Everything, what you need to know about renting a car in Namibia


If you are thinking of renting a car in Namibia, do not hesitate. We have spent 9 days in this beautiful country, we have 2,800 kilometers behind, and we will answer the most frequently asked questions.

Do you need 4×4 vehicle?

Roads in Namibia are different. There you will find almost perfect asphalt roads, but also roads where you can not drive more than 60 km/h. 4×4 car is definitely the best choice, although the costs will be higher.

Camping equipment or not?

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You can rent a car with or without camping equipment. Rental with camping equipment is a little more expensive, but you can stay in any camping and do not have to book hotels or B&B accommodations.

Speed limits in Namibia
  • Tarred/asphalt road: 120 km/h.
  • City limits: 60 km/h.
  • NON-tarred road, gravel and salt road: 80 km/h
  • Game park and reserves: 70 km/h.
  • Some vehicles can be equipped with satellite tracking devices.


  • Glass and tyre insurance is mostly optional and covers tyres and windscreen glass only.
  • This covers one repair and one replacement of a tyre.
  • Theft-loss waiver is optional and covers the car in the event of being stolen.
  • You should definitely have insurance.


Examples, when insurance cover can be canceled
  • Driving off-road in dunes, protected areas, dry riverbeds and beaches.
  • Off-road routes (Roads with no B, C, D numbers).
  • Drivers, which are not on the rental contract.
  • Driving under alcohol influence of alcohol, drugs or controlled substances.
  • Any act in contravention with Namibian law.
How much is the rent of car?

Car rental rates depend on a number of factors – size and type of car, camping equipment, car for 2 or more persons, etc. We had car from Okavango Car Hire – one of the cheapest and with personal access – and it was without any problems. But you have to follow the rules. The price from Okavango Car Hire was:

  • Vehicle 4×4 Toyota Hilux for 4 persons – 10 260 NAD
  • Additional insurance – 3 600 NAD
  • Total price – 13 860 NAD
  • Deposit – 2 160 NAD
What else you should know?


  • In Namibia, you are driving on the left side.
  • You need an international driving license.
  • Another driver is free if it’s a woman, otherwise you pay an extra charge.
  • Most credit cards are accepted.
  • You should always have cash for tips.
  • Most fuel stations have ATM.

Do you have any questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us for more informations about Zanzibar or itinerary of your travel.

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