Car hire at Hosea Kutako International Airport (Windhoek, Namibia)

Hosea Kutako International Airport, Windhoek, Namibia
Hosea Kutako International Airport, Windhoek, Namibia (image copyright Namibia Airports Company)

Hosea Kutako International Airport is the main airport of Namibia. Also known as Windhoek Airport, it’s located 45km to the east of the capital Windhoek on route B6. Hosea Kutako and is the main airport for international flights into and out of the country. The airport handled 800,000 passengers and 14,940 aircraft movements in 2015, and mainly offers flights to destinations in Africa and western Europe.

The airport has benefited from a significant amount of development in recent years and now offers modern facilities, including car rental services from a range of major brands.

At the time of writing (August 2017), I was able to obtain car hire quotes from the following companies at Hosea Kutako airport:

  • Avis
  • Bidvest
  • Budget
  • Dollar
  • Hertz
  • Thrifty

A full range of cars was available, including economy, SUV, premium and minivan models.

Driving tips for Namibia (from the official Namibia Tourism website):

  • Drive on the left
  • All passengers must wear seatbelts
  • Carry your driving licence at all times. If your driving licence is not printed in English, then it is advisable to obtain an International Driving Permit.
  • Many roads are gravel. Supplies of fuel and water tend to be further apart than in Europe or the USA. Keep your fuel tank topped up and carry water for drinking in case of delays or breakdowns.
  • Make sure you have an up to date and detailed map before setting off on long journeys. Signage may be minimal or non-existent in rural areas.
  • Avoid travelling at night, when the risk of hitting wildlife is much greater

Note: Hosea Kutako International Airport should not be mistaken for the smaller Eros Airport, which is located directly south of Windhoek and serves as one of the country’s main airports for charter flights and private aviation, such as safari flights.

For information about car hire at other airports in Namibia, click here.

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