Windhoek is the main international access point for travel in Namibia, as the centrally located capital city of this top African destination. The Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek is Namibia's largest and busiest airport with nearly one million passengers passing through per year. Arriving at the international airport you can hire a car, take a taxi, hop on a bus or shuttle to the city, about a 45km drive away.
Several international flights operate between Windhoek and major cities in Africa and Europe. The most popular routes, Windhoek-Johannesburg and Windhoek-Cape Town, are serviced by direct daily international flights. International travellers can also fly from/to the European hubs of London, Frankfurt and Munich. You can also catch direct flights between Windhoek and Maun, gateway to the Okavango Delta in Botswana, Lusaka in Zambia, Accra in Ghana and Luanda in Angola. There are one-stop connecting flights to and from the world-famous Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe travelling via Maun or Johannesburg.
Getting to Windhoek by road, one travels in on the well-maintained B1 when coming from the south or north and on the B2 if approaching from the east or west. The most frequently used routes link Windhoek to the popular town of Swakopmund on the coast and to Etosha National Park in northern Namibia. There are bus services operating between Windhoek and both Cape Town (20 hours) and Johannesburg (21 hours) in South Africa, along with Livingstone in Zambia and Victoria Falls (about 20 hours) in Zimbabwe.
Ghanzi in Botswana can be accessed from Windhoek by road, travelling in a rental car or with a private tour operator, as there is no public transport available. You travel via Gobabis and the Buitepos Border Post to Ghanzi (6 to 7 hours) and then you can make your way to Maun and the Okavango Delta or head north to Chobe National Park.
Affordable buses, mini-buses (combies) and shuttle services regularly travel between Swakopmund and Windhoek. If you are heading to Etosha you can catch a shuttle from Windhoek to the Anderson Gate and back. Self-drive safaris (hiring a car) are a very popular and competitively priced option for getting around, especially from Windhoek to Etosha. The roads in Namibia are well-maintained and it boasts extensive infrastructure (transport, accommodation, facilities and communication), making for easy overland travel.
The Windhoek Train Station is located in the city and offers rail connections north, south, east and west. Trains run all the way from the southern border with South Africa via Keetmanshoop, as well as to and from several other destinations within Namibia. Travelling to/from Windhoek by train is a good option in terms of budget, but the trips will take more time (few days or overnight trips), with stops including Okahandja and Rehoboth.
Hosea Kutako International Airport, Windhoek's primary airport lies about 45 km east of the capital city of Namibia. This is the largest and busiest airport in Namibia, offering connecting flights between Namibia and the major European cities of London (UK), Munich and Frankfurt (Germany), as well as daily flights to and from Cape Town and Johannesburg in neighbouring South Africa. You can also catch flights between Windhoek and Maun, gateway to the Okavango Delta in Botswana, Luanda in Angola, Lusaka in Zambia and the world-famous Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Air Namibia, British Airways, South African Airways, South African Express and TAAG Angola Airlines all operate at the international airport in Windhoek.
Car rentals, mini-buses, taxis and shuttles are available at the airport for reaching the city. Taking a radio-dispatch taxi is generally your most expensive option with buses and shuttles being cheaper. You can catch licenced shuttles (NTB registered) around the clock, for under N$300. It's worth first checking with your hotel or lodge as many establishments offer cheap or free pick-up and drop-off services.
Car hire is a popular way to get around in Namibia, given how safe it is and how well-maintained the road networks are here.
Windhoek city is small and safe enough to explore comfortably on foot, visiting markets and highlights such as the National Gallery, old German Lutheran Church (Christuskirche) and the German colonial Parliament Buildings (Tintenpalast). Dip into history at the National Museum (Alte Feste), Owela Museum and Trans-Namib Transport Museum in the Cape Dutch inspired train station. Enjoy the views over Windhoek from the old Schwerinsburg castle.
Visit Cats Unlimited just outside of Windhoek, to see big cats and other wild animals. Popular with the kids and a good place to find out more about wildlife conservation.
Night spots range from beerhouses and nightclubs to wine bars, so you can take your pick in this small but bustling city. There are plenty of excellent eateries catering for a wide-range of tastes, along with many a pleasant cafe. Don't miss the chance to have a Windhoek beer while in Windhoek.
The township is a great place to get a taste of the delicious local food, especially meat dishes, as well as the local beer and cultures. Gain insight into the past and present of life in Namibia, and even volunteer at a local school.
The site where remnants of an elephant hunt from the Stone Age were discovered, today the Zoo Park makes for a good place to take a quiet walk and relax in the shade. The botanical gardens offer a peaceful haven, featuring a wide array of well-marked indigenous vegetation, including endemic species.
A nice nature reserve for hiking, excellent bird watching and a spot of game viewing (antelopes, giraffes and warthogs). There's a good restaurant, some 4x4 trails, good views and dam.
Escape into raw nature to soak up the beautiful desert-like scenery and spot some of the resident wildlife, including bat eared foxes, oryx, springbok and ostriches. There is also a walking trail (TokTokkie) here.