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Driving in Namibia.

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The wildlife country.

A beautiful country with so much to see, getting around Namibia at your own pace is an ideal method of travel. With long distances to cover, infrequent fuel stations, and poor mobile phone coverage outside of the large towns, travelling around Namibia can be challenging.

Famous for its game and wildlife, you should always be on the lookout for animals when driving here and heed warning signs; warthogs, kudus and elephants can cause serious problems so if you see warning signs, slow your speed as a precaution. Try to avoid driving at night as much as possible as wildlife is more active at this time and therefore the risk is increased.

During the rainy season, roads can become impassable due to temporary flooding. Do not attempt to cross flowing water as it may be deeper than it looks and could also cause substantial damage to your car. Just wait it out until it subsides a little, usually within an hour or two.

Read our Namibia travel guide and find out more about this fantastic country. You may also like to view information about destinations in Namibia.

Tips for driving in Namibia

Driving licence

It is advisable to carry your driving license at all times. There are roadblocks both in and out of Windhoek and your license must be produced if requested. This is routine and nothing to worry about.

Which side of the road do they drive on?

Drive on the left, overtake on the right. Four way intersections and four way stops are used here. The traffic flow is dictated by the order of arrival at the intersection, with the person arriving first having right of way.

Seat belts

If fitted, seat belts must be worn at all times by all occupants of the vehicle.

Blood alcohol limit

The blood alcohol limit is 50mg alcohol per 100ml of blood.

Can I use a mobile?

It’s illegal to use a mobile unless you have a hands-free kit.


Try to always park in a busy, well-lit area and don’t leave anything valuable in the vehicle.

Horns and headlights

Roads can get dusty and in such instances, driving with your lights on, even during the day is recommended.

Driving in rural Namibia

Try to drive in tracks on gravel roads to reduce any damage to the side walls of the tyres on the vehicle.

Be vigilant and keep your eyes peeled for animals straying near to or into the road. Slow right down and approach with caution. Do not swerve for animals as this may cause the vehicle to roll, particularly on gravel roads.

What should I do if I breakdown?

If you breakdown, call the supplier who will be able to advise you further. It is recommended you contact ourselves at the same time to ensure you follow the correct procedure.

What should I do if I have an accident?

If you’re in an accident, you MUST notify the Police and the car rental provider and get an accident report for insurance purposes. Failure to do so may result in you footing the whole bill. It is recommended that you contact us at the same time to ensure you follow the correct procedure.

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