Car Rental in Namibia

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Walvis Bay Airport
Economy
Volkswagen Polo or similar
Volkswagen Polo
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Hertz
$22.78 per day
Downtown
Compact
Toyota Corolla Sedan or similar
Toyota Corolla Sedan
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Avis
$32.64 per day
Luderitz Airport
Full-size Extended Cab Pickup
Toyota Hilux or similar
Toyota Hilux
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Budget
$74.15 per day
Walvis Bay Airport
Economy Elite
Volkswagen Polo or similar
Volkswagen Polo
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Hertz
$25.38 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Windhoek Airport
Standard Elite SUV
Toyota Fortuner or similar
Toyota Fortuner
  • 7
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Hertz
$88.30 per day
Walvis Bay Airport
Compact
Toyota Corolla Quest or similar
Toyota Corolla Quest
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Hertz
$28.12 per day
Walvis Bay Airport
Compact Monospace
Volkswagen T-Cross or similar
Volkswagen T-Cross
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Hertz
$44.41 per day
Downtown
Compact SUV
Toyota Corolla Cross or similar
Toyota Corolla Cross
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Avis
$56.26 per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 05:52 on 2024-07-13. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
English, Afrikaans
Currency
NAD
Drive on
Left-hand side
Country code
+264
Average car rental price
$47 per day
Average car rental length
10 days
Speed limit within town
60 km/h or 37 mph
Speed limit out of town
80 - 120 km/h or 50 - 75 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
9.4 / 10

Why rent a car in Namibia?

Namibia is a great country to explore by car. The distances are huge, but the long traveling will be justified as there will always be a unique landscape awaiting you at the end, be it ocean, cliffs, or desert. 

Namibia

One-way Car Rentals in Namibia

Here are the most popular one-way rental options for pickup in Namibia and drop off in another country:

  • From Namibia to South Africa - 40 offers from $59.41 per day
  • From Namibia to Botswana - 7 offers from $59.41 per day

Top ways to enter Namibia

  • Windhoek Hosea Kutako Airport: Namibia’s main airport has flights to and from African destinations, the Middle East as well as European cities like Amsterdam and Frankfurt. It has some domestic flights but the majority of domestic flights fly out of Windhoek Eros Airport (ERS). 
  • Walvis Bay Airport: Namibia’s second international airport has good connections to Cape Town and Johannesburg in neighboring South Africa. 
  • Windhoek Eros Airport: The capital city’s other airport is quite small, but hosts flights to and from many domestic destinations.
  • By land: If your rental car provider permits it and you have the visa and other necessary entry documentation in order, it might be possible to pick up a car in a neighboring country and then drive to Namibia. Large international airports near Namibia include Cape Town Airport in South Africa and Gaborone Airport in Botswana. 

Top cities and places to visit

  • Windhoek: The capital of Namibia and the entry destination for most international visitors, Windhoek is a good place to collect your rental car and supplies for your road trip. However, don't spend too much time in lieu of seeing more of the country.
  • Walvis Bay: Located on the Atlantic Coast and also on the edge of the Namib Desert, Walvis Bay is an absolutely unique destination where you can go surfing or dolpin watching one day, then on a desert safari the next.
  • Swakopmund: Located next to Walvis Bay, this pretty Bavarian town offers excellent dining and shopping opportunities.
  • Nature Parks: Etosha National Park, Fish River Canyon Park, Waterberg Plateau Park are just some of the nature areas that are scattered throughout the country showcasing Namibia’s amazing wildlife and diverse landscapes.
  • Kaokoland: This area near the border with Angola might be a challenge to reach, but seeing the desert elephants and lions, mountains, and Epupa Waterfalls are just some of the reasons why the effortwill be more than justified.
  • Kalahari Desert: Located on the very east of the country, this desert’s landscape will make you truly feel like you’re on another planet.

Most popular rental car

The most popular rental car in Namibia is the Nissan X-Trail 4x4, but travelers also tend to pick the Toyota RAV4 and the Toyota Fortuner. Many roads are unpaved and it is best to have a high clearance 4x4 vehicle.

Driver's license requirements

  • Namibia only recognizes foreign driver’s licenses if you are visiting on a short trip and if they are written in English. If you’re residing in Namibia permanently, you need to obtain a local driver’s license.
  • If your driver’s license is printed in another language than English, you’ll need an International Driving Permit (IDP).
  • Similarly, if your driver’s license doesn’t show your photograph, you might be required to have an IDP.
  • Even if you have an IDP, you also need to keep your original license on you as you will be required to provide both.
  • You must carry your driver’s license, not a copy, with you at all times. 
  • You need to have had your driver’s license for at least two years.
  • Some rental car suppliers charge a young driver fee for drivers between the ages of 22 and 25 and a senior driver fee for drivers over the age of 65.
  • There may be additional requirements depending on the car supplier and category, so make sure to check the rental conditions before booking.

Crossing borders

Namibia borders Zambia, Angola, Botswana, and South Africa. Each of the countries has its own visa policy, so depending on your citizenship, you may or may not need a visa for visiting them. Generally speaking, citizens of most western nations can visit Botswana and South Africa visa-free, but visa policies change often, sometimes even week to week.

Due to insurance and border-crossing issues, most car rental companies do not permit crossing borders in a rental car. There are a few exceptions for cross-border trips to South Africa. You can look for the companies that allow this by entering your car pickup and dropoff locations and dates when searching or checking the rental conditions.

Most popular types of rental car

The most popular rental car type in Namibia is a full-size, followed by standard and compact. Large parts of Namibia’s terrain and roads can be challenging, especially the nature areas away from the main highways, so it would be a good idea to choose a powerful 4x4 vehicle with high clearance fit for the challenge. Make sure before you leave with your rental car that there is at least one extra tire in the trunk and the proper equipment to change it.

Top driving routes

  1. Windhoek - Walvis Bay (439 km / 273 mi) The distance between the two main cities of Namibia can be done in just about four hours if you drive the highways B1 and B2. Another option is to travel along Highways C22 and C14 which will take about 45 minutes longer, but will let you stop at Namib-Naukluft National Park on the way.
  2. Windhoek - Etosha National Park (415 km/257 miles) The distance between Windhoek and Etosha takes about 4 hours. The Park’s main characteristic is a salt pan so large it can be seen from space. Yet there is abundant wildlife giving you guaranteed wildlife sightings. It is one of the most accessible national parks in southern Africa and you can take a regular sedan car on its paved roads on your safari.
  3. Windhoek - Cape Town (1,519 km / 944 mi) Traveling by car from Windhoek to Cape Town, one of Africa’s most famous cities, takes at least two days, but many travelers still choose to do it as it lets you truly see and experience what Southwest Africa is about. Note that you’ll have to cross a national border, so check with your car rental provider first to make sure they allow it. Also, make sure if the citizens of your country need a visa to enter South Africa.
  4. Windhoek - Victoria Falls (1353 km/ 841 miles) The long drive will be justified not only in that you’ll get to see Victoria Falls on t Zambezi River, but also because a long part of it will take you through Namibia’s northeastern corridor and the Bwabwata National Park. 

Car rental prices

  • Large cars - from $68 per day
  • Medium cars - from $28 per day
  • Small cars - from $23 per day
  • SUVs - from $56 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

You can do a number of things to get a good car rental deal in Namibia:

  • Compare rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go to determine whether you can rely on a sedan or you will need a high clearance 4x4 vehicle.
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit during the low season when rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Namibia is the cheapest in May when renting a car is about 24% less than the yearly average and about 50% less than renting a car in August, the year’s most expensive month.
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What is the cheapest month to rent a car in Namibia?

The cost of renting a car in Namibia varies by season. The table and graph below can help you find the best time of year to save on a rental car.
Average rental costs per day in Namibia
$58.34
January
$71.37
February
$64.29
March
$67.43
April
$61.09
May
$65.94
June
$75.15
July
$76.09
August
$88.79
September
$68.56
October
$65.02
November
$64.55
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in Namibia is January — when rental costs average $58.34 per day. This is 15% cheaper than the yearly average and 34% cheaper than renting a car in September (when prices average $88.79 per day).

This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. How much your car rental will cost will depend on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you’ll rent it for, and how far ahead you book. Simply enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see the exact prices.

What’s the average rental length in Namibia?

How long renters typically keep their vehicle sometimes varies depending on the time of year. Travelers tend to keep their rental cars longer in November — an average of 16 days. They tend to keep them for a shorter time in February — an average of 8 days.
Average number of rental days in Namibia
10
January
8
February
11
March
11
April
9
May
10
June
11
July
15
August
13
September
10
October
16
November
11
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Namibia?

Based on how many customers search for a car in Namibia, the most popular month is December, while the least popular is November.
Monthly searches in Namibia by pick-up date relative to the average
104%
January
117%
February
64%
March
89%
April
82%
May
94%
June
117%
July
120%
August
138%
September
66%
October
53%
November
155%
December

Car rental information

Car rental locations 8
Airport locations 5
Popular suppliers Hertz, Europcar, Avis, Budget
Popular car categories SUVs, Small cars, Medium cars, Large cars
Lowest price $23 per day
Cheapest supplier Hertz

Most popular car models of rental suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Hertz Volkswagen Polo 5 1 Small cars
Hertz Toyota Hilux 5 4 SUVs
Europcar Toyota Fortuner 5 3 SUVs
Hertz Toyota Fortuner 5 1 SUVs
Europcar Toyota Urban Cruiser 5 2 SUVs
Hertz Volkswagen T-Cross 5 2 Medium cars
Europcar Toyota Hilux 4 5 Large cars
Europcar Nissan X-Trail 5 3 SUVs
Hertz Toyota Corolla Quest 4 2 Medium cars
Europcar Toyota Corolla Cross 5 3 SUVs

Our customers' reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have the option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic.

Canada
Toyota Hilux
April 26, 2024
Visited Namibia with our truck, everything went very smoothly
Slovenia
Toyota Hilux
May 7, 2023
Great nature, good food.
South Africa
Volkswagen Polo
March 6, 2023
At first i was reluctant to rent a car because I was only concerned about the amount required to rent a car. I did not realize the advantages I was going to lose if I did not rent the car. I was able to move around with ease and visited all the places that I wanted to visit at my own time. I would encourage other visitors to make use of this service
South Africa
VW Polo
April 2, 2022
Feel that special price should be offered for low mileage, only Windhoek city use.
United Kingdom
VW Polo
August 16, 2019
Wonderful country to visit. However if travelling on non main road (B numbered) try and get car with high wheel base and give yourselves more time than you expect to reach destination, for instance 40km distance will easily take over one hour (unless you want to damage the vehicle!!) or have 4x4 and high wheel base.
Australia
Nissan X-Trail 4x4
June 7, 2019
We toured Namibia and loved it all!
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Car Rental Statistics

Highest-rated company
Europcar
9 / 10
)
Lowest-rated company
Budget
7.7 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
9
Total rental companies
4
Average daily price
$46.51
Lowest daily price
$22.78
Total cars available
49

Top 4 suppliers in Namibia in 2024

Europcar
Europcar
Exceptional 9 / 68 reviews
4 locations
$100 - $101
Hertz
Hertz
Very good 8.9 / 161 reviews
4 locations
$23 - $90
Avis
Avis
Good 7.8 / 21 reviews
7 locations
$31 - $69
Budget
Budget
Good 7.7 / 1 review
7 locations
$34 - $74
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