Unexploded landmines and remnants of war are a danger in:
- East and West Kavango
- the Zambezi regions of north-eastern Namibia
- areas bordering Angola
Use main routes in these regions.
To drive in Namibia, you need a valid Australian driver's licence
Though not mandatory you may be requested to show a valid International Driving Permit (IDP)
You must obtain your IDP before leaving Australia.
Driving can be dangerous in Namibia.
- poor local driving practices
- poor street lighting
- poorly maintained vehicles
- pedestrians, wild animals and livestock on roads
Roads between main urban centres are good, but they're usually unsealed in rural areas.
Gravel and sandy roads, flash flooding and water-damaged roads are driving hazards.
Tourists have had accidents because they were driving too fast on unfamiliar roads.
Most vehicle insurance policies only cover accidents involving other vehicles or animals.
Check your insurance policy covers you for accidents on unsealed roads and single-vehicle accidents.
To reduce your risks while driving:
- check local traffic laws and practices
- be aware of animals and pedestrians on roads
- travel with sufficient fuel, water and emergency provisions in desert areas
Check with your travel insurer whether your policy covers you when using a motorbike, quad bike or similar vehicle.
Always wear a helmet.
Use registered taxis, preferably arranged through your hotel.
To protect yourself if you need to take a taxi:
- avoid hailing taxis on the street
- don't share taxis with strangers
- always sit in the back seat
Avoid public transport where possible.
Vehicles are often poorly maintained.
Local buses don't follow permanent routes.
DFAT doesn't provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths.
Check Namibia's air safety profile with the Aviation Safety Network.