YOUR NAMIBIAN ADVENTURE WITH US STARTS IN WINDHOEK
Windhoek is the capital and largest city in Namibia, a surprisingly modern and neat urban hub of industry, education and culture. The city developed around a series of prolific springs in the 19th century, which provided the necessary water for agriculture and cultivation. Windhoek then came under German rule in the colonial days and its influence in architecture, language, culture and efficiency can still be seen today.
Namibia’s main international airport - Hosea Kutako International - is located just outside of the city of Windhoek and serves as the main gateway for tourism in the country.
Windhoek is located in central Namibia, 1 700 metres above sea level, in a semi-arid climatic region. Days are mostly warm and dry, while nights can be cool. The winter months - June, July and August - experience very little or no rainfall; nights are very cold and days generally warm at around 25°c.
Windhoek is a pedestrian-friendly city with a relaxed pace and cosmopolitan outlook - it’s a great place to begin or break a journey through Namibia.
SIGHTSEEING IN WINDHOEK
Although small, Windhoek is a wonderfully historic city originally settled in the mid-19th century around 12 strong springs that provided water for cultivation of produce and grains. It is punctuated by neo-baroque cathedral spires and a few historic German castles, and while there are only a few worthwhile sights in the city in our opinion, this will be enough to keep you entertained on a day’s layover at the start or end of your trip. Colonial Windhoek was founded in 1890 and three castles built at this time can still be seen today; Heinitzburg, Sanderburg and Schwerinsburg. Alte Feste (Old Fortress), built at the same time, today also houses the National Museum. To add to that, head to the Christus Kirche, or ‘Christ Church’ - a landmark Lutheran church that is an icon of the Windhoek skyline with its somewhat colourful design.
During the day, Windhoek has a quiet European café culture, dominated by German eats and treats and at night, the city centre is alive with a small selection of bars, restaurants and night clubs. Most notably, Windhoek is home to Namibia’s brewing industry and the city offer a great break from the road on safari to while away the time sipping a cold brew.