Namibia by Road: A Desert Safari

Desert landscapes and abundant wildlife on our best Namibia safari

Namibia is one of Africa’s best-kept secrets, and encompasses towering sand dunes, miles of desolate coastline, and one of the best game reserves in Africa. Join our best Namibia safari to see big cats, the endangered black rhino, and uniquely desert-adapted wildlife, and meet the semi-nomadic Himba, an ancient tribe who have preserved their fascinating customs and beliefs.  

Guided by one of Namibia’s best naturalists, you’ll be driven through Namibia on this well-priced itinerary, with the option for a shared set departure every Tuesday offering even better value for money.

Best Namibia safari: 10 days / 9 nights

DAYS 1 & 2:

Arrive in Windhoek, transfer to Namib Naukluft Park, Sossus Dune Lodge

DAYS 3 & 4:

Drive or fly to Swakopmund, The Delight Swakopmund

DAYS 5 & 6:

Drive to the Twyfelfontein Conservancy, Camp Kipwe

DAY 7:

Drive to Etosha National Park, Etosha Mountain Lodge

DAYS 8 & 9:

Drive to Ongama Private Game Reserve, Onguma Tree Tops

DAY 10:

Return to Windhoek, depart

Highlights of our Namibia safari

  • This 10-day itinerary for our best Namibia safari begins in Windhoek, from where you’ll drive to Sossus Dune Lodge in Namib Naukluft 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 for desert-adapted elephants 
  • Drive to Etosha Mountain Lodge, which is set in a private reserve in Etosha National Park, visiting a Himba settlement on the way. Etosha is considered to be one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in Africa, and activities here include tracking rhino and big cats, and night drives to search for nocturnal species 
  • Explore a different part of Etosha at Onguma Tree Tops in Ongava Private Game Reserve, which shares the southern boundary with the park. 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 rehabilitation of Africa's big cats, especially injured or captured leopard and cheetah


$6,994-$7,602 per person sharing in 2020

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Camp Kipwe

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Etosha Mountain Lodge

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