This incredible fly-in & self-drive combo safari covers the main highlights of Namibia over 11 days including the Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert, Swakopmund on the Skeleton Coast, the rugged region of Damaraland along with the highlights of the Twyfelfontein area and prolific wildlife in Etosha National Park to end.
Flying the first section of your holiday will give you a perspective of the wide open spaces of the Namib Desert and includes a scenic flight over the Skeleton Coast, where the dunes meet the sea. Self-driving the second section of your tour will give you a chance to explore the remote beauty of Namibia by road. The best of both.
Day 1: Windhoek
Arrive in the capital city of Windhoek at the International Airport. Meet with our welcome representative and transfer to your guesthouse in town for the night. Here you will go through your itinerary and receive your travel package, a good chance to ask any questions if you have any.
If you arrive early, you are always welcome to freshen up at our Windhoek Day Room and check in at your establishment later.
When you’re there: A chance to rest and relax after your long haul flight and begin your safari on a fresh note in the morning. If you’re up for some exploring, go take in some sights on a guided tour for the afternoon and then pick a fine spot for dinner. The guesthouse can assist with a reservation and transfers as necessary.
The Weinberg Windhoek
The Elegant Guesthouse
Day 2 & 3: Sossusvlei
Wake up for a wholesome breakfast and a good cup of coffee, after which you will be collected by your transfer representative to take you back to the airport for your onward flight.
On the way: Enjoy the endless aerial views as you take to the skies. Your one hour flight will leave you in awe as you discover the vastness of Namibia from above as you make your way to the oldest desert in the world, the Namib Desert.
When you’re there: Transfer to the lodge from the airstrip and settle in for the next two nights. Your stay includes a sundowner drive and a Sossusvlei excursion. You’re off to explore Sossusvlei, the wonder of the desert and the enormous sand dunes, which happen to be some of the highest in the world.
Our tip: Book a hot air balloon safari to take in the desert landscape from above. It’s really quite spectacular as is the picnic breakfast set up and spread on landing.
Desert Homestead Lodge
Day 4 & 5: Swakopmund
From the heat of the desert to a cooler coast, today you are heading to Swakopmund. A little civilization, a lot of history and an incredible atmosphere awaits.
On the way: Your journey includes a one and a half hour scenic flight, one of the main reasons you fly this southern section of your tour. Fly over Sossusvlei and the dunes to reach the sea. Watch as they disappear into the waves and be on the lookout for shipwrecks, an old diamond mine and Langwand as you go. This is for sure a highlight.
When you’re there: Transfer to your accommodation on arrival. Your stay is at your own leisure. Being the activity centre of Namibia, you can do as much or as little as you please. Head off to explore and adventure, stroll through town and dine at any of the many restaurants and cafes.
Visit our Activity Booking Centre in town for recommendations and reservations. We can book any of the popular Swakopmund activities for you or even a Swakopmund guided day tour. There’s loads to do here and the choice is yours, we do however recommend a Sandwich Harbour tour for a real Skeleton Coast experience, a Walvis Bay dolphin boat cruise and a quad bike activity in the dunes if you’re up for a little adrenaline boost.
Swakopmund Luxury Suites
Day 6 & 7: Damaraland
Today your self-drive adventure commences and the remainder of your holiday is travelled by road. A great way to explore Namibia, where it is often less about the destination and more about the journey to get there.
You will be met this morning by a representative of the car hire company to handover your rental and get acquainted with your ride for the next couple of days. Then you’re off to the rugged landscapes of Damaraland.
On the way: Head north along the coast to Cape Cross where you can see one of the largest breeding colonies of Cape Fur seals before back tracking to Henties Bay (or continuing along the coast instead if you prefer and you’re up for the desolation). Then head inland and follow the dusty roads to the heart of Damaraland and home to the desert-adapted elephants.
When you’re there: One full day is set aside for you to explore the highlights of this area. The Twyfelfontein rock engravings, Burnt Mountain and Organ Pipes. Go on a drive in search of the desert-adapted elephants and other wildlife in the dry riverbeds and there’s the Damara Living Museum for a hint of culture too.
Note: At Mowani Mountain Camp (luxury accommodation) your stay includes all meals, a Twyfelfontein excursion and a nature drive.
Mowani Mountain Camp
Twyfelfontein Adventure Camp
Day 8: Etosha National Park - South
Your self-drive adventure continues as you make your way to Etosha National Park for prolific wildlife encounters and sightings. After having seen so much of a desolate and dry Namibia, you will be surprised at the abundance of life in the park.
On the way: Stop off at the Petrified Forest near Khorixas, refuel and stretch your legs in Outjo and then you are on your way to the park, where your lodge is situated just outside the park gates.
When you’re there: Wildlife, wildlife and more wildlife. Your time here will be spent on game drives. Leaving early in the morning from Damaraland means you have the afternoon inside the park or to join an afternoon activity with the lodge. Drives are slow as you explore numerous waterholes and side roads. Meander along or find a good spot at a waterhole and just watch and wait, especially as the day cools and the animals become more active.
Note: If staying at Ongava Lodge, you could opt for an extra optional afternoon guided activity on the private Ongava Reserve.
Day 9 & 10: Etosha National Park - East
Rise to another brilliant morning in Namibia and another great day of game viewing in Etosha as you’ll be making your way through the park from the south to the east. The pan glimmers mid-day. The expanse of it is truly quite astounding.
On the way: Explore the park at your own pace. Be on the lookout for wildlife as you go. Take it slow and enjoy the sightings, but be sure to reach the eastern side before sunset. Along the way, enjoy a packed lunch and your safari extraordinaire.
When you’re there: Game drives and safari activities (optional extra). Self-drive game drives or guided game drives (booked with the lodge) into Etosha National Park. It’s all about the wildlife here. You could drive the days and still be amazed.
Onguma Bush Camp
Day 11: Windhoek
(Departure / End of Tour)
It’s been an incredible journey and today it ends back in Windhoek, where it all started.
On the way: It’s all tarred roads back to the capital, although a longer drive, so be sure to plan for a late afternoon or evening flight out if you plan to depart this same day. Okahandja has a lovely local wood carvers market where you can stop.
Drop the rental vehicle in Windhoek and then transfer to the Hosea Kutako International Airport. If you prefer to rest this night before departing, let us add a post night in Windhoek for you
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