Namibia, the land of soaring sand dunes, captivating wildlife, and otherworldly landscapes, beckons adventurous travellers. But before you embark on your desert escapades, consider starting your Namibian adventure in Windhoek, the capital city.  Here’s why Windhoek should be your first stop.

A Compact and Charming City

Windhoek is a surprisingly manageable capital. Unlike sprawling metropolises, Windhoek’s charm lies in its walkability. Explore the city centre’s historic architecture, a blend of German colonial influences and modern touches. Stroll down Independence Avenue, lined with shops, cafes, and restaurants, and soak in the friendly atmosphere. You can also enjoy stays at excellent Windhoek hotel suites at properties such as Avani Windhoek Hotel and Casino.

A Culinary Crossroads

Discover the mouth-watering flavours of Namibian cuisine and embrace the country’s diverse heritage! Windhoek is the perfect place to start your culinary journey. Treat your taste buds with delectable game dishes such as Springbok or Oryx at a local restaurant. Satisfy your sweet tooth with freshly baked pastries at a German-style cafe, or relish the traditional Namibian “boerewors roll,” a must-try sausage on a roll sold by street vendors.

Zairon, Namibia unser Hotel Etosha Speisesaal Abendessen Oryx 1, CC BY-SA 4.0

A Springboard to Adventure

Windhoek is perfectly situated for exploring Namibia’s diverse landscapes. Day trips can whisk you away to Etosha National Park, where you can witness Namibia’s incredible wildlife in all its glory. Sossusvlei, with its iconic red dunes, is another Namibia highlight, readily accessible from Windhoek.

A Cultural Hub

Windhoek offers a glimpse into Namibia’s rich cultural tapestry. Immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of the Namibia Craft Centre, where you can find an array of locally made crafts, textiles, and souvenirs. Visit the Alte Feste Museum to learn about Namibia’s fascinating history, from its indigenous peoples to the colonial era.