The Cultural centre of Namibia
Add a Windhoek vacation tour to your African safari bucket list. The Namibian capital of Windhoek is often the springboard for a Namibia tour to the well-known Sossusvlei or Etosha Pan. This clean and well-structured city is the cultural, business and parliamentary hub of Namibia and well-worth visiting for its own unique beauty, architectural sights, historical attractions and entertainment.
Windhoek is located in central Namibia in the Khomas Highland plateau area, at around 1,700 meters above sea-level. The city sprang up at the site of a hot spring originally utilized by the indigenous community, and is home to a mere 430 000 inhabitants; so if traffic is your nemesis, Windhoek is your nirvana.
Explore the city’s rich history at Heroes’ Acre to the south, where an towering 8-metre statue guards the grave of the unknown soldier, commemorating those who were lost in the War of Independence.
In the city center, the iconic Christuskirche’s stained-glass windows and architectural styling embody the city’s rich German roots. Directly opposite, the Independence Memorial Museum outlines the country’s path to independence while the shop and restaurant on the upper levels showcase the city with impressive 360 degree glass viewing decks and glass lifts.
A short stroll down the same street will bring you to Alta Feste, the Old Fort, which was used to headquarter South African and German soldiers.
Visit the city’s numerous shopping malls to indulge in a bit of retail therapy, followed by some authentic fine dining at one of the excellent restaurants or pubs in the area.
Best Time to Visit Windhoek on Vacation:
Windhoek has a very temperate climate with moderate year-round temperatures and minimal precipitation. The most ideal weather conditions are between end March and end May or early August to end October.
Take in the spectacular city views of Windhoek from the top of Lover’s Hill.
Travel to Katutura to learn more about Namibia’s cultural diversity and traditions.
Sample the artisanal breads and food products at the bustling market stalls in Kenneth Kaunda Street every Saturday