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Why Visit Windhoek?

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: 

  • A visit to Katatura, once a sprawling township of the apartheid era, will give an insight into how the majority of Windhoek’s inhabitants live.
  • Windhoek has an urban African vibe, not found elsewhere in Namibia.
  • Visit the Alte Feste (old fort), the Christuskirche (church) or the Tintenpalast (parliament buildings).  There are some fine examples of colonial architecture in the city.
  • Enjoy the wide array of restaurants and bars.This is the perfect place to start or end your trip to Namibia.
  • Spend a little time in Zoo Park (no animals here, just a beautiful park) and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the manicured gardens.
  • Windhoek is home to Namibia’s brewing industry ”“ sample the local beers on offer, Tafel lager and Windhoek to name but two.
  • The craft centre has some great shops and plenty of excellent examples of local crafts on display, perhaps find some souvenirs to take home. 

When to go to Windhoek

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 cafés are always welcoming with cool drinks on offer and air conditioning.

How to do it

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.

Accommodation in Windhoek

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.

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Time: GMT +2 hours

Flight time:

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: Namibia’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.  



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