From Cape Town to Namibia, it’s a 1481 km drive. That means you will be passing a variety of little towns over the two provinces you cross to get to the Namibian border. If you drive nonstop, it’s a 15-hour drive, but that’s not comfortable or safe for many drivers to do. Rather take your time and use the opportunity to explore your home country a little more.
You’ll be surprised at what many of the Western Cape and Northern Cape small towns can offer, and your body will thank you for the breaks in between trips. If there’s no rush to get to the other side, stopover in at least two towns along the way. For example, a town in the Western Cape on the way there and one in the Northern Cape on the way back if you don’t want to take an extra two days to get to your final destination. You won’t regret it.
Before anything else, you need to make sure you’re prepared for the road trip. Snacks, water and caffeine drinks for the early morning or late night stretches. If you’re bringing your kids along with you, you need to have activities prepared to keep them busy. If that means buying them a new colouring book, toy or children's book, do it. You want them to be occupied for as long as possible otherwise the trip will feel 10 times longer.
You need to book your stopover accommodation in advance and plan your days so you know how much leeway you have in terms of adding extra stops along the way to explore a few more towns. Try and stick to a schedule and keep to safer driving hours between sunrise and sunset. Especially if you’re unfamiliar with the route (although it’s pretty simple once you’re on the N7).
You also need to be prepared with the documents you need for when you reach the border. This includes passports, driver’s licence, vehicle registration and the necessary fee for crossing the border.
If you’re wanting to do a stopover in the Western Cape before travelling the six odd hours through the Northern Cape, here are a few towns you can consider staying in. Please note that these towns are listed in ascending order from the closest to Cape Town city centre towards the Northern Cape.
If you manage to conquer the Western Cape in the first part of the road trip, you’ll need to stopover somewhere in the Northern Cape.
There is so much to see in South Africa and the road trip from Cape Town to Namibia covers the beautiful yet underrated towns along the N7. Include these stops in your trip and explore as many corners of the country as you can. After all, that’s what road trips are for.