In the south west of Africa, the vast country of Namibia is one of the best places on earth for a safari holiday. The vast plains that dominate the landscape make it a great place to visit for anyone who has a love of nature, especially if they want to travel across the long roads that span the length and breadth of Namibia.
Aside from having the opportunity to observe the amazing wildlife, Namibia is home to Fish River Canyon- the second largest canyon in the world. The Namib Desert is another attraction which stretches for close to 600 miles along the coast; it has some of the world’s highest sand dunes and is surrounded by national parks. The country’s German colonial past is evident in the architecture of Windhoek.
What are the roads like in Namibia?
In spite of the large distances between towns and cities, the major roads in Namibia are well-maintained. The primary routes are paved, while minor roads are made with fine gravel. Only the smaller routes are likely to give you problems and it’s worth noting that some Namibian roads aren’t too kind to tyres.
What are the drivers like in Namibia?
Not too many people in Namibia own a car, but those who do are patient and courteous to fellow motorists, making your driving experience all the more pleasant. However, there is always the risk of being hit from behind in the event of a traffic jam. If this happens to you, don’t get out of your car.
What are the best times to drive?
Being a sparsely populated country, Namibia doesn’t have too many problems in relation to traffic. This means that driving at any time during the day won’t give you much cause for concern. It’s generally recommended not drive at night, especially away from Windhoek and other cities as wildlife are known to walk in the road, causing a serious hazard to drivers.
What are the driving laws?
You need a valid driving licence and an up-to-date passport for yourself and anyone who’s travelling with you. It’s important that you take safety precautions such as wearing your seatbelts and having a couple of spare tyres in the boot. You need to make sure that all your doors and windows are locked when you leave your car.
When it’s raining in Namibia, you must make sure that you’re driving a four-wheel drive vehicle as it can be hard to drive on the gravel roads.
Filling up can sometimes be a problem, as there are often long distances between petrol stations. Fuel shortages sometimes occur.
Ensure that you park your hire car in a busy, well-lit area. This is easier in Windhoek and Walvis Bay.