In 16 days, The Classic Namibia Safari visits most of the highlights of Namibia: Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert, the charming town of Swakopmund and the Skeleton Coast; Damaraland, with its fascinating geology and desert-adapted wildlife; Kaooland, the last frontier of true wilderness and the realm of the nomadic Himba people; Etosha National Park - one of Africa’s greatest game parks; and the private Okonjima Reserve and home to The AfriCat Foundation.
Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland, Kaokoland, Etosha, Waterberg
- Climb Dune 45 or Big Daddy and look out over Dead Vlei and the endless sea of sand
- Visit the activity centre of Namibia in Swakopmund. Explore where the dunes meet the sea
- Sightsee the Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings, Burnt Mountain and Organ Pipes
- Meet authentic Himba tribes
- Discover the span of Etosha National Park from west to east. Exceptional game viewing
- Visit the AfriCat Foundation and do an enclosure drive on the private Okonjima Reserve
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Our team of expert safari architects specializes in creating personalized, high-end safaris in Namibia that exceed your expectations. From luxury accommodations to unforgettable wildlife encounters, every detail of your safari is tailored to your desires. Whether you're a seasoned safari-goer or it's your first time, our commitment to exceptional service ensures an unforgettable adventure.
- Meals (details on request)
- Vehicle hire
- 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
- Optional extra activities
- Park entry fees
- Staff gratuities
DAY 1: WINDHOEK (1 NIGHT)
Day one of your 16-day “Classic Namibia” self-drive safari begins in the vibrant capital city of Windhoek. As soon as you arrive at the airport, you are warmly greeted by a friendly representative from the vehicle rental company who ensures a smooth handover of your car. Shortly after, a knowledgeable SecretNamibia representative joins you to provide a detailed briefing on your travel documents and itinerary, setting the stage for an unforgettable adventure.
Windhoek, the cultural and economic hub of Namibia, welcomes you with its blend of African and European influences. The city boasts a fascinating mix of modern infrastructure and colonial architecture. Take a leisurely drive through Independence Avenue, where you can witness the contrasting styles and visit the historical landmarks such as the Christ Church, Tintenpalast (Ink Palace), and Alte Feste (Old Fortress). Immerse yourself in the local culture by exploring craft markets, art galleries, and museums, such as the National Museum and the Owela Museum.
For your first night in Windhoek, you will find comfort and luxury at Am Weinberg Boutique Hotel. Nestled in the tranquil surroundings of Klein Windhoek, this elegant accommodation offers a peaceful retreat after a long day of travel. Indulge in delectable cuisine at the hotel’s restaurant and unwind with a refreshing drink while admiring the panoramic views of the city.
Am Weinberg Boutique Hotel Website
DAY 2 & 3: SOSSUSVLEI (2 NIGHTS)
After a restful night at Am Weinberg Boutique Hotel, the next two days of your incredible self-drive safari lead you to the mesmerising Sossusvlei region. Prepare to be captivated by its otherworldly landscapes and towering sand dunes that stretch as far as the eye can see.
Nestled in the heart of this magnificent desert scenery is your home for the next two nights, the Desert Homestead Lodge. This charming lodge offers a blend of comfort and rustic elegance, providing a perfect base to explore the surrounding wonders. The lodge’s facilities include a swimming pool, a lounge area with a fireplace, and a restaurant serving mouthwatering cuisine inspired by local flavours.
Sossusvlei offers a myriad of attractions and activities that will leave you in awe. Rise early to witness the sunrise over the dunes, casting a golden hue that paints the vast desert landscape. Venture into the iconic Deadvlei, an ancient white clay pan adorned with petrified camel thorn trees, creating a hauntingly beautiful sight.
Embark on a thrilling 4x4 excursion to the towering Dune 45, where you can climb to the top and be rewarded with breath-taking panoramic views of the surrounding desert. For the more adventurous, a hike up the mammoth Big Daddy dune presents an unforgettable challenge and an opportunity to marvel at the incredible vistas from its summit.
To immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the area, visit the nearby Sesriem Canyon, a natural wonder carved by the Tsauchab River over millions of years. Take a leisurely stroll through the canyon, admiring its towering walls and the play of light and shadow that dances upon them.
Desert Homestead Lodge Website
DAY 4 & 5: SWAKOPMUND (2 NIGHTS)
Leaving the enchanting dunes of Sossusvlei behind, the picturesque coastal town of Swakopmund awaits on the next leg of this epic self-drive safari adventure. Set against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean and the surrounding desert, Swakopmund offers a unique blend of natural beauty and old-world charm.
For the next two nights, you will reeisde at the magnificent Swakopmund Luxury Suites. This upscale hotel serves as a luxurious retreat, with spacious rooms and modern amenities that ensure a comfortable stay. The hotel also offers a range of first-class facilities, including a stunning rooftop terrace where you can enjoy panoramic views of the ocean and the town.
Swakopmund offers a wealth of attractions and activities for every taste. Explore the town’s colonial architecture and vibrant history through a guided walking tour, where you can visit landmarks like the Woermannhaus and the Swakopmund Lighthouse. Alternatively, discover the town’s cultural heritage at the Swakopmund Museum, which houses fascinating exhibits on Namibian history, geology, and ethnography.
For the adventure seekers, Swakopmund presents a playground of thrilling activities. Take to the desert on a quad biking excursion, navigating the sandy terrain and feeling the rush of adrenaline. Embark on a scenic boat cruise along the coast, spotting seals, dolphins, and even whales if you’re lucky!
Swakopmund Luxury Suites Website
DAY 6: DAMARALAND (1 NIGHT)
Continuing on this self-drive safari adventure of a lifetime, your journey leads you to the rugged and remote region of Damaraland. This one-night stopover offers a unique blend of stunning landscapes, cultural encounters, and fascinating attractions.
To reach Damaraland, consider taking the coastal route via Torra Bay, a scenic drive that allows you to experience the breath-taking beauty of the Namibian coastline. Along the way, make a memorable stop at Cape Cross, where you can witness the awe-inspiring sight of the largest breeding cape fur seal colony in the world. Marvel at the sheer number of seals and observe their playful antics in their natural habitat.
Arriving in Damaraland, you will find sanctuary at Camp Kipwe, an exquisite lodge nestled amidst the ancient boulders of the region. The camp’s unique design seamlessly blends with its surroundings, offering a harmonious retreat in the heart of the wilderness. Enjoy the comfort of your thatched-roof chalet and take in the panoramic views from the lodge’s stunning communal areas.
Damaraland is renowned for its rich cultural heritage and fascinating attractions. Visit the Damara Living Museum, where you can immerse yourself in the traditional lifestyle of the Damara people, learn about their customs, and witness captivating dance performances. Explore the ancient rock art sites scattered throughout the region, showcasing the artistic expressions of the early inhabitants.
For nature enthusiasts, a guided excursion to the Twyfelfontein area is a must. Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its impressive collection of rock engravings that date back thousands of years. Marvel at the unique geological formations, including the Organ Pipes and the Burnt Mountain, which offer a glimpse into the region’s tumultuous past.
Camp Kipwe Website
DAY 7 & 8: DAMARALAND - REMOTE AREAS (2 NIGHTS)
Next, prepare to embark on a soul-stirring journey north to Damaraland’s more remote areas which encompasses the Kunene Region. As you venture deeper into this rugged wilderness, the essence of true adventure beckons. Brace yourself for an extraordinary two-night stay at Etendeka Mountain Camp, a hidden oasis nestled among ancient mountains and endless plains.
First, let your spirit soar as you partake in exhilarating activities that unveil the secrets of this untamed land. Embark on immersive nature walks, guided by expert wilderness enthusiasts who unravel the intricate tales woven into the region’s flora and fauna. Marvel at the remarkable adaptations of desert-adapted wildlife, from majestic elephants to stealthy lions, as they traverse this extraordinary terrain.
Indulge your senses on captivating game drives, where each turn reveals a new chapter in the untamed drama unfolding around you. Navigate vast landscapes, keeping a keen eye out for graceful giraffes and zebras galloping in harmony with the wind. Behold the symphony of colours that paint the sky during a radiant African sunset, casting an ethereal glow upon the rugged beauty that surrounds you.
For a glimpse into the rich tapestry of Namibia’s cultural heritage, visit a Himba village and witness their timeless traditions come to life. Engage with the warm-hearted locals, adorned in vibrant attire and intricate hairstyles, as they share the wisdom of their ancestors and offer a window into their deeply rooted way of life.
Etendeka Mountain Camp Website
DAY 9: KAOKOLAND (1 NIGHT)
Prepare to venture into the wild and captivating landscapes of Kaokoland, where an unforgettable one-night stay at Opuwo Country Lodge awaits. Nestled amidst this remote and untamed region, the hotel stands as a luxry oasis amid the rugged beauty of the surroundings.
Kaokoland beckons with its awe-inspiring attractions and exciting activities. Embark on guided excursions to explore the dramatic landscapes that unfold before you. Traverse rocky terrains and ancient riverbeds, immersing yourself in the raw beauty of this untamed wilderness. Marvel at the towering mountains, vast plains, and cascading rivers that paint a breathtaking backdrop.
Back at Opuwo Country Lodge, take a dip in the incredible pool to cool off. Rest in your luxury room, and rest well knowing that more extraordinary wonders await you as your safari continues to unfold.
Opuwo Country Lodge Website
DAY 10: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK - WEST (1 NIGHT)
Next stop the western region of the iconic Etosha National Park. Here your thrilling safari adventure kicks up another notch!
Etosha National Park is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts, boasting an abundance of diverse animal species. Embark on enthralling game drives, traversing the park’s vast savannahs and tracking the iconic Big Five lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, and buffalos. Witness breathtaking scenes of animal interactions at the park’s numerous waterholes, where animals congregate to quench their thirst.
Enjoy the opportunity to spot rare and endemic species, such as the black-faced impala and the elusive Hartmann’s mountain zebra. Capture stunning photographs of the park’s stunning landscapes, from shimmering salt pans to acacia-dotted plains.
After a day of exhilarating wildlife encounters, retreat to the comfort of Hobatere Lodge. This charming lodge offers a cosy atmosphere and modern amenities, providing a tranquil haven amidst the wilderness of Etosha National Park.
Hobatere Lodge Website
DAY 11 & 12: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK - SOUTH (2 NIGHTS)
Continuing your expedition through breath-taking Etosha, your Classic Namibia self-drive safari leads you to the enchanting Etosha National Park South, where you will immerse yourself in the wonders of this wildlife haven for the next two nights. Settle into the welcoming embrace of Etosha Village, your luxury haven in the heart of the park.
Etosha National Park South offers a distinct tapestry of experiences that will leave you in awe. Embark on exhilarating game drives, venturing deep into the park’s diverse landscapes. Explore the iconic Etosha Pan, a vast salt pan stretching as far as the eye can see, shimmering in the sunlight and providing a surreal backdrop for wildlife sightings. Observe graceful herds of zebras and giraffes gracefully navigating the plains, and prides of lions basking in the golden grasslands.
Discover the abundant birdlife that calls this region home, with over 300 species to be spotted. Keep an eye out for the striking lilac-breasted roller, the majestic African fish eagle, and the vibrant crimson-breasted shrike, each adding a burst of colour to the park’s already vibrant canvas.
As the day transitions to night, retire to your cozy Etosha Village abode; let the whispers of the wild serenade you to sleep, knowing that tomorrow holds even more remarkable encounters.
Etosha Village Website
DAY 13 & 14: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK - EAST (2 NIGHTS)
Your Etosha adventure hasn’t ended yet! Get set to delve deeper into this incredible national park as you drive to the popular eastern region where you will spend two unforgettable nights.
Set off on majestic game drives during your time here, traversing the park’s vast expanses in search of iconic species. Witness the captivating sight of elephants roaming the golden plains, graceful giraffes grazing on acacia trees, and stealthy predators prowling the savannah in pursuit of their next meal.
Discover the park’s numerous waterholes, where wildlife congregates in abundance. Observe as zebras and antelopes quench their thirst, while an array of bird species grace the skies above.
As the sun sets over the enchanting landscapes, experience the magic of the wilderness by heading out on a sundowner drive. After, retreat to the stunning Mushara Bush Camp where you can sample delicious local cuisine and take advantage of the camp’s plush facilities.
Mushara Bush Camp Website
DAY 15: WATERBERG (1 NIGHT)
As your self-drive safari through Namibia draws to an end, prepare to be enchanted one last time by the natural wonders of the next destination: Waterberg. Nestled amidst the rugged beauty of the Waterberg Plateau, this region offers a unique blend of wildlife encounters and otherworldly landscapes. Your stay at Okonjima Lodge Plains Camp will provide a perfect base to explore this captivating area.
Waterberg is a haven for nature enthusiasts, offering a range of activities to immerse yourself in its beauty. Embark on guided hikes along the plateau’s trails, marveling at the ancient rock formations and the stunning vistas that unfold before you. Discover the rich biodiversity of the region as you encounter rare species such as the black rhino and sable antelope.
A highlight of Waterberg is the opportunity to witness Namibia’s conservation efforts first-hand. Visit the AfriCat Foundation, dedicated to the preservation of endangered carnivores. Learn about their rehabilitation and reintroduction programs and, if you’re lucky, catch a glimpse of rehabilitated cheetahs and leopards during a thrilling guided tour.
Okonjima Lodge Plains Camp Website
DAY 16: WINDHOEK (DEPARTURE / END OF TOUR)
On the final day of your remarkable self-drive safari, it’s time to bid farewell to the captivating landscapes and wildlife as you make your way back to Windhoek.
Reflect on the incredible memories and experiences that have enriched your journey through Namibia. As you return to the capital, your safari comes to an end, and it’s time to catch your departing flight back home. Cherish the moments and carry the spirit of Namibia with you.
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