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Namibia

Getting there & away

To bring a foreign-registered vehicle into Namibia you must purchase a US$10 road-use tax certificate at the border.

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Land

Angola

There are three border crossings between Namibia and Angola, at Ruacana–Calueque (open 6pm to 10pm), Oshikango–Namacunda (8am to 6pm) and Nkurenkuru–Cuangar (the crossing at Rundu; open 7am to 5pm), but travellers need an Angolan visa permitting overland entry. These are best obtained at the Angolan consulate in Oshakati, as the embassy in Windhoek tends to only give visas for air travel into Luanda. At Ruacana Falls, you can briefly enter the border area without a visa; just sign in at the border post.

Botswana

The Trans-Kalahari Hwy to Botswana crosses the border at Buitepos–Mamuno (open 8am to 1am). In the Caprivi Strip, you can cross the border into Botswana at Ngoma Bridge (8am to 6pm) or between Mahango and Mohembo (6am to 6pm). The border crossing between Mpalila Island and Kasane (7am to 12.30pm and 1.45pm to 4pm) exists mainly for guests of safari lodges on the island.

South Africa

The Intercape Mainliner (0861 287 287; www.intercape.co.za) service from Windhoek to Cape Town runs four times weekly. Travelling between Jo’burg and Windhoek involves a connection in Upington.

If you’re driving, there are border crossings at Noordoewer, Vellorsdrif, Ariamsvlei and Klein Menasse–Aroab.

Zambia

The only crossing between Namibia and Zambia is at Wenela, about 5km north of Katima Mulilo. On the Zambian side you can continue along the west bank of the Zambezi towards Mongu, or cross the Zambezi on the pontoon ferry (US$10 per car, pedestrians ride free) and head east to Sesheke.

Zimbabwe

There’s no direct overland connection between Namibia and Zimbabwe. The most straightforward route is between Victoria Falls and the Caprivi Strip (via Botswana), which entails driving or hitching from the Namibian border at Ngoma Bridge through Chobe National Park (you won’t be subject to Botswana national park fees unless you turn off onto the tourist route) and then to Kasane.

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Air

Most international flights into Namibia land at Windhoek’s Chief Hosea Kutako International Airport (061-299 6602; www.airports.com.na), 42km east of the capital city. Shorter-haul international flights may also use Windhoek’s in-town Eros Airport (061-299 6500), although this airport mainly serves internal flights and light aircraft.

The main carrier is Air Namibia (www.airnamibia.com.na), which flies routes within southern Africa as well as some international flights to London and Frankfurt.

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