Highlights and main attractions of Windhoek

Namibia’s capital city is a refreshingly small and pleasant location to start or end your Namibian safari. Set atop rolling hills in the central part of the country, the altitude here is 1,600 metres above sea level, making the climate much fresher and milder than other areas. The city dates back to 1840 when it was established as a settlement, and the name is said to refer to ‘windy corner’ due to the uninterrupted wind that blows at any given time.


With a modest population of approximately 240,000, despite being the largest of Namibia’s cities, Windhoek is nonetheless compact enough to explore easily - even on foot - and get your bearings relatively quickly.

Where is Windhoek?

Location and Activities

Highlights of the city include the Alte Fest or ‘Old Fort’ which is the oldest surviving building in the capital and has a vibrantly whitewashed appearance. Situated almost next door to this you’ll find the Christuskirche, is one of the most striking buildings in the city, with its distinctive Germanic spire. The Gibeon Meteorite Fountain is homage to the meteorite shower that took place in the south east of Gibeon in south Namibia and has 31 of the 77 fallen meteorites mounted on steel columns.

Situated just 25 kilometres from Windhoek you will find the Daan Viljoen Game Park, a tranquil and low-key 4,000 hectare reserve set amidst beautiful rolling hill country. Here you can set off on various hikes, ranging from 3 to 32 kilometres depending on your fitness level and time (the latter involving an overnight stay). These trails will take you past rocky outcrops, river beds and hills, with a resident troop of very vocal baboons along the way! Wildlife that you can see here includes gemsbok, wildebeest, zebra, kudu and springbok.

We choose to place you in Elegant Guesthouse in Windhoek, as it offers a level of intimacy with just six rooms in total and is located in an upmarket residential area of the city with convenient access to the airport for your onward connections to other areas of the country such as Etosha or Swakopmund.

Those looking for a peaceful setting should head to the Tintenpalast or ‘palace of ink’ – the city’s Parliament Building set in well maintained gardens.


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