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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. 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.

A road in Namibia

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.

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