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.


Our Recommended Itinerary

South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure

day 1

Start your journey
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure

day 2

Cross over into Namibia
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure

day 3

Fish River Canyon
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure

day 4

  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure

day 5

Windy ghost town
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure

day 6

Namib Naukluft National Park
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure

day 7

Sossusvlei
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure

day 8

Swakopmund
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure

day 9

Skeleton Coast
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure

day 10

Day at leisure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure
  • South Africa and Namibia Classic 4x4 Self Drive Adventure

day 11

End of your journey

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