Classic Namibia Itinerary
2017 Classic Namibia Itinerary
Trip One 4th Nov to 20th Nov - FULL
Trip Two 20th Nov to 6th Dec - FULL
Please note the above Itinerary dates refer to the departure date from the UK and departure from Namibia. Arrival back in the UK would normally be a day later.
Day 1 - Flight to Windhoek
For UK residents this will typically involve an overnight flight from Heathrow to Johannesburg arriving in SA sometime in the morning and connecting for the short flight to Windhoek.
Day 2 - Arrival in Windhoek
The airport is about 40kms from the city. We are staying on the outskirts of town in a smart hotel and with Namibia more or less on the same time as the UK you should not suffer from jet lag.
Day 3 - Windhoek to Kalahari - 153 miles
There will be no early start. After collecting the vehicles the route takes us pass a large hypermarket where you can load up on drinks, snacks and perhaps a picnic lunch. We will depart Windhoek about 11.00 am. Our destination is a property in a private game reserve and in the evening there will be various opportunities for game viewing either on a safari drive or perhaps on a quad bike. If you’re feeling lazy you could always just enjoy a beer and watch the game from your balcony.
Day 4 - Kalahari to Fish River - 316 miles
Great driving heading south with a couple of interesting stops on the way. In the evening we will take a visit to the Fish River Canyon, claimed to be the second largest canyon in the world. A truly fantastic sight.
Day 5 - Fish River to Luderitz - 311 miles
On the recce trip, during today’s route we travelled for two hours without seeing another human being. A lovely drive, good lunch venue, along with a couple of interesting stops, possibly seeing wild desert horses before arriving at the coastal town of Luderitz.
Day 6 - Luderitz to Sossusvlei - 298 miles
First thing we take a tour of the old mining town of Kolmanskoop where the sand dunes have blown into the old buildings. Then it’s back the way we came for 45 miles before heading north to Sossusvlei.
Day 7 - Sossusvlei to Namib Desert - 114 miles
This is a really easy driving day. We’ll be up early to explore the largest sand dunes in the world. For the energetic there’s a walk up Big Daddy - the tallest. From there it’s a really short run to the next hotel. We should be there by about 2.00pm giving you the whole afternoon to relax by the pool.
Day 8 - Namib Desert to Swakopmund - 183 miles
Not a massive day but great driving to the second biggest (and coastal) town in Namibia. Known as the ‘playground’ you won’t be short of things to do. So much to do in fact that we are taking two complete days off so that you could spend one day busy (see below) and then the next day relaxing. We are staying in the best hotel in town, in fact possibly the best in Namibia.
Day 9 - Day off Swakopmund
Just a small sample
Parascending - it’s mad, scary and fun.
Quad biking - hacking up and down the desert dunes on a quad - brilliant.
Living desert tour - travelling out in the desert in a Unimog type vehicle to be shown sidewinders, scorpions, lizards etc.
Dolphin cruise - half day boat excursion to see dolphins and seals while enjoying oysters and champagne.
Flights in 5 seaters- circa £100 to £150 - very impressive as you fly along the Skeleton Coast and get a chance to see ship wrecks and the remains of old mining towns.
Snake museum - pretty wild place where the owner opens up the cages and lets you touch the specimens.
Day 10 - Day Off Swakopmund
More of the same (see above) or just spend the day relaxing and enjoying the town.
Day 11 - Swakopmund to Palmwag - 444 miles
This is a big day, heading north along the Skeleton Coast. There is a lot to see including the Cape Cross seal colony, one of the largest colonies of cape fur seals in the world. We’ll also be calling in at the World Heritage site of Twyfelfontien where there are thousands of examples of early rock art.
Day 12 - Palmwag to Western Etosha - 145 miles
After such a big day yesterday today is a low mileage day with a late start. In the afternoon we enter Etosha National Park, one of Africa’s greatest game parks. We are staying overnight in the park in an unfenced property where you are permitted to walk to your room during daylight hours but in the evening, after dinner, you have to catch a buggy to return to your room in case you get eaten by a lion!
Day 13 - Western Etosha to Central Etosha - 125 miles
For the next two days we will be traversing Etosha. Instead of a route book you will have a good map showing the location of every water hole. You take your time and decide your own route visiting as many or as few as you want. Our overnight stop is just outside the southern entrance to the park and the view from the bar….. wait and see.
Day 14 - Central Etosha to Eastern Etosha - 111 miles
More of the same although by this time you will be in a completely different area of the park with different scenery. Our overnight stop is just outside the eastern park entrance.
Day 15 - Eastern Etosha to Africat - 196 miles
It’s now time to head south to complete the loop. After lunching at a crocodile farm we will arrive at a cheetah sanctuary. There will be the opportunity to go out cheetah or leopard spotting in the evening.
Day 16 - Africat to Windhoek - 152 miles
With just 152 miles of good tar road to drive you should be in Windhoek by lunchtime giving you time to explore in the afternoon perhaps visiting one of the many markets or the highly rated railway museum. We’ll be leaving the hotel by coach in the evening for our farewell dinner.
Day 17 - Depart Windhoek for homeward flight.
Created on Thursday, November 1st, 2012 and was last updated on Tuesday, December 20th, 2016