Getting around Namibia, Namibia
Namibia is just made to self-drive and explore on your own - it has excellent infrastructure and flexibility as regards how long you want to spend there, what you want to see, accomodation budget etc etc. It makes for a different and incredible road-trip. Take time to plan the route, get hold of a decent map, and I assure you there will be no trouble. If you are visiting and have even the minimal desire to self-drive - just do it, as you will regret not doing it afterwards!
For a better experience I would suggest a good guidebook and lots of research to make sure you don't miss anything that might interest you. If you are off on safari, get an animal guide and familiarise yourself with the animals and their behaviour before you set out for the safari.
Fondest memory: There is nothing more rewarding than spotting the animals on safari on your own, or the sense of freedom whilst driving in the desolate desert roads. Also there is this wonderful feeling of 'getting away from it all', especially while driving certain roads, where it is just you and the desert and rarely another car in sight.
In Namibia it is not only done if you just rent a car. Most roads (about 90%) are gravel and the conditions differ from quite good (even and straight) to very bad (lots of potholes and river crossings).
It does not necessarily have to be a 4WD, but if you really want to see something, I would recommend one.
Check the insurance your Car rental offers. Note that in a lot window breakings are not included (this happens a lot if you drive reckless on gravel, mostly if you cross other cars)
Do not only take 1 spare tire, take 2. We have seen people changing tires and after that, driving 1 mile just to the next blown tire...
Take enough gas with you - it can happen that the next gas station is some hundered miles or more away...
Take the tools with you to fix the car, also something to inflate the tires !
Bring a good flash light or other light for the nights.
Take a shovel with you. This is not only good for leveling out the car, but also if you have to dig out of sand holes or if you go on the "toilet".
Always take enough water with you. Namibia is mostly desert, remember that.
Some Car rentals also offer cooling boxes and such. Take them.
If you go camping, rent a camping equipment (with gas heater and pots etc.) and check them before leaving. Some Car rentals also offer this equipment.
Bring good enough maps. Even if there are not so many roads in Namibia, there are always ways to get lost.
Fondest memory: This (in the picture) is my boyfriend with a tire.
Even the best tires can get ripped on this roads.
We were lucky, it did not blow -yet. But it was a close call.
Favorite thing: Ride up the mountain on horse-back. It was a six hour ride with a picnic in between. The scenery was just awe-inspiring. Not so much wildlife (by way of a change) but just the most stunning scenery I’ve ever seen. There were some really challenging steep areas which required a bit of newly acquired riding skills on my part!. It reminded me of parts of Australia in some ways, Blue Mountains area I think. Their dust up there is like gold glitter. I think the stone is called Fool’s Gold and it is everywhere, sparkly dust, sparkly silt in the river and just sparkly silver and gold stones. You literally come down sparkling and looking like you’ve doused yourself in body glitter.
Hire a four wheel drive vehicle and drive south along the beach - far from the crowds and surrounded by sea, desert and sky is where heaven lies.
Fondest memory: Walking on the beach south of Swakopmund, totally immersed in ozone, salt water and sunshine .
tour around with your own car and feel the emptiness, the horizons with no limits and the clear sky.
Visit sossusvlei on your own, preferably in the evening before the closing of the gates - the light for taking pictures is greatest at this time.
Go to the Bambatsi ranch near Outjo - it is on a hill with a superb view ober the plains- you feel really great!!
Fondest memory: when you live in crowded Europe - you never forget the view of a landscape with no signs of
civilization, the comfortable climate that lets you forget the pains of rheumatisme and other pains of
a polluted city.
Favorite thing: Rent a car. Drive the country on excellent surfaced roads or venture offroad on the pistes across lunar landscapes (they say this is where the Apollo astronauts trained).