Windhoek & Surroundings

T he Windhoek, Surroundings and Central East Region is dominated by its capital, a small bustling city with an estimated population of 340 900 (based on the 2011 census). Windhoek lies in an airy basin in the central highlands, surrounded by the Auas Mountains in the south-east, the Eros Mountains in the north-east and the Khomas Hochland in the west.


  • Windhoek is Namibia’s capital and largest city
  • It is known by the traditional names of /Ai//Gams (Khoekhoe for ‘hot springs’) and Otjimuise (Otjiherero for (‘place of steam’)
  • Windhoek is the economic, social, cultural and political centre of Namibia
  • There are many historical sites of colonial German heritage, which contrast the contemporary architectural styles of modern buildings


  • Take a walk through Windhoek, find your bearings, meet the locals, see all the main attractions and exercise those jet-lagged legs
  • Visit the Namibian Craft Centre to stock up on goodies for those who stayed at home, and get a sense for traditional artworks
  • Have a picnic in the Parliament Gardens, admire the age-old trees and get acquainted with the history of the adjacent ‘Ink Palace’
  • Take a drive to River Crossing Lodge, for the best sundowner views over Windhoek and its surroundings
  • Go on a bicycle tour through the ‘Kasi’ and see how the majority of Windhoek’s population spend their days, try out some kapana and the locally brewed concoction called oshikundu


Windhoek & Surroundings


Windhoek & Surroundings

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