Getting Around Namibia

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    Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport

    by Gili_S Written Nov 16, 2006

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    Best way to get to Namibia if you are not living in the neighbouring country is to fly, and that would probably be to the Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport. It is located about half an hour drive from Windhoek. Nice small airport, no need to queue, no hassle and even nice duty free store to spend your last local currency.

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    Safari

    by Gili_S Written Nov 16, 2006

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    I do not think that public transport is a good way to travel and see Namibia as I did not see any. if you do not want to drive your own, I guess the other option is to join a safari tour, this way you do not need to worry about finding your way or miss any special attraction, but you will be compromise on your comfortability and flexibility.

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    4WD

    by Gili_S Written Nov 16, 2006

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    The best way to see Namibia is by your own car. Main roads are tar and great. Other roads are gravel and still good conditions. A normal car will be able to take you almost anywhere beside the rough part of the dunes in the desert where there you must have a 4WD.
    Remember to tank your car when ever possible, we never had a problem anyway.
    Also, must have at list two spare tyres as punctures are common, luckily I got only one.

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    Windhoek Airport

    by MikeAtSea Written Oct 25, 2006

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    The countries main gateway is Windhoek Hosea Kotaku International Airport. The airport is about 50 km's East of the capital city. Taxis and transfers as well as a bus service to the town centre is offered from here. Car hire companies can be found here, and many camper hire companies will collect their clients from the airport. The international code of the airport is WDH.

    The international airport
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    Air Namibia

    by MikeAtSea Written Oct 25, 2006

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    Air Namibia the national airline of the country offers flights from the UK and Germany to the country, as well as regional flights within the country and neighbouring countries. Bookings can be made all around the world and the airline is pretty reliable.

    The National Airline
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    In the middle of ...

    by Luchonda Written Aug 11, 2006

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    Up on our way to Sossouvlei, the highlight of my visit, we drove with a VW transporter to the next destination - and who will guess - a flat tire, in the middle of nowhere.
    It is in fact no problem to change the tire by a spare one, but it becomes difficult to exchange a second flat tire because who has two spares on board.
    We were lucky that some fellow travellers passed by and promised to help us.
    Before darkness (it is forbidden to drive at night) we arrived at the most luxuous hotel in the area, where the tour operator offered us a free night stay, a perfect diner..so what..afterwards a nice adventure in the desert of Africa-Namibia

    It can always happen
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    Car rental

    by SanguiniA Updated Jul 24, 2006

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    Many rental cars I saw on the roads were new, and I saw no one having any problems, so I assume they are serviced regularly and are reliable - as ours was. We rented our car from Advanced Car hire ... good value for money, excellent condition, excellent service ... and did I mention it was brand new?? :-)

    If you decide on self-driving keep 4 things in mind:

    * In Namibia you drive on the left side (Like in Britain)
    * Punctures are a way of life so make sure you know how to change one! It is also best to ensure you have 2 spare wheels and if you get a puncture get it immediately repaired. Do not change the inner tube if it is not repairable, buy a new tire instead.
    * you will probably require an international driving licence so it is best to enquire beforehand. Many car rental companies don't require this, but officials will. The best rule of thumb is that if your driving licence is not in English then you definitely need an international one.
    * Check the insurance coverage you will be offered very, very carefully. There will be various tiers of rental prices based on access to be paid. If you do not pay any access, you will be required to leave a hefty deposit in case of damage, and will have to pay any damage caused. Paying full access will mean paying more for the rental and leaving no deposit and paying nothing should an accident occur. There are also options in between. Enquire and make sure you understand the conditions well. Accidents are supposedly common (what I heard, not what I experienced) so think this through well. Ask if any damage to windshields and windows which are common due to the gravel roads, will be insured.

    (For more info refer to the link I have posted in the above tip)

    As I said ... punctures are a way of life :-)
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    Drive your way around Namibia ...

    by SanguiniA Updated Jul 24, 2006

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    Namibia is a huge country, so it is no surprise that there are many options for fly-in safaris meaning that you fly from one destination to another. This is of course expensive, but fortunately Namibia has an excellent road infrastructure - very easy to navigate and the roads are in a very good condition. Most of the roads are gravel roads, but they are of surprisingly high standard, so smooth you will be tempted to press on the gas - that is why many accidents occur. Be careful, gravel roads are very slippery, animals are often out and about with no consideration to traffic etiquette - and you cannot afford to slam on the brakes.

    Namibia is a country just made for self-driving, and there is virtually no traffic. In fact most of the time you will feel really alone driving in the desolate, barren roads. In my opinion, it is a wonderful way to explore the country.

    Our toyota in the desert ...
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    Chameleon Safaris

    by chicabonita Updated Jul 17, 2006

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    I booked a 4 days Sossusvlei/Swakop trip.

    It was fantastic. Everything was well organised.

    Pony, our guide, gave many good info and knew nearly everything. If she couldn't answer a question she looked it up in one of her books. Every guide with Chameleon should have a kind of a small library in the van which could be used by everyone.

    The tents were in good condition. They provide a "high density camp mattresses" what every that means. I suggest to bring a extra camping mat to use in conjunction with the other mattress not only if you have a sensitive back ....

    I spent 4 wonderful days with them!

    Breakfast at Dune 45 Home made bread from the shop in Solitaire
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    Car Hire

    by Acirfa Written Nov 20, 2005

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    When travelling around Namibia, for peace of mind and to reduce the likelihood of becoming stranded, a 4 x 4 is a great option, particularly if travelling to the Skeleton Coast area.
    Make sure you request more than one spare tyre, you will get punctures. Do not accept that there are no more than one spare tyre available, there will be some somewhere.

    Carry plenty of water at all times.

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    Trains are extensive...

    by TracyG Updated Jun 14, 2005

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    The easiest way is to fly into Windhoek. There are regular flights from most of the major cities in Africa as well as the rest of the world.
    It has quite a good transport network, the best option is probably the train, as this is quite extensive, though tediously slow!. The buses, however, do run between major centres.

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    Rental Cars

    by Anysis Written Apr 2, 2005

    Driving through the desert can be dangerous. Hours can pass without anyone around to help you, let alone service for your mobile phone... Avoid night drives and check back with your car rental company if spare tires are included!

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    Rental Car

    by Vita500 Updated Mar 2, 2005

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    The best way to get around Namibia is by rental car. The streets are clearly marked... but not necessarily paved. In fact, most sights are only accessible on gravel or so-called 'dirt roads'.
    Needless to mention that travelling on gravel takes far more time than travelling on tarmac (an average speed of 40-50km/h is realistic).

    Also, heat and gravel can easily cause a flat tyre (which is usually not covered by your insurance!) and changing a tyre in the middle of the desert is not as easy as it may be on a hard shoulder. You might wanna use stones to stabilize your car jack.

    Even on main roads it can take hours until another car passes by, so don't expect too much help from others and be prepared!

    The below website provides good information about driving in Namibia. Check it out!

    One of Namibias huge and straight gravel roads
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    rent a car

    by pink63 Updated Feb 26, 2005

    The best, maybe the only, way to visit Namibia is renting a car (the best is a fully equipped 4x4 car, as it makes the trip more adventurous sleeping on top of the vehicle) so you can go everything and appreciate this country of wide open spaces and contrasting landscapes.

    typical namibian road
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    Open Vehicule

    by diageva Written Jan 18, 2005

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    Sometimes you can use a kind of car that is open .... when we went to see cheetahs we went at this open car ... so we where really near the animals .... I can imagine that cheetahs after eating are not very dangerous and that is why we where at this kind of cars ..
    You have to cover yourself correctly when you go in this kind of cars cause at day you will burn your skin and when sun goes you will have cold

    Open vehicle
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