Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, is located in a basin between the Khomas Hochland, Auas and Eros Mountains. It is 1,680m above sea level, 650km north of the Orange River and 360km from the Atlantic seaboard. The city is situated in what is almost the country’s geographical centre. This location has obvious benefits when it comes to governing a country the size of Namibia, and also makes it the ideal place to begin your Namibian holiday. Windhoek is home to approximately three hundred and fifty thousand people, an extremely small capital by global standards. This number is growing rapidly at present mostly due to a lack of employment in rural areas.

The city centre is characterised by a proliferation of German style buildings, a lasting reminder of Namibia’s early colonial history. Early buildings such as the Alte Feste (old fort), Christuskirche and Tintenpalast (the parliament buildings) are of particular historical interest. Other notable buildings in Windhoek include St Mary’s Cathedral and the Turnhalle Building.

Windhoek has had several names over the years, many inspired by the hot water springs found in the area, the earliest of which were the Damara /Ais //Gams (/ indicates a click in Nama spelling) which means firewater, and the Herero Otjimuise or place of steam. Several opinions are offered for the origin of the present name; the most popular of these is that sometime before 1840 Jonker Afrikaner, a Nama leader, named the area Winterhoek, after the farm in South Africa where he was born. Windhoek, or windy corner, is a corruption of this name. During the day the city centre has a European cafe culture, German cuisine dominates, but Namibian influence can be found in the quantity and quality of meat on offer, (vegetarians be warned, Namibia is carnivorous country!) Saying that, the streets are choc-a-bloc with people of all ages and cultures, all bearing a wonderful sense of pride, hope and ambition.

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A 10-day self-drive adventure through some of Namibia’s most iconic landscapes, experiencing once in a lifetime adventures, excursions and experiences focusing on Namibia’s amazing night skies & ancient geological formations.

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Situated in the up-market residential area of Klein Windhoek, corner of “von Eckenbrecher – Ziegler Street” in Klein Windhoek, 5 minutes walk to Joe’s Beerhouse (Africa’s most famous Pub/Restaurant. This modern, up-market Guesthouse consists of 6 luxurious en-suite double rooms and a fully equipped boardroom. Guests can indulge in the…

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Klein Windhoek Guesthouse is situated in one of Windhoek’s best suburbs in a quiet area next to the Klein Windhoek Riverbed – an ideal location for business people and tourists. From here it is a short 5 minute drive to City Centre; shops and popular restaurants are in close proximity. We offer a variety of rooms and self catering units.

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  • Rooms: 65
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  • Spoken Languages: Afrikaans, English, German, Portuguese
  • Special Interests: Leisure, Shopping
  • Location: Namibia, Windhoek

River Crossing is located on a pristine 6500 hectare game reserve. The main lodge building comprises a dining room, a centrally situated bar, a lounge (soon with fireplace), a wellness room, a curio corner, and a conference room seating up to 65 delegates. Nestled outside between the lounge and dining area is the pool (great for swimming lengths – it really is quite long!) The elevated wooden deck offers a fairytale view of Windhoek. The lodge and the rooms have been designed to emulate old German farm houses – think ‘stoep’ with ‘afdakkie’ and pots of geraniums. The 20 guest chalets consist of 14 twin chalets and six double chalets (all chalets have en suite bathrooms with showers, loos and basins).

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  • Rooms: 20
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  • Spoken Languages: Afrikaans, English
  • Special Interests: Adventure, Hiking, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Shopping, Wildlife
  • Location: Namibia, Windhoek

With just six rooms, you’ll be lucky to get a booking at Villa Violet – one of the top rated B&B guesthouses in Windhoek, Namibia’s capital.

If you are lucky enough to get a booking, you’ll see why this small guesthouse is so popular: Ben and Heidi, with…

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Villa Vista is an upmarket family owned and managed guesthouse situated in a quiet neigbourhood close to the Windhoek city centre. Being well situated makes it a true home hidden in the big city life.All the rooms are individually decorated in a unique style, using wood, glass, candles and natural…

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Vondelhof Guesthouse is a small and informal retreat offering highly-personalised service. The sparkling blue swimming pool embedded in a wooden deck with comfortable loungers, and the verandah overlooking lush tropical gardens offer ample opportunity to relax. In order to stay in touch with the outside world, WiFi is available throughout…

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Ti Melen, a quiet and peaceful haven surrounded by nature, offers the advantage of being only 5 minutes by car from the city centre of Windhoek. Situated on a small hill, it offers its visitor a beautiful view on the surrounding mountains.
Here you can unwind or do some…

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The Olive Exclusive – elegant, inspired, never formal

The first ultra-luxurious sanctuary of its kind in the Namibian capital – is cool, contemporary and stylish but with a warm heart and authentic African soul. Its sleek, modern lines are complemented by organic textures, natural furnishings, an eco-friendly approach and dedicated personal service.

The seven suites are individually decorated so each reflects a different region in Namibia, and each has its own lounge area with fireplace and dining room, for private dining. Wide glass doors open onto spacious decks where you can relax on a shady daybed, enjoy al fresco lunches or, if yours is a premium suite, take a dip in your own private plunge pool.
Such are the creature comforts that you may find it hard to leave: sink into an extra-length
bed dressed in crisp, pure-cotton linen, or indulge in a bubble bath in a freestanding tub with sweeping mountain views. Air-conditioning & satellite TV are standard, as is a computer with free WiFi access. Then there’s a fully stocked mini bar, complete with a premium wine selection, so you can toast the setting sun in fine style.

The Olive Exclusive boasts a quality restaurant featuring a seasonal menu, with inventive signature dishes.

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  • Spoken Languages: Afrikaans, English
  • Special Interests: Leisure, Relaxation, Shopping, Wine, Hiking, History Culture
  • Location: Namibia, Windhoek

The Roof of Africa Hotel & Conference Centre is conveniently located just 15 minutes walk from the City Centre and Independence Avenue. There is a selection of restaurants within 5 minutes walking distance, shops and banks are also located nearby.

The hotel has 27 well-appointed rooms all equipped…

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