DAY 01: KALAHARI
Your 10 Day Namibia Tour starts with a drive south to the edge of the Kalahari Desert, which is a drive of around 2- 2.5 hours. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure in the peaceful surrounds of Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge or head out on an activity with the lodge which is optional and at an extra cost. Dinner and overnight at Kalahari Red dunes Lodge
DAY 02: SOSSUSVLEI (SAND DUNES)
After breakfast, we’ll leave the Kalahari and drive to Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert in the southwest of the country. You’ll stay in Sossusvlei for the next two nights and you’ll have time to explore the iconic towering sand dunes, as well as other incredible geographical formations of the region, such as Sesriem Canyon. Dinner and overnight at Dead Valley Lodge
DAY 03:EXPLORE THE DUNES
Today you wake up early to climb the iconic sand dunes at sunrise. Dead Valley Lodge is one of the few lodges inside the Namib-Naukluft National Park, so you can access the dunes before and after most other guests staying outside the park are allowed.
Other extra activities you can enjoy today include a nature drive to search for desert-adapted wildlife, a dune walk, or even soaring above this breathtaking landscape in a hot air balloon, which is all optional for an extra cost.
In the evening you can enjoy a gin and tonic on a sundowner tour, and after dark, you’ll enjoy the spectacular night sky in a region with very little light pollution. Dinner and Overnight at Dead Valley Lodge
DAY 04:SOSSUSVLEI TO SWAKOMPUND
This morning, we embark on a northern drive, passing through stunning canyons and breathtaking landscapes en route to the charming town of Swakopmund on the Skeleton Coast.
Just outside Swakopmund lies the exquisite Walvis Bay, where we make a stop on our way to town. Nestled behind the Pelican Point sand spit, Walvis Bay’s tidal lagoon is a haven for abundant birdlife, including pelicans and flamingos.
Swakopmund itself stands as a former colonial town celebrated for its German architecture and cultural influence. Many locals speak German, and the town even hosts an Oktoberfest beer festival. It’s an ideal destination to spend a couple of days, providing a perfect interlude between exploring the Sossusvlei dunes and discovering the attractions of northern Namibia. Dinner and overnight at Villa Margherita
DAY 05: SWAKOMPUND TO DAMARALAND
Today, our journey takes us northward along the Skeleton Coast towards Damaraland. As we travel along the coastal route, we will make a stop at Henties Bay to observe the Cape Cross seal colony. Additionally, if you’re interested, we can visit the shipwreck of the MS Winston at Durissa Bay before turning inland once again.
Upon our arrival in Damaraland, you will get settled into your accommodation. The afternoon is yours to unwind at the lodge or take a leisurely walk in the nearby surroundings. Don’t miss the chance to pause at various viewpoints and admire the stunning Damaraland landscape. Dinner and overnight at Camp Kipwe
DAY 06: EXPLORE THE DAMARALAND AREA
Today included in your trip are two activities with Camp Kipwe Lodge. There are options for you to head out on a nature drive in search of Namibia’s famous desert-dwelling elephants, and you may wish to also join the Twyfelfontein, Burnt Mountain, and Organ Pipes excursion to see the rock engravings at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein. Dinner and overnight at Camp Kipwe.
DAY 07: DAMARALAND TO ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast we drive east towards Etosha National Park.
Etosha offers fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities, particularly around the waterholes. You can expect to see elephants, giraffes, lions, leopards, zebras, springbok, and gemsbok. It’s also one of the best places in Southern Africa to see the endangered cheetah, black rhino, and rare antelope species such as black-faced impala, Damara dik-dik, and the roan antelope.
Arrive at Andersson’s at Ongava which is one of the newest lodges in the area, on the private Ongava Game Reserve, adjacent to the national park itself for dinner and overnight.
DAY 08: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
This day is spent with a morning and an afternoon game drive into the Etosha Game Reserve. This eastern side of the park has many waterholes where animals congregate to drink and even in the heat of the day, a wide range of wildlife can be seen.
Wildlife you are likely to see, at close quarters if you spend some time at the waterholes, includes a growing number of rhino – both black and white – and the endemic black-faced impala and Damara dik-dik. The Namibian trademarks, gemsbok and springbok, are common and there are good numbers of southern Africa’s big game including elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, caracal, brown and spotted hyena, eland, roan, kudu, wildebeest, red hartebeest, and Burchell’s plains zebra, and black-backed jackal.
Photography at Etosha National Park is exceptional: the waterholes allow for unobtrusive close-ups and dramatic angles of the wildlife while the salt pan throws up a backdrop of shimmering white beneath a parched blue sky. Dinner and Overnight at Andersson’s Camp.
DAY 09: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK TO THE CENTRAL HIGHLANDS
After breakfast, you’ll have time to enjoy a final activity into Etosha, before we head south again to your next destination – Ai Aiba Lodge, in the central highlands of Namibia.
While at the lodge you will enjoy a fantastic guided walks during which you’ll explore the rugged landscape. It is not an area for big game so treat any distant sightings of kudu among the brush or the flash of a Hartmann’s mountain zebra as it disappears over the hillside as a bonus.
This is the perfect base for your final night, with the chance to enjoy a guided walking trails or just relax and salute the sunset a final time and appreciate the exquisite birdsong before heading home tomorrow.
DAY 10: DEPARTURE
Today is your last morning on your 10 Day Nambia Tour. Following your breakfast at Ai Aiba, the drive back to Windhoek Airport should take approximately 3.5 hours.