10-Day Namibia: Desert & Wildlife

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  • This tour starts and ends in Windhoek 
  • We can book your international flights
  • Fly to Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) in Windhoek
  • Fly back from Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) in Windhoek
  • A transfer from and back to the airport is included
  • We can arrange additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour for an extra cost


Day 1

Arrival to Windhoek

Upon arrival in Windhoek, you will be met by your tour guide who will transfer you to Windhoek, Namibia’s capital where we will undertake an orientation tour of the city. Windhoek is clean, safe, and well-organized, with a colonial legacy that is reflected in its many German eateries and shops, and the widespread use of the German language. Windhoek has an interesting mix of historical architecture and modern buildings, many of which are worth a look at, including the Alte Feste (Old Fort), the 1896 Christuskirche (Christ Church), and the more contemporary Supreme Court. You then continue to your overnight destination, The Elegant Guesthouse.

Pulsating with life, opportunity, and a sparkle of adventure, Windhoek is a multicultural city characterized by tranquil co-existence and enough living space for all its citizens, which number 350’000. Visitors can enjoy the best of two worlds between European-style architecture and lifestyle, to the vivid beat of African culture and environs. The first recorded settlements were established because of the springs in the area.

Windhoek boasts a host of dinner venues, none more so popular or infamous as Joe’s Beerhouse where the beer flows. We do leave the choice of the restaurant open this evening for an on-the-spur-of-the-moment decision, depending on how well-rested you are after the long flight. There are several options of restaurants at Am Weinberg, and you may choose to opt for seafood or a meatier option instead, right on your doorstep.

Day 2

Kalahari Desert

You will travel into the largest sand mass on Earth, the Kalahari Desert. The Kalahari is a vast semi-desert of wind-blown sand held by a sparse mantle of thorn scrub making it the largest continuous stretch of sand covering 9 African countries. Unlike other true deserts, the Kalahari does receive erratic rainfall. For many, therefore “thirstland” is a more fitting description. Lacking permanent surface water, the Kalahari is a challenging place to live except for those who have adapted to not only survive but flourish here. The Bushmen refer to it as the “Soul of the World”, an emotive description for this area! With its deep red sand dunes and endless grass plains interspersed with acacia and shrubs, it is still home to a surprisingly large amount of specially adapted wildlife. Once settled in you will have time to freshen up before joining the afternoon nature drive where your ranger will tell you more about the area and the unique wildlife that can be seen here.

Day 3


You’re going to head out south today and drive towards the towering red dunes of the Namib and Sossusvlei.

Once settled in you will have time to freshen up before joining the afternoon nature drive where your ranger will tell you more about the area and the unique wildlife that can be seen here. Naturally, no visit can ever be complete without the mandatory sundowner! Everything here is about the incredible sunsets and tonight will be no different. Watch the stars come out over the oldest desert in the world and hear what true silence sounds like. Back at the lodge, an excellent dinner awaits you, and, afterward, enjoy a drink at the One Night in Namibia bar that will evoke memories for many years to come.
Before you drift off to sleep in the desert breeze, take a peek at the stars, and find the Southern Cross – so bright and close you can almost touch them.

Day 4


This morning requires and early start to the day to make the most of it. Join your guide on an excursion to the Sossusvlei. The gates open up at sunrise and it is the best time to see the dramatic colours of the dunes change as the sun rises. The drive to the heart of Sossusvlei is around 60km and en-route you will find Dune 45, one of the largest dunes.

You will go into the vlei, allowing you to explore the beauty of Deadvlei. Also, here you will have the opportunity to ascend these dunes. Considered some of the tallest dunes in the world, even surpassing those of the Sahara, these monumentally high star shaped dunes are a sought-after destination for photographers and artists. The warm tint of the sand contrasts with the dazzling white surfaces of the clay pans in the surrounding areas. The hues constantly change with the sun rising from deep apricot to warm red and all shades in between.

Returning from Sossusvlei you may call at the Sesriem Canyon before making your way back to the lodge for an afternoon lazing at the pool or participating in the activities on offer.

Day 5 & 6


After breakfast and a good night’s rest the journey continues, this time towards the cold Atlantic coast, and Namibia’s premier holiday town, Swakopmund. The journey there will also take you via Solitaire, featuring no more than a general dealer, a filling station, and a bakery. You are here for the bakery and the best apple pie the dessert ever delivered. Naturally, you have to honor Moose’s legacy, and this affords you a coffee-and-cake stop. But before you get to explore this little gem, a bit of a detour to the neighboring town of Walvis Bay, an important harbor town in Namibia. You will visit the shallow lagoon, one of the most important wetland areas on the African continent, and a RAMSAR World Heritage Site. Over 80% of the African flamingos feed in this lagoon and present a breathtaking picture when they appear in groups. Continuing along the scenic route between the dune belt and the Atlantic Ocean you reach Swakopmund, a quaint desert town. With its palm-lined streets and seaside promenade Swakopmund rates as Namibia’s most popular seaside destination. The town acts as a base for many varied activities ranging from quad biking in the Namib to sand boarding and even desert tours. An enjoyable pastime is to do what the locals do and 16:00 Kaffee-Kuchen is taken very seriously. It offers an excellent opportunity to take a mid-afternoon break for a coffee and a slice of baked cheesecake, or decadent Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, right from the heart of the Motherland. We have included dinner for the first evening as part of the program. Due to the variety of options available, for the second evening, we have left the dinner options open to your delight. Your guide will be delighted to make suggestions.

Day 7 & 8

Heading to Etosha National Park

This morning we will depart northbound along the coast towards the town of Henties Bay, a local fishing village whose inhabitants increase 100-fold during the summer holidays with visitors from far and wide. The cold Atlantic Coast is known for its unforgiving nature and many ships and aircraft have perished here, hence the name of the Skeleton Coast. En route to Henties Bay, you will call one of the most recent shipwrecks, the Zeila. She can be seen from the shore. From Henties Bay we continue inland past Damaraland and onwards to see animals congregating in greater numbers and hence you will be heading for the Etosha National Park. After checking in, you have the opportunity to enjoy the afternoon undertaking your first game drive through the Etosha National Park in your touring vehicle. You can visit various waterholes on the lookout for Elephants, Lions, Rhinos, and all the other animals who come to drink some water.

Spend day 8 exploring the Etosha National Park on a full-day Game drive with your guide and touring vehicle. Go exploring the waterholes along this enormous saltpan. There are close to 114 species of mammal in Etosha, including the black-faced impala and the threatened black and white rhino. The Etosha Pan (a flat calcrete depression), contains water only after very good rains and sometimes only for a few days each year, but is enough to stimulate the growth of blue-green algae which lures thousands of flamingos.

Day 9

Back to Windhoek

Today you will make your way to your last overnight in Namibia. En-route back to Windhoek, you will call the Wood Carvers Market in Okahandja where wood workers proudly display their handywork and artefacts that can be bought here. Keep a keen eye out for the Herero ladies dressed in their colorful and distinctive long dresses with matching headgear, said to mimic the horns of cattle. These dresses were inspired by the beautiful dresses of the German colonial fashion of the time. From Okahandja, you will continue to your lodge.

Day 10

End of adventure

Every fantastic holiday must come to an end and sadly, so the time has come to bid farewell to this beautiful destination.
Upon arrival back at Windhoek International Airport, your guide will accompany you inside and you proceed to check-in.

  • Park fees (For non-residents)
  • All activities (Unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation (Unless listed as an upgrade)
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (Unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Round-trip airport transfer
  • Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinking water (On all days)
  • Gifts
  • International flights (From/home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Increase in taxes and/or fees for parks set by the government

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While English is the official language of the country, Afrikaans and German are widely spoken in Namibia.

The currency used throughout the country is the Namibian dollar. Mastercard and Visa are widely accepted however, ATMs might be slightly difficult to come by.

You can visit Namibia any time of the year as it is usually dry and warm. Wildlife viewing is best in the dry season, which is from May to October.


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