Tips for Namibia Car Hire
Namibia is a beautiful yet vast country and the most important thing to remember if using Namibia car hire is that you will be driving through a desert. There is no reason to avoid this once in a lifetime experience and even less reason to have it ruined by a guided tour of Namibia. Car hire, if undertaken properly, can offer a rewarding experience with memories that will last a lifetime and photographic opportunities that will make your friends green with envy. If planning a road trip through Namibia it would be most affective to fly into the country and start your trip from the airport at Windhoek. Car rental from here is simple and hassle free and more importantly will be able to provide you with maps and tips, as well as suggest top tourist attractions. There is much to do and see in Namibia so you don’t want to waste too much time in Windhoek it is worthwhile though spending some time there and taking in the German colonial architecture.
It is safe to assume you’re there to see wildlife and you’ll want to get out into the country and explore Namibia. Car hire is dangerous if you don’t plan your routes properly, the most popular wildlife attraction in Namibia is Etosha Pan. The reserve is about a 800km drive from Windhoek, although the distance will vary depending which camp site you plan on staying at. The roads in this region are relatively well maintained due to the popularity of the park. However it is important to book ahead and tell the park what time you plan on arriving. This serves two purposes, firstly the park has specific closing times if you’re running late they might wait a bit to let you in, secondly if something happens to you and you don’t turn up then they will notify the authorities. Etosha Pan is one of the premier wildlife destinations in the world but it is by no means the only place worth visiting in Namibia.
Sossusvlei is home to some of the most remarkable sand dunes in the world and arguably some of the biggest. It is nearly impossible to gauge the biggest sand dunes in the world as dunes are constantly changing constantly. There is no doubt though that it may be one of the most beautiful locations in the world. It is best visited in the early morning partly due to the blistering heat experienced at the beginning of the day but mostly to witness the light spectacle that occurs when the orange sunrise plays with the deep red coloured sand if Namibia. Car hire driving in this area can be tricky as the graded roads turn to soft sand as you get closer to the dunes. This is one area you don’t want to get stuck in.
There is so much to see in the absolutely vast country of Namibia, car hire is a sensible option but the distances between attractions is vast so it is important that you are sensible and take proper precautions. Pack plenty of spare water even without getting stuck you will need to rehydrate regularly. Don’t try and stretch your petrol stop, when you see an opportunity stop and fill up. Most important tell people where you’re going and stick to that route. If possible let people at your destination know when you plan on arriving and make sure family or friends back home have a description of your hire car in Namibia and provide them with the licence plate number. It really is one vast desert and while it is a beautiful country Namibia car hire can turn into a fatal holiday choice.