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10 days Windhoek, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland, Etosha, Namibia Central Highlands

Taking in the highlights of Namibia: this is the perfect itinerary for your first crack at a self-drive safari

This itinerary is a real favourite for those looking to explore a corner of Africa at their own pace and with the freedom of their own vehicle. Namibia is a fantastically diverse country and, fortunately, it is a very manageable destination in terms of getting around. We will give you all the advice you need alongside having a great team on the ground to make sure every detail is covered as you hit the open roads. 

What's included:

  • Private airport transfers
  • Shared safari activities
  • Hire car
  • Detailed driving instructions
  • Meals & drinks as mentioned in full itinerary
  • Your choice of accommodation styles
  • Local cell phone
  • MediVac insurance

Call us on 0117 313 3300 to start planning your holiday, we’re looking forward to hearing from you


Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Windhoek

Day 1 - Windhoek
Aerial view of sand dunes at Windhoek Namibia

On arrival you will be given the keys to your 4x4 hired car. We will ensure you have a sat-nav, detailed driving directions, a debrief on 4x4 driving and contact numbers. You spend the rest of the day relaxing at your boutique hotel in Windhoek and we will point you in the direction of the best food and drink spots.

Days 2-3: Sossusvlei

Day 2 - Windhoek > Sossusvlei
Footprints and people walking along a sand dune at Sossusvlei Namibia

Your first drive takes you into the Namib Desert and to possibly Namibia's top attraction, Sossusvlei. A huge clay pan surrounded by sand dunes up to 170m high this is a stunning place to begin your adventure.

Day 3 - Explore the dunes

Highlights include amazing dune walks and drives, a visit to the stunning Deadvlei, horse-riding, quad-biking and hot air ballooning. A sunrise in Sossusvlei is something that you will never forget and this makes it a must visit for all Namibia itineraries.

Days 4-5: Swakopmund

Day 4 - Sossusvlei > Swakopmund
Swakopmund German colonial town on the coast of Namibia

Crossing the Tropic of Capricorn you make your way out of the desert to the Skeleton Coast, passing through beautiful canyons and classic Namibian scenery opens up before you. Walvis Bay is a lovely spot just outside Swakopmund and we highly recommend stopping off on your way into town. You will spend two nights in Swakopmund, a beautiful old colonial town that acts as the launchpad for a wide array of activities.

Day 5 - Activities in Swakopmund

Activities include sea kayaking, a dolphin cruise, dune quad biking, scenic flights to see the famous ship wrecks, fishing and a desert eco tour. There are lots of lovely restaurants so we recommend staying on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 6: Damaraland

Day 6 - Swakopmund > Damaraland
Spitzkoppe unique rock formation in Damaraland Namibia

This morning you will resume your epic road trip and head up the Skeleton Coast. You drive onwards into Damaraland through the open plains of Uis and onto Twyfelfontein, home to some of the best preserved rock art on the continent. You will meet your guide and be driven to the stunning lodge set up in the mountains. The afternoon of your arrival can be spent relaxing and soaking in the views or out on a safari looking for desert adapted elephants and rhinos.

Days 7-8: Etosha National Park

Day 7 - Damaraland > Etosha
herd of elephants passing a waterhole at sunset in Etosha National Park, Namibia

This morning you will enjoy breakfast before a lovely drive to Etosha National Park, one of the continents top spots for game viewing. The park is contains a huge salt pan with waterholes and natural springs that, particularly in the dryer months from June-November, are full of game. Our driving directions will guide you to the Western gate and through the park to our favourite spots before arriving at your lodge. You stay for two nights here to make the most of the activities and brilliant wildlife sightings.

Day 8 - On safari in Etosha

Enjoy your full day on safari in Etosha. Lion, leopard, elephant, giraffe, rhino and a vast array of other wildlife are all common sightings.

Day 9: Okonjima

Day 9 - Etosha National Park > Okonjima
Leopard sitting on a branch as seen on a luxury safari holiday in Namibia

Driving out of Etosha you will head south to Okonjima, the home of the brilliant AfriCat Foundation. Set aside within the Omboroko Mountains this brilliant area is much more than a nature reserve. Not only is it home to the AfriCat Foundation which is internationally recognised as one of the top conservation schemes in Africa but it acts as a great spot for an array of activities. They even have bush fitness camp on site with mountain biking and some brilliant nature trails.

Day 10: Fly home

Day 10 - Fly home

This morning you will drive back to Windhoek. This will take about 3 hours and on arrival you will have time to get some lunch, drop off your hire car and catch your international flight home.


Talk to the team

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our specialist team on 0117 313 3300

Why Wayfairer

Namibia is a country that is performing phenomenally well in terms of responsible tourism. The country is very aware of the importance of preserving areas of natural beauty, the wildlife that inhabits these areas and the fascinating tribes that have roamed the land for centuries.

Conservation and responsible travel are at the heart of our itineraries. Within this itinerary you will have the chance to track desert rhino, visit the AfriCat headquarters and support local communities working alongside the lodges we have chosen.  

Why Wayfairer Classic Namibia Holiday

Call us on 0117 313 3300 to start planning your holiday, we’re looking forward to hearing from you