"Want a picnic site away from it all?" Top 5 Page for this destination Namib-Naukluft Park Things to Do Tip by CatherineReichardt

Namib-Naukluft Park Things to Do: 81 reviews and 169 photos

  Isolated enough for you?
by CatherineReichardt
 
 

Tired of sharing your space with others? Weary of picknicking cheek-by-jowl with fellow tourists? Ever wanted to really get away from it all?

Well, Namibia in general - and the Namib Naukluft park in particular - is the place for you! The splendid isolation of this picnic spot is quite beyond dispute ... and what the camera can't show is the 30km radius of similarly majestic nothingness that surrounds it!!!

The Namib gets hellish hot in the middle of the day, even in winter, and for fear of stating the obvious, there is absolutely no shade - the tree in picture was literally the only one for kilometres. This little picnic spot with its metal roof may have been very basic, but it was an exceedingly welcome spot to break our journey and quench our thirst.

It may sound obvious, but in such an arid environment, you need to keep hydrated, and you must travel with sufficient water to tide you through an emergency. Even driving in an air conditioned vehicle will dehydrate you, so aim to drink two litres of water a day to counteract this even if you're sitting in your vehicle all day.

Despite taking every reasonable precaution, there are also times when you may find yourself stranded because your vehicle's broken down, the road is impassable or - most often - you've miscalculated the huge distances (and the impact the aircon has on fuel consumption) and have run out of fuel. Under these circumstances, it's important not to panic - virtually all of Namibia has cellphone coverage, so you should be able to call for help to either the car hire company or the accommodation you're heading for - but make sure that you have enough water to be able to comfortable sit out what might be quite a wait. In case of the vehicle overheating, it's also sensible to have water available to top up the radiator.

My rule of thumb is to travel with about 20 litres of water - all supermarkets and petrol stations will sell water very affordably in 5 litre plastic containers (sometimes larger) which you can then refill en route.

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  • Updated Jul 25, 2012
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