19 Night Namibia Self-drive (Wdh-Wdh)

3 week Namibia classic itinerary

Take in the wildlife of Etosha, the rolling sand dunes of Sossusvlei and the cultural heritage of Damaraland in this classic itinerary that also includes a few nights exploring the remote Kaokoveld.

*Indicative price is per person and based on 2 people travelling off-peak*


Etosha, Kaokoveld, Damaraland, Spitzkoppe, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei

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Day 1

Arrive into Windhoek Hosea Kutako airport where you transfer to spend the first night at Guesthouse Terra Africa – a small friendly guest house near the centre of Windhoek.


Day 2

Pick up your vehicle and equipment in Windhoek and head north to spend the next four days in and around Etosha National Park. The first night is spent at Onguma Tamboti campsite in the Onguma concession to the east of Etosha.


Day 3

Etosha covers an area of more than 22 000 sq kms – its centre being a vast saltpan surrounded by grass and thorn savannah, Mopane bushland in the west and dry forest in the north-east. Spend the next night at Halali.


Day 4

Continue to camp at Okaukuejo in the south of Etosha.


Day 5

The final night is in the west of the park at Olifantsrus Campsite. Here you will find a high diversity of plant and animal species – including the Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra which does not occur in the eastern side of the park.


Day 6

Leave Etosha and make your way north, spending the next night at Opuwo Lodge. In the afternoon you will do an excursion to a local Himba village.


Day 7

Namibia’s first Himba co-owned camp, Etambura Camp lies within the Oreupembe Conservancy in the Kunene region in the north of this stunning country. Set on one of the area’s tallest hills, the camp has the most stunning panoramic vistas across the Onjuva plains


Day 8 – 9

Drive next to Sesfontein, the last outpost west before the track becomes progressively more rugged as you drive towards Purros. Rugged roads and a lack of infrastructure have helped to preserve the beauty of this region.

At Okahirongo you will have the opportunity of doing guided drives along the Hoaruseb in search of the desert adapted elephants.


Day 10

Drive south through rugged scenery to Purros. The Kaokoland is one of the most pristine and undeveloped areas of Namibia.


Day 11

Head south to the Damaraland region, spending the next night at Grootberg Lodge. Damaraland is an unspoiled, rocky area and one of the areas in Namibia where you can find the desert adapted elephants. They wander from waterhole to waterhole and can walk huge distances every day in their search of water.


Day 12 – 13

Drive to the picturesque Damaraland area, spending the next two nights camping at Madisa Campsite. Attractions in the area include the Twyfelfontein rock paintings, the Petrified Forest, and the Organ Pipes.


Day 14

Drive south to Spitzkoppe – a group of bald granite peaks rising majestically out of the surrounding landscape. Camp here at the community campsite, allowing you to be at the rock during sunset and sunrise.


Day 15

Drive to Swakopmund, Namibia’s famous coastal town. Accommodation here is at Sandcastle Apartments. Swakopmund is a very interesting town, with old German architecture and a distinct character.


Day 16

In the morning you will do a “Living Desert Tour” – a unique guided tour which brings the desert to life.


Day 17 – 18

Travel to the Sossusvlei area of the Namib Naukluft Park. Your next two nights are spent at Sesriem campsite inside the protected area. Camping at Sesriem means you will be able to get to the Sossusvlei dunes at sunrise when photography is at its best.


Day 19

Return the vehicle in Windhoek before spending the final night at Guesthouse Terra Africa before heading to the airport in the morning for your flight out.


  • 18 days 4×4 vehicle and equipment hire (vehicle with R30,000 insurance excess)
  • GPS with Tracks4Africa
  • Satphone rental
  • All accommodation and meals where stated
  • Airport transfers
  • Himba excursion
  • Living Desert Tour
  • Trip handbook, directions & maps


International flights; Personal insurance; Visa / border fees; National park / Reserve entrance fees