Why Nambia is such a great Self-Drive Destination

Namibia’s landscapes are incredibly diverse, offering scenic drives that take you through some of the world’s most dramatic terrains. From the towering dunes of Sossusvlei to the surreal beauty of Deadvlei and the wildlife-rich Etosha National Park, every route offers a new adventure and stunning vistas.

If you have never been to Namibia, or Africa, before, it might seem a bit daunting to head off on a self-drive adventure in Namibia. But Namibia, with its breathtaking scenery and relatively uncrowded roads is actually one of the best self-drive destinations in the world, just ask those who have joined us on trips through Namibia in the past!

Here are some of the frequently asked questions you might be wondering about before joining us on our Cape Town to Victoria Falls Guided Self-Drive Tours departing in June and September 2025.

WHICH SIDE OF THE ROAD WILL WE BE DRIVING ON?

In Namibia, driving is done on the left side of the road, a remnant of its colonial past under British rule. For those of us from Australia, NZ, the UK and South Africa and other countries who drive on the left, there’s no adjustment required!

If you are used to driving on the right, it does take a little bit of getting used to, however Namibian roads are generally well-signposted, and traffic is light outside of major towns, making it easier to adapt.

IS fuel readily available?

Fuel availability in Namibia is relatively good, especially along major routes. Petrol stations are found in all towns and many villages, but distances between them can be vast in more remote areas like Damaraland and the Namib Desert. On our guided tours we will do all the fuel stop planning for you so you don’t have to worry about it.

Most petrol stations accept credit cards, but it’s wise to carry some cash (Namibian Dollars or South African Rand) as a backup.

What are the roads like?

The roads in Namibia are generally a pleasure to drive, and the lack of other cars on the road is one of the reasons we think Namibia is one of the best self-drive destinations in the world.

The roads that we drive on the Namibian section of our Cape Town to Victoria Falls trip are a mix of well-maintained tar roads, and gravel roads. Namibia has a huge network of gravel roads so they know how to keep them in good condition. Even if you haven’t done a lot of driving on gravel you will soon get used to it. The gravel roads generally don’t require you to engage the 4×4 capabilities of your vehicle unless there has been some unseasonable rain.

Where the 4×4 really comes into its own is on some of the sandy tracks that we will find (seek out!) in the Namib Desert and further north. We will provide a full briefing to ensure that everyone is comfortable on the 4×4 trails and ready to enjoy them!

HOW EASY IS IT TO NAVIGATE?

Navigation in Namibia is straightforward. Most routes are well signposted, and we will do a full route briefing and provide route notes at the start of each drive day. Your vehicle also comes with a GPS, and paper maps so you can easily find your way around.

What about safety?

Namibia is considered one of the safest countries in Africa for tourists. In terms of safety while you are on the road, the vehicles are all late models in good condition, and you will be carrying water and supplies with you in your vehicle. By joining a guided tour like our Cape Town to Victoria Falls tour, you have the added comfort of knowing that someone knows where you are and can come to your assistance if you ever need it.

If you have any other questions at all about joining our guided self-drive adventure in Namibia, please don’t hesitate to drop us an email hello@worldoverlanders.com.

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