Classic Road Trip in Namibia

Self-Drive Adventure in Namibia

Damaraland, Etosha National Park, Namib-Naukluft National Park & Sossusvlei, Swakopmund

Duration: 14 nights

Price: From £3,675 per person in mid-season based on two adults travelling together. Includes international flights, accommodation, some meals, transfers, car rental and selected activities plus all taxes and charges.

Namibia’s well-maintained and quiet road system makes it the perfect destination for an adventurous road trip but with some luxurious accommodation to enjoy along the way. A wonderfully varied itinerary showcasing the best of what Namibia has to offer from the breathtaking landscapes of Damaraland to towering red dunes of Sossuvlei
Perfect forWildlife enthusiasts and those who appreciate stunning desert landscapes.
In the knowStaying at Kulala Desert Lodge ensures that you will be one of the first groups to reach the Sossusvlei Dunes each morning.

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  • Road Trip
  • Adventure
  • Couples
  • Family-friendly

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Fly to Windhoek, changing in either Cape Town or Johannesburg along the way. Spend a night in town, perhaps taking the opportunity to visit one of the local townships, or try the legendary steak at Joe’s.
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Ballooning over Sossusvlei


In the morning, set off with your supply of biltong (an almost obligatory snack on a Namibian road-trip) for the stunning sand sea at Sossusvlei. Spend two nights at Kulala Desert Lodge. We’d recommend an early start to see the sunrise over the dunes, and a visit to see the petrified forest at Dead Vlei.
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From here, follow the road north to Swakopmund, for two nights at Villa Margherita. Take a kayak out to see the seal colony, enjoy some of the area’s delicious seafood restaurants, and take a wander along the town’s wide colonial streets.
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Leaving Swakopmund, drive on to Damaraland. By this time you’ll think you’ll have seen all of the stunning scenery that Namibia can throw at you, but prepare to have your breath taken away yet again. Damaraland’s rugged beauty presents a photo opportunity at every turn. Wandering amongst the grand rocky formations are rare desert elephants, and two nights is ideal.
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Etosha Pan

2 nightsETOSHA PAN

The road from Damaraland leads you on to the vast, empty Etosha Pan. This is wildlife-central. We’d suggest basing yourself for two nights at Ongava Lodge and heading out on game drives to the waterholes, where an impressive variety of animals can be seen- impalas and zebras jostle shoulder-to-shoulder, giraffe look nervously around for lions as they bend to drink, and families of elephants revel in the mud.
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Waving goodbye to Etosha, you’ll move on to a different kind of wildlife experience, with two nights further south at the legendary Okonjima. Children and adults alike will delight in a stay here, learning about the work of the AfriCat Foundation. There’s the chance to see cheetahs up close, radio-track leopards, and track rehabilitated hyena on foot.
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