Getting Around Namibia
Getting around Namibia is easy with good infrastructure, excellent roads (tar and dirt), numerous small airports and bush landing strips; all of this in one of Africa's safest countries. It is only when one goes off the grid and deep into the heart of the Namib Desert, Kaokaland and Damaraland that things get tricky and a proper 4x4 is required as well as 4x4ing experience.
For most people travelling in Namibia, good tar and dirt roads are the norm when travelling between destinations and towns.
Travelling Around Namibia
At Uyaphi.com we do offer a large of safari types from which to choose; fly-in safaris, accommodated safaris, camping safaris and of course self-drive safaris. In a nutshell, we offer something for everyone, no matter your budget or your wants and needs.
For those flying from destination to destination, most lodges and areas are serviced by a dirt landing strip for access. These landing strips are usually next to or within an easy 30-45 minute drive. All charter flights and companies comply with international standards especially when it comes down to the servicing of planes and the experience of pilots.
Guided accommodated and/or camping safaris are very popular. A professional guide and crew drive clients across the country in custom 4x4 safari vehicles offering up their knowledge on the surrounding cultures, landscapes, geology and of course wildlife and birdlife. Group sizes per vehicle can range from 4 people on a private option to 24 people on an overland option; this is all budget dependent and we will guide you through what is best for you and your budget.
Seld driving safaris are also a popular option especially with family-based safaris or couples wanting to explore the country at their own pace. The best aspect of a self-drive safari is you can stop when you want to, you can take the road that looks the most interesting on the map and of course, depart and arrive at destinations in your own time.
Driving Tips when self-driving around Namibia;
- Be careful, any damage to the vehicle and it is for your account
- Do not speed, medical services are far away and there will most likely be no cell phone reception - be careful
- Always drive with headlights on, especially on dirt roads
- Never try to drive longer than 400 kilometres in a day - remembering you are on safari
- Driving at night is a no no
- Always be on the lookout for wildlife on or near the road's edge
- Always fill up with fuel when you can
- Always be prepared; water, extra fuel and snacks should something happen en-route
- And, buy the best car insurance you can afford
Please note that we drive on the left-hand side of the roads in Southern Africa, Europeans and North Americans should take this into consideration. Driving up the road on the wrong side is frowned upon.
A selection of vehicles that one can hire when on safari in Namibia, we have purposely kept the collection small only showcasing the popular options that our clients are interested in.
Toyota Rav 4
Toyota Hilux Single Cab
Toyota Hilux Double Cab
Toyota Land Cruiser
Nissan X Trail
Land Cruiser Single Cab
The Road To Sossusvlei
Once one navigates the main Sesriem entrance gates and enters the national park a pleasant surprise awaits, a tarred road (yes, a tarred road) that extends all the way through to the main parking area near Sossusvlei.
Cape Town To The Kunene River
In November and December of last year (2019), we loaded our Jeep and headed north out of Cape Town, destination Namibia and the Kunene River, her border with Angola.
A couple of thousand kilometres later, we returned, this time, more in love with country than ever.
Windhoek Oktoberfest 2021
On the 25th and 26th of October, the Sports Klub Windhoek will host the 55th edition of the Oktoberfest. Over 5000 people are expected to attend (compared to 1000 in 2010).
Adding a certain local flavour will be the Namibian band Famaz Attak, and there will be long-established activities and games like archery and tree trunk sawing.
Top 5 restaurants in Windhoek
Continuing our series of dining in Africa, we look at Windhoek. More and more visitors are becoming aware of the unique attractions that this country as a safari destination has to offer.
Nowhere is too far to travel in this small (and clean) city of 330,000 but be warned when you go out to eat, vegetarianism is not common!
Best Places To Go In Namibia
The Uyaphi team has compiled a list of the "Best Places to go" which most safari itineraries would include. A different destination from most African safari destinations.
Instead of lush green forests or open savannas, the primary attraction being vast, open deserts interspersed with canyons, mountain ranges, and oasis.
Living With The Himba
In May 2012, we arranged for Uyaphi.Com client Ken Vine from Devon in England to stay with the traditional Himba people in two remote villages in the middle of Kaokoland.
He lived, slept, ate, conversed and photographed these Himba villagers.