It is no surprise that tourists from across the globe are eager to visit Namibia, a vast country in sub-Saharan Africa with an interesting history and a sparse population. It is characterized by its enormous desert dunes and long coastline – both of which have been extensively photographed. But off the beaten path, there are magical game reserves teeming with wildlife to be explored, as well as ancient tribes such as the Himba and San people to meet.
Aside from the magical safaris, friendly people, and instagram-worthy landscapes, there is something incredibly raw about Namibia’s beauty. It is definitely at the forefront of African destinations to visit. Yet many people don’t realize that you can get to Namibia from just about anywhere in the world.
Namibia’s largest airport with international connections is Windhoek’s Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH). They receive over 40 flights on a weekly basis. This is a sure indication that business (and tourism) is booming in the country. And visas are not required for citizens of EU countries.
Here is how to get there:
Air Namibia, the national airline of Namibia, operates daily flights between Windhoek and Europe, four times to and from Frankfurt in Germany and three flights to and from London Gatwick in the United Kingdom. These services are operated with two MD11 aircrafts. Air Namibia also operates two daily flights between Windhoek and Johannesburg as well as Cape Town in South Africa, using a Boeing 737. Air Namibia also serves Luanda in Angola, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and Maun in Botswana. Domestic services are also available from Eros Airport (Windhoek’s second airport) to all major towns of Namibia such as Ondangwa, Walvis Bay, Swakopmund, Luderitz, Oranjemund and Katima Mulilo.
South African Airways (SAA)
South African Airways operates daily flights between Johannesburg, Cape Town and Windhoek. This service is operated with a Boeing 737. There are also regular flights between Johannesburg, Cape Town and Namibia’s major harbour, Walvis Bay. SAA is the largest airline in Africa.
Lufthansa, Germany’s largest privately owned airline, operates direct flights twice a week from Munich to Windhoek. This service is operated with a Boeing 767.
Other carriers to consider for your flight to Namibia:
Flights to Windhoek via Johannesburg/Cape Town:
Many airlines fly via Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. The average flying time from O.R Tambo International Airport (JHB) to Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) is 2 hours 4 minutes, and from Cape Town International Airport (CPT) it is 2 hours 15 minutes. From Cape Town International Airport there are 4 flights to Windhoek daily.
Although quite a few airlines are operating cheap flights to and from Namibia, some of the most popular carriers are British Airways, Air Botswana, Air France, South African Airways, and Etihad Airways.
Kulula / British Airways (operated by Comair)
Windhoek is only 15 hours away when you fly from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) via Johannesburg. Get away to Windhoek easily with a choice of Economy, Premium Economy and Business Class travel options with complimentary on-board food and drinks. All standard fares include two cabin bags and a generous 23kg luggage allowance.
Other international routes:
Accra, Ghana – WDH with Air Namibia
Frankfurt, Germany – WDH with Air Namibia or Condor Airlines
Harare, Zimbabwe – WDH with Air Namibia
Luanda, Angola – WDH with Air Namibia or TAAG Angola Airlines
Lubango, Angola – WDH with TAAG Angola Airlines
Lusaka, Zambia – WDH with Air Namibia
Maun, Botswana – WDH with Air Namibia
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – WDH with Air Namibia
How To Travel Around Namibia:
Namibia does not offer a public transport service from the airport, so it is best to book a shuttle, taxi or hired car prior to travel. Depending on where your trip is headed, preference should be given to hiring a 4WD vehicle so that a gravel terrain won’t be an issue to navigate, but if you are mostly staying on tarred roads between towns, then a 2WD sedan is sufficient. A road trip through Namibia is guaranteed to be an unbelievable experience, but it is advised that you do not travel between dusk and dawn – this is when the animals are most active. Also, always ensure you have spare tyres in case you break down somewhere remote.
The following companies offer car hire in Namibia:
Once you have your transport sorted, you will discover that Namibia is a fantastic place to visit for business and leisure. Want a place to stay? We are based in central Namibia, just two hours from Windhoek. View Camp Elephant here and Old Traders Lodge here.
See more about Namibia here.