Windhoek is a modern, organised city that still beats to an African drum. With a population of over 300,000 it is relatively small and easy to navigate. There are plenty of shops, restaurants and bars to explore and beautiful manicured gardens and parks break up the cosmopolitan sky-line and are a pleasant place to while away a little time.
Reasons to visit Windhoek include:
You can visit Windhoek all year round. At an altitude of over 1600m you may find early mornings chilly in the winter months but the city does enjoy blue skies almost every day. It is hotter and more humid from December to March, but it’s never unpleasant, and the cosmopolitan street cafÃ©s are always welcoming with cool drinks on offer and air conditioning.
Windhoek is usually the start and end point of a trip to Namibia. There are regular flights here from Johannesburg, and also Victoria Falls and Maun, Botswana. The airport is about 60km from the city, with transfers and car hire readily available.
Like any capital city is has an variety of accommodation options. There are some beautiful boutique hotels, quaint guest houses offering comfortable rooms on a variety of levels, all within a stone's throw of the city centre. The Olive Grove is one of our favourites, a beautifully converted house, offering warm, friendly hospitality.
Time: GMT +2 hours
Flights from UK to Windhoek are usually via Johannesburg or Frankfurt and take about 12.5 hours. Windhoek International Airport is 60km from the city centre.
Language: Namibiaâ€™s official language is English. Afrikaans, Dama/Nama, German, Herero, Oshiwambo, Sukwangali, Setswana and Silozi are also recognised.
Visas are not required British citizens for stays of up to 90 days.
Malaria is present in Namibia. Certain areas are more high risk. A yellow fever vaccination is required for travellers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission; this includes transiting through a yellow fever risk country; make sure you have a valid yellow fever certificate with you.