Driving Info

Namibia's road network is good but speed contributes to many accidents

Speed Limits

Tarred/gravel roads in urban areas : 60 km/h
Tarred roads outside urban areas : 120 km/h
Gravel roads outside urban areas : 100 km/h

During the last few years, there have been many road accidents involving European visitors, many of which have been fatal.

Drive with Caution

  • Do NOT drive at night (or at dawn and dusk) because there is a real danger of stray animals crossing the road.
  • Avoid driving over 80km/h on gravel roads because the loose surface can cause loss of control without any warning.


  • Drive on the left side of the road.
  • Use headlights all the time so that you can be seen through the dust.
  • Make sure you are fully insured - vehicle, driver and passengers.
  • Ensure that your motor vehicle insurance covers driving on gravel roads within Namibia (and in neighbouring countries, if relevant).
  • Carry plenty of drinking water.
  • Top up your fuel tank at every opportunity.
  • Driving distances can be very long, so take frequent breaks. Take care at road-side picnic spots because they are frequently targeted by thieves.
  • Carry a first-aid kit.
  • Punctures are common. If possible, carry two spare tyres.

Have a Safe Drive!

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