Dunes, dreamy tented camps, and abundant wildlife on this Namibia luxury safari road trip

Namibia is one of Africa’s best-kept secrets, home to towering sand dunes, miles of desolate coastline, and Etosha National Park—the country's premier wilderness.

Namibia by Road: A Desert Safari is the ideal private luxury Namibia itinerary for road-tripping sublime landscapes, climbing famed dunes, exploring ancient San Rock Art sites, and visiting with researchers from the AfriCat Foundation. And of course, for viewing desert-adapted wildlife. On this journey, you might spot big cats, endangered black rhino, ostrich, jackal, armadillo, zebra, antelope and so much more. Guided by one of Namibia’s best naturalists, all the driving is handled by someone else, so you can gaze out the window and admire the kaleidoscope of shifting landscapes.

Namibia by Road: A Desert Safari: 12 days/11 nights

DAY 1:

Arrive in Windhoek, overnight, Galton House

DAYS 2 & 3:

Transfer to Namib-Naukluft National Park, Dead Valley Lodge

DAYS 4 & 5:

Drive or fly to Swakopmund, The Delight Swakopmund

DAYS 7 & 8:

Drive to the Twyfelfontein Conservancy, Camp Kipwe

DAY 9, 10 & 11:

Drive to Etosha National Park, Ongava Tented Camp

DAY 12:

Visit the AfriCat Foundation en route to Windhoek, Galton House

Namibia by Road: A Desert Safari trip highlights

  • This 12-day luxury Namibia driving safari begins in Windhoek, from where you’ll overnight at Galton House.
  • Drive to Dead Valley Lodge in Namib-Naukluft National Park, which has some of the highest free-standing sand dunes in the world. See the dunes in the soft light of the sunrise and learn about the Namib Desert and the fascinating creatures and plants that have adapted to survive in it.
  • Drive through to the port town of Walvis Bay and continue north to Swakopmund or take a scenic light aircraft flight over Sossusvlei and along the Diamond Coast. Stay at the centrally-located Delight Swakopmund, and take a boat trip or kayak along the coast to see Cape fur seals, dolphins, pelicans, and flamingos.
  • Drive to Camp Kipwe, a remote bush lodge in the tiny Twyfelfontein Conservancy in Damaraland that’s known for its pre-historic rock engravings. Go on guided nature walks through the conservancy, and track desert-adapted elephants.
  • Drive to Onguma Tented Camp, which is set in a private reserve in southern Etosha National Park, considered to be one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in Africa, and activities here include tracking rhino and big cats, and night game drives to search for nocturnal species. Explore the reserve on game drives, guided walks, and rhino research drives.
  • On your last day, visit the AfriCat Foundation, a wildlife sanctuary which focuses on the rehabilitation of Africa's big cats, especially injured or captured leopard and cheetah.


$7,050 - $9,250 per person sharing with private driver/guide in 2024

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Dead Valley Lodge

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The Delight Swakopmund Gondwana Collection Namibia

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Camp Kipwe

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Ongava Tented Camp

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