N7 (South Africa)

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The N7 is a national route in South Africa that runs from Cape Town northwards through the West Coast and Namaqualand regions to the Namibian border at Vioolsdrif.[1] After crossing the border, it changes designation to B1 and runs north through Windhoek and the north of Namibia.

National route N7 shield

National route N7
The N7 north of Vanrhynsdorp
Route information
Maintained by SANRAL
Length666 km (414 mi)
Major junctions
South end N1 in Cape Town
  N14 at Springbok
North end B1 at the Namibian border at Vioolsdrif
Major citiesCape Town
Highway system
Numbered routes of South Africa

The N7 National Route forms the first section of the Tripoli-Cape Town Highway, which is a proposed link between Tripoli, the capital city of Libya, and Cape Town being developed by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the African Union.


The N7 begins at a four-way interchange with the N1 National Route in Cape Town. South of this interchange, it is the M7 Route of Cape Town.

The portion of the road within Cape Town is a freeway, but it loses limited-access freeway status shortly after exiting the city limits at the M12 interchange (Malibongwe Drive). From here it remains a dual-carriageway until just after Malmesbury at the R45 intersection. The N7 gains limited-access freeway status again at the Melkbosstrand M19 interchange, which it will carry through to Malmesbury after roadworks are completed in 2020. Thereafter, the N7 is a single-carriageway highway with wide paved shoulders to Piekenierskloof Pass and through the Olifants River valley until Clanwilliam.

The rest of the N7 to the Namibian border, through Vredendal and Springbok (where it meets the N14 National Route) is a single-carriageway highway with no paved shoulders.


  1. ^ Falkner, John (May 2012). South African Numbered Route Description and Destination Analysis (Report). National Department of Transport. pp. 20–21. Archived from the original on 6 June 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2014.

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