End of year is travel planning time 😉
Whilst the year is reaching its end – many people like starting to dream about travel plans for the upcoming year.
For this reason we want to dedicate this news letter to some thoughts about travel planning and preparation for a trip to Namibia / Botswana. Check out some of the important things and start dreaming a bit more about your next trip!
Travelling an unknown country: Planning is the key to relaxation
You like travelling just on the go? Keeping it simple and flexible? In a vast country like Namibia a bit of advance planning can be very advantageous. You obviously can do this on your own – or you simply use the knowledge and support of Dusty Trails Safaris and Car Hire. With our many years of experience, we will make sure your holidays become an unforgettable wonderful time. We can make sure to find your perfect fit destinations as well as your dream route. Don’t forget: pre-booking is smart – especially during the high season.
Where to and What would you like to experience?
A first big question to be answered for travel planning is – “which things you always wanted to experience”. Why is that important? Because it helps to find the right destinations for your trip and build up the best route to make it your dream trip!
Namibia, Botswana or even both is the question to determine the basic destinations. Need more input to find a decision? Feel free to have a look to the following!
Getting around: guided tour or self-drive
In Namibia, there is barely any public transport to be found. Therefore, you can choose between a guided tour and a self-drive. Should you opt for a guided tour, you can either consider joining a group travel in a mini-bus. Or you decide to book a private guide along with a car. In case you want the pure experience and travel independently, you chose to do a self-drive.
For this travel version, a rental car is the best solution for bridging the long distances between places and sights. Due to the gravel roads, an off-road vehicle is the safest choice. 4×4 is an optional extra, not a must. You should allow enough driving time to not stress out. On gravel roads the average speed is 60 km/h. Quite often the distance from one accommodation to the next can be more than 100 km. Our clear advice is not to drive more than 350 km per day. This might already take a full day driving.
Travel planning: Tips & Tricks about Car Rental
Camping: Ground tent or rooftop tent
When going to Namibia, you can choose to stay in one of the many lodges which are spread around the whole country. Most lodges are good middle class or higher category. For backpackers, appropriate accommodation can generally only be found in larger towns such as Windhoek or Swakopmund.
Still the most close to nature experience you can get are camping trips. Their popularity even increased in the last years. For multiple reasons: you can keep your travel costs lower – and you fancy the real Namibian adventure – a camping trip can be your ideal choice!
Don’t be scared of having to build up your tent. You can choose in between ground tents and rooftop tents. Some lodges or high class campsites are even offering large pre-built tent suites!
How to handle rooftop tents?
All our tents are very easy to handle. Rooftop tents are anyway to most popular choice of most foreign tourists. See our short videos from some guests on how to build up and un-do our rooftop tents.