10 Day Best of Namibia Safari Ÿ Can be customised
This 10-day Namibian safari takes you to many of the top attractions in this vast and fascinating country – the burnt-red dunes of Sossusvlei, The Skeleton Coast, Damaraland with its unique geographical features, two different sections of Etosha National Park – all with your own highly-experienced personal guide.
* 10 Day Best of Namibia Safari Highlights
- ∞Small groups: 1 – 8 people per safari
- ∞Accompanied by one of Namibia’s top nature guides
- ∞Stay at the only camp inside the one of the world’s largest national parks
- ∞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
- ∞Enjoy an encounter with the remote semi-nomadic Himba people
- ∞Discover two distinctly different sections of the world-famous Etosha National Park
- ∞Sleep among the tree tops looking down on the busiest waterhole on Onguma Private Game Reserve
This is an ideal tour, especially 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 guaranteed, minimum one person, maximum eight people per safari. These tours depart on a Tuesday and finish the following Thursday. (No tours depart between January and mid-February).
Please ask about departure dates.
- Day 1 & 2: Windhoek to Sossusvlei area, stay at Sossus Dune Lodge
- Day 3 & 4: Swakopmund, adventure capital, stay at central guesthouse
- Day 5 & 6: Explore Damaraland highlights, overnight at Camp Kipwe
- Day 7: Southern Etosha National Park, overnight at Andersson’s Camp
- Day 8 & 9: Eastern Etosha, overnight at Onguma Tree Top Camp
- Day 10: Visit Wildlife & AfriCat Centres, en route back to Windhoek
Day 1: Windhoek to Sossusvlei area
You’ll be collected from your guest house 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 below, stopping for a picnic lunch along the way. Towards mid-afternoon, you’ll arrive at Sossus Dune Lodge, your home for the next two nights. Activities include exploring the Sesriem Canyon and towering Sossusvlei red dunes with your guide, enjoying sunset drives and guided walks, or simply relaxing and enjoying the tranquil desert views from the lodge.
Day 2: Sossusvlei / Namib Desert
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-sanding 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 Deadvlei. 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 some leisure time at the lodge.
Day 3: Sossusvlei to Swakopmund
[Optional sunrise balloon safari over Namib-Naukluft and Sossusvlei Dunes. 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-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
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 sea birds – 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, enjoying snacks of fresh oysters washed down with local sparkling wine!
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 buggying, tandem or solo sky diving and more. Swakopmund is known as the ‘adventure capital’ of Namibia.
Day 5: Swakopmund to Damaraland
Heading off to the north east today, you’ll encounter diverse, dramatic Damaraland. Passing Namibia’s highest mountain, the Brandberg (2,573 m), 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).
Next two nights are at Camp Kipwe, a luxury desert camp within easy access of the local attractions. Each thatched bungalow has an open-air, en-suite bathroom. There’s an inviting pool and a sociable campfire at night. Dinner is often al fresco.
Day 6: Damaraland
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 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 simply enjoy some well-deserved downtime.
Day 7: Damaraland to Southern Etosha National Park
Another early start, you’ll set off for the world-renowned Etosha National Park, via the scenic Grootberg Pass. En route, your guide will take you to visit a local Himba settlement (if any of these semi-nomadic people are in the area) where you can get a glimpse into their intricate, age-old customs, traditions and way of life.
You’ll enjoy a picnic lunch on the way, reaching Andersson’s Camp late afternoon/early evening to enjoy this unusual, historic camp with its floodlit active waterhole set in the private Ongava Game Reserve.
Day 8: Southern to Eastern Etosha
You’ll enjoy a full day’s exciting game viewing in Etosha National Park from your private open safari vehicle as you traverse to the eastern section of the park. Etosha is home to 114 mammals and over 340 bird species. You’ve every chance to see elephant, lion, giraffe, wildebeest, eland, kudu, gemsbok (oryx), zebra, cheetah, leopard, hyena, honey badger and warthog and the endangered, endemic black-faced impala.
With a lunch stop at Halali, a rewarding game viewing area, you’ll leave the park late afternoon and head to the Onguma Tree Top Camp in time to freshen up and relax before dinner. This camp also has a floodlit waterhole where you’ll see a wealth of game coming down to drink at all hours of the night and day.
Onguma has thatched rooms with peel-back canvas walls to maximise the views. All units are en-suite with outside showers and your own private viewing deck.
Day 9: Etosha /Onguma Game Reserve
You’ll spend the morning on guided game drives in Etosha, returning to camp for lunch and a siesta. The afternoon game drives will be on the private Onguma Game Reserve, getting to Fischer’s Pan in time for sundowners. Return to camp to freshen up and enjoy your final safari dinner looking out over the floodlit waterhole – where you’ll hopefully see one of the newest members of the Onguma family – black rhino.
Day 10: Onguma to Windhoek
Leaving early, you’ll travel south via Tsumeb, Otavi and Otjiwarongo 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 through the centre. After which, it’s back to Windhoek by late afternoon where you’ll be taken to your accommodation or to Windhoek International for your onward flight.
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.
- ∞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 vehicle
- ∞Services of a registered, experienced naturalist English-speaking safari guide
- ∞Welcome pack
- xBreakfast Day 1, dinner Day 10
- xHot air ballooning at Sossusvlei
- xOptional flight Sossusvlei to Swakopmund
- xAny entrance fees and excursions not included in the itinerary
- xAny items of a personal nature (telephone expenses, curios, medicines, etc)
- xAll beverages except mineral water on board safari vehicle
- xLaundry (service available at lodges at extra cost)
- xInternational flights to Namibia and airport taxes
- xReturn airport transfers to and from Windhoek International Airport
- xPre- and post-safari accommodation in Windhoek
- xVisa entry fees