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Deadvlei, Sossusvlei, Namibia

10 Day Travel Itineraries in Namibia

Looking for the perfect way to spend ten days in Namibia? If you want to explore the Sossusvlei dunes, go on an unforgettable game drive in Etosha National Park, or embark on an overland tour, read on for itinerary inspiration and ideas for your dream Namibia holiday - including some of the best places you cannot miss. 

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Our top itinerary for 10 days in Namibia

Day 1 - Windhoek - Spend some time exploring what the capital city has to offer, from museums, shops, to historical buildings all within walking distance around the town centre. One of the most widely photographed historical landmarks is the Christ Church, a Lutheran church, built in the Gothic revival style.

Day 2 & 3 - Sesriem - Enjoy the desert scenery around Sesriem and Sossusvlei. Keep an eye out for the surprising amount of wildlife such as oryx, springbok, jackal, ground squirrel and hyena. Explore the Namib desert, the oldest desert in the world; and venture to the massive dunes at Sossusvlei and the white clay pan of Deadvlei. Then visit the Sesriem Canyon, a natural gorge carved out by the Tsauchab River over millions of years.

Day 4 & 5 - Swakopmund - Continue through changing desert landscapes towards the coastal city of Swakopmund. Look out for roaming zebra, kudu, springbok, and oryx on the way, and take a break in the quirky town of Solitaire before heading into the countryside. Go on a 4x4 drive through the desert, learning about the survival strategies of bushmen who lived in this inhospitable area thousands of years ago. Explore the town's unique mix of German and African culture and opt to visit curio shops, the museum and restaurants. 

Day 6 - Palmwag - Make your way to Twyfelfontein, Namibia’s first UNESCO World Heritage site, to see some of Africa’s largest concentrations of petroglyphs. Marvel at these remarkable engravings, carved by prehistoric hunter-gatherers and depicting rhinos, elephants, and ostriches, as well as human and animal footprints. Then continue to our lodge on the Palmwag nature reserve in northwest Damaraland.

Day 7, 8 & 9 - Etosha National Park - With a combination of natural waterholes, and diverse vegetation, wildlife flock to the park. Some of the largest elephants in Africa can be found in areas of thicker vegetation, as well as leopard and the critically endangered black rhino. Lions, giraffe, ostrich and many antelope species can be found in the grasslands, while birders will love the salt pans which attract flamingos in the rainy season.

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10 day Namibia adventure itinerary

Day 1 - Windhoek - Windhoek is a capital town but with loads of interesting things to offer. One of the most famous is the display of 33 meteorites, the Gibeon Meteorites in the Post Street Mall. Here you can take pictures of and touch these extra-terrestrial bodies that are corrosive resistant due to the high amount of nickel the bodies contain.

Day 2 & 3 - Etosha National Park - Head out for an afternoon game drive to search for elephant, the unique black-faced impala, zebra, endangered black rhino, or any of the more than 100 mammal species the park is home to. In the rainy season, the salt pans turn into shallow lakes, with pelicans, flamingos and other bird species flocking to this temporary water haven. 

Day 4 - Kamanjab - Travel to the small settlement of Kamanjab and take a guided tour of an authentic Himba village. Experience their culture and way of living first hand – learn about their ancestors and herbal medicine, their hairstyles and jewellery imitating the status of each tribe member as well as their close relationship with nature, their cattle, and children.

Day 5 - Brandberg - Head south to Brandberg, home to Königstein, at 2,573m above sea level the highest peak in Namibia. Visit the famous White Lady Bushmen painting in the Brandberg on a guided hike. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery along the riverbed, with multicoloured rocks that take on various shades of flaming orange in the afternoon. 

Day 6 & 7 - Swakopmund - Take a walk along the beach or dip your toes in the icy Atlantic Ocean or visit the Krystal Galerie which boasts with the largest Quartz Crystal Cluster on display in the World. If adrenalin and outdoors is your thing then you can enjoy optional activities like quad biking, sandboarding, 4×4 safaris, skydiving and more.

Day 8 - Naukluft region - Today is an early departure and a long drive south into the Namib Desert. You will drive through the Kuiseb and Gaub passes and visit Solitaire to taste their world-renowned apple crumble pie on your way to the Naukluft region.

Day 9 - Sossusvlei - We stay close to Sesriem and use the opportunity to experience the beautiful desert sun rising over the dunes. Climb the majestic Dune 45 and enjoy your included 4x4 transfer to Sossusvlei/Deadvlei, a seemingly endless expanse of sand dunes.

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Etosha National Park, Namibia
Etosha National Park, Namibia

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Local languages
English, Oshiwambo, Khoekhoegowab, Afrikaans, etc.
Popular destinations
Sossusvlei, Etosha, Swakopmund, Fish River Canyon
Perfect for
Safari, Nature, Wildlife, Photography
Best time to visit
July to October
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