After setting up my first camp in Namibia
Day 3: Otjiwa Campsites
Distance: 257.02 KM 2:43 Hours
The next day I drove for about 250 Kms to my very first campsite of Otjiwa situated in the Waterberg Region of Namibia. I stayed in a tent mounted on a 4X4 camping vehicle by
that I set up by myself for the night. It was a completely enthralling experience for me! Namibia2Go
Attractions in Otjiwa: Cheetah Conservation Fund, Crocodile Ranch, German Locomotive No 41, Okonjima, Omatjenne Dam and Waterberg Plateau Park.
Day 4: Etosha National Park
Distance: 292.20 KM 3:30 Hours
One of the massive safari destinations in Africa is the wildlife paradise of Etosha National Park. Epic game viewing of the rare black rhino, elephants, giraffes, antelope, zebra, lions etc. in the semi-arid region with several waterholes, promises a lifetime experience. I was supposed to stay at one of the park’s major campsites of
Halali. But due to some delays I spent the night at Taleni Etosha Village
Day 5: Etosha South
Distance: 69.35 KM 1:10 Hours
Located at the southern boundary of Etosha National Park, Ongava Private Game Reserve offered me a view of picturesque landscape full of wildlife. My accommodation was at
Okaukuejo Resort at Etosha South and I observed wildlife and magnificent sunset viewing at it’s best.
Click on Video 3 to watch my activities in Etosha National Park.
Attractions in Etosha National Park: Fort Namutoni, Rietfontein, Fairy Tale Forest, San Bushmen Tribe, Etosha Pan, Waterholes, Camping & Wildlife.
Day 6: Opuwo
Distance: 458.45 KM 4:58 Hours
After an exhausting 7 hours long drive, I reached Opuwa and this place is surrounded by really exhilarating landscapes. This was originally not a part of the itinerary. But here I had an amazing time with the Himba tribe and interviewing them was such a fulfilling experience. You must not miss this opportunity to learn about the eccentric Himba Community and the surreal Kunene Region in Namibia.
I have documented the Himba lifestyle and the beauty of Opuwo in Video 4. Do Watch it!
Attractions in Opuwo: Hiking & Biking Trails, Himba Culture, Kaokoland, Kunene River, Epupa Falls, Hartmann & Marienfluss Valley.
Day 7: Damaraland
Distance: 425.32 KM 4:55 Hours
Scenic open plains, rock formations, ancient valleys make Damaraland the most beautiful region in Namibia. Sacred Spitzkoppe, the Brandberg, and others are the major attractions. I was staying at
Madisa Camp and enjoyed hiking around the campsite.
If you have time, you should not miss the ancient rock art of Damaraland and an expedition to know about Sun People and the famous paintings by their ancestors.
Attractions in Damaraland: Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings, Spitzkoppe, Tsisab Ravine, Phillips Cave, Messum Crater, Petrified Forest, Numas Ravine, Kristall Kellerei Winery, Burnt Mountain, Dinosaur Footprints, Franke Tower, and CmArte Gallery.
Day 8-9: Swakopmund
Distance: 279.26 KM 3.31 Hours
Beautiful architecture, language, and food that reflects German culture prominently makes this place extremely attractive. I had stayed at
Tiger Reef Campsite, and camping here was so much fun! On my way to Swakopmund, I visited a visible shipwreck, the Zelia. And I can’t even put down my joy and emotions about how amazing the experience was! This is where I took the liberty of dancing on the hood of my car by the ocean. Such an enthralling experience.
Attractions in Swakopmund: Jetty, National Marine Aquarium, Goanikuntes, Cosdef Arts & Culture Centre, Peter’s Antiques, Woermannhaus, Moon Landscape, Marine Memorial, Bahnhof, and Old German Cemetry.
Day 10-11: Sossuvlei
Distance: 552.50 KM 7:33 Hours
I rejuvenated myself at
Sossuvlei Resort after a very long & tiring drive and then went out to explore the grandeur of this place. I took a helicopter ride over the Namib desert and the open door feature in it was just mind-blowing. I can’t stress enough how incredible this place is! Then I hiked to two towering sand dunes – Dune 45 & Deadvlei. Few words can describe what it felt like to stand at the top of these dunes and to take pictures in front of fossilised Acacia trees.
Attractions in Sossuvlei: Sesriem Canyon, Hidden Vlei, Elim Dune, Duwisib Castle, Hot Air Ballooning, Namib Naukluft Park, NamibRand Nature Reserve, Olive Trail, Solitaire, Waterloof Trail & Tok Tokkie Trail
Day 12: Aus
Distance: 138.81 KM 2:05 Hours
I left Sossuvlei to go to Aus, an electrifying small village with botanical diversity. My stay at
Klein-Aus Vista Desert Horse Campsite was absolutely amazing. The main attraction of this place feral horses galloping freely in the Namib desert. You can take a hike here to watch unique flora & fauna. And I must take a moment to appreciate the scrumptious food here!
Attractions in Aus: World War I Graves, Prisoner-of-War Camp, Dicker Wilheim, and Gondwana Sperrgebeit Rand Park.
Day 13: Stampriet
Distance: 508.03 KM 4:31 Hours
Before leaving for Stampriet, I visited the
Ghost Town in Kolmanskop which used to be a growing town about 100 years ago. This place was popular for the diamond trade and abundant diamonds available in the sands here. Surprisingly, one day all the diamonds vanished and the residents left the town. It was such a thrilling experience to roam around this mysterious abandoned town! After the detour, witnessing a really small rural town of Stampriet over the banks of the Auob River with memorials & battle sites of war with Germans, was an absolute delight.
Attractions in Stampriet: Fish River, Wildlife Safaris, Hardap Dam &Gross Nabas.
At Hardap, Namibia
Day 14: Back in Windhoek
Distance: 271.71 KM 3:21 Hours
I drove back to Windhoek on empty gravel roads with spectacular views. On the last day, I was too tired to do anything in Windhoek. I spent the day eating local food and shopping exciting souvenirs for my friends and family. Sadly, my Namibia road trip came to an end.
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