Windhoek

With all roads in Namibia leading to the national capital and location of the main international airport, travelers to the country are sure to spend at least some time in Windhoek.

Rather than considering this a necessary chore, there are plenty of reasons why this city of wide roads, clean streets, elegant suburbs, and cultural attractions should be high on your to do list.

Unlike any other capital on the continent, Windhoek seems blessed with fresh air and bold blue skies, which show off its architectural relics such as the graceful Christ Church to stunning effect.

Dating to 1890, the city’s oldest surviving building is the Alte Feste, or Old Fortress, which now provides a suitable home to the historic collection of the National Museum. Between the two, the modern Independence Memorial Museum focuses on the era of South African occupation between 1920 and 1990, and the path to independence, in often moving terms.

To absorb some of Windhoek’s contemporary atmosphere, head to the café terraces of Independence Avenue by day, and its restaurants by night. Here you’ll also find a craft market with stalls ideal for picking up souvenirs standing alongside remnants of meteorites which struck Namibian territory approximately 600 million years ago.

Top Namibia Travel Destinations

Damaraland / Etosha National Park / Fish River Canyon / Namib-Naukluft Park / The Skeleton Coast / The Zambezi Region

The Big Five

African Elephant / Cape Buffalo / Leopard / Lion / Rhino

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