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Sand & Safari: A road trip through Namibia

In Africa, Namibia, Our Journeys, Road Trips, Trip-Types, World Travel by GaryLeave a Comment

The story of adventure on tarmac & dirt track.

Heidi - offroad,Lüderitz, Namibia

An adventure we had, glorious adventure.

We landed in Windhoek, Namibia’s capital, and were met at the airport by Advanced Car Hire We had selected a twin cab 4×4, with GPS, a long range fuel tank, and a fridge. We were presented with Heidi {A name we later gave the truck}, a freshly washed Toyota Hilux and we began the briefing. If you are interested in the specifics of the briefing & other tips then I cover that in The Hilux briefing.

It was a relatively short journey to the hotel for the night, The Olive Grove Guesthouse, via a fuel station and a supermarket for supplies. The next morning we headed off for our first destination of the Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch.

The drive was only to be around 191miles/308km, and the majority on tarmac, but this was all new, and we had no idea how long it would take to cover these distances in Namibia.

It took a little while to get used to the softness & height of the Hilux. The Toyota was a million miles away from the firmly sprung, German, sports car back home. However she was to be our companion over the next 3 weeks, so I had to get used to her. The ponderous nature of the beast, and my first stall the following morning set us off on the wrong foot, but motoring along outside Windhoek we started to get acquainted.

A leg stretch

To break that first segment we decided to visit Lake Oanob, just outside Rehoboth. It gave us the chance for a leg stretch, and take in the warmth of the African sun. After 20 minutes we were back on the road, heading for the Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch and making good time.

Heidi the Hilux at Lake Oanob, Namibia

A helpful guide

If you're considering a road trip through Namibia, then your in for a holiday of a lifetime. I always find it incredibly useful to plan our trips with the help of a guide book.

Take a look at this informative Bradt guide, it will give you great tips and advice.

And then the dirt trails

However, we got our first taste of the dirt roads, that would become such a large part of this road trip, some 15 miles (24km) from the ranch. If I thought the truck was loose on the tarmac, things got more interesting on the deep red sand blown from the western edge of the Kalahari desert. However the trail underneath was firm so no need to think about adjusting the tyre pressures, but it was worth opening the ventilation flap at the rear of the truck to keep the dust down.

Now we start to see our first wildlife, an Oryx, a couple of springbok and then the comedy moment. To the side of the road, behind a tall wire fence of a ranch, we spot an Ostrich, and he spots us. Now you would expect he will pick a direction away from the truck, but no, this creature decides to run in parallel to us. I’m feeling bad about this so I slow, and the Ostrich slows, and I try to overtake the bird, only for him to speed up again. This ridiculous scenario, continued for a further 3 phases until he decided to dart left back into the safety of his enclosure.

We pull into the main gate and head off to reception, before finding our lodge, even after this short drive the Hilux is looking dirty.

The Lodge, Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, Namibia

For more on our adaventures at the Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch Why not check out our posts – “Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, Namibia“, “A Morning Game Drive, Kalahari Desert” & “Cheetah Feeding & Game Drive, Namibia

A cheetah waiting, Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, Namibia
The nest, Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, Namibia

Why not?

Start creating your own adventure, and discover the amazing scenery & African wildlife of Namibia for yourself.

We chose British Airways, and it was all done with a few clicks, a brief stopover in Johannesburg, and our luggage was there for our arrival in Windhoek.

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About the Author


Gary, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born and raised in London. An IT guy who likes to takes snaps. Along with Janis his partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, over a Sherry in Seville, they decided that enough was enough with suits. The decision was made to take their knowledge and experience to create a blog to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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