Namibia
14 days / 13 nights
Self-drive camping trip

Explore Namibia - from Windhoek to the dunes of Sossusvlei in the heart of the Namib desert, the quite village of Swakopmund and the remote Damaraland. On to the famous Etosha National Park and to the Waterberg National Park for great game watching to finish our journey in Windhoek. Many attractions, a huge variety of African wild life, interesting cultures and breathtaking endlessness of the Namib Desert.

Itinerary

Tour Code NA18-14

Day 1 Windhoek

Day 1 Windhoek

The journey begins with the arrival at Windhoek International Airport (arrival at Windhoek no later than 2pm local time) with taking over the rental car (4x4 off-road pickup with roof tents and camping gear), the purchase of food supplies and a short drive to the campsite in the greater Windhoek area. We will set up our first camp, inspect the camping equipment and the vehicles for its indented off-road use. A cosy barbecue offers us the opportunity to get to know each other and to discuss the itinerary.

Day 2 & 3 Namib Desert and Sossusvlei

Day 2 Namib Desert

We are well rested and excited to get going! We discuss the last questions over breakfast, pack our cars, do some last minute shopping and head southwest, on the for Namibian typical gravel roads, to Sesrim where we spend our second night. Here we can do a short hike through the Sesrim Canyon or enjoy the sunset in the dunes of the Namib.

Day 3 Sossusvlei

The dunes of Sossusvlei are on the program for sunrise. The yellow-red dunes of the Namib Desert offer a dazzling array of colours against the blue sky at sunrise and guarantee unique photo opportunities. We will have our breakfast at the Vlei - the end of a non-perennial river surrounded by the dunes of the Namib. A hike up the 300 meter high dunes and / or into the Deadvlei (named after the many tree skeletons) lets us guess the extent of the desert.

Day 4 & 5 Swakopmund

Day 4 & 5 Swakopmund

On our drive to Swakopmund we cross the Kuiseb Canyon and reach the port city of Walvis Bay which houses in its lagoon-like bay a large number of flamingos and pelicans. A short drive along the Atlantic Ocean coast brings us to Swakopmund, a small coastal town from German colonial times.
Swakopmund has a heartfelt charm and looks like a "mirage" from the surrounding desert. The city is known for its German buildings with the typical architecture of the turn of the century, a pier in the cold Atlantic Ocean and the palate pampering delicacies of the many restaurants and pastry shops.

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Day 6 Spitzkoppe

Back to the desert! Our journey takes us from Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe. A photogenic rock massif growing out of the desert into the sky. A hike in the Spitzkoppe nature reserve offers exercise and great photo opportunities.

Day 7 & 8 Brandberg and Damaraland

Day 7 Brandberg

From the Spitzkoppe to the White Lady at the Brandberg. A half-day hiking excursion with a local tour guide takes us to one of Namibia's most famous rock paintings - "The White Lady" in the Brandberg massif. Then a short drive to the campsite and we have earned ourselves a cosy evening by the campfire!

Day 8 Damaraland

We explore the Damaraland, a dry, vast stone desert that is known for its millennia-old petroglyphs, the equally ancient desert plants "Welwitschia mirabilis" and the petrified primeval forests. The day ends at the Vingerklip - a rock finger that towers over 30 meters high into the sky.

Day 9, 10 & 11 Etosha National Park

Day 9, 10 & 11 Etosha National Park

The Etosha National Park is one of the most important wildlife and nature reserves in Africa and was founded in 1907 by the German governor von Lindequist. At the heart of the park is the Etosha Pan (Etosha = "Dry Water Place"), a flat plain of more than 5,000 km². This vast, white plain simmers in the heat of the day and make the Etosha National Park a unique safari experience with its large herds of African wildlife.

Day 12 Waterberg Plateau Park

Day 12 Waterberg Plateau Park

The Waterberg Plateau Park is an over 400 square kilometre nature reserve with a diverse flora and fauna. The park was created especially for the conservation of the eland-antelope (Eland), but since offers also a safe home to the two in Namibia occurring rhino species (white-footed and black rhino).

Day 13 & 14 Windhoek

Day 13 & 14 Windhoek

After our drive back to Windhoek we spend the last day of our trip in this bustling city. We can buy souvenirs in the main street, the Independence Avenue and say goodbye with a cup of coffee and a piece of German cheesecake from Namibia. Then we drive to the airport to say a hearty "Goodbye Africa".



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Tour Code NA18-14

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