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Namibia is full of incredible potential for travel and yet you probably have very little or no idea of the possibilities that are waiting to be explored on a motorhome hire holiday in one of Africa's youngest countries. Sandwiched between the Kalahari desert in the east and the Atlantic ocean in the west, Namibia is home to an impressive selection of natural spectacles, including national parks and reserves spanning the length and breadth of the country; still deserts where you can camp under the wide open night sky; and fantastical red sand dunes, where you can join in in a spot of sand surfing. In short, motorhome hire in Namibia could just be the adventure of a lifetime.
The most convenient means to reach Namibia is by flying. A few airline carriers, including British Airways, Emirates and Ethiopian Airlines, have routes flying from English and Scottish airports to the Namibian capital of Windhoek in the east, and Walvis Bay on the western coast. Flights may not be the cheapest you've ever encountered, but if you're planning on taking in a few countries on your African motorhome tour, then flying into neighbouring South Africa first could be the cheapest option. You can pick up your motorhome from one of our South African suppliers, and then cross the border into Namibia. Just be sure to check with the supplier beforehand about travel restrictions.
A visa is not required when crossing the border for tourism, but the driver will need to show their passport, driving licence and a letter of authority from the vehicle's registered owner. It is also compulsory for all vehicles from South Africa and Namibia to have a ZA sticker displayed on the body, but these can be cheaply and easily purchased. The ZA sticker is also required for other African countries, including Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. A motor insurance certificate is likewise a requirement, and is obtainable at the border free of charge!
When arriving from South Africa, then a logical first port of call would be Fish River Canyon. The Fish River, from where the canyon gets its name, is the longest river in Namibia at 650 kilometres in length, and flows through the lower reaches of the canyon. The canyon itself is one of the largest in the world, and the largest in Africa at 550 metres deep. Popular for driving holidays, the experience has been likened to driving on Mars. Keep your eye out for mountain zebra, antelope, eagles, baboons, dassies (or rock rabbits), and if you're very lucky, the elusive leopard. At the southern end of the canyon, you'll find the Ai-Ais Hot Springs Resort, which makes use of the natural sulphurous waters accidentally discovered in 1850 by a herder looking for his lost sheep! This is a great opportunity to relax and take in the benefits of the waters before heading off to your next destination.
The sand dunes of Sossusvlei should be definitely be on your list of things to see. Located in the Namib desert, a few hundred miles north of Fish River Canyon, they are often referred to as the highest dunes in the world, with the tallest one known locally simply as the Big Mama. Climb to the top of Big Mama and you're in for a treat as you look down at the meandering sand dune landscape below. Dead Vlei, at the foot of Big Mama, is a popular spot for photographers for its 900 year old dead camelthorn trees which jut out of the ground standing in stark contrast to the white desert floor and, depending on the time of day, the pink, orange, or red of the dunes in the background. This is spot is particularly popular with tourists at sunrise and sunset, when the colours of the dunes are particularly vivid and contrasting, and the temperature a bit cooler.
With this representing just a small taster of what Namibia can offer, you can be sure to discover so much more of this fascinating and dynamic country with motorhome hire in Namibia, courtesy of Campanda.