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Namibia self-drive

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Looking for advice on a 7-8 day driving trip in Namibia. leaving from and returning to Windhoek. I would be interested in any recommendations on car hire, car/accommodation packages, or experiences in booking your own hotels before arrival.

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    We did a flying safari of Namibia and Botswana in June 01 and met a number of self drivers.

    All had booked accommodation in advance.

    In the top lodges, (their splurge nights) there are limited rooms in high season so they needed to book to know if they could get in.

    Lodges such as Wolwedans Dune Lodge (my favourite in Namibia) are in the middle of their own land and so there aren't other lodges there.

    I know one couple who were self driving, who we met at Wolwedans were also going from there to see Sossusvlei (as were we) but had prebooked to camp inside the park itself. Only those who camp inside the park (with a permit) can get to the dunes intime to climb up the dunes at dawn and watch the sunrise from atop the dunes.

    All other visitors, staying in other hotels in Sesriem, are allowed into the park on the dot of sunrise itself.

    We also enjoyed our stay at the Damaraland Camp owned by Wilderness Safaris which is also accessible by road.

    We adored Namibia, I wrote a few articles on it below (then never finished the rest)...

    I hope you love it too.


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    hi there,
    we did a four week selfe driving tour a few years ago, But I think there is very less to change till that. Cant reccomand a car rent in Windhoek for we came up from South Africa. But prices in Namibia are a little more expensive.
    If You do a 7 day trip and dont have any extrem places to go You dont need a 4-Wheeler. Even there are a few path unpaved (drive carefull) but in good condition, You can reach every little village and every tourist spot by a normal car.
    Get You a good map and believe when they say there is no gasstation the next 100 miles.
    Allways take a few bottle water with YOu, YOu never know ...
    Accos are very few, and in the holiday season (I dont know what time YOu wanna go) some places are overbooked. So make shure You have a reservation. It is ok to do this one or two days in advance. The hotel stuff You are staying will help You on this. (We one day dont do this and cant get any !!! bed in Luederitz for there were a few tourist busses coming 2 hours before us. So we had to go back about 120 miles).

    For more questions dont mind to drope me a lilne in my mailbox.

    have fun

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