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i-con2Travel Route : Southern Namibia
Highlight of this scenic roundtrip (BROWN on the map) through the arid south of Namibia are spectacular ancient desert landscapes, especially in the area of the Fish River Canyon and the Namib dunes in the Sossusvlei region. One is going to drive about 2000 kilometres on this tour, with extensions 3000 km. The minimum time required is 10 days, more reasonable are 14 days.

Vehicle: Route can be done in normal 2x4 (except for the last 4 km to the Sossusvlei).
Malaria: No malaria prophylaxis required.


Windhoek
Sightseeing (Independence Avenue, Christus Church, Tintenpalast, Old Fort, State House, Supreme Court, shopping malls). Vicinity: Daan Viljoen Game Reserve.

Mariental (approx. 270 km)
On the B1 to the southbound. Heroes' Acre Monument. Stop at the Oanob Dam (accommodation available) near Rehoboth. Further to the Hardap Dam near Mariental (accommodation available).

Keetmanshoop (approx. 235 km)
On the B1 to Keetmanshoop (museum in the old Mission Church). Quivertree Forest (Farm Gariganus) near Keetmanshoop or the Garas Quivertree Campsite. Overnight stay in town.

Fish River Canyon (approx. 165 km)
Drive on the B1 to Gruenau and C10 to the canyon. Overnight stay at the canyon (e.g. Canyon Roadhouse) or in the  in Ai-Ais thermal hot spa (closed from November to March).

Aus (approx. 290 km)
Take the C12 via Seeheim to the B4. Turn west on the B4 through the Namib Desert. Possible sidetrip to Bethanien (Mission). Wild horses in Aus/Garub. Overnight stay in Aus possible.

Luederitz (approx. 124 km)
On the B4 to the coast. Luederitz sightseeing (Felsenkirche, museum, waterfront and harbour, Shark Island, Agate beach, lagoon and Sturmvogelbucht. Kolmanskop diamond ghost town). Two nights' stay recommended.

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Duwisib / Maltahoehe (approx. 340 km)
Via Aus and the C13 to Helmeringhausen (restaurant, accommodation available). Excursion to the Tiras Mountains possible. Visit to Duwisib Castle. Overnight stay there or in Maltahoehe or on a farm or lodge in the vicinity.

Sossusvlei (approx. 192 km)
Across the Tsaris Pass to Sesriem and further into the Dune Namib to the Sossusvlei (the last 4km by foot or in a 4x4). Overnight stay in Sesriem or in a lodge in the Solitaire area. Possible: Excursion to the  Naukluft Mountains and overnight stay there. If you love the serenity of the desert, plan for another night in this region.

Windhoek (approx. 370 km)
Return to Windhoek on the C26.

Extension to the Coast:

Swakopmund (approx. 350 km from Sossusvlei)
From Solitaire on the C14 through the Kuiseb Canyon. Walvis Bay Lagoon. Spectacular coastal road to Swakopmund. Sightseeing (historical buildings, museum, aquarium, lighthouse, casino, shopping, beach). Swakop valley and Moon Landscape. Welwitschia Drive. Two nights in Swakopmund recommended.

Windhoek (approx. 430 km)
Detour to Henties Bay and the seal colony at Cape Cross possible (then perhaps with a third night). Return to Windhoek on the tarred B2 via Karibib. Recommended: Detour to the Spitzkoppe and Omaruru.

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