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Car hire driving information Namibia

Driving Overview | Insurance Information | Rental Restrictions

Driving Overview

General Information
Namibia is an exotic country in the southwestern part of Africa. Namibia offers beautiful scenery and wild animal life. Hire a car in Windhoek in the centre of the country and head out in any direction. Visit the Etosha national park or drive along the beautiful South Atlantic coast. Start in Swakopmund and drive north up to Mowe Bay.

To rent a car, you must be at least 18 years old and no older than 70 years (age can vary by car category) and have held your driver's license for at least 1 year. You English license works fine. For drivers under the age of 22 an additional young driver surcharge may apply locally. 

Speed Limits
Speed limits in Namibia are:

  • Town and city: 60 km/h
  • Open Roads: 80 km/h
  • Motorways: 120 km/h

Traffic restrictions
In Namibia you drive on the left side of the road, just like in Ireland. In Namibia it is forbidden to use a hand-held mobile phone while driving. A hands free is allowed. When driving on the countryside be aware that farm and wild animals might block the road.

Most cities have petrol stations, despite of this it is still advisable to fill up before leaving a town.  

There are a few roads that require a toll. Bring some cash if needed. 

The Namibia parking rules and fees are usually marked on signs (with English translations in tourist areas). Red and white markings mean "no parking zone". The yellow and white markings point out a short-term parking space. Diagonal white lines show parking space for motorcycles only. Fines are given for cars parked in the wrong place or for too long. They can be compensated at the local police station. If the car has been clamped, a police officer will be ordered to remove the wheel clamps.

Insurance Information

General Information
Car rental insurance varies widely, so please study the information below prior to making your booking. Regulations of the country where you rent the car will be in effect for the duration of your rental.

All our car hire rates include Collision Damage coverage and Theft Protection for the vehicle. Rental limits potential vehicle damage or loss liability to an excess, which is stated on your voucher. If you plan to take advantage of coverage offered by your credit card, please contact your card issuer directly for details. Specific insurance information for your reservation will be printed on your confirmation voucher.

Rental Restrictions

General Information
With a rental car in Namibia you may take your car to certain neighboring countries. Fees will apply and you must give notice at least 3 days in advance. Let us know already when booking your car hire in Namibia, if you plan to cross any national borders.
Domestic one-way rentals are available between certain locations, additional fees may apply. Some international one ways are allowed and big fees are to be paid. 

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