Classic Namibia Safari

Adventurous travellers climb a towering sand dune in Sossusvlei, Namibia.

Classic Namibia Safari

Adventurous travellers climb a towering sand dune in Sossusvlei, Namibia.

In 16 days, The Classic Namibia Safari visits most of the highlights of Namibia: Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert, the charming town of Swakopmund and the Skeleton Coast; Damaraland, with its fascinating geology and desert-adapted wildlife; Kaokoland, the last frontier of true wilderness and the realm of the nomadic Himba people; Etosha National Park - one of Africa's greatest game parks; and the pristine bush of central Namibia on a game farm or reserve near Waterberg.

tour details

ZAR 52,305 pps
Luxury / Standard

trip summary

Day 1: Windhoek
Day 2 & 3: Sossusvlei
Day 4 & 5: Swakopmund
Day 6: Damaraland
Day 7 & 8: Damaraland (remote areas)
Day 9: Kaokoland
Day 10: Etosha West
Day 11 & 12: Etosha South
Day 13 & 14: Etosha East
Day 15: Central Namibia
Day 16: Windhoek (Departure)

* the meals and activities included depends on the lodges you choose, contact us for more details

tour highlights

  • Climb Dune 45 or Big Daddy and look out over Dead Vlei and the endless sea of sand
  • Visit the activity centre of Namibia in Swakopmund. Explore where the dunes meet the sea
  • Sightsee the Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings, Burnt Mountain and Organ Pipes
  • Meet authentic Himba tribes
  • Discover the span of Etosha National Park from west to east. Exceptional game viewing
  • Visit the AfriCat Foundation and do an enclosure drive or trek game on Namibia's oldest game farm

Day-to-day Itinerary

Day 1: Windhoek
( 1 night )

You've arrived in the Land of the Brave. Welcome to Namibia. You will be met by the car rental agent and transferred to their offices in Windhoek to complete all rental procedures. Once done, you'll meet with us to receive your travel documents and travel package including your map.

When you're there: Spend the remainder of the day relaxing once you've checked in. Head into town for dinner at one of Windhoek's restaurants. Try Joe's Beerhouse for local cuisine and an authentic Namibian atmosphere, it's just down the road.

Luxury Accommodation
The Weinberg Windhoek

Standard Accommodation
The Elegant Guesthouse

Day 2 & 3: Sossusvlei
( 2 nights )

From Windhoek head south to the Namib Desert to explore the giant sand dunes. Head off early and enjoy the ever-changing landscapes as you make your way from the capital. Arrive in time for a sundowner and enjoy dinner under the dark night sky. The drive takes five to six hours with stops along the way.

On the way: The drive reveals the transition from the ochre sands and thorn trees of the Kalahari to the world's oldest desert, the Namib. Drive south to Rehoboth and then west via the Remhoogte or Spreetshoogte Pass for incredible views before making your way to Solitaire for refreshments and on to the Sossusvlei area. Alternatively drive south from Rehoboth via Mariental and then west via the small town of Maltahöhe and the Tsaris Pass to Sossusvlei. The latter allows for an optional detour to view Duwisib Castle.

When you're there: Enter Sossusvlei as the gate opens at sunrise and remember to pack the camera, sunscreen, a hat, walking shoes and water. There's loads to see and it gets hot out there. Explore some of the world's highest dunes and the dry clay pans of Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei with eon old petrified trees. Take a climb. Enjoy the views and the endless rolling sand dunes as far as the eye can see. Go it alone or join the Sossusvlei excursion with a lodge guide.

Luxury Accommodation
Namib Outpost

Standard Accommodation
Desert Quiver Camp

Day 4 & 5: Swakopmund
( 2 nights )

A five-hour drive north takes you from dunes and mountains to open plains on to the foggy coast of Swakopmund, a picturesque resort town on the coast of the cold Atlantic Ocean with sand dunes as it's backdrop.

On the way: Keep your eyes peeled for endemic Hartmann's mountain zebra and ostrich as you leave; stop at Solitaire, about 80km from Sesriem for some home-made bake goods and an ice cold drink; Kuiseb Canyon has some picnic spots and view points not to miss; look out for springbok across the vast gravel plains of the Namib; the lunar landscape; and the ancient welwitschia of years gone by.

When you're there: There are plenty of shops and attractions in Swakopmund. Curios and good food on every corner. Enjoy the beach. There are loads of activities on offer, this is Namibia's activity centre. Visit the Walvis Bay Lagoon - a RAMSAR wetlands site - where you can see flamingoes, pelicans and numerous waders.

Visit our Swakopmund Activities page for a list of the best recommended things to do and what not to miss.

Luxury Accommodation
Strand Hotel

Standard Accommodation
Swakopmund Luxury Suites

Day 6: Damaraland
( 1 night )

Leaving the coast, make your way north exploring some of the coastline before you head inland to explore the rugged landscapes of Damaraland. An area known for its large granite boulders and rocky outcrops, vast open grassy plains and dry ephemeral riverbeds. This is one of the most scenic areas in the country, which makes the drive part of the journey. Leave early as it is a long day on the road with lots to see making the drive to Damaraland a full day, especially if you take the coastal route via Torra Bay.

On the way: Drive along the Skeleton Coast to Cape Cross via Henties Bay. Here you can see the largest breeding cape fur seal colony in the world. The sheer numbers and their odour is overwhelming. Enjoy lunch at Cape Cross Lodge or picnic along the way; stop at the lichen fields and a salt pan that is an excellent birding spot; take in Brandberg Mountain; explore the Twyfelfontein rock paintings, Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes. If you're taking the coastal route, stop en-route to view some old shipwrecks.

When you're there: Go on game drives in the dry Huab riverbed in search of the elusive desert-adapted elephant, black rhino and giraffe; among other hardy plains game. Spend more time exploring the Twyfelfontein highlights and visit the Damara Living Museum for a hint of culture.

Our tip: Book an activity with the lodge to search for the elephants. They know the area well, when last the elephants were spotted and where.

Luxury Accommodation
Mowani Mountain Camp

Standard Accommodation
Twyfelfontein Adventure Camp

Day 7 & 8: Damaraland - remote areas
( 2 nights )

This morning can still be spent exploring the area of Damaraland before you make your way further north through gradual changing landscapes into more remote areas of the Kunene Region. Here you'll find the Palmwag Concession, an area of open plains and mountain ranges.

On the way: It's not a long days drive today, but most lodges in the area require a transfer with set pick up times. Drop your car and meet your guide. The lodge is not that far, but the road is up and down so the drive is longer. It's an afternoon scenic drive. A great way to take in the beautiful scenery and be on the lookout for wildlife.

While you're there: A full day is set aside to enjoy activities with the lodge and to explore the area. Take a hike or enjoy a walking trail. Explore by game drive, scenic drive and be sure to include a sundowner. This area is harsh and remote which makes it even more about the amazing landscapes.

*Your stay is booked on a fully inclusive basis at Desert Rhino Camp to include your scheduled camp activities

Luxury Accommodation
Desert Rhino Camp

Standard Accommodation
Palmwag Lodge

Day 9: Kaokoland
( 1 night )

After breakfast transfer back to your vehicle this morning. Follow the scenic back roads to Opuwo in Kaokoland.

On the way: The road winds through rocky outcrops and open plains typical of Damaraland as you head further north into the rugged areas of Kaokoland. Your drive takes you via the Uniab Canyon to Warmquelle. Stop off in Sesfontein, a chance to refuel and then make your way via Joubert Pass; stop for a picnic with some wild and daunting countryside for a backdrop.

When you're there: Meet Himba villagers and discover their fascinating ways; scenic drives through Kaokoland; hikes; birdwatching and game viewing.

Our tip: Book a Himba Village tour with the lodge guides. They know the locals, they understand their culture and many of them speak their language. Go early morning when the village is a hive of activity.

Luxury & Standard Accommodation
Opuwo Country Hotel

Day 10: Etosha National Park - West
( 1 night )

Head south back toward Damaraland then west into Etosha National Park - the western sector is quieter with less visitors and comprises mostly of vast areas of grassy plains, making it quite unique to the rest of the park.

On the way: Look out for wildlife. Whether staying inside Etosha or on the private Hobatere Reserve, this is where your game viewing extravaganza begins.

When you're there: Enjoy an afternoon or evening game drive; birdwatching; scenic and photographic drives.

Luxury Accommodation
Dolomite Camp

Standard Accommodation
Hobatere Lodge

Day 11 & 12: Etosha National Park - South
( 2 nights )

After breakfast make your way through the park from the west to the south. It's a full days game drive taking your time to enjoy the wildlife and to stop off at numerous waterholes along the way.

When you're there: Etosha is known for excellent game viewing with good reason. A chance to spy some wildlife in numbers and those numbers are impressive with an estimated 20,000 springbok, 6,000 zebras, 2,500 giraffes, 2,000 elephants, 300 rhinos and 250 lions. The best part - that's not even all the game you could see and there's an abundance of birds which makes game viewing in Etosha something spectacular. There are also many private reserves bordering on and surrounding the park with equally great wildlife experiences and they offer drives into Etosha as well.

Luxury Accommodation
Ongava Lodge

Standard Accommodation
Etosha Village

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

When in Etosha, enjoy the wildlife and game viewing. Today has another line-up of great sightings in store as you make your way eastwards to your next lodge on this side of the park.

On the way: You can stop as often as you like for as long as you like. There are many waterholes en route as you travel through the park to your lodge on the eastern side of Etosha Park.

When you're there: Your lodge will offer guided games drives in the park as well as guided game walks and drives on the private reserve at Onguma.

Luxury Accommodation
Mushara Outpost

Standard Accommodation
Onguma Bush Camp

Day 15: Central Namibia
( 1 night )

Leave Etosha and make your way to the Waterberg area in Central Namibia. The drive will take about four hours.

On the way: Head off on a last early morning game drive in Etosha if time allows. Visit the world's largest meteorite; have a picnic lunch at Lake Otjikoto or Lake Guinas.

When you're there: This area is known for great hiking and walking trails in nature. There's also wildlife and incredible birdlife. Arriving in the afternoon, you can spend the remainder of the day enjoying The Waterberg Plateau Park and surrounds; private game farms in the area offer game viewing and some have active conservation programmes like AfriCat on the private Okonjima Reserve.

*2 scheduled camp activities are included at Okonjima. Discuss you activity schedule with the lodge on arrival.

Luxury Accommodation
Okonjima Luxury Bush Camp

Standard Accommodation
Otjiwa Safari Lodge

Day 16: Windhoek
( Departure / End of Tour )

Today you head back to Windhoek and on to the Windhoek International Airport. It's an easy drive on tarred roads, but plan accordingly giving yourself ample time to drop the rental vehicle and be at the airport at least 2 hours before your departure flight time. If you have a late departure flight (recommended), you can have a leisurely breakfast and still enjoy a morning wildlife activity on the reserve.

On the way: Stop in Okahandja to view Namibia's largest local wood carvers market.


  • Accommodation
  • Meals (details on request)
  • Vehicle hire
  • 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
  • Optional extra activities
  • Fuel
  • Park entry fees
  • Staff gratuities


ZAR 52,305 pps
Guests 2 4 Single Sup
Low season ZAR 113 270 ZAR 102 450 ZAR 35 730
High season ZAR 134 750 ZAR 122 725 ZAR 43 360
Low season ZAR 52 305 ZAR 43 880 ZAR 13 260
High season ZAR 56 180 ZAR 46 555 ZAR 13 855

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