Namibia’s capital city is one sight in Namibia that you wouldn’t want to miss. There is much to do in this vibrant cultural hub. Even though the city is relatively small compared to other capital cities, with a population of only about 330 000 people, it is by far the largest city in Namibia. Things to do in Windhoek range from metropolitan city-life activities to outdoorsy activities. There are numerous incredible restaurants and coffee shops in town, in the city center as well as in Windhoek’s modern malls. However, if you prefer to be out in nature, there are loads of options for you in and around Windhoek!
In only a short drive, you will find yourself out of the city and in nature, where you can go on hikes and game drives, trail runs, mountain biking excursions, and much more. Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve is only 20km outside of Windhoek, and is a game reserve that offers game drives and scenic hikes. The game reserve is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including antelope, giraffes, a large variety of birds, and even a family of cheetahs. The game reserve is also the ideal place to stay when visiting Windhoek, because the The Daan Viljoen lodge is stylish and comfortable, and the campsites are private and in the perfectly equipped. There is also the Boma Restaurant at Daan Viljoen, which overlooks the big blue swimming pool. It is the perfect getaway destination, whilst simultaneously being close enough to the excitement and bustle of the city.
Windhoek also has a vibrant and lively nightlife, with many restaurants and bars/pubs. There are also often live music events taking place, and activities such as karaoke, quiz nights, art exhibitions, and markets. The Windhoek City Market is an outdoor night market that happens once a month at the Windhoek Country Club. It has wonderful atmosphere with live music, and numerous food and drink stalls, and stalls with arts and gifts. There is also another night market called the El Barrio Neighbourhood Market, where you can find an incredible selection of food stalls to appease anyone’s appetite! Various daytime markets take place on the weekends in and around Windhoek, including the market at The Tannery, and the market at The Shed, the market at Omeya. All three of these markets have their own individual charm, and each of them takes place at a venue only a short drive out of Windhoek, in three different directions.
In the center of town is a wonderful place called the Craft Center, where Namibian crafters and artisans showcase their lovely creations. These range from jewellery, to carved wooden homeware, to linen, curios, and much more. It is the perfect place to buy souvenirs and gifts for friends and family back home, or to spoil yourself! A short walk from the Craft Center along Independence Avenue will bring you to even more Namibian crafters, where you can buy intricately carved wooden items. Here you will find yourself in the hub of the bustling city center, surrounded by a combination of newly constructed modern buildings, and historical buildings. Windhoek offers an interesting retrospective on Namibian history, and you can learn more about this when visiting the Independence Museum.
To experience Windhoek in its entirety, there are numerous city tours available, which give you guided insights into the city and township, and are very informative about Namibian cultures and traditions. There is also a daily walking tour of the city center, offered by Chameleon Safaris, which is free! Otherwise, if you prefer to do your own thing, feel free to chat to locals to find out about the best spots for dinner, drinks, entertainment, or other. You are guaranteed to have an interesting and enjoyable time in the Namibian capital city!