PLAN­NING A TRIP TO NAMIBIA

Nomad Africa Magazine - - Travel Info | Namibia - Words: KRISTIE OMAR

here you’ll find some im­por­tant tips to make the most of your road trip in Namibia and dis­cover the nat­u­ral won­ders of the coun­try.

THINGS YOU SHOULD HAVE IN YOUR CAR: A cam­era: This is some­thing that is in­valu­able on your trip through Namibia. From wild an­i­mals to stir­ring land­scapes and in­ter­est­ing peo­ple, there are photo op­por­tu­ni­ties ga­lore and doc­u­ment­ing your road trip is a great way to make the me­mories of your ad­ven­ture last even longer.

Wa­ter: Al­ways bring loads of bot­tled wa­ter in the car with you. Namibia can be very hot and you may drive for an hour with­out see­ing any set­tle­ment, so al­ways make sure you’re hy­drated. Snacks: As al­ways when driv­ing, make sure you have a lit­tle bit of food to nib­ble on to keep up your spir­its and sugar lev­els. If you don’t eat prop­erly your alert­ness could suf­fer and that’s not ideal. Sun­glasses and sun­screen: Pro­tect your­self from the sun while driv­ing. Many peo­ple for­get that they can get sun burnt whilst in a car. Wear­ing a good pair of sun­glasses will not only pro­tect your eyes, but also re­duce the sun’s glare, which will help you be able to spot an­i­mals and other things in the dis­tance. Fill up on petrol when you have the chance: There are many fu­el­ing sta­tions dot­ted along the na­tional roads, but you must al­ways make sure that you have enough petrol or diesel in your car to get from one sta­tion to the next. Namibia is a sparsely pop­u­lated coun­try and get­ting stuck with no fuel is not an ideal sit­u­a­tion. Some maps will tell you where the fill­ing sta­tions are, but don’t sim­ply trust any old map you find on­line as it could be out of date.

**Note! Many fill­ing sta­tions do not ac­cept card pay­ments for fuel, so al­ways have enough cash to pay for your fuel. It should also be noted that not ev­ery fill­ing sta­tion has an ATM, so be sure to have enough cash on you be­fore you start your self-drive ad­ven­ture.**

KNOW THE MA­JOR NA­TIONAL ROADS

The na­tional roads of Namibia are all la­belled with the let­ter ‘B’ and you can use them to get to most ma­jor des­ti­na­tions

Plan­ning a trip to Namibia? Won­der­ing where to go, when and how to get there and all the things to do? Trav­el­ling through Namibia by car is one of the best ways to ex­plore the ex­tremely vast and beau­ti­ful coun­try. This, plus the free­dom you have to stop and go as you please, makes self-driv­ing in Namibia ex­tremely re­ward­ing.

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