Desert and Dune Self Drive

This self-drive itinerary focuses on the best scenic landscapes of Namibia and at the same time, offers a unique cultural experience.

On arrival, you will spend a night in Windhoek before heading south to the famed Sossusvlei sand dunes. Quintessentially Namibia, these dunes are the most visually stunning part of the ancient Namib Desert, explorable from the air with hot air balloon rides and quad bikes and game drives on the ground. During your stay, we recommend that you climb Dune 45 and visit Sesriem Canyon, Hiddenvlei, Deadvlei and Big Daddy, the tallest dune in the area.

Without leaving the Namib desert, your next stop is Swakopmund, approximately 5 hour's drive from Sossusvlei. In Swakopmund you can expect palm-lined streets, gorgeous beaches, seaside promenades and a welcoming cooling breeze from the ocean. Swakopmund is a little oasis in the desert offering countless pursuits, including adventure activities such as sandboarding, parachuting, hot air ballooning, quad biking and deep sea fishing to name a few. With the feel of a small German village (Namibia was a German colony) you can also relax in one of the many restaurants, cafes, art galleries or museums.

It is now time to head further north into one of the most scenic areas of Namibia, Damaraland, a rugged, untamed region of contrasting landscapes. Expect prehistoric water courses, distant mountain ranges, wide open plains and deep gorges. The area is home to giraffe, ostrich, unique desert elephant, springbok and rare and critically endangered black rhino. Highlights of the area include The Brandberg, Namibia's highest mountain and home to the famous 'White Lady' Bushman painting; the Petrified Forest which is millions of years old and Twyfelfontein, a rocky outcrop of thousands of Bushmen engravings.

You will conclude your trip with a night in the small town of Omaruru at the base of the volcanic Erongo mountain range. Here there are yet more impressive geological sites and ancient rock painting sites to be explored.

First of the dunes at dawn with oryx in foreground vingerklip rock finger Quad biking
  • Lower Budget from $2,530 Per Person
  • Tailor-made Itinerary from $2,590 Per Person
  • Higher Budget from $3,970 Per Person
Day 1: Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Windhoek International
Day 2:
  • Windhoek & Surrounds
  • Windhoek & Surrounds
  • Windhoek & Surrounds

On arrival at Windhoek International Airport you will make your way to the car hire desk to collect your hire car. From here you will drive into the city for your first night.

Room Type: Standard room Meal Basis: BB Bed and Breakfast
Room Type: Standard room Meal Basis: BB Bed and Breakfast
Room Type: Junior Suite Meal Basis: BB Bed and Breakfast
Day 3 - 4:
  • Sossusvlei & the Namib Desert
  • Sossusvlei & the Namib Desert
  • Sossusvlei & the Namib Desert

Today you will take the drive to the Sossusvlei & the Namib Desert.

Room Type: Thatched Cottage Meal Basis: FB Full Board
Room Type: Standard Rooms Meal Basis: FB Full Board
Room Type: Suite Meal Basis: AIA All Inclusive and Scheduled Activities
Day 5 - 6:
  • Swakopmund & Walvis Bay
  • Swakopmund & Walvis Bay
  • Swakopmund & Walvis Bay

Today you will take the drive to the Swakopmund.

Room Type: Standard room Meal Basis: BB Bed and Breakfast
Room Type: Standard room Meal Basis: BB Bed and Breakfast
Room Type: Standard Room Meal Basis: BB Bed and Breakfast
Day 7 - 9:
  • Damaraland
  • Damaraland
  • Damaraland

Today you will take the drive to the Damaraland.

Room Type: Standard Room Meal Basis: FB Full Board
Room Type: Chalet Meal Basis: FB Full Board
Room Type: Standard Room Meal Basis: FB Full Board
Day 10:
  • Central Highlands
  • Central Highlands
  • Central Highlands

Today you will take the drive to the Central Highlands.

Room Type: Standard chalet Meal Basis: HB Half Board
Room Type: Standard thatched bungalow Meal Basis: HB Half Board
Room Type: Tented chalet Meal Basis: FB Full Board
Day 11:
    Onward Transfer to Windhoek International Airport

Today you will take the drive to Windhoek International Airport where you will drop off your hire car and connect with your onward flight home.

Day 12: Arrive at JFK

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  • Arrival Airport: Windhoek International
  • House on Olof Palme
    Nights: 1
  • The Desert Homestead
    Nights: 2
  • Central Guesthouse
    Nights: 2
  • Twyfelfontein Country Lodge
    Nights: 3
  • Kashana Lodge
    Nights: 1
  • Return Airport: Windhoek International
  • Arrival Airport: Windhoek International
  • Villa Violet
    Nights: 1
  • Hoodia Desert Lodge
    Nights: 2
  • The Delight Swakopmund
    Nights: 2
  • Ugab Terrace Lodge
    Nights: 3
  • Ai Aiba - The Rock Painting Lodge
    Nights: 1
  • Return Airport: Windhoek International
  • Arrival Airport: Windhoek International
  • The Olive Exclusive All-Suite Hotel
    Nights: 1
  • Sossusvlei Desert Lodge
    Nights: 2
  • Villa Margherita
    Nights: 2
  • Mowani Mountain Camp
    Nights: 3
  • Erongo Wilderness Lodge
    Nights: 1
  • Return Airport: Windhoek International

Includes

  • International flights from JFK
  • Accommodation as specified
  • Meals as specified
  • Car hire, group K car (Nissan Qashqai or similar) including full cover, unlimited km and taxes

Excludes

  • Gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Additional activities not offered as scheduled by the accommodation
  • Visas and visa fees where relevant
  • Petrol
  • Beverages with the exception of all inclusive hotels

Flights

Outward Flight:
Overnight from JFK to Windhoek International
Return Flight:
Overnight from Windhoek International to JFK

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