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A Namibian Road Trip

Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland, Skeleton Coast, Etendeka Concession Area and Etosha

A Namibian Road Trip is the best way to explore this vast wilderness with its beautifully barren panoramas, empty highways and vast plains that go on as far as the eye can see. Your route goes via Damaraland, Etosha, the Skeleton Coast and Sossusvlei.

The roads in Namibia make it the ideal destination for a road trip as they are in good condition, even if a lot of them are dirt roads. They have minimal traffic traversing them, and the only things you are likely to run into are vicariously living warthogs and kudus who might be enjoying the thrill of a mad dash across the road. For this reason it is best to drive during the daylight hours!

This particular road trip will take you on a classic journey to see the rugged landscape of Damaraland, Namibia's finest national park - Etosha, the world famous Skeleton Coast and the vast desert dunes of Sossusvlei. Driving this route feels like driving through a landscape frozen in time as even the animals are frozen motionless, conserving their energy in this arid environment.

After arriving in Windhoek and picking up your car the first stage of your journey will be towards the red dunes of Sossusvlei and Kulala Desert Lodge. Located within the arid Namib Desert, the lodge is in the 37,000 hectare private Kulala Wilderness Reserve. The 23 thatched and canvas 'kulalas' are each built upon wooden platforms in order to catch the breeze and make the most of the spectacular views. They also have decks on their flat rooftops for sleep-outs under the stars from which you will see more than you could ever imagine. The camp is the closest point of access to the iconic dunes and the most perfect spot imaginable from which to photograph Namib Desert scenery. To really see your surroundings properly you can climb the 300m high Big Daddy and look out across the sea of red sand, or take a hot air balloon safari and soar above the dunes. Also popular is going quad biking through the Kulala Wilderness Reserve. During the hottest part of the day you can enjoy cooling off in the pool.

Then after three nights at Kulala Desert Lodge it's about a 4-5 hour drive to Swakopmund and Villa Margherita. This is an antique colonial villa, over 100 years old, that was originally known as the historical building of Dr. Schwietering Haus. This charming boutique hotel is the perfect place from which to explore Swakopmund. Sandwiched between the vast emptiness of the Namid Desert and the chilly waters of the Atlantic ocean, this quirky little town with it's Bavarian church spires rising up amongst the palm trees is definitely worth a visit. Villa Margherita has a very intimate feel to it with elegant staircases, cosy fireplaces and colorful artwork throughout and will provide you with a very pleasant base from which to explore the sights. Whilst in Swakopmund you will be swamped with choice for activities, whether you prefer the more energetic style such as sandsailing or sandboarding, or the cultural side of things such as having a look around the Wormannhaus and Lutheran Church. Walvis Bay is also a great place from which to take a cruise out to see dolphins, seals and pelicans, ending your day with oysters and champagne. July-October is also a great time for sighting whales when they migrate to the Cape.

On the next stage of your drive you will also have ample opportunities for whale sightings as the C34 from Swakopmund runs along the Skeleton Coast and you can take this road up the coast until you turn in at the C39 towards Etendeka Mountain Camp. This is a small and rustic camp situated at the foothills of the Grootberg massif, which stands amongst the most breath-taking scenery where the ancient Etendeka lava flowed over northern Damaraland. Etendeka was one of the first real safari camps to open in Namibia and is the most peaceful spot imaginable where you can go on amazing walks and game drives with exceptional guiding. You will spend just a night here for the moment but no need to worry as you can experience it properly again in a couple of days.

Your next destination is such a remote and exclusive spot that the only way to get to it is by air, so you leave your car at Etendeka and get transferred for your light aircraft flight up to Hoanib where you will spend three nights at Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp. This camp is in a truly remote location and the prolific wildlife here draws people in from far and wide as they come to track desert-adapted elephants and lions or venture into the previously restricted area of the Hoanib floodplains. If you stay three nights you will get to enjoy a full day excursion via a scenic flight to Mowe Bay where you can enjoy a picnic and go fishing or visit a seal colony.

After your three nights you will get your return flight to Etendeka and spend two further nights there enjoying all that this wonderful camp has to offer. Then it will be time for the final stop on your journey which is Ongava Tented Camp. Ongava can be found tucked away at the foot of a dolomite hill in the Ongava Game Reserve which boarders Etosha National Park to the north. Here you can track rhino on foot, enjoy some amazing birding, and venture out on a night time game drive.

At a Glance

Adventure, Off the beaten track, Couples, Road trip

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation.

Description

The roads in Namibia make it the ideal destination for a road trip as they are in good condition, even if a lot of them are dirt roads. They have minimal traffic traversing them, and the only things you are likely to run into are vicariously living warthogs and kudus who might be enjoying the thrill of a mad dash across the road. For this reason it is best to drive during the daylight hours!

This particular road trip will take you on a classic journey to see the rugged landscape of Damaraland, Namibia's finest national park - Etosha, the world famous Skeleton Coast and the vast desert dunes of Sossusvlei. Driving this route feels like driving through a landscape frozen in time as even the animals are frozen motionless, conserving their energy in this arid environment.

After arriving in Windhoek and picking up your car the first stage of your journey will be towards the red dunes of Sossusvlei and Kulala Desert Lodge. Located within the arid Namib Desert, the lodge is in the 37,000 hectare private Kulala Wilderness Reserve. The 23 thatched and canvas 'kulalas' are each built upon wooden platforms in order to catch the breeze and make the most of the spectacular views. They also have decks on their flat rooftops for sleep-outs under the stars from which you will see more than you could ever imagine. The camp is the closest point of access to the iconic dunes and the most perfect spot imaginable from which to photograph Namib Desert scenery. To really see your surroundings properly you can climb the 300m high Big Daddy and look out across the sea of red sand, or take a hot air balloon safari and soar above the dunes. Also popular is going quad biking through the Kulala Wilderness Reserve. During the hottest part of the day you can enjoy cooling off in the pool.

Then after three nights at Kulala Desert Lodge it's about a 4-5 hour drive to Swakopmund and Villa Margherita. This is an antique colonial villa, over 100 years old, that was originally known as the historical building of Dr. Schwietering Haus. This charming boutique hotel is the perfect place from which to explore Swakopmund. Sandwiched between the vast emptiness of the Namid Desert and the chilly waters of the Atlantic ocean, this quirky little town with it's Bavarian church spires rising up amongst the palm trees is definitely worth a visit. Villa Margherita has a very intimate feel to it with elegant staircases, cosy fireplaces and colorful artwork throughout and will provide you with a very pleasant base from which to explore the sights. Whilst in Swakopmund you will be swamped with choice for activities, whether you prefer the more energetic style such as sandsailing or sandboarding, or the cultural side of things such as having a look around the Wormannhaus and Lutheran Church. Walvis Bay is also a great place from which to take a cruise out to see dolphins, seals and pelicans, ending your day with oysters and champagne. July-October is also a great time for sighting whales when they migrate to the Cape.

On the next stage of your drive you will also have ample opportunities for whale sightings as the C34 from Swakopmund runs along the Skeleton Coast and you can take this road up the coast until you turn in at the C39 towards Etendeka Mountain Camp. This is a small and rustic camp situated at the foothills of the Grootberg massif, which stands amongst the most breath-taking scenery where the ancient Etendeka lava flowed over northern Damaraland. Etendeka was one of the first real safari camps to open in Namibia and is the most peaceful spot imaginable where you can go on amazing walks and game drives with exceptional guiding. You will spend just a night here for the moment but no need to worry as you can experience it properly again in a couple of days.

Your next destination is such a remote and exclusive spot that the only way to get to it is by air, so you leave your car at Etendeka and get transferred for your light aircraft flight up to Hoanib where you will spend three nights at Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp. This camp is in a truly remote location and the prolific wildlife here draws people in from far and wide as they come to track desert-adapted elephants and lions or venture into the previously restricted area of the Hoanib floodplains. If you stay three nights you will get to enjoy a full day excursion via a scenic flight to Mowe Bay where you can enjoy a picnic and go fishing or visit a seal colony.

After your three nights you will get your return flight to Etendeka and spend two further nights there enjoying all that this wonderful camp has to offer. Then it will be time for the final stop on your journey which is Ongava Tented Camp. Ongava can be found tucked away at the foot of a dolomite hill in the Ongava Game Reserve which boarders Etosha National Park to the north. Here you can track rhino on foot, enjoy some amazing birding, and venture out on a night time game drive.

Itinerary

Stay

Location/route

Overnight

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Fly to Windhoek (via Johannesburg)
Pick up/drop off Windhoek Airport
3 nights

Sossusvlei, Namibia

Kulala Desert Lodge
2 nights

Swakopmund, Namibia

Villa Margherita
1 night

Damaraland, Namibia

Etendeka Mountain Camp
Etendeka - Hoanib
3 nights

Skeleton Coast, Namibia

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp
Hoanib - Etendeka
2 nights

Etendeka Concession Area, Damaraland

Etendeka Mountain Camp
3 nights

Etosha, Namibia

Ongava Tented Camp
Fly home from Windhoek (via Johannesburg)

Location & Directions

Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland, Skeleton Coast, Etendeka Concession Area and Etosha

When to go

If you're visiting Namibia, the best thing to do is avoid their summer, which is extremely hot. Therefore, the best time to visit Namibia is in winter (May-September) but bear in mind that the desert regions can be bitterly cold at this time of year. The climate of the southern coast is hospitable from February to May, but quite cool and misty year-round, and particularly windy in August.

Best time to Visit

Good time to visit

Average time to visit

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation.

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