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, so we’ve outlined a selection of our favourite Windhoek hotels.
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.
There are several pleasant Windhoek hotels & lodges to choose from such as the Olive Exclusive, Olive Grove and the Elegant Guesthouse. Most are in Windhoek but a couple, such as Eningu Clayhouse Lodge and Gocheganas Nature Reserve, are further afield. Gocheganas Spa, in particular, is a great way to start or end your Namibia safari.