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Windhoek is located at an altitude of 1,646 meters in the country's Central Highlands.

The Auas Mountains lie to the southeast, Eros Mountains to the northeast and the hills of the Khomas Hochland to the west.

Lying more or less in the geographical center of the country, the city and surrounding suburbs are spread out over a series of picturesque valleys. Although small for a capital city by international standards, Windhoek remains the political, economic and cultural center of the country.

German colonial influence

The Equestrian statue, Windhoek
Windhoek is certainly a place worth spending a day or two looking around before setting off for the rest of the country. The wide streets are lined with cosmopolitan pavement cafes. Look up and you'll see old German architecture in soft colors sitting alongside glittering office blocks.

Street vendors cluster under palm trees with arrays of wooden curios, shops have colorful displays of African art, twinkling Namibian diamonds and books on every aspect of the country from the Himba of the Kaokoveld to the ghost towns of Luderitz. People are busy, but relaxed and stress seems an unusual concept here.

The traffic is minimal, air is clear and skies seem to be permanently blue.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Windhoek

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Windhoek, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Windhoek

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    Places near Windhoek

    Photos of Windhoek

    Accommodation choices for Windhoek

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Windhoek. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Olive Grove, Windhoek

      Olive Grove

      Medium

      Balancing rustic and modern styles, Olive Grove is an elegant, characterful guesthouse in a peaceful location a little outside of Windhoek’s center. It offers simplicity and comfort, making it a relaxing base before or after a wilder Namibian adventure.

    • Crwon Suite, GocheGanas Nature Reserve & Wellness Village, Windhoek

      GocheGanas Nature Reserve & Wellness Village

      First Class

      This is the ideal spot to enjoy some massages and time relaxing. The lodge offers stunning views, good food and a variety of treatments and activities. We recommend spending a minimum of two nights here.

    • Heinitzburg Hotel, Windhoek

      Heinitzburg

      First Class

      The Heinitzburg has a lovely location. It has a private refined feel and is well suited to those people looking for a quiet and relaxing stay in the city.

    • River Crossing Lodge, Windhoek

      River Crossing Lodge

      Medium

      River Crossing is an excellent choice if you are looking for a relaxing option outside of Windhoek itself. The views are lovely and its an ideal stop at either the start or end of your trip.

    • The pool at the Haus Sonnoneck, Windhoek

      Haus Sonnoneck

      Medium

      Haus Sonneneck is one of the quietest hotels in Windhoek. It has a relaxed unpretentious atmosphere. It is fairly simple, but a good option for a night or two's stay.

    • The Elegant Guesthouse, Windhoek

      The Elegant Guesthouse

      Medium

      Situated in a tranquil suburb, close to both restaurants and city center, this stylish property is perfectly placed for self-drive clients taking their first or last night in Windhoek.

    • Rivendell Guest House, Windhoek

      Rivendell Guest House

      Simple

      Rivendell is located in a quiet suburb of Namibia's capital city Windhoek, close to the city center. For families there is a two bedroom flat which makes it ideal for those with younger children.

    • Galton House, Windhoek

      Galton House

      Medium

      This lovely guesthouse is situated on a hillside in the upmarket neighborhood of Eros. It has been decorated in a modern, stylish way, without being pretentious.

    Ideas for experiencing Windhoek

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Windhoek, and which use the best local guides.

    • Christus Kirche, Windhoek

      Windhoek City Tour

      Windhoek

      Taking in the sights of the city, you can stop at viewpoints and various historical sites including the Christus Kirche, Tintenpalast, and the Alte Feste museum.