Namibia’s capitol city sits at an altitude of 5,280 ft (1,650 m) in the middle of the central highlands in between a wide valley between bush covered hills. At first glance, Windhoek appears to be rather small, and is small when compared with most cities in the developed world. The majority of travelers will begin and end their Namibia safari here. Although Windhoek has many attractions, we recommend a quick overnight in the capitol before heading out to the country’s other, more interesting, highlights.
Windhoek is located in a basin between the Khomas Highland, Auas and Eros Mountains, north of the Orange River and 360km west from the Atlantic coast. The city is situated in almost the country’s epicenter and has obvious benefits when it comes to beginning and ending a classic Namibia safari.
Though being Namibia’s capitol, wildlife is quite abundant in the surrounding areas. Daan Viljoen Game Park, 25km west of Windhoek, along with many other nature reserves and guest farms surrounding the city collectively create a healthy habitat to support a variety of Namibia’s wildlife.
Windhoek can be included as part of any itinerary. To learn more about our itineraries, click on one of the sample itinerary links below:
- Namibia Sample Self Drive Itinerary
- Namibia Sample Guided Safari Itinerary
- Namibia Sample Classic Fly & Guided Safari Itinerary
Best Times to Go
There really is no real bad time to visit Windhoek. It’s location in the Central Highlands allows for comfortable weather to be had throughout most of the year. The months of October and November the temperatures are at its peak and the days can get hot. December – April the days are hot with occasional heavy showers. June – August the temperatures range from comfortable during the day to freezing at night.
As you would expect from any captiol city, Windhoek has a variety of accommodation options available to suite every budget. Below are some of the accommodations we recommend for Windhoek. Click a link below for more information.