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Driving Tips

Driving in Namibia

Namibia is a beautiful country and hiring a vehicle is an ideal way to explore it.

Driving tips

  • Before embarking on a long road trip, it is important to plan your route and fuel consumption as refueling stations are scarce along the roads.
  • Fuel: refueling stations (garages) are widely spread across Namibia. Most refueling stations are open 24 hours and only accept cash as payment. Bank credit cards will not be a valid form of payment at refueling stations (garages).
  • Only stop at refueling stations and designated picnic sites
  • Never pick up strangers
  • Avoid night driving due to poor visibility and the increasing movement of game in the evenings
  • Always be on the look out for wild animals as their movement is very unpredictable
  • Road rules prohibit driving while talking on a mobile phone, therefore a hands-free car kit is highly recommended.

Road Rules

  • Namibians drive on the left hand side of the road
  • Distance and speed limits are measured in kilometres
  • A maximum speed of 80 kph is to be adhered to on gravel roads and 120 kph on tarmac roads
  • Stopping on freeways/highways is prohibited unless you have been instructedto do so by a traffic officer

Speed Limits

  • Motorways/highways: 100–120 kph
  • Open roads: 120 kph
  • Rural roads: 80–100 kph
  • Towns/urban roads: 60 kph
  • Provincial roads: 60 – 80 kph
  • Road tolls: There are many road tolls within Namibia.