- Central Highlands
- Etosha National Park
Enjoy a self-drive safari or guided game drives in Etosha National Park.
Watch lion, giraffe and elephant drinking from waterholes vital to their survival.
Track desert-adapted elephants in the red-rock landscape of Damaraland.
Admire the ancient rock art at Twyfelfontein, created up to 10,000 years ago.
Spend time on the coast and exploring the dune wildlife close to Swakopmund.
What our specialists say...
This trip makes the most of the wildlife regions in northern Namibia as well as taking in some varied and dramatic scenery, from red-rock desert to golden dunes. On safari in Etosha National Park, you have the option to self-drive or head out on game drives with rangers passionate about the park’s wildlife, which includes oryx, lion and giraffe. Moving on to Damaraland, where desert-adapted elephant roam, you can admire ancient rock art at Twyfelfontein, carved by tribes inhabiting the area thousands of years ago. Round off your trip with a few nights at Swakopmund on the coast, enjoying birdwatching at Pelican Point or learning about the wildlife found in the dunes from a local naturalist guide.
We recommend this trip for:
- Central Highlands
- Etosha National Park
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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Day 1 International outbound flight
International outbound flight
Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Windhoek.
Day 2 Central Highlands
On arrival at Windhoek Airport you're met and driven to our representative's offices for your trip briefing. Refreshments and a shower are available if you wish to freshen up after your flight. You're given an information pack containing a map, driving directions, a detailed itinerary, a cool box and a mobile phone to take with you on your journey. Your fully insured car is delivered to you here, and you can then set off on the hour and a half journey to your hotel in the Central Highlands. Once there and settled in, you can tuck into a tasty meal and enjoy sundowners around the camp fire, surrounded by the open countryside.
Day 3 Etosha National Park
Set off this morning for Etosha National Park, a journey of around four hours on a good tarmac road. Settle into your room before enjoying an afternoon game drive. You can choose to head out with a professional guide from the camp for an insight into the park's wildlife, or self-drive to explore independently. Alternatively, spend the afternoon relaxing at your camp, looking out for any passing wildlife.
Day 4 Etosha National Park
Spend the day exploring Etosha National Park, either self-driving or on guided game drives from your camp. Most of the game viewing here is at the various waterholes. Some are busier than others, with the Olifantsbad and Gemsbokvlakte waterholes in the western side of the park usually attracting good numbers of animals such as elephant, lion and zebra, while Twee Palms and Aroe are good options in the east. It's a good idea to take a picnic with you to enjoy at lunch.
Day 5 Etosha National Park
Head further west in Etosha today to Dolomite Camp. This area in the far west of the park is only accessible to those staying at Dolomite, so you're unlikely to see many other people while out game viewing and there's a true wilderness feel to your stay. On your way to the camp, you can stop at some of the park's western waterholes to see animals such as giraffe, rhino and wildebeest quenching their thirst.
Day 6 Etosha National Park
Enjoy a day of game viewing in the far west of Etosha, either self-driving or joining a guided game drive. There are 15 waterholes in this vicinity, attracting wildlife such as hyena, cheetah, oryx, kudu and many bird species. There's a chance that some of the waterholes are dry depending on the time of year you're visiting, but your camp can advise which are best to visit. The camp also has a list of recent animal sightings and their location to give you more idea of where to look.
Day 7 Damaraland
Drive around three to four hours southwest today into Damaraland. The landscapes are starkly beautiful, strewn with red rocks and desert vegetation. You may pass wildlife such as elephant and antelope, which have adapted to the dry conditions. Once at your lodge, relax and enjoy your mountainous surroundings. You may have the chance to head out on a guided walk to see some of the area's wildlife and follow desert-adapted elephant tracks in the arid ground.
Day 8 Damaraland
Today you can choose how to spend your day. You could set off on morning and afternoon guided game drives to look for desert-adapted elephant and other wildlife, head out with an expert guide to track rhino, or visit a nomadic Himba tribe to learn about their culture and traditions.
Day 9 Swakopmund
Set off today for the coastal town of Swakopmund, a journey of around six hours, depending on how many stops you make. We recommend visiting Twyfelfontein en route. Here you can see ancient rock art carved and painted by Bushman tribes thousands of years ago, with over 2,500 engravings and paintings found in the area. Cape Cross is also worth a stop to see its large seal colony.
Day 10 Swakopmund
You have the whole day to explore Swakopmund and its surrounding area. There are lots of activities to enjoy here to suit most ages and interests. We highly recommend visiting Pelican Point to see the flamingos, kayaking with seals at Walvis Bay or taking a 4x4 trip to Sandwich Harbour, a natural sanctuary for migrating birdlife.
Day 11 Swakopmund
Spend your final day further exploring Swakopmund. The nearby sand dunes provide numerous activity options. We suggest joining the Living Desert tour, where a guide shows and teaches you about the smaller wildlife living in the dunes, including geckos, insects and snakes. This can easily be arranged locally or we can pre-book this for you. You may also like to go quad biking or sand boarding through the dunes for an exhilarating end to your trip.
Day 12 International return flight
Swakopmund , International return flight
Day 13 International return flight
International return flight
Arrive home today to complete your journey.
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