Dream Destinations Southern Africa

Namibia 20 Days

Suggested itinerary day overview

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Day 1: Windhoek

Upon arrival in the capital of Namibia will you receive your vehicle at a location that is convenient for you and spend the afternoon at leisure at your establishment for the night. You will also have the opportunity to explore the city and local markets in the afternoon.

Day 2: Quiver tree Forest (510km) 5.5h

Leaving the Capital behind will you make your way down towards the Quiver tree forest outside the charming town of Keetmanshoop. The drive today is mainly on Tar and are generally in a good condition. Enjoy the sights of Namibia and the vast spaces and vistas along your drive.

Day 3: Fish River Canyon (170km) 2.5h

After breakfast you will have the opportunity to visit the unique looking desert plants up close at the Quiver Tree Forest. Afterwards will you be leaving the tar roads and start on the dirt roads where you will be doing a short drive to the world’s 2nd largest canyon, Fish River Canyon. After settling in at the establishment can you drive to the view points along the canyon and also enjoy a nice walk on the canyon’s rim from where you can enjoy a fantastic sunset with cold drink in the hand.

Day 4: Orange river (160km) 2.5h

After breakfast and on your way to the Orange river you will find the Ais Ais hot springs. These are situated at the mouth of the Fish River Canyon, giving you the chance to enjoy a coffee and relaxing swim. Leaving the hot springs will you be making your way to the Orange river which forms the border between South Africa and Namibia. After lunch will you have a change to enjoy an afternoon of canoeing on the river and enjoying the feeling of being in an oasis in the desertt. Tonight, will you be spending on the banks of the Orange River.

Day 5: Luderitz (450km) 5h

After breakfast will you be driving right next to the Orange river for a while towards a small mining town of Rosh Pinah, and then turning North again towards the sand dunes of the world’s oldest desert – the Namib. Along the way you will have an opportunity to view the wild horses of Namibia, before continuing the journey towards the coastal town of Luderitz.

Day 6: Luderitz

After a relaxed morning can you go explore the various sightseeing possibilities around Luderitz. Among the possibilities you will have is to be able to see the ghost town of Kolmanskop, the Diaz Cross and Shark Island. Having lunch on the promenade watching the diamond boats returning to the harbour and the seeing the sun go down over the Atlantic Ocean is a rewarding farewell to the day.

Day 7: Namgarab (350km) 4h

Leaving the Atlantic behind will you be travelling back inland and have another opportunity to see the wild horses, if you so choose, before continuing the trip towards the Namgarab area of Namibia, which is the area between the Namib sand desert and the plateau of Namibia. Tonight, will you stay close to the Duwiseb castle.

Day 8: Sesriem (160km) 2.5h

You will be driving through some amazing scenery as you make your way towards the Namib desert. In the afternoon you have the opportunity to go and explore the Sesriem Canyon and have a sunset drink at the canyon before heading back to the overnight establishment. Tonight, will be your first night under the African stars – true magic.

Day 9: Swakopmund (350km) 4h

Today you will have an early start. A short 70 km drive for Namibian standards into the Tsauchab River valley on your way to Sossusvlei. On your way is a great opportunity to have a coffee break at the world-famous Dune 45. When arriving at the end of the tar road will you be driving into the dune fields with your 4×4 for 5km to Sossuvlei and Deadvlei. You can spend some time exploring the area. Get back to your establishment for lunch from where you will be leaving towards the coastal town of Swakopmund. The small village of Solitaire is worth a stop for a coffee break and enjoy their world-famous apple crumble.

Day 10: Swakopmund

Today is more of a relaxing day and no driving if you’d like. For those so inclined you can partake in some of the adventure activities on offer in the area, such as Sky diving over the Namib desert, Quad Biking into the dune fields, Sandboarding down one of the dunes overlooking the ocean and plenty more. Alternatively, you can also do a short drive to the lunar landscape and have the opportunity to see Welwitschia plants which is indigenous to the Namib Desert,

Day 11: Brandberg (350km) 4h

Another relaxing morning and time to the last bit sightseeing before you went off on to the salt road into the Skeleton coast. There are opportunities on the drive to see some of the shipwrecks which has fallen victim to the infamous Atlantic Ocean. The next stop is the seal colony at Cape Cross in the Skelton National Park, you will have the opportunity to see up to a 120 000 Cape Fur Seals in small area, and if lucky a Black backed Jackal might come around looking form meal. After the seals will you continue towards Brandberg which is situated close to an old mining town and will have the change to visit the famous rock painting of the “white lady”

Day 11: Palmwag (230km) 3.5h

Continue with your journey north will you passing by the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein before heading to an oasis in the desert where you will relax next to the pool. There might be a chance of seeing the Desert Elephants coming to the water to quinch their thirst.

Day 12: Epupa falls (430km) 6.5h

Today will you heading towards the Angolan border, and will be passing by the Sesfontein Fort, worth a stop for refreshments and have a look at the fort build by the Germans.and continue to the Epupa Falls.

Day 13: Epupa Falls

Epupa Falls are a series of awe-inspiring waterfalls in the Kunene River.,. After seeing the 37m high waterfall, make your way to your night’s accommodation. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure.

Day 14: Hobatere Concession (380km) 5h

Leaving the waterfalls behind and make your way towards Etosha National Park. You will have a stopover at the Hobatere Concession where there are ample opportunities to do game drives (Afternoon or Night) where the opportunity will be to spot some of the endangered desert Lions and Desert Elephants.

Day 15: Etosha (350km) 4h

Today will you continue your journey towards Etosha National Park. You should aim to being the Park in the afternoon. Enjoy a swim in the camp’s pool, and make sure to be at the waterhole by sunset, where a big variety of animals will be coming for a drink.

Day 16: Etosha

After breakfast will you make your way towards another camp inside the national park and spend the day doing game drives/on safari.

Day 17: Etosha

After breakfast will you make your way towards another camp inside the national park and spend the day doing game drives/on safari.

Day 18: Omaruru (450km) 4.5h

Today will you head South and will spend the next two days at leisure enjoying the last days of the trip learning about the Bushman culture?! and also having the opportunity to learn more about the world’s fastest animal – the Cheetah – and other African animals.

Day 19: Omaruru

Spending the relaxing by the pool and have the opportunity to do a last game drive, do a bush walk or visit a San Village,

Day 20: Windhoek (250km) 2.5h

Today you will be heading back to Windhoek where you will be handing the vehicle over, do some last souvenir shopping on the way at the big market in a small village called Okahandja and also at the more tourist markets in Windhoek, before heading home
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Adjustable comfort levels for this itinerary

1. Comfort

You will be staying in lodges between 3- and 4-star grading except in the National Parks where accommodation will be in the Camp chalets.

2. Comfort and camping

You will be staying in lodges between 3- and 4-star grading and will be spending some nights in a campsite where you will be sleeping in a roof top tent on top of the vehicle.

3. Camping

You will be staying in public campsite and be sleeping in a roof top tent.