Everyone are well known with Namibia’s most famous places and roads, so we decided to take a trip down the roads less traveled.
I will suggest that you take more time for this trip, we did it in 6 days…3600km…
Starting in the Kalahari
The South Eastern part of Namibia are really something amazing to see with its (very) wide open spaces and red Kalahari dunes. Most Namibians will tell you, you don’t miss anything because there’s nothing for miles. But the peace of the Kalahari cannot be explained, only experienced.
We met up with friends at the Kalahari Farmhouse in Stampriet from where our trip began. The Kalahari Farmhouse is one of the Gondwana Collection of Lodges.
Kalahari Farmhouse have very cute cottage style bungalows, a restaurant where we had delicious salads, a bar, swimming pool, souvenir shop and a lot more to make your stay incredible in this beautiful small town.
Stampriet have a lot of fresh water, so we filled our watercans up before our trip. We took about 40litres water per car.
From Stampriet we drove through Gochas and Twee Rivier to the Mata Mata Border post in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Its compulsory to book beforehand in the park, we didn’t have a booking and camped near the park at Sitzas Campsite. There are a lot of good campsites on farms in that area.
The next morning, we took the “Duine pad” as the local farmers call the road… Not a motionsickness friendly road to Koes. Koes is a small town with only one coffee shop with the name “Moer toe” which is a very ambiguous phrase in Afrikaans. 🙂
From Koes to Aroab it literally feels like you are in the middle of nowhere, which is kind of true…
Detour through South Africa
We crossed the South African border post at Rietfontein and spend the night at Molopo Kalahari Lodge. Here we camped in style, almost glamping. Each campsite has its own bathroom and little open-air kitchen and braai area.
From there we entered Botswana at Bokspits border post and drove up to Tsabong on a lovely tar road. After shopping for fresh fruit (after they took ours at the border) we headed up to the East Side of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park with a very bad sand/gravel road, slept at Mabuasehube at the gate, which we wouldn’t recommend… book beforehand at the park! But no lions ate us Jand we took the bad road further to Kang and from there to Ghanzi and Maun. I mean, from the most Southern part of Botswana to almost North in a day… not our most cleaver moment, but the adventure and company made it worth it.
In Maun we camped at the Okavango River Lodge, from Lions to Crocodiles 🙂 but again, nothing ate us… we on the other hand had a delicious dinner at their Restaurant.
Next day we took a day trip through the Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park and saw hundreds of elephants, an angry buffalo, a lot of impalas, zebras, giraffes and a few oryx.
What an experience…
We slept at Island Safari Lodge at Maun again and headed back to Namibia with a road… or one which once was a road… to the almost nonexistent Dobe Border Post, but very friendly and polite staff.
Back into Namibia
From there to Grootfontein it was very green with big and beautiful trees, other than the rest of Namibia’s well known semi-arid landscapes. For our last night we camped at Tsumkwe Lodge in the Naye-Naye Concession area.
At Grootfontein we had lunch at The Purple Fig, the most favorite and famous coffee shop in town.
After lunch we headed down to Windhoek for the last 460km of our trip.
** As I said, take more time for this trip, book your stay at Kgalagadi for at least two nights and spend much more time in the Okavango Delta area. Next time we will enter from the Caprivi.
Come wander our Kalahari and it’s less traveled roads…