Day 1 | 50 km
After arrival at the international airport, you proceed via mountainous terrain to Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia, which has an Afro-European flair and peaceful atmosphere. In the evening enjoy typical Namibian cuisine in one of the numerous restaurants in the city.
Classic: Overnight at The Elegant Guesthouse.
Superior: Overnight at Am Weinberg Hotel.
Explorer: Overnight at Windhoek Gardens Boutique Guesthouse.
Day 2 | 260 km
Travelling south after breakfast, you will soon see the red sand of the Kalahari interspersed with yellow grasses, shepherd’s trees and acacia’s. Your lodge is situated on a private game reserve where Oryx, Springbok, Zebra, and a variety of smaller game species abound. In the late afternoon experience the Kalahari and its symbiotic components on a sundowner/nature drive (optional).
Classic: Overnight at Intu Africa Camelthorn Lodge – Breakfast.
Superior: Overnight at Intu Africa Zebra Lodge – Breakfast and dinner.
Explorer: Overnight at Kalahari Auob Camp – Breakfast.
Day 3-4 | 430 km
FISH RIVER CANYON
This morning you travel further south into endless plains dotted with dolerite hills and desert-adapted vegetation. Visit the quiver tree forest at Keetmanshoop, before arriving at your lodge, situated close to the Fish River Canyon. After breakfast, travel a short distance to the magnificent Fish River Canyon. Enjoy this natural phenomenon, the second largest of its kind on Earth. After the visit travel back to your lodge, where you can enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Classic: Overnight at Canyon Village – Breakfast.
Superior: Overnight at Canyon Lodge – Breakfast and dinner.
Explorer: Overnight at Canyon Roadhouse – Breakfast.
Day 5 | 420 km
Your journey continues past Aus and down the open plains of the Great Escarpment to Lüderitz. On route see if you can spot the wild horses of the Namib, and, once in Lüderitz, enjoy a scenic drive to Diaz Point, site of Bartholomew Dias’ landing in 1488.
Classic: Overnight at Kairos Cottage – Breakfast.
Superior: Overnight at Nest Hotel – Breakfast and dinner.
Explorer: Overnight at Kairos Cottage – Breakfast.
Day 6 | 270 km
This morning visit the “ghost town” Kolmanskop, the remnant of a bustling diamond town that flourished here from 1908 to 1950. Travelling north, your next stop is situated in a more densely vegetated area along the foot of the stunning Tiras Mountains.
Classic: Overnight at Namtib Desert Lodge – Breakfast.
Superior: Overnight at Kanaan Desert Lodge – Breakfast and dinner.
Explorer: Overnight at Dabis Guestfarm – Breakfast and dinner.
Day 7-8 | 240 km
After breakfast you travel along stretches of grass plains interspersed with huge mountain ranges into the area of Sossusvlei, where you lodge is situated. En route, you may choose to visit Duwisib castle. At your lodge, you have the rest of the day at leisure. The next day calls for an early rise, as you will forever remember the picture of a sunrise over mighty dunes in the Namib Desert. After taking a walk along or even up some of the majestic dunes, travel back to your lodge. Stop at the Sesriem Canyon; a 30-meter deep gauge eroded into the desert floor by the forces of the mighty Tsauchab River.
Classic: Overnight at The Elegant Desert Lodge – Breakfast.
Superior: Overnight at Sossusvlei Lodge – Breakfast and dinner.
Explorer: Overnight at Desert Camp – Breakfast and dinner.
Day 9 -10 | 350 km
After breakfast, travel through two rugged passes and via the Welwitschia plains and the Moon landscape to Swakopmund. Better known as Namibia’s playground, this idyllic town is wedged between the sweltering Namib Desert and the cold Atlantic Ocean and enjoys a distinct German architecture and atmosphere. Swakopmund has numerous activities to offer.
Classic: Overnight at Swakopmund Sands Hotel – Breakfast.
Superior: Overnight at Strand Hotel – Breakfast.
Explorer: Overnight at Orange House – Breakfast.
Day 11 | 340 km
Departing the coastal town of Swakopmund, you travel east towards the picturesque Erongo Mountain Range. Travelling past the Spitzkoppe, you have the opportunity of visiting an authentic village of the San community living here. At the lodge, you have enough time to spend at leisure beside the sparkling pool or explore the small town of Omaruru and its surrounds. Experience the magical sunset around a fireplace and marvel at the African sky while sipping your favourite ‘Namibian Sundowner.
Classic: Overnight at Omaruru Guest House – Breakfast.
Superior: Overnight at Spitzkoppen Lodge – Breakfast and dinner.
Explorer: Overnight at Omandumba Guestfarm – Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 12 | 340 km
After breakfast, you continue into the Damaraland where you visit Twyfelfontein, a World Heritage Site and an “open-air art gallery” that boasts over 2500 different Bushman rock engravings and rock paintings. Close to Twyfelfontein, you can also visit a traditional Damara village, the original inhabitants of Damaraland. Afterwards, visit the Petrified Forest where pre-historic tree trunks jut out between patches of Welwitschia plants.
Classic: Overnight at Twyfelfontein Country Lodge – Breakfast and dinner.
Superior: Overnight at Doro Nawas – Breakfast and dinner.
Explorer: Overnight at Bambatsi Guestfarm – Breakfast.
Day 13-15 | 210 km
ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
After a relaxed breakfast, you can visit a traditional Himba village and meet these proud and statuesque people. The Himba still adhere to their traditional values and cultures and are one of the last genuinely nomadic people on Earth. Travel further north to the Etosha National Park, which, with its numerous water holes, is home to the array of 114 different animals and 340 different bird species that thrive here. Over the next days, enjoyed game driving in the Etosha National Park
Classic: Overnight at Toshari Lodge and Etosha Aoba Lodge – Breakfast.
Superior: Overnight at Etosha Oberland and Mushara Outpost- Breakfast and dinner.
Explorer: Overnight at Tarentaal Guest Farm and NWR Rest Camp – Breakfast.
Day 16 | 380 km
Departing the Etosha National Park Region you today travel through the main agricultural and cattle farming region of Namibia. In Tsumeb, you can visit the local museum depicting the mining history of this town as well as a few artefacts from the souring areas representing the colonial past of this region. At your lodge, you have time to explore the diverse wildlife on an optional guided nature drive or numerous scenic walking trails.
Classic: Overnight at Midgard Country Estate – Breakfast.
Superior: Overnight at Okonjima Plains Camp – Breakfast and dinner.
Explorer: Overnight at Ouhave Country Hotel – Breakfast.
Day 17 | 275 km
Travel south towards Windhoek. After strolling through one of the large craft markets in Okahandja, your route takes you between high mountain ranges back to the capital city, Windhoek, where your tour ends.