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National Parks

National Parks

If you are planning to visit any of Namibia's spectacular national parks, remember that an entry permit is required, and a daily fee needs to be paid to the Ministry of the Environment and Tourism. Permits are issued at the MET office in Windhoek, which is located inside the Phillip Troskie Bulding (+264 61 284 2111), or may be purchased at park gates in most cases. Permits for Brandberg are issued separately by the National Heritage Council located at 54 Robert Mugabe Ave. Accommodation on national park grounds is best booked well in advance, as it may be in short supply during peak season. Bookings can be done online or in person at the Namibia Wildlife Resorts office at Erkrath Building, 189 Independence Ave. For self-guided tours, 4x4 trucks (four-wheelers) offer the most flexibility in terms of exploring some of the more rugged terrain and venturing onto unpaved roads.
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Passport / Visa

Passport / Visa

Citizens of multiple countries in Western Europe, North America, Russia & CIS, Southern Africa, as well as Australia and Japan (and more) do not require a visa to enter Namibia for a period of up to 90 days. Everyone entering Namibia must hold a passport valid for at least 6 months. Citizens of most Eastern European countries, Asia, Middle East and South America will require a visa. To learn more about the documentation needed to obtain a visa, contact a consulate closest to you.
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Best Time to Visit

Best Time to Visit

Travellers intending to spend the majority of their stay in Windhoek can plan the trip for nearly any time of year. However, if you plan to include Namibian destinations further afield into your itinerary, consider April and May, when temperatures are moderate and rainfall relatively low. Juny, July and August are the driest months of the year, whereas December through February are characterised by greater precipitation, and are also the best months for bird-watching enthusiasts.
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Hosea Kutakos International Airport

Hosea Kutakos International Airport

The Hosea Kutakos International Airport is Namibia's primary air hub. It is located around 40 km away from Windhoek, so allow for enough time to reach the city. Although public transportation to and from the airport does exist, most visitors will be better off pre-booking a private transfer, as these tend to cost just as much, but are plenty more reliable and efficient. That said, prices offered by individual suppliers may vary greatly, so shop around before deciding on a provider. Taxis are also available just outside the arrivals area.
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Public Transport

Public Transport

Although public buses do run in Windhoek, the easier way to get around is by means of either a shared or private taxi. Shared taxis are used widely by locals, and can be flagged down anywhere along Independence Ave (it's easiest to get one by the Gustav Voigts Centre in Independence Ave, known as Windhoek's unofficial transportation hub). Announce your destination to the driver, who will let you know whether it lies en route - you might have to catch the next one otherwise. Prices depend on how far our your destination lies, but are extremely affordable either way.
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