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Discover the main highlights in Namibia, from the awe-inspiring seas of sand of the Namib desert, the cultures and awesome landscapes of Damaraland and the variety and amounts of wildlife. This tour showcases the major highlights of the country.

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9 days


Windhoek to Windhoek



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Namib Desert

The Namib Desert is mysterious, enormous, and filled with amazing creatures and plants. From the coast, mountains rise up inland, as do brilliant dunes (Sossusvlei), Sesriem Canyon, and diamond fields around Luderitz and Oranjemund.


Swakopmund is one of Namibia's most popular tourist destinations. Here you can do anything from taking boat and kayak trips in Walvis Bay to nature watching in Sandwich Harbour further south.


Damaraland offers a picturesque environment full of wildlife that has adapted to the desert, such as elephant, rhinoceros, and zebra.

Walvis Bay Lagoon

Walvis Bay Lagoon is one of the richest and most important wetlands of southern Africa. It is home to both great and smaller flamingos, terns, pelicans, egrets and other water birds.


Your arrival flights on the day of tour departure should be no later than 09h00.

Departing Windhoek, you travel to your lodge in the Namib Desert. This is the gateway to Sesriem Canyon and Sossusvlei, where some of the highest dunes on Earth stand towering over the white desert plains. The afternoon can be spent relaxing at the pool or taking part in optional activities offered at your lodge.

  • Overnight at The Elegant Desert Lodge 
  • Bed and breakfast

The morning demands an early start. Entering the Namib Naukluft National Park shortly after sunrise, the first rays of sunlight paint the mountains of sand into a variety of apricot, red and orange, contrasted against a crisp blue skyline, enrapturing your senses, and providing an opportunity to capture this impressive landscape on film.

You will be captivated by the surreal Deadvlei surrounded by some of the highest dunes on earth and Sossusvlei, where the dry Tsauchab River ends abruptly amongst dunes. Take the opportunity to walk up one of these majestic dunes to admire the desert landscape beneath. After this thrilling experience, visit the Sesriem Canyon, a life-sustaining natural phenomenon in the heart of the Namib Desert before returning back to your lodge and cooling off along the swimming pool or with a refreshing drink at one of the quiet retreats located all around the lodge.

  • Overnight at The Elegant Desert Lodge
  • Bed and breakfast

After breakfast continue your journey approaching the little settlement of Solitaire on the edge of the Namib Naukluft National Park, feeling like you have arrived in the middle of nowhere, before travelling via the desolate, rolling hills of the Kuiseb Valley towards the Atlantic Ocean. Reaching the coastal harbour town of Walvis Bay, visit the shallow lagoon, one of the most important wetland areas on the African continent and a RAMSAR World Heritage Site. Over 80% of Africa’s lesser flamingos breed in this lagoon and present a breath-taking picture when they appear in groups.

Continuing along the scenic route between the dune belt and the Atlantic Ocean reach Swakopmund, where the rest of the day is spent at leisure. With palm-lined streets and seaside promenades, Swakopmund is a popular holiday destination in Namibia. Its pleasant summer climate and long stretched beaches attract anglers and surfers from all over Southern Africa. Swakopmund is a bohemian mix of German architecture and African rhythms, a laid back attitude with adrenalin activities, misty mornings and desert heat. It is colourful, it is vibrant, but most of all, it is pure fun.

  • Overnight at Hansa Hotel
  • Bed and breakfast

Swakopmund is fondly referred to as the “playground of Namibia”, it has numerous activities ranging from adventure to exploring the fascinating features of the Namib Desert and the animals and plants that occur and survive here. Embrace the relaxed pace of this idyllic coastal town while enjoying coffee and freshly baked pastries in one of the many café’s.

Alternatively explore the rugged, sweltering desert on a day tour, or view this awesome, environment from the air on a scenic flight. Find your inner child and push adrenaline to its limits with extreme adventures such as skydiving over the desert or quad biking and sandboarding on the dunes. Take time to get the feel of this quaint town with its historic buildings, museums, shopping arcades and beach bar that has transformed into its own personality by the vibrant use of colour and the bohemian lifestyle.

  • Overnight at Hansa Hotel
  • Bed and breakfast

Today you will first head east into the Erongo Mountain range to stretch your legs on a short informative bush walk with local Bushmen, whereby you listen to stories of the bushman culture, traditions and see some of their desert survival skills. Returning from the walk your journey continues through Uis past the Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain (2.579m), into the Damaraland, one of the least populated and most geologically diverse areas in Africa. This harsh, rocky environment is home to the elusive desert elephant, the black rhino and free-roaming antelope species. Arrive at your lodge in the afternoon, where you have the remaining day at leisure.

  • Overnight at Damara Mopane Lodge Gondwana Collection Namibia 
  • Bed and breakfast

Travel to Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO heritage site where Bushman communities engraved and painted over 2.500 pictures some 6.000 years ago! After a visit to the nearby Living Museum of the Damara, proceed to the Petrified Forest – a geological phenomenon depicting the creation and metamorphosis of wood into stone amongst some of the oldest landmasses on Earth. Here you also see the Welwitschia mirabilis plant – the oldest living desert plant on Earth. Your onward journey takes you to the wildlife heaven of Namibia – the Etosha National Park. Check into your lodge located on the border of the Etosha National Park and unwind after the adventure filled day alongside the pool.

  • Overnight at night Etosha Safari Camp Gondwana Collection Namibia
  • Bed and breakfast

The day is devoted purely to the abundant wildlife found in the Etosha National Park, which surrounds a parched salt desert known as the Etosha Pan. The park is home to 4 of the Big Five – elephant, lion, leopard and rhino. The Park was proclaimed as Namibia’s first conservation area in 1907 by the then Governor, von Lindequist. Despite the size of the Etosha National Park, only the southern edge of the pan is accessible to visitors.

Game viewing in the park is primarily focused around the waterholes, some of which are spring-fed and some supplied from a borehole, ideal places to sit and watch over 114 different game species, or for an avid birder, more than 340 bird species. Popular game species such as giraffe, blue wildebeest, plains and mountain zebra, hyena, lion, leopard, antelopes such as kudu, oryx, eland, as well as some of the endangered species such as black rhino, cheetah and the black-faced impala are all found here. An extensive network of roads links over 30 water holes allowing visitors the opportunity of a comprehensive game viewing safari throughout the park as each different area will provide various encounters.

  • Overnight at Mokuti Etosha Lodge
  • Bed and breakfast

Today your guide again takes you on a game drive in the Etosha National Park, or optionally you can book an open game drive park drive with the lodge. You may encounter animal species that were not seen the previous day and look forward to any new surprises at the different waterholes visited. The Etosha Pan dominates the park. This salt pan desert, which is nearly completely enclosed by the park and is lined by numerous watering holes, is roughly 130 km long and as wide as 50 km in places.

During Etosha’s notorious dry spells the pan is a deathly place, lying parched and cracked under the molten African sun. It is claimed that game viewing is best during the dry periods as animals will then congregate closer to water. But even in the rainy season, the park remains an abundant wildlife haven. You then have the pleasure of experiencing the rebirth of life as the young foals, cubs and chicks are seen frolicking with their parents, and the sprouting of new green shrubs and grasses create a pleasing green oasis. In the afternoon travel back to your lodge, and enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure. An optional open vehicle game drive can be booked with the lodge. Your guide will assist you with this booking.

  • Overnight at Mokuti Etosha Lodge
  • Bed and breakfast

After breakfast, travel back through the centre of the country exposing bushland savannah to the capital, Windhoek. You will be dropped off at your accommodation of choice, or transferred to the airport for your outward flight.

Same-day flight departures out of Windhoek International are only possible after 19h00.

Max 2-6 guests.

Accommodation of a similar standard may be offered depending on availability at the time of booking.

Price is subject to the rate of exchange fluctuation based on the day of full payment.

Availability based at the time of booking.

Travel Insurance highly recommended.

What's Included

  • 8x breakfasts
  • Accommodation as specified
  • Still mineral water on bus
  • Activities as specified
  • Entrance Fees: Namib Naukluft National Park; San Living Museum; Twyfelfontein; Petrified Forest; Living Museum of the Damara; Etosha National Park
  • Tourism levy and government taxes where applicable
  • Portages
  • Services of registered driver-guide throughout the tour
  • Alternative accommodation may be used.
  • Social Support: You donate to the Bishop Kameeta Kindergarten (Orphan Kindergarten)

What's Excluded

  • All international/domestic flights and taxes
  • Visas
  • Travel and personal accident insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Excursions/activities not specified
  • Gratuities

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