Namibia Tips - Access & Travel

How to get there & Getting around Namibia

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How to get there

By Air
Namibia is directly accessible by regular international flights from Europe by Air Namibia & LTU and neighbouring countries from Johannesburg, Cape Town, Maun, Victoria Falls, and Luanda by Air Namibia, South African Airways, British Airways/Comair and SA Express. Towns and lodges are linked internally by scheduled or charter flights

Air Namibia
Mon, Wed, Fri, Saturdays and Sundays
Depart Windhoek 08h10 arrive Jhburg 09h55
Depart Jhburg 18h30 arrive Windhoek 20h30

Airports
International Airports:
Hosea Kutako International Airport, previously Windhoek International Airport - Walvis Bay Airport

Airports & Airstrips
Hosea Kutako International Airport (Windhoek) caters primarily for international and regional air traffic while Eros Airport, situated within the municipal boundaries of Windhoek, handles domestic flights.

All major Namibian tourist destinations have airports, landing strips and/or heliports to accommodate holidaymakers travelling by air.

Although Namibia has over 300 known airfields, travellers are cautioned not to land at unlicensed airfields, as the condition is not always known.

Aircraft fuel is usually not available at the landing strips, and landings must be arranged in advance.

Scheduled Flights
There are frequent flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town to Windhoek and Walvis Bay. Regular flights also operate between Windhoek and Swakopmund.
Scheduled flights from Maun and Victoria Falls to Windhoek are also available.

Shuttle/Charter Flights
Light aircraft shuttle flights are available into the Sossusvlei and Etosha areas, but most areas necessitate a private charter from Windhoek or Swakopmund.

South African Express Airways has added flights to Walvis Bay,

On Fridays, flight SA1703/4 departs Johannesburg at 09h00, arriving in Walvis Bay at 11h25, then departs Walvis Bay at 12h00 and arrives in Johannesburg at 14h15.
On Sundays, flight SA705/6 departs Johannesburg at 13h00, arriving in Walvis Bay at 15h25. It departs Walvis Bay at 16h00 and arrives in Johannesburg at 18h25.
These flights compete with the new Air Namibia route between Johannesburg and Walvis Bay that will operate from April.

Transport
Private transport available includes hired car, 4x4 vehicle or light aircraft.

By Road - Namibia is directly accessible by the regular Intercape Mainliner bus service from Johannesburg, Cape Town and Victoria Falls.

The country is well geared for self-drive tours and is also a convenient option from the neighbouring countries.

Road Conditions
A two-wheel drive vehicle is adequate for a self-drive holiday.
The country has a well-established road network, of which some 5 450 km is tarred and 37 000 km consists of gravel and earth roads, providing access to the majority of towns, parks, nature reserves and tourist attractions in the country.

Road conditions are good and well signposted.

Two major development projects, the Trans-Caprivi Highway and the Trans-Kalahari Highway, provide access to Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa and link Namibia with other Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries for trade, travel and communication

Namibia is an ideal self-drive destination although distances between major centres are considerable. All our guests beginning their self-drive journey in Windhoek or Swakopmund are given a comprehensive briefing by our knowledgeable staff regarding road conditions, GPS which suggests sightseeing along the route and other relevant information.

Self Drive Tips

  • Your Driver Licence must be in English otherwise an International licence is required in Namibia
  • It is compulsory to have your drivers licence with you at all times
  • It is compulsory for the driver and all passengers to wear safety belts.
  • The speed limit on tarred national roads is 120 km per hour. However we recommend you do not exceed 100 km per hour.
  • The speed limit in towns and villages is 60 km per hour unless otherwise stated
  • The maximum speed limit on gravel roads is 80 km per hour. Not all gravel roads are the same! Please adjust your speed according to the condition of the road.
  • Trains and Coaches - Local trains and buses are not really a suitable option for travellers around Namibia. However, a scenic journey on a privately run train, the Desert Express, between Windhoek and Swakopmund is a highlight for travellers.

    Namibia Airports

    Airport Name

    Airport Code

    Airport Information

    Connecting Airports

    Hosea Kutako Int
    WDH
    45kms outside Windhoek
    London - Frankfurt - Munich - Johannesburg - Cape Town - Maun - Victoria Falls - Luanda
    Eros Int

    ERS

    in Windhoek
    Swakopmund - Walvis Bay - Oranjemund - Luderitz - Ondangwa - Mpacha - Caprivi
    Walvis Bay

    WVB
     

    Johannesburg - Luderitz - Eros
    Luderitz

    LUD
     

    Cape Town - windhoek - Walvis Bay

    Swakopmund

    SWP
     

    Eros

    Mpacha

    MPA

    Katima-Mulilo (Caprivi)

    Eros

    Ondangwa 

    OND

    Owamboland - north

    Eros

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