Namibia has an extensive network of well-run campsites and most can be reached by motorhome. Parts of Damaraland, Kaokoland and the Zambezi Region are 4×4 only, but the roads in the centre and the south are generally manageable. If you’re driving a motorhome, stick to the ‘B’ and ‘C’ roads, which are paved or well-graded gravel. Campsites are popular with locals and visitors alike and you’ll find plenty of good options along all the main routes. They do tend to be rather basic, however, so it’s important to be completely self-sufficient. A fully-equipped motorhome or 4×4 camper is ideal.
Highlights of the destination
Although a motorhome won’t get you to the most remote areas, it’s a great vehicle for the centre and the south. There are good paved roads between all the major cities and graded dirt roads to Sossusvlei and the Fish River Canyon. Etosha National Park is also motorhome-friendly – just make sure you have enough rear passenger windows for wildlife viewing. Camping is wonderful in Namibia, but it can get cold in winter and very foggy along The Skeleton Coast. In these more extreme conditions, a motorhome can be much cosier than a roof-top tent and they’re ideal for Namibia’s wonderfully-situated, but often very basic campsites.
Practical + driving advice about the destination
Always take extra care when driving on gravel. Namibia’s main dirt roads are usually very good, but sudden dips and turns are not always well-signposted. Keep an eye out for rocks and troughs, and don’t drive at night – there are no street lights outside the cities and there’s always the chance of wild animals on the roads.
Carry a proper spare tyre, ideally two, and fill your petrol and water tanks at every opportunity. Ask fellow travellers about the road conditions ahead. There are often a few routes to the same destination and a well-advised detour can save time and hassle.
Most travellers opt for booking a vehicle with 4×4 rental Namibia to accommodate their travel plans.