Your wheels for nature
Nali Safaris uses it’s reputable local partner’s car hire companies to supply our clients with rental vehicles. The overwhelming majority of vehicles are rented from Windhoek or Windhoek International Airport (as those are the main entry points to Namibia) but rentals are also available from other centers around the country including Swakopmund, Luderitz, Walvis Bay & Tsumeb (for those wishing to visit Etosha).
When deciding on which car to hire there are numerous factors you should take into consideration. Some things to think about are:
- The condition of the roads in Namibia; although many places are accessible with sedan cars for most of the year but during the raining season many areas require a four wheel drive vehicle, or at least think about renting a vehicle with higher clearance.
- During summer, daytime temperatures throughout Namibia can be extreme hot so a rental vehicle with air conditioning is desirable.
- How many people will be in the hire car? If you are carrying camping equipment you will probably need to upgrade to a bigger car. Overloading is one of the major reasons for accidents in Namibia.
- Route planning is essential, Namibia is a big country and many tourists seriously underestimate the distances and times required to travel certain distances. We are always happy to offer suggestions on your route.
- We only broker deals with rental companies who are members of the Car Rental Association of Namibia (CARAN) and therefore adhere to stringent checks on the age & quality of vehicles.
- It is generally cheaper to rent a car from Windhoek, renting from other locations around Namibia incurs fairly hefty delivery fees (as most rental cars are based in Windhoek)
- One excellent way of covering yourself for all eventualities is to buy independent car hire excess insurance, this can be arranged though a variety of insurance companies and we recommend the policy offered by Worldwide Insurance
Which car to rent
Most places are reachable in a normal sedan vehicle, but the more remote areas, such as Kaokoland and Bushmanland, require four wheel drive vehicles. Generally it is advisable to rent the largest car you can afford as driving on Namibia’s grave roads can be reasonably taxing and the additional stability and ground clearance offered by larger vehicles does make things safer and easier. If you are driving in the wet season (from Nov – April) heavy rains can make some roads impassible for sedan vehicles – if you are travelling during this period you should seriously consider renting a 4WD vehicle.