I moved around Windhoek city by taxi. Cities use to be so little that you don't really need a taxi but in Windhoek.
Taxis are quite cheap. As I did stop the taxis at the street I used share them with others. Just stop them and tell where you want to go, and if they are going in your way you can go in.
My friends where at Kalahari Hotel, and as they use to call the taxi from there by phone the taxi was much more expensive and was not shared.
I find great to share the taxi :)))) I was invited to stay at Namibia and search for a husband here by a taxi driver ... do belive me that I am thinking about it.
One of the joys of a holiday in Namibia is that you can drive yourself - perfect if, like us, you prefer to be able to stop when, where and for as long as you please. And you don't need a four-wheel drive for most of the main roads, although as almost all of them are gravel rather than tar you need to drive carefully. It’s all too easy to skid and spin the car, as we found out!
If you book a hire car you’ll be given a map, and as there are relatively few roads it would be quite difficult to get lost. There are also relatively few petrol (gas) stations, so we were pleased that our map indicated where these were. Our car had one of those in-built computers that estimate how many more miles you can drive on what you have in the tank which, although not 100% reliable, was a reassuring extra.
Make sure your car comes with a good spare tyre, tools and a fuel tank too – we didn’t have any problems but with the rough roads and wide empty spaces it’s best to be prepared.
When you collect your car at the airport the hire company assistant will check it over with you – make sure he/she marks down all existing marks and scratches (of which there will be plenty) on the appropriate form. The car will be checked again when you return it and you don’t want to get blamed, and charged, for any damage you didn’t cause. But don’t worry too much about the odd scratch – these companies understand that you can’t drive these gravel roads without getting a few!Related to:
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Namibian Explorer with African Routes
There are really only two options for visiting the park and Namibia in general. One option is to hire a car which is great because it gives you flexibility and allows you to go where you want when you want. This can be expensive unless you have a several people to split the cost.
The other option is to take a tour with an overland company. There are various companies that offer trip through Namibia. The one that I used, African Routes, was very reliable and a great value for my money. The guide and driver was perhaps one of the nicest guys I have ever met, and the itinerary was solid.
It took the 19 day Namibian Explorer that left from Capetown and ended in Victoria Falls. We visited the Orange River on the boarder of Namibia and South Africa, Fishriver canyon, The Namib Naukluft National Park, Duwisb Castle, Walvis Bay, Swakopmund, Cape Cross Seal colony, Damaraland (rock art), Etosha National Park, Okavango Delta in Botswana, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
The cost is about $1000 US and includes many activities.Related to:
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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!Related to:
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4WD Car with tent on the roof
Namibias roads are divided into these categories:
A(and a number): good, with concrete, smooth surface.
B: gravel road, but well maintained and even.
C: gravel, some potholes, sometimes uneven where there are creeks when it´s rain
D: even worse
Roads A to C can be done with a normal car, but because conditions may change (sand, water in rainy season) a 4WD is always better.
And it´s fun driving around there, you don´t have too many other cars on the road and a very wide view of the land.
Just be careful: lots of tourists tend to drive too fast and end up rolled over in the ditch (it happens real fast!).
As for the roof tent: it is easily opened, this only takes about 5 minutes. It makes you even more mobile and you can stay in special places where others have to hurry on (e.g. at the Quivertree forest: you can stay after the sun goes down, or Aba Huab campingplace: where wild elefants wander right through, or Spitzkoppe, where you stay totally alone in a beautiful surrounding ).
I would recommend it to every one!Related to:
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Drive your way around Namibia ...
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.Related to:
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Vehicle Fees at the Boarder
If you arrive Namibia by car (the only way to go unless you are with a package tour), than you must pay $110 Namibian dollars or the equivalent R110 in rand. This is a one time fee but keep our receipt as they check it once you leave the country.Related to:
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You can go your own way... Car hire
Our time was very short in Namibia. We had 10 days, and 6 of those were taken up with the safari. We wanted to see the dunes and therefore decided to hire a car for what seemed to be a relatively straightforward journey.
There are many car hire companies in and around Windhoek. Our's was organised by the safari company, and the representative of the car hire company came in person to drop off the car at our hostel, and to complete the formalities. At the end of the hire, he came and picked us up and dropped us back at the airport. Couldn't have asked for better service!
Car hire though in Namibia takes a couple of issues into account that other car hires I have done do not. Our coverage did not include replacement tyres or windscreen: apparently there are frequent problems with these because of people driving too quickly and tyres burting and road chips breaking or scratching glass! You are also given a good talking to about driving speeds, appropriate roads and tyre pressures.
As only 5% on Namibia's road network is paved (the rest being gravel or sand) this advice was essential and came in very useful. You can expect to pay anything between N$ 320 to N$ 800 per day for a sedan with air conditioning, depending on type of car and duration of the hire. Many car hire companies also arrange for rental of camping gear etc.
Petrol prices vary across the country, with remote areas, not surprisingly, attracting higher prices. Currently prices are at around N$ 3.50 to N$ 3.85 per litre depending on type of fuel and location. You really need to respect the road conditions in namibia, and, generally speaking, you should not aim to travel more that 400 km per day, and you should avoid night time driving (problems: easy to lose track of the road and wildlife hazards). Travel with plenty of drinking water. Oter driving tips are included under warnings and dangers.
Have funRelated to:
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I think SAA is the biggest airlines in the southern Africa. They provide on-time flight with good qulity of service. They also has one of the best aircraft within Africa continent. But they almost are monopoly in that area so the price is more expensive than you can imagine.
Sometimes they fly on 732 (SA76 SA77), which is an old aircraft; sometimes with 738(SA74 SA 75).
From monday to Friday, there are 7 flights per day. (SAA SAExpress Air Namibia BA-Com Air)
Be careful for all passengers departing from RSA, in peak season, the flights are mostly fully booked from JNB, you can either book earlier or departing from CPT, where the flights are much more empty.
You can take a free canoe at the camp at Orange River. The Orange River is a beauty surrounded by beautiful white dunes and real green vegetation and lots of fauna. As the river is the border between the countries if you cross it ... you will be at other country :)))) with no visa or nothing :))Related to:
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I get to Namibia from Johanesburg, after a long waiting at the airport.
Windhoek's airport is little, but there you can find a change money office, a office where you can find hotels safaris and more, a duty free and a little store with t-shirts and more ... that is what I remember of this airport ... it was little but comfortable :) I did like it
Is not so far from the city ...
I paid 90 N$ when I arrived (sharing with other girl) and 180 N$ when I was going back home ... cause I was the only one going to the airportRelated to:
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At Sossusvlei I took a scenic flight to see all that incredible beautiful red desert from the sky. You can take this flights at Sossusvlei Lodge Adventure Centre.
I did had a very handsome pilot ... the plain was for 5 people. You will have great views from every window, and you will have nice pictures from anywhere, so don't fight for a position, and be polite :)
If you can do it ... its a great experience and is not so expensive ... I don't remember exactly how much but I think it was about 70 euros or so...Related to:
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It's Tuesday so it must be...
Namibia is enormous, and travel needs to be thought about carefully. We opted for a tour in a small group (7) which offered safaris of varying duration and themes. I do havea bit of an allergy to organised groups of any kind, but this was an excellent and enjoyable solution to the large distances and the lack of time and local knowledge. As can be seen from the pages here, we had experiences, notably the Himba village, that would have been impossible any other way.
There is one corner of Namibia which is accessible only by aeroplane: the northern part of the Skeleton Coast. it is surrounded by diamond mines and therefore is forbidden to traffic. I would have gone had we had more time.
For the sheer joy of dealing with them, the value for money, the great food en route (all made as a group effort under the supervision of our guide) and the unfailing effort to satisfy our expectations (ensuring I saw a baobab tree and a superhuman affort to find desert elephants) I recommend Chameleon Safaris.
They do a great line in hostel too and have a pet meerkat!Related to:
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Moving around Namibia
Public transport in Namibia is far from ideal. The railway network is scarce, trains are slow and unreliable - that's why train travelling is not popular. As for the system of roads it is good. It's made up of excellent tarred roads (7800km) linking main cities and good gravel roads (64 800 km) leading to majority of tourist attractions in Namibia. The problem is that a few long distance buses take you only from one main city to another. And what next? How to get from there to your destination which is still a hundred km away?
So the best solution it is to hire a car. I'd love to come back to Namibia one day and try this option. But sometimes it may be impossible. It was so in my case. As I travelled only with my sister-in-law, renting a car would be at least insensible and also too expensive. That's why we decided to join a guided-tour. There are a lot of offers of such trips and majority of them use trucks as a means of transport. In our case it meant covering a distance from Cape Town to Victoria Falls in a truck, which turned out to be reliable and quite comfortable. The number of passangers ranged from 14 to 18 people, depending on the section of the route. Luckily, we had never the maximum of 24 people, which would definitely mean the lack of room for the luggage.Related to:
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Well as you need a car to move around Namibia and at is very important go in good conditions, cause if something happends to your car you can be without see no one for long time at the desert, join a group is a good idea.
I joind Wild-Dog safari and we went during all the travel at a big bus.Related to:
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