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


Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia, is one of the most appealing capitals in Africa. Rolling hills, acacia trees and dramatic highland ridges surround this small city, which is clean, safe and well-organised. You can see its colonial legacy in the many German eateries and shops. You’ll almost certainly need at least one overnight stop here but there's a good range of Windhoek hotels and guesthouses to choose from.

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.

TIP: There are some quite exciting new places to stay near Windhoek such as Habitas Namibia and Omanda, as well as Okapuka Country Lodge which is an hour to the north. These all allow you relax at the end (or start of your Namibian holiday) in style.

The other attraction of Windhoek is enjoying the rather quirky colonial German architecture. It is a small city so you can easily explore it 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 Windhoek hotel, exemplify late 19th High Germanic architecture.

Germanic buildings in Windhoek, Namibia, Windhoek hotels

Check out some of our suggested Windhoek hotels and accommodation below.

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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

When to visit Windhoek

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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 MONTHLY RAINFALL 1mm (winter) to 50mm (summer)
MAX TEMP 27 ℃ / 84 ℉
MIN TEMP 16 ℃ (summer) & 7 ℃ (winter)

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  • CapitalLocated almost exactly at the country's geographical centre
  • HistoryRebuilt in 1890 after the Nama & Herero war