13 days from Windhoek to Windhoek
Why we love this itinerary
A fantastic 13 day self-drive itinerary taking in the best Namibia has to offer, in a comfortable style with great value accommodation. Starting in Windhoek, the road takes you to Sossusvlei and the magnificent red sand dunes that are one of Namibia's most famous sights. From here you'll visit the coastal town of Swakopmund, and then travel further north to the breathtaking mountainous region of Damaraland, home to desert-adapted wildlife and the rocky outcrops of Twyfelfontein. Your final stop before returning to Windhoek is Etosha National Park and the private game reserve of Ongava. Fabulous landscapes, unique sights, and wildlife that wows - it ticks so many boxes!
- Climb some of the world’s highest free-standing sand dunes
- Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Twyfelfontein and track for desert-adapted elephants on the ephemeral riverbeds in Damaraland.
- Embark on exciting game drives within the Etosha National Park, spot wildlife from an underground hide and around a floodlit waterhole at night
- Visit the world renowned AfriCat Foundation
Days 1-3 | Windhoek to Sossusvlei
Starting in Windhoek you'll pick up your 4x4 and receive a briefing so that you are fully equipped with everything you will need for your self-drive trip. Your first official stop is Sossuvlei where you will
stay for two nights whilst you explore the remarkable sights of the Namib Desert, including a sunrise captivating guided excursion over the dunes!
Galton House & Hoodia Desert Lodge
Days 4-5 | Swakopmund
This fascinating drive takes you northwest through awesome and ever changing desert landscapes of the Namib Naukluft National Park, including the impressive Gaub and Kuiseb canyons. You will meet the coast at the port town of Walvis Bay, where you have the option to visit the lagoon to see the interesting mix of pelicans, flamingos and other sea-birds, before continuing north to Swakopmund where you can enjoy the pleasant seaside location and cooler coastal air for 2 nights.
Days 6-7 | Damaraland
As you continue north, you'll pass Namibia’s highest mountain, the Brandberg, taking your time to view game and absorb the vastness of the scenery along the way. Damaraland is typified by displays of colour, magnificent table topped mountains, rock formations and bizarre-looking vegetation. Here you'll visit the nearby attractions and geological sites of the pre-historic Twyfelfontein rock engravings (UNESCO), and join a guided trip into the ephemeral Aba Huab River valley to explore this remarkable region, searching for hidden desert treasures such as desert adapted elephants and other game.
Mowani Mountain Camp
Days 8-13 | Etosha & Okonjima
The wildlife aspect of this trip continues as you drive to Etosha, staying in the South in a nearby private reserve perfectly located to explore the National Park on self-drive safaris. Next you'll head East to Onguma Game Reserve for more self-drive exploration in the National Park or opt for guided game drives with sundowners on the private reserve! Your final stop before returning to Windhoek is Okonjima nature reserve, located at the base of the Omboroko Mountains, for fabulous guided activities and a visit to the Africat Foundation.
Safari Hoek, Onguma Tented Camp & Okonjima Bush Camp
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