The number one rule about driving in Namibia is Never Drive At Night. Obviously you can if you are staying in an urban area, and there are street lights. But if you are out in the woop woops, then when night falls, you avoid the roads. There is no lighting and animals like to lie on them and soak up the warmth, especially if they are sealed. And when even a medium sized antelope can make a mess of your car and the nearest garage may be 100s of kms away, it’s not a risk you want to take.
Unfortunately, we broke this rule our second night in Namibia. We simply miscalculated how long it was going to take to travel the 160 kms between Windhoek and our Lodge in the Naukluft Mountains. We were so taken with the quiet gravel road and our sightings of so many animals on the way, that we dilly dallied a little too enthusiastically and before we knew it, it was 5:30 pm and night was falling.