Jump to content

From Johannesburg to windhoek in 3 weeks


Wesley H
 Share

Recommended Posts

Hello fellow travelers, me and my girl and normally backpackers but for this short trip we rented a 4x4 with tent so the plan is to go from johannesburg up to botswana do some parks and go down in namibia to windhoek. Now is the question is it possible in this 3 weeks to do also the kruger park for maybe 2/3 days? What parks or routes are just so beautifull in botswana that you have to drive them? Without 10000 tourists but the real deal africa from 50 y ago? Is walvisbaai NAmibia good to be there? So is this short view of my plan do able in 3 weeks? Thx!!!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Anything is doable if you want to spend most of your time driving. Your given plan is very loose to say the least, if you want advice I suggest you make it a lot more detailed giving stopping places for each day. As you work it out you might realise for yourself just what is involved in terms of distances and driving times.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I think Kruger would be too much. But it depends on your specific itinerary. Real deal Africa from 50 years ago ... is 50 years ago. Time changes everything. Personally if going from Jo'burg to Windhoek and would have 3 weeks (how much is the one-way fee for your rental car? Which company??) I would go via Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Augrabies , Fish River Canyon, Sossusvlei and Swakopmund.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

@Wesley H I think @xelas is offering good advice.

 

Distances in Africa are so great and some roads are in such poor condition that it can take a long time to drive just a short distance. I don't think you have time to include Kruger and even a side trip through Botswana will keep you on the road and eat into your precious game viewing and sightseeing time. 

 

If you go from JNB to Namibia via KTP you will see a lot of wildlife. I would also suggest that you increase your sightings and spend a few nights at Marrick Farm and take advantage of their very reasonable rates to do night drives for rare nocturnals, a day trip into nearby Mokala NP where there is a healthy rhino population and maybe even a trip to Kamfers Dam for the year round flamingos.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

4 hours ago, xelas said:

I think Kruger would be too much. But it depends on your specific itinerary. Real deal Africa from 50 years ago ... is 50 years ago. Time changes everything. Personally if going from Jo'burg to Windhoek and would have 3 weeks (how much is the one-way fee for your rental car? Which company??) I would go via Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Augrabies , Fish River Canyon, Sossusvlei and Swakopmund.

Thx for the advice Xelas! And the one way fee to much actually around 300us$

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Many SA self-drivers do a round trip from JHB area to Windhoek (Trans Kalahari Highway, fastest route), then explore northwards through Etosha, past Epupa Falls, through the panhandle (Caprivi strip), to Kasane and back to JHB.

 

This is entirely doable in three weeks, and will give you access to some of the best game viewing in Southern Africa, and to a few areas where you can be relatively alone in pretty un-spoilt wilderness.

 

Do realize that the two factors above are effectively mutually exclusive. Where you can be alone, you will see relatively little game.

 

I have been to most places along this route, but did it in different trips, but can help with specefics.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

Safaritalk uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By using Safaritalk you agree to our use of cookies. If you wish to refuse the setting of cookies you can change settings on your browser to clear and block cookies. However, by doing so, Safaritalk may not work properly and you may not be able to access all areas. If you are happy to accept cookies and haven't adjusted browser settings to refuse cookies, Safaritalk will issue cookies when you log on to our site. Please also take a moment to read the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy: Terms of Use l Privacy Policy