Destination

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Duration
10 Days 9 Nights
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Tour Type
Adventure
Wildlife
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Group Size
Unlimited
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Tour Guide
Professional
classic-namibia-safari
Namibia

10-Day Classic Namibia Safari

Classic Namibia Safari – Embark on an exhilarating Namibian self-drive expedition, brimming with captivating experiences. Begin by immersing yourself in the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Namib Desert, where towering sand dunes create a surreal vista. Traverse this otherworldly terrain and witness the ethereal beauty of this renowned desert.

Continue your journey to the enigmatic Skeleton Coast, where seal colonies beckon exploration amidst its rugged, windswept shores. Delve into the untamed wilderness of Damaraland, a haven for elusive desert-adapted elephants. Seek out these majestic creatures in their natural habitat, uncovering the secrets of their survival in this arid environment.

Your adventure culminates in the magnificent Etosha National Park, hailed as one of Africa’s premier safari destinations. Immerse yourself in the heart of wildlife abundance, encountering a diverse array of fauna in their natural habitat. Be spellbound by the sight of prides of lions, herds of elephants, graceful giraffes, and an assortment of plains game converging around waterholes.

Throughout this expedition, each destination unveils a unique facet of Namibia’s natural wonders, promising an odyssey filled with unforgettable moments and unparalleled encounters with the country’s rich wildlife and breathtaking landscapes.

 

Destination
Namibia 
Start Windhoek (Day 1)
Day 1 Kalahari Region
Day 2-3 Sossusvlei (Sand Dunes)
Day 4 Swakopmund (City)
Day 5-6 Damaraland
Day 7-8 Etosha NP
Day 9 Okonjima NR
End Windhoek (City) (Day 10)
Departure Yes Required
Country Namibia
Travel Style Mid-Range
Included
  • Rental vehicle
  • Park fees(For non-residents)
  • All activities(Unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation(Unless listed as upgrade)
  • All transportation(Unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals
Excluded
  • International flights(From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips(No tip expected)
  • Personal items(Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Some meals(As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks
Travel With Private  Car

Details

Highlights of this Namibian self-drive adventure include exploring the world-famous sand dunes in the Namib Desert, visiting seal colonies on the Skeleton Coast, searching for desert-dwelling elephants in Damaraland, and visiting one of the best safari areas in Africa at Etosha National Park.

Upon your arrival, you'll be warmly greeted and escorted to the car hire office to collect your designated vehicle, fully equipped for Namibia's diverse roads. Your car comes with essential amenities like a convenient cool box and an emergency mobile phone. Additionally, you'll receive an information pack containing driving directions, comprehensive accommodation particulars, and essential contact numbers. Once you're accustomed to your vehicle, chart your course southward towards the periphery of the Kalahari Desert, a drive spanning approximately 2 to 2.5 hours. Relish the tranquil ambiance of the Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge during the leisurely afternoon, or opt for an optional extra-cost activity offered by the lodge to further enhance your experience in this serene setting.

After breakfast, you’ll leave the Kalahari and drive to Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert in the southwest of the country. You’ll stay in Sossusvlei for the next two nights and you’ll have time to explore the iconic towering sand dunes, as well as other incredible geographical formations of the region, such as Sesriem Canyon.

We highly recommend an early rise to catch the mesmerizing sunrise while scaling the iconic sand dunes. Nestled within the Namib-Naukluft National Park, Dead Valley Lodge offers a unique advantage, granting you exclusive access to the dunes before and after most other guests who stay outside the park. You have the choice to venture on a self-guided exploration or opt for a guided excursion facilitated by the lodge directly. Today presents a plethora of extra activities for your indulgence. Delve into a nature drive to spot the elusive desert-adapted wildlife, embark on a captivating dune walk, or elevate your experience by soaring above this breathtaking landscape in a thrilling hot air balloon ride—all available as optional experiences for an additional fee. As evening approaches, treat yourself to the serene pleasure of a sundowner tour with a refreshing gin and tonic in hand. As night falls, marvel at the celestial wonders above in an area minimally affected by light pollution, providing an unparalleled view of the spectacular night sky.
As you bid farewell to the captivating Namib Desert this morning, your journey northward unveils a tapestry of breathtaking canyons and mesmerizing landscapes en route to the charming town of Swakopmund nestled along the picturesque Skeleton Coast. En route, a must-visit gem lies just outside Swakopmund—Walvis Bay, an exquisite destination deserving of a stopover. Embraced by the Pelican Point sand spit, Walvis Bay's tidal lagoon hosts a vibrant array of birdlife, including elegant flamingos and graceful pelicans. Swakopmund itself is steeped in history as a former colonial town renowned for its distinct German architecture and culture. The town exudes a unique charm where German is commonly spoken, and its cultural heritage is celebrated through events like the Oktoberfest beer festival. An ideal interlude awaits as you spend a few days here, bridging the exploration of the Sossusvlei dunes with the allure of northern Namibia's myriad attractions.
This morning you will resume your Namibian road trip and head further north up the Skeleton Coast to Damaraland. If you choose to drive along the coastal route we recommend that you stop at Henties Bay to see the Cape Cross seal colony and you may wish to visit the shipwreck of MS Winston at Durissa Bay, during heading back inland. On arrival, you’ll settle into your accommodation and you can spend the afternoon relaxing at your lodge, or if you wish you can take a walk in the surrounding area, stopping at viewpoints to marvel at the beautiful Damaraland landscape.

Today included in your trip are two activities with Camp Kipwe Lodge. There are options for you to head out on a nature drive with an experienced guide in search of Namibia's famous desert-dwelling elephants, and you may wish to also join the Twyfelfontein, Burnt Mountain, and Organ Pipes excursion to see the rock engravings at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein.

Following breakfast, your journey continues as you drive eastward toward the renowned Etosha National Park. Etosha stands as a haven for unparalleled wildlife sightings, particularly around its waterholes. Expect awe-inspiring encounters with an array of magnificent creatures, including elephants, giraffes, lions, leopards, zebras, springbok, and gemsbok. Moreover, this park stands out as one of Southern Africa's premier destinations to witness the rare and endangered, such as cheetahs, black rhinos, and elusive antelope species like the black-faced impala, Damara dik-dik, and the regal roan antelope. Among our selection of exceptional accommodations, the Etosha Oberland Lodge stands as a highlight on the park's border, included in this expedition. Its strategic location offers a splendid vantage point for exploring the park's wonders and provides a comfortable retreat for an immersive experience in this wildlife-rich region.
Today you’ll have a full day to explore Etosha National Park. Despite being one of Africa's largest national parks, Etosha is easy to drive around yourself as all roads lead back to the main road. This means you can take your time visiting the many different waterholes where large concentrations of wildlife tend to congregate. You can also choose to embark on a guided safari with the lodge, in Etosha National Park available at an extra cost. Almost a quarter of Etosha consists of salt pans, including the Etosha Pan which is undoubtedly the park’s most distinctive and dramatic feature. The Etosha Pan is the only known mass breeding ground for flamingos in Namibia and at times there can be up to a million flamingos here.
Following breakfast, indulge in a final activity within the captivating confines of Etosha before embarking on your southbound journey to your next destination: the Okonjima Game Reserve nestled in Namibia's central highlands. The Okonjima Plains Camp, ensconced within the secluded wilderness of the Okonjima Nature Reserve, offers breathtaking sunset vistas. Embracing the Hanssen family's historical cattle-farming legacy, the camp boasts 10 expansive View Rooms and 14 generously spacious Classic Rooms. The Plains Camp Barn is a central hub featuring dining and lounge areas, a curated curio shop, and a terrace overlooking a waterhole and the vast Okonjima plains. At Okonjima, captivating game drives in pursuit of the elusive leopards and guided bush walks beckon, offering an intimate and up-close encounter with Namibia's diverse wildlife, including its most protected species. Whether you are a hiking enthusiast or a devoted bird watcher, the reserve offers an array of activities, ensuring endless opportunities to immerse yourself in the splendor of Okonjima's natural marvels.

Today is your last morning on your 10-day Classic Nambia trip. Following your breakfast at Okonjima, the drive back to Windhoek Airport should take approximately 3 hours. On arrival, you’ll have time to get some lunch and drop off your hire car, before heading to the airport to catch your international flight home.

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