Driving in Namibia

For driving in Namibia, foreign visitors must have full valid driver licence issued in their domestic countries. If a driver license is not in English, you need to also have an International driving permit.

The main traffic rules;

  • Traffic flaws on the left hand side
  • Seatbelts are compulsary for all people in the car
  • It is not permitted to use a mobile phone whilst driving
  • The permitted blood alcohol limit is 0.05%
  • At intersection with STOP signs, the person arriving first has right of way
  • The speed limit is: on motorways - 120 km/h (75mph); on open roads - 80 km/h (50mph); in built up areas - 60km/h (37mph). 

Additional Information:

  • While driving, drivers should always be very careful and lookout for animals which are very common on the rural roads. Elephants, warthogs and Kudus may be a very serious problem so drivers should heed warning signals and try to avoid driving at night. 
  • During rainy season, it may not be possible to use some roads since flooding occurs. It is recommended to avoid crossing flowing water because it may be deeper that it looks. 
  • In and out of Windhoek, there are roadblocks. Drivers might be requested to show their driver licenses when crossing roadblocks so they should carry their driving licenses at all times while driving.
  • Drivers should carry while driving valid driver licenses and international driving permits, registration and insurance documents.
  • It is recommended to drive with your headlights on even during the day as roads can be dusty.
  • Whilst driving, it is recommended to keep a firm grip with both hands on the steering wheel since it is easy to lose control of the car on gravel roads.
  • When driving on gravel road, drivers should keep a safe distance to the vehicle in front.
  • On gravel roads, the best way is driving in the tracks.
  • When driving long distances, it is recommended to have drinking water and a jerry can with fuel.
  • To rent a car, a driver must be 23 years of age and has held a valid driver license for one year or more. Some rental car companies require drivers to be 25 years of age and charge additional insurance fee from drivers whose age is between 21-25 years.
  • Many petrol stations take cash only.
  • It is recommended to rent 4x4 vehicles when travelling through remote areas.
  • Fines can be paid at the local police station.

The phone number to the police is 1011.