Windhoek is Namibia's capital, situated more or less in the middle of the country. It sits in a valley on a high plateau, sparing it the worst of the Summer heat. It is easily accessible by both road and air but has no public transport services, with only taxis available. Nevertheless, the city is well laid out and easy to navigate. Windhoek itself has few tourist attractions but serves well as a springboard to destinations further afield. It has a large selection of accommodation options - from budget to luxury - and there are several good restaurants and a couple of museums and galleries worth visiting if staying for more than a night.

Essential Traveller Information

Windhoek is well served by land and air travel and is generally visited by tourists en route to or from other destinations in the country. Although there are only a few tourist attractions in the city and its surroundings, Windhoek does offer numerous accommodation options. Visitors with time to spare have a modest selection of museums, heritage sites, and the National Botanical Gardens to visit within the city. On the outskirts of Windhoek lies the Daan Viljoen Game Park, a small reserve popular with local residents and ideal for a day trip. For those embarking on self-drive trips, the city has numerous modern malls and shopping centres to stock up on supplies.

Visitors from overseas will find the route is well-serviced by numerous airlines, arriving at Hosea Kutako International Airport. This airport is about 40km from the city centre, and there is no public transport servicing the route. The only option is a taxi or a prearranged hotel shuttle. Some vehicle rental companies offer free pick-up/drop-off at the airport. Domestic flights to and from the city occur at Eros Municipal Airport. Note that if you are connecting to or from an international flight, it will take about an hour’s travel time between the two airports. Namibia’s primary road network is in good condition and well-maintained, so travel to Windhoek is simple. Secondary roads are generally gravel, and in some instances, a 4×4 vehicle may be necessary.

As a city destination and possible stop-over pre- or post-tour, Windhoek can be visited at any time of the year. Despite being in the middle of what is typically a hot country, the altitude ensures that visitors are spared the worst of the desert heat. On average, Windhoek has 330 days of sunshine per annum. The average daily temperature is only 13.4 °C (56.1 °F), with the warmest month being December, with an average of 23.5 °C (74.3 °F), and the coldest July, at 13.1 °C (55.6 °F). Precipitation is common in Summer (October-April), while scarce through the rest of the year. Visitors staying more than a couple of days in winter are advised to bring warm clothing.

MAP OF Windhoek

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