What a better way than to discover a country on a road trip. You are flexible and independent and don’t have to follow a set group agenda. On this road trip to Namibia you discover the highlights! From the eerie silence of the Kalahari and the truly breathtaking Fish River Canyon to the massive sand dunes of Sossusvlei to Damaraland. Combine Namibia’s most pristine wilderness area with awe-inspiring landscapes. You will understand the true meaning of the word ‘remote’. Of course wildlife encounters are not to be missed on a road trip to Namibia. Spot the rare black and white rhino in Waterberg National Park. Check out the many waterholes scattered around Etosha National Park. Etosha is home to large herds of zebra and springbok and Oryx. Elephants and lions are common in the park too, so keep an eye out for those. With a bit of luck you will also catch the elusive leopard hiding in the densely vegetated areas.
Road Trip Namibia
Fish River Canyon
Etosha National Park East
Waterberg National Park
WINDHOEK– 1 NIGHT
Your road trip starts in Windhoek – the heart of Namibia. Windhoek is a friendly and welcoming place and can easily be explored on foot. Visit the various places of interest such as the Museum, the National Art Gallery, the “Tintenpalast”, the National Botanical Research Institute (and its gardens) and the Zoo Gardens. Windhoek offers an harmonious blend of African and European cultures. You will be surprised how clean it is. It offers offers all modern amenities that conform to some of the world’s highest standards.
KALAHARI– 2 NIGHTS
The Kalahari’s true attraction lies in the eerie silence and solitude. Although you will find a good amount of wildlife here, do not expect the big game. Enjoy sparsely grassed plains and open spaces and be in peace with you and mother nature. It is also a great location to meet the San bushmen, who still retain some of their specific cultural characteristics and traditional way of surviving in the desert. Their very interesting and unique ‘click’ language will be music to your ears; a wonderful experience in itself.
FISH RIVER CANYON – 2 NIGHTS
A stop at the Fish River Canyon is a must on a road trip to Namibia. Did you know it’s the 2nd largest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon? Apparently… It is 160km long, up to 27km wide and almost 550m at its deepest. So either way, it is truly spectacular. Watch the rising of the sun amidst the quiver trees while you hike through the rocky hills. Enjoy the orange glow while the sun is setting. The Canyon Lodge offers a spectacular view onto the open plains from the swimming pool – take a refreshing dip after your Fish River Canyon hike and get lost in the view.
AUS – 1 NIGHT
This tranquil little desert town is situated 125km east of Luderitz and the name means ‘out’ in German. It may be derived from a Khoi-Khoi word, which means the ‘place of the snakes’. You have ample opportunity to discover the region from your lodge. Visit the wild horses at the Garub waterhole, only 20km away from the Desert Horse Inn. Or drive to the old diamond-mining town of Kolmanskop, 100km away. Or simply enjoy sundowners on the wooden deck watching the sun disappear behind the slopes before enjoying a fabulous dinner in the restaurant.
SESRIEM CANYON/SOSSUSVLEI – 2 NIGHTS
Sesriem Canyon is another highlight on your road trip. It’s a natural gorge carved millions of years ago by the once mighty Tsauchab River. Together with the massive sand dunes of Sossusvlei, Sesriem Canyon is one of the key attractions in the Namib Desert. Enjoy a Balloon Safari over the red dunes of Sossusvlei, or go on a quad bike adventure in the area or saddle up and explore nature on horseback.
SWAKOPMUND – 2 NIGHTS
We love Swakopmund! It is a lovely stop over on your road trip. Swakopmund has an ambience of a small German village combined with palm-lined streets, seaside promenades, fine accommodation, a pleasant summer climate and decent beaches. Stroll around town and discover its many historic sites: the Hohenzollern Building, the Marine memorial, the War memorial in memory of those killed in World War 2. Princess Rupprecht House originally a military hospital is now a private guest house. A worthwhile visit is also the State House (Kaiserliches Bezirksgericht) and the Swakop Lighthouse which has been fully functional since 1902. If this is too tame for you, then go sand boarding, quad biking, dune carting, parachuting or hot air ballooning, shark fishing, deep-sea fishing or beach angling. The choice is yours.
DAMARALAND – 1 NIGHT
Explore Damaraland on a guided nature walk to see the smaller details of the bush up close and personal. Twyfelfontein with its wealth of ancient rock art natural Organ Pipes is worth a visit too. Spend a day foraging, walking and learning from the San bushmen tribe. For a special treat visit the Desert Elephants that so perfectly adapted to the desert climate. Damaraland is rather unexplored and the scenery is rugged and untamed – one of the most scenic you will find on your road trip to Namibia.
ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK SOUTH – 1 NIGHT
To break driving distances on your road trip, you spend a night in the southern part of Etosha National Park. Wildlife in Etosha is best seen at the many waterholes scattered throughout the park – especially during the dry winter months. Although some are teeming with wildlife, others are relatively quiet; so take a picnic that you can make the most of your time in the park. After your Etosha adventure return to the camp that offers a large floodlit waterhole and an underground hide! You can access this hide through a tunnel and are at eye level with the waterhole – a fabulous experience to get up close to big game.
ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK EAST – 2 NIGHTS
Etosha National Park is home to large herds of zebra, springbok and Oryx. Elephants and lions are common in the park and with a bit of luck you will also catch the elusive leopard hiding in the densely vegetated areas. Etosha is rich in contrast – wide-open grasslands, a massive saltpan and large camel thorn tree mixed with Mopani trees. Explore the wilderness on a flexible self-drive or on a guided safari from the lodge. A sundowner drive is also an unforgettable experience. Learn more about the miracles of nature from your guide and enjoy the color play of the setting sun with your favorite drink at hand.
WATERBERG NATIONAL PARK – 1 NIGHT
Waterberg National Park is strikingly beautiful and with a bit of luck you have the chance to spot the rare black and white rhino that have been successfully relocated here to protect them from predators and illegal hunting. Waterberg Guest Farm offers various activities. Visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund, explore the Small Waterberg or the Omumborombonga Forest on a guided/unguided walk. Walking durations are flexible and range from one hour to up to three hours. How about a relaxing deep tissue massage after your hike?
WINDHOEK – 1 NIGHT
Your road trip ends where it all began. In Windhoek – the heart of Namibia! It’s a friendly and welcoming place and can easily be explored on foot. Visit the various places of interest such as the Museum, the National Art Gallery, the “Tintenpalast”, the National Botanical Research Institute (and its gardens) and the Zoo Gardens. Windhoek offers an harmonious blend of African and European cultures. You will be surprised how clean it is. It offers all modern amenities that conform to some of the world’s highest standards.