When: August 2017 Duration: 18 days Distance covered: 4600 km
This was our first visit to Namibia – and certainly not the last. We were on the road (and in the bush) for 17 days. First 10 days we concentrated on the national parks in the North (Etosha, Caprivi strip), while the remaining 7 days were devoted to classical tourist attractions of central Namibia.
We rented Toyota Landcruiser Bushcamper from Savanna Car Hire in Windhoek and I must say, this was by far the best vehicle we have had so far in 7 different Southern and Eastern African countries. The equipment and storage layout in these Bushcampers is really top-notch. For opening the RTT, it takes maximum 30 seconds, and to close it not more than 1 minute. And all this requires only one man, absolutely no need for assistance from the others. The car itself (as well as camping equipment) was brand new, it only had 5.100 km on the clock when we took it over. We have added additional 4.600 kilometers to its odometer during our trip.
Weather was almost perfect, we could hardly wish for anything better. The night temperatures were not as low as we have feared – the lowest morning temperature was +3°C near Grootfontein. On average, morning temperatures were between 8°C and 12°C. The highest daily temperatures rarely exceeded 30°C, usually, they stayed at around 25 to 28°C. It was sunny every day, except one overcast day in Caprivi and one foggy day on the coast. We didn’t have even single drop of rain during the whole trip.
This was our itinerary:
Landing in Windhoek, transfer to car depot and picking up the car. Buy provisions in Windhoek and drive toward Etosha. Overnight in Etosha Safari Camp.
Exploring the central part of Etosha, overnight in Okaukuejo Camp.
Day 3, 4:
Exploring eastern part of Etosha, spend two nights at Halali Camp.
Leave Etosha and drive to Grotfontein, visit Hoba meteorite, spend the night at Roy’s camp.
Drive toward Caprivi strip, restock in Rundu, camp at Shametu River Lodge on the western side of Caprivi.
Morning game drive in Mahango NP, relocate to eastern Caprivi, overnight in Rupara Restcamp.
Morning game drive in Nkasa Rupara (former Mamili) NP, move to Mudumu NP, and spend two nights at Nkatwa Campsite.
Susuwe triangle in Caprivi, spend one night in Nambwa Comunity Camp.
Drive to Grotfontein, spend the night at Bushbaby Safari Camp.
Drive to Twyfelfontein, visit the petrified forest, overnight at Aba-Huab Rest Camp.
Visit attractions near Twyfelfontein, drive to Spitzkoppe, overnight at Spitzkope Campsite.
Drive to Atlantic coast, visit Cape Cross seals, spend afternoon and night in Swakopmund, camp at Tiger Reef Campsite.
Day 15, 16:
Drive to Sesriem, visit dunes of Sossusvlei, spend two nights at Sossus Oasis Camp.
Drive back to Windhoek, return the car, spend the afternoon in the city.
Flight back home.
Check the detailed description of each part of the trip by clicking on the following links.