• Namib Desert

Classic Namibia Tour

Our Classic Namibia Tour is one of the most spectacular ways to experience Namibia, allowing you to really get to know this magical part of the world. This 14-day self drive tour takes you on an immersive journey through the natural, untouched beauty of Namibia - where you’ll discover breathtaking contrasts such as dry desert landscapes and lush green forests.

Namibia is completely different to any other African safari destination with it’s desert adapted wildlife such as the elephant and lion. This stunning location is home to the world’s highest sand dunes, as well as a panoramic coastline and pristine beaches.

Namibia has everything for a self-drive holiday, from good roads to epic wildlife and landscape viewing. The destination is best travelled by vehicle, with well-maintained tarmac and gravel roads giving you access to the silvery salt pans of Etosha National Park, the red-rock landscape of Damaraland, and the rugged crevasse of Fish River Canyon. Photographers need look no further than Dead Vlei, where burnt-orange dunes contrast against blackened camelthorn trees and clear blue skies, while, Swakopmund offers more active experiences for families, from quad biking to sandboarding.

Duration
14 days
Best time to go
July to October
Options
Private basis, Escorted
Start your journey
Namib Desert

Trip highlights

  • Visit the red dunes of the Kalahari and see giraffe, zebra and antelope in their natural habitat
  • Explore Brandberg, the highest mountain in Namibia and venture through Etosha National Park, one of Africa’s greatest wildlife parks
  • Discover the unique Bushmen Paintings of Damaraland and search for Namibia’s desert-adapted elephant
  • Enjoy the delights of Swakopmund such as the canyons and bizarre rock formations of Moon-landscape
Desert Road in Namibia, Africa

Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, is located in a basin between the Khomas Highland, Auas and Eros Mountains. Windhoek with its many faces and facets is a capricious mix of old and new, European and African.

Pick up your car upon arrival at Hosea Kutako International Airport and drive 35 minutes to your hotel.
You’ll be staying at the Am Weinberg Boutique Hotel, which is conveniently located in the tranquil suburb of Klein Windhoek. Following check in, a guide will collect you from the hotel and transport you to an authentic farm for a delightful lunch. The rest of the day can be spent at leisure, either enjoying the hotel facilities, exploring the city or taking part in some of the optional activities on offer.

Spend the afternoon with an optional activity touring the Katutura Township. You’ll get the chance to visit Eveline Street - the longest street in Katutura, the meat market, and Penduka Women’s Centre on the shore of the Goreangab Dam.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Am Weinberg Estate’s Boutique Hotel
Kalahari Desert

This morning you’ll be driving to the Kalahari Desert, which is situated two hours, and 125.5 miles away. The Kalahari Desert is an exceptionally beautiful living desert. Its large semi-arid sandy savannah drapes over a gently rolling inland sea of sand. The Kalahari Desert covers most of Botswana and large parts of Namibia and South Africa.

You’ll be staying at the Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge ,which looks out to the impressive Kalahari landscape, characterised by red sand dunes and camel thorn trees. It offers ample space and privacy, with its chalets nestled around the ‘vlei’, where often animals can be observed.

During the Game Drives and nature walks you can experience the breath-taking beauty of the Kalahari with vibrant red dunes and diverse range of wildlife.

In the afternoon, there is an optional activity of three to four hour sundowner drive including drinks. Alternatively spend your time making the most of the lodge facilities.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge
Fish River Canyon Namibia

After breakfast, it will be time to drive to your next destination, Fish River Canyon, situated 281.5 miles away, and will take you four hours and 45 minutes to drive to from Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge. The intermittent Fish River has created Africa’s largest and the world’s second largest canyon. Hot, dry and stony the 99 miles long, at times 16 miles wide, and 550 metres deep canyon is awe-inspiring. At the southern end are the renowned hot springs of Ai-Ais.

Upon arrival, you’ll be staying at the Canyon Lodge in Gondwana Canyon Park, just half a mile away from the Fish River Canyon. The afternoon can be enjoyed at leisure, perhaps reading a book on the terrace, or relaxing at the swimming pool where you can admire the views beyond the Fish River Canyon.

In the evening, enjoy a delicious meal at the lodge restaurant.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Canyon Lodge Gondwana Collection Namibia
Sossusvlei desert

Early morning after breakfast, you’ll drive to Sossusvlei, located 330 miles away and which is a seven hour drive. Here you will discover the magnificent red sand dunes of the Namib. You’ll be staying at the iconic Sossusvlei Lodge, famous for its magnificent views over a floodlit waterhole which is a haven for wildlife. This location also offers direct access to the towering red sand dunes, the famous pan of Sossusvlei, the scorched black trees of Dead Vlei and the remarkable depths of the Sesriem Canyon.

The Sossusvlei Lodge Adventure Centre provides a range of activities including quad-biking, guided excursions, sun-downer trips, hot air ballooning, scenic flights and much more.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Sossusvlei Lodge
Sossusvlei Desert
Sossusvlei desert

After breakfast, it will be time to move on to the town of Swakopmund, situated 213 miles away and taking four hours by car. With its palm-lined streets, seaside promenades and pristine beaches, there are countless pursuits to help keep you busy. Arriving to Hotel Zum Kaiser.

In the afternoon, we recommend you take the optional drive through Namib Naukluft Park, where the mysterious and endemic ‘welwitschia mirabilis’ can be found. Visit Moon-Landscape, a fascinating group of Damara Granites pushed upwards through the earth's crust some 500 to 460 million years ago.

With another day to enjoy Swakopmund, take some time to explore the town centre and enjoy the variety of book shops and galleries on offer. For those feeling active, there are a variety of optional experiences on offer at an additional cost. Spend the morning looking for wildlife on a dolphin cruise or living desert tour. If you’re feeling adventurous, enjoy an eco marine kayaking experience.

In the afternoon explore the old city by bicycle, or head out on the Mondesa Township tour. After a busy day of exploring, you’ll meet with one of our guides on the beach for sunset snacks and drinks.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Zum Kaiser
Jeep in the desert

Huge, untamed and ruggedly beautiful Damaraland is an exceptionally scenic landscape of open plains and spectacular rock formations. The major attractions are Spitzkoppe, Brandberg, Twyfelfontein, Vingerklip and the Petrified Forest.

After setting off from Swakopmund in the morning, you’ll head off on a 203 mile journey, taking around four and a half hours to drive to Damaraland. Arrive at your accommodation at lunchtime. Mowani Mountain Camp offers luxury tented accommodation with magnificent desert views. Nearby lies Twyfelfontein, with its San engravings and paintings.

Head to Burnt Mountain, a small hill located near Twyfelfontein, just a kilometre from the Organ Pipes in Damaraland, Namibia. This national monument displays an intense variety of colours formed by volcanic activity interacting with organic material that transformed into a sedimentary bed over 125 million years ago. You’ll then move on to Twyfelfontein, a World Heritage Site boasting one of the richest rock art concentrations in Africa and home to 17 rock art sites.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Mowani Mountain Camp
Namib Desert

After breakfast, it will be time to move on to your next destination, Etosha National Park. Situated in the northwest of Namibia, this area is well known for its wildlife. The journey from Damaraland takes about three hours and 45 minutes, as Etosha Village is just shy of 200 miles. Arriving at Etosha Village, located directly across from the Etosha National Park.

If you wish, you have the option to book a morning, afternoon or full day guided game drive in Etosha National Park, which you can book locally.

Alternatively, you may prefer venturing on the walking trails where various small game can be spotted from the lookout decks and hides.

Optional sundowner drives and stargazing sessions allow you to experience the magic of sunsets and star studded skies. Finish your evening in the Mopane Forest, under the stars, with a magnificent Boma Dinner Experience (additional costs apply).

In the morning, following breakfast, if you have opted to book for a day of game drives then you will be collected from the lodge Etosha National Park.The Etosha pan takes centre stage - as the largest salt pan in Africa this is the park’s most distinct and dramatic feature. What was once a lake, has now dried up and left a vast void of white, alkaline clay. Only the oryx antelope dares to venture far onto the sun-baked, desolate ground. Yet, when rains abound and the pan fills up it teems with migratory birds frolicking in the nourishing waters.

Spend the afternoon at leisure, enjoying the campsite facilities.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Taleni Etosha Village
Hippos in Namibia

The central Namibian highlands are much cooler and less harsh than the arid lowlands that make up the majority of the country. You’ll be staying at the Mount Etjo Safari Lodge, based at the heart of the Okonjati Wildlife Sanctuary, offering tranquil surroundings and the opportunity to engage in the pristine beauty of African wilderness. It takes about two hours and 45 minutes to reach your destination, which is situated 140 miles from Etosha Village.

Enormous palm trees, endless grass fields and a flamingo pond invite you to take a walk and look around. Mount Etjo Safari Lodge is built to face a large lake where animals regularly quench their thirst and hippos come to visit. Further in the distance lingers the magnificent Mount Etjo Mountain, completing the picturesque scenery.

The day can be spent at leisure, enjoying the lodge facilities. Depending on what time you arrive and if there is time, you may wish to book an optional afternoon game drive or lion feed.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Mount Etjo Safari Lodge
a baby elephant standing in the dirt

Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, is surrounded by magnificent mountains, expansive valleys and fertile farmlands. This city possesses a unique charm due to its harmonious blend of African and European cultures and friendly people.

Head off in the morning after breakfast at Mount Etjo Safari Lodge and drive three hours (166 miles) to GocheGanas Nature Reserve & Wellness Village. You’ll spend a night here, which is located a mere 18 miles southeast of Windhoek, and situated on a hilltop overlooking a spectacular landscape. This luxurious Lodge offers a unique combination of wildlife, nature and wellness experiences. During the day, take some time to enjoy Windhoek’s places of interest, such as the Museum, the National Art Gallery, the ‘Tintenpalast’, the National Botanical Research Institute and the Zoo Gardens.

There is an option to join our experienced guides on an optional Morning Rhino Tracking tour, following fresh rhino tracks and observing these majestic animals in their natural habitat. On the way you’ll have plenty of opportunity to soak up the beauty of Mount Etjo’s surroundings and learn in depth about tracking. In the afternoon, if you wish you can embark on optional game drive, which will provide you with the chance to see more animals, perhaps even a rhino family.

Suggested Accommodation

  • GocheGanas Nature Reserve & Wellness Village

Today marks the end of your 14 day Classic Namibia Tour. From your hotel it’s time to drive the one hour and 25 minute journey back to the airport, which is located 54 miles away. After dropping off your rental car, it’s time to say your farewell to Namibia and board your return flight home.

Alternatively, you have the option to extend your stay and spend the morning at GocheGanas Wellness Village.

GocheGanas Wellness Village boasts a top of the range selection of wellness treatments and facilities such as a crystal bath, hydrotherapy bath, vichy shower, heated indoor pool, a cave sauna in a cathedral like masonry vault, a well-equipped fitness gym and a juice bar.

Included

  • Cost of accommodation (double room based on two people sharing) for a total of 13 nights (alternative but similar accommodation may be used at certain times of the year)
  • Board basis is Breakfast only at Am Weinberg Estate’s Boutique Hotel, Canyon Lodge Gondwana Collection Namibia, Hotel Zum Kaiser
  • Board basis is Half Board: breakfast and dinner at Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge, Sossusvlei Lodge, Mowani Mountain Camp, Taleni Etosha Village, Mount Etjo Safari Lodge, GocheGanas Nature Reserve & Wellness Village
  • English-speaking local guides for all guided excursions as illustrated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees (excluding video camera fee) and park fees for all guided excursions as illustrated in the itinerary
  • Car hire and insurance

Not included

  • International flights and airfare taxes
  • Visa arrangements and fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses, such as alcoholic beverages, telephone calls, laundry, camera fees, spa and business facilities in the hotel
  • Video and professional still camera fees during excursions
  • Gratuities for naturalists and hotel staff
  • Meals (unless specified)
  • Optional attractions and excursions (unless specified)