Sand dunes, animals, diamonds, and stars
Namibia is a spectacularly diverse country in southern Africa that never disappoints. With its vast desert regions, rich wildlife, and vibrant culture, it is definitely a destination worth visiting. Visitors to Namibia can marvel at the majestic sand dunes of the Namib Desert, explore the magnificent wildlife of Etosha National Park, and discover the rich culture of the Himba people. Namibia also offers some of the best stargazing opportunities worldwide, making it an ideal place for travelers looking for a unique and immersive experience.
- Day 1 – Welcome to Namibia – arrive in Windhoek:
We start our journey at Windhoek airport. We will have a quick lunch followed by some time to rest after the flights. In the afternoon, we will take a sightseeing tour around the city (Christ Church, Parliament Garden and old railway station), followed by dinner. We will spend the night at a hotel in the city center.
- Day 2 – Southern Namibia awaits – majestic drive:
After breakfast we will pick up our cars and head south to Fish River Canyon (the scenic drive takes approximately 7 hours). On our way we will stop for a meal in Keetmanshoop – a small and charming farmer’s town. Next we will continue our journey toward a campground near Fish River Canyon. We will wrap up the day with an evening barbecue and bonfire.
- Day 3 – Fish River Canyon:
We will start the day with a visit to the canyon, then head to Luderitz (a 5-hour drive). On our way, we will witness wild horses in the Aus region. Luderitz is a beautiful town with a rich German heritage known for its excellent seafood. The day will end with a a seafood dinner, followed by a party and an overnight stay at a local guest house.
- Day 4 – Kolmanskop – a ghost town:
After breakfast, we will leave for an abandoned mining town in the Namib desert, where the last workers left in 1958. Once a thriving diamond destination, the city is now being slowly swallowed by the desert. Afterwards we will drive north to our campsite (approximately 5 hours) through the Namib desert – the oldest desert in the world.
- Day 5 – Sesriem Canyon – hiking challenge:
In the morning we will visit Sesriem Canyon, where we will hike to the canyon bottom. In the evening we will take a scenic 3-hour drive towards our next campsite near the Namib-Naukluft national park.
- Day 6 – Namib-Naukluft national park:
We will explore the national park before sunrise, walking among the highest dunes of the desert, including the famous Dune 45. Next we will prepare breakfast together in a beautifully located place next to Dead Valley. In the afternoon, we will drive toward the coast to Swakopmund via the Kuiseb Pass (a 2-hour drive).
- Days 7 – Swakopmund – ocean breeze:
We will take it easy to recharge our energy. The first half of the day will be free to rest and explore. In the evening we will drive approximately 2 hours to next campsite in Spitzkoppe.
- Day 8 – Local tribes – African culture:
This will be an adventurous day. We will see the villages of the Herero people and visit Twyfelfontein; then go for a walk in the mountains to explore a place that became famous for its rock drawings recognized by UNESCO. Next, we will visit the Damara people, where themembers of the young generation will introduce us to old traditions, songs, and dances. It will be an excellent opportunity to dance together in African rhythms.
- Day 9 – Skeleton National Park – breathtaking shipwrecks:
We will head to Skeleton National Park (a 3-hour drive) early in the morning to see spectacular shipwrecks and other relics of the past. Afterwards, we will head toward Opuwo – a city that’s a mix of Herero and Himba cultures.
- Day 10 – Epupa – falls and zebra mountains:
We will drive to Epupa (a 2-hour drive) to enjoy beautiful waterfalls and visit the Himba tribe in their village, where we will have an opportunity to learn more about their culture. In the afternoon, we will start our journey toward Etosha (a 4-hour drive) and spend the night near Ondangwa.
- Day 11 – Etosha – luxury lodge:
We will continue driving for around 5 hours. After the drive, we will have time to relax at a luxury lodge, where we will observe wild animals and savor outstanding cuisine.
- Day 12 – Etosha National Park – nature at its finest:
We will go on a morning safari to witness beautiful nature and Etosha’s animals (lions, elephants, and many others). After the safari, we will relax at our lodge.
- Day 13 – Windhoek – vibrant city:
We will return to Windhoek after breakfast (a 5-hour drive) and return our cars. An evening goodbye dinner followed by a party will mark the end of our adventure.
- Day 14 – Goodbye Namibia – depart Windhoek:
After breakfast, we end our journey at Windhoek airport.
- roundtrip airport transfer (WDH – Windhoek airport)
- 13 nights – 5 nights in hotels and guest houses, 3 nights in lodges, 5 nights on a campsite
- 4×4 car rental with equipment and insurance (1 car per 2 people)
- meals – 8 x breakfast (hotels, lodges, and guest houses)
- Etosha safari
- all entry fees
- two travel guides providing 24/7 assistance
- airfare (to WDH – Windhoek airport)
- travel medical insurance
- other meals
- personal expenses (souvenirs, extra food, alcohol)
- tips and gratuities
- visa fees
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