Lynx in a tree, Namibia

9 day escorted tour itinerary

Highlights of Namibia Tour

From ocean to desert

An ideal introduction to this breathtaking country, our Highlights of Namibia tour takes you on a journey from the dark waters of the Atlantic Ocean to the dusty plains of the Namib Desert. Explore the geological formations in Damaraland, climb a dune in Sossusvlei, go game-spotting in Etosha National Park and visit the shallow lagoon at Walvis Bay, a RAMSAR World Heritage Site. This unforgettable tour is highly recommended for your first visit to Namibia.

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Monumental dunes at Sossusvlei
  • Coastal town of Swakopmund
  • Geological formations in Damaraland
  • Safari in Etosha National Park
  • Explore the capital Windhoek

Sample Itinerary Summary

We can tailor any part of this itinerary or create a new one just for you.

Duration
9 days
Guide Price
£2,969 per person
Price based on
Based on 11 June 19, departure from London Heathrow flying with Virgin Atlantic, meal basis as per itinerary (2 adults sharing) including transfers.
Our guide price gives you an idea of pricing which will vary depending on exchange rates, accommodation, duration, dates, airline and cabin class.
Destination Breakdown
  • Namib Desert
    2 nights
  • Swakopmund
    2 nights
  • Damaraland
    1 night
  • Etosha National Park
    3 Nights
Options
Private or Group basis, Escorted or Self-Guided
Included
  • Accommodation as detailed in double or twin room with private facilities
  • Meals as stated
  • Services of an English speaking local driver/guide
  • Sightseeing activities in Etosha National Park
Not included
  • Visa fees
  • Optional excursions
  • Tips for the driver/guide

Itinerary Breakdown

Early departure from Windhoek to your lodge in the Namib Desert. This is the gateway to Sesriem Canyon and Sossusvlei, where some of the highest sand dunes on earth stand towering over the desert plains.

Spend the afternoon at leisure in your lodge, or take part in one of the optional activities on offer.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • The Elegant Desert Lodge or similar

This morning you will have an early start in order to see the first rays of sunlight paint the mountains of sand a variety of shades of red and orange, an unmissable photo opportunity. You will then walk up one of the Sossusvlei dunes to admire the desert landscape, before visiting Sesriem Canyon, a life sustaining natural phenomenon in the heart of the desert.

Overnight Accommodation

  • The Elegant Desert Lodge or similar

After breakfast you will travel towards the Atlantic Ocean, past the desolate rolling Kuiseb Moon Valley. Visit the shallow lagoon in Walvis Bay, one of the most important wetland areas on the African continent and a RAMSAR World Heritage Site. Over 80% of the African flamingos feed in this lagoon.

Later, arrive in the coastal town of Swakopmund and the rest of the day is at leisure.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Swakopmund Plaza or similar

Today is at leisure for you to enjoy the coastal town of Swakopmund. This is the perfect location for walking tours, shopping or relaxing along the sandy beaches. If you're looking for adventure there are also plenty of activities including desert tours, quad biking, paragliding and kite surfing on offer (payable locally).

Overnight Accommodation

  • Swakopmund Plaza or similar

Today you will head further north and travel via Brandberg, Namibia's highest mountain at 2,579m in to Damaraland one of the least populated and geographically diverse areas of Africa.The harsh rocky environment in home to the rare desert elephant, black rhino and antelope. Visit Twyfelfontain, a bushman heritage site and after a visit to a nearby Living Museum of the Damara, we proceed to the Petrified Forest. A geographical phenomenon depicting the creation and evolution of some of the oldest land masses on Earth.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Damara Mopane Lodge or similar

After a relaxed breakfast, you will travel towards the Etosha National Park, famous for its vast amount of wildlife and unique landscape. Once you have reached your camp located on the outside of the National Park, you'll have the rest of the day at leisure. You can optionally also book an afternoon guided game drive in an open game drive vehicle with the lodge.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Etosha Safari Camp or similar

Today is devoted to the abundant wildlife in the Etosha National Park, which surrounds a parched salt desert known as the Etosha Pan. The park is home to four of the 'Big Five'; elephant, lion, leopard and rhino.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Mokuti Etosha Lodge or similar

Today will also be spent game driving in the Etosha National Park, where you may encounter animal species you did not see the previous day and look forward to any new surprises at the different waterholes visited. In the afternoon travel to the lodge, where the rest of the evening is at leisure.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Mokuti Etosha Lodge or similar

After breakfast, continue south to Windhoek, where you will visit the craft markets in the main street of the capital. Afterwards transfer to the airport for your onwards journey.

Points of Interest

  • Namib Desert

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Walk up a dune in Sossusvlei
    • Sesriem Canyon
  • Swakopmund

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Walvis Bay RAMSAR World Heritage Site
    • Time at leisure for shopping
  • Damaraland

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Cape Cross seal reserve
    • Namibia's highest Mountain
    • Fantastic geological formations
  • Etosha National Park

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Safari drives and big game spotting
    • Spotting 4 of the big 5