Getting There – Etosha NP

Anthony Ham
By Anthony Ham

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the 'Botswana & Namibia' guide.

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.

Anthony is the author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.

Etosha is located 435km/270mi north of Windhoek. It is easy to visit either independently (self-drive) or on a tour. The drive on paved roads takes about six hours. The roads in the eastern section of the park are accessible by 2WD car. There are no scheduled flights, but there are three airstrips inside the park for charter flights. Most of the upmarket lodges outside the park have private airstrips as well.

Those driving themselves, as well as those on organized tour, generally start their trip by arrival at Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH); located 40km/25mi east of Windhoek and, from there, by 4x4 vehicle. Fly-in trips are also common, consisting of chartered flights taking travelers from park to park.

Airlines & Ticket Prices

Please check Skyscanner, or for multiple-destination flights check Expedia, to see which airlines can take you to Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) and what tickets would cost.

Domestic Flights

Your tour package generally includes charter flights between destinations. Scheduled domestic flights can be booked through Air Namibia. Most flights leave from Windhoek at Eros Airport (ERS). The closest airport to Etosha with scheduled Air Namibia flights is at Ondangwa, which is 200km/125mi northwest of Namutoni Gate.

Passport, Visa and Other Entry Requirements

Please check our Getting There – Namibia page to learn more about passport, visa and other entry requirements.

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