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Nambia Namib Drive

Road through Namib Desert in Namibia

It never fails. Everytime we go on a trip, we end up on some type of dirt road. White roads of Italy, Forest roads of Washington state, gravel roads through the bush of Australia, single roads in the backroads of New Zealand.

Namibia had the largest percentage of dirt or gravel roads. Only 10% of the roads are paved. Traveling between the major sites, no problem but if you want to go to the dunes or around Etosha, you will need to be able to drive on gravel. They are in excellent condition. I normally drive around 20-30 miles an hour here in the state but once you get used to the driving in Namibia and you have a long open stretch like above - 50 miles hour is nothing.

The longest drive we had was across the Namib Naukluft Park between Swakopmund and Sersriem. Of course we had to stop along the way to check out one of the strangest plants in the world - the Welwitschia.

Here are some other photos of our drive through the Namib desert.

Nambia Namib Drive

Our trusty Toyota Corolla

Nambia Namib Drive
Which way to the Welwitschia?

Nambia Namib Drive
Welwitschia Plains

Nambia Namib Drive
Yes, they are that ugly.

Nambia Namib Drive
Crossing the Tropic of Capricorn on the way from Swakopmund to Sersriem.

Comments (9)

Marta - now that's a road! All the other roads have been mere footpaths compared to your road picture! :)

Well done!


That is a wonderful collection of photos! Thank you for sharing. Good choices.

WOW! Those are awesome photos, Marta. I love the one of you and the car next to the back of the roadsign. It makes me wonder what was so important to put on that sign in that vast nothingness.

Love those photos! Road? What road? Talk about roughing it a bit.

The first photo has to be one of my all time favorite road shots. Great post. I love all of the photos. It must have been an amazing trip.

Fantastic photos! That is such an interesting plant. It sure is ugly but it gets to live to be 1000 years old, wow!

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Marta, very cool theme photo selections. That part of Namibia seems very dry but also interesting. I really want to visit Africa one day soon. It's amazing that anything can grow in that dry climate.

I also enjoyed the photos with you in them. The Tropic of Capricorn! Very cool!

Thanks for posting these amazing photos! Have a great Sunday!

Kim [TypeKey Profile Page]:

Really cool photos!

This is such a great collection of shots. I think the plant is pretty cool. At first I thought it was some kind of animal skeleton.

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