Kalahari

Kalahari

Photo by Elmar Thiel (wikimedia commons)

Fantastic Roadtrips on Your Campervan Holiday

Photo by Bjørn Christian Tørrissen (wikimedia commons)Sand Dunes in the Namib desert Photo by Bjørn Christian Tørrissen (wikimedia commons)

How long have you got…a week, two, or perhaps three?  You’re never going to have enough time to explore Namibia fully in less than three weeks comfortably, but here are a couple of ideas based on a northerly route and a southerly route that could combined to see a lot of the highlights in two weeks.  Stock up on food, water, and fuel and hit the road for the adventure of a lifetime!

Northerly route

Pick up your motorhome rental or campervan hire vehicle in Windhoek and drive to the Waterburg Plateau, where, if you’re not too jetlagged take a hike to the top, or if you want to relax find a nice spot and get an early night

Today you head for one of the highlights of your trip, Etosha National Park.  It’s around a three-hour drive, so you can head straight there or take it slowly and explore the area arriving later in the day just in time for an evening game drive.  There are three campsites inside the park, but remember to get there before they close the gates for the night.  Spend the next couple of days searching for game.  

Leave the park behind you this morning and head south.  If you’re interested, take a detour to the Petrified Forest, home to trees over a million years old and then continue to your next stop at the Word Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein with its rock engravings.  You can either spend the night in this area or travel a little further to the Brandenburg Mountains.

If you haven’t seen enough rock art, take a walk to see the White Lady of Brandenburg before you leave and head down the rather bumpy road to the Skeleton Coast and the Cape Seal Colony.  Once you can stand the smell of fish no longer head for Swakopmund for a couple of nights.  If you only have 7 days head back for Windhoek, if you have longer continue along the southerly route.

Southerly Route

Today’s drive is probably going to take 4 to 5 hours across the Namib Desert your destination is Sossusvlei, home to the highest dunes in the world.  Set up camp either inside the park or outside if you prefer and get an early night, you’ll need to be up early to catch the sunrise.

Take a trip to the dunes before noon, unless you want to fry.  If you’re not in a 4x4-vehicle park in the 2x4 car park and either take the shuttle or walk to the dunes.  There are also a couple of walks in the vicinity of the dunes, or perhaps visit Sesriem canyon

This is going to be a long drive!  560Km from Sesriem to Luderitz.  It may be long, but its also extremely beautiful dessert.  Luderitz is rather windy so choose your spot carefully, before heading out to discover the nearby ghost town.

Next stop the second largest canyon in the world, Fish Rover Canyon.  On the way down keep your eyes peeled for the wild horses of the dessert.  Spend a couple of nights here and take some hikes or even visit the springs for some well-earned relaxation.

Today you’re heading north again, through the Kalahari Dessert, you won’t see many tourists here, but the tranquillity and the space are amazing.  Spend the night at a site along the way.  
Your last day, drive from your campsite in the Kalahari back to Windhoek, drop off your motorhome rental or campervan hire, and sleep all the way home on the plane!

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