Getting To Namibia
Getting to Namibia is a little more tricky than say getting to South Africa due to only +- seven international airlines that fly directly into Windhoek's Hosea Kutako International Airport. Namibia is a large country with a small population and simply does not require the aviation backbone that other African powerhouses require. This leads to the fact that only one major international airport.
The only other "international airport" is in Walvis Bay and the only international airline that operates out of there is South Africa Airways, so yes one does not have a large choice when travelling to Namibia. It is either direct to Windhoek or catch a connecting flight from South Africa.
As a more cost-effective alternative, we would suggest fly-in in to either Johannesburg or Cape Town (South Africa) and then catching a connecting flight to Namibia. This option does offer a day or two exploring the attraction that surrounds either of these cities or simply just a night layover to get over that long 10-12 hour flight from Europe.
Travelling To Namibia
Arriving in Namibia by Air
Please see the list below for international Airlines that fly directly into Windhoek's Hosea Kutako International Airport
Arriving in Namibia by Road
Should you be the adventurous type, self-driving options are available from Johannesburg (through Botswana or the Northern Cape) or Cape Town heading directly north. Both options do require a drive of around 1000 kilometres and more. Like we said, only the adventurous.
Restrictions on baggage only really apply when one is participating in a fly-in safari, otherwise, general airline limits should be adhered to.
Hosea Kutako International Airport is 45 kilometres from Windhoek itself (around a 30-minute journey). A small and modern airport with good facilities, a small duty-free shopping section and numerous restaurants.
The Road To Sossusvlei
Once one navigates the main Sesriem entrance gates and enters the national park a pleasant surprise awaits, a tarred road (yes, a tarred road) that extends all the way through to the main parking area near Sossusvlei.
Cape Town To The Kunene River
In November and December of last year (2019), we loaded our Jeep and headed north out of Cape Town, destination Namibia and the Kunene River, her border with Angola.
A couple of thousand kilometres later, we returned, this time, more in love with country than ever.
Windhoek Oktoberfest 2021
On the 25th and 26th of October, the Sports Klub Windhoek will host the 55th edition of the Oktoberfest. Over 5000 people are expected to attend (compared to 1000 in 2010).
Adding a certain local flavour will be the Namibian band Famaz Attak, and there will be long-established activities and games like archery and tree trunk sawing.
Top 5 restaurants in Windhoek
Continuing our series of dining in Africa, we look at Windhoek. More and more visitors are becoming aware of the unique attractions that this country as a safari destination has to offer.
Nowhere is too far to travel in this small (and clean) city of 330,000 but be warned when you go out to eat, vegetarianism is not common!
Best Places To Go In Namibia
The Uyaphi team has compiled a list of the "Best Places to go" which most safari itineraries would include. A different destination from most African safari destinations.
Instead of lush green forests or open savannas, the primary attraction being vast, open deserts interspersed with canyons, mountain ranges, and oasis.
Living With The Himba
In May 2012, we arranged for Uyaphi.Com client Ken Vine from Devon in England to stay with the traditional Himba people in two remote villages in the middle of Kaokoland.
He lived, slept, ate, conversed and photographed these Himba villagers.