Drive in Namibia and discover the country on your own, from the world’s largest sand mass in the Kalahari Desert to the world’s second largest ravine Fish River Canyon. Travel back in time in the ghost town of Kolmanskuppe and let yourself be immersed in the wonders of nature in the surreal Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. Discover the world heritage and the ancient San and Damara cultures. Meet the rich and wildlife of Etosha National Park. Driving in Namibia is unforgettable! Read geography information of Namibia on Abbreviationfinder.
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Today you fly from Sweden to drive in Namibia.
Upon arrival at the airport outside Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, you pick up your rental car. With the help of instructions, you drive through the mountain landscape to the city, which is a wonderful mix of Afro-European influences. After check-in at your guesthouse, you can enjoy evening dinner at one of the many fine restaurants here.
Now the adventure really starts. You drive south and soon you start to see the red sands of the Kalahari with tufts of yellow grass, acacias and bushes. Your lodge is located on a private reserve and there are animals such as oryx, springbok, zebra and more.
In the afternoon you can choose to take a walk and enjoy your first sun-downer in the Kalahari.
Today you drive further south, out on the great plains and enjoy the endless landscape with its trees and rock formations. Visit the Quiver Tree Forest at Keetmanshoop before arriving at your lodge located at Fish River Canyon.
After breakfast, it is a short drive to magnificent Fish River Canyon. Experiencing this natural phenomenon up close is powerful. It is the second largest canyon in the world and has a unique flora and fauna adapted to the conditions. Take a walk along the edge and marvel at the view. Return to your lodge and spend the afternoon in peace and quiet.
Your journey continues via Aus and down towards the open plains on the great fault frm to the city of Lüderitz. Along the way you can see a glimpse of the famous wild horses in the Namib Desert. Upon arrival in Lüderitz, you can take a nice trip to the Diaz Point Memorial, after Captain Bartolomeus Diaz, Portuguese explorer. Here he landed on the coast of Namibia in 1488.
You visit the ghost town of Kolmanskop. Here are the remains of the lively diamond mining town that existed here from 1908 to 1950. Then north through the landscape to the foot of the beautiful Tiras Mountains.
After breakfast you go along the semi-desert and mountain landscape towards Sossusvlei where your next accommodation is. Along the way you can visit Duwisib which is a magnificent medieval fort by the mountains in the southern Namib desert.
On arrival at the lodge you have the afternoon in peace and quiet.
Today it is early ascent to see the mighty dunes in the Namib Desert. In the morning light, the contrasts between the white sand, the shadows of the orange-red dunes and the black dried trees against the sky-blue sky above, do best.
After you have climbed up a dune, it is nice to return to the lodge. Feel free to stop at Sesriem Canyon, a 30 meter deep ravine eroded by the once mighty Tsauchab River.
After breakfast you drive through two mountain passes, across the Welwitschia plain and lunar landscape to the city of Swakopmund. The city is known as Namibia’s playground, an idyllic city located between the arid Namib Desert and the icy Atlantic Ocean. Here, German architecture is mixed with African culture. There are lots of activities to do here.
Explore all the animals and plants of the Namib desert that live and survive here. Enjoy the calm relaxed atmosphere of this idyllic coastal town while having a good cup of coffee and freshly baked bread in one of the small cafés. Why not take a day trip and explore the desert, or a flight with beautiful views from above. Here you can try wonderful adventures such as skydiving, quad biking or sandboarding on the dunes. Take time to explore the city with its history, museum, shopping malls and beach bars. The city has its own pulse.
You leave the coast and Swakopmund and drive east to the beautiful Erongo Mountain Range. You pass the mountain peak Spitzkoppe and have the opportunity to visit a village where the San people live. Upon arrival at your lodge you will have time to enjoy the pool or explore the small town of Omaruru and its surroundings. In the evening you can enjoy all the stars in the African night sky where you sit by the fire and sip on your favorite drink.
Breakfast and departure into Damaraland where you visit Twyfelfontein, a world heritage and open-air museum with over 2,500 different rock paintings and carvings, made by the Bushman people 6,000 years ago. Nearby there is the opportunity to visit a traditional Damara village where the indigenous people live. Further to see the Petrified Forest (the petrified forest) where prehistoric tree trunks have been petrified and Namibia’s national flower Welwitschia also grows.
Breakfast in peace and quiet and then a visit to the Himba people in their village. The Himba people still live according to the old traditions and their culture is one of the last nomadic ones left. Travel on to Etosha National Park, which with its abundance of water holes allows 114 different animal species and 340 different bird species to live here.
Gamedrive in Etosha National Park. Before dark, you will be back at your lodge outside the park area.
Early start for more safaris in the park. In the morning light you see bouncing springboks, chewing elephants and mischievous zebras. Nature is varied with plains, shrub forest and Mopane forest that makes different species thrive, from herbivores to predators such as lions and leopards. There are also lots of migratory birds and resident bird species.
When you leave Etosha National Park and the region, you go through the main belt of Namibia’s agricultural and livestock district. In Tsumeb you can visit the local museum which shows the historical mining industry in the city. At your lodge you have time to discover the wildlife in the region and there are many nature walks with a guide to book if you wish.
Take a morning hike in the mountains before checking out and returning to Windhoek. Along the way you can stop and take a walk along the main street and visit the craft market in Okahandja. Furthermore, the road goes through mountain ranges back to the capital where your journey ends.
You hand in your rental car well in advance of check-in on the flight.