You drive on the left in Namibia. Self-drive is one of the best ways to see Namibia. Most large international brand companies are represented in Namibia. Most people will hire a rental vehicle either in Windhoek or Swakopmund/Walvis Bay.
When hiring a car a valid photo driver’s license (if in English the original is fine, if not you will need an international license), and a credit card (please note pure debit cards are NOT accepted by the car rental companies.
Note – unless otherwise most rental cars in Namibia will be manual transmission (shift), make sure you request automatic if that is what you want.
We highly recommend that you rent an SUV or 4×4 vehicle for travel in Namibia. This is both from a comfort and safety point of view.
The road network in Namibia covers all the main areas of interest, however, it is relatively limited. As such, fairly easy to navigate, using up-to-date maps. If you are considering using GPS we would generally recommend hiring one from the rental company (or use your own loaded with the relevant maps). Mobile reception is poor outside of the main centres and you will not be able to navigate with your phone maps if you need data signals.
The road network in Namibia is generally good. Many of the roads you are likely to use will be gravel roads. Many will also have considerable cambers and have patches of sand. Often you will drive for long distances without seeing other vehicles.
Self-driving in Namibia can be one of the most rewarding ways to see the country. PLEASE if you choose to self-drive, do not speed and take regular breaks. The temptation to speed up because there are no other road users is great, just DON’T. Road fatalities in Namibia are very high, because it is easy to lose control on gravel roads when speeding.
Always request 2 spare tyres when renting a vehicle in Namibia. With so much travel on gravel roads the risk of punctures is increased.