How do I calculate the driving times between destinations?

You might have taken a look at your route on a map and calculated the driving times based on the distances, but don’t forget to take the road types into account and also the fact that you will stop along the way for pictures, to enjoy the scenery and to stretch your legs. As a rule of thumb, it’s best to calculate your travel times by taking the distance and dividing it by 80 km per hour (for tarred roads) and 60 km per hour (for gravel roads). As an example, Sossusvlei to Swakopmund is about 350 km and you can expect to travel this distance in roughly 5 to 6 hours. It’s usually about a half day travelling between destinations throughout the country and while this may seem like a lot of driving, Namibia is a beautifully scenic country with much to do and see along the way. It’s often more about the journey than the destination itself.

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