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go! Namibia 2018

Our popular Namibia guide consists of 132 pages of classic destinations, our Top 20 campsites, more than 240 places to stay with GPS points and maps, great things to do, plans for the perfect day, border post info, and more!

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2 min
see into the future

Wide open spaces are not for everyone. Some people prefer to spend their holidays in a city, where they can shop in malls and eat at fancy restaurants. Others – like us and probably like you – long for something more simple, more quiet, a place where you can hear your own heartbeat, where a view of a pan and a lone zebra can stave off thoughts of the rat race back home. South Africa has many such places: the Tankwa Karoo, Bushmanland, the Knersvlakte… But somehow, these places just can’t compare to the vastness of Namibia. It doesn’t matter where you are: Spitzkoppe (pictured), the C43 between Opuwo and Warmquelle, even the B1 to Keetmanshoop. Pull over and get out of your car and you’ll be surrounded by silence and…

19 min
go north or go home

DAY 1 Erindi Private Game Reserve Plan your day so you won’t leave Windhoek later than 2 pm. If you need padkos, stock up on biltong at Piet’s Biltong Shop (now owned by Johan Kotze) – it’s on the left just before you leave Okahandja. Camp Elephant in Erindi is one of the best campsites around. It’s expensive but worth every penny. You’ll get your own patch of grass, an awning, a bathroom, a fridge and power points. The camp is fenced and the pathway will take you to a viewpoint overlooking a waterhole. The waterhole is illuminated at night so you can see who joins the black-backed jackals for a midnight snack. FAST FACTS Piet’s Biltong Shop: Open Monday to Friday from 8 am to 5 pm; Saturday from 8 am to 1 pm; closed on…

16 min
walk on the wild side

I climb over a jagged rock ledge, and then scramble over the big white boulders of Hartbreek Pass. Above my head, orange cliffs reach for the sky. Dolomite and limestone formations tower on my right and behind them awaits a landscape of deep canyons and high peaks, where underground rivers have carved their way through the Naukluft Mountains over millennia. It seems impenetrable. Again, I question why I’m here. I’m not a hiker. Just look at the rest of the group: Arno and Lianna are way ahead; I haven’t seen them since this morning. Matthew and his fiancée Louise and their friends Wayne and Michael are volunteer firefighters, who are used to running up burning mountain slopes in the Western Cape, carrying heavy gear. And Dené has just returned from a…

1 min
know before you go

How to get there? Coming from Windhoek, turn off the B1 onto the C24 near Rehoboth and drive 140 km until the T-junction with the C14 (the C24 eventually becomes the M47). Turn right here and drive 16 km, then turn left onto the D854. The park gate is 21 km further. You can also turn off at Rehoboth coming from the south, or take the C19 and the C14 from Mariental. From Sesriem, you can get there via the C19 and the D854. GPS: S24.22635 E16.33783 (gate) Cost: R100 per person to do the hike, plus a daily permit of R30 per person. It costs R10 per day to leave your vehicle at the start point, and NWR charges R1 045 per group to transport supplies to the Tsams Ost shelter. Hikers…

5 min
rally kings of   the kalahari

The smell of petrol fills my nostrils. I lick dust from my lips. The whine of a rev limiter hums in my ears. I see more helmets than hats in the crowd and several people are wearing a navy T-shirt with the slogan: “Where the #@*%! is Koës?” It’s a familiar question and one I’ve answered many times when people have asked about this trip. “The rally can best be described as organised chaos,” says Rickus Vermeulen, organiser of the Koës Pan Rally, which has been held on a clay pan near this small Kalahari village (population: ±5 000) in the south-east of Namibia for the past 30 years. The rally was born in 1985 when a few guys from Koës couldn’t agree on whose bakkie was the best – a subject…

1 min
i want to go!

When? The Koës Pan Rally will be held on 6 and 7 July 2018. How to get there? Koës is about 130 km north-east of Keetmanshoop along the C17 gravel road. You’ll get there in a VW Polo, but it’s very corrugated. Cost: Spectators pay an entrance fee of R20 per person. Participants pay R500 per person for the whole weekend; R300 for the Saturday; or R150 per event. Accommodation? Rent a self-catering house in town or on one of the farms in the area. You can also stay in the Koës Hotel, camp in the farmer’s association grounds or get a tent with a bed at the I-Dream Africa tented camp. Contact: 00 264 81 859 8948 (Catherine) or agri-catherine@iway.na What else? You can buy supplies in Keetmanshoop, but try to support the local community…