Road Trip in Namibia

A different Africa! Namibia is not like any other country in Africa – here the sun shines brighter, the colors are stronger and nature more magical than anywhere else.

We have tailored a road trip around Namibia that provides memories for life.
We can also help with things that are important for a successful trip, namely to minimize transfer time, arrange good stopovers, child discounts, seats on the plane and much more.

Day 1: Departure from Scandinavia

Departure from Scandinavia to Namibia’s capital Windhoek. There are one or two changes on the road, but food and entertainment are served on board, which makes the trip short and comfortable.

Day 2: Arrival Windhoek – to hotel approx. 1 hour

There is only an hour time difference between Sweden and Namibia in the winter and none in the summer so after a night on board the flight you land in Windhoek. You now pick up your camper van and expect this to take about 1.5 hours as there is a lot of information and a short training in how to set up tents etc. You then drive to your hotel which is located in Klein Windhoek, a nice suburb in eastern Windhoek. Dinner is best eaten at the cozy Joe’s Beerhouse. The hotel will help you book a taxi both there and back if you do not feel like driving yourself after a long journey.

Day 3: Windhoek to Kalahari – approx. 3 hours

Take the morning and get acquainted with Windhoek. Here are the beautiful Christuskirche, Namibia Crafts Center and Independence Memorial Center. Then continue to one of the well-stocked shops and load the fridge with breakfast food, something to grill, vegetables, fruit and maybe some beer? You can also buy a sack of firewood at most major stores, something that comes in handy in the evenings at the campsite. You then continue towards the Kalahari increase, plan so that you arrive at Bagatelle Kalahari Camp at 16 o’clock. In the evening, a “sundowner safari” is included – a guided safari tour ending at a dune where cold and soft drinks are served to enjoy the sunset. ( F )

Day 4: Kalahari – Sesriem – ca. 4-5 hours

Early morning with a “bushmans walk”. You have a guided hike with members of the San people who tell about nature, animals and life in the desert. You make a stop in a small village and also meet women and children who sell handicrafts to contribute to the family’s livelihood. You then continue towards Sesriem and the mighty dunes of Soussusvlei. Take the opportunity to refuel and have lunch on the way in Mariental. As the campsite in Sesriem is only a few hundred meters from the entrance to the national park, it is possible to watch the sunset from the Elim Dune dune.

Day 5: Sesriem

You have all day to explore this amazing place. Most people go into the park as soon as it opens to see the sunrise, it is 65 kilometers to Soussusvlei from Sesriem so the whole campsite is usually empty at 5 o’clock in the morning. Once there, you can take a shuttle the last bit to Deadvlei, Soussusvlei and Big Daddy or drive your 4WD yourself. Big Daddy is the world’s highest sand dune and well worth a climb. Deadvlei with a surreal white clay landscape surrounded by monumental dunes and with ancient acacia trees scattered over the surface is an experience of a lifetime. and if you have the energy for another hike, you can visit Hidden Vlei which is reminiscent of Deadvlei but not many people see. Back in Sesriem you can then do a hike in Sesriem Canyon, an over 18 million year old ravine.

Day 6: Sesriem – Swakopmund ca. 6 hours

Now you go on towards the coast and the city of Swakopmund. Make a stop in the odd little settlement Solitaire where you traditionally eat apple pie before moving on to photograph the sign at Capricorn’s Tropic. When you get to Walvis Bay you can stop and see the sea lions in the harbor and the many flamingo birds, here it is often foggy in combination with sandstorms. Once in Swakopmund, you check in at your hotel and have the afternoon on your own. Stroll among the beautiful houses, here are many good restaurants, small shops and a small museum. Take a walk out on the pier and finish with a cold beer at The Tug overlooking the sea. If you are lucky, you can also see playful dolphins inside by the beach.

Day 7: Swakopmund – Spitzkoppe approx. 2 hours

Breakfast and then you are picked up for a tour of Swakopmund’s townships; Mondesa and DRC. Exciting, interesting and extremely thought-provoking. then take the opportunity to shop around, refuel and check the tire pressure before continuing on to Spitzkoppe. A magical place with its rock formations, light, starry sky and tranquility. Here, the opening scene for 2001 was also recorded for those of you who are filmmakers. Take a walk out into the surroundings and see the sunset, you can book a sunset tour with a local guide at the campsite reception – ready to recommend. ( F )

Day 8: Spitzkoppe – Twyfelfontein Damaraland approx. 5 hours

The sunrise with the magical play of light over Spitzkoppe’s rock formations is good for the soul. You then continue today to Twyfelfontein where you will find Namibia’s first world heritage site in the form of unique cave paintings. You stay another night in fantastic surroundings with the opportunity to book excursions.

Day 9: Damaraland – Etosha National Park approx. 5 hours

Plan today’s driving carefully. It takes 5-6 hours to reach your campsite inside Ethosha National Park. First you drive on relatively bad roads to Andersson Gate and then it is about 2 hours to your campsite which is located in the middle of the huge park. The journey from the gate to the camp is like a safari in itself so you should not be in a hurry here. Once there, the camp has its own water hole and if you go there at 6 pm, there are great chances to see both elephants and rhinos.

Day 10: Etosha National Park

You have all day in Etosha National Park. Here you can either drive yourself or book a guided safari. There are three lodges in the park where you can take the opportunity to have lunch if you do your own safari. There are lots of animals like elephants, giraffes, rhinos, zebras, lions, hyenas, jackals, kudo, ibex, impala, ditch, oryx, wildebeest and if you are lucky you can see a leopard.

Day 11: Etosha – Okonjima ca. 5 hours

The journey back out through Andersson Gate is like a last safari here in Etosha. You then continue south to the Okonjima Nature Reserve where you will stay at the lodge tonight. Here is The AfriCat Foundation working to protect the shy cheetah. We recommend that you book one of the activities offered here to get closer to this shy animal.

Day 12: Okonjima – Mount Etjo ca. 2 hours

You can spend most of the day here on Okonjima as it only takes about 2 hours to drive to the next stop which is Mount Etjo. However, you should be here by 4 pm when a cheetah feeding and a lion feeding have been booked – the animals are wild but the area does not provide enough food for them and especially the lion herd needs support feeding. At the campsite there are also dinosaur tracks to see.

Day 13. Mount Etjo – Windhoek approx. 3 hours

Then it’s time to leave the safari adventure behind and return to the big city. You live in Klein Windhoek again and maybe you take the opportunity to enjoy a dinner at Stellenbosch Wine Bar & Bistro like this on the last day.

Day 14: Windhoek – airport approx. 1 hour

You should leave the hotel well in advance, you must be at the airport at least 2 hours before departure and expect the return of the rental car to take at least 1.5 hours. ( F ) So it’s time to say goodbye to fantastic Namibia – or hopefully see you again!

Day 15: Homecoming

Overnight stays

Four nights in a hotel
Eight nights in a tent on top of the car

Road Trip in Namibia