Namibia is the perfect starting point for anyone who wants to tour independently in Africa. It has everything for a perfect self-drive holiday, from good roads to epic wildlife and landscape viewing. The destination is best travelled by vehicle, as it allows you to make your way through the regions, seeing every view as it comes. You wouldn’t get half the experience if you were to do it any other way.
Namibia has therefore embraced this and has done a huge amount to make itself home to the perfect self drive adventure, which it has achieved. The country has a fantastic road network in place, a stunning collection of lodges and campsites, and is a very safe place to travel. The people here are very friendly too. So whether it’s your first time self driving and you’re nervous, Namibia will welcome you warmly, or whether you’re an adventurer wanting to go into the unknown, Namibia will deliver.
Onyiki Car rental will give you a vehicles covering huge distances which are very tiring on a self drive in Namibia. All you need is to make sure that you create a very manageable itineraries, allowing plenty of time for rest and relaxation in each place before your exciting journey continues.
Here is a list of just some of our favourite places to visit in Namibia. They are all places that we would recommend for a self drive safari. This is not a comprehensive list and if there are other places you are keen to visit and would like further information please let us know and we’ll be happy to refer you to a reputable tour operator to help.
The Damaraland’s semi-desert wilderness is simply stunning. It is also home to the country’s famous desert-adapted elephants and black rhino roaming free in the dried out riverbed. The landscapes you see, you will find nowhere else in the world. The rock formations and ancients bushmen art you find are truly worth the detour on your way from the coast towards Etosha National Park.world where you can find the desert elephant and rhinos roaming free in the dried out riverbed.
Etosha National Park
One of Africa’s best National Parks, Etosha is a must visit! There is no park in Africa that can be compared to the Etosha Park, the salt-pan that makes out the largest part of this reserve can be seen from space and the white dust that spreads through the park creates the most amazing atmosphere. Etosha is known to be home to some of the largest elephants in the world and around the park there are some amazing private reserves that offer top of the range accommodation combining great food, wellness and real African charm. In other words, a perfect stop for your Namibia Luxury Safari. Here you will have the enjoyment of driving over Etosha’s Pans whilst viewing an incredible array of Wildlife.
Putting it simple,… a perfect stop for your Namibia Luxury Safari.
The Kaokoland is an area which is difficult to reach for most tourists, but not self drivers! It’s vast, unspoilt and eye opening. A real favourite for the photographers! Kaokoveld is the home for Ovahimba people. Ovahimba are probably one of the largest semi-nomadic cultures you will find in Africa.
The women are easily recognised by their red skins and are responsible for the more labor-intensive work in the tribe. They take care of the children, build the houses, milk the goats and cows and carry water. Another remarkable fact about the ovahimba woman is that they never wash themselves. You can find the ovahimba villages mainly in the north-western corner of Namibia along the Kunene River. If you would like to find out more about the ovahimba a culture on your tour in Namibia, Onyiki Car rental can organise a 4 x4 suited to visit such remote areas.
The sand dunes of Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert are often referred to as the highest dunes in the world. Sossusvlei is surely one of the most spectacular sights in Namibia. Located in the Namib Naukluft park, the largest conservation area in Africa, and fourth largest in the world – the sand dunes at Sossusvlei are just one excellent reason to visit Namibia.
The best time to view Sossusvlei is close to sunrise and sunset; the colours are strong and constantly changing, allowing for wonderful photographic opportunities. The midday heat is intense and best spent in the shade.
Sossusvlei is a perfect specimen of Nambia’s unspoilt desert beauty. It is a salt and clay pan situated in the largest conservation area in Africa, the Namib-Naukluft National Park. This photogenic area is famous for its large, red sand dunes, which are some of the tallest sand dunes in the world and is one of Namibia’s most visited attractions.
This treacherous coast – a foggy region with rocky and sandy coastal shallows, rusting shipwrecks and soaring dunes – has long been a graveyard for unwary ships and their crews, hence its forbidding name. Early Portuguese sailors called it As Areias do Inferno (The Sands of Hell), as once a ship washed ashore, the fate of the crew was sealed. This protected area stretches from Sandwich Harbour, south of Swakopmund, to the Kunene River, taking in around 20,000 sq km of dunes and gravel plains to form one of the world’s most inhospitable waterless areas in the world’s oldest desert.
The Skeleton Coast is a bit more accessible than it used to be, and it is beginning to be recognized as a vacation spot, though other parts of the Namibian Desert, to the south, still get more visitors.
Fish River Canyon
Africa’s ‘Grand Canyon’, Fish River Canyon is the largest canyon in the southern hemisphere. This vast rock formation is one of Africa’s most fascinating attractions.
The Caprivi, also known as the panhandle of Namibia, was created by the German Chancellor Leo Von Caprivi who traded with the United Kingdom to create a connection between the Sud-West-German-Afrika – today Namibia – and East-German-Afrika – today Tanzania. The Caprivi is crossed and surrounded by four rivers, the Okavango River that runs into the Okavango Delta in Botswana, the Kwando River, the Chobe River and the mighty Zambezi River. All these rivers make the Caprivi definitely the greenest area in Namibia and the parks, lodges and camps along the river are absolutely worth a visit. As any other corner of Namibia, the Caprivi is now also easily accessible for self-drives or via private plane. From here you can swiftly cross border into Botswana and visit the Chobe park of the Okavango Delta or cross borders in to Zambia or Zimbabwe and visit Livingstone and Victoria Falls at only 70 km from tip of the Caprivi.