If you are not on a tour where ground transportation is provided, the best way to see Namibia is by car. Arterial paved roads, like the TransCaprivi and TransKalahari highways, safely link all corners of Namibia and allow visitors to explore the country at a fraction of the cost. Where these paved roads end, the adventure begins, though even the gravel routes are more than manageable in most cases. That said, while self-driving is completely safe and recommended, it’s not for everyone. You need to work in adequate time into your itinerary, not just for the actual drive, but also for stops along the way. Prices for renting a vehicle of course vary by model, but the extra charge for a sturdy 4×4 is something worth considering for the added clearance and power benefits should you venture off the beaten path. Something you’re bound to do.
Many major rental companies operate all throughout Namibia, including at Hosea Kutako airport – Avis, Budget, Imperial, Triple Three Car Hire
Trans-Namib Railways connects most of the major towns, but be prepared for lengthy journeys as trains tend to stop at every post. First and second-class carriages are available with light refreshments offered on some services. On overnight voyages, seats in first class compartments convert to four couchettes and those in second class to six couchettes. The Desert Express, a luxury train aimed at tourists, runs between Swakopmund and Windhoek. The 19 hour 30 minute journey includes several stops giving 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..
A few bus lines operate in Namibia and in surrounding counties providing an affordable alternative when travelling between some of the large cities and towns.
Intercape Mainliner runs direct overnight services from Windhoek to Cape Town four times a week, as well as services to Johannesburg via Upington.
Trans-Namib’s Star Line Buses travel to Bethanie, Buitepos, Gobabis, Gochas, Grootfontein, Helmeringhausen, Henties Bay, Kamanjab, Khorixas, Luderitz, Mariental, Opuwo, Oshakati, Outjo, Rundu, Walvis Bay and other destinations.
The table below shows a circular route of the most famous tourist attractions, by car.
Destination Distance between
Windhoek Sossusvlei (Via the C24/C26/D1261 passes) 153/205/219
Sossuvlei Swakopmund 212
Swakopmund Windhoek 218
Windhoek Etosha NP (Okaukuejo) 268
Etosha NP (Namutoni) Rundu 250
Rundu Katima Mulilo 318
Katima Mulilo Windhoek 735
Windhoek Damaraland (Khorixas) 281
Khorixas Palmwag 88
Palmwag Purros 130
Purros Opuwo 150
Opuwo Epupa 117
Epupa Ruacana 90
Ruacana Etosha NP (Namutoni) 222
Namutoni Windhoek 335
Windhoek Fish River Canyon (Ai Ais) 456
Ai Ais Keetmanshoop 149
Keetmanshoop Lüderitz 212
Lüderitz Windhoek 518
By Air :
Chartered Flights: An entire network of charter flight services offer a quick and easy way to explore Namibia. The advantage is more can be seen in a shorter period of time, although the cost for such a convenience is obviously higher and space is limited. Air Namibia also offers many scheduled domestic flights between cities such as Tsumeb, Rundu, Katima Mulilo, Luderitz, Swakopmund, and Oshakati and Ondangwa
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- Oshikango / Santa Clara – Open 08:00 – 18:00
- Ruacana – Open 08:00 – 18:00
- Wenela / Sesheke – Open 06:00-18:00
- Buitepos / Mumeno – Open 07:00 – 24:00
- Ngoma Gate / Kasane- Open 07:00-18:00
- Mohembo / Shakawe – Open 08:00 – 18:00
- Ariamsvlei / Nakop – Open 24 hours a day
- Klein Menasse – Open 08:00 – 22:00
- Noordoewer / Vioolsdrif – Open 24 hours
- Aroab / Rietfontein – Open 08:00 – 16: 00
- Velloosdrif – Open 08:00-22:00
Getting Around In Towns:
Taxis are normally a convenient way to get around in towns and are reasonably priced. They are easily identified in designated stations or can be contacted by telephone.
Getting Around Namibia : Source : http://www.namibiatourism.com.na/pages/Transportation