Windhoek is a modern city with leafy parks and excellent cultural attractions to visit. Perched on the Khomas Highland plateau, the Namibian capital is a popular launchpad for exploring the South African country. In the city centre, you’ll find engaging museums and beautiful historic architecture. Venture out the city to discover one of the best urban wildlife reserves on the continent.
Things to do in Windhoek
Escape the heat of the day in Zoo Park, a green oasis in the heart of the city. The former zoo has been reimagined as a public park with tree-lined paths and shady picnic spots. Stop to enjoy a refreshing cup of fruit juice from a street vendor.
Christuskirche towers over Windhoek and is the city’s most iconic landmark. The impressive German Lutheran church was built in 1907 from locally quarried sandstone and combines elements of Gothic and Art Nouveau design.
Brush up on local history at the National Museum of Namibia. The museum occupies a handsome 19th-century building and features exhibits on the country’s struggle for independence and the colonial period. You can also admire reproductions of ancient rock art and fascinating indigenous artefacts.
You don’t need to go far to see zebras, springboks and other iconic African animals in Windhoek. Daan Viljoen Game Park is an easy day trip from the city and is home to herds of gemsbok antelope and more than 200 species of birds, including the rare pin-tailed whydah. Waymarked trails wind through the wildlife reserve and make it easy to explore the park on foot.
Getting around Windhoek
Taxis are a fast, safe and affordable way to get around Windhoek, while collective taxis are a cheaper option and operate across the city. The city centre is a 40-minute drive from Chief Hosea Kutako International Airport and 10 minutes from Eros Airport.