For the ultimate self-drive adventure, car hire Namibia offers the best way to explore this beautiful land of vast deserts, beautiful coastlines and prolific wildlife. Self-drive is fast becoming one of the most popular travel options, and offers a flexible and fun way to explore the country without having to rely on traditional tour packages or limiting travel options. Vehicle hire is easy to arrange through a reputable rental agency, and is also a lot more affordable than many travellers may think, with a number of vehicle options to choose from depending on your requirements.
Many agencies have secure online booking systems that allow you to choose the type of car you wish to hire, whether this may be a small city type car for those who will be mostly requiring something simple and fuel-efficient or a car more suited to off-road adventures and outdoor travel experiences. Cars can be chosen by model as well as type, ensuring that there is something to suit all budgets and requirements.
To ensure that you have the best possible travel experience in Namibia, it is always a good idea to be prepared and plan ahead – even if you do plan to go where the wind takes you, a little bit of preparation goes a long way to making your car rental experience rewarding and fuss-free. A basic agenda should help you make the most from your trip and find the best destinations to visit during your travels. Planning your trip will also learn help you learn more about the country to ensure that you travel safely and easily at all times. Consider the following tips:
- Plan your route and know your destination. With so many options to choose from, Namibia offers some of the most renowned travel destinations in the world. Namibia is also home to a number of vast and often remote deserts and canyons, with desolate coastlines and many game-rich national park and other areas where wild animals roam free. If possible, choose cars that have a built in GPS which can also help to prevent you from getting lost. Major destinations to consider on your travel route include hot spots such as Etosha National Park, Sossusvlei, Fish River Canyon, Skeleton Coast and Swakopmund to name but a few.
- Stock up on any supplies or equipment you may need on your trip. Arranging the car hire is only the first step. If you plan to camp or opt for outdoor activities, tents and other camping equipment is required. In addition to this, other items such as anti-malaria medication if travelling to the Caprivi Strip region or other high-risk malaria areas, plus a first-aid kit, spare blankets, plenty of water bottles, flashlights and spare batteries and any other items that you may require for a self-drive adventure.
- Stay safe at all times. Namibia is mostly a safe and easy country to travel, with a low crime rate and few dangers. However just like any country in Africa, there are always a few thngs to remember when travelling through this country. Wild animals may roam freely in areas around the national parks, open plains or deserts, and certain areas may be less safe than others. Finally, make sure that you find out anything you may need to know about self-drive travel from your car rental in Namibia agency before setting off on your journey.
Andre Van Kets is the co-founder and IT Director of a leading car hire agency, and offers advice and tips on car hire in South Africa for travelers seeking affordable and reliable self-drive travel solutions.