In a well-known advertisement of vitamins, the boy cleverly calls the capitals of states, stating that the capital of Congo, Brazzaville, is written with two "h". Have you heard about the city with the interesting name Windhoek, and can you tell which country is the capital of which country? So, Windhoek is an amazing city and the capital of Namibia. Located in the heart of the country, at the foot of the Eros cliff, Windhoek conveys the true atmosphere of African modernity. "Who was not in Namibia, he did not see Africa!" - say tourists who traveled the continent. It is in Windhoek that popular tourist routes around the country begin and end.
The city is located in the north of the Khomas mountain at an altitude of more than 1600 m above sea level. -22.55941 ° latitude and 17.08323 ° longitude - the geographical coordinates of Windhoek. Founded in 1840, it covers an area of 645 square meters. km, and the population according to the latest data is 334,600 people. Windhoek is Namibia's largest commercial and financial center, as well as an important transportation hub at the intersection of roads and railways. In addition, Windhoek is the cultural and industrial center of the country, there are enterprises of sewing, furniture, woodworking and food industries.
Windhoek is located in a semi-desert climate zone on the border of the tropical region. The city is reliably protected from cold winds located on the south by ridges. In summer in the daytime there is dry hot weather, nights are mostly cool. The daily temperature maximum reaches + 31 ° C. Winter in Windhoek comes in June, at this time there is a small amount of precipitation, there is almost no snow. The bars of thermometers show from + 5 ° С to + 18 ° С. Winter nights are fairly cold, but temperatures rarely drop below zero.
What to see in Windhoek?
Most of Windhoek's attractions are concentrated in the central part of the city. Tourists are advised to visit:
- National Museum of Namibia, in which are stored more than 2 million items that introduce travelers to the history, culture, traditions and life of the country;
- National Art Gallery, has a rich art fund, which regularly organizes exhibitions of crafts and modern art;
- Three castles of Windhoek - Heinzburg with a comfortable hotel, Sadenburg, which is in private possessions, and Schwerinsburg, which became the residence of the Italian ambassador in Namibia;
- factory "Nicaras", where tourists can buy high-quality leather goods and the famous Namibian scribble at very attractive prices;
- The Preserve of Daan-Viljun, from where all the tourist safaris-routes and acquaintance with such exotic animals as mountain zebra, wildebeest and giraffe begin;
- Lutheran Church of Christ - the main religious landmark of Windhoek, which attracts tourists with bright stained-glass windows, a church portal and an altar of marble;
- Okonjima's camp - a small farm where you can observe the endangered species of animals in their natural habitat.
Entertainment and recreation
Windhoek is sure to appeal to lovers of outdoor activities. Exciting safaris, horseback tours, tours of natural and protected areas, bike and air tours - this is only a small fraction of what the city has to offer travelers. Trips to the scenic area by car are very popular. You can rent equipment for hikes, and together with small tourists to go to the zoo Safari Gästefarm Düsternbrook. Despite the prevailing tranquility, Windhoek is full of nightlife, the music sounds and before dawn, the doors of many bars open for foreign guests.
Accommodation and Accommodation
Windhoek offers travelers a lot of comfortable hotels and budget hotels. To rest does not bring unpleasant surprises, the room in the chosen hotel is better booked in advance. The most luxurious hotel in Windhoek is Windhoek Hilton with a huge pool on the roof. A less expensive option will be the Tilla's 3 star hotel, which is located in the center of the capital. At Hotel Pension Moni and Arebbusch Travel Lodge you can rent a room at a very attractive price. A nice bonus is free parking and Wi-Fi.
Cafes and restaurants
Most catering establishments specialize in African, Portuguese, Vietnamese and German cuisines. The price range is large enough. In Windhoek there is a cafe where tourists gather mainly, and it is not necessary to leave a tip. One such place is Joe's Beer House. In this institution you can try the original steaks from zebra and shish kebab from the ostrich. A variety of menus are offered to tourists in the restaurant Luigi and the Fish. Local chefs prepare dishes from game meat, pork, beef, seafood. In addition, this restaurant is suitable for vegetarians. The best place for dinner is the cafe Nice.
All major shopping centers are concentrated in the central part of Windhoek. In the city's shops, tourists can find everything they need. A huge assortment of goods lies on the shelves of the shopping complexes of Maerua Mall and Carl List Mall. Those who are accustomed to saving, you can stroll through the street and flea markets. There are always a lot of souvenirs and handicrafts in the shops. If you want to eat meat of exotic animals, safely go to the meat market Readi Bites. It is worth noting that in Windhoek there is an excellent store with a huge selection of products for creativity - Jennys Place.
The main and most convenient mode of transport in Windhoek is a taxi. There are a lot of cars, and inexpensive fare. A trip around the city will cost about $ 2-4. Public transport is represented by close buses and minibuses, but they run mostly between the central areas of Windhoek and the airport. If you want to make an excursion around the city and its surroundings, then a tour on a comfortable double-decker bus of orange color is what you need. The tourist bus departs from Independence Street every day at 9:30 and 14:30. The journey lasts 2.5 hours, the ticket for an adult costs $ 33, for a child - $ 16.
How to get to Windhoek?
Tourists arriving in Namibia, take the airport, located 45 km from Windhoek. Since there are no direct flights to Namibia, you will have to fly with a transfer in Frankfurt or South Africa. The flight takes about 14 hours. The city center from the airport can be reached by taxi or by bus. For travelers on cars, the main gates to Windhoek are the trails B1 and B2. If you do not have your own car, then from anywhere in Namibia to Windhoek you can get to the taxi with a few people. In addition, the city has a railway connection.