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?
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.