Transport and infrastructure in NamibiaOur listing of the primary kinds of transport compares the infrastructure of Namibia with the average of all countries in Africa. The traffic routes have noticeable defects in many places and are often not in a particularly good condition.
In terms of the length of its rail network, Namibia ranks 6th in the world with 1.02 meters per inhabitant. In total, the rail network is 2,628 kilometers long.
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Road trafficThe network of roads and highways has a total length of 48,875 km. For each of the country's 2.59 million inhabitants, this corresponds to 18.89 meters. This puts Namibia in 27th place in the global ranking. However, it is also important to note the country's population density, which is very low at around 3 inhabitants per km². Like this, disproportionately long distances generally have to be covered to reach the more remote parts of the country.
With an average of 762 traffic fatalities per year (2012 - 2019), road traffic in Namibia is considered very dangerous. This corresponds to around 4.3 accident fatalities per 32.0 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 12.2 in the USA and 17.1 worldwide.
In Namibia, left-hand traffic is the rule on the roads, i.e. you drive in the left lane and overtake on the right. Oncoming traffic comes to meet you on the right side. This regulation was enforced in January 1st, 1970. Here you can also find an overview of all countries with left-hand traffic.
|total||per 1 mio|
|Roadways||48,900 km||18,890.03 km||59.29 m|
|Railroads||2,600 km||1,015.71 km||3.19 m|
|Waterways||0 km||0.00 km||0.00 m|
|total||per 1 mio|
|Roadways||3,002,100 km||2,186.19 km||99.00 m|
|Railroads||88,600 km||64.51 km||2.92 m|
|Waterways||50,100 km||36.46 km||1.65 m|
Data sources used• Global Health Observatory Data Repository (World Health Organization)
• Internation Union of Railways (UIC)
• CIA Factbook
• OECD Statistics
• Wikipedia (german)