Solo travel in Namibia

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Namibia is a safe, tourist-friendly country with excellent infrastructure despite its sparse habitation, so as a solo traveller you don’t need to worry about safety. As a solo traveller you have the option of joining an organised safari tour to travel in a group, or you can travel completely solo, hiring a car and driving yourself around.

Highlights

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If you like to be around other travellers, then the best places to explore as a solo traveller are the most popular ones: Etosha National Park in the north and Sossusvlei and Swakopmund in central Namibia. In each of these places you’ll find camps and lodges where you can meet up with other travellers, and a host of activities on offer where you can join up with other groups. In northern Namibia, the Zambezi Region, which is popular with overlanders and backpackers, is another place where you’ll easily be able to meet up with other travellers.

Seeing lions, elephants and rhino on guided game drives in Etosha National Park, meeting new friends around the fire at a camp in the Zambezi Region, skydiving, sandboarding and drinking beer with locals in Swakopmund, soaking up the silence and timeless beauty of the desert atop a dune in the sand sea of Sossusvlei.

Travel tips

  • The only thing that you really need to be aware of as a solo traveller in Namibia is long driving distances in remote areas – you will often drive for hours without coming across a gas station or town. Make sure that your lodge or hotel knows to expect you in case you have a breakdown.

  • It’s also a good idea to tell someone where you’re going if you head off from your lodge or camp on a day hike. If possible, join up with a guided hike or find someone to hike with, as it’s much safer to hike in a pair or a group in case of an emergency.


Popular Namibia Safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

Red dunes | Short and Sweet Sossusvlei Sojourn (5 days)

Short and Sweet Sossusvlei Sojourn (5 days)

Reconnect with nature in Namibia's southern desert and marvel at Sossusvlei's high red dunes glowing in the early morning light...

 | Best of Namibia Self-Drive Adventure (8 days)

Best of Namibia Self-Drive Adventure (8 days)

Explore Namibia like never before...

 | Etosha National Park Road Trip Adventure (8 days)

Etosha National Park Road Trip Adventure (8 days)

Drive yourself through the majestic landscapes of Namibia en-route to Etosha and spend your days searching for, and finding the wildlife that Etosha is known for...

 | South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)

South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)

This is a great adventure, travelling up the West Coast of South Africa and visiting iconic destinations in southern Namibia...

 | Exciting Family Safari in Botswana and Namibia (11 days)

Exciting Family Safari in Botswana and Namibia (11 days)

Enjoy both Botswana's Okavango Delta and Namibia's Caprivi Strip on a safari holiday filled with fun ...

 | Affordable Luxury in Namibia (11 days)

Affordable Luxury in Namibia (11 days)

From the capital of Windhoek to the pristine Ongava Private Game Reserve, this Namibian adventure has all the elements of an unforgettable safari into the untamed wilderness...

Scenery | Namibia’s Sossusvlei, Damaraland and Kunene Luxury Safari (7 days)

Namibia's Sossusvlei, Damaraland and Kunene Luxury Safari (7 days)

Experience Sossusvlei's red dunes glowing in the early morning light, find desert-adapted elephant in Damaraland and meet the Himba nomads in Namibia's far north-west...

 | Namibia Safari on Board the Rovos Rail (9 days)

Namibia Safari on Board the Rovos Rail (9 days)

Immerse yourself in the luxury and old-world charm of this train journey through a land as old as time...

 | Nambian Desert to Coast Self-Drive Road Trip (9 days)

Nambian Desert to Coast Self-Drive Road Trip (9 days)

From the famous Sossusvlei, quaint Swakopmund, historical Damaraland and on towards Etosa National Park, this road trip through Namibia is an authentic and different take on a safari......

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