Desert Dunes and Magical Moons
A country of contrasts, natural wonders and its own undeniable magic, this trip to Namibia will enchant you every step of the way. On this self-drive tour you'll feel like an intrepid explorer as you discover the soul of this coastal African country. You'll begin in the city of Windhoek where you'll pick up your car and head towards Namib Naukluft National Park to explore the red desert, before later driving through diverse and scenic landscapes. Your next stop will be the coastal city of Swakopmund where you have the chance to kayak among and spot wild seals. After some fresh ocean air, you'll drive on to the dramatic natural surrounds of Damaraland to explore the area's ancient culture.
No visit to Africa would be complete without some quality time spent spotting native wild animals in their natural habitat, so you'll finish this trip with an eye-opening visit to Etosha National Park. Here you'll have the chance to join game drives to spot lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and more, as your guides share their knowledge of the dramatic landscape and its wild inhabitants.
Drive through diverse African landscapes
Enjoy warm and welcoming Namibian hospitality
Discover prehistoric cave paintings and canyons
Spot lions, leopards and elephants in the wild
Kayak with wild seals in the Atlantic Ocean
Take a dip in a private pool at Moon Mountain Lodge
Dine and star-gaze under the African night sky
This exciting trip to Namibia includes international flights, selected excursions, car hire, accommodation, and breakfasts.
From the first conversation until you arrive home from your holiday, you’ll be looked after by one of our Travel Designers who has travelled extensively in the region and will give advice from their personal experience on how to make the most out of your trip.
All of our trips are entirely bespoke and we will continually refine your itinerary until it’s perfect.
It's time for your African exploration to begin! You'll depart the UK on Day 1, on a comfortable international flight to Hosea Kutako International Airport in Namibia. Sit back, enjoy the flight and drift off to sleep dreaming of all the amazing experiences to come.
The next morning the real adventure begins, as you land in Namibia and arrive in the city of Windhoek to pick up your rental car. The afternoon is then free to spend as you please – whether that's exploring the city or winding down after your journey. You'll be spending the night at The Olive Grove – conveniently located near the heart of the city, yet peacefully quiet, this boutique and stylish guest house is a perfect introduction to African hospitality. Why not spend the afternoon in the tranquil grounds and take a dip in the pool?
Sossusvlei & Sesriem
The next morning, after enjoying a hearty breakfast at the guesthouse, you'll hop into your comfortable car and depart for the Namib Naukluft National Park. This well-known park encompasses part of the famous Namib Desert – and is home to the impressive Red Dunes. A half-day drive through diverse African landscapes will bring you to the park, where you'll have the afternoon to unwind and enjoy the scenic surroundings of the Moon Mountain Lodge. Luxury tented accommodation nestled at the foot of the Naukluft Mountains will be your home for the next two nights, where you'll feel truly connected to this wild landscape. All rooms feature their own private splash pool so you'll be able to refresh after your day's activities, and dinner is taken on the open-air deck where you can stargaze to your heart's content – can you spot the Southern Cross?
On your second day in the park you'll have the chance to venture out early to arrive at the red dune belt just after sunrise – in perfect time to experience this stunning landscape in the magical morning light. It's a memory that will stay with you for the rest of your trip and far beyond. Before the rising sun brings on the heat of the day, you can climb to the top of the dunes for a view like no other. Later you'll have the option to explore Sossusvlei and the ancient Sesriem Canyon – take a walk through the canyon and marvel at the amazing natural rock formations.
The next day it's time to hit the road once more, saying a fond farewell to the Namib Desert, and an excited hello to the beach! A pleasant half-day drive will bring you to the coastal resort of Swakopmund. Sandwiched between the wild ocean and the red desert sands, this popular beachside city enchants visitors thanks to its captivating contrasts. Fresh Atlantic air breathes through the intriguing resort that boasts both German colonial architecture and a vibrant African culture.
The Delight Hotel will be your base during your stay and you'll soon fall in love with its colourful boutique decor, mind-blowing breakfasts, and friendly staff. You have the afternoon and the entire next day to explore the area – will you take a surf lesson, explore the historical old streets and buildings, or kayak amongst wild seals? If you're struggling to decide, a stroll along the oceanfront promenade will be sure to blow away the cobwebs and inspire!
Things to do
Activity & Adventure
On Day 7 it's time again to move on to the next chapter of your Namibian adventure. A shorter morning drive today should get you to the area of Damaraland by midday. A region famous for unusual rock formations, and prehistoric paintings and engravings, it is also home to Namibia's highest mountain "The Brandberg" – also know as "the fire mountain" thanks to the extraordinary colour that the setting sun paints onto the mountain ranges as if the mountain was on fire.
Your home during your stay is Vingerklip Lodge in one of the beautiful thatched bungalows which are spread out along a hillside. The sheltered sundowner veranda has breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside and is an ideal spot to watch the magnificent Namibian sun set. Enjoy dinner at the lodge as you watch the setting sun slowing drop below the wide horizon.
On your second day in the area there is the opportunity to follow guided walking or mountain biking trails which will lead you through this breathtaking scenery. There is much to discover about this ancient land, so why not visit the Damara Living Museum, or take in the primitive rock art at Twyfelfontein.
Etosha National Park
After replenishing with the hotel's impressive breakfast, a drive of just a couple of hours will bring you to the rugged expanse of the Etosha National Park – known by locals as the "Place of Legends". You'll be staying for the first two nights at Etosha Safari Lodge which overlooks the rugged yet majestic landscape of the mopane woodland. You can spot wild animals from the comfort of the lodge's elevated deck. The afternoon is all yours to soak up the peaceful atmosphere, take in the impressive scenery, or cool off in the pool.
On your second day in the park, an optional full-day guided game drive with a knowledgable guide will help you spot lions, elephants, rhinos and even, if you're lucky, the ever-elusive leopard. Today is another chance to uncover the magic of Etosha and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Etosha National Park
On Day 11, you'll drive yourself through the park to the romantic Namutoni Resort, arriving by lunchtime. The camp is built around a historic German fort and overlooks the King Nehale watering hole. The journey to the new camp is itself a safari drive, and you'll be viewing wild animals through your very own window! After a rejuvenating lunch on your arrival, in the afternoon you'll be treated to a guided game drive – this will be in a special open-air vehicle for unsurpassed wildlife spotting opportunities. After all that adventure, there's time to unwind on the viewing deck or at the cosy bar with a sundowner before dinner.
Your second day at the resort will allow you to relax and again take a back seat as you join a small 10-person group on a full-day game drive through the park. Absorb the beauty of the sun-drenched land as you scan the horizon for an elephant herd or a hunting lioness. With nothing to think about other than observing wildlife up close and personal, the safari is simultaneously relaxing and exhilarating. Dinner is served on the lodge deck, under a spectacular dome of stars.
On your last day in Namibia, it's time to head back to Windhoek airport in time for your international flight home. The half-day drive will take you via the Wood Carvers Market in Okahandja – why not pick up some last minute souvenirs of this once-in-a-lifetime trip? The memories of your experiences will be your real souvenirs however, and your trip to magical Namibia is sure to remain a treasured memory for many years to come.