This trip really is the best of Namibia in just over two weeks. It’s based on our popular Namibia Highlights Safari with an extension to the south to include the Kalahari, Fish River Canyon, Luderitz on the Skeleton Coast, Sossusvlei of the Namib Desert before heading north via Swakopmund and Damaraland up to Etosha National Park and ending in Central Namibia with a visit to The Africat Foundation on the private Okonjima Reserve near Waterberg.
From start to end you have your own private safari converted vehicle, pop up roof and all, and your own private guide. Sit back and relax. Let your guide do the driving. Let your guide show you every highlight and all the secret spots along the way. Let your guide show you what really makes Namibia special, beyond what meets the eye.
Kalahari, Fish River Canyon, Luderitz, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland, Etosha, Waterberg
- Stare out over the expanse of the Fish River Canyon at sunset
- Explore the desolate diamond mining town of Kolmanskop
- Take in some of the world's highest dunes in the world's oldest desert
- Nature drive in search of the desert-adapted elephants and other wildlife in the dry riverbeds of Damaraland
- See up to 114 species of mammal and 340 species of bird in Etosha National Park
- Visit the AfriCat Foundation and meet some big cats
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- Meals (details on request)
- Vehicle and all vehicle costs including fuel
- Professional guide and all guide costs
- Drinking water in the vehicle at all times
- All activities as indicated and as can be done with guide and vehicle
- Park entry fees
- Meet and Greet
- Airport transfers
- 24/7 in-country support
- Comprehensive travel diary with detailed itinerary
What's NOT included?
- International flights
- Personal travel insurance
- Visas and visa applications
- Staff gratuities
DAY 1: WINDHOEK (1 NIGHT)
Day 1 of this magical guided safari begins in the vibrant city of Windhoek. As you touch down at Hosea Kutako International Airport, the gateway to Namibia’s captivating landscapes, you’ll be greeted by a friendly representative from SecretNamibia. With their warm welcome, you’ll instantly feel the excitement building for the adventure that lies ahead.
After a smooth transfer to the city, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the charms of Windhoek on your first day. Nestled amidst rolling hills, Windhoek offers a charming blend of African and European influences. Take a stroll through the bustling streets, and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere as you soak up the city’s rich cultural heritage.
Visit the iconic Christuskirche, a beautiful Lutheran church that stands as a testament to the country’s colonial past. Explore the colourful stalls of the Namibia Craft Centre, where local artisans showcase their skillful craftsmanship in pottery, jewelry, and textiles. For a taste of Namibian cuisine, indulge in a foodie adventure at one of the city’s delightful restaurants, where you can savour mouthwatering game meat dishes.
As the day comes to a close, make your way to the luxurious Windhoek Luxury Suites, your accommodation for the night. With its impeccable service and elegant ambiance, the hotel provides a haven of relaxation and rejuvenation. Rest well, knowing that tomorrow marks the real beginning of your unforgettable safari experience.
Windhoek Luxury Suites Website
DAY 2: KALAHARI (1 NIGHT)
Leaving the bustling capital Windhoek behind, next you’ll be transported deep into the heart of the mesmerising Kalahari. A short journey brings you to the enchanting landscape of the Kalahari Desert, where you’ll be immersed in the raw beauty of this iconic African wilderness.
During your one-night stay at the Bagatelle Game Lodge, you’ll have the opportunity to experience the unique allure of the Kalahari. Embark on thrilling game drives, led by expert guides who possess an intimate knowledge of the region. As the sun begins to set, witness the spectacular transition of colours, painting the vast desert landscape in hues of gold and orange. Keep your eyes peeled for glimpses of the Kalahari’s resident wildlife, including the elusive black-maned Kalahari lions, elegant oryx, and nimble springbok.
For a closer connection to nature, join a guided nature walk, where you can explore the Kalahari’s fascinating flora and fauna up close. Learn about the intricacies of this arid ecosystem and the remarkable adaptations of the species that call it home. As evening descends, indulge in a traditional sundowner, savouring a refreshing drink as you admire the striking panoramic views.
Bagatelle Game Lodge Website
Dinner & Breakfast
DAY 3: FISH RIVER CANYON (1 NIGHT)
Next stop on this extraordinary guided tour is one of Africa’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders the magnificent Fish River Canyon. As you approach this otherworldly geological marvel, prepare to be captivated by its sheer grandeur and raw beauty.
As the second largest canyon in the world, the Fish River Canyon offers a surreal spectacle of towering cliffs, deep ravines, and winding riverbeds that stretch as far as the eye can see. Take in the panoramic views from various lookout points, marveling at the vastness and intricate geological formations that have been carved over millions of years.
For the adventurous souls, a hike along the rim of the canyon is an experience not to be missed. Traverse the rugged terrain, following well-marked trails that lead to breath-taking viewpoints that allow you to fully appreciate the magnitude of this natural wonder.
At sunset, witness the canyon’s transformation as it becomes bathed in a warm golden light, creating a magical ambiance. The stillness and tranquility of the surroundings create an unforgettable moment of serenity.
For your one-night stay, you will find yourself at the Fish River Lodge, perched on the edge of the canyon. Enjoy the luxury and comfort of the lodge as you indulge in a delicious dinner, savouring flavors inspired by the local cuisine. Wake up to a hearty breakfast, energising you for the adventures that lie ahead on this remarkable Namibian safari journey.
Fish River Lodge
Dinner & Breakfast
DAY 4 & 5: LUDERITZ (2 NIGHTS)
On Days 4 & 5 of this best Of Namibia guided safari tour you will be transported to the picturesque coastal town of Luderitz. The journey from the canyon to the coast is a remarkable transition, as you go from the rugged desert landscapes to the refreshing embrace of the Atlantic Ocean.
Luderitz is a place where history meets natural beauty, creating a unique and captivating atmosphere. Explore the town’s charming colonial architecture, with colourful buildings that reflect its German influence, such as the beautifully preserved Goerke House.
Immerse yourself in the town’s rich maritime history with a visit to the Luderitz Museum, where you can learn about the diamond mining industry and the town’s role in Namibia’s past. Don’t miss the chance to explore the ghost town of Kolmanskop, a once-thriving diamond mining town now reclaimed by the encroaching desert sands. The eerily preserved houses and buildings provide a fascinating glimpse into the area’s past.
Nature lovers will also be enthralled by the beauty of the nearby Namib Desert and its stunning landscapes. Take a boat trip to Halifax Island, home to a thriving penguin colony, and witness these charming creatures in their natural habitat.
For your two-night stay, you will find comfort and relaxation at the Luderitz Nest Hotel. Nestled on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, this beachfront hotel offers spectacular views and a range of amenities to ensure your stay is enjoyable. Unwind in the outdoor swimming pool, savour a delectable dinner at the on-site restaurant, and embrace the tranquility of the coastal surroundings.
Luderitz Nest Hotel Website
Dinner & Breakfast
DAY 6 & 7: SOSSUSVLEI (2 NIGHTS)
After experiencing the best Luderitz has to offer, the enchanting dunes of Sossusvlei await next. A scenic drive through the ever-changing landscapes brings you to this iconic desert destination, where nature’s artistry is on full display.
Sossusvlei is renowned for its towering red sand dunes, some of the highest in the world. Witness the breath-taking spectacle of the sunrise casting a golden glow over these striking formations, creating a surreal and ethereal landscape. Climb to the top of Dune 45 and be rewarded with panoramic views that stretch as far as the eye can see.
Venture deeper into the desert to explore the surreal Deadvlei, a clay pan adorned with the skeletal remains of ancient camel thorn trees. The contrasting colours of the white clay, blackened trees, and deep red dunes create a striking visual masterpiece.
For the adventurous at heart, embark on a thrilling quad bike or 4x4 excursion, allowing you to navigate the sandy terrain and discover hidden gems of the desert. Alternatively, enjoy a magical hot air balloon ride and glide over the landscapes below.
When the sun sets, retreat to the charming hospitality of Dead Valley Lodge, nestled in the heart of the desert. This intimate lodge offers luxurious rooms and stunning views of the surrounding dunes. Enjoy exceptional service, delectable meals, and the opportunity to stargaze under the clear desert sky.
Dead Valley Lodge Website
Dinner & Breakfast
DAY 8 & 9: SWAKOPMUND (2 NIGHTS)
Although you’re bidding a reluctant farewell to the iconic dunes of Sossusvlei, the next two days and nights offer up plenty more excitement as you head towards the vibrant coastal town of Swakopmund. Located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Namib Desert, Swakopmund offers a perfect blend of adventure, relaxation, and cultural exploration.
Swakopmund is renowned for its exhilarating outdoor activities. Thrill-seekers can embark on a quad biking or dune boarding adventure, conquering the majestic sands that surround the town. For a unique experience, take a scenic flight over the stunning landscapes, marveling at the contrast between the vast desert and the crashing waves of the Atlantic.
Nature enthusiasts will find delight in visiting nearby Walvis Bay, a haven for birdwatching and marine life. Take a boat tour to witness playful dolphins, seals, and pelicans, and keep an eye out for the majestic flamingos that grace the lagoons.
For a taste of history and culture, explore the charming streets of Swakopmund lined with colonial-era buildings. Visit the Swakopmund Museum to learn about the region’s diverse heritage and the fascinating creatures that inhabit the surrounding ecosystems.
Enriching your stay in this region, lap up luxury and unwind at The Strand Hotel. Located along Swakopmund’s iconic beachfront promenade, this luxurious hotel offers stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. The Strand also boasts elegant rooms, exceptional dining options, and a range of amenities, including a spa and fitness center.
Strand Hotel Website
DAY 10 & 11: DAMARALAND (2 NIGHTS)
For days 10 & 11 of this epic guided safari adventure, it’s time to appreciate the breath-taking landscapes of desolate Damaraland. As you journey deeper into this rugged region, you’ll be enchanted by its vastness and timeless beauty.
Damaraland is a land of contrasting landscapes, where towering granite mountains and ancient valleys meet expansive desert plains. Explore the impressive rock formations of Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, adorned with ancient rock engravings that depict the rich cultural heritage of the area.
One of the highlights of Damaraland is the opportunity to encounter fascinating desert-adapted elephants. These magnificent creatures have uniquely adapted to thrive in the harsh desert environment. Embark on a thrilling game drive or guided nature walk, accompanied by experienced guides who will share their knowledge about these remarkable animals and their habitat.
Further, marvel at the dramatic Burnt Mountain, with its fiery hues and otherworldly appearance. Discover the Organ Pipes, a series of towering basalt columns that resemble the pipes of a grand organ. These geological wonders provide a striking backdrop for memorable photographs.
When it’s time to relax and unwind, embrace the rustic luxury of Mowani Mountain Camp. Nestled amidst giant granite boulders, the camp offers endless panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Kick back in your comfortable and stylish room, and take in the beauty of the starry night sky from the open-air dining area.
Mowani Mountain Camp Website
DAY 12: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK - SOUTH (1 NIGHT)
From the rugged landscapes of Damaraland, this best Of Namibia guided safari ventures to the wild wonders of Etosha National Park South. As you enter this iconic wildlife sanctuary, prepare to be immersed in a world of extraordinary sightings and captivating natural beauty.
Etosha National Park South is renowned for its abundant wildlife, including majestic elephants, graceful giraffes, and powerful lions. Embark on thrilling game drives, guided by expert rangers who will lead you to prime locations for unforgettable wildlife encounters. Watch in awe as herds of zebras gracefully roam the savannah, while elusive leopards stealthily navigate their territory.
The park’s diverse habitats also provide ample opportunities for birdwatching. Keep your eyes peeled for vibrant flamingos, regal eagles, and a myriad of other bird species that call this park home.
For an elevated wildlife experience, visit one of the park’s waterholes. Observe the interactions between different species as they quench their thirst, creating fascinating wildlife spectacles.
At the end of an exhilarating day, you will find tranquility and luxury at the renowned Ongava Lodge. Nestled on a private reserve adjacent to Etosha National Park, this exquisite lodge offers magical views, lavish rooms, and exceptional service. Relax on your private deck, soaking in the panoramic vistas, or unwind in the elegant lounge area.
Ongava Lodge Website
Dinner & Breakfast
DAY 13 & 14: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK - EAST (2 NIGHTS)
As you venture into the untamed wilderness of Etosha East, your extraordinary wildlife adventure continues.
Etosha National Park East is famed for its vast salt pans and open plains, providing a unique backdrop for epic wildlife encounters. Embark on more exhilarating game drives, led by experienced guides who possess an intimate knowledge of the park’s hidden gems. Marvel at the graceful movements of giraffes against the striking backdrop of the expansive salt pans, and keep a keen eye out for prides of lions lazing under the shade of acacia trees.
Explore the diverse birdlife that thrives in this area of the park, with species ranging from majestic raptors to colourful bee-eaters. Capture photographs of the charismatic ground squirrels and playful meerkats that inhabit the region.
For a truly immersive experience, enjoy on a guided nature walk, allowing you to connect with the sights, sounds and scents of the African bush on a more intimate level. Your knowledgeable guide will unveil the secrets of the park’s flora and fauna, providing fascinating insights into the intricate ecosystem.
As the day draws to a close, you will find comfort and luxury at the enchanting Mushara Outpost. Tucked away in a private reserve adjacent to Etosha National Park, this elegant lodge offers a tranquil retreat in the heart of the wilderness. Immerse yourself in the serenity of your well-appointed accommodation, complete with modern amenities and a private veranda where you can unwind and soak in the surrounding natural beauty.
Mushara Outpost Website
Dinner & Breakfast
DAY 15: WATERBERG (1 NIGHT)
As your luxury guided safari nears its end, it’s time to visit Waterberg, where nature’s wonders and conservation efforts converge. Situated amidst the Waterberg Plateau, this area offers a unique blend of surreal landscapes and unforgettable wildlife encounters.
Immerse yourself in the conservation initiatives of the Africat Foundation, a renowned organisation dedicated to the protection and rehabilitation of Namibia’s big cats. Learn about their efforts to conserve cheetahs, leopards, and other carnivores, and witness these magnificent creatures up close in a responsible and ethical manner.
Explore the scenic trails and hiking paths that wind through the Waterberg Plateau, revealing stunning vistas and opportunities for wildlife sightings. Marvel at the unique rock formations and ancient geological history that have shaped this diverse landscape.
For your final night on safari, retreat to the luxurious Okonjima Luxury Bush Camp, sandwiched within a private reserve. Unwind in spacious rooms that blend seamlessly with the natural surroundings, allowing you to feel fully immersed in the wilderness. Indulge in gourmet cuisine and savour the flavours of Namibia, reflecting the rich culinary heritage of the region.
As the sun sets on your unforgettable Namibian adventure, relish the tranquility of the surroundings and reflect on the incredible memories created throughout this safari. The Waterberg region and Okonjima Luxury Bush Camp provide the perfect finale to your immersive journey through Namibia’s remarkable landscapes and wildlife.
Okonjima Luxury Bush Camp Website
Dinner & Breakfast
DAY 16: WINDHOEK (DEPARTURE / END OF TOUR)
As your guided safari tour comes to an end, it’s time to bid farewell to the remarkable landscapes and wildlife of Namibia.
Reflecting on the magic of this safari experience, you carry with you cherished memories of breath-taking sunsets, encounters with majestic animals, and the profound connection you have established with nature.
Returning to Windhoek, you can’t help but feel a sense of gratitude for the enchanting journey you embarked upon, knowing that the spirit of Africa will forever remain in your heart.
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