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Namibian crème de la crème

10 day road-trip in beautiful Namibia. A must-visit for all nature lovers.

by karoAbout Me:The adamant wanderer. I started traveling with my parents as a kid and caught the vagabond bug. I've been traveling ever since. read more

AfricaNamibia10 days / November 2015

Highs & Lows

Sunrise on top of Dune 45 Sossusvlei

The weather was getting very hot (it's very hot in Namibia between October to March)

Itinerary Overview

  • 1 Night: Windhoek
    Needed a place for one night
  • 2 Nights: Namibia
    Visiting Etosha National Park
  • 2 Nights: Spitzkoppe
    One of the most unforgettable evenings of this trip. Perfect for antisocial freaks who like the mountains.
  • 1 Night: Swakopmund
    Cape Cross Seal Colony - cute but stinky
  • 3 Nights: Sossusvlei
    Sunrise on top of Dune 45, Deadvlei
  • 1 Night: Windhoek
    Just a place to stay for a night before an early flight the next day

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    If possible, book a flight to arrive in Windhoek in the morning so you don't have to spend a night there as it's a bit of a waste of time. Same with return flight.

  • How was the food?

    Breakfast and dinners are included in the price in most lodges. Lunch is served upon request and charged for extra. You can also request a lunch box to take with you.

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Bring lots of cash exchange your money in the first bank you see. Many places are cash only (though that could have changed already) and if you don't have enough money exchanged, you might not be able to buy petrol, etc. Also, banks were closed on weekends, which made the whole thing a bit trickier.

  • Packing tips?

    Bring clothes for summer and winter. It's very hot during the day but the temperature drops drastically at night (especially on a desert). Also, a pair of higher shoes won't hurt. And always check your shoes before putting your foot inside. For scorpions and other surprises.

  • Transportation Tips?

    You need an International driver's license to drive a car in Namibia. Experience driving on gravel roads is helpful though I gained experience while on a trip and somehow only managed to get stuck a few times ;) Also, don't drive at night. It's very dangerous as you can hit and kill animals.

  • Any surprises?

    It gets dark so quickly! Worth to keep that in mind if you have to set up a camp. Especially if it's the first time in your life that you have to set up a tent on the roof of your car.

  • Booking details?

    We planned and booked everything by ourselves. Starting from flights, cars and accommodations. I recommend booking accommodation way in advance as some lodges sell out months in advance.


  • We stayed at Arebbusch Travel Lodge, small hotel. It's a budget option but very clean and nicely located. https://www.arebbusch.com/

  • Mushara Lodge. Great place to stay though a bit pricey. Conveniently located just 8 km from the Von Lindequist Gate (Etosha Park Entrance). Mushara Bush Camp is cheaper (around €200 for a double tent) and also looked amazing. https://www.mushara-lodge.com/ Halali Camp Overall not the greatest camp ever but I think it was worth staying there as it gave us an opportunity to observe animals by the waterholes, which was an amazing experience. https://www.etoshanationalpark.org/

  • Spitzkoppe Community Camp We stayed at the camp but slept in tents on top of our cars. http://www.spitzkoppe.com/ When you look for camps, read the description carefully. You really are in the middle of nowhere and some camps don't have running water, etc. You have to bring everything with you so you better go shopping before you come here.

  • Swakopmund Luxury Suites Nice hotel though a bit pricey for what you get. There are plenty of great guesthouses in Swakopmund, if only you book in advance. http://swakopmundluxurysuites.com-namibia.com/en/

  • Sossus Oasis Camp Site. Just outside the entrance to the Namib Naukluft Park. If you want to see the sunrise (which, I highly recommend) or the sunset, it's important to be close to the entrance to the park or stay in a camp inside the park. Otherwise you'll get stuck in a queue on the road leading to the park at 4AM. And you better be at the front of that queue if you want to make it on time for the sunrise. https://www.sossus-oasis.com/

  • We stayed at Arebbusch Travel Lodge, small hotel. It's a budget option but very clean and nicely located. https://www.arebbusch.com/