Namibia's wild side

A memorable tour with most of Namibias Highlights for the first time in the country of the brave - from adventurers to families

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16 Days Self drive Itinerary: Namibia Highlights

Embark on a thrilling adventure that will immerse you in the country’s diverse landscapes and wildlife.

Spend a night in the captivating Kalahari Desert, where endless horizons and a wonderful light play over the vast desert landscape are waiting for you. Next, explore the iconic Sossusvlei for two nights and wander on top of the towering red sand dunes that paint an awe-inspiring picture.  Go on hiking tracks through the desert to reach Dead Vlei with the beautiful contrast of a grey clay pan, dead acacia trees, and orange dunes.

Indulge in two nights of pure bliss in the coastal town of Swakopmund afterward to take a breath from your desert adventures.  Here you can head for adrenaline-filled activities, interesting desert tours, and photographic highlights like Sandwich Harbour but also treat yourself to the many phenomenal restaurants and cute cafes. Then you head further north, to discover the spectacular Erongo Mountains with the famous Spitzkoppe and their abundant wildlife during a night’s stay. On your way up north, you can drive along a short part of the Skeleton Coast

On the way up north into Damaraland, you will stop for one night close to the World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein and explore the ancient rock engravings and tribal history of this magnificent place.  Palmwag, surrounded by untouched wilderness and incredible wildlife sightings is your next destination for two nights to give you enough time to search for desert-adapted elephants and rhinos.

Journey through the renowned Etosha National Park, with three nights to witness exciting wildlife encounters at every turn and enjoy a campfire night with lions roaring in the distance. Finally, spend two nights at a private game farm, partaking in exhilarating horseback rides and invigorating hikes around Otavi’s pristine mountain landscapes.

If you book our Luxury accommodation package, the two nights will be spent at Erindi Private Reserve, where Hippos and Wilddogs await you in this pristine eco-tourism hotspot. It can also be added to other packages on request.

This itinerary promises adventure, beauty, and unforgettable memories for those ready to embark on an extraordinary Namibian journey with all the top highlights of central & north Namibia. 

Top Destinations waiting for you

Kalahari,  Namib-Naukluft Park & Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Kuiseb & Gaub Pass, Southern Skeleton-Coast, Cape Cross, Erongo Mountains & Spitzkoppe, Twyfelfontein, Brandberg, Damaraland & Palmwag Concession, Grootberg-Pass,  Etosha National Park, Special Private Wildlife Reserves

Overview of route

There's something for everyone

Browse through our compilations of hand-picked accommodations that we regularly visit to ensure we provide you with the best accommodation options for your holidays in Namibia

A perfect blend of rustic but comfortable safari tents, typically family-owned guest farms, and friendly lodges. You will have self-catering options available for some nights and breakfast is included at most accommodations.
We choose a small 4x4 Suzuki Jimny, which is a compact and rugged vehicle that's well-suited for 2 people and normal amount of luggage.
This accommodation package consists of an exquisite mix between luxurious safari tents, warm & friendly guest farms and 3-star lodges often including delicious dinner & breakfast options. We choose a Toyota Hilux or similar for your trip, which is an excellent choice, offering robust off-road capabilities and a bit more comfort than the Adventure Option.
A stunning combination of luxury safari tents, excellent 4-star and small lodges with private and exclusive chalets. These often have special access to national parks. Half or full board is included. You'll be accompanied by a Toyota Fortuner - a versatile off-road vehicle that combines a smooth ride with a comfortable interior for an enjoyable experience.

Detailed Itinerary

This trip can be booked directly as described or can be adapted to individual wishes

Day 1

Windhoek & Kalahari

Welcome to Namibia! Your adventure begins with a seamless car rental pick-up, ensuring a comfortable journey ahead. The shuttle service is already waiting for you at the airport. Afterward, treat your taste buds to a delightful lunch in one of Windhoek’s charming restaurants, savoring local flavors. We also recommend preparing for the upcoming road trip with enough water and some snacks. Next, embark on a picturesque drive through the stunning landscapes, finally arriving at your first lodge nestled in the enchanting Kalahari. Get ready for an unforgettable experience that awaits you! 

Adventure Accommodation

Kalahari Anib Camping2Go

The permanent tents are equipped with en-suite bathrooms and a fully kitted kitchen where you can enjoy a self-made dinner on the outside terrace. The perfect way of being immersed in nature. You can use the facilities at the nearby Lodge and take a dip in one of the pools or partake in one of the adventurous activities to explore the Kalahari desert.


Kalahari Anib Lodge

An oasis in the Kalahari desert, Kalahari Anib Lodge offers a down-to-earth stopover with rooms overlooking the open Kalahari savannah or a courtyard overlooking the pool area. Take a guided walk into the dunes and look out for Oryx, Giraffe and pause for Kalahari magic.

Exclusive Accommodation

Teufelskrallen Lodge

The tent houses of Teufelskrallen Lodge offer a private, panoramic view over the endless vastness of the Kalahari dunes. The lodge’s main area with a restaurant and pool is within a 3km distance so that you can fully immerse in the desert experience but do not have to miss out on such amenities.

Day 2 & 3

Namib Desert & Sossusvlei

Embark on an awe-inspiring journey from the Kalahari to Sesriem and Sossusvlei! Enjoy the scenic drive as you make your way to your lodge, either nestled within or outside the Namib-Naukluft Park, depending on your accommodation package. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the iconic dunes, and indulge in thrilling activities like dune hiking or hot air balloon rides. With two nights to explore, prepare for an unforgettable adventure amidst this remarkable desert landscape.

Things to do in Sossusvlei

adventure accommodation

Desert Quiver Camp

Desert Quiver Camp uniquely combines modern self-catering accommodation with comfort and style. Conveniently located a mere 5km from the entrance gate to Sossusvlei, the inspiring scenery characterized by granite outcrops, spectacular views, and roaming wildlife will captivate your senses. You can use all amenities of the nearby Sossusvlei Lodge like a restaurant and activity center.

Safari accommodation

Desert Hills Lodge

The Desert Hills Lodge offers a spectacular view over the desert with the chalets being perched on stone outcrops overstanding the area. It is located outside of the Sesriem Gate, still, a stone’s throw away to reach the dunes of Sossusvlei. Treat yourself to a good wine and delicious dinner while the sun dips the landscape in red and violet tones.

exclusive accommodation

Dead Valley Lodge

Dead Valley Lodge is one of the few accommodations with its own entrance gate to the National Park, therefore giving you the opportunity to reach the dunes before official opening hours. This allows you to watch the rising sun from a prime seat on top of the dunes. The Lodge offers first-class cuisine and a pool overlooking Elim Dune. What a fantastic place for your desert experience!

Day 4 & 5


Make your way along the Namib-Naukluft Park up north, heading towards the coast of Namibia. Pass through the charming town of Solitaire, known for its nostalgic atmosphere and delicious apple pie. Navigate the scenic Kuiseb & Gaub Pass, treating your eyes to breathtaking vistas, and stop for amazing photo spots. Finally, arrive in the picturesque coastal town of Swakopmund, where German colonial architecture meets thrilling adventure activities, making it a true gem of Namibia’s coastline, which will be your home for the next two days.

adventure accommodation

Desert Sands B&B

These self-catering or B&B apartments are nestled in a central location within Swakopmund. All rooms are decorated in a coastal theme and have everything you might need. From Netflix, PlayStation to Alexa and a delicious breakfast opportunity, they offer everything you need to enjoy Swakopmund.

safari accommodation

Driftwood Guesthouse

Just 200m from the beach, this Guesthouse offers the perfect coastal gateway. It is also located within walking distance to the city center of Swakopmund, or you just rent one of the bikes to go on a city tour. The lovely decorated rooms have either sea- or garden views.

exclusive accommodation

Desert Breeze Lodge

The Desert Breeze Lodge is located outside of Swakopmund, so you can enjoy the tranquility of the ancient desert as well as the coastal city. The luxury bungalows are creatively designed and the friendly staff will make your stay one to remember.

Day 6

Erongo Mountains & Spitzkoppe

When heading to your next stop in the Erongo Mountains, you can take the road up to Cape Cross along a short part of the Skeleton Coast and visit one of the mysterious and abundant shipwrecks as well as the vivid Seal Colony at Cape Cross.

Afterward, embark on a mesmerizing drive to the Erongo Mountains, with the iconic Spitzkoppe as a breathtaking highlight. Head out for activities like hiking through ancient rock formations, discovering hidden caves, and immersing yourself in the rich cultural heritage of living museums. Experience the magic of this rugged landscape, where nature and culture intertwine, creating an unforgettable adventure in the heart of Namibia.


Omandumba Guestfarm

A typical Namibian farm within the Erongo Mountains – This is Omandumba Guestfarm. It is all about fascinating landscapes, nature experiences and exciting activities. You can choose between a familiar atmosphere in rustic bungalows or a down-to-nature accommodation in one of the cozy safari tents.

Safari accommodation

Ai Aiba Rock Painting Lodge

Ai-Aiba Rock Painting Lodge is dramatically set against imposing granite boulders in the foothills of the Erongo Mountain range. Admire the magic of the breathtaking landscape through the large window fronts of the comfortable rooms. Enjoy the mystic colours of the setting sun with a choice of walking trails, sundowner tours and mountain bike trails.

exclusive accommodation

Spitzkoppen Lodge

These stylish and private chalets are located on the northern periphery of the Spitzkoppen Inselberg, providing a breathtaking view of the rising sun above the Erongo Mountains. The lodge itself is an architectural and ecological highlight. 

Day 7

Damaraland & Twyfelfontein

Head north to a captivating drive from the Erongo Mountains to Damaraland, dominated by orange, rolling hills, and dry riverbeds. Here you’ll enjoy an overnight stay near the world heritage site of Twyfelfontein. Explore the ancient rock art sites created by the San-Bushmen thousands of years ago. Even though the landscape seems tough to live in,  fascinating desert-adapted wildlife, including the elusive desert elephants can be found here. The raw beauty of this rugged wilderness will create unforgettable memories of Namibia’s natural wonders.


Madisa Camp

Madisa Camp is located in the Sorris Sorris Conservancy and therefore has the goal to protect the special natural heritage of Damaraland. The Safari tents offer an adventurous but still comfortable stay and the rock pool provides a refreshing option after long days exploring Damaraland.

safari accommodation

Twyfelfontein Country Lodge

The lodge build from sandstone rock fits in perfectly in the surrounding landscape. Just a stone’s throw away from Twyfelfontein, it is the perfect location to explore this cultural heritage site. Enjoy the views of the Huab Valley from the pool deck.

exclusive accommodation

Mowani Mountain Camp

Mowani Mountain camp seems to be one with the surrounding nature consisting of massive boulders and orange sandstone. The rooms have panoramic views over the valley and the wooden deck makes up the perfect sundowner spot. If you like it even more luxurious and private, the mountain suite with its own pool and private dining might be yours.

Day 8 & 9

Palmwag Concession

Look forward to an unforgettable time deep in Damaraland at either Palmwag Concession or the stunning Grootberg-Pass, where untamed wilderness and warm hospitality await you. At Palmwag, immerse yourself in the captivating landscapes of the Palmwag Concession, home to diverse wildlife, including the rare desert-adapted lions. At Grootberg, experience the beauty of the Etendeka Plateau, with activities like game drives, nature walks, and cultural encounters, offering tranquility and thrilling wildlife encounters at the same time.  Both places offer the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to head out on rhino-tracking tours either on foot or by vehicle. 


Palmwag Camping2Go

Close to the Palmwag Lodge, eight permanent safari tents are fully equipped for an adventurous self-catering gateway in the dramatic landscape of the Etendeka Mountains. You can use all amenities at the lodge including the restaurant, a pool as well as several exciting activities.

safari accommodation

Palmwag Lodge

The lodge overlooks the northern landscape of Damaraland with many green euphorbias. The comfortable rooms offer a stunning view and sometimes desert elephants visit this area literally walking though the garden.

exclusive accommodation

Grootberg Lodge

The Grootberg Lodge is located on the spectacular mountain ridge on top of the similarly named Grootberg Pass. The Lodge is also a prime example of sustainable tourism either regarding rewilding, wildlife conservation, and social level. After a breathtaking drive to this location, you will stay in one of the chalets with a direct view over the Klip River Valley where the sun goes down behind the mountains. After the various activities, you can cool down in the infinity pool.

Day 10

Etosha South-West

Etosha, a wildlife enthusiast’s paradise is waiting. You will have the opportunity to spot majestic elephants, graceful giraffes, and elusive predators like shy leopards and proud lions. Get surprised by the beauty of the Etosha Pan, a shimmering salt pan attracting a myriad of wildlife. Prepare for unforgettable wildlife encounters in this iconic African reserve. We will provide you with an extensive e-book guide so that you can spot and learn more about wildlife on your own. We recommend doing self-drive safaris as well as a guided game drive at one of the lodges to experience the best of both worlds. 


Vreugde Guestfarm

The Veugde Guestfarm is a small, family-owned lodge close to the Andersson Gate of Etosha National Park. Enjoy a delicious, typical Namibian dinner after a long drive through Etosha. All rooms have access to the lovely decorated garden and you can also learn more about farm-life in Namibia.

safari accommodation

Etosha Safari Lodge

The stylish lodge close to Etoshas Andersson Gate is overlooking a vast mopane woodland. The dining area, pool deck, and rooms have a breathtaking view over the area. The comfortable rooms are all equipped with a private wooden deck. The perfect location to explore Etosha.

exclusive accommodation

Etosha Oberland Lodge

Etosha Oberland Lodge is located 10km southeast of Andersson Gate and is located in a 5000-ha private game reserve. The spacious chalets offer a mindblowing view over the open savannah and if you want to get closer to nature, the outdoor shower is hidden in a tree. It is the perfect mix of comfort and safari lifestyle.

Day 11 & 12

Etosha East

From Etoshas southwest, you head in the eastern direction to Lindequist gate. Recognize the changing landscape of the Nationalpark from west to east. Witness the vast diversity of vegetation, from Mopane woodlands to open grasslands, providing a picturesque backdrop for abundant wildlife sightings. Keep an eye out for iconic species like the majestic lion, graceful springbok, and elegant Oryx as you traverse this remarkable landscape. Outside of the Park gate, your next accommodation is waiting for you with comfort and wildlife encounters at private reserves. Listen to the unmistakable call of spotted hyenas awakening when the sun sets behind the horizon while treating yourself to a delicious Namibian meal.


Emanya Lodge

Emanya Lodge is the ideal safari gateway close to Etoshas LidequistGate. The warm, African atmosphere is combined with modern amenities. Watch various antelopes and giraffes coming to drink at the waterhole while you cool down in the pool.

safari accommodation

Onguma Bush Camp

Onguma is a private reserve bordering Etosha, where you can encounter 4 of the Big 5 as well. The Bush Camp offers rooms perfectly set up for families but of course every other traveler as well. Some rooms have a direct view of the waterwhole and from the wooden deck you can enjoy a sundowner while watching giraffes, lion and even rhino showing up to have a drink as well. 

exclusive accommodation

Onguma Tented Camp

The private reserve Onguma offers a special safari gateway just beside Etosha. It is also home to elephants, rhinos, several antelopes, and predators. The Tented camp represents the ultimate safari chic. It is a down-to-earth but luxurious accommodation.  The dining area provides you with a perfect view of the waterhole. During the hot hours of the day, the rim flow pool offers a cooling option.

Day 13 & 14

Private Game Reserve

At the end of your trip, we want you to relax a bit but still have the opportunity to experience more of Namibia’s wildlife and nature. Therefore, a two-day getaway at either the Gabus Game Ranch in Otavi or the Erindi Private Game Reserve, for the luxury package, is waiting for you.

At Gabus, immerse yourself in a tranquil oasis, surrounded by lush landscapes, enjoy a good book at the pool overlooking the lodge’s waterhole, and taste Namibia wine collection at the nearby vineyard. Do you need more action? Then you might want to head out for a horseback safari or mountain hike, coming close to giraffes and mountain zebras. 

Alternatively, at Erindi, indulge in luxurious accommodations amidst a vast reserve, offering exceptional wildlife encounters amongst elephants and hippos, guided walks, and unforgettable sundowner experiences. Unleash your sense of adventure at these remarkable destinations.


Gabus Game Farm Otavi

Gabus Game Farm & Safari Lodge is located on the way south of Etosha. In the 6500-ha reserve, you can go on horseback safaris and game drives or simply relax by the cozy pool overlooking the waterhole. All rooms have a private terrace with a direct view of the waterhole where giraffes love to drink.

safari accommodation

Gabus Game Farm Otavi

Gabus Game Farm & Safari Lodge is located on the way south of Etosha. In the 6500-ha reserve, you can go on horseback safaris and game drives or simply relax by the cozy pool overlooking the waterhole. All rooms have a private terrace with a direct view of the waterhole where giraffes love to drink.

exclusive accommodation

Erindi Old Traders Lodge

Erindi Private Game Reserve is a 70.000 hectares large wildlife paradise, known for many conservation initiatives. It is the only place, except for the Zambezi Region, where you can find hippos and wild dogs. The Old Traders Lodge offers luxurious suites in safari style. The viewing deck offers magnificent views of the busy waterhole.

Day 15 & Flight Home on Day 16


Spend your last night in Windhoek, either within the city or its surrounding areas in the Namibian Savannah, before returning your car the next day. Depending on your departure time, Windhoek offers a delightful blend of modernity and cultural charm. So if there is some time left, visit the vibrant craft markets, historic landmarks like the Christuskirche, or unwind at charming cafes and restaurants. Immerse yourself in the city’s unique atmosphere, savoring the final moments of your Namibian adventure.


Immanuel Lodge

The Immanuel Wilderness Lodge is located just half an hour outside of Windhoek city center, still, it is an oasis of tranquility in the Namibian Savannah. Treat. yourself to their famous and delicious food, enjoy the African sun at the pool, or a relaxing massage.  This is a fantastic location to spend your last night in Namibia.

safari accommodation

Voigtland Guesthouse

The Voigtland Guesthouse is located a short drive outside of the city center. The elegant guesthouse provides you with several activity options and a really special one as well – high tea with two giraffes. This is included in the overnight stay. But you can also go on biking tours, walks, or nature drives here. Enjoy your time.

exclusive accommodation

The Weinberg Windhoek

Explore the exciting city life in Windhoek in a modern and African-style atmosphere in one of the city’s best hotels. Take the time and visit the Day-Sp of The Weinberg or head out to have dinner in one of Windhoek’s fantastic restaurants and explore the capital. 

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Optional activities

Horseback Riding

At Gabus Game Ranch, a 6200-hectare game reserve.

Onguma Adventure Sleepout

Night under Canvas in the African Bush @ all Onguma Camps

Hot Air Balloon Ride

Namib-Naukluft Nationalpark

Learn about Tribal Cultures

@ AI Aiba Rock Painting Lodge, Omandumba Guetsfarm

Rhino Tracking on Foot

@ Palmwag Lodge & Grootberg Lodge

Huab River Desert Elephants

@ Twyfelfontein Country Lodge, Mowani Mountain Camp

Namibian Sundowner

Every Lodge located in a Nature Reserve - explore the diversity of Namibia

Little-5 Desert Tour


High Tea with Giraffes

@ Voigtland Guesthouse
*included in overnight-stay

Game Drives & Nature Excursions

@ all Lodges located in or near a Nature Reserve

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Price packages

Adventure Package

High Season 2024
1710 per person
  • Accommodation like stated or similar
  • 4x4 Rental Car
    (e.g. Suzuki Jimny)

Safari Package

High Season 2024
2670 per person
  • Accommodation like stated or similar
  • 4x4 Rental Car
    (e.g. Toyota Hilux)

Exclusive Package

High Season 2024
4430 per person
  • Accommodation like stated or similar
  • 4x4 Rental Car
    (e.g. Toyota Fortuner)

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