Namibia is a popular destination for people who like to drive around an discover a county on their own. Driving through the wonderful arid landscape will add something special to your holiday. The streets in Namibia are pretty good and the traffic is low, so you don’t have to worry about traffic issues.
Here you will find two recommended routes, one in Northern Namibia and one in Southern Namibia. You can do these routes in between one and two weeks, but you could also extend it to a longer duration.
With a stop over in Johannesburg, you’ll arrive at Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek. From there you’ll take off by car ( Around About Cars) through the central highlands to Etosha NP, where game viewing is considerably better during the dry season. The best way to experience Etosha’s wildlife is by sitting at one of the waterholes to watch the constant stream of animals come by. After a few nights in Etosha, you’ll drive on to Damaraland. This arid area has a special beauty and is home to many desert-adapted animals, including desert elephants. A visit to the rock-art site, Twyfelfontein, is a must. This dry place is home to the traditional Himba people and a visit to a homestead can be organized. From here you drive south to Swartkopmund at the coast. On the way, you can see the seal colony at Cape Cross. Swartkopmund is an attractive town with lots of attractions. A visit to Pelican Point to see the flamingos is recommended, as is a daytrip to Sandwich harbor, a sanctuary for migrating birds. End your trip back in Windhoek for the flight home.
With a stop over in Johannesburg, you’ll arrive at Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek. From there, you’ll take off by car ( Around About Cars) to the Southern Kalahari. The next day, you’ll continue your drive south to the famous Fish River Canyon. The view over the canyon is unforgettable and the more adventurous can put on their hiking shoes and explore it with a guide. The next day, you drive back north for a stopover in the village of Aus, where wild horses roam, or push on to Luderitz, a picturesque little town by the sea. From Luderitz you can take a daytrip to the derelict, old mining town of Kolmanskop, which has excellent photo opportunities. Driving north again towards Namib Naukluft, the colors keep changing. By the time you’ve reached Sossusvlei the sand has all shades of red. The next day, you’ll visit the giant dunes at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. The photo opportunities are out of this world. Next is the Naukluft Mountains where you can relax or explore one of the many hiking trails. Your last day is spent driving back to Windhoek for the flight home.
The following links will help you to find a fuel-station during your journey:
The rule is: fill up every time you see one!