From the largest natural gorge in Africa to the splendour of Etosha National Park this itinerary can be easily self driven, however, is recommended with a driver guide as distances in Namibia are vast and can be misleading.
Day 01 : Windhoek
Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia, features many attractions depicting the time of German colonial occupation – the Tintenpalast built by the Germans in 1912 and which is now home to both houses of Parliament; the Alte Fest (Old Fortress) which houses the State Museum, and the Christuskirche, dedicated in 1910 as the Church of Peace.
Day 02 : Keetmanshoop
En route to the Fish River Canyon, a stop over in Keetmanshoop is recommended to view the Quiver Tree forest, so called because the Khoisan used quiver tree stems to make holders for arrows.
Day 03 & 04 : Fish River Canyon
The second largest in the world, and Africa’s largest, the Fish River Canyon is both spectacular and surreal, with the intermittent Fish River flowing at its base. A stay over at Ai-Ais, the very hot hot springs at the base of the canyon is recommended to soothe weary muscles after a day of walking to the various viewpoints around the canyon’s lip.
Day 05 & 06 : Aus & Luderitz
Travel via Aus looking out for the feral horses on the road to Ludertiz, whose forebears are thought to have been set free by the German Schutztruppe. Spectacular German colonial architecture, penguins, seals and a Dias Cross await in Luderitz. Also not to be missed is a visit to the ghost town of Kolmanskop, built in Luderitz’s diamond heyday.
Day 07 & 08 : Sossusvlei
Home to the largest sand dunes in the world, Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei, in particular, are best viewed in the early morning before the heat of the day.
Day 09, 10 & 11 : Swakopmund
Nambia’s favourite seaside resort, Swakopmund is the springboard for sightseeing to Walvis Bay where a boat trip in the harbour and lagoon will bring you closer to its estimated 40 000 birds and other marine mammals. A scenic drive to the Welwitschia Plains to see these thousands of years old plants is not to be missed, or partake in the many adventure activities available from Swakopmund, including flights over the Skeleton Coast.
Day 12, 13 & 14 : Etosha National Park
In the vast arid space of Northern Namibia lies one of Southern Africa’s best loved wildlife sanctuaries. Etosha National Park offers excellent game viewing in one of Africa’s most accessible venues. Zebra and springbok are scattered across the endless horizon, while the many waterholes attract endangered black rhinoceros, lion, elephant and large numbers of antelope.
Day 15 & 16 : Windhoek
Return to Windhoek for overnight before departure the following day, or extend your stay into Damaraland for a cultural interaction with the nomadic Himba.