Windhoek Travel Guide

  • Windhoek
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  • Windhoek
    by Ramonq
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    Our first Sundowner in Africa!
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Windhoek Highlights

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    Ramonq says…

     Good base to explore Namibia 

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     small, not too much to see 

  • In a nutshell
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     Very quiet nice place to be... 

Windhoek Things to Do

  • Windhoek train station.

    Located in a beautiful Dutch-German colonial building, this train station was used during Imperial Germany's colonial rule of German South West Africa. The first railway line to reach Windhoek was the one from Swakopmund, built in 1902, in 1914 the line was etended to Walvis Bay. Actually is out of service, upstairs is the small but worthwhile...

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  • Namibia is a hunter's paradise

    Let's prefix this by stating that hunting is a very emotive subject. However, there is no escaping the fact that it is a well established niche tourism market in Southern Africa (particularly Namibia and South Africa), and one which has generated thousands of jobs, from hospitality staff and trackers in the lodges to butchers and taxidermists,...

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  • Pause to consider a half-forgotten war

    The Reiterdenkmal monument of a mounted Schutztruppe soldier, which commemorates the German-Herero war in the first decade of the 20th century.The German-Herero war were triggered by a Herero uprising against German colonial rule in 1904, and the resultant loss of life was horrific. There were relatively small numbers of casualties in formal...

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  • Visit the Alte Feste

    The Alte Feste (or 'Old Fort') in Windhoek sits on a small hill close to the Tintenpalast (the Namibian Houses of Parliament) and is a dinky sized little fort that looks like a set from a Beau Geste movie.It was built by the Germans in 1890 as a garrison for their Schutztruppe ('protection force'), and is the oldest building in Windhoek. It now...

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  • Explore central Windhoek on foot

    Walking around central Windhoek is safe and a good way to get the feel of the place with its very Germanic architecture. I personally don't think that it's worth taking a guided tour of central Windhoek, as most of the tourist attractions are clustered in the centre of town in an area bounded by Independence Avenue and Robert Mugabe Avenue. I would...

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  • Meet you at the Kudu!

    The bronze kudu statue at the intersection of Independence Avenue and John Meinhert Street is one of Windhoek's best loved statues and is a popular landmark for people to meet.The story of its origins goes as follows (courtesy of the A-Z Online website):"A visiting sculptor, Professor Fritz Behn of Munich, once drew a kudu in the guest book of Mrs....

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Windhoek Restaurants

  • Good coffee and sandwitches

    Good coffee, cakes, sandwitches and a few lunch dishes like beef roulade or quiche. Salami cheese baguette

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  • Reasonable lunch

    The place is situated at the Franch-Namibian Cultural Center in Robert Mugabe Avenue. It is open for breakfast French or English style from Mondays to Saturdays, for lunch from Monday to Friday. Wednesdays and Fridays the restaurant also serves dinner. Blue Frog is a good option for a light lunch. They serve salads, pasta, some meet in a nicely...

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  • Fine dining

    The Weinberg is one of Windhoek's few upmarket restaurants - with not only the price being upmarket, but also the quality of the food. Food style is somehow German, but does certainly not follow the Schnitzel, Bratwurst & Bier stereotype. You will get game, pork and fish cooked to the point, in delicious combinations with vegetable and sauces....

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Windhoek Nightlife

  • INTERNATIONAL DISCO

    Chez Ntemba prides itself as an international nightclub of the highest standard. A local lady told me that this is THE place in Windhoek to party. They have some nights where ladies in bikinis get in for free and get free drinks. Genius! They have loads of events, guest DJ’s and even road shows. Open 9pm-5am Wed-Sun. Admission varies but is...

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  • Beer of course

    With such great beer, the Windhoek Lager it is obviously that there should be some pubs and beer houses and so I heard of Joe's place. But as we arrived to Windhoek early in the morning we were out of town by the afternoon and didn't have the time to check it out, but it is also good to leave something for the next visit :)

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  • Aphrodisiac - every 2nd Sunday

    Get a feel for the local Namibian artists. This is the best place to sample Namibian music.There are always live performances and as mentioned in the title, every second Sunday they have an aphrodisiac theme. This is an evening of smoothe live music by our own international artist Elomoto. Casual unless otherwise advertised.

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Windhoek Transportation

  • THE TRAIN

    Before you get really excited about travelling around Namibia by train, let me lower your expectations now. The train system is primarily designed for shipping freight and agricultural products. They travel VERY slowly and don’t go to many places. You may need more than one large book to read. Notably they do go to Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, and...

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  • International Buses

    The ticket office and departure/arrival for Intercape buses to Cape Town (every day 10 am), Johannesburg, Livingstone (friday and monday 15 pm), Swapokmund (most days at 9am) and Oshikango (Angola border) is now at Bahnhof street, next to the train station.The departure/arrival for Monnakgotla Transport for buses to Gaborone, Botswana is also at...

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  • Beware of wildlife and livestock on the...

    Forget the charming whimsy of this warning sign ... this is a serious risk if you're self-driving in Namibia (or in virtually all of Africa for that matter).The risks are threefold: people, livestock and wildlife. Fortunately Namibia is very sparsely populated and villages tend not to be located right on the road (with the exception of the more...

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Windhoek Shopping

  • A good place to stock up for your trip

    From a tourist's point of view, Wernhill Park Mall is probably the most convenient place in Windhoek to stock up for your trip, as it is fairly central and offers a good selection of shops and ample parking.The anchor stores are most likely to be of interest: Pick'n'Pay for groceries, Woolworths for clothing and more upmarket food and Mr Price and...

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  • The market at the big parking area

    The market at the big parking area in downtown is calm. (But no markets in Windhoek is a hustle and bustle between salesmen and customers). The Himba tribe have their stand at this market. It's a large range of handmade masks, african sculptures and statues handcrafted from wood. You can bargain at this market and get an OK price.The best prices...

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  • The craft market towards Post Street...

    There is a craft market on the pedestrian crossing towards Post Street Mall in downtown Windhoek. Handmade masks, african sculptures, statues handcrafted from wood, necklase, bracelets and pendants. The prices are high compared to other African countries, but bargain the price.

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Windhoek Local Customs

  • "And this dress will cost you triple to...

    I love countries where people wear traditional dress - be in Bavaria or Namibia - not just to entertain the tourists, but just because it's what they choose to wear!Namibian women's clothing is a wonder to behold, with each tribe having its own distinct dress code. And none are more striking than the flamboyant, colourful dresses of the Herero...

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  • EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBERS

    NAMIBIA POLICE EMERGENCY 10111CITY OF WINDHOEK FIRE BRIGADE 211 111andMEDICAL:MediClinic Hospital in Windhoek 061-222687Roman Catholic Hospital: 061-2702911International SOS (private ambulance and medical evacuation) --061-230505 --081-129-6300 --112 from a local cell phone Windhoek Municipal Emergency Services: 061-290-2702.YOU CAN SAVE THESE...

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  • Himba

    The Himbas are an ethnic nomadic tribe living in the Kunene region in northern Namibia. However there are also some Himbas in Windhoek doeing business, where they sell their handycraft in the markets. They still wear their traditional clothes of goat skin, and the women are topless at the markets. They are beautiful people.My approach towards them...

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Windhoek Warnings and Dangers

  • A word of warning on altitude and...

    (work in progress)Windhoek is part of the Khomas Hochland (Highlands) and is unexpectedly high at 1650m - or just under a mile in old money - above sea level. This is high enough for those used to living at - or close to - sea level to detemine a difference in oxygen concentration. So, if you've just fallen off a long haul flight, just understand...

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  • Avoid Independence Avenue in rush hours

    Windhoek may look like a sleepy place - and most of the time it is - but in rush hour, the main arterial routes do clog up with traffic. This is particularly true of the main street, Independence Avenue (formerly Kaiserstrasse).This wouldn't usually be a major problem except if you are rushing to catch a flight. The new international airport is a...

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  • Unlike its neighbours, Namibia has...

    (work in progress)One very happy memory I have of my time in Namibia is from 1994, when one of my contracts coincided with their implementation of Daylight Saving for the first time. The sense of excitement at this prospect was palpable, and the advertising was endearingly nationalistic: I forget the exact wording, but something along the lines of,...

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Windhoek Tourist Traps

  • THE DEMANDED DONATION - NATIONAL MUSEUM

    The National Museum of Namibia is FREE. That’s right – no admission fee. You go to the reception desk and they issue you with tickets. They then say, VERY LOUDLY – “DONATION!?” I am used to people trying to get money from me in the street, but not at a National Museum. I muttered an “excuse me?” and the lady shouted loude this time: ”YOUR...

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  • Leading Travel

    The company "Leading Travel" claimed 1000 N$ (130 USD) for each passengers in a car for a trip from Katima Mulilo crossing the border to Kasane, Botswana. The trip takes 1,5 hour. We were 3 people, so it would have been 390 USD. It's rude charging so much money for a small trip like that. Say no, and travel by yourself. There are other options,...

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  • The Radio Taxi

    This is not a tourist trip per se, it's just that tourists will take this expensive means of travel thinking it's the only way to get around town. The radio taxi has a counter, so you get charged per km. That can be very expensive especially considering that you can pay just 6.50 or 13.00 maximum with a normal taxi. I guess a radio taxi is handy f...

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Windhoek What to Pack

  • You can buy what you might forgotten.

    For Windhoek you do not need any special weather gear, just remember that in the winter months it can get very cold at night. The good side is that it is in the city and if you forgotten or missed something, you can still buy it here before you go on your desert road. Windhoek is not a malaria risk area and no such tablets needed here.

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  • What to pack

    Cotton rather than synthetic clothing is recommended for Namibian summers. This can be bought at shops in Windhoek that specialise in lightweight safari wear. Winters are usually mild to warm, which calls for light clothing in the middle of the day, and a sweater or jacket for evenings and early mornings when it can become quite cold. It is often...

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  • 4 changes that is enough 1 hunt 1 in...

    hunting gun case is one piece of luggage so you have one piece for clothing walking and hunting thats it convient for airport shoe removal with velcro doctors letterhead of prescriptions bring in to country of choice wifes of hunters get a copy of gun permits in your name also for emerg purposes if something happens to husband or you bring too...

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Windhoek Off The Beaten Path

  • SOSSUSVLEI

    If you want a good campsite at Sossusvlei (Sesriem campsite) you need to book in Windhoek and/or ahead of time. Otherwise you only get cancelations or have to sleep in your car.Namibia Wildlife ResortsPO Box: P/Bag 13378, Office: Independence Ave., Windhoek, NamibiaAlso offices in Swapomund, Namibia and Cape Town, South Africa.I slept in my car if...

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  • Gibeon Meteorites

    One of the most unusual displays of meteorites I have ever encountered are the Gibeon Meteorites, which are on display on the Post Street Mall, downtown Windhoek. They are named after the town of Gibeon, near where they were found.Anywhere else in the world, these pieces would be in a museum, but here in Namibia, they are integrated into a...

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  • National Museum of Namibia

    Namibia is a relatively young country, and much of its modern history is only around 100 years old, when it was a German colony.The National Museum of Namibia is quite small and is located in the former German colonial fort, the “Alte Feste”. The displays cover off the struggle for independence, some colonial artefacts, a little bit of...

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Windhoek Favorites

  • Few people gives large space for wild...

    Namibia has a population of 1,8 mill people. It's the least densely populated country in the world after Mongolia (2.5 inhabitants per square kilometre). Few people gives large space for the wild animals. Baboons were sitting in the roadside ditch from the airport to the Windhoek city.

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  • Windhoek

    Windhoek is the capital on the young republic of Namibia and it is the largest city in Namibia.It is believed to established as settlement back in 1892 (same as my childhood hometown) on the high plains of the Khomas mountains. The city is well over 1000 m above sea level and winters nights can get very cold. Windhoek is a Twin City with my current...

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  • Tourist information in Windhoek

    The Windhoek tourism Information provide information and advice on current activities taking place in Namibia. They will also provide information about hotels, guesthouses, safari, transportation, sights, etc. There are two offices, one located in the Post street mall and one in Independence avenue. Open from 730 AM to 7 PM.

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GIBEON METEORITE FOUNTAIN
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Botanical Gardens
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Flat Tires
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Densely populated country
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