Experience the infinite vastness of this country. You will be blown away by what Namibia has to offer! On this self-drive trip, you will discover the highlights of Namibia in ten days.
Of course, this trip is adaptable to your wishes. Our sample itineraries are only there to give you a better idea and inspiration to plan your Namibia holiday. Each itinerary is individually planned with your expectations and needs in mind.
On arrival at Hosea Kutako International Airport, pick up your rental car and drive to the Voigtland guesthouse. The property is located between the airport and Windhoek. It is the ideal starting point for your trip as it is only a short drive and easy to find. Surrounded by farmland, you can relax here and recover from the long-haul flight.
Relax by the pool and gather strength for the upcoming Namibia adventure. The historic Landhaus Voigtland was built around 1900 and offers a combination of old charm and modernity. Each of the thatched chalets is decorated in style. The guesthouse is located on the slopes of a hill and offers stunning views of such extensive surroundings. Thanks to the family atmosphere and the homemade meals, you will feel at home.
On the second day of your “Highlights of Namibia” round trip you drive through the spectacular Naukluft mountains to Sesriem. Upon arrival, you will spend the afternoon enjoying the beautiful scenery. The following day we recommend leaving early to explore the Namib-Naukluft National Park. It is the largest nature reserve in Namibia.
Sossusvlei is one of Namibia’s most famous attractions. Sossusvlei is mainly known for its red dunes. Some of these are up to 400m high and thus among the largest in the world. With its stunning scenery, especially in the morning and evening light, the area is a true paradise for photographers. Despite the harsh desert conditions, you find many animals and plants here that have adapted perfectly well to their environment.
The Desert Camp is just 5km from the entrance of the park. This proximity gives you the advantage of being one of the first to climb the dunes in the morning after the gate opened. The camp was built under an old thorn tree with panoramic views of the desert landscape and the surrounding mountains. The Desert Camp consists of twenty tents. All of these have a veranda with beautiful views.
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Swakopmund is a small town in the west of Namibia that contains many German elements. The characteristic city with its colonial past is without a doubt a highlight in Namibia. If it weren’t for the palm trees, you could almost think you were in a village on Germany’s North Sea. The walking paths by the sea, the colonial buildings, and the houses which are partly built of wood certainly show strong similarities.
The climate in Swakopmund is quite cold, which is a welcoming change after traveling through the heat of the desert. Swakopmund offers a wide range of activities to suit all tastes. For the more adventurous, quad biking, skydiving, and balloon rides are on offer. You can also go fishing or visit the many historical attractions of the city. It is also worth visiting the seal colony of Cape Cross, which is about half an hour away on the Skeleton Coast.
Organic Square is in the heart of Swakopmund and close to the beach. It is an ideal location from which to explore the city on foot. Most of the restaurants, markets, and Cafes are located very close to the property. The luxurious and modern guesthouse consists of two buildings. One is divided into seven luxurious bedrooms, each with its own patio. The other offers eight luxurious and spacious rooms, each with its own garden. The property is known for its delicious, organic breakfast.
Your journey continues with an ideal stopover in the Ugab Valley with its mountains and plateaus. The magnificent landscape is characterized by the Ugab Terraces, which were formed by the Ugab River millions of years ago. The most famous remnant of a Ugab terrace is the remarkable Vingerklip. This rock formation, also known as ‘The Rock Finger’, stands on a 929m high hilltop.
The imposing Vingerklip itself is 39m high and is Namibia’s only surviving rock monument today. Don’t forget your camera for this unique highlight Namibia.
The luxurious Vingerklip Lodge, which boasts excellent service, is located on a hilltop about 1km away from the Vingerklip. From the Lodge, there are spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and plateaus to enjoy. The lodge consists of 22 rooms, all individually decorated with traditional African material. Guests can relax by one of the two pools or opt for the Jacuzzi.
Today you continue towards Etosha National Park. On the way there you make another stop in Damaraland. Your accommodation for this night is located on the edge of the Etendeka Plateau and offers breathtaking views of the Klip River Valley. Grootberg Lodge is the first mid-range establishment in Namibia to be fully managed by an adjacent community, the Khoadi-Hoas. The lodge provides jobs and the local community benefits from the income.
Grootberg stands for a high standard and professional service, great food, qualified guides, and great local management. The accommodation consists of 16 thatched chalets, two of which are suitable for families. Each of the chalets has its own private deck. The thatched main lodge has a restaurant, lounge, and bar. Guests can refresh themselves by the pool, which is located near the main building. One of the most popular activities at Grootberg Lodge is elephant and rhino tracking. As an alternative, you can take a hike high up on the plateau. Qualified guides explain the flora and rock formations of the Etendeka Mountains. Furthermore, you can also take part in a scenic drive on the plateau in the morning and evening. Or you can visit a Himba tribe, the most traditional tribe in Namibia.
The Etosha National Park is one of Africa’s most beautiful parks and is located in the north of Namibia. It is a must and a highlight of Namibia. The translation of Etosha means something like ‘Place of Miracles’ or ‘Great White Place’, as the salt pan looks infinite with its white sand. The salt pan occupies a quarter of the national park.
What makes Etosha unique is the high concentration of waterholes at the southern tip of the pan. Especially in the dry season, many animals can be seen here. You can also sit comfortably in your car near a waterhole and wait patiently to see animals drink. Wildlife viewing in Etosha National Park is simply excellent. Here there are high chances to see elephants, lions, and rhinos. With some good luck, you can also see leopards and cheetahs here.
Etosha Village is located just outside the park in a private and protected area, 2km from Andersson Gate and close to Okaukuejo. The camp offers 40 stylishly furnished and spacious units, a restaurant, a bar, and a swimming pool. Etosha Village is a beautiful desert camp with a great safari atmosphere.
After an adventurous trip through Namibia, it is now time to make the return journey to Windhoek. To round off your holidays in a more relaxed way, your last night is on a farm close to the airport.
The Düsternbrook guest farm is 50km from Windhoek and 90km from the airport. Relax by the swimming pool and enjoy the stunning views. If there is still a little time left, you can also take part in a horseback ride, a hike, or a game drive in an off-road vehicle. The Düsternbrook guest farm is on a mountain with beautiful views of a dried-up riverbed. The historic farmhouse was built in colonial style. The guest farm consists of six rooms and two safari tents.