Road trip in Western Namibia

Explore the best of Western Namibia. The classic Namibian experience includes Sossusvlei, the untouched Koakoland and a safari in Etosha.
Distance: 5500 KM // 6 weeks

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Road trip in Western Namibia

Windhoek // Namibia

Windhoek is Namibia’s capital and largest city. It is in the geographic centre of the country at an elevation of 1,600m. This is the city where most safaris travelling through Namibia begin, and also the first point of entry in Namibia should you arrive by airplane.

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Quiver Tree Forest // Namibia

The Quiver Tree Forest is a forest and a well-known tourist attraction of southern Namibia. It is located about 14 km north of Keetmanshoop, on the road to Koës, in the Gariganus farm. It comprises about 250 specimens of Aloe dichotoma, a species of aloe that is also locally known as “quiver tree” because bushmen use its branches to make quivers.

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Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park // South Africa

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is located in the Kalahari regions of both Botswana and South Africa. The park offers a majestic and infinite desert landscape with migrating herds of wildebeest, gemsbok, springbok and eland, cunning predators like lion, cheetah and leopard and unending red dunes with unique flora and a diversity of epic proportions is what draws the visitor to this ancient land of the Kalahari Desert.

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Kolmanskop // Namibia

Kolmanskop is a ghost town in the Namib desert in southern Namibia, a few km inland from the port town of Lüderitz. It was named after a transport driver named Johnny Coleman who, during a sand storm, abandoned his ox wagon on a small incline opposite the settlement. Once a small but very rich mining village, it is now a popular tourist destination.

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Sossusvlei // Namibia

Sossusvlei is a salt and clay pan surrounded by the worlds highest dunes, located in the southern part of the Namib Desert, in the Namib-Naukluft National Park of Namibia. Sossusvlei is a common tourist destination in the southern part of the Namib Desert.

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Swakopmund // Nambia

Swakopmund, known as Swakop in Namibia is the country’s biggest coastal town and a mecca for Namibians on holiday. The city’s German origins are quite pronounced in beautiful old German Colonial buildings throughout the city, making an even starker contrast for this town sitting at the edge of the Namib Desert.

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Brandberg // Namibia

The Brandberg is Namibia’s highest mountain. Brandberg Mountain is located in Damaraland, in the northwestern Namib Desert, near the coast, and covers an area of approximately 650 km². The name Brandberg is Afrikaans, Dutch and German for Fire Mountain, which comes from its glowing color which is sometimes seen in the setting sun.

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Skeleton Coast Park // Namibia

Namibia’s Skeleton Coast is one of the finest and most unusual coastal wildernesses in the world. Driving in the Park is forbidden although there is a hidden way, it’s not a road and not even a track but it worths doing it.

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Koakoland // Namibia

Kaokoland lies in the NW corner of Namibia’s Kunene Region. Today it remains the most “untouched” and remote part of the country, much of it still only accessible by 4×4 on hardcore tracks – not for the faint-hearted! Puros is particularly well-known for its desert elephants which are commonly to be found in the riverbed behind the village – and make regular visits to Puros Bush Lodge and Campsite! Also home to desert lions.

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Epupa Falls // Namibia

The Epupa Falls are created by the Kunene River on the border of Angola and Namibia, in the Kaokoland area of the Kunene Region. The river is 0.5 km wide and drops in a series of waterfalls spread over 1.5 km, with the greatest single drop being 37 m.

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Opuwo // Namibia

Opuwo is the capital of the Kunene Region of Namibia. It is also the only town of any consequence in the area and therefore an important base from which to explore the Kaokoland area and visit the nomadic Himba people. There aren’t any tourist attractions here, but as it’s the only settlement in the area where petrol and a limited supplies of groceries can be purchased, so it warrants at least a last-minute shopping trip.

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Ruacana // Namibia

Ruacana is a town in Omusati Region, northern Namibia and the district capital of the Ruacana electoral constituency. It is located on the border with Angola on the river Kunene. The town is known for the picturesque Ruacana Falls nearby, and for the Ruacana Power Station.

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Etosha National Park // Namibia

Etosha National Park is the 2nd largest of Namibia’s game reserves and it spans 20,000km² in Northern Namibia. The park surrounds the Etosha salt pan, which attracts animals, particularly in the drier winter months, because it is a source of water in a very dry land. Its name means “big white place”, referring to the Etosha Salt Pan.

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Explore the best of Western Namibia. The classic Namibian experience includes a sunrise on top of the world’s highest dunes at Sossusvlei; camping in the untouched Koakoland and meet the Himbas; a wildlife safari watching lion and huge herds of antelopes – and spend an evening observing a wild black rhino by moonlight in Etosha National Park. Download Free travel guides and explore the best spots of Namibia.

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