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Roundtrip Namibia

from / to Windhoek

Holiday in Africa
3 rental companies in 5 cities

Roundtrip Namibia

from / to Windhoek

16 - 21 days / 3,850 km
Best time to travel: April to June

Namibia is known for its red soil and endless landscapes that present themselves in all colour variations. Explore a variety of landscapes, culture, and wildlife! On this great Namibian trip, you will have the opportunity to learn a lot about this Southern African country. Because of the long distances, you can also plan your own route, with more time for selected stages.

Arrival in Windhoek and collection of the camper

Your trip begins in Windhoek (Windhuk), the biggest city in Namibia and the capital of the country. It has approximately 325,000 inhabitants. Windhoek was first mentioned in documents in 1840 and in 1890, it was founded as a modern city. Numerous places which are maintained in the colonial style are a special feature of Windhoek. What is more, also the location of the city is very unique. It is set in a high valley at an altitude of 1,650 metres, with the Eros and the Auas Mountains rising in the south. West of the city, you can admire the plateau of the Khomas Highland. In the western direction, there are also the Namib Desert and the Atlantic coast. Windhoek offers a mixed style of the colonial architecture and modern, monumental structures.

Numerous examples of Wilhelmine architecture from the German colonial era create a certain charm in the city. The influence of the colonial times is visible not only in the architecture. German language and culture are also present in the form of German restaurants, bakeries, butcher shops, and breweries. Although the official language in Namibia is English, one can also easily communicate in German.

The city centre of Windhoek is divided by Independence Avenue, the former "Kaiserstraße". Highlights of the city include Alte Feste (Old Fortess), housing the National Museum of Namibia, and the Lutheran Christ Church. Among other attractions of Windhoek worth mentioning are also St. Mary's Cathedral, built in 1908, and the Tintenpalast, which is the seat of the Namibian Parliament. At the Old Breweries Craft Market, you can visit many small shops selling arts and crafts. In the district known as "Luxushügel" (Luxury Hill) – the German name is in fact still in use – there are located three castles: Heinitzburg, Schwerinsburg, and Sanderburg. The Maerua Mall, the largest shopping mall in Namibia, is located in the south-western part of the city. The international airport of Windhoek can be found approx. 45 kilometres outside of the city.

Highlights & Tips
Shopping in Windhoek
Those who want to stock up a bit at the beginning of the trip, should go to the die Maerua Mall, the largest shopping mall in Namibia, which is located in the south-western part of the city, called Luxury Hill.

Windhoek – Waterberg

Stage distance: approx. 300 km

Suggested route: Windhoek – Okahandja – Waterberg

From Windhoek, the trip goes north to the Waterberg Plateau, which is a paradise for those who are into bird watching. Waterberg (Afrikaans: Wasserberg) is a massive table mountain in the northern reaches of central Namibia. It is about 50 km long and up to 16 km wide. It rises east of Otjiwarongo, to a height of up to 200 metres from Omaheke, as this part of the Kalahari is known. Clouds often remain hanging above this natural barrier which later results in rainy weather.

Waterberg is known for the nature reserve founded on its plateau in 1972. In the Waterberg National Park there live wild animals, such as buffaloes, white and black rhinos as well as giraffes, elands, and sable and roan antelopes.

Highlights & Tips
Sightseeing
A good place for a base is the Waterberg Plateau Campsite. You can experience the wonderful mountain scenery on a guided plateau walk or explore it on your own, making use of marked trails.

Waterberg – Halali (Etosha-Nationalpark)

Stage distance: approx. 400 km

Suggested route: Waterberg – Otavi – Tsumeb – Halali (Etosha-Nationalpark)

Today, through Otavi and Tsumeb, you will reach the Etosha National Park, which is a unique place in Africa. Its huge salt pan is visible even from space. The park is abundant in wildlife population that gathers around waterholes. You will have the opportunity to admire wildebeests, zebras, and giraffes.

Highlights & Tips
Accommodation in the Etosha National Park
The perfect place to spend a night, but also explore the Etosha National Park is Halali Rest Camp. Besides a campsite, it also offers accommodation in the style of safari camps.

Halali – Twyfelfontein

Stage distance: approx. 420 km

Suggested route: Halali – Outjo – Khoryxas – Twyfelfontein

Today, you will drive into Damaraland. It offers magnificent wide landscapes with bizarre mountains. There, you can also see wild elephants.

On the way, you will be able to admire some natural monuments. The Vingerklip, between Outjo and Khorixas, is a rock pinnacle, which was formed as a result of an erosion of 30-million-year-old limestone layers. Besides the Vingerklip, it is also possible to see numerous other mesas and residual rocks protruding from the bottom of the valley.

Approx. 30 km west of Khorixas, there is the Petrified Forest, with petrified trees, which are estimated to be about 240 and 300 million years old. The so-called Organ Pipes, which are a formation of basalt columns, were formed about 150 million years ago. They are located near Burnt Mountain, a few kilometres south-east of Twyfelfontein.

Worth seeing are also rock engravings in Twyfelfontein, being one of the most extensive sites listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The engravings on the rock slabs of reddish sandstone represent mostly animals.

Highlights & Tips
Accommodation in Damaraland
Aabadi Mountain Camp is located approx. 20 km south of Twyfelfontein. The camp is regularly visited by the famous desert elephants drinking from a waterhole and bathing in it.

Twyfelfontein – Omaruru

Stage distance: approx. 270 km

Suggested route: Twyfelfontein – Uis – D2306 – D2315 – Omaruru

Between Ois and Omaruru, you should turn right and drive along the Erongo Mountains with a leftover of a volcano, which erupted about 130 million years ago. In addition to interesting rock formations, you can also see a rich forest cover there.

Omaruru, a town in the region of Erongo, developed during the time of a Rhenish mission, whose result was the construction of some buildings in that area in 1872. At the beginning of 1904, the settlement was a scene of a Herero uprising against German soldiers who stationed there. It was, however, put down after just one week. Today, Omaruru is also known as a coastal town, and it offers a rich tourist infrastructure.

Highlights & Tips
Stopover in Ui
On the way to Omaruru, you can do some shopping in Ui, in a local supermarket.

Wine
In the vicinity of Omaruru, you can find one of the few wineries in Namibia, Kristall Kellerei.

Omaruru – Swakopmund

Stage distance: approx. 250 km

Suggested route: Omaruru – Usakos – Swakopmund

The trip goes further in the direction of the Atlantic coast, to Swakopmund. It is the most popular holiday resort in Namibia. With its colonial houses and numerous small street cafés, Swakopmund resembles a small German town. Explore Swakopmund and visit historic buildings of this port city, which was of a significant importance in colonial times.

Highlights & Tips
To the Moon and back
Take a day trip to the nearby dunes, which are known for resembling the so-called "Moon landscape". It was around 450 million years ago, when the Swakop River dug itself into soft rock strata. This almost devoid of vegetation area looks like a foreign planet. Especially in the afternoon, amateur photographers go there at their own expense.

Swakopmund – Walvis Bay – Sossusvlei

Stage distance: approx. 410 km

Suggested route:

Today, you will drive along the coast, southwards to Walvis Bay. There, in the lagoon, you can see numerous flamingos and pelicans.

The route continues through the famous Sossusvlei with the highest dunes of Namibia. The salt pan (Vlei) is located in the middle of Namib-Naukluft National Park in a 32.000 km2 large part of the Namib Desert. The Namib-Naukluft National Park, with about 50.000 km2, is the largest national park in Africa. A visit to Sossusvlei is a must for everyone travelling through Namibia. Visitors can admire there the highest dunes in the world. They rise up to 300 meters and, depending on the time, glow in stunning colours.

Highlights & Tips
Boat trip with seals and pelicans
We recommend that you take part in a boat tour in the Walvis Bay Lagoon, where curious seals jump on board and pelicans accompany the boats. There are many companies organizing such trips. One of them is Mola Mola (website). The port city of Walvis Bay is located about 30 km south of Swakopmund.

Sossusvlei – Maltahöhe

Stage distance: approx. 260 km

Suggested route: Sossusvlei – Sesriem Canyon – Maltahöhe

Especially worthwhile during this stage is a stopover by the Sesriem Canyon. Admire the deep gorge that has been shaped in rocks by the Tsauchab River for millions of years.

The name of the small town of Maltahöhe, which supplies the surrounding farms, comes from Colonel Henning von Burgdorf, who named it after his wife, Malta. There are about 2000 inhabitants in the town.

Highlights & Tips
Gather some strength in Maltahöhe
An interesting place in Maltahöhe is the homonymous Maltahöhe Hotel, which offers hearty food in historic German ambience.

Maltahöhe – Lüderitz

Stage distance: approx. 420 km

Suggested route: Maltahöhe – Schloss Duwisib – Lüderitz

This stage of the trip takes you back to the Atlantic coast. Your destination is a small harbour town of Lüderitz, Namibia's first European settlement. Former German South-West Africa was colonized by merchants. One of them was Adolf Lüderitz, who had purchased the bay known as Angra Pequeña and, in 1883, founded the first German city in Namibia. Today, this harbour town has become less important and leads a more tranquil existence in harsh environment.

Highlights & Tips
A castle in the desert
Around 80 kilometres south-west of Maltahöhe, there lies Duwisib Castle, which was built on behalf of Baron Hans Heinrich von Wolf in 1908 by a Berlin architect. The castle, set in a harsh, semi-desert location, is made of red sandstone. It even has a knight's hall and a shaded courtyard with a fountain.

Following in the footsteps of sailors
Lüderitz is an ideal starting point for seabird observation in the lagoon and for a visit to the Diaz Cross. Diaz Point is a headland of the rocky Lüderitz Peninsula, named after the Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Diaz, who was the first European to touch land near Lüderitz. The Diaz Cross standing there nowadays is a copy of the withered original one.

Lüderitz – Fish River Canyon

Stage distance: approx. 430 km

Suggested route: Lüderitz – B4 – C12 – Fish River Canyon

Today, the trip goes to the Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon, and the biggest one in Africa. The canyon, through which the Fish River - the longest river in Namibia - flows, extends over about 160 kilometres and is up to 550 metres deep.

Highlights & Tips
Abandoned mining town
Visit a ghost town, around 12 km inland from Lüderitz, which was a bustling city in the times of the first diamond findings. Since then, it has been increasingly swallowed up by the desert. There are offered guided tours of the area.

Fish River Canyon – Mariental

Stage distance: approx. 415 km

Suggested route: Fish River Canyon – Keetmanshop – Mariental

Further on the way, you will reach Keetmanshoop, an important transport hub for the southern part of Namibia. The city was established in 1866 as a mission station and is named after the German merchant, Johann Keetman. Worth seeing is the old Imperial Post Office from 1910, which now serves as a tourist information centre. A museum in the old church is dedicated to the history of the city.

Mariental is a small town, which is located on the road to Windhoek. Hardap Dam, which lies in the near vicinity, spans the Fish River and, with irrigation, allows for the practice of agriculture in the area. However, it is also used for recreation, water sports, and tourism. Adjacent to the largest reservoir of the country is a little wildlife reserve, where it is often possible to encounter abundant wildlife of Namibia, including springboks.

Highlights & Tips
Natural wonders near Keetmanshoop
You should also visit the the Quivertree Forest and the "Giants Playground", before continuing the trip to Mariental. The Quivertree Forest is located nearly 14 kilometres north-east of Keetmanshoop, on the farm Gariganus. It is a spectacular and much photographed place that has been declared a national monument. The nearby "Giants Playground" is an extensive boulder field with bizarrely shaped, weathered rocks.

Mariental – Windhoek

Stage distance: approx. 270 km

Suggested route: Mariental – Rehoboth – Windhoek

The last stage takes you, with an optional stopover in Rehoboth, back to the starting point of this camper trip, Windhoek.

Highlights & Tips
Kalahari – large desert in Southern Africa
Depending on the length of your stay, you can also explore the Namibian part of the Kalahari Desert. There are several local operators offering guided tours and opportunities for stays.