Tuesday, June 18, 2024

An Unforgettable 10 Day Street Journey Throughout Namibia

Namibia is a rustic of superlative adventures. Hope this highway journey submit we did greater than a decade in the past throughout this sparsely populated nation sparks your wanderlust!

Why a highway journey throughout Namibia, you could ask?

  • View the second largest canyon on the planet after the Grand Canyon, USA.
  • Residence to a number of the largest dunes on the planet
  • An opportunity to see the white rhinos, a number of the final on the planet.
  • Traipsing throughout the oldest desert on the planet.
  • The surreal Deadvlei: the cracked earth has not seen water in a thousand years!

Namibia makes for a spectacular highway journey!

Namibia doesn’t come to thoughts instantly whenever you consider your first highway journey to the African continent.

I’m not fairly certain how we got here to resolve on a 10-day highway journey on this nation with the world’s oldest desert, Namib. However the dramatic desert landscapes with pink dunes, gorgeous sky-scapes with 1000’s of stars, wildlife at Etosha Nationwide Park, and countless stretches of untamed surroundings made it a memorable journey. 

Locations to go to on a highway journey throughout Namibia

Our 2-week highway journey throughout Namibia with G Adventures began in Cape City. 

We traveled north, first to a picturesque seaside village named Lambert’s Bay. Suppose white seashores, blue sea, and good seafood. 

After which we crossed the border from South Africa into Namibia and settled in for a relaxed day alongside Orange River. After the glamorous Cape City, Namibia was wilderness at its finest.

Orange River is the longest river in South Africa, bordering Namibia.

Fish River Canyon and Sesreim Gorge

From right here on, the dramatic landscapes and countless surroundings of Namibia started. You can do that highway journey by renting a automobile and driving your self, however for us, Namibia – a decade in the past – appeared like countless stretches of highway with not a lot habitation and we had been completely satisfied to go for a small group tour. 

Our journey to Namibia was a lot earlier than the majestic wonders of the Grand Canyon. So the primary view of Fish River Canyon, Africa’s largest and the world’s second largest was awe-inspiring! The Fish River is 800 kilometers lengthy and thus the longest river in Namibia.

The Fish River Canyon is 161 km lengthy, 27 km broad and as much as 550m deep.

Simply earlier than the well-known dunes of Sossusvlei, we stopped at one other Canyon. Sesreim Canyon is a pure gorge carved tens of millions of years in the past. It’s roughly about 1km lengthy with a width that ranges between one and three meters broad.

The identify Sesriem is derived from the Dutch/Afrikaans phrases for “six belt”

Namib Desert: Sossusvlei and Deadvlei

Now I’ve been to a few desserts – Wahiba Sands in Oman and the Thar desert in Jaisalmer – however there may be nothing just like the Namib Desert. Namib is likely one of the most unbelievable deserts in Africa. The Sossusvlei is the long-lasting a part of the Namib Desert with a number of the world’s highest dunes.

It’s a uncommon place the place the desert meets the ocean. It’s also one of many driest locations on earth. Curiously Namib will get its water provide from the fog that rolls up on nearly 180 days in a 12 months. 

The favored Dune 45.

We based mostly ourselves within the historic city of Swakopmund. The day was filled with adventures: climbing Dune 45 (80 m), though bragging rights belong to those who try and climb the Massive Daddy (325 m)! 

We additionally had enjoyable on a quad bike and sandboarding within the desert.

The natural world of the Namib Desert are distinctive.

There are countless adventures to be skilled within the Namib Desert. However probably the most surreal of them was not an journey exercise. It was the sight of Deadvlei, or ‘lifeless marsh’. 

I could also be smiling, but it surely was powerful to take a seat on the recent baking sand to pose!

Think about strolling into a big round white clay pan, with cracked earth that has not seen water in a thousand years.

The camel thorn bushes are a surprising distinction to the white clay pan ground. Deadvlei is a paradise for photographers because the distinction between the pitch-black bushes, bleached-white pans, the rusty pink dunes, and the deep blue sky make for unbelievable pictures.

Etosha Nationwide Park

So it had rained simply earlier than we went to Etosha Nationwide Park. That meant extra greenery than what you’d usually see at Etosha and it additionally meant far fewer sightings of wildlife. Nonetheless, the array of animals in Etosha made the safaris worthwhile. Etosha Nationwide Park is amongst the highest wildlife-viewing locations in Africa.

I had by no means seen a giraffe in actual life earlier than Etosha!

The wildlife sightings had been additionally very totally different than those that I’ve encountered within the Nationwide Parks in India or Sri Lanka that I’ve visited.

Wildebeest had been lots at Etosha.

The rain ensured loads of greenery throughout.

Our highway journey resulted in Windhoek, the capital metropolis of Namibia. The huge open landscapes, countless stretches of roads, and outside actions have left us with such an unbelievable, candy style of Namibia.

Namibia might be visited all year long, although one of the best season to go to is from June to October. Take your finest digicam tools and sense of journey with you!



Shweta has all the time been enthusiastic about journey and immersing in new experiences. Having been to over 45 international locations, she blogs at Zest In A Tote to convey family-friendly itineraries and ideas, locations, and luxurious stays to her readers.

Her perception in household journey needn’t be boring and one can do a mixture of native tradition & meals, journey actions, and leisure, all with household.

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