Windhoek

Enjoy attractive architecture, good German beer and unique shopping in the friendly capital of Windhoek.

Overview

Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia, is one of the most appealing capitals in Africa. It is surrounded by the rolling hills, acacia trees and dramatic highland ridges. The city is clean, safe and well-organised, with a colonial legacy that is reflected in its many German eateries and shops. You’ll almost certainly need at least one overnight stop here.

Windhoek is a curious mix of Africa and Europe. On the one hand, street vendors sell all manner of goods. On the other, it offers plenty of pavement cafes, wide streets and good quality shops. An afternoon of browsing the friendly street markets yields an insight into the cultural diversity of Namibia.

The other attraction of Windhoek is enjoying the rather quirky colonial German architecture. It is a small city so it can easily be explored on foot. Its Germanic roots are much in evidence. Christuskirche, the Tintenpalast and the three castles of Schwerinburg, Sanderburg and Heinitzburg, now a five star hotel, exemplify late 19th High Germanic architecture.

Tour Highlights

  • Stay in the only camp inside the world’s 4th largest National Park
  • Climb some of the world’s highest free-standing sand dunes
  • Track for desert-adapted elephants in ephemeral river systems
  • A site visit at the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Twyfelfontein
  • Visit a Himba settlement
  • Visit the world renowned AfriCat Foundation and learn more about conservation initiatives involving Africa’s large cats

Features

Why you may love it

  • German is one of the main languages spoken in Namibia
  • Windhoek (Wind Corner in English) is the capital of Namibia
  • Enjoy a meal at Joe’s Beerhouse, one of the most popular restaurants in Windhoek

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When to visit Windhoek

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Country Capital

Windhoek is relatively high at 1700m and so though it follows the broad climatic pattern of Namibia, the temperatures tend to be a little cooler (3-4C) on average than Etosha for example. Broadly speaking Windhoek has warm rainy summers from November to March followed by a dry and sunny winter and spring from April through to October.
AVG RAINFALL 34mm
AVG HOURS OF DAYLIGHT 10 Hours
MAX TEMP 26 ℃ / 79 ℉
MIN TEMP 13 ℃ / 55 ℉

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Did you know
  • CapitalLocated almost exactly at the country's geographical centre
  • HistoryEstablished 1840 and rebuild in 1890 after the Nama & Herero war