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10 days in Namibia

Ilkley, United...
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10 days in Namibia

Planning to spend about 10 nights in Namibia next Dec/Jan. Will probably fly up from Cape Town as will return to spend 10 nights in Cape Town before flying back to the uk.

We would prefer to hire a car - but don't want to drive long distances every day - it is a holiday after all!

Any suggestions who be great, what not to miss, places to stay and places dont worth visiting.

All advice helps to plan a good holiday.

Also should I plan it myself or maybe arrange a trip via an agent? we are independent travallers.

Stanley, Falkland...
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1. Re: 10 days in Namibia

Hiring a car allows you to pick your own route and see what *you* want to see. For suggestions, see the many other posts on here - there's a recent one called 'under my own steam'...

Dec/Jan will be peak season, so I'd suggest booking lodges/camps soon.

The only way to avoid driving long distances every day, is.... not to drive some days! (Having said that, I really enjoyed just cruising through the landscapes of Namibia. There are not many countries with such empty roads and stunning scenery).

Many lodges are in huge reserves or concession areas,some around 50,000 hectares. So, there is ample opportunity to forget about driving and let your hosts show you round their place. Or do some walks, or some specialist trips to places you couldn't otherwise reach, like Sandwich Harbour.

I'd recommend you buy the Bradt Guide to Namibia asap, and use it and advice on here to plan your trip. Even if you have loads of spare time, I'd get a knowledgeable agent to put the trip together for you. You won't save any money doing it yourself, but you can easily make a Horlicks of it by booking places too far apart.

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2. Re: 10 days in Namibia

I agree. Get cracking on it.

Make a list of what ou wish to do or see. Wildlife, Scenery, Sand and feed it to a local Agent in windhoek and get a price you like.

Self drive is the way to go. Take your hat!

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If you are wanting to travel in Dec/Jan and are self driving honestly get onto it it now if you want to stay at your first choice places. It is a crazy time of year and I am already waitlisted for groups for that time of year. Namibia is a vast country, but actually doesn't have anywhere near enough accommodation to place everyone .....early bird catches the worm!!

Gemma Dry - Safari Manager - Truly Africa Tours

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4. Re: 10 days in Namibia

Unfortunately everywhere in Namibia is a long drive from the next place, it is a vast country!

It is perfectly possible in 10 days to do the following

2 days Sossusvlei

2 days Swakopmund

2 days Damaraland

3/4 days Etosha

You will be covering 2500-3000 kms though so you probably need to decide how far you are prepared to drive for the trip and then tailor you trip to suit that, maybe by skipping the dunes and Swakop and concentrating more on Etosha and Damaraland....it really depends on what, and how much you want to see on your holiday.

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5. Re: 10 days in Namibia

Namibia is a big country which requires a lot of driving between destinations. Peak summer means peak hot season, which may be tiring if you are not used to it.


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