Classic Namibia Itinerary

13 Days 12 Nights

Itinerary Overview

This is a 13-day (12 night) grand tour of the classic places of interest in Namibia. Visit Namib Naukluft Park to see the towering red sand dunes and the remarkable depths of the Sesriem Canyon; Swakopmund, the capital of the Skeleton Coast, with its desolate beauty, and Ongava Game Reserve and Etosha National Park to see the rhino and other animals.

Day 1 Arrive Windhoek

Transfer from the Windhoek airport to Olive Grove Guest House.

Hotel: Olive Grove Guest House
Day 2 Windhoek – Namib Naukluft Park

Arrive at Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH), Windhoek. Take a charter flight to Sissusvlei Lodge.

Situated at the Entrance Gate to the Namib Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei Lodge offers direct access to the towering red sand dunes, the famous pan of Sossusvlei, the scorched black trees of Dead Vlei and the remarkable depths of the Sesriem Canyon, a deep chasm carved through the rocks by water. Its name was coined when early settlers used it as a water source using six lengths of leather tied together to lower buckets into the water at the base of canyon.

Hotel: Sossusvlei Lodge (Fully inclusive of all meals, fees and activities)
Day 3 Namib Naukluft Park

The Sossusvlei Lodge Adventure Center provides a range of activities including guided excursions to Dead Vlei and Sossusvlei, Elim dune walks, sundowner trips, Quad Buggy nature drives, hot air allooning, scenic flights and much more, to explore the area’s natural beauty.

Hotel: Sossusvlei Lodge (Fully inclusive of all meals, fees and activities)
Day 4 Namib Naukluft Park – Swakopmund

Take a charter flight from Sossusvlei Lodge to Swakopmund Airport. Transfer to the Strand Hotel, Swakopmund.

Set along Namibia’s spectacularly scenic coast, the seaside town of Swakopmund is known for its wide-open avenues, colonial architecture, and its surrounding otherworldly desert terrain. Founded in 1892 as the main harbor for German South West Africa, Swakopmund is often described as being more German than Germany.

Hotel: Strand Hotel (Bed and Breakfast)
Day 5 Swakopmund

Swakopmund is the capital of the Skeleton Coast tourism area and has plenty to keep visitors happy. The quirky mix of German and Namibian influences, adventure options, laid-back atmosphere and cool sea breeze make it a very popular Namibian destination. Visitors can look forward to several exciting activities including quad biking, horse riding, paragliding, fishing, sightseeing and fascinating desert tours.

Hotel: Strand Hotel (Bed and Breakfast)
Day 6 Swakopmund - Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

After breakfast, transfer from the Strand Hotel to Swakopmund Airport. Take a charter flight from Swakopmund to Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp.

Stretching from the Swakop River to southern Angola, the Skeleton Coast is known as the ‘Land God Made in Anger’ and is remoteness at its best. Thousands of miles of sandy desert dotted with shipwrecks meet with the cold waters of the Atlantic. Somehow an amazing array of wildlife and flora manages to survive in this harsh but beautiful environment. Ocean fog creeps over the shoreline caused by the warm dry air of the Namib Desert colliding with the cold Benguela current. The name “Skeleton Coast” conjures up romantic images of desolate beauty, and proudly remote Hoanib in the Kaokoveld does not disappoint.

Hotel: Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp (Fully inclusive of all meals, fees and activities)
Day 7 Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

The dry bed of the Hoanib River supports a thin green ribbon of vegetation and nature drives into the surrounding area reveal a wealth of desert-adapted wildlife, including zebra, gemsbok, and even desert-adapted elephant, lion and brown hyaena may be found in this vast but vibrant landscape. Nature walks from camp offer a glimpse of vestiges of the Strandloper (Beachcomber) lifestyle from hundreds of years ago. It is also a good opportunity to study the smaller creatures and the fascinating plant life of the concession.

Hotel: Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp (Fully inclusive of all meals, fees and activities)
Day 8 Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

Enjoy a full day coastal excursion to the Skeleton Coast. The fascinating 4×4 trip to the desolate but breathtakingly beautiful coast takes you via the wilderness of the Hoanib River and floodplain, the dune fields and Klein Oasis, while the Skeleton Coast itself reveals huge Cape fur seal colonies and shipwreck remains. Surfing enthusiasts are drawn to these powerful waves and photographers flock from around the globe to snap a shot of this eerie shipwreck graveyard and the unrivalled maritime photographic opportunities. Weather-dependent, a flight back to camp offers a magnificent perspective of your journey from the air.

Hotel: Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp (Fully inclusive of all meals, fees and activities)
Day 9 Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp – Ongava Game Reserve

After breakfast, take a charter flight from Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp to Ongava Game Reserve.

The prolific 30,000-hectare private Ongava Game Reserve is considered one of the top private game reserves in the region, enjoying global recognition for exceptional conservation, ground-breaking research and exciting safari experiences.

Hotel: Ongava Lodge (Fully inclusive of all meals, fees and activities)
Day 10 Ongava Game Reserve – Etosha National Park – Ongava Game Reserve

This is your chance to be immersed in the wild on game drives into Etosha National Park, night game drives and guided nature walks on the reserve (Ongava has resident white and black rhino), bird watching and spending time in the camp hide. Tracking rhinos on foot, nights spent around the fire, watching as some of the world’s most elusive and endangered animals drink at subtly lit waterholes.

Hotel: Ongava Lodge (Fully inclusive of all meals, fees and activities)
Day 11 Ongava Game Reserve – Nambwa Tented Lodge

Take a charter flight from Ongava Airstrip to Nambwa Tented Lodge.

Meandering through the spectacular Caprivi Strip in northwest Namibia, the Kwando River rises from the central Angolan highlands forming the boundary between Namibia, Zambia and Angola. The area surrounding the Kwando River is known for its protected game reserves, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. Nambwa Tented Lodge is within the heart of the Kavango Zambezi Trans Frontier Conservation Area (KAZA) and part of the large Peace Park initiative. It is one of the only lodges uniquely situated inside the Bwabwata National Park.

Hotel: Nambwa Tented Lodge (Fully inclusive of all meals, fees and activities)
Day 12 Nambwa Tented Lodge

The area offers excellent game viewing with the perennial waters of the river attracting large herds of elephant, hippos, crocodiles, red lechwe, turtles, zebra, impala, and over 400 species of birds. Guests can soak up the spectacular views of wild Africa on boat cruises at dawn and sunset, share exciting game drives and nature walks, or experience the day-to-day life and archaic culture of the local Mbukushu and the Lozi tribes.

Hotel: Nambwa Tented Lodge (Fully inclusive of all meals, fees and activities)
Day 13 Nambwa Tented Lodge – Katima Mulilo Airport – Kasane Airport, Botswana

Take a charter flight from Nambwa Tented Lodge to Katima Mulilo Airport. Transfer to Kasane Airport (BBK), Botswana.