Windhoek, Namibia


Windhoek is Namibia’s capital and is situated in an airy basin in the central highlands, flanked by the Auas Mountains to the south-east, the Eros Mountains to the north-east and the rolling hills of the Khomas Hochland to the west.

It is a city of many contrasts, modern skyscrapers blend with historic buildings dating from the turn of the century. African drums and wood carvings from the north displayed on pavements vie with elegant shops offering sophisticated Swakara garments and Namibian gemstones set in individually-designed pieces of jewellery.

During the German colonial administration, it was known as Windhuk, which later became Windhoek. The main street is Independence Avenue, referred to before independence as Kaiser Street.

Christ Church, Windhoek, Namibia
Windhoek, Namibia

A little more about Windhoek

There is a large selection of accommodations in this vibrant capital from Goche Ganas which is situated on a hilltop overlooking a spectacular landscape, this luxurious Lodge offers a unique combination of wildlife, nature and wellness experiences. Hilltop House has a commanding view over Windhoek. Set in a quiet area of town this guest house has all the facilities you might expect from a large hotel. Lastly, Olive Grove Guest House is an upmarket establishment situated close to the city centre in a quiet, peaceful area.

Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Omaanda £££££

  • Namibia
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Located just outside Windhoek, Omaanda is set within a 9,000-hectare private reserve. This beautifully designed property is the first in a collection of African properties launched by Zannier, a luxury French hotel chain. The owner, Arnaud Zannier, was persuaded to expand to Namibia by Angelina Jolie, who supports the neighbouring Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Olive Grove Guesthouse £££££

  • Namibia
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Olive Grove is a small boutique guest house located in a leafy residential area of Namibia’s capital city Windhoek. An elegant, conveniently located hotel, Olive Grove is surrounded by tranquil gardens. Offering 11 rooms and suites, each tastefully furnished with a lovely veranda for al fresco dining. Other facilities include an inside lounge and fireplace, an honesty bar, downstairs dining area, intimate upper dining area, open-air lounge, plunge pool and a garden. There is also a wellness room with a resident therapist.

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