The Southern Kalahari is wild, beautiful and so quiet the only sound is the wind.
It has expanses of desert, endless yellow plains, low vegetated dunes and impressive mountain ranges. There are small farms dotted around this wilderness, tiny homesteads with tin windmills and clusters of prickly pear trees in the gardens.
Self-drive the Southern Kalahari
It's a wonderful area to explore as the roads are deserted and you have the beauty all to yourself. Driving along you are likely to meet ostrich on the road and men in felt hats driving donkey carts. There is always an acacia tree with enormous weaver bird nest to stop the car beside and picnic under. Pale chanting goshawks sit on every telegraph pole, in the early morning you may see bat-eared fox or gemsbok, and stopping in the tiny outpost towns you encounter old fashioned shops where you're served from behind a counter by warm, welcoming and sometimes slightly eccentric people!
It's an area little visited by many tourists, but time in the south cannot fail to impress.
Suggested itinerary featuring Southern Kalahari
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Southern Kalahari, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Southern Kalahari
Places & hotels on the map
Photos of Southern Kalahari
Accommodation choices for Southern Kalahari
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Southern Kalahari. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Anib is an ideal stop between Windhoek and the Canyon. It is simple, pretty and your hosts are friendly and welcoming.
The Kalahari Farmhouse is a simple property on the outskirts of the village of Stampriet. Formerly the home of the old-established Van der Wath family, the farmhouse has a rural atmosphere which provides a contrast to many of Namibia's lodges.