Travel in Namibia with public transportation?
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Apr 22, 2013 9:18 PM Last Post By: getyoung
Apr 17, 2013 10:06 AM
Travel in Namibia with public transportation?Hello,
This summer (Jul-Aug) I am interested in visiting Namibia for approx 20-25 days. I did not yet study much of the possible itineraries but I am worried on how to get to places, and travel around the country. (Would Botswana be easier by public transportation?)
I travel with a low budget and mostly use public transportation. I was wondering how difficult is to visit Namibia without your own vehicle (I would imagine it gets expensive). Is that still OK? Are there shared taxis, or is hitchhiking OK? For example, I read that it is not possible to get to Etosha with public transportation? Is that really true?
Thanking you in advance for any help or suggestion!
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Apr 17, 2013 3:36 PM
1It is possible to get around via shared taxis and hitchhiking, but it can be a little difficult. You have to remember that this is the 2nd least densely populated country in the world, so demand for public transport isn't too high. But with 25 days you still should be able to see a lot without a vehicle. I would advise to be open to the possibility of renting a car with a fellow traveller. This will make things a lot easier. You should meet plenty of like minded folks in the hostels in Windhoek.
Apr 18, 2013 2:18 AM
2The main downside is that it will probably take up a lot of your time trying to find and waiting for transport if you want to do it independently and whilst this will get you between towns, towns really aren't what you want to see in Namibia.
With somewhere like Etosha or Sossusvlei you may be better of taking an budget tour organised by one of the backpacker operators. With Etosha for example you may get to the gate on public transport (from where I'm sure you could hitch a lift into the camp) but you'll have to pay for camping and game drives then (which are both very expensive). If you go on a budget trip they will probably use a campsite outside the gate and their own vehicle for drives and the costs will drop dramatically. With Sossusvlei you may get to the gate but again you'll have to get a trip into the park as the dunes are 60km inside. In short without a car you will have to take trips - you may as well take them from Windhoek.
And no Botswana is no easier I'm afraid. You'll easily get between towns but I assume you want to visit the parks? There are also fewer budget trips available in country than there are in Namibia.
Apr 18, 2013 3:08 AM
32 years ago in August we rented the cheapest, smallest car (Kia) we could find and drove around Namibia for 2 weeks with camping gear in the back. It was quite cheap, didn't use much petrol, and the car handled 3000km of mainly gravel roads very well. We went Windhoek - Etosha - Cape Cross - Walvisbaai - Sossusvlei - Luderitz - canyon - Windhoek, using lots of back roads. Having a car was essential to get to the places we wanted to see.
August is high season, lots of tourists at the main sights, book accommodation in the parks as soon as you can.
Apr 22, 2013 9:18 PM
5As a solo traveler, you may want to check Africa Nomad and G Adventures for affordable camping trip that covers all the major sites you to see plus more. There is a camping trip that starts in Zambia and ends in Cape Town.
Namibia is bigger than France, but has only about 2 million people. Once you leave the city centre, you're more likely see wildlife than people.
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