Motorhoming in Namibia – General Information
Not as well known as its neighbour South Africa, Namibia is an excellent country for visitors who are interested in a wildlife and wilderness experience. There’s the deserts of the Namib and Kalahari, dense bush and open plains, mountains, canyons, game parks, and dunes; it’s a huge area.
The weather in Namibia is incredible, and can be quite strange. The coast is pleasant and rain free for most of the year, but at times can be veiled in a thick fog. Inland the rainy season is between November to April, with the ‘big’ rains in February and March. This is also when it’s hot and humid, but the nights are cooler. If you don’t like too much heat visit between May and October which is winter, but bear in mind the temperature can be very cold at night in places, and no rain means more dust!
Where to stay for visitors with motorhome rental or campervan hire
Namibia has a great number of both privately run and community based campsites. These tend to be at important road junctions with petrol stations, or at tourist sights; so unless you are right out in the middle of nowhere then there will always be one or two places to choose from. There’s a great temptation to pull over and spend the night at the side of the road, but its always best to try and find a suitable site if you can, just in case the local wildlife come calling. Sites are usually basic affairs with a shower/toilet block, small shop and somewhere to buy firewood, there are also some more upmarket types too, which have bars and a fuel station.
The northern part of Namibia is a malarial area, and so the necessary precautions such as malaria tablets and clothing that covers up all your vulnerable bits after dark are necessary. The good news is that Namibia doesn’t have that much stagnant water so the risks are minimal, and limited to areas in the north. For Etosha during the dry season, and further south you should be ok, but check with a medical adviser.
Firstly, your choice of vehicle. As well as the bush camper types of vehicles there’s also an option to hire 4x4 vehicles with roof tents for a real ‘out of Africa’ camping adventure. Both these types of vehicles are suitable for driving on all road conditions, and come with everything you’ll need, even a kitchen sink!
The rules of the road aren’t too difficult, drive on the left, and stick to the speed limits.
There are three types of roads. The main roads are generally well maintained and tarmaced, then there are the secondary roads which can be a combination of tarmac and gravel; these can give you quite a jolt if you’re driving too fast and come across a patchy bit. Then there are the dirt/sand tracks, which are better off left to the 4x4’s, especially in the rainy season.
There are a couple of precautions you should take when driving; probably the most important advice is don’t drive after dark as it’s particularly dangerous. There are lots of animas, these can do a lot of damage to your vehicle if you are involved in an accident and may even injure you. The second precaution is to get your motorhome rental or campervan hire vehicle from a reputable source. Some companies may charge low prices, but many have lots of ‘extras’ and some incredible restrictions, you don’t want to get caught out.
Namibia is a country made for motorhome rental or campervan hire, it’s a great place for and adventure.
There are no end of great places to visit on a motorhome rental or campervan hire holiday in Namibia. Whether you enjoy hiking, adventure sports, flora and fauna, or simply relaxing, there’s something for you to enjoy.
How long have you got…a week, two, or perhaps three? You’re never going to have enough time to explore Namibia fully in less than three weeks comfortably, but here are a couple of ideas based on a northerly route and a southerly route that could combined to see a lot of the highlights in two weeks. Stock up on food, water, and fuel and hit the road for the adventure of a lifetime!
Ok, this is a joke…Namibia only has a few places which are ON the beaten track, Windhoek, Swakopmund and perhaps the Etosha National Park, but that’s only because of the animals, you can easily find some quiet places. This is not a country heaving with tourists, or locals for that matter, and if you choose to travel in low season, the Namibian summer, there’s even less.
Katima Mulilo is in the very north east of Namibia, in what is known as the Caprivi Strip, or the panhandle. This is as wet as it gets, the area is in the tropics and from December to March is when the Okavango and Zambezi rivers at their peak. If you’re visiting the area during this time make sure you rent a 4x4 campervan, otherwise you may find yourself getting rather stuck!
Swakopmund is a fun seekers paradise, a Victoria Falls, without the falls! Here, you will find all kinds of thrill seeking adventure opportunities, and for visitors with a motorhome rental or campervan hire, there are lots of different kinds of places to stay.
Walvis Bay is only 30 Km south of Swakopmund, so for this reason we’re going to concentrate on the area to the south, which holds some pretty fantastic places to visit in a motorhome rental or campervan hire vehicle.
Windhoek and the surrounding area is a really wonderful place to visit if you enjoy wildlife and the great outdoors. The city itself is where you spend a day or two exploring, stock up on provisions, and then, as it’s a very central location, you can head north, south, east, or west to start you motorhome rental or campervan hire experience.
Introductions are always good, so I’m Wendy, and along with my very tolerant husband Jeff, are undertaking a road trip through northern and central Namibia in the rainy season. We love travelling and especially travel in Africa, so when the opportunity to travel to Namibia arose he didn’t really have a lot of choice!
The German colony of Namibia is surrounded by South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Angola, and the Atlantic Ocean. In some cases Namibia is totally different to all its neighbours, and then it also has lots in common with them too. The similarities are the wonderful wildlife viewing opportunities in the game reserves, and the amount of open space. The differences are the desserts and dunes, and the incredible coastline known as the Skeleton Coast. Namibia is a country of sand storms, very wet places, and places that receive virtually no rainfall at all. It is a truly incredible and very different place to visit on a motorhome rental or campervan hire holiday.
Hmmm…This is a difficult one, Namibia isn’t packed with sandy beaches lined with sun beds and beach activities, it isn’t even like its neighbour South Africa, which has the choice of either the Atlantic coast or the Indian Ocean. No, it’s the Atlantic and that the water’s freeeeezing, that’s why you find so many happy seals and penguins! There aren’t even any lake beaches to add to the list, so this list is going to be a very short one, but never the less very interesting.