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Namibia holidaymakers can breathe a sigh of relief: The waiting time at the entry and departure counters at the International Hosea Kutako Airport near Windhoek has been significantly reduced. Since end of September the officials waive part of the procedure of the new biometric identification...
The electronic system consisting of scanning the face and the hand of travellers had been introduced on 1 September. Arriving and departing passengers had to queue for more than two hours. Apparently the recording of fingerprints and handprint lasted several minutes per person.
Meanwhile, only the iris is scanned. In addition, the ministry of home affairs is now deploying ten officials at the arrival counters instead of eight as before, and at the departure gates six instead of four.
This is also good news for guests of Ondekaremba. Instead of having to be at the airport three hours ahead of your return flight, a buffer of two hours is sufficient. So our guests can relax longer by the pool or stretch their legs on a hiking trail through the African bush savannah.
Since mid-July, visitors to Namibia from Europe have another airline to choose from: Eurowings. The maiden flight from Cologne/Bonn to Windhoek took place according to schedule on Wednesday evening, 12 July. The first crew could even spend a long weekend in Namibia...
... because the return flight after the first landing on Thursday morning was only scheduled for Monday evening. According to the airline this is quite common, when you start a new long-distance route. On the first plane all 306 seats were booked. Eurowings is known for its reasonable flights.
As from now on, the Lufthansa subsidiary will depart from the airport Cologne/Bonn every Wednesday and Sunday in the evening and arrive at Windhoek early in the morning. The return flight takes place on Thursdays and Mondays; take-off is in the late evening and touch-down at Cologne/Bonn in the course of the morning. As from next summer, one of the two flights will depart from Munich.
Ondekaremba, just a 10 minute drive from the airport, is the ideal first stop after the landing and the last stop before the return flight. On the hiking trails through the African bush savannah you can stretch your legs after or before the long flight.
Just in time for the peak season in Namibia, there are about 780 more plane seats available per week: Qatar Airways announced in March that the number of flights from Frankfurt to Windhoek will be increased from four to seven as from July 2. In addition, from the end of March another aircraft will be used on this route.
All seven flights take place at night, with a stop-over in Doha. The decision shows that Namibia is popular as a long-haul destination, especially since Eurowings will also fly to Windhoek as from July 12 and will offer direct flights on top. Qatar Airways had added Windhoek to the list of its 150 destinations only last September.
At the end of March Qatar Airways will replace the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner with the Airbus 330-200. The airline 's Dreamliner has space for 254 passengers, the Airbus has 260 seats. The main reason for this decision was probably the increased demand for cargo hold.
After the long flight, Ondekaremba (only 7 km from the airport and offering transfer services) is the ideal place to spend the first night in order to start your tour in your rental car the next morning fully relaxed.
What is the groundsill for? What about the "Western Windmill"? How to get to the viewing tower? These and further questions are answered by the new little hiking map that is available for guests of Ondekaremba. Many make use of the hiking trails in order to stretch their legs before or after a long flight.
The map is not only for better orientation, but also gives a bit of background about the former farm at the airport. At a leisurely pace, you need an hour and a half for the circular path through the African bush savannah, a detour to the groundsill included. There is also a hide with a view to the trough for the game; with a little luck you can observe red hartebeest and kudus.
The hiking trails are also available to day visitors (booking possible with or without a room) who stay at Ondekaremba on the day of their departure.
Good news for Namibia holidaymakers in Europe: As from mid of July 2017, Eurowings will also be offering affordable direct flights to Windhoek. The Lufthansa subsidiary is known for its affordable flights.
Eurowings will depart from the airport Cologne / Bonn every Wednesday and Sunday in the evening and arrive at Windhoek early in the morning. The return flight takes place on Thursdays and Mondays; take-off is in the late evening and touch-down in Cologne / Bonn in the course of the morning.
Ondekaremba, just a 10 minute drive from the airport, is the ideal last stop before the return flight and even more so in this case: With a day visit (with or without room reserved) and a transfer to the airport you can enjoy the pool, the walking trails in the bush savannah and a nice dinner before you mount your plane.