Namibia

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

It is no surprise that Namibia comes to mind when one plans for a trip to Africa. Well, here are all of the 411 to get you started with your planning:

 

Where is Namibia?

The nation of Namibia is situated in the southwestern part of Africa, with 4 neighbouring countries namely Angola, Botswana, South Africa and Zambia. It spans about 23,290 km² of desert and semi-desert lands, and it has a coastline on the Atlantic Ocean. The largest and capital city of Namibia is Windhoek, which is a well groomed city located in the heart of the country and at a plateau.

HOW TO GET THERE?

Several carriers fly to Namibia but only a number are direct international flights. The main gateway for tourists is Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH), which is located in Windhoek.

From London, you have two options to reach Namibia. Unfortunately, none of them is a direct flight. Option 1 is to fly to Johannesburg in South Africa and take a connecting flight to WDH. The other option is to fly to Frankfurt and then WDH via Air Namibia or Condor Airlines. You can also take KLM, Ethiopian Airways, British Airways or Air France from these countries, although you may either be on a one- or two-stop flight.

The only place you can take a direct flight to WDH is Frankfurt. Condor Airlines and Air Namibia have several flights every week to and fro Namibia. Another option is to go to Johannesburg or Cape Town in South Africa and take another flight to WDH from there.

If you come from America, you can book a flight to Johannesburg from several cities in the country. South African Airways offers flights from New York City and Washington DC, and Delta Air offers flights from Atlanta. Then from Johannesburg, many regional flights are available so you really don’t have to worry about reaching Namibia. Another option is to fly to Europe and take the nonstop flight from Frankfurt to Windhoek.

Like most countries, there is no available nonstop flights to Namibia from this part of the world. The only option is to fly through South Africa. South African Airways and Cathay Pacific offer flights from Hong Kong to Johannesburg, and Singapore Airlines and South African Airways offer flights to Johannesburg from Singapore.

 

Johannesburg to Windhoek is a 2-hour flight. For more information on flights to Johannesburg and Cape Town, check (insert link to South Africa article).

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?

This is probably one of the most common questions when planning a vacation. How big a chunk will the air fare be from the total travel budget?

Flights to WDH from Heathrow will cost around £550 to £950; fom Frankfurt, about €500 to €600; about $950 to $1200 from the US; and at least $3000 from Asia. Of course, prices vary depending on your travel dates and on how far in advance you book your flights.

WILDLIFE IN NAMIBIA

Since Namibia is mostly about desert and semi-desert lands, the animals that you can see in this country are those that thrive in these particular ecosystems. Massive sand dunes and open spaces make it a very unique safari. Caracals, ostriches, springboks, meerkats, mountain zebras and foxes are very common across the country as well as predators like lions, cheetahs and leopards in some parks. The birdlife is also very rich and rare as sought-after birds like Ruppels parrots and dune larks are common in this country. Along the coastlines, you can also catch a glimpse of a couple of hyenas and in the coast are colonies of seals.

Top Safari Destinations in Namibia

WHY GO TO NAMIBIA OVER OTHER AFRICAN SAFARI COUNTRIES?

Yes, the whole of Africa is nothing but a wildlife spectacle on the planet but what’s really unique about Namibia is not only being able to do all styles of sand boarding or the fact that it has the world’s largest cheetah population or that it houses some of the last free-ranging black rhinos but it is also one of the only two countries in the whole world where you can see desert elephants! Namibia is also home to one of science’s greatest playground, Skeleton Coast. From its name, you know there are a lot of skeletons — from seals to elephants and even homo sapiens from yesteryear!

POSSIBLE TOURISM BARRIERS

  • Expensive accommodation
  • Costly flights

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO GO?

The best time to go to Namibia is between June to October when vegetation is sparse and animals congregate around waterholes. The country receives little to no rain each year so the weather is generally dry and pleasant all year round although it could go extra humid in some months. Weather-wise, the best months in Namibia are April and May when scenery is greener, babies are born and humidity is at its lowest.