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12 Days Nature tour itinerary for namibia: Excite With This Wildlife, Desert, & Canyon Tour

Windhoek, Sossusvlei, Etosha National Park, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, Okahandja, Kalahari Desert, Okonjima

Nature Tour
Safari Tour
Eco Tourism Tour

Enjoy this unforgettable experience designed to give you a comprehensive safari around the main highlights of southern, central and western Namibia. The tour highlights are the Palmwag Reserve, desert explores and dolphin watching along the Namibian Atlantic coast.

DAY 01

Windhoek to Kalahari Desert - 282 km (175 miles) ±3H 30 min

  • Pack your bags since the departure time this morning will be at 10H00 seeing as you only have a fairly short drive by Namibian standards to the southeasterly Kalahari area. 

  • Arrive at the beautiful accommodation, and you can take some time to admire the uniqueness and beauty of your lodge before an optional afternoon game drive that will familiarize you with the landscape, the fauna and flora of one of the most iconic deserts in Africa.

DAY 02

Kalahari Desert to Sossusvlei area - 311 km (193 miles) ±5H 25 min

  • Wake up as today is a lengthy drive across country to another desert on the opposite spectrum on the western part of Namibia, and you set off early today.

  • Enjoy a scenic drive transiting through towns like Mariental and Maltahohe. The relatively flat landscape starts to give way to a more mountainous terrain as you get closer to the Namib Naukluft National Park. Other attractions include the desert-adapted vegetation of the area, like the Succulent Karoo, Camel-thorn Acacia, Lichens and many more.

DAY 03


  • Explore Sossusvlei today. Sossusvlei offers visitors some of the best landscapes in the world, with unbelievable colour contrasts at sunrise and after sunset along with amazing photographic opportunities. Here, you will also look at the abundance of small life, which baffles the mind as to how the numerous creatures can survive in this harsh and unforgiving Namib Desert.

DAY 04

Sossusvlei area to Swakopmund - 343 km (213 miles) ±5H 30 min

  • Leave the Sossusvlei area early enough to enjoy a cool scenic drive to the coastal town of Swakopmund along the mighty Atlantic Ocean. Tropic of Capricorn, which forms the circle of the latitude that contains the subsolar point on the December solstice is on your route, and here we will stop for a moment.

  • Arrive in Swakopmund, and embark on a short afternoon walking tour of the town’s historical monuments is a must, and a few additional optional activities for the next day are on offer, as you look forward to the Dolphin tour scheduled for the following day. 

DAY 05


  • Explore this coastal town. Known for its variety of activities that it offers to travellers, and the guides have taken the liberty in arranging a dolphin cruise for you this morning on the catamaran. This experience affords the guests a chance to learn about the marine life on the Namibian Atlantic coast and a possibility of seeing the various species of dolphin there is in Namibia, whales, seals and much more.

  • Unwind in the afternoon as it is a relaxed one, where the guests can do some curio shopping or just wonder around the lively markets of this unique city.

DAY 06

Swakopmund to Palmwag - 440 km (273 miles) ±5H 50 min

  • Set off on a lengthy drive that takes you pass the small mining town of Uis en route to the Palmwag rhino concession. On your way, you pass the Brandberg mountain, known to be the highest mountain in Namibia at over 2,500 m (over 8,400ft) above sea level.

  • Transit through the Twyfelfontein area of Damaraland, which is home to a world heritage site and an optional stopover for the guests who are interested in seeing the iconic rock engravings, of which some date back to over 6000 years.

  • Arrive in the late afternoon which warrants a cold beverage at the beautiful lodge!

DAY 07


  • Tour this major reserve. The Palmwag Concession is an area covering over 400,000 hectares (988,400 Acres) of conservation land, home to lions, leopards, cheetahs, zebra, springbok, and much more. The reserve is especially known for providing habitat for the largest population of south-western black rhinos in Africa, under the protection of the organization known as the Save the Rhino Trust. The guests have the optional half-day rhino tracking activity or settle for a game drive and many activities on offer here.

DAY 08

Palmwag to Etosha National Park - 298km (185miles) ±3H55min

  • Visit Etosha National Park, one of Namibia’s most exceptional adventures. The journey today takes us to this great game sanctuary through some of the lands belonging to the iconic Himba tribe, as the plan to arrive around noon and just in time for some lunch before going off on your first game drive inside this vast park. Then, you do not head back to your accommodation until the late afternoon. A beautiful African sunset and great dinner are on the cards for this evening from your beautiful lodge.

DAY 09

Etosha National Park

  • Continue the game drive today, as you are on a quest to see and learn about as much of the free-roaming wildlife in this area as you can. Etosha is famous for the African elephant, lion, leopard, hyena, rhino, and other antelope sightings, offering a very pleasant experience, especially to first-timers in the park. The route also takes you to the Etosha Pan lookout point, to see the vastness of the great white open space.

DAY 10

Etosha National Park

  • Continue the safari and get another full day to discover the north-eastern end of this vast park which was first proclaimed a national park in 1907, but has significantly decreased in size since then. You look for more wildlife as well as different bird species.

DAY 11

Etosha National Park to Okonjima - 360 km (224 miles) ±3H 40 min

  • Travel on the main to the Okonjima, the home of the Africat Foundation, responsible for the rehabilitation of endangered large cats. Plan to leave quite early this morning to arrive in time for an afternoon drive to see the cheetah and learn about these large cats, and why they are indeed special to Namibia. The final night at this magical place will definitely leave the travellers with food for thought concerning the conservation work that these very extraordinary men and woman do here.

DAY 12

Okonjima to Windhoek - 223km (139miles) ±2H20min

  • Come to the end of your tour and heading south to the capital city of Windhoek, but will take time to stop in the small town of Okahandja, the home of Namibia’s largest wood carving market.

  • Arrive in Windhoek by the late afternoon.

  • 54990 NAD Per Adult (* Min number of participants: Two (2) (Prices valid until 31 Oct 2020))
  • Qualified Namibian guide/driver.

  • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle.

  • All National park fees.

  • All vehicle park fees.

  • Accommodation.

  • Meals as indicated on the itinerary.

  • Dolphin Cruise in Walvis Bay.

  • Swakopmund Museum.

  • International flights.

  • Porterage/Tips.

  • Personal insurance.

  • Any personal items.

  • Beverages.

  • Additional/optional activities not included.

  • In order to help combat the negative effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the travel and tourism industry, Evolution Travel and Tours hereby wishes to confirm that they shall implement a rate freeze on all tour bookings for 2021. This means that the tour package rates for 2020 will therefore be valid until December 2021. They would like to thank the suppliers for their role in this and offer support to the clients during this difficult time.

  • It is a great itinerary for families and friends alike, who might be contemplating a complete trip of Namibia. This experience leaves one with memories of beautiful landscapes, adventure, wildlife and most importantly, unique and worthwhile cultural experiences.

  • Kalahari: The Kalahari is a large semi-desert area in Southern Africa extending for around 900,000 square kilometres (350,000 sq mi) and covering much of Botswana, a big part of Namibia and regions of South Africa.

  •  Namib Naukluft Park: The park is one of the largest in Africa and the world at over 49,000km² (19,000 sq miles), a little larger than Switzerland to put things into better perspective. The park is home to various species of wildlife, but more especially, the Hartmann Mountain Zebra which roam freely through the vast plains and mountains of this area. The Namib Naukluft Park also contains some of the most iconic attractions of the country, like the towering sand dunes of Sossusvlei.

  • Sossusvlei is the very end of the Tsauchab River, approximately 55 km from the Atlantic Ocean, which sometimes after heavy rainfall turns into a true water-filled oasis. This phenomenon has not been evident for the last few years, as this area is predominantly bone-dry throughout the year.

  • Swakopmund is situated amidst dunes and desert close to the mouth of the Swakop River, and during the colonial period, Swakopmund was an important hub, although the conditions for a deep-sea port were not favourable here. The coastal waters were far too shallow, a sheltered lagoon was missing and the surf was much too strong.

  • Day 1: Kalahari Desert, Lodge, D

  • Day 2: Sossusvlei, Lodge, B/D

  • Day 3: Sossusvlei, Lodge, B/L/D

  • Day 4: Swakopmund, Lodge, B, L

  • Day 5: Swakopmund, Lodge, B, L

  • Day 6: Palmwag, Lodge, B/L/D

  • Day 7: Palmwag, Lodge, B/L/D

  • Day 8: Etosha National Park, Lodge, B/L/D

  • Day 9: Etosha National Park, Lodge, B/L/D

  • Day 10: Etosha National Park, Lodge, B/D

  • Day 11: Okonjima Nature Reserve, Lodge, D

  • Day12: Windhoek, B

  • B – Breakfast

  • L – Lunch

  • D – Dinner

  • SC – Self Catering

Windhoek, Sossusvlei, Etosha National Park, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, Okahandja, Kalahari Desert, Okonjima

Nature Tour
Safari Tour
Eco Tourism Tour

Contributed By

Evolution Travel

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USD 4014
Type of Tour

Private or Group Tour


This tour is offered throughout the year on the following days of the week.

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