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The Do's and Don'ts in Traveling to Namibia - Ensuring a safe and enjoyable vacation in Namibia!

Are you planning a trip to Namibia soon? Namibia is a fantastic place to go on a road trip as it is regarded as a perfect destination for self-drive excursions. Here's a detailed guide to the do's and don'ts when travelling to Namibia!


Do plan this trip carefully

Keep in mind that at least 80% of the Namibian roads are made of gravel and that the distances between places are enormous! You'll have to go at a slower pace, which means it'll take longer to get to your destination. Don't book your next night's accommodations too far, or you will wind up spending a lot of time in the car just getting there. For accommodation purposes, you can check out hotels in Namibia the likes of Avani Windhoek Hotel & Casino for a comfortable stay!


Do fuel up whenever you can

Fill up the tank of your car with gas when you get the opportunity and make absolutely sure you have the cash to pay for your gasoline expenditures if no card machines are available.


Do carry a decent map of the country

GPS devices are fantastic, but they aren't always updated or accurate. Even mobile phones cannot always assist you if there's no service (there are plenty of places in Namibia where there isn't).


Do use amplest protection!

Wear plenty of sunscreen! just because you're in a car doesn't mean you're not at risk of getting sun-burnt.


Do carry bottled water in your car

Keep bottled water in your car to remain hydrated while driving long distances. If you're going camping, bring extra water so you can wash your dishes and so on.


Don't use a low-cost car to save money

If you have any doubts regarding your car, hire another one to get you to your destination securely. It's no laughing matter if you break down in the middle of nowhere with scorching days and freezing nights!


Don't try to drive fast if you can't handle it!

If you do, you're likely to blow a tire, wreck the automobile, or cause an accident. It's also important to keep an eye out for animal crossings on the road. Speeding is also punishable by harsh penalties. At least 80% of Namibia's roads are gravel so it's critical to drive carefully and within the posted speed limits.


Don't drive during the night!

Many wild animals are active at night and they wander through cross roadways, which causes accidents. Cattle also have the ability to wander and may not be visible at night.


Don't leave valuables carelessly lying around

You must know that leaving valuables carelessly is a no-no. This goes anywhere you go, and Namibia is no exception. It's not ideal to tempt fate and ruin your holiday!


Don't miss the best tourist sites

Etosha National Park, Kolmanskop, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, as well as the Fish River Canyon are all worth seeing. While you might not be able to visit all of these, it would be well worth the effort and time if you can squeeze a couple into your itinerary.