About Namibia (NA)
Boasting truly breathtaking—and diverse—natural vistas, Namibia is located in the southwestern part of African, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, Angola, Botswana and South Africa. Booking a car rental in Namibia is the best way to get around this country, which has a splendid array of mountains, deserts and coastlines. Your trip may start in the dynamic capital city of Windhoek, which is punctuated by still-visible German buildings.
One of Namibia’s main draws is its spectacular wildlife preserves. At Etosha National Park, you can see elephants and big cats. The startling beautiful coastal desert of Namib, with its sweeping red dunes, is the oldest desert in the world. In the south of the country, don’t miss Fish River Canyon—the largest in Africa. The rugged inland region of Damaraland is home to some of the most iconic landscapes in Namibia, as well as a rich variety of wildlife including rhinos. For a haunting and unique experience, don’t miss the Skeleton Coast.
The main roads in Namibia are paved and in good condition. You may, however, encounter an extensive variety of road types. Some attractions are only accessible via gravel roads. Note that in some regions, such as the Kaokoveld desert, you will need a four-wheel drive vehicle to safely pass. The most important thing to keep in mind when driving in Namibia is that road accidents are frequent, and you must take precautions. Drive slowly and exercise caution.
Carefully plan your itineraries, and make sure you have a satellite phone and sufficient supplies. It’s better to avoid driving at night, when it’s easier to miss an animal on the road. Furthermore, it’s illegal to drive while talking on the phone, and speed limits are strictly enforced in certain areas. Don’t drink and drive—the blood alcohol limit is 0.05%. Remember that you drive on the left-hand side of the road.
Choosing your car
It’s common to rent a 4x4 truck or outfitted camper, such as a Toyota or Land Rover, in Namibia. An option for a cheap car rental in Namibia is a smaller compact car, especially around the urban areas. Other Namibia car hire choices include an SUV, a luxury sedan, or a spacious 7—12 person mini van or people mover for large families or groups. Major suppliers of car hire in Namibia include Avis, Hertz and Europcar.
Tips and advice
Note that the rainy season runs from approximately January to April each year. If you are headed to Namibia during this time, exercise additional caution, especially on gravel roads.
For information on highways, as well as maps of the country, you can consult the website of the Namibia chapter of the International Automobile Association (AA).
Don’t leave any valuables in sight in your Namibia car hire, and always keep the windows and doors locked, especially in Windhoek.
Away from the main cities, it’s a good idea to top up the gas tank of your car rental in Namibia whenever you pass a service station. Carry cash in case the station does not accept cards.
It’s advisable to get the highest level of supplemental car insurance when you rent a car in Namibia.
Make sure that your Namibia car rental has tires that are adequately inflated before you set out. Depending on where you are headed, it is also a good idea to ensure that you have a fully inflated spare.