Namibia Driving Tips
The excitement has become too much. You are about to set off on four wheels across one of the most beautiful landscapes on earth. Not quite so fast. Driving a 4×4 requires adequate preparation to make the trip run smoothly. But it’s not as hard and as daunting as you may think to prepare for a 4×4 adventure. Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced driver, the preparations remain the same. We have you covered with our 4×4 driving tips.
Driving on gravel, rocks and sand is very different to driving on tar. The car behaves very differently and it is advised to get familiar with your vehicle before embarking on your journey. Driving in thick sand may require you to deflate your tires and drive slowly for extra grip. Gravel roads are unpredictable and large stones, potholes and even boulders may litter the road at any time.
General Driving Tips
As the age-old saying goes “prevention is better than cause”. Keep this in mind when traveling in Namibia.
- Always drive with your lights on for better visibility
- Always carry sufficient water and snacks as distances between towns along with the scorching heat can take its toll
- Reception is bad in many parts of the country. Remember to notify your next destination of your departure and the estimated time of arrival in case of problems en-route
- Keep a safe distance from animals and never swerve for any unless you are able to do so at a safe speed
- Gravel roads are often very unpredictable after the summer rainfalls as the topsoil is washed away and harsh rocks are exposed
- It goes without saying that you should always wear your seat-belt
If you are a complete novice, it is recommended to take an introductory 4×4 safety course to familiarize yourself with the vehicle and the conditions you can expect to be driving in.
- Knowing your vehicle well, will hugely increase your chance of having a problem free journey. Make sure you know how big your vehicles fuel tank is, its range and the required tyre pressure. Always carry a spare and extra fuel
- When loading your vehicle, make sure to place the heaviest luggage at the bottom in the vehicle and the lightest equipment on top. Having a top-heavy vehicle is one of the main causes of accidents due to poor weight distribution
- When in doubt, rather travel slower and maintain your line. Roads in Namibia often have sloping shoulders which aggravates your chance of overturning. Traveling slower increases your time to react.
What To Take (Equipment)
Knowing what to take on your journey could spell the difference between being stranded and making a quick swift fix and then moving on. Make sure to pack these essentials:
- Towing straps
- A tyre repair kit
- A well equipped medical kit
- A spade
- A high lift jack
- Bow shackles
- Tyre pump and tyre pressure gauge
- Two spare wheels
- Enough food, water and fuel
- Nuts, bolts and washers
- A spare 12V battery
- Various size cable ties
- Spare oil for the engine and gearbox
- Heat resistant adhesive tape is a must for fixing a host of problems
- A fuel pump and fuel filter
- A Siphoning hose
- Electrical and fibre cable which can be used to fix a number of problems
- A good fuel tank sealant
- At least two fan belts
- Some spare spark plugs, rotor arms, points and a condenser
Lastly, make sure the car you hire is from a reputable company backed up with good support and that they have your best interest in mind. We offer a selection of some of the best companies to make sure you journey runs smoothly and you stay safe.