Safari Adventure: 2 Weeks in Namibia, Africa

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  • Namibia

  • Active Travel

  • Adventure Travel

  • International Travel

  • Safari

  • Desert

  • Outdoors

  • Wildlife

Winding dirt road in Namibia, Africa
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Namibia is a country in southwestern Africa with otherworldly beauty in an undiscovered and off-the-beaten path setting.

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Shipwreck Lodge

A unique, shipwreck-form, wooden lodge in the middle of the desert with sandboarding.

Doro Nawas Camp

Chic safari lodgings overlooking the ancient plains of Namibia with wellness and wildlife activities.

Etosha Mountain Lodge

Classically-Namibian chalets with 180-degree panoramas of the wilderness, a beautiful main ‘lapa’ area and a cool swimming pool for the hot African days.

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Day 1: Arrival in Windhoek

Long dirt road in Namibia, Africa

Meet with your safari representative who will go over the details of your itinerary, deliver your rental car and provide suggestions for the road trip along the way. Stock up on snacks and supplies for your road trip. Visit craft centers and admire the architecture of Christuskirche, the landmark church built in the 1900s.

Days 2-5: Etosha National Park

Lion lays down in Etosha National park in Namibia, Africa

Rising early, begin game drives through this vast national park in search of wildlife: elephants, rhino, zebras, springbok, oryx, giraffes, hyenas and big cats: lion, leopard and cheetah. Lunch can be brought along and enjoyed at various overlooks throughout the park. End each day with sundowner drinks and snacks, taking in beautiful watercolor sunsets across the Etosha grasslands.

Days 6-8: Damaraland

Mountain silhouette in Damaraland in Namibia, Africa

Damaraland is one of Namibia's most dramatic collection of landscapes. Wild and rugged, highlights of this area include prehistoric drawings, petrified forests, rainbow rock formations and more. This is also desert elephant territory, where the 600 remaining of this species transverse long distances in search of water and foliage. Spend your days hiking through ravines and caves to view ancient rock art, visiting the nomadic Himba people and searching for elusive desert wildlife. End at least one night with a lavish bush dinner, arranged by your lodge.

Days 9-11: Skeleton Coast and Swakopmund

Seals on the sand at the Skeleton Coast in Namibia, Africa

Switching coastal views for desert savanna, head down to Swakopmund along the infamous Skeleton Coast. On your drive down, make sure to stop at some of the many shipwrecks along the coast. Swakopmund offers a variety of adventurous activities: dune boarding, sky-diving, deep sea fishing and more. For a slightly more tame itinerary, there are dolphin and whale watching tours, Walvis Bay for flamingo viewing and the Cape Cross seal colony.

Days 12-14: Sossusvlei and the Kalahari

Sossusvlei dessert in Namibia, Africa

Hike up Dune 45 at sunrise for stunning views of rolling sand dunes as far as the eye can see. Next, visit Deadvlei, the iconic white clay pan with petrified acacia trees. Consider a trek up Big Daddy, the largest dune in the area - just remember, this 1000 foot dune will take close to an hour to trudge up.

A hot air balloon ride over the Sossusvlei area is a once in a lifetime experience and an incredible way to bring your trip to a close. 

Spend your last night in the Kalahari desert, an enchanting destination that stretches across three African countries. Many activities available to you include morning game drives to view arid-adapted game species like oryx, quad biking, guided nature walks and sundown drives.

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