The central plateau is probably not where you'll spend most of your time in Namibia. Most travellers encounter the region on their way elsewhere – the plateau is bisected by the B1, which is the country’s main north–south route, stretching from the South African border to Otjiwarongo. What this means is that, for most drivers, this excellent road is little more than a mesmerising broken white line stretching towards a receding horizon – a paradise for lead-foot drivers and cruise-control potatoes.
Even so, with most of the central plateau’s towns on or just off the main B1 route, there are numerous places to break up the journey, whether as a base for exploring the region’s natural attractions, for fuel stops, or even as detour destinations in their own right. Of the latter, Bethanie, Gondwana Cañon Park, Keetmanshoop and Seeheim are probably the pick.