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Namibia's main point of entry is Hosea Kutako International Airport. It's a small, bustling, modern airport that's a scenic 45-km (28-mile) drive from Windhoek. The smaller Eros Airport handles local flights and charters. Once in the country you can make use of scheduled flights or charter flights that service all domestic destinations.
Licensed shuttle companies (look for a sticker that shows they're registered with the NTB) offer service from Hosea Kutako International Airport to Windhoek's city center; the pickup and drop-off point is at the taxi stand on Independence Avenue, next to the Tourist Information Center. Expect to pay N$250-N$300 each way. Many larger hotels run a courtesy shuttle service to and from the airport. "Radio taxis" (taxis with radio contact to the dispatch) are available, but negotiate the price before you get in. Check on current fares at the airport information counter.
Intercape Mainliner runs buses between Windhoek and Swakopmund, as do other smaller and reliable shuttle services. Information on these is available at the Tourist Information Center in both cities.
If you're only in Windhoek for 24 hours or so, you won't need a car. It's an easy city to walk around in, and taxis are available everywhere. Always negotiate with the driver before getting into the taxi. Hotels also provide shuttle service.
That said, if you plan to drive to Swakopmund or any of the parks, you can rent a car here. Gas is on sale in all towns, but if you're planning a long journey between towns, fill up in Windhoek before you leave.
If you've got three days or so to spare and you're headed to or from the coastal resort of Swakopmund, then consider traveling on the Desert Express. The train departs from Windhoek on Friday around midday, and from Swakopmund on Saturday around 3 pm, arriving the next day around 10:30 am. Your first stop on the outward journey from Windhoek is Okapuka Ranch, where you'll watch lions being fed, after which you get back on the train and enjoy a splendid dinner yourself. The train parks in a siding for the night, then leaves early in the morning so you can catch a spectacular sunrise over the desert. Later, you get a chance to walk in the Namib when the train stops in the dunes between Swapkopmund and Walvis Bay. If you do the return journey, you'll be taken to see the San rock paintings at Spitzkoppe. The train has 24 air-conditioned, small but comfortable cabins with en-suite facilities. Longer journeys to Etosha are available. One-way fares from Windhoek to Swakopmund start at N$2,320 per person sharing, and are all-inclusive of meals and activities.
African Extravaganza specializes in shuttle services, scheduled safaris, charter tours and fly-ins, self-drive options, day excursions, and transfers. But as Windhoek is a small town and easy to walk around in, your best bet is to stay in the city and see what's going on there. Ask your hotel concierge or guesthouse owner for up-to-date information, or check out the Tour and Safari Association website (www.tasa.na) for a comprehensive list of registered operators describing their specialties.
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