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Old July 23rd, 2008, 08:00 PM   #21
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It's over 23 times the size as the Netherlands (land area), though only 1/9th of our population.
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Old July 23rd, 2008, 09:21 PM   #22
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^ For a large country (825,418 km²) only 1,820,9162 (2005) inhabitants? I know it's Africa, but damn what a small nation!
It's because most of the country is either desert or semi-desert - the Atlantic doesn't bring any rainfall whatsoever, being a cold water current in that part of the world, and too far north for any winter cold fronts from Antarctica to have any effect.

If I'm not mistaken, the Namib desert is the world's oldest.
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Old July 23rd, 2008, 11:59 PM   #23
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Me, after reading the thread title: "Where the hell is Namibia??".

Sorry for being ignorant.
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Old July 23rd, 2008, 11:59 PM   #24
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Etosha National Park in Namibia, by Nokes
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Old July 24th, 2008, 04:53 AM   #25
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Namibia population density is 2.5 inhabitants/km², that is comparable with Australia (2.6), and only Mongolia has less (1.7). Namibia capital Windhoek has 250,000 inh, so as the chris said, only "motorway" in namibia is that 16 km stretch of B1 round and north of Windhoek. Here is a second ground pic, but due its poor quality it is hard to see opposite direction on it.

And here is Namibia road map:
http://209.88.21.36/Atlas/gif_files/..._Transport.gif
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Old July 24th, 2008, 09:40 AM   #26
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i'm kinda bored at work so here's my contribution to topic

all pics are from GE since there aren't much information on web...


wide pic of main roads in Windhoek...
orange line is full-profile motorway...
light blue lines are main roads (on my opinion)...
purple circle seems like a construction site, i'll post close-up picture below...


some intersection pictures are already on first post so i'm just going to put some interesting things i've found surfing on GE...

surprisingly i found impressive condition of roads, at least main roads...







and this seems like a new overpass currently in construction... my prediction is that motorway will expand from existing one towards south under this bridge and further to border...



there are few more places that seems to be in construction process, but nothing worth of mentioning...
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Old July 24th, 2008, 09:51 AM   #27
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They seem to have good roads! Is there any SSC member from Namibia?

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Old July 24th, 2008, 04:26 PM   #28
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Merging in the overtaking lane.
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Old July 24th, 2008, 04:41 PM   #29
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you can check more of namibia and windhoek in this thread.

Quite a nice city it looks.
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Old July 24th, 2008, 04:45 PM   #30
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^ Like Germany in the desert.
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Old July 24th, 2008, 07:23 PM   #31
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As a German ex-colony, they seem to have some nice autobahns
The Germans lost their colonies in 1918 to the British - I don't think that there's a namable German influence on the road system.

Just look at the signs:

British-style.
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Old July 24th, 2008, 07:38 PM   #32
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but font is quite german actually
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Old July 24th, 2008, 08:43 PM   #33
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Yes, looks lik the DIN 1451 font, same as in South Africa.
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Old July 24th, 2008, 10:05 PM   #34
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If there is any nation that has had influence on the signs in Namibia and other Southern African nations, it's South Africa. Neighbouring nations have pretty much copied it (even though that may not have been voluntary in the case of Namibia, as it was de faco controlled by the Apartheid regime).

Anyway, South African signs used to be in Interstate in the past, but they switched to DIN 1451. Think that was somewhere in the 1980s. The neighbouring countries have since followed.
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Old July 25th, 2008, 02:44 AM   #35
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Merging in the overtaking lane.
exactly what i was thinking... that intersection is just too weird for me...
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Old July 25th, 2008, 05:55 AM   #36
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exactly what i was thinking... that intersection is just too weird for me...
you are all overlooking one thing. Namibia, like South Africa, drives on the LEFT ! Nothing strange about those junctions then !
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Ehm, even on that basis I see a definite merge into the overtaking lane and an exit from the overtaking lane. But it looks like they had to do it here, but there was no room for a standard cloverleaf. And probably not enough traffic for flyovers, which is probably also the reason why this intersection doesn't pose too many problems.
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Old July 25th, 2008, 10:29 AM   #38
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Ehm, even on that basis I see a definite merge into the overtaking lane and an exit from the overtaking lane. But it looks like they had to do it here, but there was no room for a standard cloverleaf. And probably not enough traffic for flyovers, which is probably also the reason why this intersection doesn't pose too many problems.
again... it is very dangerous taking turn there... doesn't matter on what side they drive...

seems like it was cheaper just to build this kind of intersection without overpass... but i would be very very careful turning there...
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Fair enough. You'd have to take that turn at rather low speed and you will have to accelerate quickly before merger into the overtaking lane. Or, when taking the exit from the overtaking lane, you have to break seriously.
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Old January 18th, 2009, 02:10 PM   #40
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here is one map from wikipedia, showing trans-african highways...

don't know if it's completely true though...

Those Trans-African Highways are not "highways" in the sense that many Europeans like to use the word. Very small portions of a few of them (in South Africa, Namibia, Morocco and Egypt, for instance) are motorways, but the majority are either paved two lane single carriageways, unpaved single carriageways or not even built at all yet. I think Africa would be lucky to get all of those highways built and paved within twenty years or so, although ultimately I'd like to see them all built to motorway standard and without border controls, like many roads in Europe - this definitely won't happen for at least half a century, though, probably more if it ever happens at all.
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