Our opinion

During our trip to Tanzania we talked to a British couple (in Lake Manze camp) and they got us excited about a self-drive trip to Namibia. Hans was always a bit "scared" of the idea of self-driving in Africa but back home Joni did some research and we made a decission:

In 2019 we would go for a famous "self-drive" in Namibia. We drove in three weeks from Windhoek to the coast, up north to the Angolian border and then through Etosha back to our starting point. It's really different from East-Africa. There are much lesser wild animals but the scenery is great. It looks like many countries in one!

And the self-driving? Hans really loved it! It's not scary at all and because there're so few people in Namibia it really feels like you're exploring the world!

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Information and facts about the country


- 824.292 kmĀ²
- population: 2.65 million (2022)
- This means: only 3 people per square km! In the Netherlands we're used to 508 ... 


Click on map to the left for google map with all parks (we've visited the green ones).

Our trips to Namibia (with links to our reports)

- 2019: Skeleton Coast and the northwestern part of Namibia
- 2022: Southern part of Namibia
- 2023: Driving along the coast and crossing over to the Caprivi Strip < STILL TO COME !

National Parks & Conservancies / Concessions

In addition to the National Parks and National Reserves we also decided to name some conservancies & concessions where we've been during this trip.

Conservation on state and communal land in Namibia is the legal responsibility of the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism (MEFT), and is carried out by the Ministry, by self-governing Communal Conservancies, and by Community Forests and Community Associations. Conservation on private land is coordinated by CANAM, the Conservancies Association of Namibia.

To date, there are 86 communal conservancies, covering almost 20% of Namibia!

Photos and information about the parks

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