Windhoek and Central Namibia

Shutter Stock/Pichugin Dmitry With its neatly laid out grid of streets and orderly atmosphere, Windhoek is nothing like a bustling, chaotic African city and first-time visitors might think they have arrived in a medium- sized Bavarian or Austrian town. German colonial architecture stands alongside gleaming high-rise office blocks; African crafts are sold from street stalls next to the trendy shopping malls and caf├ęs serve up traditional African food as well as German

The city's interesting museums and historical buildings warrant at least a day of exploration, and there's good shopping and eating on offer too. Windhoek is home to the country's international airport and the smaller Eros airport, which is the central base for all regional flights. The city is a central strategic point to get to all points of Namibia, so visitors may well find themselves passing through on more than one occasion.

Away from the city the countryside opens up in all directions over vast camelthorn savannahs; within only an hour's journey of the city you can visit several worthwhile guest farms. Also close to Windhoek is the Daan Viljoen Game Park, which is well stocked with plains' game and attracts a good number of birds, and the Gross Barmen Resort, famous for its thermal springs. The regional towns such as Gobabis, Rehoboth and Okahandja don't warrant too much time, but they have a few worthy distractions if passing through and offer good facilities for those heading out to more remote regions.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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