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    Car hire in Namibia at the lowest prices

    The stunning African country of Namibia, with its 1,200 miles long stretch of coast and the oldest desert in the world, most certainly makes for an extraordinary travel experience. Namibia means a "vast place", and this is all but far from the truth.

    The vast desert of Namib with its spectacular dunes, the ocean waves crashing against the dessert, and rich wildlife gives Namibia a special character and makes it a unique holiday destination, still free of mass tourism.

    There is hardly any better way of seeing everything this unusual country has to offer than with a car hire in Namibia. A self-drive holiday is made easy with car hire from Auto Europe thanks to our competitive prices and plenty of tips for driving your car hire in Namibia. For more tips and sightseeing options, click here.

    Road Rules and Petrol Stations

    • Driving car rental in Namibia on the main roads, which are well maintained, should be no different to driving in the UK. Be careful when driving on gravel roads as they may not be as well preserved as the former ones. All road signs are typically in English.
    • The main roads in Namibia are marked with the letter B and a corresponding number.
    • In Namibia, cars drive on the left side of the road. When you come to an intersection with a "Stop" sign but without a traffic light, the car on your right side has right of the way.
    • Speed limit in Namibia is 75mph on motorways, 37mph in inhabited areas, and 50mph on other roads.
    • Seat belts are mandatory for everyone in the car and using a mobile phone while driving is strictly forbidden.
    • Drivers should be especially careful when driving at night because close encounters with animals on the road are quite frequent. Please use warning signs to get them off the road and avoid driving when it is dark if possible.
    • Always have water supplies with you and be sure to have enough cash since only few petrol stations will take cards or have ATMs. They mostly operate during the day only and, in such a sparsely populated country as Namibia, they may not be easy to find, therefore it is best to tank full when you are able to
    • Please have your documents including insurance proof, a registration and driving licence with you at all times.

    Age Requirements

    To be able to hire a car and legally drive in Namibia, you need to be at least 23 years old. It is also compulsory to have held your driving licence, valid in your country of residence, for at least one year. If your driving licence is in a language other than English, you are required to present an international driving licence.
    Please note that some suppliers will demand you cannot be younger than 25 in order to hire a car.

    Tolls

    Tolls are in operation on all motorways in Namibia. The price depends on the distance you will drive. Always bring some extra change to pay for the toll roads.

    Currency

    Namibian Dollar is used throughout the country as the official currency. It is equally worth as the South African Rand. However, Namibian Dollar cannot be used nor exchanged for Rand in South Africa. Such a transaction is usually subject to a fine. It is recommended to exchange all Namibian Dollars while you are still in Namibia.

    Time difference

    Windhoek is on GMT+2, which makes it two hours ahead of London. Namibia uses Daylight Savings Time so clocks turn backwards in April and forward in September.

    Dictionary

    The official language in Namibia is English. Other common languages spoken by ethnic groups are Afrikaans, German, and Portuguese.

    Electricity

    To be able to use British appliances and gadgets in Namibia, you will need to buy a power adapter. The power sockets used in Namibia are type M and D whereas the voltage is 220 V.

    Visa & Embassy Information

    British citizens can travel to Namibia without a visa provided they stay there maximum 90 days. In some cases, visitors can be denied stays longer than a week. Therefore, it is advisable to check your permission to stay in Namibia and for how long it has been issued once you are at the immigration desk. Your entry date marked by a stamp will be checked by the authorities on the departure.

    British Commission Windhoek
    116 Robert Mugabe Ave, P.O. Box 22202
    Windhoek
    Email: general.windhoek@fco.gov.uk
    Telephone: +264 (61) 274800

    Campervan hire in Namibia

    Auto Europe brings you not only car hire but also motorhome hire in Namibia! With such a diverse countryside and vast desert areas, touring Namibia and exploring its national parks in a motorhome can be a great holiday choice for the whole family. Please click here for more information.

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