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  Introduction:  The below is planned to guide you along one of the the more popular tour routes allowing you access to the main attractions of the country.  We have arranged the tour giving a choice of time-frames, as this often is a limiting factor as to how long and how far you can go, and how much you want to spend. You can study the various routes and options and with this information you will be able to plan a schedule that will allow you to get the best value for your tour. You are welcome to email us with questions, requests, comments and suggestions for improvement. It is only by understanding your needs that we will be able to improve our service.


  WIndhoek to Etosha to Karibib to Swakopmund - Driving on Tarred Roads

  13 to 15 Days Self-Drive Tour: 

Should you want to visit all of the attraction points on this route we consider a 13 day tour to be the minimum practical time frame, but extra days can be added to suite your personal schedule. The route makes use of tarred and gravel roads in a ratio of about 90 / 10. There is a lot to do and see and you should estimate about 2000 km driving. The distances indicated in the side table do not include around town and detour driving.

Day 01 is counted as the day you arrive Windhoek Airport and...

Day 13 is counted as the day you depart  Windhoek Airport.

If adding extra days:

Day 1: arrive Windhoek Airport. Collect vehicle, drive to accommodation and book in.  You have the options of self guiding in Windhoek or taking a half-day guided tour. Some tourists prefer to leave their  Windhoek site-seeing until the end of their tour when they return to Windhoek. This 13 day tour allows you time for some relaxation from the driving and affords you more time to appreciate the beauty of the attractions.  overnight Windhoek

Day 2: Drive to (+- 92km / 1,5hr) Okahandja with a relaxing stay-over and overnight Gross Barmen Resort

Day 3: Drive to (+- 210km / 2,5hr) Waterberg Plateau Resort, overnight Waterberg Resort

Day 4: Visit Otjiwarongo Crocodile Ranch. Drive to Otavi - Grootfontein and visit the Hoba Meteorite (optional - Gaub Cave). Driving distances (+-380km 8hr including site-seeing time)  overnight Tsumeb

Day 5: Visit Tsumeb Museum, Lake Otjikoto arriving in Etosha, Driving distances (+- 140km 4hr including site-seeing time) overnight Namutoni.

Day 6: In Etosha, suggested overnight Okaukuejo for night time game viewing at waterhole.

Day 7: Depart Etosha mid-morning. Drive to (+-450km / 5hr)  overnight Ranch Amieb Erongo.  Visit Bull's Party and Philipp's Cave

Day 8: Drive to Spitzkoppe (+-70km / 1hr) Visit and overnight Spitzkoppe

Day 9: Drive to  Swakopmund (+- 155km / 2hr) mid-day overnight Swakopmund

Day 10: Dolphin Cruise morning tour, Walvis Bay Wetlands , overnight Swakopmund

Day 11 Living Desert morning tour,  afternoon Museum, Aquarium, and town, overnight Swakopmund

Day 12: Morning self drive Moon Landscape and Welwitschia (+- 140km / 4hr), afternoon  Crystal Gallery, Snake Park overnight Swakopmund

Day 13: Morning drive to Windhoek and airport (+- 403km / 5hr). Depart Windhoek

  9 to 11 Days Self-Drive Tour 

For those on a stricter time budget we have compiled a limited version of the tour taking 9 days, but extra days can be added to suite your personal schedule etc.

Day 1 is counted as being the day you arrive at Windhoek Airport and...

Day 9 being the day you depart from Windhoek Airport.

If adding extra days:

1st day we recommend you extend your stay in Etosha

2nd day we recommend you extend your stay in Swakopmund

Day 1: Arrive Windhoek Airport. Collect vehicle, drive to accommodation and book in.  You have the options of self guiding in Windhoek or taking a half-day guided tour.  Some tourists prefer to leave their  Windhoek site-seeing until the end of their tour when they return to Windhoek.  overnight Windhoek

Day 2: Drive to Waterberg Plateau Resort (+- 246km / 3,5hr), overnight Waterberg Resort

Day 3: Visit Otjiwarongo Crocodile Ranch. Drive to Otavi - Grootfontein and visit the Hoba Meteorite  (+-360km / 8hr including site-seeing) overnight Tsumeb

Day 4: Visit Tsumeb Museum, Lake Otjikoto arriving in Etosha mid-day, ( 107km / 4,5 hr including site-seeing) overnight Namutoni.

Day 5: In Etosha, suggested overnight Okaukuejo for night time game viewing at waterhole. Depart Etosha mid-morning.

Day 6: Drive to (440km / 6hrs) and overnight Ranch Amieb Erongo.  Visit Bull's Party and Philipp's Cave

Day 7:. Drive to Spitzkoppe and tour.  Drive to (+-200 / 8hrs including site-seeing) and overnight in Swakopmund

Day 8: Living Desert morning tour,  afternoon Museum, Aquarium, and town, overnight Swakopmund

Day 9: Morning drive to Windhoek and airport (+- 403km / 5hr). Depart Windhoek.

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Gravel Road Driving: Some tourists prefer to rent sedan cars, but for long distance driving on gravel roads you should consider the usability of the more robust 2x4 pick-up trucks and 4x4 pick-up trucks having their load boxes fitted with canopies. For added security of your luggage etc. it is preferable that the canopy be of the enclosed steel or aluminium type with no windows. We recommend you carry emergency supplies of: extra fuel. in Jerry-Cans, a minimum of 15lt of drinking water, food supplies, an emergency medical kit.


Route 2 Windhoek - Etosha - Erongo - Swakopmund

Map of Namibia Tour Route 2


Windhoek & District Attractions
Windhoek Accommodation Windhoek Tours Map of Windhoek Windhoek City


Windhoek Independence Avenue


Windhoek is possibly the most attractive capital city on the African continent having a population of about 200,00, which is small in comparison to the sprawling metropolises of Pretoria or Lusaka, but Windhoek has its' own unique character. The road system is well signed and easy to navigate. Clean streets with groomed gardens, bistro cafes, modern shopping malls, good restaurants and modern hotels. The country's official language is English. However, Afrikaans and German are spoken almost everywhere. You need a 1 day stay-over here. more ►

Windhoek Alte Feste National Museum The Alte Feste is located on Robert Mugabe Avenue and overlooks the city. This old German Fort now houses the Namibia National Museum. Highly recommended. The exhibits include archive photos from the Herero Uprising of 1904, the history of the final liberation struggle, the United Nations Transitional Period (1989-1990), Namibia's first democratic election. more►
Windhoek Geological Survey Museum "Massospondylus ex Waterberg" The Geological Survey Museum is located in the Ministry of Mines and Energy building situated in Aviation Rd. This is near Eros Suburban Airport and directly opposite the Safari Hotel Complex. The museum is not well advertised or known of, but is well worth a visit. Here you can see a fascinating display of Namibia's Geological wonders, including the remainder of the Gibeon Meteorites. The exhibition of dinosaur fossils and Massospondylus seen at the left. Time budget 1hr   more ►
Windhoek, Section of Gibeon Meteorite in POst Street Mall In the Post Street shopping mall, right in the centre of town, is where you can see the display of 32 of the Gibeon Meteorites. This is the largest shower of extra terrestrial bodies known to have landed on the earth. The meteorites have a high nickel content and one  has been sliced in half, so you can see the shiny stainless-steel like interior: Time budget 10min  more ►
Windhoek, Heroes Acre Namibia's National Monument to Heroes and Heroines of the Freedom Struggle Heroes' Acre is a National Heritage Site and is located about 5km south of the city on the B1. Namibia was under occupation by foreign colonial forces from 1884 to 1990 and this is our National Memorial to the Heroes and Heroines who struggled and fought for our Independence, which was finally achieved on 21 March 1990. The guided tours are most informative, and a visit here will give you a better appreciation of beautiful Namibia and its people. Time budget  2hr  more ►
Okahandja District Attractions
Okahandja Accommodation Map of Okahandja Okahandja  
Gross Barmen Hot Springs Indoor Thermal Pool The Gross Barmen Hot Springs Resort is located about 25km west of Okahandja. The mineral rich thermal waters that bubble up from deep within the earth are said to have therapeutic values. The complex makes for a relaxing stay-over. The indoor thermal pool waters are maintained at 38-40c. The outdoor thermal pool has a temperature of about 30c. There are accommodation facilities including camp sites, shop, restaurant, bar etc. 
Herero Day Parade Herero Day at Okahandja is usually celebrated on the nearest Sunday to the 23 August and commemorates the day on which the Herero Chief Samuel Maharero was laid to rest on 23 August 1923. Samuel Maharero is one of Namibia's Heroes and lead the uprising in 1904 against German colonial rule. Each year at this time the Herero people gather here wearing traditional dress and pay homage to their deceased Chiefs.
Okahandja Wood Carvers' Market Okahandja is the home to 2 of the largest wood carver markets in Namibia. The Curio stalls can be seen an both the south entrance to the town and to the northern side nearby where the B1 and B2 road. You can buy just about anything wooden here from attractive polished fruit bowls to carved animals and even canoes. Be prepared to do get involved in some heavy bargaining if you pay these vibrant markets a visit
Otjiwarongo & District Attractions
Otjiwarongo Accommodation Map of Otjiwarongo Otjiwarongo  
Otjiwarongo Crocodile Ranch


Otjiwarongo Crocodile Ranch. If you haven't seen a  Crocodylus niloticus for some time, then here is your chance to refresh your memory, plus they have a restaurant here that can serve you with a variety of dishes made from fresh Crocodile meat. As for the live ones, well like in most other 'zoos' or even in the wild, the adults just seem to bask in the sun and lay as still as logs of wood - waiting for some careless being to wander their way. Time budget 1hr
31  Waterberg Resort: Set at the foot of the massive and picturesque Waterberg Plateau, this is well worth a stay-over. There are hiking trails and plenty of wild life and birds to be seen. There are guided game drives onto the plateau. The views are spectacular. I wasn't impressed with the lack of variety of game that I saw up there, but I was surprised to see so many large Sable Antelope. It's a good place to relax and 'get away from it all'. Time budget 8hr +     Direction Map
Otavi & District Attractions
Otavi Accommodation Map of Otavi Otavi  
Signing of the Treaty of Khorab  17  The Khorab Monument: This is at the place known as Kilometre 500 where on 9 July 1915 the German forces in South West Africa surrendered to the Union Of South Africa's General Louis Botha thus ending hostilities within the colony. It's difficult to find the memorial as some of the streets in Otavi have no signs, so make use of the Map of Otavi. Directions on the  Map of Otavi

Time budget 1hr 

Gaub Cave Namibia  14   Gaub Cave located on the historical Farm Ghaub. The cave is not 'tourist friendly', however, the 'Cavies' amongst you will not want to miss this-one. Be prepared for an amount of rock-hopping, so good boots are a must. Not for the Claustrophobic. Guided Tours only and I recommend you make a booking in advance. Time budget 2-3hr  Direction Map 
Grootfontein District Attractions
Grootfontein Accommodation Map of Grootfontein Grootfontein  

Old German Fort Grootfontein. Now The Museum

The "Old German Fort" in Grootfontein houses an interesting Museum that have over the years accumulated and amazing collection of old machinery. You can se how wagon wheels were made and a host of other equipment that the early farmers used to build up this country. There is a Himba exhibition along with mineral collections, and even an old English Steam Roller that is in working condition. Time budget 1-2 hr
Hoba Meteorite

 15   Hoba Meteorite. It weighs-in at over 60 ton, is approximately 3 meters square and about 1 meter in depth. It contains about 82% iron and 16% nickel. It fell to earth about 80,000 years ago, and is the largest known-of metal meteorite in the world. When it came-in to land it didn't cause any crater to be formed, so it probably had a very low trajectory and 'bounced' to its final landing site on the Farm Hoba. National Heritage Site. Camping Available. Time budget 1hr  Direction Map

Baobab Tree 1063 Grootfontein Namibia  13   Baobab Tree (number 1063) is located on the Farm Keibeb, which is about 60km north of Grootfontein on gravel roads. If you haven't seen a Big Baobab tree, and want to, it's well worth the effort. Baobab Trees play an important roll in African legend and daily life. The tree's various parts can be used for medicinal and food purposes, and it's an awesome sight when you see 'your first Baobab'  towering over the surrounding bush. Time budget 1hr  Direction Map
Tsumeb & District Attractions
Tsumeb Accommodation Map of Tsumeb Tsumeb  
Lake Otjikoto Namibia  12  Lake Otjikoto. It is an unusual geological feature, being a limestone cap about the size of a foot-ball filed that collapsed into the massive and deep water filled karst-cave system that runs for quite some distance under the ground in this area. It is into this lake that, prior to surrender, the Germans dumped the their weapons and Field-Guns in 1915. There's a small zoo, restaurant and lots of interesting collections at this site. Well worth a visit. Time Budget 1-2 hr Direction Map
Krupp Machine Gun Tsumeb Museum  TM   Tsumeb Museum: This is at the eastern end of the Main Street. The majority of self drive tourists don't know about the Museum and pass it by, and it really is a 'Must See'.   This is where you can see some of the Kaiser's Cannons that were  recovered from Lake Otjikoto and refurbished by the Old TCL Mine. There is also an excellent mineral sample collection from the TCL MIne De Wet Shaft plus many other items of interest. Time budget 1-2hr 
Etosha National Park
Etosha Accommodation Halali Namutoni Okaukuejo Etosha Game Park

Namutoni Etosha. Eastern Tower of Old German Fort

Etosha Game Park. 2007 was the 100 year anniversary of the Park. The 3 rest camps: Okaukuejo, Halali and Namutoni have recently been upgraded by Namibia Wildlife Resorts and all reports we have received from visiting tourists have been very positive. Returning visitors have praised the improvements and service, so this is good news. Etosha is vast and unspoiled and rates at the forefront of Africa's premier game parks. It's a must see.  Time budget 2days+
Outjo District Attractions
Outjo Accommodation Map of Outjo Outjo  


Vingerklip Ugab River Outjo Namibia



 23   The Vingerklip, or Rock Finger is located in a now dry section of the Ugab River Bed. Formed by water erosion over a period of about 20 million years when the ancient Ugab was a powerful river with a high volume rate of flow that over time washed the softer material away. What remains of the sedimentary layers can clearly be seen in the side-walls of the Vingerklip, which protrudes some 35 meters above a conical debris mound. Time budget 1hr

Omaruru  -  Kalkveld  District Attractions
Omaruru Accommodation Map of Omaruru Omaruru  

Paula Cave Erongo Namibia


 27   Paula Cave: The small cave is on a farm area operated by the Erongo Wilderness Lodge. You will need their permission, plus one of their guides to drive you to the cave. You may even consider a stay-over-night at the Lodge as it makes for an experience with a difference. They have 10 Luxury tented chalets nestled amongst dramatic setting of granite boulders with breathtaking views. Stay-over on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. Time budget 2-3hr     Direction Map

Dinosaur Tracks, my mate (and assistant) checking them out

 30   Dinosaur Tracks on Farm Otjihaenamaparero: Here you can see several lengthy track-ways that were imprinted in, what is now, Etjo-Sandstone about 200 million years ago. There are 2 distinctly different track-ways thought to have been left by early dinosaurs: (a) Ceratosaurus, a bi-pedal dinosaur that grew up to 6 meters in length, and (b) Syntarsus, a bi-pedal dinosaur that grew up to 3 meters in length.  The track-ways are easily accessible and nearby there is shaded camping areas with showers and flush toilets. Time budget 1-2hr     Direction Map

Karibib & Usakos District Attractions
Usakos Accommodation Map of Karibib Map of Usakos Karibib & Usakos

Bulls Party Namibia with massive rock boulder complex


 28   Ranch Ameib Bull's Party: Directions From Usakos: at the 4 way stop on the B2 road you will see the signs to Philipp's Cave. Turn onto the D1935. After about 10km you arrive at the junction with the D1937 road. Drive this for about 15km arrive at Reception of Ameib Ranch. The strange and massive rock shapes and formations at the Bull's Party will not only fascinate you, but allow for some unusual photographs. This ranch is a must visit and is passed-by many tourists. Time budget 2 hr    Direction Map
Philipp's Cave Ranch Ameib Namibia  28  Ranch Ameib Philipp's Cave. Directions as above. It is about a 45 minute hike including a good amount of rock hopping to get to the Philipp's Cave. Here you can view the famous 'White Elephant' painting along with other animal and human figures. The Ameib Ranch is located in the ruggedly picturesque Erongo Mountains. The sheer granite rock faces make for some challenging climbing. Good accommodation and camping facilities. Time Budget 2.5 hr     Direction Map
Sptizkoppeand Pontok Mountains Namibia  26    Spitzkoppe On the B2 road about 24km west of Usakos you will see the sign on the north side of the road for Henties Bay. Turn onto the D1930 for about 500m then turn west onto the D1918 for about 28km. The turn north east onto the D1925 for about 6km then arrive at Damara Community gate for the Spitzkoppe. The inselberg towers1728 meters over the desert floor and makes a most impressive sight. Photograph the surrealistic rock features Time Budget 3-4 hr
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Swakopmund, the Mole and Lighthouse

There's plenty to do and see in and around Swakopmund. Unless you have been here before, and  within the past ten years, you need to plan a three day minimum stay to make your visit worthwhile. Swakopmund is fully geared up to make your stay a pleasurable and interesting one, plus there's plenty of activities, such as sky-diving, camel riding, horse riding, hot air ballooning etc. It's all here.

 Attractions for this area can be accessed from links on the Swakopmund pages    more

Walvis Bay
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Walvis Bay Inner Lagoon with Flamingos

Walvis Bay is Namibia's Premier Port and centre of our fishing industry, but this town has also geared up for tourism. The Wetland Bird Reserve is home to about 60,000 of Southern Africa's Flamingos. The Lagoon has proved itself to be one of the best places in the world for speed wind & Kite surfing with many records captured here. Take a  Dolphin & Seal cruises in the lagoon and get served some of the locally grown Oysters with champagne.     Attractions for this area can be accessed from links on the Walvis Bay pages    more


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