8 – Ultimate Road Trip to Namibia by Road
Namibia remains one of the easiest self drive destinations in Africa and has the added advantage of driving on the left, has English as the official language so signs that need no translations and well maintained roads – even the dirt ones. But these are extra bonuses to a country that has spectacular scenery, extraordinary geography, excellent and unique wild areas and animals and friendly people.
In truth it is either one very long trip or at least two shorter ones (I have been there 13 times and still find new places to explore). The country splits quite easily in to South and North of Winhoek, the capital. Think of why you are going and we will tailor the trip to your key interests.
South of Windhoek has 4 different deserts to tempt you – and each has different features, flora and fauna to explore. The World’s second largest Canyon, The Fish River Canyon, is well worth visiting and even think about taking a couple of days off to explore on foot with mule support. Going further afield a trip to the border and the Orange River brings a different type of view or cross in to the TransFrontierNational Park (Namibia, South Africa and Botswana) of Kgalagadi will let you see how vibrant the Kalahari Desert can be.
Going North of Windhoek, there is a circuit that takes in the coastal attractions of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay with their seals, dolphins, turtles and, at the right time of the year, whales and sunfish. Drive along the notorious Skeleton Coast and then in to Damaraland, home of the desert adapted elephant and rhino set in harsh but beautiful scenery. The next part of your journey takes you in to the famous Etosha National Park and a feast of wildlife and bird viewing. Stay within the Park to watch the wildlife antics at the waterhole at night. Then on your journey back to Windhoek spend some time exploring the Waterberg Plateau and/or stay at one of the charities that are assisting the wildlife of Namibia that has fallen foul of farmers and other people.
Whether you do the South or North trip, make sure you head to Sossusvlei to see, and climb, the biggest sand dunes in the world.
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