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15 days Windhoek, Namib Desert, Damaraland, Etosha, Caprivi, Chobe, Victoria Falls

Our fantastic self-drive adventure from Windhoek through to Victoria Falls

Starting in the deserts of Namibia and finishing with the world's largest waterfall this itinerary covers all the bases. By driving this route you will observe the landscape change from dried river canyons into huge flowing rivers full of wildlife.

Highlights include watching the sunrise over Dune 45, visiting seal colonies on the Atlantic Coast, rhino tracking and hiking in Damaraland, navigating the less visited Caprivi Strip, watching elephants on the Chobe River and being blown away at Victoria Falls. 

What's included:

  • Hire car with Sat-Nav
  • Private airport transfers
  • Your choice of accommodation styles
  • Professional local staff with fair salaries
  • Shared safari activities
  • Meals & drinks as mentioned in full itinerary

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 met by a Wayfairer representative and be shown your hire car for the next few weeks. You will be given a sat-nav, detailed driving directions, a debrief on 4x4 driving and an outline on all the destinations you will visit. You spend the rest of the day relaxing in Windhoek and we will point you in the direction of the best food and drink spots.

Days 2 - 3: Namib Desert

Day 2 - Windhoek to Namib Desert
Day 2 - Windhoek to Namib Desert Listing Image

This morning you will start your self-drive journey as you venture into the Namib Desert. It is well worth stopping at the spectacular Spreetshoogte Pass and we will give you detailed driving directions to all the top spots en route. After 3 hours you arrive at your lodge will be shown to your accommodation and briefed on the best time to drive to the Sesriem Gate. Whether you decide to rest for the remainder of the day or take a packed lunch into the dunes you will be spoilt with spectacular views of this immense landscape.

Day 3 - Exploring Sossusvlei

Explore the dunes and enjoy your lovely accommodation. Highlights include amazing dune walks and drives, 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 to 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 as you drive for 4 hours to Swakopmund. This lunar-esque landscape is a pleasure to drive and we recommend a small detour to the Welwitschia Plains before arriving at the coast. You will spend two nights in Swakopmund, a beautiful old colonial town that acts as the launchpad for a wide array of activities. Walvis Bay is a stunning spot just outside Swakopmund and we highly recommend stopping off on your way into town.

Day 5 - Swakopmund & the Skeleton Coast

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 to Damaraland
Day 6 - Swakopmund to Damaraland Listing Image

This morning you will resume your epic road trip and head up the Skeleton Coast. Henties Bay is highly recommended as a pit stop to see the Cape Cross seal colony as well as the famous shipwrecks that gave this coastline its name. 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.

Day 7: Etosha National Park

Day 7 - Damaraland to Etosha
Large African elephant in the dust at Etosha National Park Namibia

This morning you will enjoy breakfast before heading towards 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.

Day 8: Etosha

Day 8 - On Safari in Etosha

You will enjoy game drives, guided bush walks, brilliant food and great service whilst staying in Etosha.

Days 9 - 10: Caprivi West

Day 9 - Etosha to Caprivi West
Hippo at the edge of a river in Caprivi

Today you will embark on your longest drive and it will take 7/8 hours to get up into the Caprivi. It is, however, well worth it as you leave the dry desert that makes up most of Namibia and enter the Okavango River system. Your accommodation is on the river and offers motorised boat trips, mokoro trips, visits to Popa Falls, fishing and village tours.

Day 10 - Caprivi West to Caprivi East

You will now continue your stunning road trip crossing the Kwando River and overnighting in the Eastern tip of the Caprivi where Namibia borders with Botswana, Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe. This is an ancient elephant migratory path so expect to see plenty around the lodge and we highly recommend a sunset boat safari.

Days 11 - 12: Chobe

Day 11 - Caprivi East to Chobe
Day 11 - Caprivi East to Chobe Listing Image

Today you will drive out of Namibia and into Botswana. We have arrangements on the ground at the border town on Katima Mulilo, about 1.5 hours from the lodge, to ensure you have a smooth border crossing. You will then drive into Chobe Game Reserve where you spend two nights on safari.

Day 12 - On safari in Chobe

A full day on safari. Enjoy an early morning game drive in search of big cats followed by lunch at the lodge before heading out on a sunset boat trip in the evening.

Days 13 - 14: Victoria Falls

Day 13 - Chobe to Victoria Falls
Day 13 - Chobe to Victoria Falls Listing Image

Today you complete your final leg by car and drive into Zimbabwe. Again, we will assist with the border crossing as this is a real experience in itself. You drive on towards Victoria Falls where you stay for two nights. The drive should take around 4 and a half hours including the border crossing.

Day 14 - Enjoy Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls is a real bucket list destination. The mighty Zambezi river plummets 100m down into a series of mighty gorges. The falls are named 'the smoke that thunders' by the Tonga tribe due to the spray that is produced from such a huge amount of water and flanked by a lush rainforest as well as some brilliant national parks. Wildlife is abundant in the area; expect to see raptors soaring above the gorges, hippo, elephant, crocodiles in the river and if your really lucky clawless otters on the riverbanks. 

Day 15: Fly home

Day 15 - Fly home

Today you will enjoy breakfast at the lodge before being transferred back to the international airport and boarding a flight to Johannesburg in time to catch your international flight home. 

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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, support conservation efforts in national parks and, through visiting lodges in community shared areas, help local communities working alongside the properties we have chosen.  

Why Wayfairer Namibia, Chobe & Victoria Falls

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