When you take an exciting private tour of Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia, you will have the wind taken out of you with thrilling and adventurous times.
The city itself has lots of interesting places and things to see on sightseeing tours. For most of the great safaris adventure tours in Namibia, Windhoek is the starting off point.
In the city, there is, like a lot of other places in Namibia, a strong German influence but there is also a strong Dutch influence too.
Many of the attractions to see include fabulous architectural buildings, museums, monuments, parks, art gallery and the National Botanical Gardens.
Windhoek is a very cosmopolitan city that has many great shopping areas where you can easily spend a great few hours during the day. It also has great hotels, bars and restaurants to keep everyone entertained in the evening. The menu in the restaurants tend to include traditional Namibian cuisine, German dishes and european food. Read More...
Go on a Spectacular Game Drive Safari Tour to Daan Viljoen Game Reserve Near Windhoek
The closest National Park or Game Reserve to Windhoek is the Daan Viljoen Game Reserve where you can go on spectacular game drive safari tours. It is one of the smallest game reserves in Namibia, but it still has a lot to offer concerning wildlife and bird species such as giraffe, oryx, zebra, baboons and over 220 different bird species.
When you travel a bit further out of Windhoek, the Etosha National Park is well worth the 3 hours traveling time to get there. It is where the unique and largest salt pan in Africa is found.
Top 10 Things to Do in Windhoek
Daan Viljoen Game Reserve
Go on an exciting game drive safari tour in the Daan Viljoen Game Reserve which is just on the outskirts of Windhoek. It is a sanctuary to a rather large population of wildlife. The type of animals you can see include wildebeest, hartebeest, giraffe, mountain zebra, baboon, steenbok, kudu, eland and warthogs. Also, see over 200 bird species who have made their home here. It is a great place to visit.
Independence Memorial Museum
Located on the hilltop of Windhoek is the Independence Memorial Museum and an excellent place to take a guided tour. The North Koreans built the building which is of an unusual design. This museum teaches and shows you the history of Namibia through dramatic and graphic paintings, memorabilia and displays. See and learn about the Sam Nujoma Statue and Genocide Statue. It is a very education tour.
The oldest Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia is The Christus Kirche. It was officially consecrated in October 1910. The designer was a German architect and is beautiful both inside and outside. There are art nouveau influences, features of neo-romanic style, Carrarian marble, bronze bells and stained glass windows all to be seen when you take a sightseeing tour here. It was proclaimed a national monument in 1974.
When you take a sightseeing tour of Windhoek, you will see Heroes’ Acre. It is known to be the most controversial buildings of modern design in Namibia. At the bottom of Auas Mountains, this huge monument Heroes’ Acre was erected by communist North Koreans. At the center is a tall obelisk made of marble with a bronze statue ‘the unknown soldier.' The tombs of 174 Namibian heroes are here and their names are engraved on the marble.
Alte Feste Fort National Museum
Take a sightseeing tour of the Alte Feste Fort National Museum which is one of the oldest buildings found in Windhoek. It was once a military barracks and military headquarters in 1915 before becoming a hostel in 1935 for the Windhoek High School. It was declared a National Monument for Namibia in 1957 and is now home to the National Museum. See the Historical Independence collection when you are here.
Zoo Park Windhoek
On a sightseeing tour of Windhoek, you would be forgiven to think that when visiting Zoo Park you will see animals, this is not the case here. It was a Zoo until 1962 but is now a public park, picnic area and place of retreat in the city. This park has much history which you learn on your tour. For instance, this area was where Stone Age elephant hunts took place over five thousand years ago.
Okapuka Ranch Windhoek
There are many enjoyable safari tours to take when you visit Okapuka Ranch which is not far from Windhoek. It is a private game reserve where you can stay or take day safaris. The setting of the stone and thatched roof buildings all add to the atmosphere. Go on safari bush walks, safari game drives, birdwatching safari tours and scenic drives. For something extra, why not help to feed the lions.
National Botanic Gardens
Go on a guided tour of the National Botanic Gardens which is located in Windhoek. These beautiful gardens protect and promote the flora native to Namibia. Enjoy walking trails through the gardens admiring the lovely plants or just sit and relax in among its beauty and tranquility. There are great birdwatching opportunities too so be sure to have a camera of some sort with you. This is a very educational tour.
Take a sightseeing day tour to Kuiseb Pass from Windhoek. This is a great tour for fantastic views and scenery. The whole journey from Windhoek is beautiful, but when you come upon the mountain tops and viewing points, you can see the Kuiseb Canyon and Carp Cliff. There is history to be learned here too about 2 German geologists who sheltered here to avoid capture during the World War II
Etosha National Park
Namibia's Etosha National Park is where you can go on great safari tours. Due to the gathering of the animals at the waterholes during the dry season, you don’t need to travel far to see the likes of elephants, black rhinos, giraffes, lions, zebras and much more. The landscape of this park is defined by the large Etosha Salt Pan and it is well worth the 3-hour drive from Windhoek to get here.
Travel Tips for Windhoek
Best Time To Visit
The busiest time for visitors to Windhoek is during the months of May to mid-October. It has the best conditions for activities and game safari tours due to the lower levels of humidity, less rain and cooler climate. From late October to December is the best time to visit if you are interested in birdwatching. Flocks of flamingos can be seen at this time of the year.
Windhoek is not expensive for a tourist even though it is a capital city. You can enjoy a lovely three-course meal in a mid-range restaurant for two people for just US$30. A good lunch will only cost as little as US$7. A four-star hotel for one night will cost on average US$50 for a double room. Local transport is less than a dollar for short trip. Taxi fares are not expensive either, starting from US$1.50.
Know Before Visiting
It is always a good idea to research where you plan to visit. If you are planning to travel during peak season, book accommodation and any private tours well in advance of traveling to avoid disappointment. When going on activities or guided tours when the weather is very hot, make sure to have plenty of water, apply sunscreen regularly and wear a hat. At night we recommend you apply mosquito repellant before going out!
Summer in Windhoek is October, November, December, January and February with temperatures averaging 30 degrees Celsius. It is also the rainy season with December being the wettest month. November is the hottest month of the year. The dry season is in May, June, July, August and September and the average temperatures are around 21 degrees Celsius. It is also when there are more sunshine hours in a day.