Windhoek

The capital (and only) city of Namibia, Windhoek is a fascinating blend of traditional African spirit with a colonial German feel. Surrounded by rolling mountains, Windhoek is home to an eclectic mix of people including Herero, Afrikaans, German, Damara and San (to name but a few), and it this diversity that makes it such an intriguing place to visit. Known for being one of the safest cities in Africa, Windhoek is the ideal place to start and end your Namibian holiday. Its international airport makes for easy accessibility and in the city itself you will find everything you need for your journey onwards. Charming German architecture features prominently in what is otherwise an unmistakably African city, and the tidy streets of the pedestrian precinct are ideal for exploring and finding hidden gems.

Sample some of the traditional Namibian fare or settle in for a hearty German meal of sauerkraut and bockwurst at a local pub, before settling in for some people watching at one of the city’s buzzing cafes with a locally crafted beer.

With the Namibian wilderness just a short drive out of town in any direction, Windhoek is ideally located. A scenic drive on good roads links the capital to the seaside town of Swakopmund, itself a gateway for further exploration. Most people tend to visit between December and March, however September to November is also a really pleasant period with days that are warm without being uncomfortably hot.

 

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Hotel Heinitzburg

Hotel Heinitzburg

A historic castle perched on the hill overlooking central Windhoek, Hotel Heinitzburg is full of atmosphere and grandeur. A ten minute walk down the hill to the city centre takes you to the shopping district and major attractions of Windhoek and the hotel is a delightful and elegant base for the beginning or end of a Namibian safari.

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Villa Violet

Villa Violet

A stylish and comfortable bed and breakfast in Windhoek’s quiet residential suburb of Klein Windhoek, Villa Violet is a welcoming, convenient and affordable base for those setting off on a Namibian adventure. Close to several restaurants, the guest house is a short drive from the city centre and the helpful and friendly owners are happy to make reservations and advise on plans for your stay in Windhoek.

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Olive Grove Guesthouse

Olive Grove Guesthouse

The Olive Grove Guest house is a well-established, calm, comfortable and friendly guesthouse on a quiet street in Windhoek’s upmarket suburb of Klein-Windhoek. Ideally located for a tranquil stopover before or after a Namibian safari, it’s a short drive or a half hour walk from the city centre and its main attractions, and has secure off-street parking shaded by a beautiful jacaranda tree.

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