Are there any special requirements for driving or hiring a car in Namibia?
Driving in Namibia can be a wonderful experience, giving you the freedom to explore the vast and beautiful country. However driving in Namibia is different from driving in the UK or other developed areas such as Europe and the United States, so take care and take the time to understand how to drive safe in Namibia.
The major national roads:
The national roads of Namibia are all labelled with the letter ‘B’. These will take you to the major destinations throughout the country. For example:
B2 from Walvis Bay to Okahandja – 285km
The major roads are tarred and in good condition for driving.
The secondary roads:
The secondary roads are mostly un-tarred, gravel or dirt roads and best avoided unless you really need to use them. Secondary roads are identified with a ‘C’ or ‘D’ prefix. A 4x4 vehicle or similar is advisory is you are planning on using the secondary roads.
Seat Belt Laws
All passengers should wear a seat belt when travelling in a car in Namibia.
Drinking and Driving
The permitted blood alcohol limit is the same as the UK – 0.05%. Alcohol is best avoided all together when driving.
Must Have Documents
- Insurance documents
- Identification documents
- Equipment for in the event of a flat tyre (punctures are probable on gravel roads)
- Roadside emergency kit
- Basic first aid kit
- UK photo card driving licence
*It is advisable to always carry water and snacks on you. It is possible to drive for very long distances in the heat without any stopping/refreshment points.
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Minimum Driving Age
You have to be 18 years or older to drive in Namibia. You need to be 23 years of age to hire a car.
Safety Camera Warning Devices
On the Spot Fines
Child Safety Rules
Fully comprehensive insurance is strongly advised (as opposed to third party). Unfortunately accidents do happen quite frequently in Namibia due to the condition of the roads you will likely drive on and the large number of animals and livestock in the roads. Check your insurance policy carefully to see if you are covered in the event of such an accident in Namibia.
Rules of the Road
- Driving is on the left hand side of the road
- Observe road signs, especially those indicating a curve ahead or warnings of animals ahead.
- In dusty conditions drive with your lights on
- Drive carefully when entering villages or towns
- If you drive through any farm gates, ensure you close them behind you.
- Don’t hail taxis from the streets
- At an intersection with ‘stop’ signs the person arriving first has right of way.
Using Mobile Phones when driving
It is not permissible to use a mobile phone whilst driving.
Red and white signs on the road signal ‘no parking’. Yellow and white markings signal short-term parking. Diagonal white lines are for motorcycles only.
Motor Way Signs
Road signs are in English in Namibia.
The motorways are toll roads and you are charged at each section depending on how far you have travelled. It is recommended to have change on you at all times for such roads.
What to do in an emergency
The police phone number is 1011
There are several fuelling stations along the national roads in Namibia, but it is a vast and sparsely populated country so always ensure you have enough petrol or diesel in your car to get you to your next stopping point.
Many of the petrol stations do not accept card payments, so ensure you always carry cash with you.