Windhoek is quite literally in the middle of it all when it comes to Namibia. Whether by luck or as a result of brilliant planning, Namibia’s capital and largest metropolis is located in the center of the country, making a journey to Namibia easy and convenient for international travelers. Hosea Kutako International Airport is Nambia’s premier international hub, and with direct connections to OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg via British Airways and South African Airways, travelers will find its ease of access most appealing. Safaris in Namibia will almost certainly start and end out of Windhoek, and Ker & Downey’s recommended accommodations within the city are ideal resting places in preparation for the journey ahead into the wilderness, or as places to reconnect with the modern world after a safari adventure.
The population of Windhoek is around 250,000, a thriving melting pot comprising Herero, Owambo, Damara, Kavango, Buster, Nama, San, Afrikaans, and German cultures. Compact and contemporary, the city is easy to explore by foot, a walk that reveals streets lined with beautiful German-style buildings and avenues bearing African and German names. And though English is the country’s official national language, a keen ear will also hear German, Oshiwambo, and Afrikaans spoken by residents in near equal measure. The sights to see extend to the National Museum, which traces the history of Namibia’s colonial period and struggle for independence, as well as the Zoo Park, the former site of the city zoo that has transformed into a pleasant, shaded urban green space. Curiously, the city skyline includes a number of German-style castles, one now housing the luxurious and intimate Hotel Heinitzburg, a Ker & Downey favorite.
Namibia’s wealth of safari destinations, from the Sossusvlei to the stark Skeleton Coast, are all easy to visit from Windhoek. Start your journey through the country with Ker & Downey and contact a luxury travel consultant to begin the adventure.