Self-drive Namibia: sand dunes & beaches

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Duration (in days): 5

From: Windhoek

To: Windhoek



Exc. International flights (per person, based on 2 sharing) 
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Discover Namibia’s shipwrecked Skeleton Coast and dramatic sand dunes on this 5 day self-drive. First you’ll head towards the ocean and Swakopmund where you can wander along the promenade and admire the colonial architecture or sample the famous Namibian oysters in the sun. Then you’ll drive on to the dunes of Sossuvlei and spend the day admiring the magnificent dunes, where the skeletons of dead trees cast dark shadows on the orange sands and cracked, white salt pans. Add on a hot air balloon ride for a panoramic view of these mountains of sand.

This itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.


  • Stroll through colonial architecture and sample the local oysters in the Swakopmund
  • Look out for the pink flamingos of Walvis Bay
  • Climb the beautiful red dunes of Sossuvlei
  • Snap a photograph the stark, ancient trees of the Dead Vlei



Itinerary in brief:

  • 2 nights Swakopmund
  • 2 nights Sossusvlei


Day 1: Windhoek to Swakopmund

On arrival in Windhoek you’ll be met at the airport and assisted in picking up your hire car before driving to Swakopmund where you will stay at the Hotel Zum Kaiser for two nights.

Day 2: Swakopmund

Today is yours to explore the seaside beach town of Swakopmund. Wander along the promenade under the palm trees, taste famous Namibian oysters in a beachside restaurant or even try skydiving with unforgettable views of the contrasting orange desert and blue Atlantic Ocean. If you drive half an hour south to Walvis Bay, you’ll find rosy flamingos in the lagoon and you can take a dolphin cruise out into the waves.

Day 3: Swakopmund to Sossusvlei  

Leaving Swakopmund, today you’ll drive to Sossusvlei on the edge of the Namib Desert. On the way you’ll pass through otherworldly plains like ‘moonlandscape’. These plains are home to the ‘welwitschia’ plants, some of which are up to 1,500 years old. On arrival you’ll check into the Sossusvlei Lodge for two nights.

Day 4: Sossusvlei

You’ll have all day today to enjoy the stark beauty of Sossusvlei, the famous red sand dunes where gemsbok and ostriches wander under the morning sun. The spiky, bleached trees in the Deadvlei cast dark shadows over the sands below, creating a picture perfect landscape that you can enjoy for most of the day. We can add in some activities here to give you even better appreciation of this magnificent landscape, including scenic flights or hot air balloon rides to give you panoramic views over the rolling sands.

Day 5: Departure

Today is your last day in Namibia so you’ll make the drive back to Windhoek and drop of your care hire before catching your onwards flight.



Namibia’s climate is generally dry and pleasant. There is a short rainy season between December and March, where some days are humid and there are short localised thunderstorms in the afternoons. Game viewing is generally better in the dry season when wildlife is drawn to the waterholes. Nights are cool and days are often very hot.

This itinerary is purely a suggestion, and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.              

What's included: 

  • Meet & greet at Windhoek Airport
  • 4 nights of accommodation with mentioned meals (4 breakfasts, 2 dinners)
  • Rental vehicle

Not included: 

  • Flights
  • Fuel
  • Any optional extras with car hire
  • Optional excursions
  • Entrance fees to national parks/sightseeing
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips & gratuities


4 nights in 3.5* standard accommodation.

Hotels in this category includes:

  • Hotel Zum Kaiser

  • Sossuvlei Lodge


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