Driving on Namibian roads
As lovely as the self-drive tour might be, as dangerous are our streets/roads if you are not used to them. The experience you might have gained through driving in Europe does very seldom apply to the Namibian roads. Most of the accidents that happen on Namibian roads are caused by driving too fast. The speed-limit on gravel roads of 60-70 km/h should never be exceeded. Please act according to the road-signs, especially those that mark sharp turns, where the speed should be reduced drastically.
Here are some hints for safe driving on Namibian roads
- On dusty roads, the lights of the vehicle should be switched on so that oncoming traffic can see you.
- If a vehicle should come towards you, please go as far left as possible and slow down.
- Tyre pressure is very important and should be checked regularly.
- Unless unavoidable, you should not drive after sunset. Please watch out for animals crossing the road.
- The gravel roads are extremely slippery after rain. Never drive through flowing rivers.
- Watch out for places where water has damaged the surface of the road.
- The vehicle should always be driven with both hands on the steering-wheel.
- When planning you trip, try not to exceed distances of 350km per day. This will give you time for sightseeing, breaks and taking of pictures.
- If you are travelling for the first time in a four-wheel drive vehicle, a first night at a hotel, lodge or guest farm is advisable.