How to Plan a Trip to Namibia & Botswana

by Martin Storbeck

Supplies

  • 4x4 Rental Car
  • Flight
  • Map
  • Overview of Campsites
  • Tyre Repair Kit
  • The best Navigator ever
  • Instructions

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    Did you ever want to see...

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    Elephant poop?

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    A lot of nothing?

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    Very old weeds?

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    Fog?

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    Or weird animals staring at you?

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    Then Namibia & Botswana are the perfect countries for your next vacation!

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    Here is what you need:

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    1. A Flight

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    Johannesburg, Cape Town and Windhoek are the best choices for starting your trip. It is very easy to rent a car there and gather supplies.

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    Stay at least one night to get rid of your jet lag and shop missing items for your trip.

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    2. 4x4 Rental Car

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    You want something like this. South Africans call it a Bakkie.

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    It is a pick-up truck with a roof tent and everything you need in the back to survive the next weeks

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    Those black boxes contain camping stuff, below you'll find a s cooker & chairs.

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    The big box on the right is a fridge.

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    The reason you need a 4x4? These roads...

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    ...and the fun in driving through dry riverbeds!

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    This is the largest traffic jam you'll experience!

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    If you don't count in goats...

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    3. Map

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    Well, we had a map.

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    The plan was: Being close to the airport 2 days before departure. And it is the only plan you'll ever need down there!

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    Locals will guide your way! Just talk to them. They'll tell you where to go, what to see & where to stay for the night.

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    4. Overview of Campsites

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    There is a great guide for all campsites & farms you'll find in Namibia, Botswana and South Africa!

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    Google "Thomas Richter Namibia" (maybe you have to use Google Translate)

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    Camping is not the same as in Europe!

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    You're usually alone in the middle of nowhere

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    But most of the times you have at least one farmer's dog watching over you.

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    5. Tyre Repair Kit

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    You'll experience this!

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    But there is no need to change tyres every time.

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    Ask for a tyre repair kit at the next garage. They'll show you how to use it.

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    It looks like this!

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    Monitor your tyre pressure and ask your rental company for advice in advance!

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    6. The best Navigator ever

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    Don't go alone. I always have this navigator with me. Very helpful!

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    Some of them are even great for opening gates

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    Important note: Consult your doctor for Hepatitis and Malaria risks and how your can reduce them!

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    FAQ: What about food?

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    Try local food!

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    But don't get eaten by locals....

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    You can get wood to start a fire everywhere. Ask the farmers for fresh game meat.

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    A typical evening scene.

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    Oh, and share your breakfast with the birds

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    FAQ: How do you take a shower?

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    There is a lot of dust!

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    But taking a bath after a long day is not an option.

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    You'll get hot water from donkeys.

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    This is a donkey.

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    This is an improvised donkey.

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    And this is an improvised shower.

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    FAQ: And how do you... You know!?!

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    Afraid of these???

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    No worries, they have water toilets ... in some places

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    In others you get ...

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    ... The long drop experience

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    But you have to follow the rules!

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    Note: It's the southern hemisphere! June = Winter / December = Summer

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    Additional advice: Not all signs should be taken too serious...

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    Thanks, Captain Obvious!

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    ... but some ...

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    ... this one as well ...

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    Yes, off road driving can kill you ...

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    ... but on the road it's not much better.

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    ... and some others even more!

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    One thing is for certain: Go there and you'll enjoy every minute of your trip!

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    Maybe you even find your dream house there!

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    All of this has happened before (2010) and all of this will happen again (this year)!

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    Search for the video of our latest trip on YouTube: "Namibia September 2010". ("Botswana August 2013" will follow by the end of this year)

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    Have a great trip!