Fly To Ondangwa, Namibia
If you’re planning to explore Namibia’s remote landscapes then cheap flights to Ondangwa from Travelstart.co.za is your best start. This small dusty town has its own airport, and is the gateway to travel within northern Namibia.
The airport is about 5km northwest of the town centre on the Main Road, with a couple of hotels found in close distance. As you get into town, tiny cafes and a few amenities such as a bank, petrol station and some shops are also found.
But don’t be fooled by its apparent dry dustiness – even if there isn’t a huge amount to do in town itself, there are a number of nearby highlights that can be accessed after you land in Ondangwa.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South Africans do not need a Visa to enter Namibia. Ensure you have a valid passport with blank pages available for stamps.
- The South African Embassy in Namibia is situated in Windhoek, over 8 hours away. The embassy is found at the corner of Nelson Mandela Avenue and Jan Jonker Street. Phone: +264 61 205 7111.
See and do
Attractions in the area are typically Namibian, with lots of history, culture and scenery to enjoy. Pay a visit to the Finnish Mission Station and Museum of Nakambale, where you may even be able to watch traditional Ovambo dancing. Take a drive to the beautiful Ruacana Falls (great for bird spotting, picnics and nature walks), go for a game drive at the famous Etosha National Park that is situated in the area or make like a Namibian as you sit back and enjoy the relaxed pace of life in this remote outpost.
Shopping is definitely an eye-opening experience. If you’re looking for some very rare (and rather strange) items, try the outdoor markets. Here you can find everything under the sun, including traditional clothing, curios and local ‘treats’ such as dried caterpillars. Otherwise, there are little roadside cafes dotted about that sell cold drinks, snacks and sweets. Many shops accept ZA Rands – not all though. Cash is your best bet, so leave your credit card at home when you hit the market.
Public transport is sketchy at best. The old railway system stopped operating a while back, and most visitors find it easier to hire a car. This way, you can also head on to Etosha and other nearby highlights, travelling around at your leisure. You’ll need to be careful at night – there are sometimes livestock roaming around the roads, and it gets very dark indeed after sundown. In town itself though, walking is very easy. Many hotels and game lodges here can arrange shuttles to and from the airport too.
Ondangwa Airport – OND
Food and beverage: The airport is fairly small with basic facilities – if you can’t find a refreshment kiosk in the main passenger terminal, you can stop past one of the little cafes in town.
Lost Luggage: Ask at the information desk or the Lost & Found in baggage claim.
Airport Hotels: The nearest hotels are Protea Hotel Ondangwa and Ondangwa Airport Lodge.
Car Hire: Rental companies at the airport include Thrifty, Avis, Europcar, Budget among others.
Airport Hub: Ondangwa Airport (code OND) is a hub for Air Namibia, serving flights to and from Windhoek as well as other destinations.