14 day tour
Namibia Road Trip
- Visit the famous sand dunes of the Namib desert
- Spot wildlife in Etosha National Park
- Learn about the traditional way of life of the Himbas
During this Namibia road trip you will travel by rental car through Namibia at your own pace. Discover the Fish River Canyon, the world’s third largest canyon. Travel on to the Namib desert, famous for the highest sand dunes in the world and the Sossusvlei. In Swakopmund along the coast you can admire the old colonial German buildings or take a trip to another part of the desert. After this you will drive to the so-called “wild Africa” where you not only cross Damaraland, but also get acquainted with local tribes like the Himbas. Finally, you will complete your Namibia road trip with another two unmissable highlights: Etosha and Waterberg.
14 day tour of Namibia:
Windhoek – Na’ankuse – Mariental – Fish River Canyon – Aus – Naukluft Mountains – Swakopmund – Damaraland – Etosha – Waterberg – Windhoek
Day 1 – Arrival in Windhoek; drive to Na’ankuse/Central Namibia
Your Namibia Road Trip starts in Na’ankuse, about one hour driving from Windhoek. Arriving at the airport, you will pick up your rental car and drive straight to your lodge, nestled in the stunning African bush fields. The lodge has a wildlife rehabilitation centre and a San-bushmen Skills Academy that you can visit. You can also choose to relax and unwind at the lodge’s swimming pool after your long trip to Namibia.
Day 2 – Na’ankuse/Central Namibia to Mariental
Today you begin your drive through the semi desert of the Kalahari plains to Mariental. You can join a trip to the Gondwana Kalahari Park to watch the sunset over the fiery red dunes, and give yourself some time to relax with a beautiful view.
Day 3 – Mariental to Fish River Canyon
After breakfast you will get into the car and drive to the Fish River Canyon. This is the world’s third largest canyon, behind only the Grand Canyon and the Blue Nile canyon. On your way you can make a stop at the National Quiver Tree Forest, a unique forest with trees found only in this part of Namibia. You have plenty of time to explore the canyon, so you can take it easy as you want.
Day 4 – Fish River Canyon to Aus
Today you travel to Aus, a park where three different types of ecosystems meet.This makes it an ideal place for flora and fauna. In fact, one-fifth of the country’s total flora is found in Aus. More than 500 species of plants can be seen here after heavy rainfall. The fauna is just as fascinating, especially when it comes to its birds and wild desert horses.
Day 5 – Aus to Naukluft Mountains/Sossusvlei
You continue your Namibia road trip to the Naukluft Mountains in the Namib Desert. Over 80 million years old, the Namib Desert is not only the world’s oldest desert but also boasts some of the world’s highest sand dunes. It has recently been added to the UNESCO World Heritage list and is now also known as the Namib Sand Sea. The desert has distinctive red sand dunes, and you can see them on almost every leaflet about Namibia.
Day 6 – Visit Namib-Naukluft-Sossusvlei
Since the Namib Desert lies along the coast, the strong wind from the sea pushes the sand around on the dunes. As a result, these sand dunes can rise as high as 300 metres. The most famous of these dunes is Dune 45. Not only can you make stunning photographs of this giant dune, you can also climb it! The walk is truly an endurance test due to the heat, the thin sand and the thin edge. Although many people might not know the name Namib-Naukluft, compared to the more well-known Sossusvlei, this area is much larger than Sossusvlei.
Day 7 – Naukluft Mountains to Swakopmund
Today you will travel to the historic town of Swakopmund, a coastal town known for its odd mixture of German colonial buildings and Namibian influences. It’s only a short drive to Swakopmund, so you have plenty of time to explore the town.
Day 8 – Swakopmund
You have a day off today, so you can stroll along the seafront and the beach, admiring the colonial buildings and enjoying the beach’s soft breeze. You can also choose to go one of the numerous excursions, such as a Living Deserts tour where a jeep takes you through the Namib dDesert in search of local flora and wild animals.
Day 9 – Swakopmund to Damaraland
Today you will drive along the coast, also known as the Skeleton Coast. This name comes from the many shipwrecks that have drifted ashore over the years. On your way, you can make a stopover in Cape Cross where a big seal colony lives. If you are looking for wild Africa, then today is your lucky day! The savannah landscape of Damaraland is full of shrubs, acacias, dry river beds, massive mountain peaks and table mountains. Here you’ll also find the naturally formed Vingerklip, Organ Pipes and trunks of stone that look just like pieces of art. There are also several rock drawings in this area, including the White Lady. This is a collection of unique rock drawings that you can’t find anywhere else in the country.
Day 10 – to Etosha; visit Himba village
You continue your Namibia road trip to Etosha. On the way, you can make a stop at a Himba village near Kamanjab. The Himba is a traditional tribe that lives in the wilderness of Damaraland. Due to the intense heat, the Himba tribes people dress themselves with minimal clothing and cover themselves in a red paste. You can visit their village to learn more about their local way of life. After that, you continue to Namibia’s best wildlife spotting park: Etosha.
Day 11 – Etosha
Etosha is a huge park where you can easily spend several days exploring and viewing the wildlife. The variety in landscape within this park means you can find a great diversity of animals in every area of this park. During the dry season, large groups of animals come to the water holes to drink, so there’s a big chance you will get to spot them as they gather here.
Day 12 – Etosha
Today you will drive to another part of the park as well as stay in a new lodge. This lodge is known to be an excellent place to watch the animals at the water hole. You will drive through a part of Etosha which used to be a closed area, but is now open to the public. Since this area has seen so few tourists compared to other parts of the park, you will find many more animals along all the water holes, including zebras, giraffes and rhinoceros.
Day 13 – Etosha to Waterberg
Driving straight through the semi desert of the Kalahari, you will head to the ‘Table Mountain’ of Namibia. With its lush mountainous landscapes, this will give you a completely different wildlife experience from Etosha. The Waterberg Plateau National Park is an ecologically rich park where you can find more than 200 different bird species and several rare antelopes. Waterberg gets its name from the many waterfalls on Table Mountain.
Day 14 – Waterberg to Windhoek – end of trip
Today is the last day of your Namibia self-drive road trip. You will leave your car in Windhoek and return home again by plane with many new experiences and memories under your belt.