Why This Tour?

As the name of the tour suggests: experience the whole of Namibia in 18 days.  Visit the Kalahari, Fish River Canyon and Sossusvlei, with its great sand sea; the seaside town of Swakopmund and the Skeleton Coast; Damaraland, with its fascinating rock formations, Bushman rock art and desert-adapted wildlife; Kaokoland, the last frontier of true wilderness and the realm of the nomadic Himba people; and Etosha National Park - one of Africa's great game parks.

Included in the Tour:

  • 17 Nights accommodation in a variety of lodges and guesthouses
  • Daily breakfast
  • 1 Lunch and 15 dinners
  • Guided excursion to the Himba villages
  • 6 guided safaris in Etosha National Park
  • Cheetah and Leopard tracking at Okonjima
  • 4x4 Car hire for 18 days including unlimited kilometres and maximum insurance
  • Personalized travel book with information and route description



Itinerary 18 day self-drive tour:

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Day 1: Kalahari Desert

After arrival in Windhoek you collect your 4x4 rental vehicle with ample advice and instructions for a safe tour. Head south to the Kalahari Desert with its infinite chain of red sand dunes alternated with green valleys. This classic Kalahari scenery is dotted with large groups of springbok, gemsbok and ostrich; lone jackals, hares and porcupines roam the grassy valleys.

Accommodation suggestion: Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge

Day 2: Fish River Canyon

Via Keetmanshoop you enter the Fish River Canyon Park. One of the largest in the world, the canyon proper is about 60km long, up to 8km wide, and 550m at its deepest. Around the canyon there are many lodges and game parks featuring spectacular scenery and endemic plants and animals. Explore these reserves on horseback, on foot, by air, or in an open safari vehicle. A scenic flight will complement your ground-based exploration with a dramatic view that gives you an inkling of the canyon's scale.

Accommodation suggestion: Canyon Lodge

Day 3 & 4: Luderitz/Ghost Town

Lüderitz is a remote frontier at the very end of everything located at the only rocky part of the 1,500km Namib coastline. Explore the old buildings in town, take a boat cruise to see seals and penguins or visit the ghost town of Kolmanskop, a spooky remnant of the diamond era at the beginning of the 20th century.

Accommodation suggestion: Klein Aus Vista or Luderitz Nest Hotel

Day 5 & 6: Namib Desert

The Namib Naukluft Park is synonymous with Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon although there's a lot more to see and do that rewards a slow meander from one end to the other. Sossusvlei is one of the most spectacular sights in Namibia with red sand dunes rising 300m into the air. Climb a sand dune, explore the Dead Vlei or balloon over the great Sand Sea.

Accommodation suggestion: Hoodia Desert Lodge

Day 7 & 8: Swakopmund

Cross the Tropic of Capricorn to Walvis Bay and Swakopmund. Swakopmund is surrounded by the ancient Namib Dessert on the one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other and is alive with activities. The town has many German influenced old buildings and offers a lot to adventure seekers such as sand-boarding and sea-kayaking. It is also the starting point for a spectacular scenic flight over the Skeleton coast, named for the shipwrecks and whale-skeletons left on the beach.

Accommodation suggestion: Sandfields Guesthouse

Day 9: Damaraland

Southern Damaraland, from Swakopmund up to the Huab River, has many geological and historical attractions. Damaraland features vast khaki plains, sheer rocky mountains and incredible desert-adapted wildlife. Track rhino and desert elephant, explore the rugged land or sit back and enjoy the dramatic scenery.

Accommodation suggestion: Mowani Mountain Camp

Day 10: Opuwo

Kaokoland is a succession of hills and mountains punctuated by endless plains. This isolated rugged region is home to the nomadic Himba pastoralists who have remained unchanged for many generations. Travel over Joubert Pass to Opuwo, the centre of Kaokoland, a small typical Africa town where a range of different people live from the traditional Himba tribes to Herero, Damara and Owambo cultures.

Accommodation suggestion: Opuwo Country Hotel

Day 11 & 12: Epupa Falls

Today takes you way north to the border with Angola, to the beautiful Epupa Falls, one of only a few waterfalls in Namibia. Water cascades into a spectacular chute and there are several natural rock pools where you can take a refreshing dip. Enjoy a visit to some traditional Himba villages (not touristic, they live there permanently), view the falls and hike along the Kunene River.

Accommodation suggestion: Epupa Falls Lodge

Day 13-16: Etosha National Park

Explore this famous reserve from west to east over four days, staying in 2 or 3 different places. Etosha is one of Africa's great game parks. With 114 species of mammal and 340 species of bird you are sure to see a great variety of wildlife on your safari. As vegetation in most areas is sparse, the animals have learnt to drink during the day when predators are inactive and it is the safest time to be out in the open. It is not uncommon to see up to 7 different species of game at any waterhole. It is easy to get around; the roads are excellent and the waterholes clearly marked.

Accommodation suggestion: Hobatere Camp, Ongava Lodge & Mushara Outpost

Day 17: Central Namibia

Head south via Otavi and Otjiwarongo to Okonjima Lodge which is home to the AfriCat Foundation; an organisation that assists with the long term conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores. This afternoon you join the cheetah and leopard tracking on foot.

Accommodation suggestion: Okonjima Plains Camp

Day 18            

After a morning activity it is time to head further south to Windhoek. Hand your car in at the airport and board your flight home.

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