Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, Namibia is a safe country to drive in as long as you follow certain rules, such as avoiding driving at night due to animals and pedestrians, not exceeding speed limits, especially on gravel roads, and exercising extreme caution over blind hills and during sandstorms.


Yes, a 4×4 is recommended for a Namibian road trip. It can navigate the desert terrain and gravel roads more easily, especially the less accessible areas. Having a 4×4 with rugged tires and two gas tanks offers the best travel convenience.

Yes, you can rent a 4×4 truck with a tent on top if you’re planning to camp around the country. It gives you the flexibility to set up camp or stay in a lodge, enhancing your nature experience.

Before you choose to self-drive in Namibia, ensure you’re comfortable driving a 4×4 manual vehicle off-road, and on the left side of the road. This experience would be essential for a smooth and safe journey.

No, as long as you have a valid driver’s license in your home country, you can drive in Namibia. However, be aware that you will drive on the left side of the road, and the driver’s seat is on the right side of the vehicle.

You should be comfortable with basic maintenance skills, such as filling gas, checking oil, adjusting tire pressure, and changing a flat tire. You should also be familiar with driving in loose sand, including adjusting tire pressure, and driving in low gear versus high gear.

In cities, it’s customary to tip individuals who guide you to a parking spot or offer to watch your vehicle. However, ensure to stow away any visible valuables to deter thefts.

Yes, considering that you’ll be driving in unfamiliar conditions, it’s advisable to get covered by travel insurance. This includes a comprehensive auto insurance policy that covers potential damages to your rented vehicle.

Nighttime driving increases the chance of colliding with wild or domestic animals, or pedestrians who often walk along the road. Moreover, certain places, like Etosha National Park, do not permit nighttime driving.

Namibian roads are well maintained, with both paved and gravel roads in good condition. However, be mindful of the dips and rises on gravel and dirt roads. GPS can be used for navigation, but it is possible to navigate without it.

Gravel roads provide less traction than paved roads, requiring a reduction in speed. Lower tire pressure can help prevent flat tires, and always be ready to change a tire as it’s not a question of if, but when, you will get a flat tire. Visibility can be an issue due to dust, so be careful when passing other vehicles. Finally, watch out for berms of gravel that can cause your vehicle to slide.

Checking your tires regularly is essential, especially due to the high probability of getting a flat tire on gravel roads. Monitor and adjust your tire pressure according to the type of road you’re on. If the vehicle handles differently or you hear a new noise, it could indicate a flat tire.

Both wild and domestic animals frequently cross roads in Namibia. Be particularly cautious near villages, where herds of animals graze alongside or cross the roads. These domesticated animals are often unattended and unpredictable.

B roads are paved, C roads are wide gravel roads, and D roads are more suited for 4×4 traffic. Animal signs are also common, signaling potential animal crossings. Most signs are red and white and triangle-shaped, alerting drivers to potential hazards.

GPS devices or Google Maps on your phone can help navigate around the country. If these are unavailable, a good old-fashioned map works too. Plan your route in advance and program it into your navigation system.

Keep more water and snacks than you think you’ll need. Distances between towns and cities can be long, and you may not pass a store for a few days. Stock up on water and high-energy snacks whenever you have the chance.

If you feel safe, stop to see if the other driver is okay or needs help. Offering water and snacks can be very helpful if they are waiting for help to come.

Determining how long it will take to drive between destinations can be challenging due to variable road conditions and potential for flat tires. Be conservative in your estimates, and plan to arrive at your destination before dark.

Self-drive safaris in places like Etosha National Park are relatively easy due to well-maintained gravel roads. The main advantage of having a truck is the elevated point of view. Roads in the park are well-marked, and off-road driving is not permitted.

Packing smart is crucial for a self-drive adventure in Namibia. Essentials include a GPS and map, extra flashlights, a First Aid kit, rehydration solution, satellite phone, inflatable LED solar lantern, warm blanket, camera, toilet paper, sunscreen, hiking pants, long sleeve shirts, a face cover, polarized sunglasses, hand sanitizer, and a LifeStraw Filtered Water Bottle.