Best Road Trips in Namibia

Namibia is home to some of the most incredible landscapes on Earth. From the world’s oldest desert to majestic canyons and towering dunes, there is so much to explore in this amazing country.

The best way to see it all is by renting a 4×4 from Drive South Africa and embarking on one of these epic road trips:

1. The Skeleton Coast Road Trip

Starting in Swakopmund, this road trip takes you north along the stunning Skeleton Coast. You’ll pass through tiny fishing villages, see shipwrecks dotting the coastline and get up close to legions of seal colonies. Highlights include exploring Cape Cross Seal Reserve and driving along the gravel tracks of Etosha National Park.

2. The Namib Desert Road Trip

This trip starts in Windhoek and takes you south into the heart of the Namib Desert – one of the oldest deserts on Earth. You’ll marvel at huge sand dunes, Fossil Valley with its ancient petrified forest and Deadvlei – a white pan dotted with blackened tree trunks. Be sure to spend a night under the stars at Sossusvlei before heading back to Windhoek.

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3. The Damaraland Road Trip

Damaraland is one of the most beautiful and remote regions of Namibia. Starting in Khorixas, this road trip takes you through rugged landscapes of canyons, mountains and plains teeming with wildlife. Highlights include spotting the rare desert-dwelling black rhino at Twyfelfontein and visiting the ancient rock engravings at Brandberg Mountain.

4. The Fish River Canyon Road Trip

This trip starts in Luderitz and takes you to one of Namibia’s best-kept secrets – the Fish River Canyon. Hike down into this huge canyon, marvel at its sheer size and enjoy views that stretch for miles. You can also visit Garub Nature Reserve to see flamingos on the salty pan or go quadding through the dunes near Aus.

5. The Capitol Park Road Trip

This short road trip departing from Windhoek is perfect if you only have a few days to explore Namibia. Visit Okapuka Ranch for game drives and horse riding, Krugerhof Living Museum to learn about colonial German history, and Etosha National Park for some incredible wildlife watching. You can also detour to the Skeleton Coast for a taste of Namibia’s coast.

Whatever road trip you choose, Namibia is sure to leave you speechless. So get planning and hit the open road!