ON THE GO
Traveling by plane
The fastest and most practical means of transport for long distances in Namibia is by plane. Air Namibia (SW) flies to all larger towns as well as the Etosha Pan (from Eros Airport, 3 km south of Windhoek).
On the way by car / bus
There are 4,500 km of paved trunk roads and over 25,000 km of gravel side roads of category C. Extreme caution is required on gravel roads because of the increased risk of accidents.
On longer journeys you should expect silting of the road and always carry enough water and a petrol can with you for emergencies. There is a petrol station in every larger town and the petrol station network is very good on the main Category B roads. Nevertheless, you should make it a rule to use every opportunity to refuel. Most petrol stations offer unleaded petrol. It can only be paid for with cash. Further information from the Automobil Association Namibia (AAN), Carl List Building 15, Independence Avenue, Postbox 61, Windhoek. Tel: (061) 22 42 01, Fax: (061) 22 24 46.
Buses society Inter Mainliner (website: www.intercape.co.za) are fast, inexpensive and comfortable. However, they only connect larger places with each other. Other bus companies are NamVic Shuttle (Windhoek – Victoria Falls) and Ekonolux Liner (Windhoek – Walvis Bay – Cape Town). Bus tours through the country are also organized by local organizers.
Rental cars are available at the airport and in larger locations. There are many rental car companies in Namibia that are members of the Car Rental Association of Namibia(CARAN) (Internet: www.natron.net) have, however, subjected themselves to performance controls in the interests of customers. When concluding a contract with rental car companies in your home country, all contractual conditions should be viewed beforehand and any ambiguities clarified. Documentation: international driver’s license. Insurance conditions and age restrictions – usually 23 years – vary from company to company.
: 0.79 â?? ° Speed limits: within built-up areas: 60 km / h;
on asphalt roads: 120 km / h;
on gravel roads: 70 km / h.
Traveling in the city
There are numerous taxis in Windhoek. The vehicles with a taximeter are preferable. For taxis without a taximeter, the price is a matter of negotiation. For safety reasons you should not get into a taxi in which there are other people apart from the driver. You shouldn’t let anyone get on either.
On the go by train
The route network of the railway company TransNamib (Internet: www.transnamib.com.na/Starline.htm) includes connections from Windhoek to Gobabis, Tsumeb, Keetmanshoop, Upington and Walvis Bay. The trains usually leave in the evening and arrive at the terminus early in the morning. 1st and 2nd class cars are available on these routes, and sleeping cars are also available on night trains. For families and groups with more than two people there are temporarily discounted tickets in the off-season. It’s always worth asking about special rates. Trans-Namib
offers further connections with train buses: Walvis Bay – Khorixas Mariental – Maltahöhe Keetmanshoop – Lüderitz Mariental – Aranos
Mariental – Stampriet / Gochas
seats must generally be reserved in advance. Reservations can be made 3 months before departure at any train station. If this is not done, a subsequent fee of N $ 5 will be charged. Children up to and including 6 years travel for free. The prerequisite is that the child is traveling with an adult with a valid ticket.
The Desert Express luxury train (Internet: www.desertexpress.com.na) operates between Swakopmund and Windhoek (travel time 19 hours 30 minutes). Numerous stops during the journey give you the opportunity to watch lions in the wild and go for walks through the sand dunes of the Namib Desert. A three-course dinner and an overnight stay in a sleeping car are included in the tour price.
There is a selection of elegant shops in the capital. Local arts and crafts can be found in specialty shops or at the Windhoek street market.
Shop opening times: Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Some larger supermarkets are also open on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
There are restaurants, coffee houses, cinemas and theaters in Windhoek, Namibia, a country located in Africa according to zipcodesexplorer.
Upper-middle-class hotels are available in Windhoek, Swakopmund and other cities. However, there are only a limited number of hotel rooms available; early booking is recommended. Some hotels and lodges also have facilities for disabled travelers. There are many guest farms. Further information is available from the Hospitality Association of Namibia (HAN), PO Box 86078, NA-Windhoek. Tel: (61) 22 29 04; (Internet: http://www.hannamibia.com/).
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There are campsites in some animal protection areas, including the Etosha National Park; also in Ai-Ais, at the Hardap Dam in the south, in Groß-Barmen near Okahandja, at the Popa Falls in Kavango and at various coastal locations.