Windhoek is Namibia’s capital and biggest city, with a population of around 350,000. It’s the starting point for most fly-in, self-drive holidays, and the salvation of anyone with vehicle or medical issues. Windhoek is a modern, westernised city, with a dose of German-colonial architecture and a splash of African flamboyance. It’s a clean, well-ordered city with a mild climate, intermittent summer rainy season, and over 300 days of sunshine a year.
Highlights of the region
If you’re looking for curios and souvenirs then Windhoek is the best place to find them. The Old Breweries Craft Market in the city centre is a good place to start and while you’re there, take the time to visit the nearby German Lutheran Christuskirche, perhaps the city’s most famous landmark. There’s also a handful of small, interesting museums, including the National Museum of Namibia which has interesting displays on Namibia’s recent and ancient history.
Practical + driving advice about the region (time needed)
Windhoek is Namibia’s commercial hub and the best place to head if you have any trouble with your vehicle, or need medical assistance of any kind. It would be hard to place the city more centrally in the country, and all the major highways pass through. There are some good restaurants (especially if you eat meat…) and a range of accommodation, including secure campsites for self-drive 4x4s. You won’t need more than a couple of days to see the main highlights and stock up for your holiday.