Windhoek is the gateway to Windhoek – journeys will ultimately start here and in most cases, end here. It is a city fused with so many different cultures ranging from the local tribes to German and Afrikaans. You will discover lifestyles ranging from sophisticated to simple, modern to historical, with hints of each visible in everything from the beautifully restored Colonial architecture, to the modernity of the commercial high rise buildings. It’s a buzzing city with lots of attractions and definitely worth a night or 2 stopover. The main Airport, Hosea Kutako International Airport, is around 30 minutes from the city.
- Things to do in Windhoek
- Bird Lovers can look out for European bee-eaters hunting in the summer months
- Take a walk in the NBRI gardens to view what is flowering
- Visit the Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve on the western outskirts of the city
- Visit the Namibia Animal Rehabilitation Research and Education Centre, just north of the city where the team rehabilitate primarily raptors caught in human wildlife conflict
- The Namibian Craft Centre is a great place to shop for Namibian made handwork and gifts. Omba Arts Trust creates employment for marginalised communities such as the Bushmen in Namibia and the fabric, basketry, ostrich-eggshell jewellery and Himba made PVC piping bracelets are a must on a shopping list. There is also the Shed Market with hand-picked stalls supporting local artists and organic food producers.
- If gemstones interest you, than you must include a visit to the National Earth Sciences Museum – here you will find the history of the country’s gemstones among other treasures.
- Great spot for lunch is the Stellenbosch Tasting Room offering best pizzas and Kabeljou (COD). Another must is Joes Beerhouse. As the name suggests, it’s a great place to try out all the local beers and traditional Namibian meat dishes.
- The National Art Gallery of Namibia has several galleries to browse through.