Namibia has 300 sunny days a year and is a beautiful and comfortable country to travel in. There are great distances, but if you have plenty of time, we recommend to drive yourself for then you can really enjoy the varied landscape.
You land in the capital Windhoek and are driven to a nice guesthouse. The capital is located on a plateau surrounded by mountains, and the location makes you likely want sun from cloudless sky and high temperature during the day, while the nights are somewhat cooler. In Windhoek you will find incredibly great selection of handicrafts and souvenirs, ranging from drums and figurines on the pavements to precious stones in the shops.
DAY 2 AND XNUM: SOSSUSVLEI
The rental car is delivered to the guesthouse. You drive to Kulala Desert Camp, located in the desert area of Sossusvlei, one of Namibia's most visited attractions. The area is known for its high sand dunes and phenomenal star-shaped mountains. The colors of the dunes vary from weak apricot to deep red and stand in stark contrast to the large white plains at the foot of the dunes. Accommodation in luxury tent.
We recommend that you spend a day in Sesriem Canyon and Sossusvlei - on a guided tour or on your own. Going up the world's highest sand dune in the sunrise is spectacular. The area offers several opportunities for hiking in this extraterrestrial landscape or from seeing it from a hot air balloon.
DAY 4 AND XNUM: SWAKOPMUND
The next stop is on the coast and is Namibia's premier tourist destination: Swakopmund. The city is like an oasis between sea, desert and sand dunes. Here Namibians and other holidaymakers go to relax by the beach and romp with sand or water-based activities. Swakopmund was founded by Germans in 1892 and carries the mark of its German origin. It is a rather quaint town, but well worth a visit, not least because of its location. Accommodation at great hotel in central Swakopmund.
There are many activities to choose from in Swakopmund; sandboarding, quad-biking and parachuting, to name a few. How about driving alone up the coast to Cape Cross, to the largest land-based seal colony in the world?
DAY 6 AND NUMBER: DAMARALAND
You drive northwest to the heart of Damaraland where you find the Damara, which together with the San people are the nation's oldest peoples. Twyfelfontein was declared a national monument already in 1952 for its extensive collection of stone paintings and paintings. The age varies from 1 000 to NUMBER 10 years. We also recommend a visit to the basalt columns "Organ Pipes" and "Petrified Forest" with their 000 million old petrified tree trunks.
The lodge offers a variety of activities. Visit to a local school where you can learn about the local people's culture and traditions. Go on safari and look for desert elephants, or join on foot, where qualified guides tell about desert plants, birds and reptiles and experience the ancient stone paintings.
DAY 8 AND NUMBER: ETOSHA AND SAFARI
Namibia was the first country in the world to introduce nature conservation in the constitution, and Etosha was declared a conservation area already in 1907. The park is characterized by Etosha Pan which for much of the year is a solidified, fractured white sand plains where mirrors often occur. Etosha National Park is Namibia's premier safari destination. Accommodation at eco-friendly camp.
DAY 10: WINDHOEK
Return to Windhoek and accommodation the same place as at the beginning of the journey. If you haven't tried any of the local specialties, we recommend ostrich, crocodile or antelope for dinner.
DAY 11: DEPARTURE
You drive to the airport and hand in the rental car before you fly home - with some grains of sand in your suitcase and many spectacular nature experiences in fresh memory.
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