​Getting There – Namib-Naukluft 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.

Namib-Naukluft National Park consists of different sections with different entry points. The park can be visited on an organized tour or independently, on a self-drive safari. The main routes to and within the park are open to normal 2WD cars. Permits are required for minor roads and a 4x4 vehicle is recommended.

Most people who visit the park come to see the Sossusvlei area, which is located about 360km/223mi from Windhoek by car and accessed through the Sesriem entry point. The 310km/193mi drive from Windhoek to Sesriem (where many of the lodges are located) takes about 4 to 4½ hours*. The 50km/31mi drive from Sesriem to Sossusvlei takes about 1 hour.

The main point of entry into Namibia is Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH), located 40km/25mi east of Windhoek. Both self-drive visitors and people who’ve booked an organized safari will usually start their trip by 4x4 in Windhoek.

*Driving times are only a rough indication. You should always consider the possibility of significant delays.

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Airlines & Ticket Prices

Please check Skyscanner to see which airlines can take you to Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) and what tickets would cost.

Domestic Flights

Tour operators usually book charter flights between parks as part of the tour package.

  • FlyNamibia Safari (Has daily flights between Sossusvlei, Etosha, Windhoek and Swakopmund)

Passport, Visa & Other Entry Requirements

Please check our Getting There – Namibia page to learn more about passport, visa, COVID-19 and other entry requirements.

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