Namibia: Getting Around

Most visitors enter Namibia at Hosea Kutako International Airport located 45km east of Windhoek. International flights arrive multiple times throughout the week from Johannesburg and Frankfurt via a number of carriers including Air Namibia. Other airlines with scheduled flights to Namibia include British Airways, South African Airways, LTU and TAAG, the Angolan national airline.

Namibia is a great self-drive destination for those guests wishing to travel independently. The road network is good, although off the main highways the roads are gravel. Self-drive isn’t for everyone though…you need an adventurous spirit and plenty of time as distances are long.

For those guests with limited time or who wish to explore the more remote areas within Namibia a fly-in safari is recommended and there are many flexible options, most starting and ending in Windhoek. We mainly work with Wilderness Safaris in Namibia and they have their own charter company, Wilderness Air, which has a daily scheduled circuit between most of the main tourist destinations.

As with other safari destinations, the charter companies in Namibia impose strict regulations over the size and weight of luggage (and often the weight of guests). These restrictions are necessary for safety reasons and on most flights you will be limited to 20kg (44lb) of luggage per person, to include your camera equipment and hand luggage. Some of the Skeleton Coast Fly-in safaris have a lower weight allowance. Any guest weighing over 100kg (220lb) must inform us in advance as they may need to purchase an extra seat for safety and comfort. The other crucial restriction is that bags must be soft (no wheels, frames or rigid structures can be transported) and the maximum dimensions of the soft bags which can be accommodated are: 25cm (10 inches) wide x 30cm (12 inches) high and 62cm (24 inches) long.

For most first-time visitors to Africa the imposition of such luggage restrictions is daunting…you may not have a suitable bag and the idea of packing so light can be very stressful. Our section on Pack for your Safari aims to provide practical advice to assist.

If you wish to continue your adventures after Namibia, from Windhoek it is possible to fly to Cape Town or Johannesburg on a daily basis, Maun (Botswana) four times per week, Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) four times per week (the Maun flight continues on to Victoria Falls) and Lusaka (Zambia) six times per week.