There are 2 preferred routes, both having advantages and
The Kalahari Highway, distance Pretoria to Windhoek
The route via Upington, distance Pretoria to
Windhoek about 1831kms.
Many local drivers, particularly business travellers
prefer to drive the longer
distance route via Upington, as the journey can take less
time than taking the Botswana route, owing to the fact one
can drive faster and possibly more safely as the Botswana
roads are notorious for having livestock wandering across
The Upington route can be driven during hours of darkness.
Getting Out of Johannesburg: The freeway system in
and around Johannesburg is busy, and you are especially advised
to avoid the business rush hour traffic. The driving habits of
the locals is fast and aggressive. If you haven't got a map of
the Cities you are visiting you are strongly advised to get one
up-front and thus pre-plan the routes you will be taking. If you
have a travelling partner with you who can act as a good
navigator, you should work together as a team. You should plan
to access the N14 Freeway that runs south-west to Potchefstroom.
The road signs are good, but you must position yourself in the
correct traffic lane as soon as possible to avoid getting boxed
into the wrong lane by other fast moving vehicles. The Golden
Rule is Do Not Get Lost and pull over to the side of the road to
ask directions. Never allow a group of people to surround your
car when you stop.
Johannesburg to Upington: It's nearly 800kms from
Johannesburg to Upington and most locals make this in one day.
Upington Has good accommodation, and there's the Island resort
in the middle of the Orange River with chalets and camping
areas. In the mid-summer months it can reach 40°c
at Upington while cold winter nights see temperatures well below
0°c. The route is well signed.
Upington to Nakop / Ariamsvlei:
It's a further 130km to the Border Posts. Delays at the
Immigration and Customs posts can be expected if you are
travelling during peak Southern-African holiday season. Your
personal travel documents must comply with Namibian
requirements, plus your vehicle documentation.
Ariamsvlei / Grunau and the
south of Namibia: If you haven't made a previous visit to
the Fish River Canyon in the south of Namibia this could be a
matter for consideration. It is the second largest canyon in the
world, after Arizona's Grand Canyon. At the southern end of the
Fish River Canyon is the Ai-Ais Hot Springs Resort. Here you can
soak in the thermal pools and relax away all of those travel
Tour Routes Intro
Cross Border Entry Into Namibia