Is sometimes the only way between point A and point B in Namibia. But it’s really nothing like hitchhiking in the US. It’s basically a form of public transportation, so there’s a system to it. Each town has a “hike point,” or sometimes a few hike points for people going in different directions. You can hail any car like it’s a cab, bargain with the driver over the cost of the ride, and hop in.
It sometimes takes a while to find a ride, because in some parts of Namibia cars are few and far between. But it’s cheap, and sometimes it’s fun.
Sydney and I went to visit Matt in his village, Ndiyona, which is about 100 kilometers from Rundu. After we had been waiting at least an hour for a ride back to Rundu, a pickup truck finally stopped for us. There were eight other people sitting in the back. Also, this dead cow.
Obviously we sat on top of the dead cow.