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