14 Jan Windhoek Tours – The Best Start to Namibia Tours and Holidays
At the heart of Namibia lies the largest city, Windhoek which doubles as the capital city of Namibia founded in the 1840s. Central Namibia is on the Khomas Highlands (at 1700m above sea level) on which the German-influenced capital, Windhoek is found.
As the largest city in Namibia, Windhoek is home to several businesses, organization headquarters, and education institutions and of course a large population. Some of the Namibia People live in the vibrant city include the Owambo, Kavango, Herero, Damara and Nama, San and Europeans.
The city has very friendly weather with warm days and cool nights all through the year. With temperatures at 20ºC in the summer and 5-18ºC in the winter months of June to August, Windhoek has semi arid climate that suits tourism activities.
Traveling to Windhoek is by road, train and flights. Windhoek has two airports but Hosea Kutoka airport is the main airport in Namibia handling flights from South Africa and other destinations on South African Airways or Air Namibia which is the national carrier. Tours around the city are on 4X4 and led by expert tour guides often lasting about 3 hours.
Windhoek offers a range of activities and tourist attractions providing something interesting for every Namibian traveler. Much of the city streets are a blend of old German architecture and modern buildings. For your historical tours in Namibia, there are four museums in Windhoek.The Alte Feste is the national museum is the oldest building form 1890 housing some important memorabilia and photos of the early colonial times.
Other interesting surviving buildings include the Trans-Namib Railway Museums, the National Art Gallery, St George's Cathedral, St. Andrews. Mary's Cathedral and many others. Visiting each of these sights on Namibia day tours makes a very insightful trip into the history and growth of Namibia as an independent state.
All Namibia safaris begin in Windhoek with tours to the beautiful Daan Viljoen Game Park west of the city. Some of the sights here include gemsbok, kdu, mountain zebra, springboks, warthog and over 200 birds. The Zoo Park is yet another fascination for day tours in Namibia with rare sight of the elephant fossils from the Stone Age 5000 years ago.
Post Street Mall is an open air market providing a variety of African crafts, souvenirs and gifts. It is a good place to start off your shopping expeditions in Windhoek. Penduka Craft Village in Katutura is a non-profit project for rural women across the country. Support the women by buying one or two items there.
Windhoek has plenty to offer for holiday accommodation from Luxury Windhoek Hotels to budget Guesthouse and self catering accommodation. Modern luxury facilities are available from Kalahari Sands Hotel, Heinitzburg Hotel and Windhoek Country Club Hotel. Olive Grove Guesthouse from the city center with up market accommodation and facilities like Health spa, spacious lounge and swimming pool. There are many other Self catering apartments, safari lodges, Bed and Breakfast and private homes for Windhoek Namibia accommodation.
Savor the wide array of restaurants such as the ever popular Joe's Beerhouse and Am Winberg. Get the best African dishes at La Marmaite one of the best local restaurants in Windhoek. Club Thriller is a taste of fine West African music and a few upbeat contemporary rhythms.