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North Namibia Road Trip

Windhoek - Swakopmund - Palmwag - Opuwo - Epupa Falls - Ruacana - Fort Namutoni - Okaukuejo - Waterberg Plateau

Expect on your North Namibia Road Trip Itinerary

Benefit-stress ratio Benefit-stress ratio
Landscape Landscape
Wildlife Wildlife
Security Security
Culture Culture
Comfort Comfort
Road conditions Road conditions
Beach Beach
ACTIVATE MAP Stages9 km2,473 h/stage4.8

Best months to drive North Namibia Road Trip

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Road Trip Costs

How much does it cost to go on a North Namibia Road Trip in Namibia?

Economy
Low budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 630EUR drive & more 275EUR sleep & more 616EUR eat & more 504EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 1,395EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 2,025EUR
Standard
Mid budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 945EUR drive & more 375EUR sleep & more 1,232EUR eat & more 672EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 2,279EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 3,224EUR
Premium
High budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 1,680EUR drive & more 463EUR sleep & more 2,156EUR eat & more 1,008EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 3,627EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 5,307EUR
Camper
On the road in RV, overnight at camp grounds with self-catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 3,150EUR drive & more 563EUR sleep & more 385EUR eat & more 504EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 1,452EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 4,602EUR
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North Namibia Road Trip Itinerary

North Namibia Road Trip certainly ranks among the most captivating road adventures in Namibia. It is a wonderful option for explorer. The road tour runs through such places as Windhoek, Palmwag, and Opuwo. The road plan presented in this article was designed for 14 days of travel, but travellers can definitely complete it in 10. If you are delighted with the beauty of what Namibia has to offer, you can always extend your excursion. If you are wondering about the time spent behind the wheel, it will be around 4.8 hours daily, and you will cover 2,473km . Sit comfortably in the driver’s seat and let’s hit the road!
number of days 14 number of days
route length 2,473 km route length
budget fair budget
good for explorer good for
traffic direction on the left traffic direction
accident level high accident level
North Namibia Road Trip is riddled with opportunities allowing travellers to admire fabulous nature. Tourists who seek a stress-free experience will be pleased with our road trip. Owing to the fact that you will be passing through green zones during our journey, you will see a plethora of wildlife examples. If drivers are searching for comfortable places to sleep, the accommodation options on the way do not offer top comfort, yet they still are value for money. The region is characterised by a lower security level in comparison to other road trips, but do not worry, staying cautious while on the road will increase the security of you and your passengers. A high number of accidents and moving on the left are characteristic features of the road environment in Namibia. The period between August and April is thought to be the best for taking the road trip.

START Windhoek

Distance 2,473 km Driving time 42.8 h Pace: modest 643.0 kWh Airports WDH
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Your journey starts at the Windhoek Airport. It is precisely the place where you can collect your rental vehicle.

1 Windhoek - Swakopmund

Distance 369 km Driving time 3.7 h Pace: fast 110.7 kWh View map Itinerary
junction of road trips interesting  historic site attractive landscape accommodation options
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2 Swakopmund - Palmwag

Distance 430 km Driving time 9.0 h Pace: modest 111.7 kWh View map Itinerary
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3 Palmwag - Opuwo

Distance 268 km Driving time 5.2 h Pace: modest 69.7 kWh View map Itinerary
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4 Opuwo - Epupa Falls

Distance 174 km Driving time 3.8 h Pace: modest 45.3 kWh View map Itinerary
attractive landscape
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5 Epupa Falls - Ruacana

Distance 163 km Driving time 4.8 h Pace: slow 37.4 kWh View map Itinerary
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6 Ruacana - Fort Namutoni

Distance 339 km Driving time 5.5 h Pace: fast 101.6 kWh View map Itinerary
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7 Fort Namutoni - Okaukuejo

Distance 132 km Driving time 2.5 h Pace: modest 34.2 kWh View map Itinerary
junction of road trips attractive landscape
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8 Okaukuejo - Waterberg Plateau

Distance 290 km Driving time 4.1 h Pace: fast 87.0 kWh View map Itinerary
attractive landscape
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9 Waterberg Plateau - Windhoek

Distance 309 km Driving time 4.3 h Pace: fast 92.8 kWh View map Itinerary
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North Namibia Road Trip Summary

The above tour will become an ideal inspiration for your future travels.
Our tour can be used as a base that you can recreate in its entirety or only partially and that can be enriched with original stopovers of your choice.
If car travel is a means of travel that you prefer, you probably wonder about things to keep in mind while behind the wheel. These tips will surely become useful for tourists who are interested in car hire or camper rental.
There are a number of traffic rules to be mindful of while driving around Namibia. To be on the safe side, try avoiding alcoholic beverages at any cost. Tourists ought to remember that the amount of alcohol that can be consumed is low and amounts to only 0.5‰. When it comes to travelling inside the cities, it is best to never exceed 60km/h. When travelling in non-build-up areas, you should stick to the maximum car speed of 120km/h. Avoid driving faster than the maximum speed of 120km/h when driving on motorways. In order to stay safe, we recommend driving with your headlights on at daytime and equipping your car with a first aid kit and fire extinguisher.
But what are the costs of the whole trip. Well, depending on your needs, the amount of money that you have to pay may vary. A wide range of budget possibilities is presented below.
We estimate that the cheapest option when it comes to fuel to cover the planned 10 stages while travelling around Namibia can cost roughly 275 EUR. Economy accommodation options may cost you around 616 EUR. If the this option is your target, you should be prepared to spend around 504 EUR on food and restaurants. Travellers will have to pay approximately 630 EUR if they aim for the budget car hire option as well. Thus, you can expect the travel expenses to be around 1,395 EUR without vehicle hire and 2,025 EUR with vehicle rental.
When it comes to the standard offer, you have to spend the maximum of 375 EUR on the gasoline needed to cover the trip. If you are into standard accommodation options, you should bear in mind that the expenses may amount up to more or less 1,232 EUR. Drivers may expect that the standard option in terms of restaurants and food will cost approximately 672 EUR. Travellers who want to cover the tour in a standard hire vehicle should expect a cost of around 945 EUR. Summing up the standard offer, the estimated cost of the road trip will total roughly 3,224 EUR for holidaymakers who would like to try car hire and 2,279 EUR for those who are not interested in rental.
The highest level of comfort of the premium option will meet the expectations of the most demanding holidayers. Drivers who would like to rent a car will pay approximately 5,307 EUR for the whole road trip, whereas those who are not interested in vehicle rental will spend roughly 3,627 EUR. Travellers who want to cover the trip in a premium hire vehicle should expect a cost of approximately 1,680 EUR. In the premium option of the adventure, you have to spend the maximum of 463 EUR on the gasoline needed to cover the trip. Drivers who will go for top services in all aspects of their trip should expect to pay around 1,008 EUR for restaurants and food and about 2,156 EUR for accommodation options.
Our tour will also be superb for all camper enthusiasts, as it can be easily adjusted to their expectations. If you choose this travel option, it costs approximately 3,150 EUR. If you are wondering about the gasoline costs for the whole road trip, they will amount to around 563 EUR. Drivers who are interested in camper hire should expect to pay about 385 EUR for overnight stays and approximately 504 EUR for expenses connected with food.
The Road Trip Costs section presents all the presented details in an easy to follow way.
The part of Namibia showed in our adventure idea is perfect to be visited between August and April. If you like North Namibia Road Trip, you should definitely check out other beautiful scenic drives and road trips that are available on our website. The great diversity of ideas will surely meet the expectations of the most demanding travellers.

Facts for safer driving in Namibia

drink drive limit drink drive limit 0.5
max speed urban max speed urban 60 km/h
max speed rural max speed rural 120 km/h
max speed highway max speed highway 120 km/h
headlights at daytime headlights at daytime on
fire extinguisher fire extinguisher no
tolls tolls no
seat belts seat belts yes

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