Namibia: population 2.1 million people. Its capital Windhoek: population 322,500. You could say that all things in Namibia gravitate towards Windhoek, and you wouldn't be too far off. And while this city is the obvious point of entry for any tourist coming here to explore some of the country's enormous natural riches, a case could be made that spending a day or so in the capital itself could actually be worthwhile too.
There is of course the standard list of attractions we could talk through, featuring places like the North Korea-built National Museum (dedicated to the country's independence struggle and featuring some gory paintings, we've been told), Parliament building and gardens and most prominently as shown on the leading photo the brightly colored Christuskirche. If you are looking for souvenirs, the crafts market in the Old Breweries building may be worth checking out. But if we start talking about real attractions the list will not become much longer than that and this would become a short story.
The real reason to spend some time in this high altitude and slow-paced city should rather be to get acquainted with the country's cultural (rather than natural) backdrop. While checking out the churches and doing some shopping or eating in the well-developed downtown area adjacent to the Christuskirche may be interesting, the real adventure starts when you enter the Katutura suburb (or shall we say Township?). It is quite the contrast.
The Daan Viljoen game reserve is located next to the city. [Review by travelindicator]
- Windhoek is a city in Namibia. It has a population of 322,500, is situated at an altitude of 5472ft and the best airport to fly into is WDH (Hosea Kutako International (j G Strijdom), Windhoek)
- The main spoken language here is Afrikaans/English, and the average English skill is high
- Note: Windhoek is a good point of entry for trips to Namibia as it is well internationally connected (by air)
- The currency used in Namibia is the Namibian dollar (NAD)
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More Windhoek travel resources
The City of Windhoek website is a good place to start, followed by the fantastically named Monkeys and Mountains travel blog. Finally, Namibia Tourism has a list of the top 3 things to do here, of which the third and last one is "Joe's beer house". I guess we rest our case on Windhoek not having terribly many things to see!
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