The capital of Namibia lies almost at the geographical centre of the country. Surrounded by ochre coloured mountains, and at a cool altitude of 1660m, the city has developed within beautiful scenery and is a pleasant place to spend a few days before or after a safari.
Namibia’s capital is pleasingly multi-cultural, its 160,000 inhabitants reflecting the country’s varied ethnic mix, as well as a European influence. Windhoek is the hub for all international flights and can be accessed direct from Johannesburg, Cape Town, Maun (Botswana) and London. It’s a delightful place to stop for a night and dust yourself down after a long journey.
Windhoek means 'windy corner', and as well as being by far one of the cleanest and most orderly of African cities, it is also very green with a central park and many trees and gardens.
Places to visit around the city include the Dan Viljoen Game Park, around 20km from the city. A good choice for a day trip, there is a pool and restaurant as well as several hiking trails which wind around the hillsides and offer chances of seeing kudu, gemsbok, zebra, eland and springbok. A couple of hours drive on the road north from Windhoek, towards Okahandja, will bring you to Gross Barmen hot springs resort, a great place to relax and soak in the therapeutic natural waters.