KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: NAMIBIAN SELF-DRIVE SAFARI

Before you head to Namibia, check out Sven’s tips to ensure a stress-free adventure

By Sven Sundgaard

AAA World Article

Before you head to Namibia for your own self-drive safari, check out Sven’s tips to ensure a stress-free adventure:

  • The best time to go is in August or September because it’s the end of the dry season in Nambia, so the animals are most likely to congregate at the few sources of water that exist, making wildlife spotting easier.
  • Get a cigarette lighter charger with multiple outlets to charge your devices while you’re driving for hours, as you may not have electric to hook into at some of the campsites.
  • Be sure to pack as light as possible. You will be dusty and dirty the majority of your time in Namibia, so there’s no need for constant changes of clothing since you won’t be able to keep up with the environment.
  • At the end of the dry season (end of the Southern Hemisphere winter), the weather gets hot by day (80 to 95 °F), but remarkably cool at night (into the 40s and 50s). So, having some hoodies and sweats isn’t a bad idea for the late evenings and early mornings.
  • Refresh your automotive repair skills and try changing or repairing a tire at home. You can even consider bringing a tire repair kit. Your vehicle will most likely have two spare tires and a jack.
  • We rented a Nissan double cab 4x4, which was fully equipped for camping. There were three of us, and this was just enough room considering our bags, food and camping supplies. While you might think you can seat three to five people in that large of a vehicle, remember all the gear you’ll be traveling with. I recommend a double cab for even two people, and certainly something bigger for anything more than three people.
  • Plan out meals and grocery shopping. It will save you from wasting food and overbuying.

Keep in mind that you will pass locations at least daily where food can be purchased, so there’s no need to stock too much food, especially perishables.