Travel & Safety Tips

In Namibia you always drive on the left side of the road. Be sure you have your international licence with you at all times when driving.
Do a daily check on your vehicle of all the important things, eg. Tyres, brakes, 2x spare tyres, check pressure, all tools (jack, jack handle, and wheel spanner.
Make sure all your valuables are locked up and the vehicle is at all times locked when not driving it, also make sure that the vehicle is safely parked when not in the vehicle.
Wearing of seat belts is compulsory and nobody is allowed to speak on a cell phone while driving a vehicle.


Gravel roads:
Safe speed on gravel roads are 60 – 80 km / h. At this speed you will most properly be in a situation to control the vehicle in a dangerous situation. Be careful at turns on the road and reduce your speed to under 60 km/h for preventing the sliding action around any corner on the gravel road. Not all corners do have signals to indicate a dangerous corner, so always be on the lookout for that.
In Namibia the road surface can change daily from soft to a hard surfaces and vice versa. Always be careful at corrugation on the road, because that is when people is losing control of the vehicle and causing an accident.



Tarred roads:
Maximum speed on a tarred road is 120km/h. When approaching a town the speed limit change to 60 km/h, the traffic on these roads are minimal and people tend to over speed. Please keep by the speed limit for your own safety and others. Always be on the lookout for wild animals when driving in Namibia. Do stop enough times on the road when travelling long distances and do not drive when you are tired. There are lots of turn off resting tables next to the road for anybody to take a well-deserved rest.



More tips while travelling in Namibia:
Animals.
If you see animals while travelling on any road slow down and be cautious. Do not swerve to avoid the animal because rollover of the vehicle may occur. Do not travel at night because the risk of a collision with animals is bigger, because animals are more active during the night. The slower you drive the more animals you will see, due to the camouflage of the animals in there surroundings and the bushes. Try to be at your destination before dark (17h00)

Water, Fuel and food:
Distances can be great when travelling Namibia therefore always make sure that the vehicle is filled up when travelling. Do have cash money with you because not all filling station have card facilities. If travelling to far remote areas it is a good thing to take along an extra jerry can with diesel or petrol for safety. Most rental vehicles have a double fuel tank and will be mostly effective with no need for a jerry can.
A suggestion to everybody who is travelling Namibia, is to always have enough water (at least 20-25 lit.) for emergencies or any breakdowns that can occur on the trip. Food as well for that unexpected break downs in remote areas or simply on the road.
When visit the northern parts of Namibia always be prepared and take along mosquito and insect repellents, the northern part of Namibia is a malaria-endemic area. Try, when sleeping, to do that under a net for safety and comfort. Your medical doctor will give you the best advice for these areas.



A suggestion to everybody who is travelling Namibia, is to always have enough water (at least 20-25 lit.) for emergencies or any breakdowns that can occur on the trip. Food as well for that unexpected break downs in remote areas or simply on the road.
When visit the northern parts of Namibia always be prepared and take along mosquito and insect repellents, the northern part of Namibia is a malaria-endemic area. Try, when sleeping, to do that under a net for safety and comfort. Your medical doctor will give you the best advice for these areas.