Namibia vs South Africa

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In terms of city culture, landscapes, flora and fauna, South Africa has a lot more diversity than Namibia. South Africa also has excellent game parks where Big Five viewing is easy, as well as forests and mountains, a beautiful coastline with superb beaches and culturally rich cities home to award-winning restaurants, fantastic shopping, art and museums and nightlife. Lots of travellers choose South Africa for the ease of combining a safari with beach time and food and culture in cities.

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Namibia can’t compete in terms of beaches or cities but what it does have that South Africa doesn’t is dramatic desert scenery, vast space, extremely wild rugged landscapes and a lot more chance to get far off the beaten track and escape the crowds. Having a real off-grid adventure in Namibia is also easier than in South Africa, with Namibia’s huge choice of 4x4 routes that take you into the country’s remotest corners. In the busy season, the popular hotspots in South Africa can be incredibly busy, while in Namibia even during the peak months the only place where you’ll see a lot of other travellers is Etosha.


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South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)

day 1

South Africa
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)

day 2

Namibia | Fish River Canyon
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)

day 3

Fish River Canyon
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)


day 5

Kolmanskop | Luderitz
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)

day 6

Namib-Naukluft National Park
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)

day 7

Sossusvlei
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)

day 8

Swakopmund
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)

day 9

Skeleton Coast
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)

day 10

Swakopmund
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)
  • South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)

day 11

End of Journey

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Popular Namibia Safaris

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 | Best of Namibia Self-Drive Adventure (8 days)

Best of Namibia Self-Drive Adventure (8 days)

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 | Affordable Luxury in Namibia (11 days)

Affordable Luxury in Namibia (11 days)

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 | South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)

South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)

This is a great adventure, travelling up the West Coast of South Africa and visiting iconic destinations in southern Namibia...

 | Etosha National Park Road Trip Adventure (8 days)

Etosha National Park Road Trip Adventure (8 days)

Drive yourself through the majestic landscapes of Namibia en-route to Etosha and spend your days searching for, and finding the wildlife that Etosha is known for...

 | Best of Namibia, Botswana & Victoria Falls

Best of Namibia, Botswana & Victoria Falls

Travel from enigmatic red sands and surreal pans to rugged coastline and open plains, before exploring pristine waterways and scenic rivers - Kwando, Chobe and lastly, the mighty Zambezi River...

Scenery | Namibia’s Sossusvlei, Damaraland and Kunene Luxury Safari (7 days)

Namibia's Sossusvlei, Damaraland and Kunene Luxury Safari (7 days)

Experience Sossusvlei's red dunes glowing in the early morning light, find desert-adapted elephant in Damaraland and meet the Himba nomads in Namibia's far north-west...

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Namibia Safari on Board the Rovos Rail (9 days)

Immerse yourself in the luxury and old-world charm of this train journey through a land as old as time...

Red dunes | Short and Sweet Sossusvlei Sojourn (5 days)

Short and Sweet Sossusvlei Sojourn (5 days)

Reconnect with nature in Namibia's southern desert and marvel at Sossusvlei's high red dunes glowing in the early morning light...

 | Nambian Desert to Coast Self-Drive Road Trip (9 days)

Nambian Desert to Coast Self-Drive Road Trip (9 days)

From the famous Sossusvlei, quaint Swakopmund, historical Damaraland and on towards Etosa National Park, this road trip through Namibia is an authentic and different take on a safari......

 | Exciting Family Safari in Botswana and Namibia (11 days)

Exciting Family Safari in Botswana and Namibia (11 days)

Enjoy both Botswana's Okavango Delta and Namibia's Caprivi Strip on a safari holiday filled with fun ...



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