B1 road (Namibia)

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B1 road
Route information
Length1,536 km (954 mi)
Major junctions
South endNoordoewer
North endOshikango
Major citiesKeetmanshoop, Mariental, Rehoboth, Windhoek, Okahandja, Otjiwarongo, Otavi, Tsumeb, Ondangwa, Oshakati
TownsHardap, Oshivelo, Omuthiya, Endola, Oshikango
Highway system
Transport in Namibia

B1 is one of the most important roads in Namibia, passing through the centre of the country in a north-south direction. It connects Noordoewer on the South African border with Oshikango in the north on the Angolan border. Important cities it passes through in a North-South direction include Oshikango, Ondangwa, Tsumeb, Otavi, Otjiwarongo, Okahandja, Windhoek, Rehoboth, Mariental, Keetmanshoop and Noordoewer.

The northern stretch of the road from Tsumeb to Ondangwa via Namutoni was built in 1957–58. Ca. a decade later it was paved, but now it went through Oshivelo, and the paved section went from Ondangwa to Oshakati. The stretch from Ondangwa to Oshikango was still a gravel road.[1]

B1 is one of the most dangerous Namibian roads with many traffic accidents and many fatalities in them. The section between Okahandja and Otjiwarongo is particularly deadly.[2]

In 2007 the B1 lent its name to the B1 Butcher, a serial killer who professionally dismembered his victims and deposited body parts of at least five women near the road.[3] The murderer has never been identified.[4]



  1. ^ Eriksson, Olle (January 2017). "Matkantekoa 'vanhaan hyvään aikaan'" [Travelling in the good old days]. Namibia. Newsletter of the Finnish-Namibia Society (in Finnish). Helsinki: Finnish-Namibia Society. pp. 28–30.
  2. ^ Shapwanale, Ndapewoshali (3 May 2017). "178km stretch of death". The Namibian. p. 1.
  3. ^ Body-parts find sparks hope in murder case IOL News
  4. ^ Menges, Werner (29 April 2008). "B-1 Butcher: DNA evidence in spotlight". The Namibian.