How to travel around Namibia?
Namibia is a large country, albeit with a poor public transport system. So how do you get to explore the country? Here are your options :
Self-drive holidays in Namibia are very popular. Depending on you budget you can rent anything from a sedan to a 4×4 camping “bakkie”. The best about being a self drive is that you can choose to travel right across the country at your own pace. You will need to be able to drive on the left hand side of the road and will be expected to drive fast distances on gravel as well as tar roads.
Tavel as part of a guided bus group:
Traveling Namibia by “coach” run by various private operators sure is a relaxing way to explore Namibia. You will be treated well and don’t have to stress about getting from point A to point B These trips are usually planned well in advance and are not flexible. On the plus, if you want a stress free tour or if you are a bit older, this is a great way.
Smaller guided groups:
These exclusive small guided groups are also organised by various smaller tour operators/outfitters in Namibia. The groups are generally smaller ranging anything from 2 – 12 persons and are perfect for families as well. You will get to see the country with an experienced guide. Similar to other guided tours, you will need to fall in with a pre existing travel plan.
By Overland safaris
Namibia has great camping and adventure activities. There are various overland companies that cater especially to these needs.
The upside is that you will most likely explore great parts of Namibia ( these trucks are usually 4×4) and still be able to relax since someone else is doing the driving for you.
In Namibia we do see the brave individuals who travel the country by bicycle. It should be noted, that Namibia is a massive country and town are very far apart. Thus making it a real challenge for someone to explore the country by bicycle. There are two great bike shops in Windhoek & if you need information on how to attempt this I would suggest getting into contact with one of these two bike shop owners. ( Mannie Bike Shop, Cycletech)
Namibia really does not have a “public” transport system inplace to travel the country with. You can travel from A to B by using informal transport, but its really not advised except if you are on a really tight budget and you are happy to not see much of the country.
Namibia is undoubtedly a really beautiful country from the sky. Various operators operate fly in safaris. The advantage is you can see a great deal of the country in a short time. The disadvantages ? Well its expensive and not always an viable option to everyone. It should be noted that scenic flights are available in Namibia ( Swakopmund, Windhoek , Sossusvlei etc) from where shorter flights can be made to explore a specific area.
Whatever way you choose to explore Namibia is important and should be made to suit the way you like to travel and explore. Guided groups are more relaxing but less flexible, whilst self drive options offers allot of freedom but takes a bit of effort from your side :).