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10 days Itinerary Namibia |Highlights of Namibia

Discover one of the most beautiful countries of Africa: 10 day Namibia itinerary

Namibia, located in the southern part of the African continent, is a true gem. As the second least densely populated country in the world, you'll find space, nature, and landscapes here that will leave you in awe. Namibia is different. Here, you'll likely find some of the most stunning places on Earth. Namibia is divided into five major geographical regions: the Central Plateau, the Namib Desert, the Great Escarpment, the Bushveld, and the Kalahari Desert. Two of these regions consist of desert and semi-desert, the Namib and the Kalahari. So, get ready for sand, lots of sand!

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1. Windhoek

2. Etosha National Park

3. Swakopmund - Skeleton Coast National Park

4. Walvis Bay - Sandwich Harbour

5. Sossusvlei National Park

1. Windhoek

About a quarter of Namibia's 2 million inhabitants live in the capital city, making it a bustling place. You'll quickly notice the dryness and thin air, as the city is situated at an altitude of 1600 meters, surrounded by desert and savanna landscapes.

To be honest, you don't need to stay in Windhoek for long. It's a good place to get a night's rest after a tiring flight and to arrange everything for your road trip, but there's not much to see in Windhoek itself.

We stayed at Vila Vista, a lovely boutique hotel within walking distance of some great restaurants.

windhoek hotel
windhoek hotel
windhoek hotel

Hotel: Vila Vista

Some tips for Windhoek:

  • Christuskirche: Visit this historic church, one of the city's landmarks. It's a cute building compared to the surrounding area and one of the few interesting spots in Windhoek.

  • Independence Memorial Museum: Learn about Namibia's history and enjoy the panoramic views from the top floor. Impressive spot, opposite of the church. So if you've got some spare time you can take a quick stop here too.

  • Namibia Craft Centre: A great place to shop for local crafts and souvenirs. Not very special because you'll find the same souvenirs in all the tourist shops over the country, even the ones at the airport (and here are the prices lower!)

  • Joe's Beerhouse: A popular spot for traditional Namibian cuisine (and other food) and a great atmosphere. At walking distance from our hotel!

  • Parliament Gardens: A nice place to relax and enjoy the greenery.

  • Oshetu Community market: Real African vibes, and if you have a strong stomach, you can try some of the food here!

windhoek market
windhoek church

I extended my stay in the Windhoek region for an additional week. This plan was more of a childhood dream I wanted to fulfill: volunteering at a wildlife sanctuary. Volunteering opportunities for tourists are available almost anywhere in the world, and not all projects live up to their claims. However, I had full confidence in this particular project: Na'an ku sê. You can read more about this 7-day adventure here.

safari rhino
safari jeep
feeding animals

2. Etosha National Park

After the fantastic experience at Na'an ku sê, it's time to further explore Namibia. Namibia is a very large country, so distances are considerable. The drive from Windhoek, which is centrally located, to Etosha National Park in the north takes about 5 hours. The road is paved here, so the journey is comfortable!

One of the highlights of Namibia is Etosha National Park, without a doubt! A spot that's high on my list for a long time! Etosha National Park, nestled in the northern reaches of Namibia, is a place where the African wilderness reveals its most captivating secrets. Covering an expansive 22,000 square kilometers, this park is a sanctuary for a remarkable array of wildlife, from majestic elephants and powerful lions to graceful giraffes and the rare black rhino. I thought Etosha could be compared with Kruger NP. But I was totally wrong, these two parks are not similar at all! At the heart of Etosha lies the immense Etosha Pan, a vast salt flat so immense it can be seen from space. In the dry season, it shimmers like a mirage under the African sun, while the rainy season transforms it into a watery paradise where flocks of flamingos paint the landscape pink.

For me, the magic of Etosha lies in its waterholes. These oases are lifelines for animals during the dry months, drawing them close for unforgettable wildlife sightings. It's a place where every moment holds the possibility of witnessing rare animals like rhinos or lions.

Navigating Etosha is a bumpy journey on the gravel roads, I'm gonna need some physiotherapy after two days of safari, that's for sure!!


rhino etosha
safari sunset

3. Swakopmund - Skeleton Coast National Park

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4. Walvis Bay - Sandwich Harbour

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5. Sossusvlei National Park

De Namib is de bekendste woestijn van het land en eigenlijk ook de enige échte woestijn. Het is een van de grootste woestijnen van Afrika en misschien wel de oudste woestijn op aarde. Hij strekt zich uit over 2000 kilometer langs de kust van Namibië, Zuid-Afrika en Angola.

Het noordelijkste deel in Angola is beter bekend als de Moçâmedes Desert, in het zuiden loopt de Namib over in de Kalahari. Bij de kust is de Namibwoestijn een echte zandwoestijn, met de bekende oranje zandduinen van de Sossusvlei en het daarnaast gelegen Deadvlei.

Hi! We are Bart, Kris, Lore and Ruben. We are a family of 5, yes, we also have a dog named Spike.

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