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Insurance
ACCIDENT INSURANCE8.1The vehicle shall be at the sole risk of the renter throughout the rental period, the renter shall be bound by these terms and conditions whether he was driving or not.8.2The renter shall be liable for any loss of, or damage to the vehicle and any other expenses incurred in recovering the vehicle during the rental period howsoever the loss or damage is caused and whether or not it is attributed to his fault or negligence, provided that none of the situations or circumstances set out in 8.3 is applicable, the renter’s liability in respect of each incident giving rise to such loss or damage as the case may be, shall be limited to the excess mentioned in the rental form.8.3 The renter’s liability shall not be limited if:8.3.1the loss or damage or event giving rise thereto was caused by the fault or negligence of the renter or the driver (whether authorised or not) of the vehicle; or8.3.2the loss or damage or the event giving rise thereto occurred in a situation where no other vehicle or animal object was involved, unless the renter us able to prove that the loss or damage or event rise thereto was not caused by the fault or negligence of the renter or the driver (whether authorised or not) of the vehicle or8.3.3at the time of the occurrence of the loss or damage or event giving rise thereto8.3.3.1the vehicle was being driven on a road which was not tarred or generally whose condition was otherwise not suitable for the vehicle or8.3.3.2the vehicle was being used for a purpose prohibited in terms of 6.1 or was being driven contrary to any other provision of 6.1 or8.3.3.3the vehicle was being driven by a person not authorized to do so in terms of 7.1 or 7.2 or8.3.3.4in case of theft or loss of or from damage to the vehicle, the renter was in breach of6.2 or8.3.3.5without derogating from any of the foregoing, the renter was in material breach, or was committing a material breach, of this agreement or8.3.3.6 after the occurrence of the loss or damage or event giving rise thereto the renter breaches any of the provisions of 9.8.4According where 8.3 is applicable the renter shall pay to Melbic Car Rentals the cost of repairs to the vehicle or if the vehicle or any part of it has been stolen or damaged beyond economic repair the fair market value thereof before the damage occurred.
02 August 2017

Travel & Safety Tips
In Namibia you always drive on the left side of the road. Be sure you have your international licence with you at all times when driving. Do a daily check on your vehicle of all the important things, eg. Tyres, brakes, 2x spare tyres, check pressure, all tools (jack, jack handle, and wheel spanner. Make sure all your valuables are locked up and the vehicle is at all times locked when not driving it, also make sure that the vehicle is safely parked when not in the vehicle. Wearing of seat belts is compulsory and nobody is allowed to speak on a cell phone while driving a vehicle.Gravel roads: Safe speed on gravel roads are 60 – 80 km / h. At this speed you will most properly be in a situation to control the vehicle in a dangerous situation. Be careful at turns on the road and reduce your speed to under 60 km/h for preventing the sliding action around any corner on the gravel road. Not all corners do have signals to indicate a dangerous corner, so always be on the lookout for that. In Namibia the road surface can change daily from soft to a hard surfaces and vice versa. Always be careful at corrugation on the road, because that is when people is losing control of the vehicle and causing an accident. Tarred roads: Maximum speed on a tarred road is 120km/h. When approaching a town the speed limit change to 60 km/h, the traffic on these roads are minimal and people tend to over speed. Please keep by the speed limit for your own safety and others. Always be on the lookout for wild animals when driving in Namibia. Do stop enough times on the road when travelling long distances and do not drive when you are tired. There are lots of turn off resting tables next to the road for anybody to take a well-deserved rest.More tips while travelling in Namibia: Animals. If you see animals while travelling on any road slow down and be cautious. Do not swerve to avoid the animal because rollover of the vehicle may occur. Do not travel at night because the risk of a collision with animals is bigger, because animals are more active during the night. The slower you drive the more animals you will see, due to the camouflage of the animals in there surroundings and the bushes. Try to be at your destination before dark (17h00)Water, Fuel and food: Distances can be great when travelling Namibia therefore always make sure that the vehicle is filled up when travelling. Do have cash money with you because not all filling station have card facilities. If travelling to far remote areas it is a good thing to take along an extra jerry can with diesel or petrol for safety. Most rental vehicles have a double fuel tank and will be mostly effective with no need for a jerry can.A suggestion to everybody who is travelling Namibia, is to always have enough water (at least 20-25 lit.) for emergencies or any breakdowns that can occur on the trip. Food as well for that unexpected break downs in remote areas or simply on the road. When visit the northern parts of Namibia always be prepared and take along mosquito and insect repellents, the northern part of Namibia is a malaria-endemic area. Try, when sleeping, to do that under a net for safety and comfort. Your medical doctor will give you the best advice for these areas. A suggestion to everybody who is travelling Namibia, is to always have enough water (at least 20-25 lit.) for emergencies or any breakdowns that can occur on the trip. Food as well for that unexpected break downs in remote areas or simply on the road. When visit the northern parts of Namibia always be prepared and take along mosquito and insect repellents, the northern part of Namibia is a malaria-endemic area. Try, when sleeping, to do that under a net for safety and comfort. Your medical doctor will give you the best advice for these areas.
15 June 2016

Hints When You Are On Tour In Namibia
Vehicle tyresCheck the vehicle tyres every 2nd day for the pressure, and if there are no chips on the tyre threat. An average pressure for the tyres is between 1.8 and 2.0 bar ( that is for gravel and tarred roads) Do not deflate tyres more than 1.2 bar in case of thick sand and pump after sand back, to normal.The Namibian law states that tyre treat must not be lower than 3 mm. Most Car Rentals replace tyres at 4 mm and even 5mm.Relining and wheel balancing were done before every rental, if you have problems with that go to any tyre shop and fix it as soon as possible .. it is for your own safetyCheck your wheel nuts every 2-3 days.
12 January 2016

Road Tips For Travel In Namibia
Road Tips For Travel In Namibia
1. Clothing and Personal CareIt is recommended to wear sun block at all times.Bring a hat and sunglasses - Namibia has sunshine through out the year.As Namibia has a typical semi-dessert climate with hot days and cool nights, warm clothing is necessary no matter what part of Namibia is visited.When visiting during the summer it is advisable to pack cotton clothing.Points for electric shavers (electric current 250VAC) are available at most hotels, rest-camps and resorts2. Fire ArmsHand guns are not permitted in NamibiaDeclare all firearms and ammunition irrespective of where the permit was obtained3. Malaria PreventionNorthern Namibia is a Malaria-endemic zone. Travelers should have the necessary medication/prophylaxis, insect repellent lotions or sprays.It is advisable to sleep under a mosquito net at night when visiting Northern NamibiaIf windows and doors are not screened with mosquito netting, keep the windows and doors closed.4. Photographer TipsKeep film in a cool box especially while traveling.It is advisable to have all lenses fitted with UV or have filters due to harsh light.5. SafetyWhen traveling by road keep your vehicle locked at all times.Visible articles in the car should be placed out of sight so as not to tempt petty "thieves".Lock valuables in a safe placeBe aware of handbag snatchers, pick pockets or suspicious looking persons.Extreme caution should be exercised when considering bathing in African rivers. Most rivers carry the Bilharzia patho-gene and harbour dangerous crocodiles and hippos.6. Road TravelPetrol stations are available throughout Namibia and are located approximately 250 km apart. However, they do not accept credit cards as a form of payment for petrol. Ensure that you have cash (N$/SAR).Traffic in Namibia is left-hand driven as United Kingdom.Use of seat belts in Namibia is compulsory.It is advisable not to drive at night because wild animals become more active at sunset and sunrise.Switch on the headlights of your vehicle to be more visible in dusty conditions on the road.Permits must be obtained when traveling to National Parks or Game Reserves.7. Water UseWater is Namibia's scarcest commodity. Tourists can contribute positively to water-saving efforts.Where possible take a shower rather than a bath.It is illegal to wash a car using a hosepipe. Use a bucket of water and cloth instead.Minimize on leaving water running while shaving, brushing teeth or washing hands.Tap water is drinkable in Namibia unless you are advised otherwise concerning a particular location.When traveling by road ensure you have adequate drinking water.
25 November 2015

What To Do: When Faced With Thick Sand And Flowing Rivers
What To Do: When Faced With Thick Sand And Flowing Rivers
Thick SandWhen approaching any thick sand, stop, analyse the situation and decide what you must and can do to the obstacle.Deflate the tyres to min 1.2bar, put your vehicle in 4 low gear, get momentum (20-30km /h) and drive through. ( it is always good to have a speed (20 to 40km /h) before you went into thick sand. When very thick sand, you can put on the diff lock for better traction in the sand with all 4 wheels.Always engage the 4x4 and diff lock when you are not using it any more (after the sand obstacle)Remember if you deflated your vehicle tyres to pump it afterwards, before you go onto the normal road again, you will be issued with a small compressor pump, before leaving on your trip.The biggest “trick” to go through any thick sand is to have enough momentum (speed) to pass the obstacle (depends on the length and sand thickness of the obstacle at least 30 to 50 km/h)Flowing RiversWhen approaching a flowing river, stop and walk through the river. Walk on the exact row and width of the front wheels. Then you can see if there are any holes or big stone in line with the wheels of the vehicle.If you knees are under the water level do not went through the river. Your knee’s height is the maximum for the vehicle to pass through. If the level is to high wait until it is going down.When it is clear and safe to cross the river, put the vehicle in 4 high and cross as fast as you can, because the river might getting stronger in a short period of time.(Please note this is against Melbic's terms and conditions to ride through a flowing river as it can damage the vehicle)
17 November 2015