Most international flights land at Hosea Kutako Airport, 45km east of Windhoek. Only a few airlines fly direct from Europe, notably Air Namibia from Frankfurt, Swiss from Zurich and Air Berlin from several German cities. Air Namibia, British Airways and South African Airways fly from Europe and North America via the southern African hub, Johannesburg. From Cape Town, there are flights to Windhoek with SAA and to Walvis Bay with Air Namibia.
Entry requirements and visas
Tourists from Europe and North America planning to stay in Namibia for 90 days or less do not require a visa.
While it’s straightforward to hire a vehicle and explore Namibia independently, many visitors choose to book an organized trip. Guided tours in Namibia set a high standard; even if you’re a seasoned traveler, they can offer insights into wildlife, nature and local culture and introduce you to experiences that you might otherwise miss. Bespoke trips and safaris can be booked through Expert Africa (www.expertafrica.com; 208/232-9777), and Cedarberg African Travel (www.cedarberg-travel.com; 208/755-7917).
Immunizations and other health issues
Unless you have recently visited a country in the yellow fever zone, no vaccinations are required for entry into Namibia. However, immunization against hepatitis A, typhoid, tetanus and polio is recommended. If you are visiting northern Namibia, including Etosha, you should take an anti-malarial to protect against mosquito bites. Consult your doctor or visit a travel health clinic well before departure. Tap water is safe to drink in towns and cities. Travelers visiting remote areas are advised to purify water or stick to bottled water, which is easy to obtain from towns and fuel stations.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.