Namibia

Namibia: When to Go

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TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

Getting There

Note: flight, boat, train and bus timetables change constantly, and airlines come and go, so please do not rely solely on this information for your travel planning. Check with relevant companies, or a flight search engine like Skyscanner, first.

BY AIR

At the time of writing (June 2009), there is only one international airport in Namibia; Windhoek’s Hosea Kutako airport (HKIA).

Most charter, private and Air Namibia’s domestic services fly into Windhoek’s Eros Airport (FYWE).

From Europe:
Air Namibia flies directly from London Heathrow (10.5 hours). Most other flights go via South Africa (Cape Town or Johannesburg); from there you can get a domestic hop to Namibia with Air Namibia.
South African Airways and British Airways has daily flights to South Africa from London. Air France, Alitalia, Iberia and KLM all have daily flights to SA from Europe.

From the USA:
Delta Airlines flies daily from Atlanta to Johannesburg, and from here you can catch an internal flight to Namibia with Air Namibia.

From Asia, Australia and New Zealand:
Cathay Pacific flies to Johannesburg from Hong Kong.
Malaysian Airlines fly to Johannesburg from Kuala Lumpur, and via here from Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Darwin and Auckland. Singapore Airlines fly to Johannesburg from Singapore, and via here and Sydney from Wellington. Qantas fly daily to Jo’burg from Perth and Sydney.

From within Africa:
Air Namibia has daily flights between Cape Town and Windhoek, and between Johannesburg and Windhoek. There are several flights a week between Namibia and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, and from Luanda in Angola.British Airways and South African Airways fly frequently between Cape Town/Johannesburg and Namibia.

From the Airport:
Windhoek's international airport, Hosea Kutako (HKIA), is located 45km east of the city; around an hour's drive. The smaller domestic airport (Eros, FYWE) is slightly closer. Many visitors travel as part of an organised tour, and are met at the airport. Independent travellers tend to pick up a hire car at the airport or arrange for a transfer with their hotel.

Getting Around

Most people book entire trips for their time in Namibia, which use a mix of internal flights and car/4WD transfers, all of which are arranged by our Tailormade Safaris Operator. Flights are in private 6-seater Cessna 210s, and the company co-owns the Dunehopper, which is the main air taxi between Sossusvlei/NamibRand and Windhoek.

Sample journey times
Windhoek – NamibRand; 6-hour drive or 1.5-hour flight
Windhoek – Etosha; 5.5-hour drive or a 1.5-hour flight
Windhoek – Erongo; 4-hour drive
Windhoek – Huab River; 6-hour drive or 1.5-hour flight
Windhoek – Sossusvlei; 6-hour drive or 1.5-hour flight