Windhoek ( WDH )
City Guide, Windhoek
Windhoek is Namibia's capital and largest city (population ~250,000). It is in the geographic center of the country at an elevation of 1,600m. This is the city where most safaris travelling through Namibia begin, and also the first point of entry in Namibia should you arrive by airplane.
Cupped in a valley bounded by the Auas Mountains to the south, the Eros Mountains to the northeast and the hills of the Khomas Hochland (“Highland”) to the west, Windhoek is Namibia’s capital and its commercial, financial and administrative hub. Yet it’s not just a busy transit point. The town and the surrounding countryside have plenty to offer visitors, too.
Some of the most interesting German-era architecture Windhoek has to offer, as well as some great city views, can be found in the city's historic heart. The Officer’s House, with its decorative Putz-style brickwork, was built in 1906–7 to house senior officials, while just up the road is Windhoek’s oldest building, the whitewashed Alte Feste.
The Owela Museum contains the National Museum of Namibia’s worthwhile natural history section. It offers some information on Namibia’s diverse local cultures, but the excellent displays on cheetah conservation are the biggest draw. Another museum worth visiting is the National Art Gallery of Namibia, which houses outstanding linocuts by John Muafangejo, and paintings by the colonial artist Adolph Jentsch.
Situated on the northwest outskirts of Windhoek, Katutura is a bustling residential district whose Herero name means “the place where we do not wish to go”. It’s a reference to the area’s former incarnation as a blacks-only township, established in 1960 by the South African administration, who forcibly evicted Windhoek’s black residents from their homes in the Old Location (now Hochland Park) and moved them here.
Culture and entertainment
Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, is a mix of African and European cultures. As a result of its Germanic colonial history and the mingling of races, Windhoek is rather diverse: there are all colors of skin to be seen, and different varieties of styles of clothes. Some people opt for western attire while other wear colorful, traditional robes and intricate hair styles; Herero women can be seen strolling in Victorian-style dresses next to men in western business suits. Its streets have distinctive German architecture. Cafés serve German delicacies.
Windhoek has a population of approximately two hundred thousand people, which is considerably tiny compared to global capital populations. Unfortunately, this number is growing rapidly at present mostly due to a lack of employment in rural areas. Regardless of the increase in population over the last few years, the city itself is extremely clean, and mostly safe. The economy of Windhoek is reliant on clothing manufacturing and meat processing. In additions, Windhoek is one of the world’s major trade centers of Karakul sheep skins. Tourism is a growing industry and numerous tour services are available for safaris outside of Windhoek. The country has breathtaking landscape but also is less populated than other parts of Africa. Thus, many tourists begin in Windhoek and explore the country from there; Namibia recently received international acclaim when Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt chose this country as the birthplace of their first child.
Food and Drink
One of Windhoek’s most-loved restaurants, Joe’s Beer House is a sanctuary of great food, combining the best of Namibian and German cuisine. The exciting menu includes typical Namibian game meat such as ostrich, crocodile, springbok, and kudu. For more conservative diners, traditional dishes such as pan-fried kingklip, lamb shanks, and pork knuckle (eisbein) are available, as are a range of vegetarian dishes.
Housed in the Namibian Institution of Culinary Education (NICE), the NICE Restaurant is a trendy eatery and social hub in the heart of Namibia’s capital, Windhoek. Serving a mixture of local specialties and international cuisine, the NICE restaurant’s signature creations include char-grilled tuna steak on a bed of couscous with chilli sauce, grilled Oryx loin with poached pear and fresh Namibian oysters.
There are more specialized Restaurants for dining and wining during your stay in Windhoek.
Windhoek City Map
|Address:||Shop No. 7, Kock & Schmidt Building,
Corner of Independence Ave. And Garten str
|Phone:||+264 61256601 (Office )
+264818619838 ( Area Manager Afework Yibrah)
+264818007818 ( Airport Manager Altaf Shaikh)
+264812671553 (Sales Manager Jitendra Mandani)
|Email:||Salesmanager@ethiopianairlines.com (Sales Manager)
Wdhapt@ethiopianairlines.com (Airport Manager)
Afeworky@ethiopianairlines.com (Area Manager)
|Working Hours:||Mon to Fri (8AM to 17 PM) ,
Sat (9AM TO 13PM)
Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH)