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Getting Around in Namibia

By Air

Flying is the quickest and often the most economical way to travel around the country. Air Namibia (SW) links all of the major towns in the territory. Planes can also be chartered.

Windhoek's Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) is 42 km (26 miles) east of town. Air Namibia and South African Airways operate daily services between Windhoek and South Africa's Johannesburg and Cape Town. Internally, Air Namib offers regular flights from Eros Airport in Windhoek to Katima Mulilo, Keetmanshoop, Luderitz, Rundu and Tsumeb.

By Rail

There is a reasonable rail network connecting most of the major towns, but trains are very slow. Train journeys should be booked in Windhoek, from where trains run to Keetmanshoop, Ariamsvlei, Tsume, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay.

The main rail routes in Namibia are Windhoek-Keetmanshoop-Upington, South Africa, Walvis Bay-Swakopmund-Tsumeb, Windhoek-Tsumeb and Lüderitz-Keetmanshoop. First and second class carriages are available on these routes. Light refreshments are offered on some services. On overnight voyages, seats in first class compartments convert to four couchettes and those in second class to six couchettes. Local passenger and goods trains run daily.

Children under two years of age travel free and children aged 2 to 11, pay half fare. The Desert Express, a luxury train aimed at tourists, runs between Swakopmund and Windhoek. The 19 hour 30 minute journey includes several stops which give travellers the opportunity to watch lions feeding, see the Namib Desert, walk in the sand dunes and admire the stars.

A three course dinner and overnight accommodation are included in the ticket price. More details on rail services are available from TransNamib (

By Road

Despite the vast distances in Namibia, most people get around by land, and not air. Traffic drives on the left. Roads are generally well maintained. There are 64,799 km (40,266 miles) of road, of which 7841 km (4872 miles) are tarred. Note that excessive speed is the main cause of accidents on gravel roads so keep to the prescribed speed limit and observe road signs conscientiously. In dusty conditions, switch on your headlights so as to be more easily observed.

Bus & Taxi

There is a local bus service in Windhoek, and taxis are also available. A luxury bus service exists between Windhoek and all major centres in Namibia and South Africa. It is quite easy to get around using combies (shared or long-distance taxis). Just ask around to find out where the taxi rank is (sometimes there are several taxi ranks, each one with departures to different areas of the country). Drivers are not in the habit of overcharging foreigners.

Car Rental

Self-drive cars are available at the airport and Windhoek city centre, as well as some other major centres. Four-wheel drive vehicles are essential for exploring Damaraland and Bushmanland.

Documentation: An International Driving Permit is required.

If travelling along the Caprivi Strip, stay on the tarred road. Wildlife and livestock pose a serious hazard, so it is best to avoid driving at night.





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