My husband and I visited Namibia last October/November as part of a 7 week trip that included South Africa. We spent 2 weeks in Namibia. This was our first visit to the continent of Africa and I book our trips on my own without the help of organized tours or companies. Namibia is a fascinating and beautiful country.
I am posting this report for those who are thinking of visiting Namibia independently. When we began planning this trip I found it daunting, but the more I read and the more tenacious I was, it wasn’t difficult at all to plan and book a trip that is not organized.
Flights are easily booked on line. All of our accommodation I researched via the internet, planned a 2 week route and booked via e-mail and then faxed confirmation details. All of our flights, accommodation and car rentals went without any problems whatsoever.
We rented our vehicle through Auto Europe who used Avis. Even though many members on this site will say that a four wheel drive vehicle is not necessary we chose to book one even though it was expensive. We found the comfort of the truck with larger tires on the washboard, gravel roads was worth it. We never rented a four wheel drive with the intention of off-road driving and to be honest I believe we only used the four wheel drive gear in Sossuslvei and at Cape Cross. I do recommend that you take the time to go over the vehicle thoroughly with the car rental representative. They will point out every single scratch, rock chip in the windshield, dent and mark on the vehicle inside and out. This is for your protection when returning it so it is worth taking the time. We drove 3, 308 kilometres and 495 of those were in Etosha alone.
As mentioned by others distances are vast and planning your accommodation accordingly is important. We did not see a lot of accommodation while driving. I don’t think this is a country that you want to arrive at and wing it!!
Service stations were never a problem but again we knew our route and planned our fills accordingly. Some of the drives and roads we took were fantastic and exciting because we may only see a couple of other vehicles in several hours of driving. The paved highways are few and they are narrow plus often times we would see warthogs just off to the side of the road. People drive very fast in Namibia.
We felt very safe in Namibia, everyone is extremely friendly. We were cautious and mindful of where we were but we never had any issues. When traveling we did stop at large towns with service stations and Spar grocery stores for breaks, and to stretch our legs. I have been late in posting accommodation reviews but will have them done in the next couple of days.