Located almost exactly at the centre of Namibia, Windhoek, its capital, is a small but exciting city with strong modern African and colonial European influences. This curious blend of cultures makes the city seem almost out of place when compared with other parts of Africa, which are more true to their traditional roots. Nevertheless, Windhoek is both thriving and progressive and is dotted with lush green areas where many locals spend their afternoons or lunch breaks. Also, unlike many other capital cities around the world, Windhoek is big enough to keep visitors more than satisfied but also small enough to be easily walkable.Read More
Given its fascinating history, there are monuments and buildings scattered throughout the city, each imbued with a story and all of paramount importance with regards to its cultural heritage. Some of the most popular sites to visit are the Windhoek Central Railway Station, the Old Prison on Goethe Street and the Turnhalle Building in Banhof Street. There are also the Christuskirche, a neo-Romantic church built in the first part of the twentieth century, or the Alte Feste Museum, which details the history of the city.
During the day, visitors may wish to sip a cool drink in one of Winkhoek's many European-style cafes. As the brewing capital of the country, there is German beer in abundance here, perfect for swilling as you while away the hours on a lazy day. Travellers may also enjoy the Maerua Mall, a shopping centre worth visiting for anyone looking to pick up a few knickknacks before returning home. Day trips to the nearby Gross Barmen hot springs are also a great idea. The area can also be used as a stopover point for those travelling from Windhoek to Swakopmund.
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Windhoek
If you are planning a Windhoek holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
Klein Windhoek Windhoek
In a quiet area of Windhoek, Klein Windhoek Guest House is a comfortable and welcoming accommodation. Guest rooms are well furnished with all mod cons and en suite facilities. The in house restaurant serves up a wonderful array of local and international cuisine. A morning dip in the outdoor pool is a great way to start the day refreshed and ready for the African heat. This accommodation is ideally located just a 5 minute drive from the city centre.
Olive Grove Guesthouse Windhoek
The Olive Grove is a small, tastefully decorated hotel with elegant and spacious rooms, each with a large veranda sporting tables and chairs for al fresco dining. The lounge area is ideal for travellers who want to relax in style after a long day of exploring. Meals are expertly prepared by the hotel's chef. There is also a plunge pool for a quick dip to cool off. The hotel is situated close to the Windhoek city centre in a quiet, peaceful area.
Relais & Chateaux Hotel Heinitzburg Windhoek
Set within the walls of a converted castle, the Hotel Heinitzburg is a small and luxurious hotel with elegantly decorated rooms, which exude opulence and grandeur. The gourmet restaurant, located on site, offers fabulous views of the city as well as a generous selection of delicious dishes. The hotel also boasts a garden terrace cafe and a wine cellar for yet more gastronomic delights. The Heinitzburg is near the city centre and removed from the mild hubbub by its elevated position.
Roof of Africa Hotel Windhoek
Roof of Africa Lodge has a superb roof bar and restaurant, a private sauna and a swimming pool. The rooms are comfortable and spacious and are decorated tastefully with neutral colours and wooden furnishings. The hotel's restaurant and bar has an extensive dinner buffet as well as an a la carte menu and an excellent selection of beverages. Located in the prestigious district of Klein Windhoek near many shops and fine restaurants, the hotel is only 15 minutes walk from the city centre.
Windhoek Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Windhoek.