Namibia’s small yet perfectly formed capital is home to just 200,000 people, its most populated conurbation sandwiched into a valley between the Auas and Eros mountains.

Right in the centre of the country, Windhoek (pronounced Vind-hook) is well-groomed with European-style planned streets, its Germanic influences interwoven with its modern African culture.

The newly-built skyscrapers of Namibia’s recent independence rub up alongside turn-of-the-century colonial buildings, and glittering jewellery stores sit next to rustic stalls selling instruments and wooden sculptures made by artisans from the north.

Most visitors to Namibia will need to enter and exit the country through the capital, and a couple of nights here will help you to better understand Namibia before setting off for its more famous sites. Visits to Windhoek are ideal for sampling some of the country’s cuisine, a fusion of German and African specialities. The city has a wealth of cafés where you can dine al fresco on Namibian-style breakfasts, known as Frühschoppen, accompanied by a glass of chilled sparkling wine or draught beer.

Many visitors enjoying holidays to Windhoek often comment on the city’s less-than-African atmosphere; there are plenty of international restaurants to try, ranging from French to Korean, Portuguese, Greek or Chinese. However, there are pockets of African culture to be found in the city, where you can purchase traditional clothing and jewellery, such as at Post Street Mall. You can also visit townships such as Katutura, to learn more about the population of Windhoek and the displacement of people in the late 1950s.

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Namibia travel information

  • Time zone: +1 or +2 GMT
  • Flight time: 13 hours
  • Recommended airlines: British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Air France
  • Currency: Namibian Dollar
  • Tipping guideline: 10-15%
  • Health considerations: There is a risk of dengue. There is a high risk of malaria throughout the year in the Caprivi Strip, Kavango and Kunene river regions. There is a very low risk of malaria in the rest of Namibia. There is no risk of yellow fever in Namibia, however, yellow fever vaccination is required for travellers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission.
  • Capital: Windhoek
  • Population: 2,645,805
  • National languages: English, Afrikaans, German, Oshiwambo, Herero, and several other indigenous languages
  • Electricity and plugs: Type D and M, 220V
  • Mobile phone coverage: Good coverage
  • UK passport visa requirements: You don't need a visa for Namibia if you have a British passport - for a maximum of 90 days

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