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Old January 18th, 2009, 07:04 PM   #41
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Wasn't the road in Mauritania between Nouakchott and Nouadhibou paved recently? And I doubt all these unpaved roads are even passable, especially in the equatorian Africa. Particularly bad "roads" can be found in the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Ironically, where Africa is "widest" (in the center), it's hardest to pass.
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Old January 18th, 2009, 07:17 PM   #42
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Wasn't the road in Mauritania between Nouakchott and Nouadhibou paved recently?
I have no idea; it might have been.

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And I doubt all these unpaved roads are even passable, especially in the equatorian Africa. Particularly bad "roads" can be found in the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Ironically, where Africa is "widest" (in the center), it's hardest to pass.
There are some gaps, particularly on Trans-African Highway 3. I think Highway 1 is the closest to being fully paved, though personally I would love to see Highway 4 completed, as it is the epitomic Cape to Cairo road proposed by British colonists more than a century ago. It has the potential to become a reality fairly soon, too, if Egypt and Sudan can settle their differences and build a road across their border.

I think it would be great for Highway 1 and either Highway 3 or Highway 4 to be completed, in conjunction with the proposed Strait of Gibraltar crossing and the developing Asian Highway network, as this would eventually provide a paved road link between Cape Town and Beijing/Hong Kong. Now that would be an awesome road trip!
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Old January 18th, 2009, 07:38 PM   #43
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I think it would be great for Highway 1 and either Highway 3 or Highway 4 to be completed, in conjunction with the proposed Strait of Gibraltar crossing and the developing Asian Highway network, as this would eventually provide a paved road link between Cape Town and Beijing/Hong Kong. Now that would be an awesome road trip!
Throw in a link to Alaska and across the Darian gap and it would be one hell of a road trip! Cape Town - Ushuaia.

Too bad that so many highways on that map are pretty much off limits to ordinary tourists and on a real transafrican road trip you'd be left with very few choices, if it's possible at all, depending on the current political and security situation.
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Old January 19th, 2009, 02:38 PM   #44
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Throw in a link to Alaska and across the Darian gap and it would be one hell of a road trip! Cape Town - Ushuaia.
How about a tunnel from there to Antarctica?

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Too bad that so many highways on that map are pretty much off limits to ordinary tourists and on a real transafrican road trip you'd be left with very few choices, if it's possible at all, depending on the current political and security situation.
There's some organisation that is working towards getting all those highways completed, paved and accessible to the public, mostly to aid in getting supplies to poorer parts of Africa. The politics do tend to make this difficult, particularly as poor countries are generally more interested in their internal road network than connections with other countries.
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Old June 11th, 2009, 05:59 PM   #45
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Old June 14th, 2009, 01:11 PM   #46
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Nice pictures of the Namibian roads.

Elephants and giraffes would have to be my favourite African animals!

Going back to the conversation about knowing something about Namibia (now a year old..) I know that Namibia have fielded teams in rugby and cricket world cups.
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Old June 18th, 2009, 11:59 AM   #47
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Old June 24th, 2009, 11:25 PM   #48
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why is the standard of nabia to south african freeways so different. south africa has toll roads, ring roads and intercity freeways?
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Old June 24th, 2009, 11:30 PM   #49
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Old June 25th, 2009, 09:28 AM   #50
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why is the standard of nabia to south african freeways so different. south africa has toll roads, ring roads and intercity freeways?
Because the traffic levels throughout Namibia do not justify any such roads. Look at the pictures of the roads of Namibia. Your sole hassle would be the game crossing the road.
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Old July 8th, 2010, 10:34 PM   #51
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why is the standard of nabia to south african freeways so different. south africa has toll roads, ring roads and intercity freeways?
That's because South Africa has a lot more people and much bigger cities than Namibia. Namibia has only 2.1 million people in its whole 825 000 square kilometres. Windhoek only has 234 000 people and there is no other settlement approaching it in size. It would hardly make sense to build an intercity freeway the 350 odd kilometres through almost unpopulated desert from Windhoek to Walvis Bay to serve its 80 000 inhabitants.

You will find a similar situation in the neighbouring sparsely populated Northern Cape province of South Africa and indeed any sparsely populated part of the world (much of the interior of Australia or Alaska etc).

For those interested in history, Namibia was a German colony until the First World War when it was conquored by South Africa as part of the Allied war effort. After that it was administered by SA under a League of Nations mandate. From 1915 till independance in 1990 it was to all intents and purposes run as an unofficial fifth province of South Africa called South West Africa, and that is why there are a lot of similarities between the two countries.

There is German colonial architecture and there are also German-speaking Namibians and German placenames, but I think Germany lost the territory long before it could have much influence on its roads!
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Old July 8th, 2010, 10:46 PM   #52
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Yes, it was way too long before the roads developed in colonies. Germany lost Namibia around 1918, that is approximately 14 years before the first real Autobahn in Germany opened. Before that, roads were not seen as a priority, especially not in colonies. Germany also had a few colonies in east Africa (I believe Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania).

However, it has to be noted some French colonies didn't have any road development in colonial times either (for example; Chad).
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Old July 9th, 2010, 04:45 PM   #53
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The German Wiki about German South-West Africa has some interesting info about transport in colonial Namibia. The colony was considered inapt for road transport, because cars would get stuck in the sand all the time. So they constructed a rail network.At 2100 km at the outbreak of WWI, it was a fairly extensive one actually.

To what extent colonial powers created roads depended, I think, to a certain degree on the demographics of the colonies. In Indo-China for one (present dat Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia), the French built a network of Routes Coloniales. Ever wondered why the main throughfare of Laos bears number 13? And why Vietnamese Route 13 is so much out of place in the Vietnamese network? That's all Route Coloniale 13; they French needed a better way to get inland from Saigon than the Mekong, so they constructed roads. But not so in many other colonies. For other colonies, other means of transport were convenient enough. Namibia seems to be one of them ...
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Old July 30th, 2010, 05:43 PM   #54
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you are all overlooking one thing. Namibia, like South Africa, drives on the LEFT ! Nothing strange about those junctions then !
Overtaking is still done in the most central lane.
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Old December 30th, 2010, 05:04 PM   #55
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Old December 31st, 2010, 01:24 AM   #56
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Wasn't the road in Mauritania between Nouakchott and Nouadhibou paved recently?
That's been paved for years. I remember watching a TV show about a small group of people taking old cars from Spain to Senegal, and the road was paved then (late 1990's). The only place it wasn't paved, was the "safe" route (Military escort required due to the abundance of land mines) was the track across the border from Western Sahara, to Mauritania.
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Throw in a link to Alaska and across the Darian gap and it would be one hell of a road trip! Cape Town - Ushuaia.
That would be one hell of a road trip all right.
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How about a tunnel from there to Antarctica?
Such a link, would probably be easiest through Argentina. Then the UN and UNESCO, would declare the whole continent, a World Heritage Area or some such. Not that I'd complain about that of course.
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Old April 19th, 2011, 02:52 AM   #57
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Near Windhoek. Seems to be a motorway with a very wide median?



North of Windhoek. Re-post.



Windhoek. Seems to be some kind of motorway.



Road B2. Connecting Windhoek to Swakopmund and Walvis Bay.



Same road, a bit more to the west.



Once again the B2.



View from B2



Still B2. In the middle of the desert now, soon in Swakopmund. (I think the sign says 66?)



Just outside Swakopmund.

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Road connecting Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. First picture is just outside Swakopmund and last one just outside Walvis Bay.











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Old April 19th, 2011, 04:40 AM   #59
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Too bad that life is too short to drive on all those roads
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Old July 19th, 2011, 04:53 PM   #60
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Road Map



Source: hunting-portal-namibia.com

B6 Highway into Gobabis



Source: Panoramio - Ossewa

B1 Highway into Otjiwarongo



Source: Panoramio - bmh60

B4 Highway between Keetmanshoop and Luderitz



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Namibian roads in rare snow



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