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Deserts of Namibia Road Trip

Inspirational natural wonders & self drive holiday to Namibia

This succinct road trip packs plenty of punch exploring Namibia’s Namib Desert, one of the oldest deserts in the world. See its geological formations and all its desert-adapted creatures. There will be no end to the spectacular vistas and photographic opportunities. You will sleep under the most impossibly starry sky on Earth.

First up, 3 days at Kulala Desert Lodge in the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve. Spend your time enjoying the wonders of Sossusvlei, famous for its huge red dunes, some of the highest in the world. A photographer's dream, the area is explorable from the air with hot air balloon rides as well as with quad bikes and game drives on the ground. Attractions include Sesriem Canyon, Hiddenvlei, Big Daddy and Deadvlei. A highlight is climbing Climb Dune 45 to watch the sun rise over the Namib desert. Then 3 days at Wolwedans Desert Lodge in the heart of the NamibRand Nature Reserve offering red dunes, endless yellow plains, impressive mountain ranges and fascinating ecosystems. An International Dark Sky Reserve, this is unlike anything you have ever experienced. Immerse yourself in the desert with scenic drives, the Wolwedans Water Walk, quiet and solitary moments, bushman walks, fat tyre e-bike adventures, a tour of the Wolwedans Village, and iconic sundowners.

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Day by Day summary

  • Starts - Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Windhoek International
  • 1 night - Galton House, Windhoek and Surrounds
  • 3 nights - Kulala Desert Lodge, Sossusvlei and the Namib Desert
  • 3 nights - Wolwedans Desert Lodge, Sossusvlei and the Namib Desert
  • Ends - Transfer to Windhoek International for your international flight home

At a glance

  • Country Icon Namibia
  • Nights Icon 7 Nights
  • Safari Icon Safari
  • Scenic Icon Scenic

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Guide Price

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Includes flights from JFK
Itinerary Details


Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Windhoek International

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Day 1

Arrive at Windhoek Airport where you will collect your hire car and drive to your guest house in the city.

  • 1 night

Galton House
Bed & Breakfast | Standard Room

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Kulala desert lodge guided visit to sossusvlei and sesriem 1280
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Day 2 - 5

Today you will take the +-4.5-hour drive to your lodge in the Kulala Wilderness Reserve, at the foot of the majestic Sossusvlei Dunes in Namibia’s Namib Desert.

  • 3 nights

Kulala Desert Lodge
All Inclusive | Thatch and Canvas Room

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Day 5 - 8

Journey today for +-1.5 hours to your lodge in the NamibRand Nature Reserve.

  • 3 nights

Wolwedans Dunes Lodge
All Inclusive | Tented Room

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Day 8

Today will be +-6-hours as you travel back to Windhoek Airport to drop off your hire car and catch your international flight home.

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Our trips are unashamedly high-end but always deliver excellent value for money. Our guide price covers the majority of trip costs upfront, on a per person basis, including international flights and all transfers.

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  • International flights as detailed
  • Meals and accommodation as detailed
  • Drinks (excluding premium brands) at Kulala Desert Lodge and Wolwedans Desert Lodge
  • Twice daily scheduled safari activities
  • National Park Fees
  • Group U Hire Car (Toyota Fortuner 4x4 or similar) + GPS
  • Carbon-offsetting with One Tree Planted
  • Conservation donation to Save the Rhino
  • Community projects contribution with Uthando
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  • Entry visas and fees
  • Gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Any sightseeing activities mentioned
  • Petrol
  • Additional Driver’s Fee
  • Additional activities or options on offer
Indulge your passions


This sample trip offers countless adventures and activities to ensure lifetime memories are made. From unforgettable thrills to indulgent relaxation, choose those that appeal most and we will curate your perfect itinerary.

  • 4 WD Safari Icon 4WD Safari
  • Guided Walking Safari Icon Guided Walking Safari
  • Night Drive Icon Night Drive
  • Hot Air Balloon Flights Icon Hot Air Balloon Flights
  • Scenic Flights Icon Scenic Flights
  • Cultural Experience Icon Cultural Experience
  • Cycling Icon Cycling
  • Hiking Icon Hiking
  • Horseriding Icon Horse riding
  • Desert Tours Icon Desert Tours
  • Star Gazing Star Bed Icon Star Gazing/Star Bed
  • Wellness Spa Icon Wellness/Spa
Enriching encounters


Whether you want to tick off the Big Five or encounter specific safari species and sea creatures on your safari and coastal stay, our expert guides reveal the typical wildlife sightings to expect on this sample trip.

  • Zebra
  • Springbok
  • Spotted Hyena
    Spotted Hyena
  • Ostrich
  • Oryx
    Beisa Oryx
  • Jackal
  • Brown Hyena
    Brown Hyena
  • Aardwolf
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