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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 03, 2016
Self driving Namibia with 2×4 car  (2 Answers)

I saw lots of post here which people telling they travelled Namibia with 2×4 car and it was perfectly ok.
I will love to know the specific type of car they reffer to?
It was mini, average economic or high semi suv (like nissan Qashqai)?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 17, 2016
Is an SUV a must to drive across Namibia?  (7 Answers)

Astosha National Park, Sossusvlei and Swakopmund are on my list of destinations. Many thanks for your advice.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 17, 2016
Where is the best place to see the Himba people?  (6 Answers)

I see someone asked this question over a year and half ago. Is it Opuwo? I know there are a few others places.

Many thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 02, 2016
Hotel/Lodge near the water hole  (3 Answers)

I went to Namibia about 8 years ago with a Dutch group, and we stayed in nice but not fabulous lodges, which was fine. But there was one place I want to go back to, but I don't know the name. It was built right by a water hole where the animals go every night, and the rooms overlooked the water hole so you could go out, stand on your balcony, and be treated to an unbelievable scene. Does that sound familiar to anybody?

This time I'd like to put together my own tour and avoid some of the long bus rides. Any suggestions would help.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 09, 2016
December holiday  (4 Answers)

We are planning a holiday trip to Namibia in Dec 2017 for 10 days
We are 7 adults and 4 children going, with the youngest child being 6 years old.
We will be traveling in 3 suv's

We would like a holiday plan to include the following in our trip:

Fish river canyon and Ais Ais
Kolmanskop (ghost town)
Sandboarding and dune climbing
Deep sea fishing
Bird watching

Please can you give us pointers as to how to plan this trip with driving advice as well as places to stop over?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 09, 2016
Planning a 18-day Honeymoon trip to Namibia and Botswana  (5 Answers)

Hi there! We are planning our Honeymoon in Namibia and Botswana. We’re still in the preliminary planning phase so lots of feedback is welcome! We have about 18 days to travel (excluding flights), at the end of August.
We like desert scenery, adventure, and animals. We have so far only seen elephants in the wild. We do prefer exploring on our own instead of using guides and tours whenever possible. We don’t mind a „busy schedule”, allthough a place to just relax, for like 2-3 days, might be nice.
We’re flying to and from Johannesburg because the flight is substantially cheaper (only 450€ pp from Europe), and renting a small car is also very cheap there(200€ for the whole period according to So the plan so far is to have a (non-4WD) car with which to drive a roundtrip through Namibia and Botswana, starting and ending in Johannesburg. We’d hire a 4WD in Maun for a few days, to check out Chobe NP, with a rooftop tent to save on accomodation costs. We’d love to check out the Victoria falls as well, perhaps on a trip from Kasane since people seem to say it’s too much of a hassle to drive your rental into Zimbabwe or Zambia(because of ferry).
So, the schedule could be as follows. Day 1 - 7 : Drive from Johannesburg to Namibia and around Namibia, hike in some desert vista, maybe snowboard down a dune or two, or chill for a day or two. Day 7 - 14 : Drive to Maun, rent a 4WD and check out Chobe NP and perhaps the Okavango Delta, return 4WD and drive to Kasane. Day 14-18 : Trip to the Victoria Falls and drive back down to Johannesburg.

1. Do you think this is a realistic plan?
2. Are there any issues (or significant costs) attached to crossing the SA-Namib, Namib-Bots, Bots-SA borders with a rental car?
3. Will we be OK with a regular car in Namibia?
4. What do you advise to do in Namibia in the given period of time?
5. Any chance for affordable semi-luxurious accomodation anywhere?
6. Do you think renting a 4WD with rooftop tent in Maun for a short period of time is feasible?
7. How does one visit the Okavango Delta? I’ve read stuff about canoeing or flying in? How about price tags?
8. Would you advise to take a trip to the Zambia or Zimbabwe side of the Victoria falls? Would you advise to stay the night in Victoria Falls/Livingstone, or do it as a daytrip from Kasane?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 30, 2015
namibia public transportation  (6 Answers)

thanks for some help about transportation in Namibia;
we can't drive and public transportation seems rare or too rude?
we avoid to take too much tours with travel agent.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 10, 2015
where is the best place to see indigenous tribes?

in late march i will be flying into windhoek and i have 9 nights before i have to fly out to cape town from windhoek. what i'm most interested in during my trip is seeing local tribes such as himba, herero, bushman, etc. i've done safaris before and won't be doing that on this trip.

it seems the himba at least are in the northwest. should i just hire a car and head northwest to kamanjab to opuwo then epupa falls? then bushman seem to be northeast, might be too much ground to cover in one trip?

any suggestions on itineraries, what places to stay, how to arrange (authentic) village trips would be greatly appreciated.

thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 28, 2014
Aerial tour of Namibia Dunes

We will be in Namibia in early February on a cruise. We would like to take an aerial tour over the sand dunes. There are many companies listed in the Internet. Does anyone have any experience, good or bad with any of these providers?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 17, 2014
informations abouot a travel agency in Namibia  (2 Answers)

I need your help and feed back if you can
Do you know the travel agency The cardboard box Travel shopspecialzed in Namibia ? If yes what is its reputation .
Thanks in advance for your support


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 01, 2014
Thanks for all your help with our Namibia trip!  (2 Answers)

Having used the advice of this forum rather extensively, I'd like to thank you all for your help, and mention a few things about our trip that might extend help to others. Firstly, in Windhoek we stayed in Londiningi Guesthouse, and in Swakopmund in Alternative Space. Both are certainly very nice places, but in both towns we would have preferred staying someplace perhaps less unique but more central. In Swakop I would have enjoyed being nearer in to the centre so I could walk around freely and use my free time without having to take the vehicle into town. In Windhoek we took a day at the end of our trip just to hang around but had already returned our bakkie to the agency, so we needed to use taxis which I found very limiting. In addition, our free day in Windhoek was a Sunday when most everything is closed. If I had been aware of that, I wouldn't have planned to spend the day in Windhoek, especially car-less.
Secondly, a special thanks to everyone who mentioned that it's worth spending the night in Spitzkoppe to be there for sunrise and sunset, rather than seeing the place as a day trip. The colours at sunset and at dawn are amazing, and I'm so glad we got to experience that.
Thirdly, you guys got me unduly worried about vegetarian food in Namibia! We did a giant shopping at the SuperSpar in Windhoek before we set out for 9 days of self-catering, and enjoyed really delicious and inexpensive vegetables and cheeses throughout. We also found a good choice of whole-grain crackers, which made it no problem not to have whole-grain bread. Every evening we cooked up some combination of veggies and beans, and managed quite well. In Windhoek we treated ourselves to Indian food at Garnish, which has excellent veggie choices. I guess if we had wanted to eat at the restaurants in the various camps we would have been in trouble, but camping and cooking were both easier and cheaper.
We had a truly wonderful trip, and saw amazing places and so very many animals so very easily that I was astounded daily. Thank you again for helping us with all our travel questions!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 16, 2014
Sossulvei tours  (3 Answers)


I'll be in Namibia for a week or so and I think Sossulvei is a highlight. I was looking into 3 day tours and they seem quite pricey (around $300)- is that the norm for this tour? Or are things cheaper once I'm in Namibia itself?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 30, 2014
Organise fine tune circuit to namibia  (3 Answers)

I am looking for some local agencies to organise my trip there ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 15, 2014
Khaudum - 2nd car, June 10/12?  (3 Answers)

Hello, we are looking for a 2nd car to join us in Khaudum park around June 10/12. Any tips how to find some-spirit enthusiasts?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 03, 2014
electricity questions  (8 Answers)

i understand that we need special plugs for namibia, and i guess i'll order a couple off amazon (along with DEET-rich mosquito repellant!), but i'm wondering in general about the ease of getting all the gadgets charged. we will be staying in campgrounds in etosha and palmwag and at simple guesthouses in waterberg and spitzkoppe. can we expect to have a working outlet in these places? one or more than one outlet? what's the chance that our rented bakkie will have a working cigarette lighter in which we can use our chargers for the phone? feel free to volunteer more details than i've asked for; the more information the better. and thanks in advance for your help.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 21, 2014
Windhoek shopping and accomodation  (3 Answers)

Hello, what is the best affordable place to stay in Windhoek? I was thinking Protea, kindly advise if it is good enough and also where can I shop for affordable quality clothing in Windhoek?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 08, 2014
Mosquito protection  (4 Answers)

I would like to know your, guys, personal opinion about taking antimalarial drugs while visiting the area Kvango / Okavango this month. I am accustomed with CDC and WHO rules, but I have some medical contradiction to take that kind of medicines so I am a bit anxious. Both are risky for me.
The second question is about as good as possible repellent avaible in Namibia. There in Poland the efficient repellents are out of reach. Any recommendation?
Thanks for your time

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 27, 2014
the weather issue - need to decide if we can go in october  (2 Answers)

this will be our first africa trip and are therefore clueless - thanks in advance for your help! is it wise to visit namibia in october? planning is just beginning, but it seems we'd want to visit etosha, some desert, a little coast. that's as far as we've viewing is crucial! the rest negotiable. not considering much of southern namibia. so is october a good time?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 01, 2014
Exploring the whole length of namibian coast.  (5 Answers)

I just want to find out what is the possibility to explore the coast of Namibie. Who must I contact and what must I do.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 18, 2013
lianshulu lodge  (1 Answer)

is lianshulu lodge open

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 01, 2013
Would love to join a group going to Namibia (& possibly Botswana)  (2 Answers)

I'm looking to connect with a group going from Cape Town to Namibia (and possibly also Botswana) sometime in October or early November.
I'll bring good company, beer, and money for petrol, etc!
- Anna

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 26, 2013
Travel mates (11/09 - 02/10)  (1 Answer)

Hey, we're 2 students hiring a 2x4 to travel Namibia on low budget.
We'll visit Tirasmountain, Sossusvlei, Naukluft-Park, some of the coast, Spitzkoppe, Etosha, Waterberg.
If any of this sounds interesting to you, we'll be happy to have you for at least a part of our trip.
Write me an e-mail: [email]!

Henning and Jana

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 26, 2013
Ship Or Independent Shore Excursion  (2 Answers)

On a Cruise is it better to use Ships Booking or use an Independent Travel agent for Excursion to Walvisbai & Swakopmund

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 15, 2013
What to do in Walvis Bay;should I Go top Swakopmund?  (8 Answers)

Is a trip to Swakopmund a good idea for Seniors?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 07, 2013
Serious and cheap safari company  (4 Answers)

I'm going to Namibia in the end of December and look for a safari company. My preferences are animals, nature and activities as riding and bush walking. I'm not interested in playground places like Swakopmund and does not like to travel in large groups. I'm on budget and look for an inexpensive camping safari. Can anyone suggest a good and affordable safari company?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 04, 2013
fish river canyon  (7 Answers)

i will be visiting namibia in january is it worth going to fish river canyon at this time of year. I am also a bit confused about the skeleton coast we were wanting to drive part of it which are the best parts and what are the accomodation options. Also is buying a tent and camping an option for most of Namibia. Any help will be much appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 17, 2013
Safari Driving in namibia and doing the Caprivi strip  (6 Answers)

We are considering a self drive safari in Namibia in September and have thought of driving from Windhoek and finishing in Kasane in Botswana, I know the rental companies will charge a one fee but I wondered if anyone has done this trip and what the roads are like to the North along Caprivi. Also are there any major issues crossing the borders into Botswana and Zambia. I would love to hear from someone who has done this trip or if anyone knows of a books or video on the subject of travelling in that particular area.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 15, 2013
Car rental in Namibia  (4 Answers)

We are planning a trip to do a self drive safari in namibia and we hope to start in Windhoek and finish in Kasane (botswana), does anyone have any experience of doing this sort of trip and I amparticularly interested in experience of rental companies as i have heard some bad stories about their practises in charging for damage to vehicles, also concerned that one ways may be expensive with some of them. I am also interested in experience of Africa flight passes and how they work as I also plan to go to either mauritius or the Seychelles for a fort night afterwards. Any suggestions on any of this will be very useful, the schedule is likely to be summer 2014 so a bit away but we are planning at this stage.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 23, 2013
Travelling easter weekend in Namibia  (1 Answer)

I would like to know if there is anyone or group travelling next weekend and want some company. I am living in Windhoek and could use some company to travel around on easter weekend.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 11, 2013
Where in: Etosha, Damaraland and Sossusvlei  (4 Answers)


I was wondering if anyone out there has any strong opinions on favourite campsites in Etosha? We want to enter in the western section of the park and exit in the east. We are thinking 2 different sites over the 3 days.

Also, we are spending 3 days in Damaraland and are planing on basing ourselves at the Hoada campsite. Is this a good area of which to base yourself?

Lastly, we are planning on spending 2 nights at the Sossus Oasis Campsite in and around Sossusvlei, is this a good site to base yourself? I've also heard great things about Sesriem. would it be better to choose that campsite?

Thanks in advance for all the help,


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