Flights to Windhoek land at Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH). Getting from the airport to the city will take about 35 minutes by car. Windhoek is the capital city of Namibia and your gateway to the surreal beauty of the Namib Desert, eerie landscapes of Skeleton Coast, and magnificent wildlife of Etosha National Park. Windhoek is an interesting city where cultures collide and the modern streets are a brilliant contrast to the vast, wild landscapes of the rest of Namibia. South Africans do not need a visa to visit Windhoek, or anywhere else in Namibia. International visitors might need a Tourist Visa.
The attractions in Windhoek are quite varied, but all worth a visit if you want to experience the best of this bustling desert city. Christuskirche, Tintenpalast, Parliament Gardens, Alte Feste, and the Independence Memorial Museum will give you a glimpse into the history of Windhoek, while the National Art Gallery is worth a visit if you want to explore the artistic soul of the city. The Namibia Craft Centre is also home to some amazing artwork, particularly traditional Namibian arts and crafts such as hand carved tree roots, jewellery, and paintings. For a bit of nature, the National Botanic Garden of Namibia stretches for 12 hectares and is a beautiful showcase of the strange and wonderful indigenous flora of Namibia. You will find aloes, succulents, and quiver tree galore in this little slice of Eden. Daan Viljoen Game Reserve is a stunning stretch of landscape that is home to stunning hiking trails and animals such as oryx, steenbok, klipspringer, giraffe, and zebra. A visit to Katukura for kapana (traditional Namibian grill steak) is also one of the things you absolutely have to experience while visiting Windhoek. And of course, when you’ve seen the best of Windhoek, the rest of Namibia waits to be explored.
Windhoek is a sprawling city, so you will find several shopping malls and many shops in the city centre. The main shopping centres are The Grove Mall of Namibia, Wernhil Park, and Maerua Mall. The more niche shops are Barrel & Grove – Wine and Olive Merchants, Wecke & Voigts, and Namibia Craft Centre. The restaurants in Windhoek range from tasting rooms and bistros to pubs and cafés. And when it comes to Windhoek nightlife, some of the best bars and clubs are Joe’s Beerhouse, Chopsi’s, Sky Lounge, Euphoria Lounge, Vibe Nightclub, and Club London.
Windhoek is pedestrian friendly, so exploring the city by foot is highly recommended. However, metered taxis are readily available for cross town trips, and there are several well-known car rental agencies in town and at the airport if you want to venture out of the city.
Windhoek is quite a large city, so there are many excellent options to choose from. Ludwigsdorf, Suiderhof, and Pioneers Park are great areas to stay in if you want a quiet holiday, while the accommodation in Windhoek central is ideal if you want to be close to the restaurants and nightlife. The best guest houses and hotels in Windhoek are lavish with world class service and superb facilities. For mid-lower end accommodation, there are a number of really good guest houses, self catering apartments, inns, and hostels if you want something less flashy and more affordable.
Direct flights to Windhoek are available from Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Durban. Air Namibia, South African Airways, and Comair currently operate non-stop flights to Windhoek. Connecting flights to Windhoek depart from most cities around South Africa. For international flights to Windhoek, connecting flights depart from most cities around the world and have a stop over in Johannesburg.
Visit the culturally and historically rich township of Katutura. Wandering through the streets you will find yourself swept up in its bustling energy and getting a glimpse into a whole different side of the city. Be sure to visit Penduka Women’s Project and the lively meat market in Single Quarters. Explore the beer scene and find out what makes Namibian beer so special. A tour of Namibian Breweries is a good start, then head to Xwama Traditional Restaurant to try traditional Oshikundu and Tombo beer, and finish it off with a cold one at Joe’s Beerhouse and the Beer Barrel. Head to the Warehouse Theatre in the Old Breweries Building to listen to live music and feel the vibey rhythm of Windhoek by night. When it comes to live music and the artsy side of life, the Warehouse Theatre is the place to be when the sun goes down.