Khomas is a region in central Namibia.
- , the capital of Namibia
- , the gateway to the Namib-Naukluft National Park
- Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) is Namibia's only international airport. Most overseas travellers will arrive and depart here. It is located east of Windhoek, and you will have to rent a car here or take a taxi to town, as there is no public transport.
- Windhoek Eros Airport (ERS) is the second important airport in the region, situated directly in Windhoek. It is used for smaller planes.
By carWindhoek lies at the intersection of two major highways, the B1 which runs from north to south all across Namibia, and the B6 to Gobabis and further to Botswana.
By trainThere is a train service between Windhoek and Walvis Bay / Swakopmund to the west, Gobabis to the east, and Keetmanshoop to the south, each a few times a week. All trains are predominantly for freight with only one or two passenger cars. They all depart in the late afternoon from the same platform at Windhoek's historic train station and will stop at every tree to load and unload goods. Any train journey will take a long time, but it is cheap and safe.
By public transportBetween towns you can catch a minibus, and Windhoek is on the route of the big coaches that travel from the South Africa cities of Cape Town and Johannesburg to Gaborone, Lusaka, Livingstone, Harare, and beyond.
There is no public transport to tourist destinations, you have to get around by car or private airplane. You can book private tours (a 4x4 and a driver) to almost any Namibian destination in Windhoek.
The highways B1 and B6 are tarred and in very good condition, as is the C23 to Dordabis. All other C-roads are gravel roads and in fair condition, easily passable with an ordinary sedan. Other roads (D-roads, F-roads, and those without letters or numbers) tend to be rough, rarely graded, and will require a sturdy vehicle. Expect to be able to drive 120 km/h on tar, 60-80 km/h on good gravel, and about 30 km/h on minor roads. Many of the small access roads to farms require good ground clearance and considerable driving skill. Phone the host whether you need a 4x4 or not.
Farms are private properties. Don't drive onto a farm road, even if the gate is open, unless your destination is signposted there, or you intend to visit that farm. If you open a farm gate to drive through, close it again.
- the capital Windhoek with its historic buildings from colonial times
- Drive one of the mountain passes off the Great Escarpment on which the Khomas Region is situated.
- The most spectacular one is the which descends almost into the Namib Desert. Part of the D2175 it is Namibia's steepest pass; vehicles above 3.5 tons are not allowed, and you may not pull a trailer. Even the graders of the Roads Authority do not drive down this pass, but grade the road going uphill. An ordinary sedan will tackle this pass without much of a problem, even if the road looks really scary. The steepest parts are interlocked for better grip. Always remain in first gear, and when going uphill keep the engine at 4.500 rpm to have sufficient torque. And while you marvel at the spectacular view and at the strength of even ordinary cars, keep in mind that this pass was built by hand, by a lone farmer on the foot of the mountain who needed a shortcut for his farming supplies!
Between the major tourist destinations there occasionally are additional options:
NamibgrensGuest farm with 6 chalets. Camping on 12 generously sized spots with canvas shade but no grass, not easy to get to with a sedan car. Tap water and hot shower available for camping, no electricity. Three small swimming pools. Three easy 4x4 trails at no extra charge, although the web site says there is a fee. Nicely signposted but the owners also provide a map. There have been complaints that the owners are not very friendlyindeed they say neither 'Welcome' nor 'Enjoy your stay', just give the basic instructions and disappear. That said, the place is very well maintained and organised, and you won't need an opportunity to disturb them again.
- Otjozondjupa region in the north. Visit the Waterberg Plateau Park with its unique flora and fauna, or travel further to Etosha.
- Erongo region in the west. Visit the coastal town of Swakopmund with its historic colonial architecture, or do some fun activities there like dune rafting or quadbiking there.
- Hardap region in the south. Explore the Namib-Naukluft National Park, or travel further to the many attractions in Namibia's south.
- Omaheke region in the east. Explore cattle country off the beaten track, or travel further to Botswana.