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To the Namib Naukluft Scenic Route

Windhoek - Solitaire - Sesriem

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Road conditions Road conditions
Wildlife Wildlife
Urban life Urban life
Culture Culture
To the Namib Naukluft Scenic Route ACTIVATE MAP Stages2 km301 h/stage3.0

Best months to drive

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Road Trip Costs

How much does it cost to go on a To the Namib Naukluft Scenic Route in Namibia?

Economy
Low budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 54EUR drive & more 38EUR sleep & more 55EUR eat & more 48EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 141EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 195EUR
Standard
Mid budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 81EUR drive & more 50EUR sleep & more 110EUR eat & more 72EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 232EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 313EUR
Premium
High budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 144EUR drive & more 75EUR sleep & more 187EUR eat & more 96EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 358EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 502EUR
Camper
On the road in RV, overnight at camp grounds with self-catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 225EUR drive & more 75EUR sleep & more 55EUR eat & more 48EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 178EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 403EUR
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To the Namib Naukluft Scenic Route Itinerary

Experience the Namib Naukluft Scenic Route, a 301 km road trip starting in Windhoek, Namibia, and ending in Sesriem, Namibia. Along the way, you will pass through the town of Solitaire, where you can visit the famous bakery. The best time to drive this route is during the dry season, from May to October. The route is known for its stunning landscapes, including the Namib Desert, the Naukluft Mountains, and the Kuiseb Canyon. Although the roads are partly curvy and partly narrow, this trip is suitable for all drivers. Keep in mind, however, that the overall road conditions may not be ideal. Despite this, the Namib Naukluft Scenic Route will provide you with an unforgettable experience and memories that will last a lifetime. This trip can be managed with a fair budget, and is recommended to be completed in one day.
number of days 1 number of days
route length 301 km route length
budget moderate budget
good for tourist good for
traffic direction on the left traffic direction
accident level moderate accident level

START Windhoek

Distance 301 km Driving time 6.0 h Pace: modest 78.2 kWh Airports WDH , ERS
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Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, is the perfect starting point for a road trip along the Namib Naukluft Scenic Route. Located in the middle of the country, Windhoek is a bustling city with plenty of attractions to explore. For those arriving by air, Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) is the closest airport. Car rentals are available at the airport for those who wish to explore the country by car. The city itself offers plenty of attractions for visitors to explore. Highlights include the national museum, the Old Fort, the Christuskirche, and the Tintenpalast building. Additionally, the city boasts a vibrant nightlife with a range of bars, clubs, and restaurants to enjoy. Windhoek is also a great place to pick up supplies for the road ahead. The vibrant markets and shops offer a range of items, from food and drinks to souvenirs and local arts and crafts. Once you have what you need, head out of town and start your journey along the Namib Naukluft Scenic Route. From Windhoek you can explore the mountains and deserts of Namibia, as well as the unique wildlife and landscapes of the region. With so much to see and do, Windhoek is the perfect starting point for a road trip along the Namib Naukluft Scenic Route.

1 Windhoek - Solitaire

Distance 218 km Driving time 5.2 h Pace: modest 56.6 kWh View map Itinerary
4WD recommended stretches of gravel road inaccessible for caravans limited number of petrol stations dining venues scenic road sections of narrow road sections of steep road stretches of winding road junction of road trips interesting  historic site attractive landscape accommodation options
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Embark on an unforgettable road trip from Windhoek to Solitaire! This 218 km journey will take you less than 6 hours to complete and is a great way to explore the stunning landscapes of Namibia. We recommend a 4WD car for this route, as some sections are inaccessible to cars with camper trailers. Make sure to fill up on gas when you can, as there are not many gas stations along the way. Be prepared for steep ramps, winding roads, and narrow sections. You'll be amazed at the historical sites and picturesque landscapes you'll find along the way. Make sure to take plenty of pictures, as you won't want to forget the scenic roads you'll be driving on. For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, make sure to check out the Itinerary of this stage. Get ready for a road trip you won't soon forget!

2 Solitaire - Sesriem

Distance 83 km Driving time 0.8 h Pace: fast 24.8 kWh View map Itinerary
4WD recommended stretches of gravel road scenic road junction of road trips attractive landscape accommodation options
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Begin your journey in Solitaire, Namibia, located 83 km away from Sesriem. In less than one hour you can drive this scenic road and admire the picturesque landscapes. A 4WD car is advisable for this section of the tour. Along the way you can visit the Solitaire Oasis and the Bavarian-style bakery, where you can taste delicious pastries and cakes. You can also explore the Quiver Tree Forest, a unique and beautiful forest of Aloe dichotoma trees. When you arrive in Sesriem, you can visit the Sesriem Canyon, a spectacular canyon with steep walls and fascinating rock formations. For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants and campsites along the route, check the Itinerary of this stage. Enjoy your road trip and have a great adventure!

  Sesriem

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The Namib Naukluft Scenic Route is an unforgettable road trip through the Namib Desert in Namibia and ends in the desert oasis of Sesriem. Sesriem is the gateway to the Namib-Naukluft National Park, home to some of the best desert wildlife and scenery in Africa. The town of Sesriem itself is small but offers guests a great selection of restaurants, shops, and accommodation. It is also the starting point for exploration of the nearby Sossusvlei, a salt and clay pan surrounded by some of the highest sand dunes in the world. For those who enjoy a spot of nature, Sesriem is also home to some of the most spectacular birdlife in Namibia. Here visitors can spot the endemic Tractrac Chat, Burchell's Starling, and the Karoo Eremomela. The nearby Sesriem Canyon is a must-see for any traveler along the Namib Naukluft Scenic Route. The canyon is one of the oldest geological formations in Namibia and offers stunning views and photo opportunities. For those traveling by air, the closest international airport is Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH). The Namib Naukluft Scenic Route is the perfect opportunity to explore the beauty of the Namib Desert and to experience the vibrant culture of Namibia. The end of the road trip, Sesriem, provides the perfect base for exploration of the spectacular desert wildlife and scenery, as well as the opportunity to take in the stunning views of the Sesriem Canyon.

To the Namib Naukluft Scenic Route at a glance

Facts for safer driving in Namibia

drink drive limit drink drive limit 0.5
max speed urban max speed urban 60 km/h
max speed rural max speed rural 120 km/h
max speed highway max speed highway 120 km/h
headlights at daytime headlights at daytime on
fire extinguisher fire extinguisher no
tolls tolls no
seat belts seat belts yes

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