Flights to Windhoek - how much does it cost, how long does it take and how to prepare for it? A trip to Namibia may be a goodidea for those who want to travel to Africa for the first time. In this article, we will tell you what to take into account and what costs you have toconsider when travelling to Namibia.
Flight prices to Windhoek
For a while now the prices of airline tickets are no longerexcessive for the average person, however, it is still is a very high percentage of the travelers’ budget, especiallywhen traveling to developing countries where the stay is at a relatively low-cost.
Flying to Windhoek from South Africa is relatively cheap as the flight time is roughly only 2 hours when flying direct. The total expense varies between R4,600 to R4,800 when flying from Johannesburg. From Cape Town prices are slightly higher and range from R4,800 to R6,800. From Durban to Windhoek, prices are the steepest as there are no direct flights. However, tickets can still be purchased from the range of R5,500 to R7,500! The best way to keep track of the prices is to keep up to date with the airlines, as they may change their offers or give promotions throughout the year.
Flight route and duration
Most connections from South Africa to Namibia are made directly when flying from the capital. The three carriers flying directly from Johannesburg include British Airways, South African Airways and Air Namibia. A direct route will take only 2 hours. Other options of travelling to Windhoek from South Africa include travelling from Cape Town or Durban. If travelling from Cape town, only Air Namibia has a direct connection. South African Airways and British Airways both have 1 stop flight options available, which involves a stop in Johannesburg. Lastly if travelling from Durban to Windhoek only 1 stop flights are available from British airways and South African Airways, again with a stop in Johannesburg.
When it comes to travelling to Windhoek from South Africa there are three airlines to choose from. These airlines include British Airways, South African Airways and the national carrier of Namibia, Air Namibia. The choice of an airline depends largely on the place of transfer and whether you want to fly directly or not. Which can be seen in the information above.
Security and formalities
Less experienced travelers, even tempted by the wonderful African nature and the desire to experience the life adventure, often worry about the safety in African countries. There is a threat of crime,but at a lower level compared to other countries in Africa. Caution is therefore needed, especially after dark. There is also a South African Embassy in Windhoek, Namibia where you can go for any help or guidance if needed.
When it comes to health, there is a risk of malaria, so it's important to get good anti-mosquito protection and proper clothing before you leave. Health care is at a relativelydecent level, but thefurther away from the capital, the harder it isto get access to.
No visa is required for South Africans with a valid passport for stays of up to 120 days. A visa will be granted on arrival which is valid for 90 days. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months and have at least 2 blank pages. No vaccinations are required either.
What to see?
With low cost tickets, a short flight and no need to obtain a visa, Windhoek is definitely a place worth flying to! It is here where you will find the world's oldest desert and the national park Etosha, one of the world's largest national parks which occupies 22270 km²! It is home to wide variety of animals including elephants, black rhinoceroses, giraffes, cheetahs, lions... A total of more than 550 species of animals, some of which can be seen at night at the illuminated watering hole.
The extinct city of Kolmanskop, which once attracted visitors with its diamond mines, is also worth a visit. Although nobody lives here anymore, many buildings are renovated and in good condition - you can feel like you're on a film set or on a journey through time. Another unusual place is Twyfelfontein - an archaeological site where 2.5 thousand wall paintings depicting the life of the inhabitants of that time were found.
Namibia is visited by few tourists (about one million a year) and considering that the country itself has 2.5 million inhabitants, and the country is dominated by deserts and savannahs, it is more likely to be a choice for loners and those seeking an escape from the big, bustling cities. And although it may seem monotonous, it is a very interesting place, full of unusual landscapes.