Once you have settled in to your Windhoek accommodation, you can prepare yourself to sample the smorgasbord of sightseeing to be enjoyed here. The busy capital city is filled with buildings, monuments and neighbourhoods bursting with historical interest and is well-suited to walking tours and casual touring. Don’t miss out on the following interesting sites:
Some of the famous Gibeon Meteorites which fell in Southern Namibia have been crafted into unusually beautiful art forms near the Sanlam building on Independence Avenue.
One of Windhoek’s favourite and most famous statues is the bronze kudu statue, a symbol of hope and passion for the wildlife of Namibia, which stands at the intersection of Independence Avenue and John Meinhert Street.
The Christus Kirche
Located on a traffic island in the centre of Robert Mugabe Drive, the Christus Kirche is a magnificent example of Neo Gothic and Art Nouveau and universally acknowledged as the face of Windhoek on postcards and brochures.
For an interesting peek into the cultural and colonial history of Windhoek, take a tour to Katutura Township. Katutura means “the place where we do not want to settle” and was set aside as a black residential area during the apartheid era. Today it is a fascinating, vibrant and prosperous suburb and about 60% of Windhoek’s population live here.
Markets and Craft Centres
At Single Quarters you can sample some ‘kapana’ which is a combination of meat and fat grilled on a roadside barbeque and a favourite snack in Namibia.
Soweto Market bustles with seamstresses, vendors, hairdressers and bargains.
At the Penduka Centre you can purchase lovely hand-crafted souvenirs crafted by disadvantaged and disabled women.
Not for the faint-hearted, Eveline Street is the domain of shebeens and informal traders with humorous names and bad reputations.
Eating out in Windhoek
If you can’t develop a taste for kapana, Windhoek presents a wide range of dining options from traditional Mopani worms to the more usual European dishes.
Whether you decide to go it alone, take an organised tour or enlist a private guide, exploring Windhoek is a fascinating and enjoyable experience.