The capital of Namibia, Windhoek, has welcomed the first Qatar Airways flight to arrive at its international airport from Doha, Qatar. Windhoek is the first city in Namibia to be served by Qatar Airways, which will fly to and from the destination four times a week with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Namibia is becoming an increasingly popular travel destination, confirmed by the 2015 visitor statistics that have been published by Pohamba Shifeta, minister of environment and tourism. Some 1.5 million international visitors travelled to Namibia in 2015, an increase of 5.1 per cent on the previous year.
KLM is expanding its network of routes this winter, offering three direct flights a week from Amsterdam to Windhoek via Luanda, Angola. As of October, a KLM Airbus A330-200 will depart from Amsterdam at 22:45 every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday for an overnight flight to the Namibian capital.
In contrast to the sand dunes of the Namib Desert, visitors to the Zambezi region in the north of the country are greeted with lush green and wild river landscapes. Located in the 150 square metre Kasika conservancy in the middle of the protected Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Area, the Chobe Water Villas – part of the Ohlthaver & List Group – has opened to guests.
The Namibia ministry of tourism has released its arrival figures from 2013 showing a total of 23,185 arrivals from the UK - a 10.2 per cent increase year on year. In 2012 UK arrival had fallen by 2.5 per cent, with depletion in numbers to 21,035. In contrast in 2013 the UK market showed positive signs of growth, evident by the acceleration of visitors.
Wilderness Safaris is delighted to announce the opening of Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp in Namibia’s remote Kaokoveld. Located in the private Palmwag Concession straddling the Palmwag area and Skeleton Coast National Park, the camp boasts a low-impact design that is sensitive to its fragile desert environment, operating on 100 per cent solar power.
When is the best time to travel? What type of clothes should I pack? Where is the capital Windhoek located and how many species of wildlife can I find in Etosha National Park? Answers to these and many more questions can be found on the new, free of charge iPad app entitled ‘Discover Namibia’.