I saw lots of post here which people telling they travelled Namibia with 2×4 car and it was perfectly ok.
I will love to know the specific type of car they reffer to?
It was mini, average economic or high semi suv (like nissan Qashqai)?
Astosha National Park, Sossusvlei and Swakopmund are on my list of destinations. Many thanks for your advice.
I see someone asked this question over a year and half ago. Is it Opuwo? I know there are a few others places.
I went to Namibia about 8 years ago with a Dutch group, and we stayed in nice but not fabulous lodges, which was fine. But there was one place I want to go back to, but I don't know the name. It was built right by a water hole where the animals go every night, and the rooms overlooked the water hole so you could go out, stand on your balcony, and be treated to an unbelievable scene. Does that sound familiar to anybody?
This time I'd like to put together my own tour and avoid some of the long bus rides. Any suggestions would help.
We are planning a holiday trip to Namibia in Dec 2017 for 10 days
We are 7 adults and 4 children going, with the youngest child being 6 years old.
We will be traveling in 3 suv's
We would like a holiday plan to include the following in our trip:
Fish river canyon and Ais Ais
Kolmanskop (ghost town)
Sandboarding and dune climbing
Deep sea fishing
Please can you give us pointers as to how to plan this trip with driving advice as well as places to stop over?
We are planning a trip to Namibia in october. We'll do a roundtrip by rental car and we would like to see the gigantic dunes at Sossusvlei. However the long distances to this destination by car are not so attractive. So we wonder if there is a possibility to visit this place by a small plane. We would like to stay overnight and return the next day. We are not looking for a flight over the dunes without seeing them from the ground.
Does anybody have some information if this is possible. So far we haven't found something on the internet.
Hi there! We are planning our Honeymoon in Namibia and Botswana. We’re still in the preliminary planning phase so lots of feedback is welcome! We have about 18 days to travel (excluding flights), at the end of August.
We like desert scenery, adventure, and animals. We have so far only seen elephants in the wild. We do prefer exploring on our own instead of using guides and tours whenever possible. We don’t mind a „busy schedule”, allthough a place to just relax, for like 2-3 days, might be nice.
We’re flying to and from Johannesburg because the flight is substantially cheaper (only 450€ pp from Europe), and renting a small car is also very cheap there(200€ for the whole period according to rentalcars.com). So the plan so far is to have a (non-4WD) car with which to drive a roundtrip through Namibia and Botswana, starting and ending in Johannesburg. We’d hire a 4WD in Maun for a few days, to check out Chobe NP, with a rooftop tent to save on accomodation costs. We’d love to check out the Victoria falls as well, perhaps on a trip from Kasane since people seem to say it’s too much of a hassle to drive your rental into Zimbabwe or Zambia(because of ferry).
So, the schedule could be as follows. Day 1 - 7 : Drive from Johannesburg to Namibia and around Namibia, hike in some desert vista, maybe snowboard down a dune or two, or chill for a day or two. Day 7 - 14 : Drive to Maun, rent a 4WD and check out Chobe NP and perhaps the Okavango Delta, return 4WD and drive to Kasane. Day 14-18 : Trip to the Victoria Falls and drive back down to Johannesburg.
1. Do you think this is a realistic plan?
2. Are there any issues (or significant costs) attached to crossing the SA-Namib, Namib-Bots, Bots-SA borders with a rental car?
3. Will we be OK with a regular car in Namibia?
4. What do you advise to do in Namibia in the given period of time?
5. Any chance for affordable semi-luxurious accomodation anywhere?
6. Do you think renting a 4WD with rooftop tent in Maun for a short period of time is feasible?
7. How does one visit the Okavango Delta? I’ve read stuff about canoeing or flying in? How about price tags?
8. Would you advise to take a trip to the Zambia or Zimbabwe side of the Victoria falls? Would you advise to stay the night in Victoria Falls/Livingstone, or do it as a daytrip from Kasane?
thanks for some help about transportation in Namibia;
we can't drive and public transportation seems rare or too rude?
we avoid to take too much tours with travel agent.
Hi, I will be in S Namibia in July and my task is to look for things to do with prices in Swakopmund.
Any suggestions (aquarium, museum, boat trips, sandboarding,...)?
in late march i will be flying into windhoek and i have 9 nights before i have to fly out to cape town from windhoek. what i'm most interested in during my trip is seeing local tribes such as himba, herero, bushman, etc. i've done safaris before and won't be doing that on this trip.
it seems the himba at least are in the northwest. should i just hire a car and head northwest to kamanjab to opuwo then epupa falls? then bushman seem to be northeast, might be too much ground to cover in one trip?
any suggestions on itineraries, what places to stay, how to arrange (authentic) village trips would be greatly appreciated.
Hi all! I'd like to know about the nightlife in Windhoek. Are there a lot of clubs to choose from, or only a few? Which are the best?
We will be in Namibia in early February on a cruise. We would like to take an aerial tour over the sand dunes. There are many companies listed in the Internet. Does anyone have any experience, good or bad with any of these providers?
I need your help and feed back if you can
Do you know the travel agency The cardboard box Travel shopspecialzed in Namibia ? If yes what is its reputation .
Thanks in advance for your support
Having used the advice of this forum rather extensively, I'd like to thank you all for your help, and mention a few things about our trip that might extend help to others. Firstly, in Windhoek we stayed in Londiningi Guesthouse, and in Swakopmund in Alternative Space. Both are certainly very nice places, but in both towns we would have preferred staying someplace perhaps less unique but more central. In Swakop I would have enjoyed being nearer in to the centre so I could walk around freely and use my free time without having to take the vehicle into town. In Windhoek we took a day at the end of our trip just to hang around but had already returned our bakkie to the agency, so we needed to use taxis which I found very limiting. In addition, our free day in Windhoek was a Sunday when most everything is closed. If I had been aware of that, I wouldn't have planned to spend the day in Windhoek, especially car-less.
Secondly, a special thanks to everyone who mentioned that it's worth spending the night in Spitzkoppe to be there for sunrise and sunset, rather than seeing the place as a day trip. The colours at sunset and at dawn are amazing, and I'm so glad we got to experience that.
Thirdly, you guys got me unduly worried about vegetarian food in Namibia! We did a giant shopping at the SuperSpar in Windhoek before we set out for 9 days of self-catering, and enjoyed really delicious and inexpensive vegetables and cheeses throughout. We also found a good choice of whole-grain crackers, which made it no problem not to have whole-grain bread. Every evening we cooked up some combination of veggies and beans, and managed quite well. In Windhoek we treated ourselves to Indian food at Garnish, which has excellent veggie choices. I guess if we had wanted to eat at the restaurants in the various camps we would have been in trouble, but camping and cooking were both easier and cheaper.
We had a truly wonderful trip, and saw amazing places and so very many animals so very easily that I was astounded daily. Thank you again for helping us with all our travel questions!
Hi! We are going on a cruise ship next week that will dock for 1 day in Walvis Bay. We have arranged to hire a car to do some exploring on our own. We are a family of 4. Apart from quad biking and Dune 7 and doing a lot of photography of the desert/sea and the birds, are there any other places you would recommend, especially for a 9 year old boy to enjoy, keeping in mind we only have a few hours to spend and have never been there before? Some nice restaurants, bakeries, historic places (our 16 year old daughter is very much into history). I don't seem to find a lot of information on Walvis and Swakopmund (apart from the big tourist attractions and tours) but we would like to explore some of the other non-touristy gems in these two towns that only the people who live there or travel there a lot know about. Thank you!
I'll be in Namibia for a week or so and I think Sossulvei is a highlight. I was looking into 3 day tours and they seem quite pricey (around $300)- is that the norm for this tour? Or are things cheaper once I'm in Namibia itself?
Can anyone please give a number for radio taxi in swakopmund
I am looking for some local agencies to organise my trip there ?
Do you get a lot of tourist through out the year? What are you most uhm tourist attractions in Usakos?
Hi. how much would a hot air balloon trip/ride cost per person? children and adults and are there any weight and age restrictions?
Hello, we are looking for a 2nd car to join us in Khaudum park around June 10/12. Any tips how to find some-spirit enthusiasts?
i understand that we need special plugs for namibia, and i guess i'll order a couple off amazon (along with DEET-rich mosquito repellant!), but i'm wondering in general about the ease of getting all the gadgets charged. we will be staying in campgrounds in etosha and palmwag and at simple guesthouses in waterberg and spitzkoppe. can we expect to have a working outlet in these places? one or more than one outlet? what's the chance that our rented bakkie will have a working cigarette lighter in which we can use our chargers for the phone? feel free to volunteer more details than i've asked for; the more information the better. and thanks in advance for your help.
As a 20-something woman in Windhoek, what are some good day activities to do by myself as my travel buddy will be working during the days?
Hello, what is the best affordable place to stay in Windhoek? I was thinking Protea, kindly advise if it is good enough and also where can I shop for affordable quality clothing in Windhoek?
I would like to know your, guys, personal opinion about taking antimalarial drugs while visiting the area Kvango / Okavango this month. I am accustomed with CDC and WHO rules, but I have some medical contradiction to take that kind of medicines so I am a bit anxious. Both are risky for me.
The second question is about as good as possible repellent avaible in Namibia. There in Poland the efficient repellents are out of reach. Any recommendation?
Thanks for your time
me and the girls decided to have a girls weekend at the coast on the 21 March weekend, which SAVE places can you sugest.
this will be our first africa trip and are therefore clueless - thanks in advance for your help! is it wise to visit namibia in october? planning is just beginning, but it seems we'd want to visit etosha, some desert, a little coast. that's as far as we've got...game viewing is crucial! the rest negotiable. not considering much of southern namibia. so is october a good time?
where can a youth group of 30 people spend a Friday night in swakopmund?
Does anyone know of a place for hire for a private teenagers birthday party?
I just want to find out what is the possibility to explore the coast of Namibie. Who must I contact and what must I do.