Popular Routes – Namibia

Anthony Ham
Expert
By Anthony Ham

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Kenya.

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Lonely Planet guide to Kenya.

Anthony is the author of the Lonely Planet guide to Kenya.

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 tailor-made 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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