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Driving Safety in Namibia

This article provides an overview about Driving Safety in Namibia. Indeed there have been a high number of road accidents involving European visitors, some of them fatal. Learn everything you need to know about driving in Namibia!


  • Driving at night (also at dawn and dusk) because there is a real danger of stray animals crossing the road.
  • Driving over 80km/h on the gravel roads because they are very slippery.

Safe Driving Hints:

  • Reduce speed and take extra care on our gravel roads.
  • Avoid driving at night.
  • Remember, Namibia is left hand drive.
  • Always be aware of Antelope and other wild animals on the road, especially early morning and evening.
  • Only overtake when you have a clear view.


  • Drive on the left side.
  • Keep your lights on at all times (so you can be seen because of the dust) .
  • Make sure that you are fully insured: vehicle, driver & passengers.
  • Make sure that your motor vehicle insurance also covers driving on gravel roads within Namibia and neighbouring countries.
  • Carry plenty of drinking water.
  • Keep your fuel tank topped up.
  • As distances are long, take as many breaks as you can. However, take care at roadside picnic stops, robberies have occurred.
  • Carry a first aid kit.
  • Punctures are common. If possible carry 2 spare tyres.

Have a safe drive!

gpsNamibian-safari.com / Okavango Car Hire contact numbers:

  • Office: 061 306553
  • After Hours: 081 124 1282

Other Emergency Numbers:

  • Police - Emergencies 10111
  • Med Rescue International: 061 23 0505
  • Int. SOS Namibia: (061) 230 505 / (061) 249 777


  • Ambulance (061) 21 1111
  • Fire Brigade (061) 21 1111
  • Medi-Clinic (061) 222 687
  • Roman Catholic Hospital (061) 270 2911
  • Rhino Park Hospital (061) 375 000


  • Ambulance (063) 202 446
  • Fire Brigade (Mr. Kloscha) 081 128 3667
  • Hospital (063) 202 446
  • Police (063) 202 225


  • Ambulance (064) 412 400
  • Fire Brigade (Mr. Kloscha) (064) 410 4111
  • Hospital (064) 412 400
  • Police (067) 402 431


  • Ambulance (067) 221 082
  • Fire Brigade (Mr. Kloscha) (067) 221 004
  • Hospital (067) 221 082
  • Police (067) 220 111


"Traveling with a 4WD with a tent on the roof is for us by far the best option to travel through Namibia: you have everything with you, you can drive in a comfortable way on gravel roads and you can drive/stop where and whenever you want. So we slept, had breakfast, made eggs or coffee with the nicest views possible and often without anyone for miles around. So we chose for 4WD with a tent on the roof and looked for a good company to rent such a vehicle. The company you choose is an important choice because if you travel by a rental car, your car is the most crucial part of your vacation. Certainly if you plan to do a trip on the hard roads of Namibia for almost 5000km like us (to Fish River Canyon, Luderitz, Naukluft, Walvisbay, Brandberg, Palmwag, Sesfontein, Etosha and Waterberg). During our trip we were very happy with the comfortable and solid car and with the good service. Thanks for everything!"
Inge and Steven, Germany
Windhoek, Namibia
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