Take in many of the Top Namibian Attractions in this vast and fascinating country – the burnt-red dunes of Sossusvlei, the desolate Skeleton Coast, the quaint quasi-Bavarian seaside town of Swakopmund and the startling geographical features of Damaraland. Search for the desert-adapted elephants and lions and explore Etosha National Park with its ancient salt pan – all in the company of your own highly experienced personal guide.

  • Small groups of 1 to 7 people per safari
  • Accompanied by one of Namibia's top nature guides
  • Climb to the top of some of the world's tallest sand dunes
  • Kayak with seals and dolphins off the Skeleton Coast in the Atlantic Ocean (optional boat trip)
  • Go in search of famous desert-adapted elephants
  • Visit Twyfelfontein petroglyphs – a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Discover the world-famous Etosha National Park on game drives
  • Experience game viewing at a floodlit waterhole at night

Map of our 10 Day Best of Namibia Safari

This is an ideal tour for first-timers to Namibia, as it gives you an excellent overview of some of this country's most popular and spectacular highlights. You also have the benefit of small groups and your own dedicated, expert guide.

Departures are 100% guaranteed with a minimum of one person and a maximum of seven people per safari. These tours depart on a Tuesday and finish the following Thursday. There are selected departures on a Saturday, too.

Basic Itinerary

  • Day 1 & Day 2: Windhoek to Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert
  • Day 3 & Day 4: Coastal town of Swakopmund, the adventure capital of Namibia
  • Day 5 & Day 6: Explore Damaraland highlights
  • Day 7 to Day 9: Game drives in Etosha National Park
  • Day 10: Visit Wildlife & AfriCat Centres en route back to Windhoek

Day 1: Windhoek to Sossusvlei area

  • Overnight accommodation
  • Lunch, dinner and excursions with your guide

You'll be collected from your guesthouse or Windhoek International Airport (if arriving before 08h00). Setting off in a safari vehicle with your own private guide, you'll head southwest through the scenic Khomas Hochland highlands, down the Great Escarpment into the vast Namib Desert, stopping for a picnic lunch along the way. Towards mid-afternoon, you'll arrive at your accommodation for the next two nights. Activities include exploring the Sesriem Canyon and towering red Sossusvlei dunes with your guide, enjoying sunset drives and guided walks, or simply relaxing and enjoying the tranquil desert views from the lodge.

Sossusvlei Picnic, Namibia

Picnic lunch while sightseeing in the Sossusvlei area

Day 2: Sossusvlei/Namib Desert

  • Overnight accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and excursions with your guide

Up early, you'll head for the Namib Naukluft National Park with your guide before sunrise to see the dunes in the soft, shadowy morning light. These are some of the highest free-standing dunes in the world. Your guide will share insights on how this desert was formed and how the incredible variety of curious creatures, plants and wildlife have adapted to these fierce conditions. You'll enjoy a picnic brunch under a shady camel-thorn tree with the option to explore Dune 45, Elim Dune, Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. You'll return to the lodge for a late lunch. If you haven't already managed it, a trip to Sesriem Canyon is on the agenda or enjoy some leisure time at the lodge.

Day 3: Sossusvlei to Swakopmund

  • Overnight accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner

[Optional sunrise balloon safari over Namib-Naukluft and Sossusvlei dunes in the morning. You may also opt to take a scenic flight via light aircraft over the dunes and along the historical Diamond Coast to Swakopmund rather than the road trip. Both these activities need to be pre-booked and involve an additional cost.]

En route to Swakopmund, you'll witness the ever-changing vistas of this captivating land, including the Gaub and Kuiseb Canyons. Passing through coastal Walvis Bay, you'll continue northwards to Swakopmund, a popular German colonial-style seaside resort that enjoys cooler coastal air. You'll have time to explore the town and waterfront before dinner at a popular local seafood restaurant. A centrally-located guesthouse in Swakopmund will be your accommodation for the next two nights.

Day 4: Swakopmund

  • Overnight accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner

After breakfast, your guide will drive back to Walvis Bay for an unforgettable kayaking adventure where you have every chance of seeing Cape fur seals, dolphins, pelicans, flamingos, numerous seabirds – and hopefully, whales, turtles and sunfish.

You'll also take a short drive to Pelican Point and its lighthouse. Light refreshments will be enjoyed on the beach. If you prefer, you may opt for a motorised boat trip instead of kayaking, or savour snacks of fresh oysters washed down with local sparkling wine!

Swakopmund 10 Day Best of Namibia Safari Grant Durr


(Image: Grant Durr)

You'll have the option to explore Walvis Bay's waterfront area before returning to Swakopmund for an afternoon at leisure at your guesthouse or around the town. A host of activities can be booked at an extra cost: camel rides, scenic flights, quad-biking, dune buggies, tandem or solo skydiving and more. Swakopmund is known as the adventure capital of Namibia.

Day 5: Swakopmund to Damaraland

  • Overnight accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and excursions with your guide

Heading off to the northeast today, you'll encounter diverse, dramatic Damaraland. Passing Namibia's highest mountain, the Brandberg (2,573 metres), you'll be able to view wildlife and take in the vast expanse of scenery. This ancient wilderness area is characterised by incredible displays of light and colour, rugged flat-topped mountains, intriguing rock formations and odd-looking vegetation.

Time permitting, you'll visit the prehistoric Twyfelfontein rock engravings (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), one of Namibia's key national monuments and the geological phenomena of Burnt Mountain and Organ Pipes (or they'll be saved for tomorrow's highlights).

The next two nights are at a desert camp nestled amongst an outcrop of gigantic granite boulders in the heart of Damaraland with easy access to the local attractions.

Day 6: Damaraland

  • Overnight accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and excursions with your guide

After early breakfast, you'll go on an exciting 4x4 game drive to explore the river valleys and search for wildlife, including the famed desert-adapted elephant. There's an option to stop for a picnic lunch en route and to visit the local attractions if you haven't already done so. Once you return to camp, you may have time for a guided nature walk or to simply enjoy some well-deserved downtime.

Guided walk in Damaraland

Guided nature walk in Damaraland

(Image: Damaraland Camp)

Day 7: Damaraland to Southern Etosha National Park

  • Overnight accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and game drives

Another early start, and you'll set off for the world-renowned Etosha National Park. The sprawling park consists of savannahs, woodlands and grasslands and game-viewing tends to centre around springs and waterholes which sees a large variety of species gather to quench their thirst.

Day 8 & Day 9: Etosha National Park

  • Overnight accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and game drives

Game viewing in Etosha National Park is extremely rewarding. Home to 114 mammals and over 340 bird species, you have every chance of seeing elephant, lion, giraffe, wildebeest, eland, kudu, gemsbok (oryx), zebra, cheetah, leopard, hyena, honey badger and warthog, along with the endangered, endemic black-faced impala. Etosha is perhaps most famous for its salt pan which is so large it is visible from space and its waterholes, each one different from the other, drawing wildlife that varies from season to season.

Etosha National Park 10 Day Best of Namibia Safari Jonatan Pie

Zebra in Etosha National Park

(Image: Jonatan Pie)

Game drives take place in the early morning and then again in the afternoon. You can while away the lazy midday hours by the swimming pool or take a siesta. If you opt to go on a full-day game drive instead, you can enjoy lunch at one of the rest camps inside the park or eat a packed picnic at a waterhole.

Day 10: Etosha to Windhoek

  • Breakfast and lunch

Leaving early, you'll travel south to the Okonjima's AfriCat Day Centre, the final highlight of a truly memorable safari, in time for lunch, before going on an informative game drive and tour of the centre which researches and rehabilitates injured or captured leopard and cheetah. After your excursion, it's back to Windhoek by late afternoon where you'll be taken to your accommodation or to Windhoek International for your onward flight.

Optional Extension:

You may extend your safari for another night or two at Okonjima Bush Camp. This luxury safari camp gives you an in-depth look into the amazing work being done by the AfriCat Foundation as well as having the opportunity to view many more cheetah, leopard and other big cats in the wild. Please ask us about rates and procedures if you'd like to enjoy this option.

Selected Saturday departure dates:

07.05.2022 / 21.05.2022 / 11.06.2022 / 25.06.2022 / 09.07.2022 / 23.07.2022 / 06.08.2022 / 20.08.2022 / 03.09.2022 / 17.09.2022 / 01.10.2022 / 15.10.2022

Scroll down for regular Tuesday scheduled tour departure dates.

Period Price per person (pp)
February 25, 2022 - March 31, 2022
April 6, 2022 - May 31, 2022
June 1, 2022 - December 31, 2022

The above rates are per person sharing. Please contact us regarding single supplement and rates and conditions for children.

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  • All accommodation as stated
  • Three meals daily
  • Entrance fees and excursions as described
  • Sea kayaking OR motorised boat trip at Walvis Bay
  • Transportation in a luxury air-conditioned safari vehicle
  • Mineral water provided on the vehicle
  • Services of a registered, experienced, English-speaking nature and safari guide
  • Welcome pack
  • Breakfast on Day 1 and dinner on Day 10
  • Hot air ballooning at Sossusvlei
  • Optional flight Sossusvlei to Swakopmund
  • Any entrance fees and excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Any items of a personal nature (telephone expenses, curios, medicines, etc)
  • All beverages (except mineral water) consumed on board the safari vehicle
  • Laundry (service available at lodges at extra cost)
  • Gratuities
  • International flights to Namibia and airport taxes
  • Return airport transfers to and from Windhoek International Airport
  • Pre- and post-safari accommodation in Windhoek
  • Visa fees and airport taxes
Scheduled Tour Departures

This trip departs and ends at Windhoek on the following dates. If you know which dates suit you, go ahead and make a selection below. If none of these dates suit you, please do contact us to request a custom departure at an additional cost on the date of your choice, subject to availability.