Namibia information

Self-drive - Namibia car hire groups

Included with all of our Namibia self-drive trips is a Group C or similar (manual) car hire. These are the smallest cars that we recommend for Namibia. Unfortunately, we're not able to guarantee specific models or specification of vehicle; we can only request a particular group of vehicle. The usual* choices of car categories group are:
  • Group B
  • Ford Fiesta/VW Vivo or similar. With radio/ CD, air-con, ABS, air bags & power-steering.
  • Group C
  • Toyota Corolla/VW Polo Classic or similar. With radio/CD, air-con, ABS, air bags & power-steering. Comfortable for 2-3 people and included in our prices.
  • Group E/D
  • Toyota Corolla or similar. With radio/CD, air-con, ABS, p/steering, air bags & automatic transmission.
  • Group K/P
  • Nissan Qashqai/Mitsubishi ASX or similar. With radio/ CD, air-con, ABS, air bags & p/steering.
  • Group R/S
  • Nissan X-Trail 2WD or similar. With radio/ CD, air-con, ABS, air bags & p/steering. Automatic transmission is available on request subject to availability.
  • Group 1L
  • Toyota single-cab 4WD or similar. With radio/ CD, air-con, ABS, air bags, p/steering & canopy (optional). Please note: these vehicles have a solid canopy without windows, this is better for security but restricts your rear view.
  • Group I/U
  • Toyota Fortuner 2WD or similar. With radio/ CD, air-con, ABS, air bags, p/steering & automatic transmission.
  • Group 7L
  • Toyota single-cab 4WD or similar. With radio/ CD, air-con, ABS, air bags & p/steering. Fully equipped for camping including 1 tent, available on special request subject to availability.
  • Group 1M/W
  • Toyota double-cab 4WD or similar. With radio/CD, air-con, ABS, air bags, p/steering, additional spare tyre (standard) & canopy (optional). Please note: these vehicles have a solid canopy without windows, this is better for security but restricts your rear view.
  • Group 5M
  • Ford Ranger 4WD or similar. With radio/CD, air-con, ABS, air bags, p/steering, canopy (optional) & automatic transmission.
  • Group 7M
  • Toyota double-cab 4WD or similar. With radio/CD, air-con, ABS, air bags & p/steering. Fully equipped for camping including 1 tent, available on special request subject to availability.
  • Group 7N
  • Toyota double-cab 4WD or similar. With radio/CD, air-con, ABS, air bags & p/steering. Fully equipped for camping including 2 tents, available on special request subject to availability.
  • Group N
  • VW Combi T5 or similar. With radio/CD, air-con, ABS, air bags & p/steering. Seats eight people.

Car-hire Insurance

We always hire the best vehicles that we can and these include unlimited mileage and local taxes. The car insurance that comes with our trip ideas includes full cover for theft of the car, accident damage (even single-vehicle accidents), tyre damage, windscreen cover and roadside assistance. We believe that we offer the highest level of cover available in the industry today.

Note that it excludes a 'claim administration fee' (typically about £50/U$75) and towing fees (if the problem is not mechanical). It may also exclude water, sand and undercarriage damage - although it is very rare for our travellers to incur such damage.

Note that car drivers aged 18-20, and those aged over 75, must draw our attention to their age in writing before booking, and we may need to discuss the insurance with you. Cover may be restricted or supplements payable.

If you'd like a more precise outline of what your car-hire insurance covers, then please ask as to send you a copy. Note also that 4WD vehicles, and microbuses/people carriers may require different insurance provisions.

Spare tyres

Punctures are rare, but they can happen. All of our Namibia hire cars have the tools to cope and a spare wheel. Namibia is a friendly place; people will usually stop to help you. Please note that extra spare tyres can not currently be booked for groups C, E, H, P or Z; a group 1M vehicle comes with two spare tyres as standard.

In addition to our advice before you leave the UK, our colleagues in Namibia will be happy to further discuss the route for your journey, with the latest local advice and tips, if you drop into their office when you arrive in Windhoek. Driving in Namibia is a joy, it’s a great way to see the country and meet the people.

It’s good to have currency before you leave Windhoek, as most fuel stations only accept cash; they don’t often accept credit cards. South African Rand and Namibian Dollars are interchangeable in Namibia.

*There are a few additional categories of car available that are not listed here, if you would like to know more please contact us and we would be happy to help.

For more information on car hire and Namibian roads, see also:

Self-drive - types.
Self-drive - driving road types.
Self-drive - driving tips.