Namibia, Africa’s youngest nation, is bordered by Angola, Zambia, Botswana and South Africa and is divided up in four geographical regions – Namib, the Skeleton Coast, the Kalahari Basin, and Kavango and Caprivi. 

Namibia’s landscape is lined with deserts, forests and coastal scenery, and the country’s natural resources are bountiful. 

Many travelers book flights to Namibia each year to see the diverse cultures and enjoy the beautiful 300 days of sunshine a year. But those travelers booking flights to Namibia should know this country is not without its struggles. Despite its political unrest and cultural crisis, Namibia maintains its resort-like status for many travelers and relies on tourism to fund the small nation. 

Most travelers book flights to Namibia’s resort areas during school vacations and South African holidays, but the country welcomes Namibia flights any time of year.

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Namibia climate

Namibia is hot; very hot. This desert country can see temperatures of 104 F in the summer. It’s a bit cooler on the coast.

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Best Time to Fly to Namibia

Booking flights to Namibia between November and February means light thunderstorms and showers, but its year-round draw makes Namibia a great choice no matter when you decide to travel.

Peak Season: Namibia is considered a year round destination, so while some winter evenings can drop below freezing, temperatures typically sit between 64-77 degrees F. Especially if you book flights to Namibia between May and September, the weather will be pleasant and commensurate with game viewing.

Off-peak Season: Less travelers book flights to Namibia during the summer months of October and April because the 100-degree weather is enough to drive most tourists back inside for the day. If the heat doesn’t bother you, then it’s the perfect time to find great deals and cheap flights to Namibia.

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Getting around Namibia

For domestic Namibia flights from Eros Airport to Ondangwa, Walvis Bay, Swakopmund, Luderitz, Oranjemund and Katima Mulilo, Air Namibia is your best bet.

For another Namibia travel option, train service runs to South Africa through the Shongololo Express, as well as other companies like Bushveld Train Safaris, Rovos Rail, and Desert Express. Schedules are available at all stations, and overnight sleeping cars can be arranged for longer distances.

The Interscape Mainliner run bus service between bigger towns, and connects with Johannesburg, Cape Town, and South Africa.

The following chart gives approximate journey times from

Windhoek

(in hours and minutes) to other major cities and towns in Namibia.

 AirRoad
Walvis Bay/Swakopumund0.503.00-4.00
Odangwa/Etosha1.305.00
Sossusvlei1.004.30

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Namibia Travel Information

  • Etosha National Park: A few days a year, the desert turns into lagoon with flamingos and pelicans splashing in the rain and taking advantage of the greenery and grasslands that flourish within the 7,722-square mile span of land. If you’re booking flights to Namibia with wildlife in mind, this is the place to visit. More than 100 mammal species, 340 birds, 16 kinds of reptiles, and amphibians, and plenty of insects, you won’t be disappointed. Most travelers rent a vehicle and park near the waterhole to watch the spectacle of lions, elephants, and springboks go for a drink.
  • Fish River Canyon: Over 99 miles long and 17 miles wide, Fish River Canyon gives campers booking flights to Namibia the perfect opportunity to pause the hike and relax in the nearby hot springs. Take a stroll around the shore or wander into the woods to experience the outdoors at its finest. For more direction, visit the Hobas information center on the northern end, where picnic sites, camp grounds, and walking trails supply the best views in the canyon.
  • Sossusvlei: Book flights to Namibia to experience one of the oldest ecosystems on the planet. Red dunes in Sossusvlei reach higher than 1000 feet, and strong winds from the west means that 12,355 feet of landscape is always changing. Colors shift with transitioning sunlight, so your view of Sossusvlei will always be one-of-a-kind.
  • Swakopmund: If you’re in the mood for a little nightlife after your long flight to Namibia, head to Swakopmund, one of the most popular summer destinations in the country. Surf the skeleton coast, and see the Germanic architecture by day, and hand with the artists and hippies at night. With both a Bohemian and Bavarian influence, you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for in the town’s extensive selection of casinos, pubs, cafes, and cultural events.

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Namibia airports

Your flight to Namibia arrives at Windhoek (WDH) (Hosea Kutako International Airport), which is 25 miles from the city.

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Passport and Visa Information

Travelers need a passport valid six months after their intended departure date to enter the country. Visas are required, but as long as your trip is for tourism purposes and lasts less than 90 days, you can get your visa upon arrival at the airport. All other visits require a visa ahead of time.

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Entry requirements

US citizens need a passport valid six months after their intended departure date to enter the country. Visas are required, but as long as your trip is for tourism purposes and lasts less than 90 days, you can get your visa upon arrival at the airport. All other visits require a visa ahead of time.

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Melisse Hinkle
A New England native but explorer at heart, Melisse has lived in four U.S. cities, spent a summer in Hawaii, made her way through wine-producing regions in Australia and New Zealand, and traveled around Europe while studying abroad in London. She is the Content Manager for the U.S. and Canada at Cheapflights.
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