Sup
Low season ZAR 155,130 ZAR 113,130 ZAR 100,115 ZAR 26,215
High season ZAR 169,885 ZAR 124,570 ZAR 110,570 ZAR 29,465
Low season ZAR 105,990 ZAR 69,660 ZAR 58,540 ZAR 11,095
High season ZAR 111,930 ZAR 73,300 ZAR 61,530 ZAR 11,630
  • Our price is quoted in ZAR (South African Rands). This has a fixed exchange rate to the Namibian Dollar at 1:1

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