Popular Routes – Namibia

Anthony Ham
Expert
By Anthony Ham

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the 'Botswana & Namibia' guide.

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.

Anthony is the author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.

Popular Routes in Namibia

Popular Routes Where Wildlife Viewing Is a Major Part of the Tour

Namibia is a popular self-drive destination. The roads are good, and traffic is light. Driving through the arid landscape adds to the experience and underlines what makes Namibia so special: the wide-open spaces. The circuits described below can be done as self-drive packages or with driver-guides. Most lodges have airstrips, and you can also choose a custom safari, flying between any of the places described below.

Northern Namibia (1 to 2 weeks)

With a stopover in Johannesburg, you’ll arrive at Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) in Windhoek. From there you’ll take off by car through the central highlands to Etosha National Park.

Destinations:

  • Etosha National Park (2 to 4 days) offers the best wildlife viewing during the Dry season. Sit at one of the waterholes and watch the constant stream of animals come by.
  • Damaraland (3 to 5 days) is home to many desert-adapted animals, including desert elephant. This place of special beauty is inhabited by the Himba people and a visit to a homestead can be organized. The famous rock-art site, Twijfelfontein, is also a highlight in the area.
  • Cape Cross seal colony (1 day) is a sight to behold with up to 210,000 Cape fur seals present.
  • Swakopmund (1 to 3 days) is a pretty town with lots of attractions. A visit to Pelican Point to see the flamingos is recommended, as is a day trip to Sandwich Harbour, a sanctuary for migrating birds.


Popular add-ons:

  • Kaokoland for amazing scenery in the most remote region of Namibia
  • Sossusvlei in Namib-Naukluft National Park for a real desert experience and great photo opportunities

Southern Namibia (1.5 to 2.5 weeks)

With a stopover in Johannesburg, you’ll arrive at Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek. From there, you’ll take off by car to the Southern Kalahari.

Destinations:

  • Fish River Canyon (2 to 3 days) offers unforgettable views from the edge and the more adventurous can put on their hiking shoes and explore it with a guide.
  • Aus (1 to 2 days) is known as the place where wild horses roam and is an ideal stopover on the route north.
  • Luderitz (2 to 4 days) is a picturesque little town by the sea. You can take a day trip to the derelict, old mining town of Kolmanskop, which has excellent photo opportunities.
  • Namib-Naukluft National Park (2 to 4 days) is incredibly scenic and photogenic. You’ll visit the giant dunes at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei.
  • Naukluft Mountains (2 to 4 days) is a great hiking destination but also a good place to relax for a few days before driving back to Windhoek for your flight home.


Popular add-ons:

  • Swakopmund for adventure activities and visiting some amazing bird colonies

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