Namibia Explorer

Etosha National Park Travel with Equatours

With its long stretches of traffic-free roads and endless sightseeing possibilities, Namibia is one of the best countries in the world for a self-drive holiday.  


Still relatively unaffected by tourism, Namibia is home to diverse desert-adapted wildlife, stunning landscapes, natural wonders, and some of the friendliest people on earth, making it a dream destination for those who like to head off the beaten track and spend their holidays on the great open road.


To help you get the most out of your Namibian Road Adventure, this self-drive itinerary includes 4x4 car rental, a well-planned route, and a choice of accommodations to suit every budget, but as with all the itineraries in our portfolio, this is just for inspiration. We can add nights, take nights away, and customise this trip to create your holiday of lifetime.


Detailed Itinerary


Day 1: Windhoek

Upon arrival at Windhoek Airport, please clear immigration, collect your luggage, and proceed to the arrivals hall where you will be met by one of our representatives, who will assist with the collection of your vehicle and provide a complete travel portfolio for your road tripping adventure. You will then self-drive to your hotel in the city for overnight.

Recommended: Visit Joe’s Beer House

Overnight: Windhoek


Day 2: Windhoek – Kalahari 

Driving Distance / Time: (280km/174 miles approx. 4 hours)

After breakfast today, you will hit the open road and travel into the largest sand mass on earth, the Kalahari Desert, for a two-night stay. This afternoon you can enjoy a nature drive through this magical desert.

Overnight: Kalahari Desert Lodge

Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner 


Day 3: Kalahari

After breakfast today, the day is yours to do as you please.  We recommend taking a walk through the desert with the legendary Bushmen.

Overnight: Kalahari Desert Lodge

Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner


Day 4: Kalahari - Sossusvlei

Driving Distance / Time: (320km / 192 miles approx. 4.5 hours)

Today you will head off into the endless plains and striking mountain ranges of the Namib Desert, the oldest desert on earth.  Your lodge is situated very close to two of Namibia’s most celebrated attractions, Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon, so you will have plenty to keep you occupied over the next two days.

Overnight: Sossusvlei Lodge

Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner


Day 5: Sossusvlei

With another full day in Sossusvlei, we recommend you head to the National Park to climb ‘Big Daddy’ – the largest sand dune in the region, before taking some magnificent photos at Dead Vlei.

Overnight: Sossusvlei Lodge

Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner


Day 6: Sossusvlei - Swakopmund

Driving Distance / Time: (370km / 222 miles approx. 4 hours)

After breakfast today, you will move on to your next destination, travelling through the Namib Naukluft Park to Swakopmund.  Here you will find a whole itinerary of exciting excursions and activities to choose from such as scenic flight and dolphin cruises.

Overnight: Swakopmund  

Meals included: Breakfast  


Day 7: Swakopmund 

After breakfast today, why not head over to Walvis Bay for a boat trip and lunch.  There is some stunning birdlife / sea life in the region, and the photo opportunities are endless. 

Overnight: Swakopmund  

Meals Included: Breakfast


Day 8: Swakopmund – Etosha National Park

Driving Distance / Time: (500km / 300 miles approx. 6 hours)

Today you will set off towards the world famous Etosha National Park for a two-night stay. Early mornings and late afternoons are the best times to go game viewing in Etosha, so get your cameras ready for some serious wildlife encounters.

Overnight: Etosha Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner


Day 9: Etosha National Park 

After breakfast overlooking the national park, you get to choose from a wellness treatment in the hotel, or a game drive in a private wildlife reserve.

Overnight: Etosha Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner


Day 10: Etosha National Park - Windhoek                                             

Driving Distance / Time: (390km / 227 miles approx. 4.5 hours)

After your final breakfast in the Namibian bush, you will make your way back to Windhoek, for a final night in the Capital city.

Overnight: Windhoek  

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner


Day 11: Departure                                             

After a hearty breakfast, you will drive back to Windhoek airport, drop off your car and catch your international flight home.


Please remember, this itinerary is purely for inspiration.  

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