Namibian Cities and Towns 

Namibia is a vast and sparsely populated country featuring large expanses of agricultural land and unspoiled wilderness. While these natural areas certainly have their charms, Namibia has its fair share of modern cities filled with delights for the tourist.

These are the best-known cities of Namibia and what you can expect to find there:

Windhoek

The capital city of Namibia is where most tourists will first set foot on Namibian soil. The Hosea Kutako International Airport is located 41 km from the city centre. Most international flights to and from Namibia arrive and depart from Hosea Kutako International Airport. A smaller airport called Eros Airport is located on the other side of the city limits about 5km from the CBD.

Namibia is well equipped to see to the needs of the arriving tourist with a wide range of accommodation options available. The city is home to a wealth of German architectural gems, national monuments, public gardens and cultural sites.

You can expect to enjoy every convenience of a modern city during your visit to the capital. There are restaurants to cater to every taste, large shopping malls, fuel stations, cinemas and thriving businesses.

Car hire, shuttle services, equipment hire for your holiday and medical services are all easy to obtain in Windhoek.

The city is an excellent place to start your explorations of Namibia.

Swakopmund

Swakopmund offers easy access to the Skeleton Coast and all the wildlife, tours, and adventure activities it has to offer.

This town has many examples of fine architecture and historical sights to enjoy along with seaside restaurants offering fine seafood and hospitality. Accommodation is available in hotels, guest houses, bed and breakfasts and self-catering apartments.

This seaside destination is a popular spot for local holidaymakers during the summer months and as such, boasts solid infrastructure for tourism.

Fuel, groceries, car hire, camping equipment hire and medical facilities are readily available in Swakopmund. The local airport is small and caters for several chartered flights a day.

Lüderitz

This small hospitable harbour town is a good choice for travellers wanting to explore the nearby ghost town of Kolmanskop. There is are also excellent birding opportunities, as well as breathtaking beaches.

There is a state hospital in Lüderitz and several fuel stations, shops and restaurants. The airport handles 2 domestic flights and several charters a week.

Accommodation in Lüderitz ranges from hotels, to campsites with many self-catering options to choose from too.

Keetmanshoop

Keetmanshoop is one of the sunniest places on earth and is best-known as an overnight stop before embarking on the Fish River Canyon Hike. The town is located along the Trans-Namib Railway line between Upington and Windhoek.

Keetmanshoop is a historic town with several museums for exploring and is close to the following noteworthy attractions:

  • Quiver Tree Forests
  • Giants Playgrounds
  • Mesosaurus Fossil Site
  • Brukkaros Volcano
  • Ai – Ais Hot springs

You will find all the usual city amenities in Keetmanshoop such as petrol stations, banks, medical facilities, restaurants and shops.

Accommodation options include hotels, B&B’s and self-catering establishments.

Walvis Bay

Namibia’s main port city, Walvis Bay is a popular destination on the edge of the Namib Desert. Fishermen try their luck here at nearby Sandwich Bay, while nature lovers flock to see the bird life at the town’s natural lagoon.

Walvis Bay is a busy fishing port with a natural deep water harbour and interesting attractions to see like Bird Island, the MOTH Museum, Dune 7 and Pelican Point.

You will find a wide range of seaside accommodation and restaurants dishing up spectacular seafood dishes and German Fare in Walvis Bay.

Walvis Bay Airport caters to flights within Namibia as well as to Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Other Noteworthy Towns

Many of Namibia’s smaller towns offer a wealth of charming attractions and close proximity to some of Namibia’s greatest sites. Many of these only have limited facilities, so it is a good idea to stock up on fuel and provisions during visits to the larger centres.

These include:

  • Okahandja close to the springs of Gross Barmen
  • Karibib in between Windhoek and Swakopmund
  • Omaruru with its thriving community of artists
  • Gobabis close to Harnas Wildlife Centre
  • Khorixas near Twyfelfontein, the Brandberg and the Petrified Forest
  • Otjiwarongo near the Waterberg Plateau, Africat Foundation and Cheetah conservation Trust
  • Outjo which is in close proximity to Etosha National Park
  • Grootfontein, which is a good halfway stop between Windhoek and the Caprivi Strip
  • Tsumeb near Etosha National Park
  • Rundu, known as the Gateway to the Caprivi
  • Oshakati
  • Aus where you can see the wild horses of Garub
  • Mariental on the Fish River
  • Maltahohe, en-route to the Namib Naukluft National Park, Sossuvlei, Sesriem and Kuisib Canyons.

It is a good idea to check the road conditions before travelling to the more remote areas of Namibia. While the travel conditions are generally excellent, the rainy season can cause some of the smaller roads to become inaccessible.

Disclaimer
Please Note: The details shared herein were correct at the time of publishing. However, with time some of this information may change. We recommend confirming information with suppliers prior to making final travel arrangements. If you do happen to find an issue with any information we’ve shared here, please feel free to contact us so that we can make the relevant changes.

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